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…..
30 Seconds To Mars “93 Million Miles”
Here is a perfect example of “what the fuck happened to these guys” kind of band? Back when this album first came out, I eagerly picked it up thanks to the strength of the lead single “Capricorn” which was (by 30 Seconds standards) a pretty heavy affair. Really, this entire album was pretty solid. Nothing groundbreaking, but the songwriting was pretty strong and Jared is actually a pretty damn good vocalist. On top of that, the guitar tones on this record are so fucking sharp. But as time went on, 30 Seconds To Mars gradually forgot everything that made this first album awesome. Instead of writing epic songs, they trended towards just having people chant during the chorus’ of their new stuff. The songs really lost any sense of punch they had. Total bummer, cause this band really had some great stuff going.
M83 “Graveyard Girl”
When this song came on, I had no idea who it was, but I dug it. It sounds like a really great updated version of a great new wave/post-punk band. Honestly, just based on the sound alone, I wasn’t sure if it came from the ’80s or yesterday, but I knew it was cool. That all changed when I saw the cover of the record. Now, I’m no marketing expert and I’m certainly not an authority on “cool” in any sense of the word, but just looking at this album cover makes me fucking angry. The plaid shirt and rolled up skinny jeans? That asshole in the background with the gloves? The dork in the skeleton suit? Seriously, this picture fills me with so much rage. Again, I know nothing about being hip or cool, but if that’s what it looks like then count me the fuck out.
Probot “Red War”
Now that’s more like it! For those of you that don’t know, Probot was Dave Grohl’s metal album from some years back. He wrote some heavy ass songs, got some awesome people to sing on the album and released a criminally underrated metal album. This was probably my favorite track from the album. It features Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly) on vocals and Dave pretty much crushing his drums. Looking back on Grohl’s career while taking this album into account begs the question, is there anything Dave Grohl can’t do well? I know that not everyone likes his stuff, but he always releases music that carries so much integrity and sincerity that it’s hard to root against him.
Sly & The Family Stone “Sing A Simple Song”
Take a spin through Sly & The Family Stone’s back catalog and I guarantee that you’ll be absolutely floored with the quality of the songs. This band was (or I suppose still is?) amazing. They helped change the course of rock music, R&B and funk. Personally, I always put them in the same category as the Isley Brothers. Both groups are severely under appreciated for their contributions to modern music. It would be interesting to compare the two bands and see who has had their songs sampled more. I would give the slight edge to the Isley Brothers if I had to wager a guess, but it would be really close.
Dave Brubeck “Perdido”
It never ceases to amaze me just how little acknowledgement Dave Brubeck seems to get. Outside of “Take Five” Brubeck (and really more importantly, Paul Desmond) seem to get overlooked all too often. Why is that? Maybe I just don’t run in the right circles or jazz music just isn’t that important to those around me. I certainly hope that’s the case, because these guys wrote some of the finest songs out there and they were a great alternative to the bebop and hard-bop scenes in the ’50s and early ’60s.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: It could go to any of these artists this week, but I’m gonna stick with the classics and say Brubeck gets the win!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: I didn’t hate anything this week, but that M83 album cover really bummed me out.