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Been a busy long weekend so starting to fall behind. Hopefully will have a chance the next few days to check out the 21s and 20s.
I caught up, but expected this to happen again and it did. Vacation starts Wednesday too. May just skip the next few listening parties and join in where things are come the 17th. The down sides to the kids getting into music- about to play some wiffle ball but the 7 yr old wants to play DJ instead of queuing up the 21's. I'm okay with the trade off though.
 
I really like Narayan by The Prodigy. So much so that I went and listened to the album its on.
I think it is by far the best song on the album (which includes yesterday's song by them and one I'm pretty sure is forthcoming - no spotlighting!!!).

Thanks to @titusbramble by voluminous 1997 playlist (1997 - We don't care about no government warnings) is all the way up to 26 songs! (As point of reference, 2023 already has 78 songs. Remember: void.)

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27 songs now with Dinosaur Jr.'s Never Bought It! Thanks @KarmaPolice

Playlists are beefing up thanks to all of you who chose artists that either fell into my music void, or I had unwittingly ignored (e.g., the Prodigy, Phish, T. Swift, JBJ, Elliot Smith, Sugar Rios, Stranglers, Tragically Hip, Bauhaus, Brandi Carlile, AIC )! You're doing great work!
Glad you dug it! I know you were the one that responded you were going to listen to the Dino playlist. I've lost track of people following - you a fan in general, or more new to the music?
 
I'm in the same boat as krista, scorchy, MAC and probably all of you, but listening to and commenting on 145 songs per week is daunting. I think I've listened to almost every playlist so far but haven't been able to formulate and post thoughts on several of them. I'll do my best to highlight some favorites.

I'm off today and I'm listening to the 20s and loving it. Unfortunately I have to work on the 4th....
 
The Hold Steady “Realistic” Dream Setlist Song 12: Chips Ahoy

I got a girl and she don't have to work
She can tell which horse is gonna finish in first
Some nights the painkillers make the pain even worse


Album: Boys and Girls in America (Song 2 of 4)

Year: 2006

# of Times Seen Live: 38 of 39 shows

The Story: Like I wrote earlier, BAGIA is The Hold Steady’s most accessible record and Chips Ahoy is another banger. I would challenge anyone to find a better song that combines horse racing, clairvoyance, and drug use, except my follow-up entry later tonight might be even better (at least Mrs. Scorchy thinks so).

Live Notes: Another massive singalong (especially the whoa parts) that gets the crowd hopping. Craig has taken to introducing Chips Ahoy by talking about the meaning of some other song entirely and then adding, “but this next next one isn’t about that at all, it’s about a boy and a girl and a horse.” The only show where they didn’t play this was cut short by a thunderstorm (more on that later too).

Mrs. Scorchy’s Misheard Lyrics: One time in the car, I heard my better half singing:

She gets migraine headaches when she doesn’t do much
She always doesn’t do much.


It became a running joke (she even got me rocks glasses with this and a couple of other misheard THS lyrics printed on them) and every time they play this at a show, she turns to me lovingly and sings the wrong words.
 
Chalk me up as another one who just about always really enjoys the SRV, but might not always bring it up. Same goes for Stevie.. I know a lot of these already and of course they are great.

I'm looking forward to seeing what else makes the cut from Dino Jr's Where You Been, my favorite by them, another 5 star record in my book. Mascis is just perfect here.

They participated in the very best track on a certain much-lauded soundtrack from that era, as well, now I'll be really impressed if we see that one.
 
I was a huge fan of the first few Pixies records back in high school but they lost me with Trompe Le Monde

*Gasps*

Probably my favorite by them. That album got me into the Pixies. "Motorway to Roswell" is just a beautiful song about a subterranean homesick alien, the first and best of its genre, I think. With the piano and Kim Deal.

D = R*T

U-Mass

Subbacultcha

The "Head On" cover for the ingenue that had never heard "Head On"?

The whole thing is note perfect.
 
And you know, in a way I'm glad, not much SRV love here, I was beginning to think poor Stevie was being skipped by everyone. ;)
SRV (along with a handful of other artists) is one I know extremely well. If I don't say anything about a selection, it's fair to assume that I at minimum liked it. Also, veryl ikely that I've heard the song before, multiple times.

Stevie Ray, Rush, The Police, Stevie Wonder, the Kinks, Genesis, a few others... nothing will really suprise me, and I like it all. Happy they are here.
 
Chalk me up as another one who just about always really enjoys the SRV, but might not always bring it up. Same goes for Stevie.. I know a lot of these already and of course they are great.

