Friday, October 24, 2008

The MP3 Game for Friday

Rules: Get your MP3 Player/iPod/iTunes or other random music player ready. Hit shuffle/random, etc. List the first ten songs that play - NO SKIPPING. And perhaps tell us a little bit about each song. Here we go!

1. Copeland - There Cannot Be a Close Second - nice laid back indie-pop. I think they are playing in Philly this weekend with Lovedrug.

2. The Mint - Are You - From their newest album, Love is Vapor. Lancaster band that played at Freedom Fest this year, as well as the XPoNential Music Fest. Nice guys. These first two songs mix together nicely.

3. Jeremy Enigk - Abigail Anne - From first solo album by Enigk, formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, and also in The Fire Theft. Love this guys voice!

4. The Emergency - Theme Song - Downloaded MP3 from a great band that never was. Or something like that. Kind of a Southern Cali indie super group that imploded after being signed by a major label.

5. Brown Feather Sparrow - Catching Rain - Beautiful song from this Dutch group. Nice quiet song featuring one of my favorite female vocalists.

6. The Shackeltons - Tremble - Chambersburg's own! Man I love these guys. Saw them for the first time at the Abbey in Harrisburg back in February. Have gotten some airplay on XPN and Y-Rock. Lead singer Mark Redding is all about the love. He makes me smile.

7. The Czars - Anger - Don't know much about these guys but discovered them when I was working in NYC. Kinda quietly haunting lounge-singerish indie-rock. Yup.

8. U2 - Bad - Just love these guys. 'nuff said.

9. Lampshade - Father of Lead - European band with female lead. Fans of Sigur Ros and Bjork would dig them.

10. Rainer Maria - Terrible - Man I miss this band. Another great female voice.

And...ten more quick ones for the road:

11. Lovedrug - Salt of the Earth
12. Big Country - In a Big Country (woo hoo...oldschool!)
13. Mineral - TheLastWordIsRejoice
14. Hundred Year Storm - All This Time
15. The Myriad - A Clean Shot
16. Lisa Loeb - Waiting for Wednesday
17. Eric Clapton - Cocaine
18. The Welcome Wagon - Sold! To the Nice Rich Man!
19. The Skeleton at the Feast - Answer
20. The Gravity Show - Aching

OK gang...have at it. What's in your musical device?


icelander said...

1. We Will Fall Together by Streetlight Manifesto

2. Last One Out Of Liberty City by Less than Jake

3. Pyramid Scheme by Mad Caddies

4. Superstar Punani by Sublime

5. Real Rat Bastard by Mustard Plug

6. Theme Song! by The Aquabats

7.The Rascal King by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

8. Vans Song by The Suicide Machines

9. Noise Complaint by Big D and the Kids Table.

icelander said...


10. Little Bitch by The Specials

Anonymous said...

1. Evacuating London by Harry Gregson-Williams - from TLTWTW soundtrack.

2. The Converse of the Two-Minute Rule by David Allen. OK, this isn't a song. It's the author of GTD in the midst of his famed seminars. Sue me. I'm an admin.

3. All We Need by Out of the Grey. They're from Lancaster, right? Part of my "Shameful CCM" playlist.

4. Miami by Counting Crows. Exactly the sort of song Mueller hates and I love.

5. Come Rain or Come Shine by B.B. King & Eric Clapton. I don't actually like this song. I don't like Clapton, Billy Joel, or Elton John. Because I have taste.

6. Red Mosquito by Pearl Jam, from Live on Two Legs. This is the best PJ album eva'.

7. Colors by Amos Lee. I think we heard a bit of him in the XPN Essential 885.

8. I Need More Love by Robert Randolph. One of our guinea pigs, as you know, is named Mo, so we occasionally sing "I need Mo love every day of my life" to baby him.

9. Create In Me a Clean Heart by Keith Green. Purely on here for scholarly reasons.

10. Ramblin' Man by Hank Williams. The song says more than my comments can.

Justin K. said...

