all-time record – day ten

22
May

The final one…

last saturday, blah blah

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

feeling the need to explain

Day ten – Indigo Girls – 1200 Curfews (1995)

I joke that the Indigo Girls are the soundtrack to my marriage. One of our first “dates” was catching the ‘Girls show at Franklin and Marshall College on the “Rites of Passage” tour. We caught them at Lilith Faire on our Honeymoon (yes, we went to Lilith Faire on our honeymoon – how 90s is that?), we saw them a couple of years back in town right abouts on our 15th anniversary; there was another show in there somewhere too (but she took our eldest to that one because I had a conflict on the rescheduled date…), and we’ll probably see them again when the come to town.

Yeah, I’m a fan. Voices, acoustic guitars (although they’ve tended to amp up here and there, and when they do, they sound like The Replacements, which is awesome). It just works. The songwriting is uniformly great, and they do a whole lot to support good causes, and mentor and lift up aspiring talent. Simply good people, with great songs and stories to share. This live record, catching lots of stuff (but mostly from the 94-95 tour) captures the life sound pretty much perfectly.

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all time record – 8 and 9

20
May

Busy and tiring weekend. Here’s a twofer

last saturday, blah blah

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

feeling the need to explain

Day Eight – Bon Jovi : New Jersey (1988)

The soundtrack of high school (I wore the printing off of my cassette copy of this one) barring some adventures into Queen and Van Halen. Was a HUGE fan of this band through high school and college; lost track when they started goin’ country and selling rosé, and largely forgot how to rock. No worries, they just evolved with their 80s girl fans as they graduated into moms and cougars and country music and such. Was a huge fan of Richie Sambora back then too – great guitar player/vocalist. Listening to these records now, it sounds like they’re playing through a pipe; so much echo on the mix, but I still remember every damned fill on “I’ll Be There For You”.

Day Nine – They Might Be Giants – Apollo 18 (199s)

Really, this one could’ve just as easily been Flood (I got them both on the same day, thanks to a friend down the hall in the dorm); I dig ’em both (and so much of TMBG’s other output), but there’s just so much more *weirdness* on this one. “Turn Around”, “The Statue Got Me High”, and “Fingertips” are just so out there – it wins, even if Flood is the classic. Great live show as well.

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friday random eleven – “up in the air” edition

18
May

The week started off well enough; I still got tons of stuff done at work, rode a bunch of bike miles, then the rain started, the office networks slowed to a crawl (if they worked at all), various other annoyances appeared, and the gnomes started mining for things in my sinus cavities (I hope that they’re willing to share any precious stones or metals they find). From Wednesday on, I’ve been pretty miserable, punchy, and prone to exclamations of off-color words.

It happens.

Who the heck knows what’s going to happen this weekend; there’s talk of meeting some friends and walking around Williamsburg and catching pokemon and stuff, but there’s also a 70% chance of rain, so it’s still kind of up in the air.

So, yeah.

Tunes – interesting mix. Some neat stuff; and some neater stuff. And Juke Box Hero. Can’t all be winners.

  1. “Strawberry Julius” – Bikini Kill
  2. “Round Here” – Counting Crows
  3. “Nothin But A Good Time” – Poison
  4. “All Hands on the Bad One” – Sleater-Kinney
  5. “(I Just) Died in Your Arms” – Cutting Crew
  6. “Kids in America” – The Donnas
  7. “Dirty Knives” – Bangs
  8. “Juke Box Hero” – Foreigner
  9. “The Whistler” – Jethro Tull
  10. “Armageddon It” – Def Leppard
  11. “Sex on Fire” – Kings of Leon
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all-time record, day seven

18
May

This past Saturday morning, before heading out on adventures, I checked in, as I do, on social media, and found myself tagged by a friend with this:

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

I felt the need to explain:

Day Seven: The Badlees – River Songs (1995)

my cutout racks review from a few years back

If you know me, you know that this record, and this band, are pretty damned important and defining to me. I’ve worn out copies, seen these guys hundreds of times, sang along, shared drinks, and so many other things over the years. The opening notes of “Angeline is Coming Home” or “Fear of Falling” immediately transport me back to a spring day in my early twenties, on a college campus, falling in love.

