Hey everyone! Hope the holiday’s are treating everyone well. I’ve got some cool things in the works, but they won’t be ready for a while longer. Until then, sit back, relax and enjoy a Shuffle Sunday!
Rob Zombie “Death and Destiny Inside the Dream Factory”
Rob Zombie is one of those artists that really just confuses the shit out of me. The sum of everything he does (music, artwork, stage show, band members) should all add up to equal something incredible, but it rarely does anymore. I absolutely loved the last two White Zombie albums, but when Rob went solo, I felt like he lost something. Sure there have been some awesome tracks that have come out of his solo career, but for the most part they just seem kind of “meh”. This song is a perfect example of just that. It’s not good, it’s not bad, but it does feel like something important is missing here….
Elvis Presley “I’m Falling In Love Tonight”
Seeing as it’s almost Christmas, I’m gonna tell you a story about one of the coolest presents I ever got. When I was a kid, I really liked Elvis. I even did a lip synch routine to the song “All Shook Up” in an elementary school talent show. Girls loved me before I got all gnarly in High School……anyways. My grandma Mimi was such an awesome lady. For birthdays and Christmas, she would always send a box of presents that were completely full of “What the fuck?” kind of presents. For example, one year I got a jump rope and a stopwatch so I could time myself. Another year, I got some new slippers and an FM/AM radio headset so I could listen to the radio when I’m at home. Her intentions were always sweet, so I always looked forward to getting my gifts from Mimi. One Christmas, I was opening my gifts and expecting some crazy shit, but instead was greeted by a nice watch with a cool picture of Elvis playing the guitar on it. To this day, I still have that watch (and even wear it from time to time). I guess maybe Mimi knew me better than I thought she did, or maybe I just got lucky. Either way, Grandma Mimi was fucking rad!
Goldfrapp “Monster Love”
Goldfrapp always felt like a band that I should appreciate more than I do. After listening to this song, I think I will check out the rest of this album. This song is pretty cool, but it’s very unsettling. The girls voice is really calming and so is the ambient music/noise in the background. Then, during the chorus, things get really weird. The EQ levels change and the effects pan back and forth from left to right channels. Honestly, it feels really disorienting, but not necessarily in a bad way. I would compare this song to riding a roller coaster. You get all pumped up and stand around for an hour, then after 3 minutes you feel like you might barf, but you’re satisfied nonetheless. Yup. This song is kinda like that.
Snoop Doggy Dogg “You Thought”
Siggggggghhhhhh. Snoop is fucking awesome. That being said, I think Snoop’s cult of personality is certainly larger than his recorded output. I also feel like his strongest records aren’t necessarily the best because of him. This song (and album) are perfect examples of that. Snoops flow throughout this entire record is pretty damn good. Honestly, I think a majority of his writing on this album was stronger than his first record. But this record also lacked Dr. Dre, which really fucked this album up. I think DJ Pooh was one of the main producers on this record and he did alright, but next to Dre’s beats, this album sounded soooooo lame. I feel like that’s a problem that’s plagued Snoop throughout his career. Think about it. Anything he put out that’s sold anything has had a select group of producers. The other 75% of Snoop’s catalogue has been (musically) pretty god damn bad. Thank god blunts are such a big part of Snoop’s persona and his shows. Otherwise, they all might wonder what the hell they are getting down to.
U-Roy “Come Home Little Girl”
Fuck yeah! I love this guy and his music. I was introduced to U-Roy a few years back and haven’t been able to stop listening since. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that Reggae and Dub are not my specialties. In fact, I don’t really know much about them at all. What I do know is that this song (and album for that matter) always put me in a good mood. It’s a great record to put on during a long drive and just hang out. Or to have on when you’re doing chores at home. I also imagine this would be great music to get insanely fucking high with. I don’t smoke anymore so I guess I’ll just stick to ironing while listening to it…..
WINNER OF THE WEEK: I think U-Roy was my favorite this week. If the Elvis track was a little more upbeat, I would’ve gone there, but the U-Roy song was just too good!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: For the first time, I am gonna give a dual turkey to both Snoop and Rob Zombie. Not because I don’t like both of them, but because I know they are capable of so much more than these two songs showcase.
What did you think? What is your favorite and least favorite songs of the week? Let me know in the comments section below or leave me a message on Facebook or Twitter. Happy Holidays everyone!!!