FMD 12-21-18: Making A List, Checking it Twice

Drop your random 10 lists. Then, uh... drop it again? Or... something else that would count as "twice". Maybe pick one of the songs that you'd listen to two times in a row? That's not a great idea either. I came up with this title before I had an idea. Someone help me out here.

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  1. A random chunk of my pandora stations mixed up and dropped here. It’s been too long since I’ve done a list.

    “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” – Julian Casablancas
    “With Arms Outstretched” – Rilo Kiley
    “With Or Without You” – U2
    “Skipper Dan” – Weird Al Yankovic
    “Beni Mora” – Gustav Holst
    “Trouble” – Coldplay
    “It’s All Over But The Shouting” – J.D. McPherson
    “Phantom Limb” – The Shins
    “Someday” – The Strokes
    “Royals” – Lorde
    B: “Silver Lining” – Rilo Kiley

    1. Per HJ's idea below, and given the season, I'm going to highlight #1. I think it's the best "new" Christmas Song in a long time, and should be in regular rotation with the classics.

  2. I saw Sarah Shook and the Disarmers twice this year at the Turf Club. And since I doubt any remaining citizen's will post this song on their Best Of... I'll do it here since it definitely is one of my fave's.

  3. How about you check your list and highlight one song. Then everyone can check your list again and pick the song they'd highlight?

    01. "Let's Drive Away" – Eleni MandellAfternoon
    02. "Bury It" – CHVRCHESEvery Open Eye
    03. "Like Blood Does" – Cymbals Eat GuitarsWhy There Are Mountains
    04. "Visitor" – Hundred WatersHundred Waters
    05. "Please Don't Go" – Violent FemmesViolent Femmes
    06. "Thirteen" – Big Star#1 Record
    07. "Too Shy To Say" – Stevie WonderFulfilliness' First Finale
    08 "Count Me In" – IceageNew Brigade
    09. "How You Got Your Limp" – Hop AlongBark Your Head Off, Dog
    10. "Bracing For Sunday" – Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

    I'll take #10 on my list. I can't include it on any Best Of lists, but this is my first solo Neko Case album and it's been one of my favorites of the year.

  4. Random Christmas 10:
    1. Derric Johnson "Sing Alleluia in Excelsis" -- Regeneration Christmas
    2. The Canadian Brass "Jingle Bells" -- The Christmas Album
    3. The Salvation Army Brass "O Come, All Ye Faithful" -- Christmas in Brass 2010
    4. The Salvation Army Brass "A Great and Mighty Wonder" -- Christmas in Brass 2009
    5. Mario Lanza "Silent Night" -- Chex Holiday Classics*
    6. The Canadian Brass "Here We Come A-Wassailing" -- A Canadian Brass Christmas
    7. The Salvation Army Brass "Sounds Like Christmas" -- Christmas in Brass 2007
    8. Mannheim Steamroller "The Holly and the Ivy" -- A Fresh Aire Christmas
    9. Andy Williams "Medley: Happy Holidays/The Holiday Season" -- Andy Williams Christmas
    10. John Rutter "In Dulci Jubilo" -- Christmas Night: Carols of the Nativity

    * yes, this is a CD which was attached to a box of Chex cereal

  5. 1. The Chemical Brothers “Leave Home”* Exit Planet Dust
    2. Eric Copeland “Elephant” Jesus Freak
    3. Aaron Dilloway & Tom Smith “Untitled VI” The Dutch Viruses
    4. Colin Stetson “The End of Your Suffering” Those Who Didn't Run EP
    5. The Orb “Plateav” Orbvs Terrarvm

    6. Finley Quaye “Falling” Maverick a Strike
    7. Lauryn Hill “Lost Ones” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    8. Bat for Lashes “What's a Girl to Do?” Fur and Gold
    9. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy “Afraid Ain't Me”* Beware
    T. Abul Mogard “Bound Universe” Circular Forms

    B. Coil “A White Rainbow” Winter Solstice: North

    *Notes:
    1. "The Brothers gonna work it out."
    9. Retroactively turned into a bonus track as it was removed from all subsequent pressings of the album (but available as a digital EP with the other removed track, "Without Work, You Have Nothing".

