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…..
Letters to Cleo “Here and Now”
What ever happened to the whole girl-band thing? There were all sorts of girl fronted bands around back in the ’90s, but I can’t think of one of them that has stayed together. I guess Hole is kind of together and Veruca Salt is back on the reunion bit, but for the most part, all of the girl bands and riot-grrrl bands from the ’90s are gone. Now in most cases, that isn’t a bad thing. I can’t say that I’m really pining to ever hear this song live. That being said, it would be amazing if L7 got their shit together and started kicking ass again. Those ladies were fierce!
Blonde Redhead “Loved Despite of Great Faults”
What a cool little song this is! It kind of sounds like it could be the theme song for a James Bond movie, albeit a fairly depressing James Bond movie. This song has a really sultry feel throughout the verses, which would honestly be enough to make it awesome, but the time signature changes during the chorus really sets the song off. It’s a completely unexpected shift and when combined with the fantastic instrumental outro, Shuffle Sunday may have already found its winner this week.
Arcade Fire “(Antichrist Television Blues)”
This band makes me feel so out of touch. They are one of the biggest and most popular groups in music right now, but my exposure to them is minimal if not non-existent. It’s not that I’ve never heard them or anything, but I’ve never heard a song of theirs and when it’s over wanted to hear more. It just doesn’t really strike me as exciting. Take this song for example. Is it a good track? Sure. But it just kind of plods along with no real hook or payoff. To me it sounds like a musical cocktail comprised of equal parts Bruce Springsteen, Devotchka and The Cure, which you would think sounds good, but not really. Maybe the Arcade Fire is a brilliant band that I just don’t understand, but they seem more like a group that were in the right place at the right time.
Dieselboy “Midnight Express”
For a little while, I really got into jungle and drum and bass and this was one of the best records I found during that time. Usually when I find an artist that I really like, I research their background and records pretty thoroughly, but I never did that with Dieselboy. I guess I was just too busy being pummeled by the bass. I see this kind of music as the per-cursor to dubstep, and frankly much more exciting. Its got a lot more variety to it, its darker and I have a hard time imagining a college frat boy or EDM asshole dressed up in a silly fucking outfit waiting for the “beat to drop”. Songs like this kill from beginning to end and that’s how bass heavy music should be.
Operation Ivy “Caution”
There have been some rumblings in the music world for the past couple of years that these guys might just get back together. The question is, would that be cool? Well, I think so. These guys really helped put Bay Area punk rock scene on the map. For obvious reasons, without Operation Ivy, Rancid probably wouldn’t be around (or at least sound like they do), but how else would that effect Bay Area punk rock? What about Screeching Weasel? How about Swingin Utters? AFI or even (gasp! boo! hiss!) Green Day? No doubt, all of those musicians would still play music, but would they be the same without the influence of Operation Ivy? I doubt it.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: The song from Blonde Redhead was just too cool. I haven’t heard something that awesome in a while.
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Its gotta be that Letters to Cleo track. Watch the video and tell me that the ’90s didn’t look stupid. Bet you can’t.