July 15, 2008

Hot Summer Playlist Action

Today we have an audio post. Here's a playlist of stuff I'm currently listening to. Hosted by Project Playlist. With comments below.

  • The Chauffeur -- Duran Duran
    • I've always loved this song, but it's on this list because the band who performs the next song (Urbs) has their own version of it that is making good headphone music for work.
  • The Incident -- Urbs
    • The Urbs album "Toujours le même film..." is like the soundtrack to a nonexistent film. This sounds like the music you might hear during the trailer. I like the riff in there that sounds like they were listening to Depeche Mode's album Music For The Masses when they wrote this.
  • Everybody Knows -- Ryan Adams
    • Great, short song about someone having trouble holding everything together.
  • Two -- Ryan Adams
    • This song can be heard in the background at a restaurant in the movie Hancock. It clearly wasn't chosen for the film by mistake, but it tells a pathetic story. Adams' plaintive crooning is soothing.
  • Rockferry -- Duffy
    • This song and the next are off Duffy's recent album. Her voice is great, and this song reminds me of an earlier time.
  • Warwick Avenue -- Duffy
    • I guess I just like this style of female vocals. There's nothing spectacular about this song, it's just got a great combination of her voice, the band and the orchestra that swells up as she gets going.
  • Down To Earth -- Peter Gabriel
    • From Wall-E. Some of the gentle electronica from the soundtrack is woven into this very Peter Gabriel tune.
  • Green Onions -- Booker T. & The MG's
    • Project Playlist didn't have the Tom Petty version, but Booker T. and the MG's will certainly do! It's Green Onions, and needs no description.
  • Lil' King Kong -- Simple Kid
    • My younger daughter M really liked this song we heard on TV (I think it was the Saturn Vue commercial) and I had to agree, it was pretty catchy. Head-bobbin stuff.
  • I Turn My Camera On -- Spoon
    • While we're bobbin our heads, we can move right along to the song I fist heard because of a dancing robot named Keepon.
  • Blood And Roses -- The Smithereens
    • A blast from the 90's brings us down to Earth. "I want to love, and it comes out wrong. I want to live but I don't belong."
  • Fight With Tools -- Flobots
    • There's not enough violin in this playlist, so I sneak some in via a rap song.
  • Last Day Of Our Love -- The Bird And The Bee
    • The bubblegummy popish sound contrasts with the subject matter - love withering on the vine, and finally ending. It's all over, even the shouting.
  • Short skirt, long jacket -- Cake
    • Can't have a summer playlist without Cake. Short Skirt/Long Jacket moves, and I add it to this list imagining John McCain singing this to Carly Fiorina.
  • Me, I'm Not -- Nine Inch Nails
    • He sounds like he's in a lot of pain.
  • Crosstown Traffic -- Jimi Hendrix
    • Higher gas prices. Lousy economy. It's all crosstown traffic.
  • Hiphopapotamus v Rhymenocerous -- Flight of The Conchords
    • The lighter side of rap.
  • Polaris -- Nortec Collective
    • Some electronica to drone on in the background while I work.
  • I'm Shipping Up To Boston 9 (Departed Soundtrack) -- The Dropkick Murphy
    • With Fridays off, we try to find some reason to go somewhere interesting with the kids. Often, that's in Boston.

If you're looking for a laugh, here's a "trailer" for the new movie Journey at the Center of the Earth. Not to be confused with Jules Verne, or the similarly titled kids adventure film now in theaters. This one is about the band.

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Posted by James at July 15, 2008 12:46 PM
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Dude, Cake is just awesome. One of my all time favorite bands. Something about the bass and the horns. Like a 70's porn soundtrack you actually WANT to listen to.

Can't tell you how many times I listened to Green Onions on the way to the beach to go surfing.

And I'll have to check and see if Urbs are on iTunes...

Thanks for this...

Posted by: Bull at July 15, 2008 1:21 PM

Funny video thread!

The Song of the Count

Posted by: Mike at July 15, 2008 1:28 PM

By all means. Bring on the funny videos.

The one above was sent in by Bob McCown.

Posted by: James at July 15, 2008 2:25 PM

BTW - can any/all of you see the embedded music player? I was hoping to use this technology in the future to allow us to discuss music.

Posted by: James at July 15, 2008 2:26 PM

The playlist object didn't appear in the RSS feed but I noticed it when I visited the page to make a comment. It's a neat idea, although it looks like the songs playlist.com finds for you could disappear at any time.

Posted by: Mike at July 15, 2008 3:04 PM

That's true. Some of the songs are from more reliable sources, and they try to give you an indication of this when you choose which songs to add to your playlist. Basically, they tell you when they think the song is from an official source.

Posted by: James at July 15, 2008 3:06 PM

There are also these mix tape services if you want to upload the songs:



Posted by: Mike at July 15, 2008 3:11 PM

Cool. I love me some playlists.

Posted by: James at July 15, 2008 3:14 PM

My evening is made with this visit from The Smithereens!

Posted by: pam at July 22, 2008 11:34 PM

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