1. If You're Board by Bayside: The worlds best "emo" band. Yes, I appreciate "emo" music. I think it's culturally significant. I love indie but I need some music that rocks from time to time.

2. Typical Situation by Tim Reynolds and Dave Matthews: Live recording at Luthor College. I'm not as big a Dave fan as I was, but I forgot how pretty this song was.

3. Almost Over by Eliot Smith: From his fairly recent posthumous album. It's a "meh" track on a "meh" album.

4. Everyone's on Tour by Nada Surf: This song actually kicks a fair amount of ass. Didn't remember that at all.

5. We Will Become Silhouettes by the Postal Service: I really, really love the Postal Service. New album? Please?

6. New Year's Project by Further Seems Forever: Whine, whine, whine, blah, blah, blah, over.

7. Eleven-Eleven by Film School: Why don't I listen to Film School more? I think I have to be in the right mood.

8. You Held The World In Your Arms by Idlewild: I will never grow tired of this song or this band. I'd love to see them live, but they rarely leave Scotland these days or so it seems. If you aren't familiar with them, you should be.

9. NYC by Interpol: Every time I listen to Interpol I get a desire to go to New York, do some blow and chain smoke outside of a dirty rock club. Basically I get the urge to become a member of Interpol.

10. Red Letter Day by the Get Up Kids: Relieved that nothing completely embarrassing ended up in my 10. This is a good song. I liked it more in college though.

Amanda said...

I went with last 10 songs played on my iTunes at work, since I listen all day.

1. Foo Fighters – Halo. From the One By One album.

2. Oasis – Some Might Say. The What's the Story album is my favorite of theirs, but I haven't listened to any of the new stuff.

3. Nada Surf – Hollywood. My favorite band to turn people on to when all they know is "Popular."

4. Hotel Lights – Firecracker People. This is Darren Jessee's band (he was the drummer for Ben Folds Five).

5. The Frames – Happy. See the movie Once? No? Go rent it now! This is Glen Hansard's band. They are pretty famous in Ireland/UK.

6. Pete Yorn – June. Chicks dig Pete Yorn. From the Nightcrawler album.

7. Bon Iver – Flume. He's great.

8. Mark Ronson – Stop Me (f. Daniel Meriweather). The album Version is like candy for your ears. A Morrissey cover.

9. Dawn Landes – Bodyguard. I think this song came from the SXSW web site a couple of years ago.

10. The Bens – Wasted and Ready. Only bit of crossover in my 10. Ben Folds, Ben Lee and Ben Kweller are The Bens.

Most of these tracks can be heard at my page.

Thanks Ken! This was fun.

Becky Garvey said...

1. Fly Me To The Moon - Sinatra

2. Til We Aint Strangers Anymore - BonJovi/Rhimes

3. Apache - Sugar Hill Gang

4. Come On Over - Jessica Simpson

5. Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake

6. At Last - Etta James

7. I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince

8. These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding

9. Sweet Caroline - The GREAT Neil Diamond

10. Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb

egcramer said...

1. Pure Shores by All Saints/Fatboy Slim - From the Big Beach Boutique album. Ah, cramming on to the last train to London from Brighton with 1,000 strangers.

2. Black Star by Radiohead - From my favorite Radiohead album, the Bends.

3. Blue Lines by Massive Attack - This always plays super loud on my iPod.

4. Sail On Sailor by the Bluetones - Not one of their better tunes.

5. Road To Paradise by the Charlatans - I dearly love the Charlatans, and I hope they never stop touring, but maybe they should stop recording.

6. I Used To Love Him by Lauryn Hill - I don't even think I knew I had this album.

7. Porcelain Gods by Paul Weller - Absolutely one of my favorite artists ever!

8. Angel Sigh by Spiritualized - This is a band I recommend to a lot of Radiohead fans. They don't really sound similar, but I've found that people get into them.

9. See You At the Lights by the 1990s - I think this song was used in a Payless commercial last year. Which was pretty surprising to me.

