I don’t use an i-Pod, because, like most real men, I prefer CDs. But I do have a shuffle feature on the six-CD player in the awesome vehicle sound system. While driving at night and cracking the cold ones, I reach into the “travel CD” box and pull random items, which I then insert into the player before selecting SHUFFLE.
Therefore what comes up is technically shuffled twice, making my music selections more “random” than that of you i-Pod people. Here’s my first 20 this week, enhanced by two Budweiser tall boys and four Vicodin tablets:
1. Stereolab: “Wow and Flutter,” not sure which version, because there are 19 mixes on this disc plus 4 live versions. It’s the one where they sound like the Velvet Underground.
2. Joy Division, the third song on Movement. Wait, that’s a New Order CD. Anyway, I like it.
3. “Danny Boy” by an unknown artist, because it’s a compilation of so-called Irish classics, could be the soundtrack to Miller’s Crossing (I lost the jewel case). Anyway, whoever is singing this song is Irish, you can bet on that.
4. Something from the soundtrack to Donnie Darko . It’s the sad, slow version of that Tears for Fears song. Vast improvement, if you ask me. No, I’m not crying; I have allergies.
5. “Denial” by New Order. That’s weird, Movement shouldn’t be popping up again so soon. Not a good road tune, anyway.
6. Track 7 on one of the two ska/reggae mix CDs that I put together a while back. This is the purple one. Love this stuff, “Yeah, mon, runnin’ dem chunes wid rude boy riddems!”
7. Track 4 (live) on a jazz compilation of hard bop-era saxophone players. Let’s be honest; it could be any of them. Maybe this helps; there’s mild applause at the very end
8. Live performance by The New York Dolls on a bootleg that has no label. Of course there’s no way to know, merely by listening, what the fuck these guys are playing. Never was, really. That said, there was a time when I wanted to have David Johansen’s baby, and I’m not even gay.
9. Another Stereolab song, but this one is more like late-period Velvet Underground, and it’s in French I think. Sounds vaguely Marxist.
10. “Something Stupid” by Nancy and Frank Sinatra. Nancy may be a bit flat here, but this is Frank’s little girl so I guess we kind of just go with it. It was a sweet idea, anyway.
11. I can’t tell if this is Led Zeppelin II, III, or IV. How about some album titles, guys. Numbers aren’t very original, but then, neither is the music. Zing! Take that Jimmy. Just kidding, you guys are Mofos!
12. Awesome bluegrass number, a real banjo-and-fiddle shit storm by “Uncle” somebody, can’t make out the name. I guess they’re all cousins down there in the holler. I mean hollow.
13. Miles Davis live at some club. This is the seventh take of whatever they are playing. He comes across as unhappy.
14. Another Miles Davis number (sue me; I bought the box set) but with McCoy Tyner on piano, if that helps.
15. The fourth song from the Crazy Horse “out takes” that were included in an issue of Mojo several years ago. I think this is their best song; too bad it’s so obscure.
16. This is either Jan and Dean or The Beach Boys. I think my mom left this in the car after we got back from the beach twenty years ago; I’m not wild about it. They were better after the car crash and/or the Manson thing.
17. A really “out there” track by Yes from back in the day. This is the one with the Rick Wakeman keyboard solo and some totally complex key changes and harmonic progressions. A possible chart topper if only it had been about 27 minutes shorter.
18. “After the Fire Is Gone.” Riddle me this: why is it that each time Yes comes up in the shuffle, they are always followed by this Conway Twitty and Lorreta Lynn duet? That’s way more than a coincidence. Anyway, I’d like to see that smartalec Jack White write something this good.
19. A re-mix of an amazing Fall track. Sometimes Mark E. Smith sounds like he’s singing through a megaphone, but I get a kick out of his curmudgeonly affectations. Hang on—this is a live Rolling Stones bootleg. My bad.
20. Madonna. Finally, something I can dance to. Ha! Had you going, didn’t I? This is actually Kylie Minogue. Bump this shit in my ride every night. (The song, I mean. )
A year ago. Rain, cold, clouds. We jumped in the van and these words came out of the speakers, exclusively for us, in advance of the record release:
"Everyone’s a critic looking back up the river
Every boat is leaking in this town
Everybody is thinking they can all be delivered
Sitting in a box like lost and found”
And then the Space Needle came into view as we approached the Emerald City
Soundgarden performing “Searching With My Good Eye Closed” at Lollapalooza 2010, from the Live on I-5 bonus DVD (hat tip GrungeReport.net)
Watch the Danny Clinch directed music video for Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners”, off the forthcoming album “Lightning Bolt”. Get the album here: http://smarturl.it/PJLightningBolt
One year ago, we were waiting to go to Pearl Jam in Seattle for SeriousXM Radio show taping. This year we wait for Pearl Jam to come to Denver for final tour date.