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…..
Bob Marley & The Wailers “We and Dem”
Bob Marley is like the ultimate in seasonal music. Really, you can put on nearly any Bob Marley album in the summertime, and it’ll probably sound pretty good. On the flipside, if you run across some Bob Marley in the wintertime, it usually just doesn’t sound as good. Well, seeing as it’s December, this song just sounds kinda “meh” to me. Ask me again in June and I bet I’d be all over it, like flies on shit, but not today.
Our Lady Peace “Consequence of Laughing”
I grew up with a good friend that really loved these guys. He always listened to them, but I could never really figure out why. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like Our Lady Peace, because I do. I just don’t know that I would ever seek it out on my own (or unless Shuffle brings it up). Aside from the singers really unique voice, this band just sounds like the prototypical ’90s alt rock band. Again, that’s not a bad thing but it’s just how I see it.
Vampire Weekend “Campus”
I’ve always wanted to really get into this band, but I always approach them with some amount of hesitation. Is it catchy? Sure. Is it fun? Yup. But there is just something about the overall package that seems so….uninspired. That being said, I think the problem is that I just haven’t spent enough time with Vampire Weekend to make a judgement either way. I’m gonna sit down with all their records this week and have a go. Maybe I’ll finally see what everyone is talking about.
OK, so I really like these guys on record. It’s always a really intriguing experience to sit down with one of their albums and just take it all in. The song structures, time changes and overall composition is an exciting (although often infuriating) experience. These guys opened for Ministry some years back, and I was thrilled to see em live, but they just sounded like any run-of-the-mill metal band live. I dunno what happened. Maybe they were playing their “easy” songs live? Maybe they had too much to drink? I certainly had too much to drink, so that’s the likely culprit of what went wrong that night.
Lisa Germano “Too Much Space”
Here is a perfect example of the great things that happen if you study liner notes and record labels. Several years ago, I was on a major Swans/Angels of Light kick. I had always liked groups that Michael Gira was involved with, so I started to investigate some of the artists on Young God Records. Through that, I learned about Devendra Banhart and Lisa Germano. I picked up this album (In The Maybe World) on a whim and instantly loved it. The delicate intricacies of the music, combined with Germano’s stunning voice sucked me in, and I never would have known about it (or it would’ve been a lot less likely) had I not looked through Young God Records.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Lisa Germano, hands down. Everything about that song is quality!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: I’m gonna say Our Lady Peace. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just don’t like it as much as everything else.