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…..
The Isley Brothers “Pop That Thang”
Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like the Isley Brothers? I really doubt it. When people describe certain songs or artists as “timeless,” The Isley Brothers should certainly fall into that category. Don’t believe me? Alright, go grab one of their greatest hits compilations (there are a ton of them) and play it from beginning to end. Not only will you hear a bunch of songs that you recognize, but you’ll also hear a bunch of songs that have been sampled throughout the years for countless hip-hop and r&b tracks. If that’s not staying power, then I don’t know what is.
Bleeding Through “Salvation Never Found”
Out of all the shows I’ve seen in my lifetime, the Bleeding Through show was the only time I was ever nervous to be in the crowd. That concert was easily one of the most intense experiences I’ve ever witnessed. It was like a fistfight between you and 800 strangers for over an hour. From the minute the band hit the stage until the final not rang out, people were running, kicking, punching and jumping all over one another. Fucking insane! Just put this song on repeat and run in place while slapping yourself repeatedly in the face for an hour and a half and you’ll have a small idea what their shows are like.
Sean Lennon “Spaceship”
I’ve always been somewhat of an outside observer to Sean Lennon’s music. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it or anything. When his songs come on, whether it’s his solo work, Cibo Matto or any of the other numerous collaborations he’s been involved in, I always enjoy it, but for whatever reason, I’ve never really delved into his work. I hate to say it, but I imagine a big reason for that is because I have a hard time separating him from his parents. The name Lennon just invokes a completely different sound in my head. That’s pretty stuck up on my part, but I guess that’s just how it goes.
If you grew up in the late 90’s then you probably remember these guys, but if you’re anything like me you probably don’t give even a margin of a shit about them. Now I’m not gonna sit here and say that these guys aren’t talented or that they don’t have some pretty solid songwriting chops, because clearly, they do. It’s more about personal taste for me. I’ve always hated this style of music. The clean vocals over a heavy riff with a overly melodic chorus all leading up to a breakdown where the band gets really “angry.” It just sounds so formulaic to me. If I’m gonna listen to heavy music, I want it to be heavy (see Bleeding Through) not something like this.
Dead Can Dance “The Writing On My Father’s Hand”
Talk about a band that invokes a specific image for me. Every time Dead Can Dance comes on, I always feel like I should be in a head shop (you know, one of those new agey types, not one with gross ass hippies) or at a Cirque Du Soleil show. Their music is always so dense and dramatic that you can’t really help but to envision something or somewhere else. Dead Can Dance is kind of like the musical equivalent of eating a sack of mushrooms and walking around a park. You might look crazy to everyone else, but you’re likely having the time of your life. Really, I guess that’s all that matters.
Winner of the Week: I’m gonna have to give it to the Isley Brothers. That shit is just too funky!
Turkey of the Week: Sevendust. Bro-metal is just not my thing.