Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mama don't let your babies grow up to be song/album titles 81-108

Here it is finally. The last installment of "Song Titles I created in 2005 because I was bored and sleep deprived at my job answering 411 calls for Verizon at 4am."
Enjoy. There's definitely a project in this.
81. Can't Begin to Drum
82. Useless and Negative News
83. Not Allowing Interference
84. Wheelchair Pressure
85. Easily Most Hated
86. Island of Burn
87. Master Plan McGill
88. Nude Electric Twins
89. Civics Make the Man
90. Bigger Figures
91. Nap Until Disfigured
92. Killed at the Hilton
93. Super Platonic Man
94. Doom is a State of Mind
95. Cheap Security
96. Mr. Quigley's Promise
97. Alcohol for Equalibrium
98. The Devil Eats Lemons
99. Nerdlings
100. Foolish Bird
101. Eat a Ram
102. Don't Continue
103. Sugary Donut Shuffle
104. Asking the Alternatives
105. Elect A Crook
106. Your Kids Are Stupid
107. New Ways to Suck
108. Educated Guesses

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Reflections on the Decade or: Some Albums I Feel like Talking about before 2011

It is December 2010 and I've been thinking for a while about doing a Best of the Decade post about music. A "Top 10" or something along those lines. I've been listening to a lot of new things lately, local, large and otherwise. The following criteria are how i've decided to do it:
1. I'm disqualifying all the bands that my friends are in. I love you all and you are making some wonderful music in a million different ways. Lets just say I don't have room for all the ways I respect my talented friends. All these friends are, by the way just a Google from your ears. Look them up!!

My friends who have finished albums in the past decade:
Hepcat Dilemma- Overend
Junk Fingers- You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning.
Incommunicado- Burning Daylight
Aardvark Spleen- Center of the Universe
Acoustic Ross- The Anarchist Fakebook
Naythen Wilson- various titles
Soma Mestizo- Telomere and various titles.
Corduroy Days- Timestamp EP
Krista Crommett- Private Parade

2. All the albums on my list are ones that I personally own. Do you think theres a particular album I will like better? Let me know. I'm always on the lookout.
3. Disqualified my own releases in this decade for obvious reasons. But in case you are wondering, they are:
Voxius- Psyclotomis Rex (2001)
Mister Voxius- Atroxius (2008)
Moot Pt.- This Space Intentionally Left Blank (2010)

That's really it. Just wanted to note my restrictions, hopefully to make the enjoyment of reading this list that much greater :)
Presenting!!!! Some albums put out since 2000 that I really want to talk about!
Regina Spektor- Begin to Hope- 2006
I have to start with a little story. When Reginas' Bonaroo 2010 performance was on, some person commented that she was "nothing but a Tori Amos wannabee" or something to that effect. Wanting to read the rest of the commentary and perhaps respond, I accidentally "liked" that comment and couldn't figure out how to take it back. So let me be clear now. That person is wrong, and in a huge way. The only thing that the wonderful Tori and Regina have in common is a piano. Thank you. done.
Begin to Hope starts in some kind of pop territory, with "Fidelity" and "Better", both excellent vehicles for a truly unique and flexible voice. Then comes "Samson" a simple lovers lament wrapped in a biblical verse that almost always still chokes me up just from the sound of it. "Apres Moi" still baffles me with its meaning, but sung partially in Russian, it is unforgettable. No one ever gets as versatile on a piano ballad as Spektor does on "Chemo Limo". Almost characteristically heartbreaking while still maintaining a sense of humor, this has become one of my favorite tunes.