I'm looking forward to seeing what else makes the cut from Dino Jr's Where You Been, my favorite by them, another 5 star record in my book. Mascis is just perfect here.

They participated in the very best track on a certain much-lauded soundtrack from that era, as well, now I'll be really impressed if we see that one.
I think I unleashed that before this started as a bonus (I assume you are talking about the Del the Funky Homosapien duet?). I didn't dig into sountracks and b-sides much if any, just stuck to the albums.

As to the other question, I feel like I am a bit odd in the Dino preferences. I haven't said which albums are which or how many from each specifically I have, but it seems like with the pairings of "core" albums I see: Bug/You're Living, Where You Been/Without a Sound, Beyond/Farm I prefer the opposite what the masses seem to. We will see, and maybe have more discussions about the why or what draws you to one over the other. I will say that we have had 1 from Where You Been so far, and I did post that Drawerings got bumped at the last minute for Garden.

I will also say that your timing is great because guess what album tomorrow's pick is from? :popcorn:
 
I was a huge fan of the first few Pixies records back in high school but they lost me with Trompe Le Monde

*Gasps*

Probably my favorite by them. That album got me into the Pixies. "Motorway to Roswell" is just a beautiful song about a subterranean homesick alien, the first and best of its genre, I think. With the piano and Kim Deal.

D = R*T

U-Mass

Subbacultcha

The "Head On" cover for the ingenue that had never heard "Head On"?

The whole thing is note perfect.
I agree with most of this....although I like Doolittle and Surfer Rosa a bit more, this a great album, and it's better than Bossanova (and anything since), IMO.

U-Mass and Subbacultcha are two of my favorite Pixies songs and their JAMC cover is almost as good as the original.
 
#20s:

I had two jaw-dropping "wow" reactions on this playlist, for "Never Bought It" by Dinosaur Jr. and "Crowds" by Bauhaus. :jawdrop: And the Dinosaur Jr. song going into Alice in Chains's "Red Giant" was a fantastic one-two punch of great drumming. (I skipped the Zevon since I already knew the song.)

Likewise, Queen's "One Vision" into AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds" was a powerful one-two punch. (Sure, I already knew the AC/DC, but I listened anyway. So much for consistency.)

Todd's "A Dream Goes on Forever" was another of his that I found compellingly unstructured.

Sign me up for every Jorge Ben Jor song that features the instrument of Muppet torture.

I'd forgotten what a solid song "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" by Genesis is.

"Horseshoes and Handgrenades" was a significant departure from the last Green Day song, and equally enjoyable to me.

"Oldest Story in the World" is the best Heart song I'd never heard.

Other big winners for me were "No Mercy" by The Stranglers, "Walk" by Foo Fighters, and the aptly timed "Fireworks" by The Tragically Hip.

Which is more joyous: "Isn't She Lovely" or "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"? Trick question: the answer is both! :heart:
 
Chalk me up as another one who just about always really enjoys the SRV, but might not always bring it up. Same goes for Stevie.. I know a lot of these already and of course they are great.

I'm looking forward to seeing what else makes the cut from Dino Jr's Where You Been, my favorite by them, another 5 star record in my book. Mascis is just perfect here.

They participated in the very best track on a certain much-lauded soundtrack from that era, as well, now I'll be really impressed if we see that one.
I think I unleashed that before this started as a bonus (I assume you are talking about the Del the Funky Homosapien duet?). I didn't dig into sountracks and b-sides much if any, just stuck to the albums.

As to the other question, I feel like I am a bit odd in the Dino preferences. I haven't said which albums are which or how many from each specifically I have, but it seems like with the pairings of "core" albums I see: Bug/You're Living, Where You Been/Without a Sound, Beyond/Farm I prefer the opposite what the masses seem to. We will see, and maybe have more discussions about the why or what draws you to one over the other. I will say that we have had 1 from Where You Been so far, and I did post that Drawerings got bumped at the last minute for Garden.

I will also say that your timing is great because guess what album tomorrow's pick is from? :popcorn:
OK missed that Judgment Night post from you, must have lost it in the weeds

Gorillaz connection too, but I'm not sure I would have thought, or bothered to include it if I was doing this either

Can't wait!
 
I agree with most of this....although I like Doolittle and Surfer Rosa a bit more

Yeah, my love of this is because of its newness to me at the time. I borrowed and it dubbed it on cassette (back when scarcity of music was a real thing!) from this guy who was into music I liked, and I wore that thing out my freshman fall of college. He had Trompe Le Monde and the Bosstones on one ninety minute cassette (Devil's Night Out) and I was hooked on both. So I have attachments to the album from the process of getting it and being young. It probably isn't better than Doolittle or Surfer Rosa for fans already into those two albums.
 
