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…..
Robert Plant “Big Love”
I’ve never really been much for Robert Plant’s work outside of Led Zeppelin and this track is a perfect indication of why I just don’t get down. Now I realize that it’s stupid (and really kind of ignorant) to categorize an artist based on the merits of their past works, but Jesus Christ. Just listen to this turd. I’ve never heard this song before, or anything from this album from that matter, but judging by the fact that it sounds like a shitty Aerosmith b-side, I’m gonna guess that it was recorded in the mid to late 80’s (also known as a time of great distress for music). Now I won’t sit here and say that Plant isn’t shit without Led Zep, cause that isn’t necessarily true (his record with Alison Krauss was pretty damn good) but he didn’t do himself any favors kicking as much ass as he did when he was young. I mean really, can you believe this is the same guy behind “Black Dog”…..unfuckingreal.
Lenny Kravitz “Is There Any Love In Your Heart”
I’ve always really enjoyed Lenny Kravitz for what he is. I feel like he is one of the few modern rock musicians that really dedicated himself to perfecting his sound. Of course, that sound is a shade more than borrowed from past artists (In fact, my good friend fucking hates Lenny Kravitz for that exact reason. He always says that if he wanted to listen to Jimi Hendrix, he would just listen to Hendrix. He usually follows that with a shake of his head and a “fuck Lenny Kravitz.” But I digress…) but that doesn’t change the fact that he is really….really good at his sound, no matter how similar it may seem to others. Besides, Lenny is always doing rad shit, even when he’s not playing music, so really, what’s there not to like?
Skinny Puppy “Deep Down Trauma Hounds”
OK, so slight change of pace with this one. Skinny Puppy has always been one of my favorite bands (Rank & File Skinny Puppy) and I always look forward to hearing what they come up with. This song is considered by many to be one of the seminal tracks of their discography, but honestly, I never really cared for it. It just kind of plods along for seven minutes and never really goes anywhere, at least in my opinion. Sure, there are some great elements presented throughout, but it just feels kind of boring to me. I’m sure there is some old goth dork somewhere that just smacked his own forehead in disgust at my previous comment, but that’s just how the Shuffle Sunday cookie crumbles.
The Black Keys “The Go Getter”
Strangely enough, I hadn’t heard The Black Keys until maybe a year ago. Of course, I had heard of The Black Keys (how couldn’t you at least hear about them? The media has been all over their dicks for the last handful of years) but never took the time to sit down and listen to them. I’ll be the first to admit, I was being snobby about the whole thing. I figured that if everyone loved these guys so much, than it must kind of suck. And really, I don’t feel like I was too far off. I mean, they write some pretty cool songs and all, but it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before, or for that matter, been done better.
I always wished that more artists approached making music the way Low does. No, that doesn’t mean that I would like everyone to be all slow and Low key all the time (see what I did there?) No, what I mean is that I wish more bands put as much effort into their songs as these guys do. Low’s records are not always my cup of tea. I really need to be in the right frame of mind to listen to them, but when I am, I always enjoy their work. It always seems like they put so much effort into their recordings, down to each single note the play or sing. That’s some pretty impressive shit if you ask me! Even if the pace of their music doesn’t appeal to you, if you’re a fan of musicianship, then you should check these guys out for sure.
Winner of the Week: I’m gonna go with the Low track. It’s just too fine an example of how to be a good musician
Turkey of the Week: Oh my God, it’s definitely that Robert Plant track. How awful was that?