Wednesday, October 31, 2007

good enough for louie.

From one of my favorite skater's best parts: incredible song that even your mom will jam to.

Scarf control.

Rod Stewart - Young Turks

Full Disclosure:
The past few (as well as upcoming) posts are an attempt to share some of my all time favorite songs. This is being done in complete sincerity and with 100% love & admiration. The fact that I even have to put this at the bottom is simply a testament to my lazy writing as of late. Ha!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

more to life than books.

My favorite Smiths song.


The Smiths - Handsome Devil (Peel Session)


Friday, October 26, 2007

simply taking and not giving.

This is about as indignant as the boys got...

I decree today that life
Is simply taking and not giving
England is mine - it owes me a living
But ask me why, and I'll spit in your eye

Yet also tender...

Under the iron bridge we kissed
And although I ended up with sore lips
It just wasn't like the old days anymore
No, it wasn't like those days

This is without a doubt one of my favorite Smiths songs. The mix of sour and sweet, if you will, is exactly what made them so special. Johnny Marr's blissful music in contrast to Morrissey's bittersweetly reminiscent words...pure magic.

The Smiths - Still Ill


Thursday, October 25, 2007

true to you.

I have managed to not write anything about The Smiths or Morrissey on this here site. I honestly have no clue as to why. No good excuses...nothing.


Lads at ease.

In case you weren't aware, The Smiths are my all-time favorite band, and a Mr. Steven Patrick Morrissey is my choice for greatest songwriter in the English language.

I am far from the only person who believes this, for the Smiths/Morrissey freaks are many. So, because I have neglected my duties as Smiths and Moz fan, today we shall get into part one of a three part Smiths series!

For these three, I'll stick to The Smiths, but I'm fairly certain that this will be an ongoing series, so please do not mistake this as anywhere near all-encompassing. The Smiths/Morrissey combined catalog is getting deeper every year but I'll just be putting up a few personal favorites. There are many.


First up, a gorgeous song about patience.

"I know a place where we can go
Where we are not known"

The Smiths - These Things Take Time

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


A quick question.

If this:

was influenced by this:

Does that mean that this:

was influenced by this?:

Just asking...

idolize, hypnotize.

This three-cd set was sent to me by the fine folks over at Gigantic music. I got it early because of the type of jams that I usually post. Upon hearing it, I was only further convinced about the true genius of Ike Turner.

Now don't get me wrong, beating women is a truly horrible thing, (almost as bad as beating up animals) but Ike really was a virtuoso and an innovator. This all seems to unfortunately get lost in the haze of drug/woman abuse and Tina's subsequent rise in the 80's. (Another thing, those 80's Tina songs fucking suck.)

Marital bliss.

The best example of Ike + Tina truly coming together in song and voice is "Idolize You." It is also a type of complimentary song to "Quicksand" in a strange way.

Ike & Tina Turner - Idolize You

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

rubber neck giraffe.

For some reason (the piano maybe?) this song always reminds me of an Elton John record. Southern Gothic Elton John.

Leon Russell is one of the most talented dudes around. He played on so many records, by so many artists, it nearly impossible to track all of his guest appearances and songwriting credits down.

The Rolling Stones, Donny Hathaway, Herb Alpert, Barbara Streisand (!?!?), they've all had his help. Crazy prolific, and apparently utterly incomprehensible when not singing (deep Oklahoma accent) he wrote this one for his 1972 album Carney. It is one of my favorite bouncy southern rock-type bangers.

Seriously, this cover is terrifying.

Leon Russell - Tight Rope

Monday, October 22, 2007

some girls.

Listen to this one again. With fresh ears, and then try to tell me that it's not a banger. (Especially the bridge)

You know that it is.*

"Why wouldn't I need a fur in the desert?"


"That nigga J.C. crazy! A fur in the desert?!"

J.C. Chasez ft. ODB - Some Girls Dance With Women

*For real, fuck irony, I hate that shit, this song knocks.

Friday, October 19, 2007

dinner for one.

Easiest post ever recipe:

1 - Prince song

1 - Picture of the album
from which the song came

1 - Humorous comment in
italics below aforementioned

(Serves all.)

"Really Prince, like that?"

"Yes, sans shirt."

Prince - Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

pulling me closer.

Martha and the Vandellas were the second most successful girl-group on the Motown label. The first being these harlots.

The thing about it is, I don't believe that I like any one Supremes song more than I do Martha and the girls' rendition of "Quicksand."

A perfect song in every sense, much like the 1960's girl group equivalent of this.

