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…..
Cold War Kids “Every Man I Fall For”
Damn…that’s a pretty good start to Shuffle Sunday this week. What a cool sounding song. I did a little bit of research about this track after listening to it and apparently, the band kind of just jams out and the singer sings melodies and jibberish over top of it. They record it and listen back to it to see if there are any pieces that would work as a whole song. Now, I know that lots of bands probably record this way, but this is a pretty solid track for starting out as a jam. Furthermore, how cool is it to hear a man singing a song from a female perspective? It’s a pretty rad concept, and I can’t really think of any other songs that use that point of view. Fucking cool. Hopefully the rest of the songs today are this good.
Trombone Shorty “One Night Only (The March)”
I really dig Trombone Shorty. Dude is a pretty great musician, but probably an even better bandleader. I love how energetic and spirited his performances are, but that’s kind of a double edged sword, because he is so good live but it doesn’t necessarily translate on record. His albums are still really good listens though. It’s cool to see young guys step in to the jazz world and really do their own thing with it. I mean, just based on this song, there are shades of jazz, R&B, funk, hip-hop….all sorts of different sounds blended together. I think it’ll take a few more albums for Trombone Shorty to really perfect his sound, but so far, he’s off to an incredible start.
Live “Shit Towne”
Throwing Copper may be one of the finest “alternative rock” albums released in the middle 90’s. There really isn’t a single bad song on the entire record, it’s a great listen from beginning to end. Even with how much the singles from this album got played on the radio, they are still great tracks to this day. Live kept releasing albums after this for a good while, but they never had as much success with those records as they did with Throwing Copper. Earlier this year, I found out that Live is still around but they have a new lead singer, which seems a little bit ridiculous. Whatever it takes to pay the bills I guess.
Coldplay “Rainy Day”
Man, talk about a band that started off so strong but then just kind of fizzled out. Their first couple of records absolutely floored me, but as time went on, it seemed like they eschewed their songwriting abilities in favor of toying around with experimentation. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the tracks of their last few records are brilliant, but the albums as a whole just don’t really do it for me. I guess that’s kind of the way for all big British bands though. They all start off as a rock band (indie? britpop? rock n’ roll?) then they end up as wildly experimental, or at the very least, pushing the boundaries of their previous sound. Think about it. The Beatles did it. Radiohead did it. Oasis did it (to an extent)….I think I’m on to something here…
Sole “Give Me My Medal”
Oh man, this shit brings me back. I couldn’t stop listening to this record when it came out. This whole era of hip-hop was so fucking good. Lyrically, I like it, but I think more importantly the music is so good. Around this time, beats on Sole albums (along with Atmosphere, Deep Puddle Dynamics, Doseone…etc.) were just so fucking good. All those records had a melancholy sound to them which was such a drastic departure for hip-hop (at least that I was aware of). Unfortunately, I haven’t really kept up with Sole for the last few years. I know he’s released a shitload of records since I last checked, and since he’s based in Denver now, I really don’t have any excuses. I think a trip to the record store is in line…
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Wow. I really liked most of the songs this week. I would give it to Sole, but that Cold War Kids track blew my mind.
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: I’m gonna say the Coldplay track. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t like it as much as everything else.