The Roots- Phrenology- 2002
Where do you start with this one? The beginning? Ok. "Rock You" is everything you ever wanted from the Roots, solid beat, awesome rhymes, the feeling that this is not just another hip-hop record, and suddenly theres comes a formidable Fishbone impression in the form of "!!!" which somehow leads back to the silkiness of "Sacrifice". Yes, "The Seed 2.0" is one this one too. This is the album I pick first when discussing rap , it's pitfalls and its heroes. Considering their decade of output,including the latest John Legend collab and the excellent "How I Got Over" from earlier this year, I always come back to this one when I want to be amazed by the Roots.
OutKast- Stankonia- 2000
My re-introduction into hip hop. In the 1980's, when I abandoned DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and RUN DMC for Minor Threat and the Violent Femmes, it's because I was young and it matched my hair. Punk made a lot more sense to me at 15 than rap did. When I heard OutKast in about 2001, "Stankonia" and then "Aquemini" I first wondered, where on Earth did this come from? Then I marveled at the pure lyrical fanaticism of Andre 3000 and Big Boi. Hardly anyone can touch these two for pure creative power. Includes fascinating George Clinton cameo. My favorite? "Humble Mumble" which features the scratchy soul of Erykah Badu. Includes this little gem :"She said 'I thought hip-hop was only guns and alcohol.' I said "Hell, Naw, oh but it's that too! You can't discriminate cause you done read a book or two."
Seu Jorge- The Life Aquatic Sessions- 2005
I love this album so much it's ridiculous. Brazilian singer Seu Jorge does David Bowie songs acoustically and in Portuguese. It doesn't hurt that it includes many of my favorites from "Hunky Dory" and at least a few from "Ziggy Stardust". Truly, I cannot express how much this recording means to me. If you are even a little bit of a Bowie fan you should get it. Mind Blowing.
Andrew Bird- Armchair Apocrypha- 2007
This album contains a song called "Simple X". It features an incredibly catchy drum loop by Martin Dosh at the beginning, is full of melancholy melody and you know what? It makes me feel good every single time I hear it. If there were no other songs on the record (there are) this one would still make my top 10 of the decade. Other notable tracks: "Scythian Empires". This one is a triumph of sound engineering as well as songwriting. The spaces they create with simple sounds, whistling, plucked violin, it's an adventure to listen to.

Gorillaz- Demon Days- 2005
"Feel Good!" bowp ba ba ba bawp bow! bowp ba ba ba bow bowm! Infectious isn't even the appropriate word for the repeatability of most of these tracks. When not bouncing with dance floor bombast you find quieter moments in "November has come" and the late Dennis Hopper brings you alien history in "Fire coming out of the monkeys head". This album is frozen in time and space, nothing by the Gorillaz or anything else will ever touch it.
Gnarls Barkley- St. Elsewhere- 2006
When was the last time you danced? Probably near the last time this was on. Something about Cee-Lo Green makes me root for the guy. Even though "Crazy" probably got overplayed no matter where you live, it's deeper than the average pop song. "There was something so pleasant about that place, even your emotions have an echo in so much space..." Cheers to CLG and Danger Mouse for etching out a unique place for St. Elsewhere to live.
The Breeders- Title TK- 2002The best things about a song like "Cannonball" (from 1993's Last Splash) pop up everywhere on tyhis album. Simple ,catchy and yet so sonically unique. Perfect harmony over imperfect rhythym. Garbage can drums and bass propel Kim Deals ever so slightly damaged voice to proclaim "I will sing...Title TK...if I don't black out!"
This is how I like my rock'n'roll.
" I am the autumn and the scarlet, I am the makeup on your eye..."

I truly hope you enjoyed reading my opinions and thoughts on music from the last decade. I find it only fitting to close with a quote from one of my true heroes, who will never be surpassed in this decade or in another. A Squid eating dough in a polyethylene bag is fast and bulbous! Got me!
Orange Claw Hammer by Captain Beefheart
Uh thick cloud caught uh piper cubs tail The match struck blue on uh railroad rail The old puff horse was just pullin' thru'n uh' man wore uh peg leg forever I'm on the bum where the hoboes run The air breaks with filthy chatter Oh I don't care there's no place there I don't think it matters My skin's blazin' thru'n my clothes in tatters'n the railroad looks Like uh "Y" up the hill of ladders One shoe fell on the gravel One stick poked down Gray of age fell down on uh pair of ears An eagle shined thru my hole watch pocketUh gingham girl baby girlPassed me by in tearsUh jack rabbit raised his folded ears Uh beautiful sagebrush jack rabbit'n an oriole sang like an orange His breast full uh worms'n his tail clawed the evenin' like uh hammer His wings took t' air like uh bomber'n my rain can caught me uh cup uh water When I got into town Odd jobs mam ah' yer horse I'll fodder I'm the round house man I once was yer father Uh little up the road uh wooden Candy stripe barber pole o'n above it read uh sign "painless parker" Licorice twisted around under uh fly'n uh youngster cocked 'er eye God before me if I'm not crazyIs my daughter Come little one with yer littleole dimpled fingers Gimme one 'n I'll buy you uh cherry phosphate Take you down t' the foamin' brine 'n water'n show you the wooden tits On the Goddess with the pole out full sail That tempted away yer peg legged father I was shanghied by uh high hat beaver mustache man'n his pirate friend I woke up in vomit 'n beer in uh banana bin'n uh soft lass with brown skin Bore me seven babies with snappin black eyes'n beautiful ebony skin'n here it is I'm with you my daughter Thirty years away can make uh seaman's eyes Uh round house man's eyes flow out water Salt water

186,000 song/album titles per second. 61-80.