Yeah. I’m not sure what else to say. It’s solid, transformative, and should have been the biggest hit record in the world, but things didn’t line up quite right. Oh well, that’s how life works. All told, though, I’m still glad I found it; it’ll fill that role for me forever.

But thanks to a certain TV show, the title will probably make most of my geek friends think of this:

…and that’s okay too.

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all time record – day six

17
May

This past Saturday morning, before heading out on adventures, I checked in, as I do, on social media, and found myself tagged by a friend with this:

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

I felt the need to explain:

Day Six: Replacements – “Let It Be” (1984)


my “cut out racks” review from a few years ago

Like I’ve said multiple times, I missed out on the ‘Mats when they were actually active. Of all the records, this is the one that seems to capture what I like about the band the most – they’ve still got that energetic, raw edge to them, but Westerberg’s songwriting is just starting to come into its own, before it starts to dominate (not that that’s a bad thing, except that as Paul got more serious, the rest of the band fell to the wayside, leading to the end). I love the jangly over-chorused guitars, I love the reverbed vocals buried in the mix. I wish I wasn’t so stuck in the hair metal hole at the time and discovered this then – I might have grown up a bit more quickly. Not that I’m complaining about where I eventually ended up, but that’s just one more reason why I should’ve gotten over my fear and asked out the cool alternative girl in english class who loved MTV’s 120 minutes in high school…

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all time record – day five

16
May

This past Saturday morning, before heading out on adventures, I checked in, as I do, on social media, and found myself tagged by a friend with this:

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

I felt the need to explain:

Day Five: Queen: Greatest Hits (1981)

A friend gave me a dubbed copy of this on cassette at some point in middle school; I don’t remember quite when, or who it was (or maybe I just left a tape in the car for more than about a fortnight), but I was hooked. As a relatively new guitar player at the time, Brian May’s precision and tone drew me right in, Freddie Mercury’s fearlessness in his vocals and performance caught me. The variety and scope of the thing was like nothing I’d heard before.

During the Queen resurgence in the early 90s with Freddie’s death in ’91 and Wayne’s World‘s iconic use of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in ’92, I was ready to jump right back on, and evangelize the newbies, dropping knowledge about things like the weirdness of “Bicycle Race” and (the unfortunately not on this record) “Hammer to Fall”.

I expect another release of this one and yet another Queen resurgence any time now, given the upcoming release of Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic whose trailer dropped yesterday.

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all time record – day four

15
May

This past Saturday morning, before heading out on adventures, I checked in, as I do, on social media, and found myself tagged by a friend with this:

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

I felt the need to explain:

Day Four: “Weird Al” Yankovic: In 3-D (1984)

Interestingly, I don’t actually own a physical copy of this one anymore, though a digital version does exist in my archive somewhere. This one holds the distinction of being, while not the first record I ever bought with my own money, the first one that was ever purchased expressly for me, as I asked for it as a birthday gift after hearing “Eat It” on the radio and finding it life-changing. I listened to it on my crappy little mono tape player non-stop, and from there, it was a rapid progression toward listening to Dr. Demento on Sunday nights in bed on headphones to playing music to joining filk circles, meeting some of my heroes and becoming a minimally well known geek musician myself as part of The Blibbering Humdingers to recording that Avengers parody of the Jim Carroll Band’s “People Who Died” two weeks ago on a lark.

You Could say this one was influential.

The “Eat It” video was a masterpiece, though I think my favorite tunes are “Midnight Star” and “Nature Trail To Hell (in 3D!)”, and remember lip syncing in my living room to “Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)” more than once.

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all time record – day three

14
May

This past Saturday morning, before heading out on adventures, I checked in, as I do, on social media, and found myself tagged by a friend with this:

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

This sort of thing, of course, is exactly the kind of thing that gets my brain churning. Music, if you know me, for me, is a very big deal. While I followed the rules over on social media, I’m reserving the right to extend my remarks over here, because this is my space, and I can do what I want. I’m a little behind, but I’ll catch up as time allows. Not in any particular order, though here we go.