4- The lyrics for these carry optimism, only to be snuffed out at the end with the line of every verse, “Life shows No Mercy”

5- The band appear in the video clip as Doctors and patients, just like in the Sweden video. Either their directors have no imagination or the band like dressing up as Doctors and patients

#4 is part of what I loved about the song. That upbeat, driving dee-dee-dee-dee-dee sound, interspersed with the downbeat lyric.

#5 is :lmao:
 
Prodigy catch up:

#22 - Shut Em Up - OK, so this was a weird case of finding something good then finding something better. I only own the first four albums, so was listening through Invaders Must Die, get through to the last track Stand Up, and think "wow, that's something completely different, that's on the list". Then I've gone through subsequent albums, and am looking on Wikipedia and see that there is a track that's similarly named as a bonus track on a digital version of The Day Is My Enemy which is additionally attributed to Public Enemy? Let's listen to this then - so it seems that someone had independently done a mash up of the initial track with what is used as a bumper in everyone's favourite waiver wire show cut down segment. So they did it properly, and we get this. I love me some rap vs anything crossovers, and this peak content

#20, #21 - Girls, Spitfire - Putting these two into one writeup, as these were the two opening tracks and two of the singles off of Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Without checking back as to what exactly I wrote for the previously used track on the album, so may be repeating myself, there was a lot of hype on this given the amount of time (seven years) since The Fat of the Land and the quality and success of that album. The album was never realistically going to match the hype, and it didn't - I have one further album track later on, but that's it, but these singles released have enough about them to warrant lower positions in this countdown. I think Girls is the clearly superior track, but both have enough interesting elements to them, both of them going through various stages, progressions and ups and downs to be worth a listen.
 
Thanks for writing so kindly what I've been feeling the last week. I've really enjoyed this whole exercise, not just because I've gotten to hear so much new-to-me (or forgotten-to-me) great music but also because it helped me connect even deeper with my own favorite band. I'm really looking forward to deep diving into something else for next go-round. But I also feel perpetually behind and struggling to find something interesting or insightful to add. In other words, pardon me for following your lead on this.

:hifive:
 
Knew 9 from the 20's
Tonight, Tonight - never heard this version, not a big Collins guy but like this one!
Werewolves of London - only Zevon sing I knew going in and now have a couple others I've liked.
My Oh My - nice change of pace track by them
Jetstream- seems I've liked all their stuff so far
Oldest Story in the World - I consider myself a Heart fan but never heard this- it rocks!
 
I really like Narayan by The Prodigy. So much so that I went and listened to the album its on.
I think it is by far the best song on the album (which includes yesterday's song by them and one I'm pretty sure is forthcoming - no spotlighting!!!).

Thanks to @titusbramble by voluminous 1997 playlist (1997 - We don't care about no government warnings) is all the way up to 26 songs! (As point of reference, 2023 already has 78 songs. Remember: void.)

🙏
27 songs now with Dinosaur Jr.'s Never Bought It! Thanks @KarmaPolice

Playlists are beefing up thanks to all of you who chose artists that either fell into my music void, or I had unwittingly ignored (e.g., the Prodigy, Phish, T. Swift, JBJ, Elliot Smith, Sugar Rios, Stranglers, Tragically Hip, Bauhaus, Brandi Carlile, AIC )! You're doing great work!
Glad you dug it! I know you were the one that responded you were going to listen to the Dino playlist. I've lost track of people following - you a fan in general, or more new to the music?
I was only familiar with a few hits so I'm digging the deep dive
 
The 20s playlist is excellent. Some highlights:

A Dream Goes on Forever--my favorite from TR so far.
Brennisteinn - I'm familiar with some Sigur Ros but this one I was not and I loved it.
Any Major Dude Will Tell You - I've never considered myself a Dan fan but I wind up liking most of their songs, this included.
Interstate - another stellar song from their best album :)
champagne problems - I've never listened to Taylor Swift but I've liked most of these songs a lot, including this one.

Everything Hits At Once is my #1 from Spoon.

