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…..
Andrew W.K. “We’re Not Gunna Get Old”
Goddamn right! Best start to a Shuffle Sunday in ages! Andrew W.K. is one of a very few select artists for me that never gets old to listen to (pun definitely intended.) On a very surface level, his music is always uplifting and leaves you with great feeling, but underneath the happy go lucky exterior of Andrew W.K., there is a very intricate and talented songwriter. His music varies from party metal to experimental noise to solo piano compositions. I can really only think of a handful of artists that utilize such a broad palette of sounds to bring their message to the masses, Andrew being near the top of that list. It’s gonna be rough going for the four songs after this to compete…
The Roots “The Hypnotic (feat. D’Angelo)
….or not. The Roots are fucking great too! Maybe I pushed all the right buttons today on my computer??? I’ve always dug what The Roots do. Their skill level both lyrically and instrumentally is surpassed by very few others in the hip-hop world. On top of that, they brought around one of the coolest collectives ever. D’Angelo, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott….the list goes on and on. Back in the ’90’s the term used to describe The Roots and associated artists was “neo-soul” which, while somewhat appropriate, also always seemed a little bit limiting to musicians of this caliber. Thankfully, most of the artists in the Roots entourage are still around making music cause the music world is a better place with all of them in it.
Prince “Cinnamon Girl”
Looking back on important musical moments throughout my life, Prince has had a pretty major impact on me. I can remember being a kid and listening to Purple Rain and 1999 with the volume turned up to max with my Mom. Years later, I remember driving around with my Dad (who doesn’t really like music outside of James Taylor) and hearing “The Most Beautiful Girl In The World” on the radio. That song fucking floored me. I begged my Dad to take me to the record shop (one of my first times???) to pick up The Gold Experience, which he begrudgingly did. I remained a casual fan throughout my teenage years, but was more into the heavier side of music. But again, Prince intervened. When I heard the title cut from his record Musicology in 2004, I became hooked again. This track is from that record, and while it’s certainly not one of my favorites, it’s still more exciting than most songs you hear on the radio today.
(note: Sadly, Prince doesn’t allow streaming or videos of his music to float around the internet. Just imagine something awesome sounding and you’ll be halfway there)
Anytime Pavement comes up in a discussion, I never really know what to say. I just never really got into this band, in spite of countless attempts to do so. I don’t think I know a single person that doesn’t like them, so it’s always made me feel like I was missing something. To me though, they just sound like any other 90’s “alternative” band. There isn’t really anything that differentiates them from the myriad of bands from that generation, at least in my eyes. Surely, someone is reading this that is shaking their head in disbelief of my stupidity, so educate me. Help me understand why these guys are as amazing as everyone thinks they are. Granted the little drum solo in this song is kinda cool, but aside from that, this track is just really boring.
Jesu “Blind and Faithless”
Earlier, when I was talking about few other artists being as diverse as Andrew W.K., I didn’t expect a track from one of Justin Broadrick’s bands to come up. Talk about utilizing different sounds to get the point across. This guy is fucking rad! From the industrial metal stomp of Godflesh, to the post-metal of Jesu to the electronic soundscapes of Pale Sketcher, Broadrick really covers a wide variety of sounds. If you’re not familiar with some (or any) of his projects, check out his personal blog and read up. It’s amazing the amount of work he’s put out in 20 years and he’s still going!
WINNER OF THE WEEK: It really could’ve gone to 4 of these songs, but I’m gonna go with Prince (if only for the trip down memory lane)
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Again, maybe I’m missing something, but that Pavement song was just no good.