Let's talk about some music!
So, with some Christmas money, I bought myself this massive set back in December. It finally shipped last week. (Apparently, they found more material and decided to expand it by four CDs, so it got pushed back half a year.) Delivery was attempted over the past two days while my wife was out of the house. It's coming tomorrow and she'll be home to receive it.
I got the links for the downloads in my email yesterday, but jumpin' January molasses is it slow! As I write this, I've been downloading the first disc, about 1GB, for about six hours. I wonder if their servers are being overloaded, but dang, I was planning on replacing 90% of the content on my iPod and listening to this all day tomorrow. I am going to stay up until I can download the first disc (24 minutes left), so I at least have something.
So that's what I'll be listening to for the next two months. What have you got to listen to today?
I'm out of town today (New Ulm), so I might not even check in.
Here's a song I've been overplaying in my headphones this week: "Video Games" by Lana Del Rey.
Dump some random crap below.
Sorry I slept on this.
Hey, Young Man's Boy EP is available for free download from Noisetrade.
It was one of my top ten releases of 2010. Kindof like the acoustic parts of Animal Collective, but without a lot of the annoyingness that has turned a lot of people off of Animal Collective. Sounds like you can stream the whole thing from the place, too, so you can sample it before you download. The first song, "Five," is my favorite on the album, so if that's no good for you, you might as well forget it.
Spit yr wicked randomness.
For the cost of your e-mail, SPIN magazine* will let you download an MP3 compilation with track-by-track coverage of Nirvana's Nevermind, which was released 20 years ago. (Oddly, it seems older than that to me.)
*which I haven't really read since Charles Aaron stopped writing his "Singles" column a dozen-plus years ago**
**Yes, I missed the Klosterman years.
The results vary widely, but two are worth the inconvenience of having to unsubscribe after you get the first unwanted e-mail, and a two more are interesting:
1. Meat Puppets "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Almost sounds like it could be a well-recorded acoustic demo. Curt sounds a lot like Kurt, or actually, I'm first realizing how much Kurt was sounding like Curt. If ever a story came out that Kurt had Curt co-write his songs for him, I could now totally believe it. "With the lights out, we're less dangerous... I feel stupid, and contagious": Totally Puppets lyrics.
2. Titus Andronicus "Breed". I've tried listening to TA before, and I just haven't been able to get into them at all. But this sounds great, the vox are all treble and aren't aping Kurt, yet still get some of the intent across.
3. Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band "Stay Away". James-Brown-type funk with some Summer-of-love distorted guitar for color. Reminds me of Sharon Jones' Janet Jackson cover, which made it sound like Janet was actually covering a long-lost classic. Only this "Stay Away" is clearly the cover.
4. EMA "Endless Nameless". This is the noisy hidden track. EMA does alright, but I think she could have done better on one of the actual songs than some of the other jokers did. And this just makes me miss Dave Grohl's drum thump at the end of the original, over which Kurt's guitar squealing staggers. It's here, but it doesn't feel like it should go on forever.
Not all of the other tracks are necessarily worthless, and I haven't listened to them that carefully. Some are really bad though, even worse than Tricky's cover with incorrect lyrics of "Something in the Way". A better list of contributors could have helped, but I really don't know where SPIN is right now or which bands who would have done well.
OK, that's not true. Bobby Bare Jr.*, Ha Ha Tonka, and Will Oldham definitely could. And I'd love to see what these folk could do: Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Low, Rocky Votolato, Grinderman, The F--- Buttons (only for Endless, Nameless for them though).
*He did a fantastic cover "Ocean Size" from Jane's Addiction for a complilation.
Anyways, those are my thoughts for today. What's randomly running to your ears?
Share a list of ten random tracks from your digital music player or streaming music service. Or just start a conversation on music.
U2 is playing at TCF this weekend? Are you going? Would you have gone were it cheaper?
Can summer already be half over? What a fool I've been with my time.
Share your lists, I've got nothing but regrets.
Long awaited, my summer 2011 mix:
Perfect for little ears
1. Adele "Set Fire to the Rain"
2. WU LYF "Dirt"
3. Shakira f. El Cata "Rabiosa"
4. Tristen "Baby Drugs"
5. Battles "Ice Cream"
6. Katy B "Louder"
7. Hooray For Earth "No Love"
8. Ha Ha Tonka "1928"
9. Jonti "Firework Spraying Moon"
10. Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues"
11. Buraka Som Sistema "Hangover (BaBaBa) (Radio Edit)"
12. JKR70 presents Clay Hughes "Love I Gave You"
13. Dionne Bromfield f. Lil Twist "Foolin'"
14. EMA "Milkman"
15. LMFAO f. Lauren Bennet and Goon Rock "Party Rock Anthem (Radio Edit)"
16. Thurston Moore "Benediction"
17. Zammuto "YAY"
18. My Morning Jacket "Holdin On To Black Metal"
19. Chris Brown f. Benny Benassi "Beautiful People"
20. Beyoncé "End Of Time"
1. The Weeknd "Wicked Games"
2. Beyoncé "Countdown"
3. Rihanna "Man Down"
4. Nicki Minaj f. Ester Dean "Super Bass"
5. Vybz Kartel "Go Go Wine"
6. Frank Ocean "Novacane"
7. Shabazz Palaces "Swerve... The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)"
See if you can tell which ones I've got dedicated to Chuck James in my heart.
I was going to finalize my summer mix, and share it with all y'all, but I ran out of time.
I might have something here after a while. Watch this space, it may be coming. Or maybe later this weekend.
To bide time, please share with us ten or so of your finest random tracks.