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…..
Cursive “There’s A Coldest Day In Every Year”
I don’t typically enjoy songs that employ this kind of style. Maintaining a really slow tempo and just kind of plodding along. Not really my thing (unless the band is named Low. They have a pass.) Then again, this song is really pretty cool. Granted, it doesn’t really seem to go anywhere. There is no real hook or chorus….hell not even any solid structure. All that aside though, I actually dig this song, especially after the first build up. Really cool stuff here.
Camera Obscura “Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken”
I must’ve stumbled upon some algorithm that singles out indie rock bands that have really stupid long titles today. I really do enjoy this track, but I’ve got a couple of problems with it. First off, why wouldn’t they just name the track “Heartbroken” or something like that? Whats with the complete sentence? I mean, what if this song took off as a huge single that gained worldwide notoriety? Every fucking DJ in the nation would hate these guys naming their song so long. Secondly, who names their kid Lloyd? Really? And does the cute little hipster girl fall in love with Lloyd because he’s a great guy, or because he’s got a unique name? Seriously, chances are anyone named Lloyd would be a douche, just sayin…
Green Day “Westbound Sign”
What do you think would’ve happened to Green Day if they never achieved the level of success they did, both with Dookie in ’94 and American Idiot in ’04? Do you think they would continue making music on their own terms? Would they stay signed to Lookout! and keep bumming around Gilman? It’s hard to imagine what would’ve happened without all of the success, but I get the feeling that a record like Insomniac would’ve still happened. The songwriting on this album is just too strong (for pop punk that is). This album is awesome, and this song is a great representation.
Jeff Buckley “Nightmares by the Sea”
Jeff Buckley is the perfect example of how one song can ruin the perceptions of an artist. For years, I always associated Jeff with that god awful version of “Hallelujah” instead of the talented and intriguing artist that he really is. Thanks to that stupid song, I almost never knew how great Jeff Buckley really is. Sadly, Jeff didn’t live long enough to realize the impact he would have. In spite of my general disdain for that song, I’m sure it would’ve made him a shitload of money. It would’ve been cool to see what else Jeff came up with though, because given that one exception, he’s pretty amazing.
I picked up this record on a recommendation from a friend a few years back, and I’m really glad I did. I’m not certain on how something like this would be classified though. Is it drum and bass? Glitch? Industrial? Hard to say, but what I do know is that this record is fucking solid from beginning to end. If you like spastic breaks, huge bass and a surprising amount of melody, this is the album for you. Plus, Jared from Chemlab makes an awesome appearance and the Bong-Ra mix is killer. Definitely a must hear!
WINNER OF THE WEEK: I really liked all the tracks this week, but the Enduser song made me listen to the album, so it’s the winner!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Probably the Cursive track, for no other reason than all of the tracks were pretty decent!