In Which This Sunday Mixtape Speaks Truth to Power

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On an evening in which Hurricane Dean is set to ravage the island of Jamaica, there was a fire on West St in the Deutsche Bank skyscraper. It’s been inhabitable for some times, with demolitions suffering frequent delays and cancellations.

I suppose in some sense this was inevitable–our buildings would take on personalities of their own, attack us, cause mayhem.

This could be a kind of proof of God. Every monument we build to symbol the achievements of mankind is struck down. Also I would throw Bill Clinton’s Monica dalliance in this category.

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There were finding remains of 9/11 victims in this building as late as THIS YEAR. The building has had nothing but problems, and now this.

I mean if it wasn’t for music I would just die you know.

“Oriental Shuffle” — Django Reinhardt (mp3)

Reinhardt is a jazz guitarist who died in 1953.

“Ballad of a Bitter End” — The Poems (mp3)

The Poems myspace

“Gravity’s Rainbow” — The Klaxons (mp3)

“Cast No Shadow (live)” — Noel Gallagher (mp3)

“Cast No Shadow (UNKLE remix)” — Noel Gallagher (mp3

You have to understand that for some of us, when we were 12, Oasis was the only band talking about what was real to us–dramatic music about being male, white, and sad. This is who we were. 

UNKLE wiki.

Thanks wiki

The song was dedicated to The Verve singer, and close friend of the band, Richard Ashcroft. The opening lines of the song – “Here’s a thought for every man, who tries to understand what is in his hands” – are similar to those in the refrain of The Verve’s song “History” (“In every man, in every hand, in every kiss, you understand that living is for other men, I hope you do understand”), of which Gallagher is a huge admirer (he provided handclaps on “History” during recording). The song’s chorus (“As he faced the sun, he cast no shadow”) has been interpreted as some as a lament for those whose lives are lived so thinly that they leave no lasting impression or legacy upon their demise. When questioned about this line in a September 2005 interview with San Diego radio station FM94/9, Gallagher replied, “The reason why one would not cast no shadow is because one would be invisible.” The interviewer had simply assumed it was a reference to Ashcroft’s skinnyness.

“For the Girl” — The Fratellis (mp3)

Fratellis myspace. Their wiki.

“My Party” — Kings of Leon (mp3)

“Hummingbird” — Kris Delmhorst (mp3)

“Play It For Today” — The Legends (mp3)

Just too weird and genius, kind of David Bowie meets Daft Punk or something. Let’s not be holding me to that. Maybe I’m getting Daft Punk because this song kind of sounds like robots making love. According to their site,

According to The Legends the band play music that can’t be placed in a genre, still they’re happy to agree on Television Personalities, Comet Gain, Motown and C-86 as inspiration.

“When they write their best uptempo songs, time stands still. Handclap, sing-a-long choruses and clattering guitars, soul” says The Cricket. We agree!

The Legends are nine persons who play drums, guitars, tambourine, organ, bass and sings. Many of the members have never played their instruments before which just adds excitement to the short and intensive gigs.
 

Legends wiki

According to The Legends the band play music that can’t be placed in a genre, still they’re happy to agree on Television Personalities, Comet Gain, Motown and C-86 as inspiration.

“When they write their best uptempo songs, time stands still. Handclap, sing-a-long choruses and clattering guitars, soul” says The Cricket. We agree!

The Legends are nine persons who play drums, guitars, tambourine, organ, bass and sings. Many of the members have never played their instruments before which just adds excitement to the short and intensive gigs.

“Rock and Daggers” — Noah and the Whale (mp3)

The violin here is perfect, this is like Bob Dylan with a sense of humor. (Note: retarded generalizations are what we are all about, didn’t you read this article?)

“NYC Weather Report” — Five for Fighting (mp3)

Fortunately, and this is my hope, Molly may not have heard of Five for Fighting and thus will not be able to lob Adam Duritz-style insults in my direction for enjoying this song.

“I Was Humming A New Song to Myself” — Quiet Company (mp3)

These guys look like a Will Oldham tribute group, but in reality, looks aren’t everything.

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

Molly’s science series–

Paper Bones
H.P. Lovecraft
Asexual Reproduction
Stem Cells
Napping Helmet
New Planets

–is the gift that keeps on giving. I find out new things in these all the time. For instance, I didn’t know that there was once a president of Scotland who was a tortoise. True story.

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3 thoughts on “In Which This Sunday Mixtape Speaks Truth to Power

  1. not only have I heard Five For Fighting, they have the TWO WORST SONGS on the whole corporate radio playlist at TJ’s, namely that fucking Superman song. This says it all:

    Five for Fighting is the stage name of American singer-songwriter John Ondrasik. His 2000 album America Town went platinum in the U.S. largely due to the success of the song “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” following the September 11 attacks in 2001

    It’s because his shitty music is WORSE THAN 9/11

    the other song is 100 years and wiki says it was used in:
    The episode My Half-Acre of the NBC series Scrubs.
    The last scenes of the final episode of the CBS series JAG.
    A retrospective during Katie Couric’s last day as host of NBC’s Today show.
    Used on a video montage played before game 4 of the World Series in 2004, as clips of the Red Sox history played in the background.
    The trailer for Spanglish.

    JAG? SPANGLISH? RED SOX HISTORY? WORSE THAN 9/11!

  2. Also that is the best defense/explanation of the appeal of Oasis (and by the same token, Smashing Pumpkins) that I have ever head. I just liked Blur instead because they were cute and not unintelligibly Mancunian.

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