10. Everything Comes At the Right Time by Ocean Colour Scene - Yes, I love Dadrock.

Travis said...

Let's Take A Ride, Norman Brown
A jazzy little instrumental number I picked up for free on Amazon a few weeks back. Perfect for PBS TV station I.D. bumpers.

Bee Your Man, Relient k
"I'd like to conclude with five great things about America: freedom, justice, America, and uh... what's that last one? Right: Taco Bell."

Hold Me Jesus, Rich Mullins
About 10-15 years ago, I loved watching the CCM music video channel my grandparents got through their cable plan (ZTV/ZMusic). I thought this song was boring back then, but now that I'm grown up... I get it.

The Sun Sets on the Continent of Hyrule, mithius
Part of the Zelda: The Story of Hyrule fan soundtrack project.

Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, IL, Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan's quirky songwriting (with ambiguously religous/spiritual overtones and undercurrents) is something I really dig, but it drives my wife nuts.

Don't Give Your Heart, Peabo Bryson
This is the problem with free MP3s on Amazon. I load 'em up and forget to remove the ones I don't like. ("But it's free! What's not to like?!")

Link is Revived, mithius
Lookit: two Hyrule tracks? My iPod must be a Zelda fan. Well, it's only 32 seconds...

Black Winged Bird, Nina Persson
Another Amazon MPFreebie that, to be honest, I haven't actually listened to yet. It's slow, and I usually listen to new stuff in the car (where I like fast, upbeat stuff). So I've probably skipped over it a bunch.

Much of You, Steven Curtis Chapman
I've been a SCC fan for almost 20 years now. My first concert was a stop on his Great Adventure tour in '92 (Out of the Grey and Susan Ashton opened). I'm also a big fan of pastor and author John Piper. Chapman wrote this song after reading one of Piper's books, so it's like a perfect storm.

Pictures of Matchstick Men, Camper van Beethoven
Hmm... I wonder where I came across this one? Not my top choice, but it works.

Matt_Z said...

1. Flaming Lips - Waiting for Superman
2. James Carter & the Prisoners - Po Lazerus
3. Etta James - I'd rather go blind
4. Neil Young - Soldier
5. Ani Difranco - Anticipate
6. Modest Mouse - Never Ending Math Equation
7. Nat King Cole - The Very Thought of You
8. Longwave - Wake me when it's over.
9. Sufjan Stevens - Presidents & Magistrates
10. Pete Yorn - Crystal Village

Ken said...

I'm loving the eclectic suggestions. Might even find a few artists I want to try out. I think I'll try to do this...or something like it...every Friday. Suggestions on how to change it up or make it creatively different (differently creative?) are welcome.

Beth (mamafitz) said...

I'm really not as unbalanced as this list would lead you to think...
1. Hang Me Up to Dry - Cold War Kids. Love this. Very pleased that it came up first in the shuffle.
2. Runaway - Del Shannon. Yes, for real. I love 50's doowop stuff. Grew up listening to it with my Mom.
3. Fortune Teller - Robert Plant and Allison Krauss. Great CD - love Robert Plant. Saw him live a couple of years ago; he's still rockin' it well.
4. What Light - Wilco. This is the song that got in my head the most from this CD. Which was ALL good.
5. Homebird - Foy Vance. Peaceful and sweet.
6. Grace Kelly - MIKA. Spin tune; I get a kick out of the Freddy Mercury-esque style
7. Luminous Times (Hold On To Love) - U2. It's U2. Nothing more needs to be said.
8. Reminiscing - Five Blind Boys of Alabama. Saw these guys live a few years ago, too - if you get the chance to get to one of their shows, GO. You won't be sorry. Their energy and musicianship is inspiring.
9. Only You - Platters. Yup, more 50's. Makes me smile.
10. Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson. Picture yourself on a bike...on a long, flat road, pedaling steadily. It works.
11. Energie - Madou Djembe'. I was a drumline drummer. I love drums and rhythm. Enough said.

Great lists, everyone!