When you load up your Itunes and hit shuffle, what comes up? It could be good, it could be bad or anywhere in between. Shuffle Sunday is a look at what happens when I load up my library and hit play. Hopefully it will introduce you to a new artist you like, remind you of an old favorite or maybe just give you a good laugh! So without further ado, let’s see what Shuffle has in store this week…..
I was never really a Madonna fan, really just more of a casual listener when her singles would come on the radio. That all changed when this album came out. I’m not too sure what changed with Confessions, but for reasons unknown, it really resonated with me. After hearing the lead single “Hung Up” I went out to the record store to pick this up and it didn’t disappoint. Full of europop dance beats and huge hooks, this album seemed like a slight but welcome departure from the Madonna I was used to.
Superjoint Ritual “The Knife Rises”
For a minute there, I really expected Superjoint to really blow up. They had the grooviness of Pantera but more of a hardcore punk edge. It seemed like one of the rare instances where metal and punk rock really combined to make something special. Since Pantera broke up, this is easily my favorite of the numerous projects the band embarked on. Down is cool, but they don’t have the edge. Damageplan was cool but it didn’t sound right to have Vinnie and Dime play without Phil singing. Unfortunately, Pantera is never gonna come back and Superjoint seems like they are done too. At least there’s plenty of awesome fucking albums to look back on.
Jimmy Buffett “Why Don’t We Get Drunk”
I love everything Jimmy Buffett sings about. Booze, Cheeseburgers and the ocean. I mean, what’s there not to love? What I don’t love is Jimmy’s fan base. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but his audience seems like a bunch of middle aged dorks that wanna relive their past glories for a few hours. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it makes it hard for me to take seriously. Who knows, maybe I’m just uptight. I should probably just get wasted and go party with some old chicks.
Sarah Vaughan “Dreamsville”
I really appreciate Sarah Vaughan. She had such a beautiful voice and it sounded great no matter what type of band was backing her. For example, this song really highlights her ability with the slow and minimal instrumentation backing her. But she also killed it when she sang over quick and intricate bebop. Truly a unique talent in the jazz world. Unfortunately, I didn’t discover her work until much later in life. I was too focused on artists that came just a bit before her and didn’t really look too far outside the box.
Willie Nelson “City of New Orleans”
I’ve never been much of a Willie Nelson fan, but I like this song. Honestly, I don’t think it has as much to do with the song itself, but more so about my memories of New Orleans. There really is some sort of magic in that city that goes beyond explanation. The people, food, music, buildings….everything about it is awe inspiring. Walking through the Garden District at dusk on a spring evening is something that every person should experience. I’ve been to a lot of wonderful cities, but none of them compare to the mystique and soul that New Orleans possesses.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Willie Nelson by far cause he reminded me how fucking amazing New Orleans is!!!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Buffet. Just not my scene.
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