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Friday, 10 August 2007



that hurt to read. Seems like an understatement and slightly missing the point to say "ouch". But...ouch!

Here's my Friday Ten, and by the way, Rick Ankiel is back!

1. Hey Mr. Rain (Version 2)- Velvet Underground-Another View
2. Let the Bells Ring- Nick Cave- Abbotair Blues
3. Drowned World/Substitute for Love-Madonna-Ray of Light
4. Robot- Futureheads-Futureheads
5. Stay (remix)- Bowie- Station-to-Station "Bowie in Space!"
6. Son of a Gun- Lee Hazlewood-
7. The Messengers- Bad Brains-Quickness
8. Something Must Break- Joy Division- Heart and Soul
9. I Zimbra- Talking Heads-
10. Na Na Na Na Naa- The Kaiser Chiefs- Employment


Let me preface by saying I left my relatively new video Ipod on the 6:58 pm Metro North Train out of GCT a few months back. So I'm using my shuffle which seriously cuts into my audio ammunition. Needless to say, my Ipod wasn't turned into the Lost and Found. Bummer.

10-"Daddy Never Understood"-Deluxx Folk Implosion.
From the KIDS Soundtrack. Always loved this song. Stripped down, lo-fi mid90's punk with some unexpetcted strings near the end of the track. Song has to be under 2 minutes. (couldn't tell you exact length because I'm listening on a Shuffle!)
I just re-watched KIDS the other day and I still think the film holds up. The really weird part of all of this is how viewing the Park "beatdown" scene is still so powerful an senseless. Really weird with how I was thinking about that scene while walking crosstown today, only to find your above entry. KIDS hit theatres in '95. They shot it in '94, the same year you got jumped. Sign of the times....

9-Intervention-Arcade Fire
Man I hate this album. I figured it would grow on me but with the exception of "Windowsill" I think its bunk. Hate the production and Regine's vox bother me. Plus she thinks she's all cool because she's playing a hurdygurdy on "Keep The Car Running." Screw Canada.

8-"No Pun Intended"-The Hives
Love the album Tyrannosurus Hives.
Love the guitar and loose hi-hats.
The perfect song for a fast-paced title sequence for a film..

7-"Natural Mystic"-Bob Marley
"There's a natural mystic blowing through the air If you listen carefully now you will hear."
I honestly dont' hear shit Bob, but I dig this song.

6-"Tarantula"-Smashing Pumpkins
Had to give it a chance. I really wanted to like the new album.
Kind of like this track. Different mix for bald Billy.
Jimmy Chamberlain still bashes.
Album is weak though.

5-"Spoiled" -Sebadoh
Another from KIDS soundtrack. Haunting
Worked well in the film.

4-"Don't Take Me For Granted"-Social D

3-1/2-Brian Eno
From "Music For Airports"
I put this album on specifically for my commute in on the train in the morning. Good background for reading the papers.
Mellows me out. Kind of melts me into the seat.

2-"Cowboy Song"
Supersuckers covering the mighty Thin Lizzy.
Live version. good stuff

1-"Five Years"-Bowie
First track on "Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars"
Love this one. Fantastic record.

the mrs.

1. nothing much happens=ben lee
2. soul meets body=deathcab for cutie
3. astronaut=luna
4. sweedeedee=cat power
5. keep the car running=arcade fire
6. long distance call=david gray
7. white riot=the clash
8. moving out=mercury rev
9. colors and the kids=cat power
10. time=luna

i think my ipod is feeling uninspired lately.


Before my 10, let me state that I, too, was beaten by a gang. What a wonderful thing to have in common! Mine was a Long Island Crack Posse, in Farmingville, and they descended on my friends and I like locusts. Beat my head with a baseball bat and shattered my Mom's Hyundai windshield. Good times. And so,

1) Fela Kuti - Witchcraft - The '69 Los Angeles Sessions.
Frenetic and manic, and makes me move. Fela was an amazing character. Along with being the African James Brown, he seceded from Africa and declared his compound an independent country. And was beaten to death for it.
2) Charcoal Blues - Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer.
Wayne is my all time favorite musician. It is all weirdness and beauty. This tune is so regal, so smooth. In my Lifetime Top 10.
3) Sabotage - The Beastie Boys - Ill Communication.
My favorite album from them, the one I feel has the most musicianship. The song still fires me up.
4) Power of Love - Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys.
"With the power, of Soul, anything is possible...". Man, this blues trio makes me feel good and filthy.
5) The Same Boy You've Always Known - The White Stripes.
I really, really like this. And it IS pretty tough to think about the beginning of December.
6) Sometimes - James Brown - Hell.
Classic R & B. Like china silk, this tune. So much passion, character, and tone. "Sometimes... I've got to meet you on the dark side of the street..."
7) You Don't Know What Love Is - John Coltrane - Ballads.
Whew. This song has been with me since I was 13. It is rainy-day perfection and brings tears and reflection to my heart in an instant. God, I think this may be the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.
8) Friends - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III.
Wonderful use of strings on this tune!
"Mmm, I'm telling you now, The greatest thing you ever can do now, Is trade a smile with someone who's blue now, It's very easy just... So anytime somebody needs you, don't let them down, although it grieves you, Some day you'll need someone like they do, looking for what you knew."
9) The Dream of the Blue Turtles - Sting - (Album Title).
Funky Jazz thing. Fun and rang-y.
10) Quick and To The Pointless - Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R.
Awesomely awesome. I can vividly picture succubi in cheerleader outfits singing "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah!". This tune is so much fun.


