Joe tagged me in a post about putting your itunes on shuffle and listing the first ten songs and hey man, I’ll bite. My taste has changed a bit in the two years or so since I started using Spotify, so consider this an accurate depiction of my taste 2-4 years ago.
“Twin Cities Sinners, United” by Dillinger Four: Off the “More Songs About Girlfriends and Bubblegum” 7 inch, which I guess I once regarded as must-have based on title alone. I think this is the second time I have ever listened to this. While the later “Situationist Comedy” is my favorite D4 album, this isn’t radically different, just a little scrappier, which I like.
“Girlfriend is Better” by Talking Heads: This is not the kind of Talking Heads song I like. It’s too funky and it’s almost 6 minutes long. 15 year old me was disappointed with this album with the exception of “This Must be the Place” and I think my opinion still holds.
“Nocturnes: No. 14 in F Sharp Minor Op. 48 No. 2” by Yundi Li: This represents a weird period when my primary source of getting new music was ripping CD’s from the Monroe County Public Library. I was looking for instrumental stuff to drown out the sound of the newsroom I was working in. Chopin was only intermittently loud enough to silence the people around me, though.
“Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight? (Live)” by the Misfits: You ever wonder why this random live track is plopped in the middle of “Walk Among Us?” I do. Fond memories of singing along to this in gibberish with Mike in high school (the “rimma lama gimma” part is my favorite).
“Horror Business” by the Misfits: Two Misfits songs in a row. Probably tells you something about how my iTunes library looks. You ever watch a Misfits cover band sloppily plow through like 20 songs and realize that you know all the words to all of them without even thinking about it? Misfits songs might as well as be a part of my biological make up at this point. Whenever I hear this song I think about the time Steve and Lindsey jumped out of Mike’s moving car and disappeared down a SEPTA terminal and I had a panic attack. As Mike was driving me home we turned this song up all the way and the line “Too much horror business/Driving late at night” felt so fitting.
“Provisional” by Fugazi: I’ll probably never be able to remember this song by name, but when I try to remember if I actually like Fugazi or not, this song pops into my head and I know that yeah, I do. “GIVE ME THE SHOT.”
“Bomb Shelter Part 1” by the Halo Benders. This is a weird one. All three Halo Benders albums got heavy rotation in high school. This song is mostly forgettable, but Part 2, a spoken word rant in which Calvin Johnson chastises Vietnam veterans, is arguably one of their best (or at least most memorable) songs. I’ve seen video of Built to Spill playing it live with a projection of Calvin behind them.
“Descent” by Turning Point: I like where this is going. The first 5 or 6 tracks of the Turning Point discography get the most play from me, but this song sounds like a cool transition between their by-the-numbers youth crew stuff and their more melodic, riffier stuff. This is how you use octave chords. I love this band.
“Choke” by Battery: See? I’m hardcore. No one believes me. This is my favorite song on this album, I think. Great 90’s hardcore. I only listen to this when I do push ups though.
“I Wear Your Ring” by Cocteau Twins: I love “Heaven or Las Vegas” a lot, but most of the tracks kind of bleed together for me, which may have as much to do with the fact that I have mostly digested this album during my long treks across the mid-state as it does with the songs being overly similar. This track is just a small excerpt from a beautiful, dream-like whole. Just get the album, ok? Relax.