Isn't She Lovely has special meaning to me. My daughter woke up one morning when she was 8 and couldn't feel her legs or walk. She'd been complaining of lower back pain for a few days before this, after falling in a soccer game. As her pediatrician dad I told her it was probably just a back sprain. After it wasn't improving I asked her pediatrician, my colleague, to evaluate her. He examined her and took an xray---all normal. He also thought probably just a strained back. But that morning when she couldn't feel her legs I took her to the children's hospital where I had trained and one of my mentors evaluated her. He ordered a spinal MRI. I sat in the room with her as the machine rattled away for what seemed a lot longer than I thought it should---not usually a good thing. The radiologist and neurologist came into the room and told me that she had a mass compressing her spinal cord and it was most likely a neuroblastoma. I was crushed. That is a life-threatening diagnosis. But they did want to send the images to the neuroradiology specialist for confirmation. After what seemed like an eternity, he called back and requested a CT scan which could identify a certain type of bone lesion better than the MRI. After another grueling 90 minute wait he called back and said he thought the lesion was most likely an aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC--a benign lesion) rather than a malignant neuroblastoma, but a biopsy was needed to confirm. She was admitted overnight and given IV steroids to help alleviate the swelling pressing on her spinal cord. I slept beside her on a tiny cot all night. My wife was at home with our toddler. My daughter woke me up in the middle of the night and asked me "what's wrong with my back, dad? Is it bad?" I lost it. I tried my best not to let on how scared I was. The biopsy was the next morning and fortunately confirmed a benign ABC, but it still had to be removed with a grueling 8 hour surgery. She spent several days in recovery but eventually was discharged. I played Isn't She Lovely as we drove off from the hospital. I'd been planning it for a few days. A special song to me.
 
Who's chopping up a bunch of onions in here? :cry:
I'm not chopping onions - you are.
I grew up listening to Stevie because he was my mom's favorite artist. That was never my favorite song of his but it definitely climbed the list after that experience.
Thanks for sharing your story, Marco. It busted me this evening. I totally get that "not my favorite, but still meaningful" thing from songs.

I still think you're Black Ops, though :lol:
 
Who's chopping up a bunch of onions in here? :cry:
I'm not chopping onions - you are.
I grew up listening to Stevie because he was my mom's favorite artist. That was never my favorite song of his but it definitely climbed the list after that experience.
Thanks for sharing your story, Marco. It busted me this evening. I totally get that "not my favorite, but still meaningful" thing from songs.

I still think you're Black Ops, though :lol:
Yes, the middle-aged, pediatrician, music nerd is a perfect cover.... :lmao:

I'm wearing a Pavement t-shirt in Cotonou right now. No one will notice me.
 
Who's chopping up a bunch of onions in here? :cry:
I'm not chopping onions - you are.
I grew up listening to Stevie because he was my mom's favorite artist. That was never my favorite song of his but it definitely climbed the list after that experience.
Thanks for sharing your story, Marco. It busted me this evening. I totally get that "not my favorite, but still meaningful" thing from songs.

I still think you're Black Ops, though :lol:
Yes, the middle-aged, pediatrician, music nerd is a perfect cover.... :lmao:

I'm wearing a Pavement t-shirt in Cotonou right now. No one will notice me.
You're a great guy, Marco. I appreciate you putting up with my dumb **** over the years.
 
Phish - totally lost myself in this one. Great jam.
If you like what you hear from Phish and want to check out live recordings, Slip Stitch and Pass, from which the version of Mike's Song on the #20 playlist is taken, is the best place to start. Their second official live release, it's the most easily digestible, as it was released as a single 72-minute CD, in contrast to the first live album, A Live One, which was a 2-CD set structured like one of their full concerts, and the subsequent squillion live releases, all of which are entire shows or multiple entire shows. In addition, it's from 1997, which many fans think was their best year onstage; three of its nine tracks are covers; and every track is among the best versions that exist of those respective songs.
 
Prodigy catch up:
#20, #21 - Girls, Spitfire - Putting these two into one writeup, as these were the two opening tracks and two of the singles off of Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Without checking back as to what exactly I wrote for the previously used track on the album, so may be repeating myself, there was a lot of hype on this given the amount of time (seven years) since The Fat of the Land and the quality and success of that album. The album was never realistically going to match the hype, and it didn't - I have one further album track later on, but that's it, but these singles released have enough about them to warrant lower positions in this countdown. I think Girls is the clearly superior track, but both have enough interesting elements to them, both of them going through various stages, progressions and ups and downs to be worth a listen.
I’ve listened to Girls three times today - such an awesome song.
 
Phish - totally lost myself in this one. Great jam.
If you like what you hear from Phish and want to check out live recordings, Slip Stitch and Pass, from which the version of Mike's Song on the #20 playlist is taken, is the best place to start. Their second official live release, it's the most easily digestible, as it was released as a single 72-minute CD, in contrast to the first live album, A Live One, which was a 2-CD set structured like one of their full concerts, and the subsequent squillion live releases, all of which are entire shows or multiple entire shows. In addition, it's from 1997, which many fans think was their best year onstage; three of its nine tracks are covers; and every track is among the best versions that exist of those respective songs.
Awesome - thanks! It’s fun to explore this new-to-me stuff. I listened to a Doves album today while barbequing.
 
