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…..
Beastie Boys “So What’cha Want”
Has there ever been a time in your life that you put off seeing one of your favorite bands live? Could be numerous reasons, from not having enough money for a ticket to just not being in the mood. We’ve all done that at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, I made that mistake for years with the Beastie Boys. I had multiple opportunities to see them play live and I passed it up every time. When MCA passed away a few years back, I promised myself that I would never do that again. If you connect with an artist on any sort of meaningful level, make it a priority to see them when they come through town, cause you never know when it’ll be too late.
The Black Keys “Sinister Kid”
Alright, so what am I missing with these guys? It’s not that I don’t like ’em or anything, but I can’t see the reason for all the hype. I always feel weird cause everyone I talk to fucking loves these guys, but to me it’s just kinda….there. This song is cool and all, it’s smokey and sexy blues-infused rock. I get that part of it, but it’s not something I would ever seek out. This is like the ultimate background music at a bar, but it doesn’t inspire me to do anything cool in life. The best songs should make you feel something and all this makes me want to do is drink a beer.
The Rolling Stones “Too Much Blood”
This strange track comes from the Stones’ 1983 record Undercover. Now unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably familiar with at least a handful of the bands most famous hits. Their sound hasn’t really changed that drastically since they came out, but Undercover is a truly perplexing album. On one hand, it’s got all of the elements of classic Stones (great melody, fantastic guitar riffs, solid rhythm section, etc.) but it also features some really strange shit (massive horn sections, spoken word narratives, Sly and Robbie, etc.) So what to make of tracks like this? I guess that all depends on how invested you are in the Stones. Personally, I don’t mind it but it does come across a bit dated at times, something The Rolling Stones have avoided remarkably well (for the most part, unless you count Keith Richards Walking Dead impersonations) throughout their career.
Garth Brooks “Driftin’ Away”
Remember back in the ’90s when Garth Brooks went rogue and recorded this album under his pseudonym Chris Gaines? Everyone fucking hated this album and thought Garth had lost his marbles. It’s often regarded as a huge failure (even though it ultimately sold a couple million albums) but I don’t really think it’s that awful. Take this song for example. It sounds pretty similar to the ballads that Michael Buble is putting out these days and people are crazy about that stuff. The real reason this album is so reviled is because the way it was marketed. Garth should’ve either told no one that it was him and just kept “Chris Gaines” as a mystery or released it as a Garth Brooks record without the character acting. He may have lost some hardcore fans had he done the latter, but it would’ve been easier for him to recover in the long run. Either way, people really hated this, but it’s really not too bad for what it is.
Pretty Lights “Aimin At Your Head”
So I’m not the biggest fan of new EDM music. In fact, I find most of it pretty offensive. Maybe it’s just not my style, but I feel like the genre is littered with “artists” that don’t write songs anymore, instead just write extended beats that don’t really go anywhere except for “making a beat drop.” It’s the kind of music that makes frat-boys and sorority girls go crazy (for some reason). As such, I’ve never really given Pretty Lights much of a chance. Aside from his embarrassingly bad stage name, I honestly assumed that his music was the type of garbage you would hear at “massive ragers” or foam parties. Because I’m not a douche or an old creeper that acts like a college kid even though I’m well into my 30’s, I never listened to Pretty Lights. But like so many other times in my musical history, I’m willing to eat my own words. This song isn’t bad at all. In fact, I kind of like it. That doesn’t mean I’m gonna seek it out, but maybe this guy is the exception in a vast sea of EDM bullshit.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: The Stones video is rad and the Pretty Lights song really surprised me, but The Beastie Boys are my favorite this week.
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Probably the Chris Gaines…err…Garth Brooks song. It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t jam it on its own.