Friday Music Day, Sept 13, 2013

When I first discovered Bonnie "Prince" Billy, I quickly went through his back catalog only with a general idea of the order and timing of the releases. When I heard the title track from Ease Down the Road:

I took her on a simple trip
To see her husband's family
And on the way upon her hip
Was laid my head down gently

All due respect was meant and all
The winds were in agreement
That this was answering the call
Of awkward and true feeling

A fireman her husband was
And so to give him duty
I duly tried to light a fire
Upon his rightful booty

But beauty was my treasure then
As through the hills I drove her
And taught her that another man
Could have made love to her

...

I stopped the car we got a beer
And then eased down the road
A little guilt, and some guilt spilt
And added to our load

I thought, wow, that's an interesting song about 9/11: romancing one of the widows of a perished fireman, and travelling to meet her in-laws. Survivor guilt, helping her past it.

What a wonderful and subtle way to write perhaps his only song about current events, perhaps he felt a need to reference the national mood of hurt at that time without being too obvious.

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Now it's time for you to share a random ten from your player/software/service. And maybe a random though along the lines of my own.

[Site I used for the lyrics, with one edit.]

26 thoughts on “Friday Music Day, Sept 13, 2013”

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    1. Bruce Springsteen - "Nebraska" - Nebraska
    2. The Smashing Pumpkins - "Zero" - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    3. Wolfmother - "White Unicorn" - Wolfmother
    4. B.B. King - "Bad Luck" Best of RPM Recordings
    5. Atmosphere - "The Keys to Life vs. 15 Minutes of Fame" - Seven's Travels
    6. Fatboy Slim - "You're Not from Brighton" - You've Come a Long Way, Baby
    7. Al Green - "Back Up Train" - Definitive Greatest Hits
    8. LCD Soundsystem - "Watch the Tapes" - Sound of Silver
    9. The Black Keys - "Howlin' For You" - Brothers
    T. We Are Scientists - "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt" - With Love and Squalor
    B. The Joy Formidable - "Forest Serenade" - Wolf's Law

    2. "Homer Simpson, smiling politely" is my favorite line in the history of The Simpsons

      1. It's up there. Now that I have children I think my favorite is "Gotta go Lenny, my d@mn wiener kids are listening."

  2. .

    * Act Nice and Gentle - The Black Keys - Rubber Factory
    * Woman Driving, Man Sleeping - Eels - Souljacker
    * Drum & Guitar - Giant Sand - Long Stem Rant
    * Fuel My Fire - The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
    * Far Red - Monolake - Silence
    * Hypnotize - The White Stripes - Elephant
    * All Our Base Are Belong to Them - The Books - Thought For Food
    * Wisconsin Death Trip - Static X - Wisconsin Death Trip
    * Miseria Cantare - The Beginning - AFI - Sing the Sorrow
    * From Hank to Hendrix - Neil Young - Harvest Moon

    1. Spent last weekend organizing my music library. Completed a bunch of albums, so now I'm down to only 16 "singles" (not counting the classical genre) and the rest being complete albums.

      I did realize shortly after finishing that I had transferred one album to my iPod with half the album alphabetized by "Neil" and the other half alphabetized by "Young". So not quite a perfect reorganization, but it feels nice to have my various libraries in sync again.

      1. ...it feels nice to have my various libraries in sync again.
        I'm so far behind on this that it would probably take me 4 non-stop days to delete duplicates, label and reorganize my files.

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    The Velvet Underground & Nico - "Black Angel's Death Song" The Velvet Underground & Nico
    Neutral Milk Hotel - "Holland, 1945" In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    Mumford & Sons - "The Cave" Sign No More
    Thin Lizzy - "The Boys Are Back In Town" Jailbreak
    K'Naan - "Fire In Freetown" Troubador

    Foo Fighters - "Low" One By One
    Neutral Milk Hotel - "Aunt Eggma Blowtorch" Everything Is
    Justin Timberlake - "What Goes Around" FutureSex/LoveSounds
    Werewolves - "The Damnwells" No One Listens To The Band Anymore
    The Buzzcocks - "What Do I Get?" Singles Going Steady


    And that's what happens when you don't purge for 2 years.

      1. They aren't a terrible band per se, I just can't get into them. I'm not sure what it is about their style that I just don't dig, but something just doesn't click for me.

      2. For me it has everything to do with pretentious lyrics and the fact that they are far more loved than they deserve to be.

        1. I really liked their first album until every song was on every station, everyday.

          Did not care for their second album all that much.

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    01. Mercyful Fate - "Satan's Fall", Melissa
    02. Nevermore - "This Godless Endeavor", This Godless Endeavor
    03. King Diamond - "Black Hill Sanitarium", The Graveyard
    04. Savatage - "Chance", Handufl of Rain
    05. Guns N' Roses - "Mr. Brownstone", Appetite for Destruction
    06. Bathory - "Blodded Shore", Nordland II
    07. Decapitated - "The Negation", The Negation
    08. Jag Panzer - "Iron Eagle", The Age of Mastery
    09. Behemoth - "Rome 64 C.E.", The Apostasy
    10. Nile - "The Black Flame", Black Seeds of Vengeance

    So I'd been using the free Winamp player for my phone for a couple months (because I'm cheap), and it worked reasonably well for the most part. However, for some reason it recognized two files for every mp3 I put on the SD card, which made listening to albums supremely annoying. Also, I had to download a seperate eqalizer so my songs didn't sound like ass. I tried out two not-free players, Player Pro and PowerAmp, to see if that issue was cleared up. For no reason, Player Pro had the same double track problem. It seemed to work ok, but that's just too annoying. I ended up going with PowerAmp and its been pretty solid. It also has its own equalizer and the program actually stops when the music does, so not having two programs running when I'm not listening to anything is nice for battery life. Plus, it was $2 cheaper than Player Pro. So basically, I can recommend PowerAmp if you need a decent music player for your non-Apple product, because f*** iTunes.