I finally had a chance to listen to the #22 playlist.

Excluding my own song, I already knew that I liked these songs:
  • Kinks - Tired of Waiting for You
  • Bruce - State Trooper
On first listen to this playlist, these were the unfamiliar songs I liked the best:
  • Green Day - ¿Viva la Gloria? (Little Girl)
  • Daft Punk - Phoenix
  • Ryan Adams - Take It Back
 
Frank Black's Just a Little sounds like a British Invasion jawn -- or at least an Adam Schlesinger approximation of one.

Clutch's Jackhammer Our Names sounds like The Doors but in a different way than some of the Stranglers' songs do. There's no Ray Manzarek-like keyboarding here. The vocal is unmistakably influenced by Morrison, and the drumming style is reminiscent of Densmore. And the whole vibe of Big Themes sung by someone who demands you take him seriously.

Never Bought It seems like a "years later with more maturity" take on Thumb (KP's #29).

I can see how Chips Ahoy would be a live favorite.

Empire Ants is how I like my synthy stuff to sound like. Another track where Albarn sounds a bit like Paul Weller.
 
Damon Albarn Song #20

Gorillaz feat. Little Dragon - "Empire Ants" from Plastic Beach (2010)


Gorillaz' third proper album (and fifth overall) Plastic Beach was a concept album set on an island overrun by debris. It was also the first Gorillaz album that leaned heavily on collaborators.

Swedish electropop group Little Dragon appeared on two tracks. "Empire Ants" is a two parter with Sad Damon first singing a lovely melody over a simple drum machine loop. At almost exactly the halfway point of the song, it starts raining sheets of synthesizers followed by the bass kicking in. The remainder of the song is Yukimi Nagano singing about how her little dream works the machine.

https://open.spotify.com/track/3a6PN6BRB8PP3ms48s7kU1

Live on Letterman (2010)
 
PhishshukeMike's Song

So this has never been released on a studio album, so this was the closest I get on an officially released live album. The last four minute of this is getting into garden variety "weird Phish" and it may be a turn off to some.

But with this pick, I wanted to really celebrate "Mike's Groove", which is the successive playing of "Mike's Song", "I Am Hydrogen", and "Weekapaug Groove". Often Mike's Song and Weekapaug are played together with a number of different songs, but I strongly prefer Hyrdrogen.

Here is an example.

Hydrogen starts at the 7:41 mark.
Weekapaug starts at the 10:37 mark. Just absolutely incredible bass work from Mike.
 
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Mike's Song is named that way because it was the first song Mike Gordon wrote for Phish, and he didn't have a title for it. From their earliest days it has been one of the best vehicles for their live improvisation. In concert, it begins the "Mike's Groove suite," which ends with a song called Weekapaug Groove and can include just about anything in the middle (at one show I saw, it was a cover of Neil Young's Albuquerque).

I proxy the rest of my write-up to this guy.
 
PhishshukeMike's Song

So this has never been released on a studio album, so this was the closest I get on an officially released live album. The last four minute of this is getting into garden variety "weird Phish" and it may be a turn off to some.

But with this pick, I wanted to really celebrate "Mike's Groove", which is the successive playing of "Mike's Song", "I Am Hydrogen", and "Weekapaug Groove". Often Mike's Song and Weekapaug are played together with a number of different songs, but I strongly prefer Hyrdrogen.

Here is an example.

Hydrogen starts at the 7:41 mark.
Weekapaug starts at the 10:37 mark. Just absolutely incredible bass work from Mike.

I think this was the first Phish song that matched my preconceptions of what the band sounded like.
 
21 thoughts...Liked almost everything. Some standouts:

Gravity Rides Everything - MM
Song for Myla - Decemberists
The Rest Will Follow - Trail of Dead
Village Green - Kinks
Untitled - Sigur Ros - adding to my sleep playlist
Restless Heart Syndrome - Green Day - where did this come from??
Pity The Mother - Slade - these selections are showing the versatility of a band that I knew nothing about other than a couple of songs.
Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC - really holds up
Almost Forgot Myself - Doves :heart:
Glory Days - Bruce - this reminds of my teenage years and I'm old, so somehow serendipitously I think this song was predicting how I would feel in the future.
Scared - Tragically Hip
 

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