I am combining two bus rides. I listened to my iPod last night on the ride from Santa Monica to Koreatown, paused the iPod and started it up again this morning as I got on to ride from Koreatown to Santa Monica.
32 songs. Annoyed quite often with the selection I am judging myself.
Except for # 1.
1. The Fat Shit - Poppa Foxtrot
My cousin Timothy was Pimp Fu. Then he decided that Pimp Fu had to go. The military nomenclature dictated that he now be called Poppa Foxtrot. In this song he muses, "I gotta know if ya like the fat shit". I speak for all of us when I say, yes, yes, Poppa, we like the fat shit.
2. It's - King Missile
For some reason the iPod has been sniffing these guys out and while I can still connect to the reasons I loved it in the first place, I am NOT connecting to the music in the present. The chorus of this song goes "It's trite, contrived, and appallingly boring" and indeed it is.
3. Shunned & Falsified - Mike Doughty
I've been disappointed with Doughty outside of this album, "Skittish" which strips away all the bells and whistles and leaves merely his voice and the propulsion of his rhythm guitar. Less is definitely more.
4. Desperate People - Living Colour
I thought Living Colour were going to be the new Rolling Stones or something. Turns out it was The Roots instead.
5. Kissing A Mechanic - Brendan O'Malley
Take the poem I wrote the night I met Melody, add a night of drinking and smoking cigarettes on top of a bronchial infection, throw in a dash of two-chord fuzz, and top it all off with an improvised run on "-anic" and what do you get? 7 minutes of me.
6. Gotta Be Insanity - Ice Cube
7. Greed - Ice Cube
Cube rules II, a rare back to back from the shuffle.
8. Sathington Waltz - Primus
In the beginning they seemed like the wise prankster who was in on things you didn't know about. By the time album six rolled around they were more like the undisciplined kid next door who thinks you should listen to him sing "Old MacDonald" in a pirate costume. And his parents encourage him.
9. Pembroke - Soul Side
Bland emo-core. Again, good thing David Sedaris' book is so hilarious.
10. Down About It - The Lemonheads
I dig this tune but Juliana Hatfield pipes up on harmony in the middle and ruins it. Her voice is like nails on a chalkboard to me.
11. Blues Before Sunrise - Eric Clapton
No one had the balls to say, "Um, Eric, you know when you growl and try to sound like a big fat black dude? It's kind of embarrassing. And in some obscure way, it's racist and makes us all uncomfortable. Sick guitar playing, but still..."
12. R.A.K.I.M. - Rakim
13. Alison - Pixies
Tight punk. And I ain't talkin' 'bout Alison.
14. KC Accidental - Broken Social Scene
Sonic Youth if fronted by one of the Jonas Brothers. I fell asleep four times in this even though it has eighteen false crescendos.
15. She Loves You - The Beatles
Thank you gentlemen for cleaning my aural palate so thoroughly.
16. What More Can I Say - Jay-Z
Epic, awesome, moving, funny, sleek.
17. Eyes Have Miles - G. Love & Special Sauce
You put something precious in a time capsule. You open it up and no matter how precious it was, it'll still be surrounded by stale air. Hello G. Love. P-U!
18. Dancing Queen - ABBA
See G. Love.
19. Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen
This is the only track on "Nebraska" that I do not like and it is because you can hear the non-existent echo of the E-Street Band trying to drag Bruce into Mr. Showmanship mode which I've always hated. I only like creepy Bruce or big angry Vietnam Bruce, I despise Mr. We-Want-To-Rock-Your-Backyard-With-Our-Good-Time-Vibe Bruce. Just never believed it for a second. And this track seems to come from that place, where his archetypes curdle into cliche.
20. What Doesn't Belong To Me - Sinead O'Connor
21. Drown Soda - Hole
Shut up, jr.
22. Sinful Love - Blue Oyster Cult
Shut up, III.
23. What's The Difference - Dr. Dre
Ah, like a day at the phat spa. When you strip the vocals from this album it shines even brighter, somehow, like a diamond that is taken and put on a black velvet background.
24. Swimming In The Ocean - David & David
This album holds a very soft spot in my heart for some reason. David & David were the biggest thing in the world for a very short period and it hit me just right. This song is kind of bland but I still like it. It's like the G. Love analogy except someone somehow managed to keep the fart smell from growing inside this time capsule.
25. Lurgee - Radiohead
Hypnotic, the only track I can stand off of "Pablo Honey" which is only interesting to me now because it makes everything that follows such a surprise. Mediocre prog rock.
26. Subterranean Homesick Alien - Radiohead
And, voila. Radiohead arrives.
27. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
Today I have no patience for The Thin White Duke or whoever he is. Sometimes I get sucked in and others I am left cold. Today I am freezing.
28. Breath - Pearl Jam
I still associate this album with France as it was given to me before I left and I wore it out over there. In that way it is a pleasant reminder but I have come to cringe at Eddie Vedder's singing. He reminds me of Rob Estes on "Silk Stalkings". So over the top it is enjoyable but you know HE thinks he deserves an Oscar. Occasionally when Eddie really gets into it I picture him dry heaving into his studiously artistic toilet.
29. Primal Ground - Jonathan Goldman
Somehow this album of "Chakra Chants" made its way onto my iPod and I wonder what I can chant to make it disappear.
30. Groove Holmes - The Beastie Boys
31. Flower - Liz Phair
This album became a big deal because of her tits but every single song is heartbreaking, funny, sexy, angry, stupid, goofy, meaningful, deep and delirious, all at the same time. If you want to know what it was like to date girls in the early '90's, just pop this one on.
32. What Do You Do - The Proclaimers
GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT.
See ya tomorrow.