Friday, August 31, 2007

Friday Random Ten

Sugar "Where Diamonds Are Halos" Besides (Bonus Disk--Like at First Ave., Minneapolis 11.02.94)
Dump 'The Big Bands" A Plea for Tenderness
Teenage Fanclub "Catholic Education 2" A Catholic Education
Bob Dylan "She Belongs to Me" Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The Royal Albert Hall Concert
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds "Let the Bells Ring" Abattoir Blues
Thelonious Monk "Brilliant Corners" Ken Burns Jazz: Thelonious Monk
Bright Eyes "Arc of Time (Time Code)" Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
Patti Smith "Dead City" [live] Land (1975-2002)
Roxy Music "Could It Happen to Me?" Siren
XTC "Millions" Drums and Wires

Ani DiFranco "Rock Paper Scissors" Revelling: Reckoning

The oldest song here is the best. Otherwise I'm back to the greater artists and their minor works.



Blogger ahab said...

That's a great Monk song, and it's a superb version on the Burns collection.

NoahJohn, "First Communion" Water Hymns
Grandaddy, "The Crystal Lake" The Sophtware Slump
Edith Frost, "Who" Wonder Wonder
Pavement, "Texas Never Whispers" Slanted and Enchanted
Beck, "Readymade" Odelay
The Shramms, "Side of the Road" Little Apocalypse
Townes Van Zandt, "Cocaine Blues" Live at the Old Quarter...
Rocky Votolato, "The Light and the Sound" Suicide Medicine
Milton Mapes, "The Only Sound that Matters" Westernaire
Ray Charles, "Funny But I Still Love You" Birth of Soul

Bonus: Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, "Mondo Bongo" Hear Music, Vol. 7: Waking

I started strong this week with a killer NoahJohn song, but it's mostly lackluster from there except for a great track by the Schramms (courtesy of George) and a pretty good Votolato song.

10:08 AM  
Blogger George said...

Yeah, Dave Schramm does something with one of Lucinda's best songs, which isn't easy as her version nails it, too.

I've always been a fan of the Pavement cut, particularly as it was a bit obscure till the Slanted & Enchanted re-release, so that made me even cooler liking it.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Okkervil River, "Lady Liberty," Don't Fall in Love with . . .
Ugly Cassanova, "Beesting," Sharpen Your Teeth
Califone, "Horoscope Amputation Honey," Quicksand/Cradlesnakes
Quickspace, "death + annie," Precious Falling
The New Pornographers, "Three or Four," Twin Cinema
Serge Gainsbourg, "Les Poinconneur des Lilas," Initials SG
The Wrens, "Happy," Meadowlands
Gillian Welch, "One Morning," Hell Among the Yearlings
Delusions, "Quiet Time in My Room," Keeping up Appearances
Pavement, "Kris Kraft," Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinals Edition

Bonus: (Smog), "River Guard," Knock, Knock

Some diversity here despite keeping touch with my obsessions. I haven't thought of Edith Frost in awhile, Ahab, and sometimes, George, it's the minor works of major artists that make them truly artists. Keep up the good work.

1:18 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

George, yes, the Pavement and a number of the other tracks on my list are good ones (Beck, Ray Charles). But after last week's list and then the five star NoahJohn opener...

Marty, Okkervil River's got a new, highly regarded album out that I just ordered for myself a couple of hours ago. (We're going to see them [w/Damien Jurado!] in Boston next month. I have to be ready to sing along.)

It's amazing how much you and I, Marty, just as George and I, have in common, musically speaking. Over at Tom Hilton's FRT last week, Tom cajoled us into admitting to songs on our past lists that we were embarrassed by, and I named a particularly silly track from Initials SG, "Chez Les Yé-Yé." I blamed it on my wife, which is a habit I learned I also share with George. So is Initials SG your album, Marty, or maybe the old lady's?

2:33 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

Ahab, it was a gift from a particularly music savvy former student who also turned me on to the likes of Mr. Bungle, Os Mutantes, Neutral Milk Hotel and others. (I gave her Lightnin' Hopkins and Califone.) Of course, she knows Lucinda Williams' guitar player (and introduced us), "runs into" Conor Oberst on flights, has had the pleasure of dining with Liz Phair, used to date a former Drive by Trucker etc. Anyway, we've gone to a few shows together, (GBV, Built to Spill [where I picked up The Delusions CD and for whom the inestimable Doug Martsch chugged away dutifully on the bass that night] and Lucinda last spring. She whipped Serge out of her purse one day and said, "You've got to hear this." And that's why I have it. I'm not embarrassed, though, especially when Brigitte Bardot pipes in.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

"Catholic Education 2" is pretty cool. Or was that "Heavy Metal 2"?

Oh, who knows, but man did I LOVE me my Fanclub back in the day. Sweet tones, sweet tunes. The out-Chiltoned Chilton, IMNSHO.

(Just went to I-Tunes. Catholic Education 2 is the cool one. Niiiiiice.)

3:41 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

No, Marty, there's absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about there. (Now Serge's daughter's album, that's slightly embarrassing.) The Serge track I listed was a particularly fluffy one. And Tom Hilton kept after us to find something, anything that we were the least bit uncomfortable with. Actually my wife has very good taste in tunes, just as I'm sure George's does. I was mostly amused at the coincidence that you'd draw something from that CD just one week after I referred to it at Tom's.

Sounds like some student you had there.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Marty said...

No worries. I figured your "embarrassment" was tongue in cheek. I actually leave some "embarrassing" stuff out if it's only there because some less savvy student brought a cd in and said I need to hear it. For example, I checked a Thursday song because I just haven't deleted the music yet. Maybe 'cause my son likes 'em. But it's not "officially" in my collection. Maybe George will banish me.

11:04 PM  
Blogger ahab said...

Marty, I was desperate for something to recant for Tom, but I don't have a lot in my iTunes I don't like. My library's only a few months old, after all. So I sold out something I lifted from my loving wife. (She actually does have Serge's daughter's recent album -- that's baaad!)

It's funny how when you know them those Serge tunes seem to pop up everywhere.

4:46 AM  
Blogger George said...

Marty, given I don't banish people for calling other people to a fight on this blog, you're probably safe.

Mike, I was a huge Bandwagonesque fan in 92 or whenever it was, too. Even got into Eugenius through them.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Thanks for the reprieve, George, and for all the great music videos. I'm listening to "Virginia Plain" as I type, and lusting after Eno in his shiny frock. I think I should add "I'm Too Sexy" (dancing toy chipmunk mix) to my collection just so I'll have something that I enjoy (it's the only song I can reasonably karioke, because, hey, it doesn't matter) and I'm a little embarrassed about liking it, but not really.

The gods of randomness do rule. I kept hoping the Serge would come up, but it seemed like the shuffle was avoiding it. I'll take your word on his daughter.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I was a huge Bandwagonesque fan in 92

Me too. I still love that album. It holds up very well, better than a lot of other stuff from that era.

3:48 PM  

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