Tommy your story was EXACTLY the opposite of The Bourne Ultimatum. Last week I saw the film and had the pleasure to be sitting behind something that I never thought was possible – two guys who REALLY like the Jason Borne character.

Jason punched a bad guy in the throat and these guys looked at each other and screamed, “YES!” as though there was a chance he wasn’t going to win or like they’ve never seen Bourne hit a bad guy before. This of course was followed by a high-5 and the arm out, fist clenched, then pull that arm back to you, elbow bent – a.k.a. The Big Time Booya.

Can’t wait to sit behind these guys at Rush Hour 3 when they’re amazed at how Jackie Chan gets out of a tough jam using only a broom, chair and curtains…”YES!”

So I’m using my home computer today which means my shuffle includes 16,363 songs.

1. I Wanna Destroy You - The Soft Boys (Wow, how very fitting after reading Tommy’s tale.)

2. Spanish Bombs - The Clash

3. I’m Coming Over (Live From Masque) – X

4. Bad Or Good - Van Morrison

5. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Bing Crosby (Like I said 16,363 songs. I hate ‘Christmas music’ and by that I mean the same 4 songs you hear while shopping for people that you’re obligated to buy gifts for – a.k.a. non-immediate family members. This is one of those songs, but if anyone should sing it, it should be Bing. 3 years ago I decided to make my own Holiday mix so I could take some control during the Holiday visit home to Boston. There’s only just so much ‘Johnny Mathis Christmas Covers’ I can take. Bing mage the playlist for the simple fact that when I played Loretta Lynn’s ‘Country Christmas’ I had an answer to this, “Play some fahkin real hall-a-day music you fahk.” I love you too Mom.)
6. Shake Your Hips – The Rolling Stones

7. Bad Girls – The New York Dolls

8. Break My Body – Pixies

9. Oh Caroline – Cheap Trick

10. Old Pervert – The Soft Boys (Ha! Wonderful bookend to my F10)

Tommy Himself

There are some great tracks up there.

Nick - your F10 seems like it was following a course.

Tim & The Mrs - you guys need to talk. or should I separate you two?

Heath - that's a hot-snot JB song, man. sorry to hear about the beatdown. those must have been the toughest crack addicts in the world!

SOC - "The Big-Time Booyah" is your greatest in a hall of fame career of coining great phrases.


That's why I don't take girls on "dates."

1) "I Drove All Night"--Cyndi Lauper version. I wasn't a big fan of Lauper when I was young...probably because she was a girl who had cooties and her dad was Captain Lou Albano. This was one of the first songs I ever remember listened to her sing where I consciously realized what a great voice she has.

2) "That's Where It's At"--Sam Cooke. This song is soooo good.

3) "Games Without Frontiers"--Peter Gabriel. This one keeps on coming up of late in the shuffle.

4) "Shakey Dog"--Ghostface Killa. The album is Fishscale. It has two of the greatest songs on it. The above and another called "The Champ."

5) "Jesus Gave Me Water"--Sam Cooke. I have alot of Cooke on my ipod.

6) "Where is My mind"--Pixies.

7) "Mercy Street"--Peter Gabriel.

8) "Forever Young"--Bob Dylan. I think I actually like the Rod Stewart version better and I don't particularly like Rod Stewart.

9) "I can't see nobody"--Nina Simone. I have a bunch of regular Simone but this is the version from that recently released remix album that sucks "big-time booyah" butt. However, this particular song is remixed least offensively of all.

10) "If I was your girlfriend"--Prince.


I got nothing witty tonight. But here's my 10:

1. Derelict - Beck (just today figured out he's singing "derelict". Weak, I know)
2. Bye Bye Johnny - Chuck Berry (a sequel that shouldn't have been?)
3. Filipino Box Spring Hog - Tom Waits (made me kinda hungry this morning)
4. Try Me - James Brown (if I'd found this song in high school, I'd have scored with all the chicks)
5. Behind the Wall of Sleep - Smithereens (found this one in high school, but it didn't help with the chicks)
6. Lifetime Piling Up - Talking Heads
7. Wait - Death Cab for Cutie (I kinda want Ben to just suck it up sometimes. For the record, he would not have gotten out of the car)
8. Maggie's Farm - The Specials
9. Photographer - The Pretty Things (these guys were a big influence on the band my dad was in, so I dig them)
10. Crimson and Clover - Tommy James and The Shondells (great way to end)

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