  5. 1. "Spotlight" - Leagues - You Belong Here
    2. "God's Gonna Cut You Down" - Johnny Cash - American V
    3. "The Female Of The Species" - Space - Spiders
    4. "Lullabye" - Billy Joel - River Of Dreams
    5. "Boys Better" - The Dandy Warhols - The Dandy Warhols Come Down
    6. "Baby Doll" - Dan Wilson - Free Life
    7. "Can't Stand Me Now" - The Libertines - The Libertines
    8. "Only Wanna Be With You" - Hootie & The Blowfish - Cracked Rear View
    9. "Maddest Kind Of Love" - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    10. "Good" - Better Than Ezra - Deluxe
    B: "Harlem" - New Politics - Bad Girl In Harlem

    1. Did this song ever make it anywhere besides The Current? It should have.
    2. A-freakin'-men.
    4. I listened to this album constantly in high school. I think this might have been his last one before doing just instrumental tracks. Apparently William Joel was tired of the studios and their production and the expectations of the pop world. Or something. I can totally see that in this album now that I'm older and wiser though. So much potential, some of it realized, some of it produced away.
    B: I have been eating this song up lately. All of the performances of it seem really fun too.

    1. 1. Did this song ever make it anywhere besides The Current? It should have.

      Agreed - love this tune.

      Female of the Species - You're the first person I've ever known who also has this song in their collection. What a weird song, huh?

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    1. Baby Please Don't Go - Them - The Best of Van Morrison
    2. Wild Honey Pie - Beatles - White Album
    3. Spiritual - Charlie Haden/Pat Methany - Beyond the Missouri Sky
    4. Cemetery Polka - Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
    5. Bloody Mary Morning - Willie Nelson - The Complete Atlantic Sessions
    6. American Theme - Irish Film Orchestra - Long Journey Home
    7. Frozen Years - The Rumour - Big Stiff Box
    8. Nothing Was Delivered - Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
    9. Heigh-Ho! - Dave Brubeck Quartet - Dave Digs Disney
    10. Soul Almighty - Bob Marley - Best of
    B. Trouble in Mind - Nina Simone - The Definitive Collection

    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c7bISLhVl8

  7. .

    1. Happy Jack The Who
    2. Meet Me On The Equinox Death Cab For Cutie
    3. Friends In Low Places Garth Brooks
    4. It’s Not Over Daughtry
    5. Diamonds And Coal Incubus *

    6. Early Sunsets Over Monroeville My Chemical Romance
    7. Pictures In An Exhibition Death Cab For Cutie
    8. That’s Life Frank Sinatra
    9. I’m A Fool American Hi-Fi
    10. Somebody To Love (Salt Shaker Remix) Boogie Pimps

    B. Hail, Hail Pearl Jam**

    *I used to think it was the band that changed. Now I think it’s me that changed. I can’t listen to their stuff at all anymore.

    **Their new album drops October 15 and it will likely be the first newly released album I’ll have purchased in about 3 years. They’re touring to support it, though it appears the closest they get to the Upper Midwest is OK City, OK. Don't think they've been to the Twin Cities since '06 (though they were in WI in '11...2 weeks after my daughter was born). I’m disappointed; still one of my go-to bands and I’ve never seen them live.

  8. 1. Ministry “N.W.O.” ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ*
    2. Tricky “Suffocated Love (Live on "Later")” Tricky Kid CDS1
    3. Scout Niblett “Duke of Anxiety”* The Calcination of Scout Niblett
    4. Bonnie "Prince" Billy “Rich Wife Full of Happiness”* Ease Down the Road
    5. A Guy Called Gerald “So Many Dreams” Black Secret Technology*

    6. Rhye “Woman”* Woman
    7. Elite Gymnastics “Little Things”* Ruin 1
    8. DJ Soul Slinger “Abducted: Waltz With the Aliens (Marshall H Rmx)” Missing Time: The Abducted Remixes
    9. Aaron Dilloway “Siena 4” Siena
    T. Merle Haggard and the Strangers “I Think We're Livin' in the Good Old Days” Pride in What I Am
    E. Tricky “Piano (The Green Stinky Mix by A Guy Called Gerald)”* Makes Me Wanna Die CDS2

    *Notes:
    1. Greek letters in hand-typed HTML!
    3. This is great. It's a cover. If Scout Niblett wants me to listen to more of her music more often, she should just go ahead and become a covers artist.
    4. I love this song, probably one of my ten favorite from Oldham. What is this song about? Depends on which day of the week you ask me.
    5. Took me forever to find this on CD, back in the days before internet sharing. It should have been a lot better for all the effort I put into it. A remix collection would have sounded better.
    6. To be culled, eventually
    7. Sadly, not a Bush cover.
    E. Bringing together 2 and 5.

  9. 'Better Things' - The Kinks Give The People What They Want
    'Anna Sun' - Walk the Moon Walk the Moon
    'Sugar Magnolia' - The Grateful Dead The Very Best of The Grateful Dead
    'Theres a Million Ways To Sign the Blues' - The Features Exhibit A
    'The Rubberband Man' - The Spinners The Essentials

    'Big Me' - Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
    'So Far Away' - Dire Straits Brothers in Arms
    'Punk Rock Girl' - Dead Milkmen
    'Happy Town' - The Replacements All Shook Down
    'Walking Contradiction' - Green Day Insomniac

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