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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

29 Songs for September 28th

Feeling slightly random and a tad excessive. Why 29 instead of 28? Perhaps you'd like to see the PowerPoint presentation I've prepared that explains my reasoning. Hey, it's very colourful and edutaining! Fine, be that way. A lot of the reasons are pretty secret anyway. So, as for the 29 songs -- some are fairly recent, including one from the upcoming Metric album, a couple from Richard Hawley's latest album, and one from Minus the Bear's recent album Menos el Oso. Some are new spins on something old, including a couple cool remixes of old tunes by the Chordettes and the Elegants by Ursula 1000 and Static Revenger for the Playstation 2 game Destroy All Humans. Some songs are older, though not that old. No Stones, no Beatles. Lots of U.K. music did somehow found its way into this post, though, oddly enough. The Charlatans (U.K., naturally), Sloane (the London ones), Pulp, Ride, Longpigs, Embrace, and others are included, among others. Some actual American music has also been allowed in, including REM, Tanya Donelly, Minus the Bear, Yo La Tengo, a Tobias Funke-free Blue Man Group (Arrested Development reference)... Metric are Canadian, right, easy enough. Brazilian Girls are neither Brazilian nor girls (you really should have agreed to the PowerPoint presentation...) Cibo Matto are a New York band... okay, not originally from New York, but they live there now (really, this was very challenging, charts-and-graphs-wise). Oodles more... In no real order, other than keeping certain tracks together for obvious reasons (they're by the same artists, etc.) Hopefully, there's at least one song here you'll like!

1) MP3:The Charlatans U.K. - My Beautiful Friend (from Us And Us Only and the Queer As Folk: The Final Season soundtrack)

2) MP3:REM - Find the River (from Automatic for the People. Beautiful, a classic)

3) MP3:Richard Hawley - Coles Corner (from Coles Corner. Very lush, sweeping Britpop. Play count-the-retro-influences or just enjoy...)

4) mp3:Richard Hawley - Born Under a Bad Sign (from Coles Corner. I especially like this track)

5) MP3:Longpigs - She Said (from 1997's The Sun Is Often Out. Richard Hawley was a Longpig...)

6) MP3:Yo La Tengo - Cherry Chapstick (from And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out)

7) mp3:Suede - She's in Fashion (a.k.a. London Suede, from Head Music and Singles)

8) mp3:Pulp - This is Hardcore (from This is Hardcore and Hits)

9) mp3:Tanya Donelly - Pretty Deep (from Love Songs for Underdogs, also on two CD singles. Nifty solo song from former member of Throwing Muses, the Breeders, and Belly)

10) mp3:Cibo Matto - Sugar Water (Soft Fade Edit) (from Heck On Wheels, Volume 7 - Songs To Sell Records By, also on one of the EPs... I think)

11) mp3:Blue Man Group - Rods and Cones (from Audio)

12) mp3:Tahiti 80 - I.S.A.A.C. (from Puzzle)

13) mp3:John Martyn - Solid Air (from Solid Air. It's about Nick Drake, who was a friend of his)

14) MP3:The Virgin-Whore Complex - Four-Alarm Fire in Lovers' Lane (from Stay Away From My Mother. Fun song)

15) mp3:Luna - California (All the Way) (from Bewitched. One of my favourite groups, yet I've never posted anything by them)

16) mp3:Momus - The Minus Five (from Stars Forever. Momus needed cash, so he offered to write a song for anyone who would give him $1,000. The 30-song Stars Forever was the result)

17) mp3:Embrace - Yeah, You (live) (from NME Presents A Bunch of Fives)

18) mp3:Ride - Leave Them All Behind (from Going Blank Again. A shoegazer classic)

19) mp3:The Cells - I Go Out (from We Can Replace You. Fun pop-punk)

20) mp3:Brazilian Girls - Lazy Lover (from Brazilian Girls, also a single. There are no actual Brazilian girls in the Brazilian Girls -- three guys, one woman -- call her a girl if you like, but none are from Brazil. Good song, though)

21) mp3:Metric - Handshakes (from Live It Out, out Oct. 4 in the U.S.)

22) mp3:The Outer Loop - Oh Yeah! Alright! (from The Outer Loop's promo EP. All four songs on the EP are available to download for free at The Outer Loop's website. Four previous songs are also there)

23) mp3:The Chordettes - Lollipop (Ursula 1000 remix) (from Destroy All Humans, a Playstation 2 game. I love this remix... the little blips and such... great)

24) mp3:The Elegants - Little Star (Static Revenger Mix) (from the soundtrack to Destroy All Humans, a Playstation 2 game. Also really good)

25) mp3:The Magnetic Fields - The Book of Love (from 69 Love Songs ... many of them not all that romantic...)

26) mp3:Mixel Pixel - Pink Shirts (from Rainbow Panda)

27) mp3:Ken Nordine - Magenta (from Colors. Because last night I was told "Then you must think a song called "Magenta" would be really wacky" when someone misheard me and thought I said "Grey" was a "slightly-silly" song title. I actually said "Hooray")

28) mp3:Ken Nordine - Grey (from Colors)

29) mp3:Minus the Bear - Hooray (from Menos el Oso. The title I was referring to; it's less silly in comparison to previous Minus the Bear titles such as "Hey! Is That A Ninja Up There?", "Pantsuit... Uggghhh", and "Thanks For The Killer Game Of Crisco Twister")


Blogger xolondon said...

First your blog ROCKS. Secondly the Hawley stuff is gorgeous. Sounds like Scott Walker. I am assuming you know Scott, but if not, try and find "It's Raining Today" and you'll see what I mean.

8:23 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

Thank you so much. :) I had not heard of Scott Walker before you mentioned him. You know your stuff. Good gosh, they do sound very much "of a kind", and I like the Scott Walker songs I've heard so far. Thanks for the tip! (And why hadn't I heard of Scott Walker?!)

6:25 PM  
Blogger xolondon said...

Most people would know more of the Walker Brothers - they did songs like "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" (covered by everyone from Cher to Divine Comedy to Keane) and "Make It Easy On Yourself" - big sweeping romantic 60's tunes.

11:01 AM  

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