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…..
Alice In Chains “Grind”
Pretty good damn start to the morning here! It’s hard to believe that this song is nearly 20 years old now. This song (and really entire album) still kills it today. Now, I would never say that Alice In Chains was ever an upbeat band, but this record was a truly dark experience. This album, both lyrically and musically, brought forth some really great material, but it’s not an easy listen, especially seeing as what the future would bring for both Alice In Chains and Layne. Despite how sad Layne’s ending was, it’s nice that Alice In Chains regrouped and continue to make great music.
John Coltrane “Ogunde”
So apparently today is all about great musicians that died too early…sorry to bum you out. That being said, Coltrane was a master at his craft. In my mind, he was always the happy medium in jazz between the accessible, pop styled leanings of someone like Benny Goodman, and the hyper experimental, complex works of Sun-Ra and the like. There’s just something about his playing that invites you in, yet always ensures a challenging listen. I’ve always felt that Coltrane’s ability to do that with his music was far more impressive than any “technical” proficiency he had with his instrument. Far and away the greatest sax player in jazz history (sorry Paul, Sonny and Lester).
Mortician “Witches Coven”
Death metal has never really been my thing, but I’ve always really liked these guys. They always seem to put so much more into their music than most other death metal bands. Their songs are just a downtuned, sludgy mess and it’s fucking awesome. They don’t rely on blast beats to pummel the listener for the entire song which is also a welcome relief from typical death metal. And to top it all off, I guarantee you will not be able to understand a single thing their singer is saying (grunting? growling?) and it makes it all the better. Nothing worse than having to sit through metal lyrics about murdering people, misanthropic gore baths or other nonsensical bullshit.
Thee Oh Sees “Sweet Helicopter”
I’m really late to the party with these guys. I did a review of this record earlier this year and really liked the album, but was shocked looking back at their discography (both as a band and the singer John Dwyer’s other projects). It’s ridiculous how many albums, EP’s, splits etc. these guys have released. I haven’t had the time to properly dig through their back catalog yet, but if it’s anything like this album, I’m sure I’ll be into it. That being said, I cannot fathom any possible way that a musician(s) can release such a huge quantity of material without a bunch of it being awful. I guess I’ll find out…
Timo Maas “Circulation – Purple”
And to round out what could be the most diverse Shuffle Sunday….well…ever, how about some shitty techno music! Look, I really like electronic music (call it what you want: techno, electronica, EDM, etc.) but I could never get into this style. What is this…House? Trance? I dunno, but I do know it’s boring as all hell. I’m sure it may be fun to dance to or get high to, but outside of that, I’ve always felt like this shit is just so droning and predictable. Thankfully, this type of stuff doesn’t come around too often and I’m all the better for it.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: It’s a pretty tough decision this week, but I’m gonna give the nod to Alice In Chains. That song is just too good!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Far and away the Timo Maas “song”. How anyone seeks that out on their own is beyond me.