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…..
Mindless Self Indulgence “Keepin’ Up With the Kids”
Bad start iTunes. I’ve never understood the attraction to this band, but I’m also the only person I know that doesn’t like em. It just seems so…stupid. I suppose that’s the angle they are going for though, so maybe I’m just over thinking it too much? I had the misfortune of seeing these guys years ago. I don’t even remember who they opened for, but it was awful. They just slammed on their instruments and ran around like assholes the whole time. If you’re gonna act like a dick during your concert, at least back it up by playing your shitty music well.
DevilDriver “Pure Sincerity”
Whenever I hear DevilDriver, I just cannot comprehend how Dez (the singer) was also the singer for Coal Chamber. Really, the difference between those two bands is night and day. Now I can’t sit here and pretend that I didn’t really like Coal Chamber when I was a teenager, but going back and listening to those records is….well, embarrassing to be honest. It’s just so fucking goofy. I don’t know if that qualifies DevilDriver as being more “mature” so to speak, but at least they aren’t writing songs about “Big Trucks” (as far as I know).
Tom Waits “Grapefruit Moon”
There couldn’t be a better follow-up artist than Tom Waits, especially coming from that last song and discussing maturity in music (or music tastes). When I was younger, I didn’t really give a shit about Tom Waits. To me, he sounded like a second-rate Billy Joel. However, as time has gone on, I’ve come to really appreciate (even like) Tom Waits. Funny how life works like that huh? I went from being bananas about Coal Chamber and disliking Tom Waits, to the exact opposite. I guess getting older does have its benefits after all.
Depeche Mode “Tora! Tora! Tora!”
Early Depeche Mode is so bad ass! Listening to their earlier records just goes to show how incredibly talented as songwriters these guys are. This track could’ve easily come from their most recent effort as far as basic song structure and melody is concerned. In fact, the only thing that I can really tell that’s changed is the technology that surrounds the band. Sure, they may sound better now, but all of the basics are here. And some of these more “vintage” sounds are really coming back into style right now. Listen to any Youth Code or LCD Soundsystem track, and you’ll hear the Depeche Mode influence.
Bob Dylan “If Dogs Run Free”
Maturity really seems to be a theme today huh? Personally, I’ve never cared for Bob Dylan. I’m honestly fairly ambivalent about his songs. I’ve never really found any that I truly love. At the same time, I don’t really hate it either. It’s just there. What makes me not care for Bob Dylan is his attitude towards his fans. He’s notorious for being an asshole during interviews or outright denying them, and his concerts are usually specifically geared towards…well, himself. Look, I understand if an artist doesn’t wanna play a greatest hits setlist every night, but to mangle songs (either in a new arrangement or sometimes in an entirely different key) so even your most dedicated fans don’t even know what song is playing, seems like a total dick move to me.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: It’s gotta go to the Tom Waits song. What a fine piece of music that is!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: I don’t care for Dylan, but Mindless Self Indulgence is just awful.