Here it is, part 4 of the continuing list of unused song titles. The title above is a reference to Richard Brautigans story, "A Confederate General at Big Sur".

61. Midlife
62. Election Food Crisis
63. Selective Misogyny
64. No Other Word for Poontang
65. Old Police, New Cops.
66. Chicken Haters
67. Plasticene
68. I missed.
69. Been to Bayonne?
70. Cannot Be Destroyed
71. Elliptical Moon.
72. Slowly Dis-invited
73. Try and Find Me
74. Not Caring but Writing It Down.
75. Embarrass Me Again
76. It's not like Cheese.
77. Paper Chewing Class
78. Alone in Love.
79. Talking Faster than you Think.
80. Get Your Mother.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Song/Album Titles Galactica 41-60.

First post since November 4th! Here's the continuing list of song/album titles I wrote in a state of forced sleeplessness due to my Verizon work schedule. Hope you enjoy them!

41. Frustrated Mexican
42. Alert America
43. False
44. Somebody Bit Me
45. Missing Urinal/Black Scar on a White Wall
46. More reasons to Shut Up.
47. Refusing to Bleed
48. Burdening
49. Look What Happened.
50. Party Favor Attack.
51. He's a Pig, She's a Pig.
52. Pieces, Thick Slices
53. Infected Query of Reason.
54. Sail a Boat Alone.
55. Umlaut in the Spotlight. #
56. Born into Murderous Rage.
57. Never Come Back.
58. Fucking Lucky. #
59. Meet Yourself
60. Beaten til Pretty.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Song/Album Titles of Notre Dame Part II: 21-40

I started yesterday by listing 15 then changed it to 20. Why? It feels more complete that way. I do wonder if different groupings would give different significance to the arrangement. Also, already been used indicated by #.
21. Starview Inn.
21. Electric Street Meat.
23. Write 21 twice Everytime.
24. Entwhistle Supreme.
25. Field of Crushed Lettuce.
26. Poor in Spirit, Laughing all the way to the Bank.
27. Mixed Motor Skills. #
28. Feeling Real Remorse.
29. Incredibly Dry.
30. Daylight Warrior (Warrior).
31. Wall Mark.
32. Spanish Salad Dressing.
33. Rock Feels Good and Rocks Feel Good.
34. Eleven Twelve.
35. Black Wind Marks I.
36. Too Far.
37. Bloody Bloody Lincoln.
38. Little Silver.
39. Ex-Messenger.
40. Damn-alot.

Mixed Motor Skills appears on EQC: Empty Quotation Casino. The title became F--K this but the original inspired lyrics are included.
EQC Facebook Page

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Post -Midnight Album/Song Titles part. 1

One night a half of a zillion years ago (2004) when I worked my horrifying job at Verizon, I needed something to do. You see, my job at the time was to answer 411 calls from 10pm-6am. Fifteen second conversations with drunk people several hundred times per shift. While usually midnight to say 2:30 is relatively entertaining, after that the joy quotient drops off significantly. Some people at the job brought crosswords, word search puzzles, magazines. You couldn't get too involved because a call could pop up any second "city and state please?".
I used to read magazines, attempt to do homework and bring blank paper and pens. I could doodle and sketch, or write. One night I decided to make a list of song titles I could use for future songs (or perhaps albums). My goal was 100. I surpassed it.
I'm not claiming any specific right to any of these but if you ever decide to use one, let me know. I'd like to hear where my inspiration ended up.

100+ Song titles part 1: 1-20.
1. Sick of a lot of Stuff.
2. Had his heart (rate) set on it.
3. Beat you to the Glass.
4. Spanish Pavillion
5. Mysteries and Malcontents.
6. Second Soul on the Left.
7. You wish it had meaning.
8. Nuts upon Dots.
9. Learn how to Spell before you Die.
10. Nothing this Service Obscures.
11. Restaurant Economy.
12. Metapunk Dendrite Revolution.
13. Upset about your Cold Feet.
14. Every Foreign Word.
15. I'm a Free Thinker and you should be too.
16. You Should Just Quit.
17. Old Shuffling Pretender.
18. Conundrumitis.
19. The First Three Times I Quit Smoking.
20. Funny Fuzzy Ruddy.
I'll continue the list in a few days or a week.

Saturday, October 16, 2010