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…..
Bright Eyes “From a Balance Beam”
So what’s the appeal with Bright Eyes? Like I’ve said a million times before, I am not a lyric person, but I am a music person and this shit doesn’t fly. People tell me that Conor Oberst is a lyrical genius and that’s why they like him, but if the music is this boring, then what good is it? Maybe he should just write a book of poetry or something. Really, you can’t tell me that this song is inspiring you in any way? It’s so fucking boring. I know there’s a ton of people out there that love Conor and Saddle Creek, and in the grand scheme of music, him and his label were pretty important, but to me, it’s just uninspired and boring.
System of a Down “Dreaming”
This band was so fucking awesome when they came out. They had a unique sound that wasn’t really replicating anyone else. They were heavy as hell without compromising songwriting integrity or talent. Then, when these two albums came out, everything started to sound the same. Nearly every song was fast, blast-beat type drumming, with a soaring chorus. Without a doubt, there were some stunning songs on these discs, but they just sounded too similar. Hopefully these guys can figure out whatever is holding them up and they can get a new record out. Heavy music could really use these guys right now.
Mike Ness “House of Gold”
This album, along with his other solo album are some of my favorite works from Mike Ness. They still have the edge of Social Distortion, but also show a different side of Mike. It also blows my mind how these records were (seemingly) well accepted in the punk community. Can you imagine any other punk rocker that could record albums that had country, bluegrass and gospel on them without catching a bunch of shit? There’s very few, if any others at all that could pull that off.
Sparklehorse “Getting It Wrong”
I don’t think I’ve ever heard of these guys before this, but if this song is any indication of what their other stuff sounds like, I’m gonna have to dive in and listen to more. I like how the percussion slowly develops into a full sound with an awesome bassline following shortly after. Good stuff. Not too sure about the vocals though. I’d definitely like to hear a bigger voice there, but I’m intrigued to say the least.
Amanda Palmer “Runs in the Family”
I saw the Dresden Dolls open for Nine Inch Nails a couple of times on the With Teeth tour back in 2005, and I really liked it. I dug their albums, but I fell out of touch with them. Not too long ago, I decided to check out this album (a couple years late) and absolutely fell in love. I don’t think there’s a bad track on this album. It’s one of the few albums that I’ve heard in the past few years that I can listen to from beginning to end without ever skipping a track.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Amanda Palmer song (and album) is just too good for it not to win.
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Bright Eyes. If I wanted to listen to some dork complain, I would just listen to The Cure and enjoy it.