Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday Random Ten

Tarika Sammy "Fanaon'ny Ankizy" A World Out of Time - Madagascar
Adrian Belew "Men in Helicopters" Young Lions
Steve Earle "I Remember You" Jerusalem
Breaux Freres "Home Sweet Home" Anthology of American Folk Music
Zachary Richard "Au bord de lac bijou" Big Ol' Box of New Orleans
Trevor Pinnock, J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Variatio 4 a 1 Clav., Goldberg Variations
The Temptations, "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" An Introduction to the Motown Elite 9000 Series
John & Mary, "Your Return" The Weedkiller's Daughter
They Might Be Giants, "Rhythm Section Want Ad" They Might Be Giants
Alex Chilton, "Trouble Don't Last" High Priest

Carolina Tar Heels, "Peg & Awl" Anthology of American Folk Music

I feel like I need to have my maw full o' chaw for this one but you can't get much more random than the Goldberg Variations butted up against "Papa Was a Rolling Stone."



Blogger ahab said...

Vic Chesnutt, "2nd Floor" Silver Lake
Steve Earle, "John Walker’s Blues" Way Beyond Nashville
Red House Painters, "Over My Head" Ocean Beach
Damien Jurado, "To Those Who Will Burn…" Gathered in Song
Stephen Malkmus, "Loud Cloud Crowd" Face the Truth
Lambchop, "Four Pounds in Two Days" Aw C’mon
Johnny Dowd, "Papa, Oh, Papa" Wrong Side of Memphis
Guy Clark, "Virginia’s Real" Texas Cookin’
Okkervil River, "So Come Back, I Am Waiting" Black Sheep Boy
Pavement, "Kentucky Cocktail" Slanted & Enchanted

Bonus: Roxy Music, "Beauty Queen" For Your Pleasure

As you can see, I got the Okkervil River CD. It's not as great as I was expecting. It's okay but probably not deserving of all the critical acclaim. Although maybe I should listen to the entire thing before saying so.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Okay, I'm gonna try one:

Wrens, "Hopeless," Meadowlands
Say Hi to Your Mom, "Pop Music of the Future," Numbers and Mumbles
Yaz, "Nobody's Diary," Best of Yaz
Quickspace, "Walk Me Home," Precious Falling
The Reputation, "Almost Blue," The Reputation
Night Driving in Small Towns, "Little White Dove," By the Roadside
Billy Bragg, "Ideology," Talking with the Taxman about Poetry
Pixies, "Monkey Gone to Heaven," Doolittle
Loftus, "Marlon Perkins," Loftus

Pretty Girls Make Graves, "This is Our Emergency," The New Romance

12:43 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

Marty, great list. George's has nothing on yours this week. I actually recognize more of his songs than yours (5 to 4).

3:57 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Well, I cheated a little, since Night Driving in Small towns is local, (I like their first album and reviewed it at sensesworking). I like all three lists. Earle and Chesnutt, Chilton, Temptations, Pavement, Bach, Belew (I thought I was the only one who liked that album, George. Nice pick), Lambchop. My "oldie" isn't very compared to George's or yours. The only surprise is no Yo La Tengo anywhere. I already had the Wrens covering NJ. Anyway, it was fun.

2:41 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

Oh, I like George's list too, Marty. I was just trying to reassure you that you measured up to the John Holmes of music collectors, at least for this week.

Now I have to go put my old Adrian Belew CDs into iTunes.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Adrian Belew. Now there's a name I haven't thought of in 15 years.

6:57 AM  
Blogger George said...

Marty--Did you really put the iPod on random or actually make a set list? Your comment makes it sound as if you put it together. Gotta play by the rules.

Belew's solo albums aren't great--they always have their moments--but his guitar is always welcome. And the Bears are pop fun, too.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

Well, my faux-pod is too tiny (512 MB) for this kind of gigaproject and I haven't figured out how to randomize files on itunes (tutorial?). I just skimmed through my files visually and put in stuff that stuck out or popped into my head, even some I hadn't really listened to much, like the Loftus (which I enjoyed hearing very much while perusing), though I confess the Wrens, Pixies, and NDIST were deliberate. So I guess mine would be more appropriately a randomish ten?

3:47 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

To shuffle in iTunes, select Shuffle in the Controls list. You can fine-tune the level of shuffle randomness by going to Edit, Preferences, Playback, and then adjusting the slide bar between more likely or less likely to hear consecutive songs by the same artist or from the same album.

Another way to shuffle in iTunes is to use the Party Shuffle playlist in the source column on the left side of the iTunes window. That way allows you by check a box to opt to play your higher-rated songs more often. I used to use Party Shuffle but my software became corrupted so now I use plain old Shuffle.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

Thanks, Ahab. I'll give it a shot.

1:47 PM  

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