Day Three: Alanis Morrissette: Jagged Little Pill (1995)

As with the previous records, I reviewed this one here previously, back in December 2011. However, I’m not going to quote that one directly; I spent most of that capsule review talking about the 90s/00s female rock scene, namechecking Liz Phair and Sheryl Crow. I’d say that that those comments still stand. The social media discussion this prompted this morning, however, is interesting in the sense of how these records tie into times in your life, and how music helped us cope, and ties into memories at least as well as scents do. This record, at the time, was HUGE and unescapable; my friends who were of a certain late GenX age at the time, really latched on to this one. Stories of breakups and freshman dorms and all that stuff. When this came out in ’95, I was in a pretty good place, mostly, so the anger of “You Oughta Know” didn’t resonate as much, though I appreciated it. For me, the tune was “Head Over Feet”, which is all about falling in love with your best friend, which , at the time, I had most certainly done.

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all time record – day two

14
May

Saturday morning, before heading out on adventures, I checked in, as I do, on social media, and find myself tagged by a friend with this:

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

This sort of thing, of course, is exactly the kind of thing that gets my brain churning. Music, if you know me, for me, is a very big deal. While I followed the rules over on social media, I’m reserving the right to extend my remarks over here, because this is my space, and I can do what I want. I’m a little behind, but I’ll catch up as time allows. Not in any particular order, though here we go.

Day Two: Barenaked Ladies: Maybe You Should Drive (1994)

As with the previous record, I reviewed this one here previously, back in September 2011. At the time, I said:

…When I imagine what “Barenaked Ladies” sounds like, I hear this record: “Alternative Girlfriend.” “Life In A Nutshell.” “Am I The Only One.” The vocal harmonies. The percussive acoustic guitars. The all-Creegan rhythm section. As much as I grew to like Kevin Hearn in the band, there’s just something about Andy Creegan’s piano, and the way it meshed perfectly with Jim’s upright bass that’s been missing in the band’s output since.

Yeah. I came to BNL, via one of my lovely wife’s college housemates toward the end of this record’s run, right before Born on A Pirate Ship came out. She was a little more into Gordon, but this one broke through the whimsy a bit and brought a kind of songwriting maturity that wasn’t as represented on that one. I really, really dug it, and in spite of the success that came later (post “One Week”), I love this one as a neat little discovery of some small Canadian band no one ever heard of doing great quirky pop. This experience also got me into a period of trading bootleg tapes of live shows on early internet boards, which was a neat experience, and one that’s pretty much been entirely overcome by technology here in the future.

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all time record – day one

14
May

Saturday morning, before heading out on adventures, I checked in, as I do, on social media, and found myself tagged by a friend with this:

Day X of 10 of my all-time favorite albums. 10 days. What really made an impact and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, no need to explain, and nominate a person each day to do the same. Nominated by XXXXXX, I now nominate XXXXXXX

This sort of thing, of course, is exactly the kind of thing that gets my brain churning. Music, if you know me, for me, is a very big deal. While I followed the rules over on social media, I’m reserving the right to extend my remarks over here, because this is my space, and I can do what I want. I’m a little behind, but I’ll catch up as time allows. Not in any particular order, though here we go.

Day One: The Clarks: Let It Go (2000)

I first caught these guys shortly after their previous record, Someday Maybe came out while they were exchanging headlining slots with The Badlees depending on which side of the Pennsylvania pop vs soda line they were playing on. I reviewed it in this space back in 2011 as part of the cut out racks series I had going for a while. A the time, I said this:

“It doesn’t matter that it was recorded in by a regional bar band from Pittsburgh on an indie label that didn’t get much play outside the rust belt northeast; in my not entirely humble opinion, it really ought to go down as one of the great modern rock records.”

That’s still true, though the title track (as I did not realize) got several bits of national exposure; in the 2001 film Summer Catch (which apparently no one saw) and as the closing credits music for the E! program “The Anna Nicole Show” (which I know I didn’t watch). This one’s just got a great tone and rock and roll vibe to it – “Better off Without You” just catches the turn-of-the-millenium zeitgeist for me. Bright and optimistic-sounding, even if the song’s about a break-up. This one never leaves my car USB drive (since I don’t have a CD player anymore).

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