Given CH's FKB this week, is there a particular song or genre that relieves your stress or helps put you back in a functional state of mind?
Not holding myself to anything, but somewhere back in the day while deployed I pulled a burned CD of Jimmy Buffet songs out of a care package. I've never been much of a beach guy, though I love a good lake day, but listening to Jimmy Buffet will dial me down a bit.
For my guest DJ week I'm playing covers, and I was entirely planning on something along those lines for FMD, but we've done that before, and today's song gave me a better idea: pick your five favorite songs of the millennium. I mean, it's an arbitrary point, but it seems less arbitrary than a lot of other points we could choose.
And yes, of course, the millennium started on January 1, 2001. So releases in the year 2000 are right out.
I've got 3 of mine so far:
Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe"
Rilo Kiley's "Portions For Foxes"
The Avett Brother's "Laundry Room"
I'm still working on the rest. Far too many candidates. This is tough.
New songs I've been digging lately:
Chris Stapleton - "Up To No Good Livin' "
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - "Cumberland Gap"
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. (Like all of it)
The 89.3 morning show is generally more 'miss' than 'hit,' but sometimes it works. This morning was one of those: on Fridays, they do a "Song War" where each host selects a song and plays a 15-20 second clip of it. Of note, neither host knows ahead of the clip which song the other is queuing up. The audience chooses which one they'd prefer to hear in its entirety and votes via Twitter. This morning, the selections were a bit out of leftfield for The Current.* :
A: Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills
B: Helmet - Unsung
*I was stoked and almost pulled over to send a text to cheaptoy. Decided instead to use it for FMD!
Was going to set up a poll, but having never done so before, didn't know how to do it... so, which would be your choice? A or B?
Drop you choice and list below!
BTW, the listeners selected:
This is here.
Add your list down there.
I'm going to hijack this thread a little to announce...
WGOM SUMMER MIX 2016!
Over the next couple weeks we'll take submissions. Rules are pretty simple:
- Nominate up to 3 songs in a Spoiler.
- Nominate songs that fall under the category of "Summer" (you can take that as subjectively as you'd like)
- Like the All-Star game, everyone gets at least one song. Your first nominated song is (most likely) juiced in to be picked.
- The same song nominated by multiple people will also most likely be automatically included.
- Whatever other rules I make up along the way.
I'm shooting to have this done by the solstice, so let's get those picks in!
Remember the 90's? In the 90's I was, with some frequency, gifted CD's as Christmas presents.
The best one I ever got was TMBG's Flood, which helped me start to discover music that had been made in the same decade I was living in.
The worst one I ever got was Shania Twain's Come On Over, which... was not what I was listening to at the time. It wasn't as offensive as it sounds in retrospect, but it wasn't particularly good either.
So what's the best musical gift you were ever given? And the worst?
Merry Christmas all!
Lately it seems like people in the nation have been mentioning songs that serve a specific emotional purpose. “Songs for a breakup” and “get drunk and sing along,” etc. I once put together a mix for the songs to play when I was feeling melancholy. It seems we’ve all got them. Songs for hitting a precise emotional state.
So I’d love to hear what songs you love to hear when you’re feeling happy? Sad? Wistful? Angry? Like you keep falling short? Like you’ve worked hard and succeeded? So on, and so forth. If there’s a specific mood that a song has helped you identify, toss that out there too.
And we might as well drop our lists while we’re at it, right?
I had some plans to put together a couple discussion topics - and hopefully I'll get to them at some point (recognizing that I'm covering both Christmas and New Year's... discussion might not be exactly happening on those days)(Can I get added for another month's rotation at the back end of the schedule?). But my kid puked all over the house last night, so I was addressing other things than planning this post. So I'm just gonna shoot from the gut and spew some words in this space so there's something going up for y'all to hurl your random 10 at.
Anyway, for today, how about we talk "non-standard" Christmas songs. I had a couple more to mention, but for now I'll just nominate this one as one everyone should add to their regular Christmas listening:
What holiday songs do you know that others should be adding?
Also, drop your lists!
Up through much of college, I had no real ambition to expand my musical listening habits. I liked what I liked and that was fine. Then a few years ago, I was devouring new music at the rate of about an album a week. But eventually I burnt out on the high turnover and I couldn't really tell you what 3/4th of the albums were like. In the last year or two, however I've started listening to a small number of albums repeatedly (e.g. Metamodern Sounds and lately Something More Than Free), over and over, taking in as much as I can and trying to hear every different part of the song, each instrument and vocal track.
I have been exposed to so much new music here, through FMD and the DJs (to whom I sincerely apologize to for my very uneven listening and voting. Y'all put in so much work. Don't think it goes unnoticed or unappreciated) I'd say the top three (in no particular order) favorites I've found via the Basement are:
- The Hold Steady
- Sturgill Simpson
- Dinosaur Jr
Have you found anything here that is now indisposable?