      1. That's the first one.
        Later ones have gotten more critical love.
        I'm just a dabbler in her works, but the song here is the first one I heard and probably my favorite.
        The video sells it well, but for some reason it's not on youtube

        Edit: cool! Vimeo embeds as well!

  6. My initial thought on seeing the title was if I had two Best Of posts, what would my second one be? There's no live version of it since I think it's been close to 15 years since they played live, but this would be the song:

    So, I first got into them because of (seriously) The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes & Villains. The Optigan is a weird 70s music toy that used optical discs. Pea Hix is an aficionado for the instrument, and he and Rob Crow (of Pinback, Heavy Vegetable, Goblin C*ck, et al.) recorded a couple of albums together using the Optigan and its cousin the Talentmaker. They've been saying for years that O.Y. in Hi-Fi would be released at some point, and I'd pretty much given up hope on it ever releasing. Cut to this year, and Joyful Noise featured Rob Crow as their Artist in Residence, releasing music from a bunch of his projects... one of which was Optiganally Yours. I flipped out. J & another of our friends went in together to buy me the subscription for my birthday, and the Optiganally Yours album was the first one released. The hi-fi refers to the fact that instead of actually recording using the Optigan, they used high-quality source files of the original sounds that were put on the Optigan discs. It's a hell of a good album; better than anything they did in the past, and certainly better that what I'd expect for something that's been in the oven for close to two decades. This song was floating around on the internet years ago, maybe it was on Optigan.com? I honestly can't remember. I just remember the song resonated with me as a young sadboy. So imagine my surprise when this cleaned up version of it popped up, under a new name, on the new album. It's better than I remember and I'm thankful that we got this album.

    N.B. this is one of the only projects in the entire series that's available to buy on its own, and it's streaming on Spotify and I presume the other services as well. I highly recommend it if you like this song.

  7. 1. We've Only Just Begun--The Carpenters
    2. If I Could Only Win Your Love--Emmylou Harris
    3. Don't Answer Me--Alan Parsons Project
    4. You Can Do Magic--America
    5. Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond
    6. While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
    7. Fly Away--John Denver
    8. Teach Your Children Well--Crosby, Stills, and Nash
    9. The Unicorn--The Irish Rovers
    10. Tomorrow's Gonna Be a Brighter Day--Jim Croce

        1. Is ten steps the appropriate amount of simplicity?
          1. Download and load the free program "Audacity".
          2. Open the sound file containing the song you desire to edit.
          3. If any of the people for whom you are editing the song are in the room, remove them or use headphones.
          4. Locate desired cuss word in audio. Select the piece sound that contains the vulgarity or PII and it only.
          5. Test that you got the entire word by playing your selection on loop. If you only hear "cking bit, cking bit, cking bit,..." or just seven digits of a social security number, you likely need to get a bit more.
          6. Once you're satisfied that you got it all, drop the volume on your selection to zero. (If you remove the piece, the beat will be off-kilter like a record scratch.)
          7. Test the edit by playing it from a second or so before the cut.
          8. Add the sound of swords clanging or bees buzzing or Howard Dean yelling "Yeargh!" into the hole in the sound file you created. (optional)
          9. Export to a new sound file.
          10. Enjoy! (optional)

          1. I managed to do something like this. The sound isn't completely gone, but the word itself is mostly gone. So it's not as abrupt as complete silence, but also not 100% clean. You can totally tell what the word is... Still, it works. Thanks!

            1. Audacity?
              IIRC, you can do a fade out/fade in to the volume drop as well (just have to zoom in).
              You can also try backmasking (reversing the segment). But "tish" and "cuf" are easily parsable.

              It'd be even better sounding if you had the instrumental track (as I would for a lot of hip-hop singles). But that would take quite a few more steps.

              1. Audacity. Used their "removal vocals" part, which removed a lot more than vocals, and not entirely the vocals, but effectively enough that it sounds a lot more like it was edited than it does that the word still is there.

      1. I'm usually playing from my iPod into the car stereo when this happens, so I just tap the audio system's power off, wait a beat, then back on.
        But it's my go-to. Or I play the song until I get to the objectionable part and then skip to the next track.

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