Martha and the Vandellas - Quicksand

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

makes me feel old.

You know that I don't usually post newer stuff, but honestly...this is one of my fucking jams.

Ted knows, I've been riding for Chromeo. Since before She's In Control, these dudes are the truth. The reason I even know about The Deele is because I saw Dave1 and P-Thugg (two 'g's so necessary!) big them up while citing influences. And "Rocket 2 U?" that was on one of their dope old school electro mixes. Like anything worth it's salt, they are a gift that keeps on giving.

Style icons, as well.

Their newest album has been out for a little bit now and it is great. They usually get love on other blogs and stuff, but not enough for my taste. Fancy Footwork is insane, from the title track to "Tenderoni" to "Opening Up" that shit bangs. Hard.

I really could only recommend a small child's handful of things released post-2000 more than this.

But...this one is my absolute favorite:

Chromeo - Bonafied Lovin' (Tough Guys)

Full Disclosure:

1. First time I ever put up a buy link. That recommended.
2. Chromeo were all over MTV last week between commercials. I've been meaning
to write about them for a while now, can't say that didn't remind me.
3. They just released the video for this song, (see here) another reminder.
4. I'll get back to old stuff next.

5. This post is also a shout out to Jordan in Washington. Just because.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

effect mode.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have one of the best "Fuck you!" jams ever.

This shit comes from the one, the only, the incomparable...

For the ladies.

Al B. Sure! (!!!)

This guy was dope. Unibrow and all. On the strength! An early adapter to the new jack swing sound, Al B. was all kinds of awesome. Check the "Rock to the rhythm of the funky beat" break, a true gem.

"What, do you think you're dope on a rope, nope!"

Al B. Sure! - Off On Your Own (Girl)

Monday, October 15, 2007

day and night.

In 1986, (the album was released in 1987, but I presume that it was written in '86) Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Antonio "L.A." Reid wrote what I consider to be one the best love songs ever sung by human beings. This also just so happened to be my year of birth. Coincidence? I like to think not.

The Deele were the group that contained Babyface & L.A. (this is before they went on to start Laface records. Which means before TLC, OutKast, millions of dollars, a split between the once great friends and Eddie Murphy eventually making Babyface's wife his own. Ouch.)

Waaaay before this.

Great lyrics, true sentiment, flawless melodies, it's all there. Honestly, If I ever get married, (ha!) this will play as I stumble onto my wife's foot for our first dance.

Additionally: If I ever DJ a wedding (looking right at you: Jake, Elena, Ben, Teddy, etc.) you must dance to this
at some point in the evening as your mothers and fathers weep.

The Deele - Two Occasions

Friday, October 12, 2007

deluxe edition.

While I continue to wallow in the dreck and mire that is my life, my dear friend and confidant Teddy is flourishing in our neighbor to the north.

He is currently successful at the following:

-Wearing high-tops
-Being mad blonde

"Teal pants? Yes, please!"

-Canada's most famous "non-homosexual" homosexual
-Doing remix jams:

Teddy - Khusara Khusara

Teddy - The Locomotion

Thursday, October 11, 2007

she's got the smoke in her eyes.

I found a copy of this: the rad thrift store across the street from my pal's crib. I also managed to snag this and this.

Speaking In Tongues contains one of my absolute favorite Talking Heads jams ever in the form of "Girlfriend Is Better" An awesome song*, (the live version on Stop Making Sense rules a bit harder, but whatever) but I'm afraid that I don't really know about how much better life is with a significant other.

Now, the actual verse lyrics to the song do not make any discernible sense as far as I can tell, but the chorus does seem to imply that the girlfriend in question is
"...moving up going right through my heart"

I'm pretty sure that he means that in a good way, but honestly, who the hell knows?

(*Teddy introduced me to this jam through a mix that he sent me. Eerily enough, he just sent me some remixes that he's completed. Expect them up next.)


Talking Heads - Girlfriend Is Better

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

pirahnas, paraiahs. (III)

"Two for one, right 70's Lindsey?"

"Yeah, sure."

"And you, 80's Lindsey?"


(Long blank stare at the fish tank containing rare piranhas. Wipes his nose, then scratches, catches us all staring at him with confused faces)

"Sorry about that, uh, yes"

"Um... ok."


Lindsey Buckingham - Slow Dancing

Fleetwood Mac - Big love

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

insanity plea. (II)

As a solo artist, Lindsey was/is the shit. Seeing as how he and Christie McVie always pen my favorite Fleetwood Mac jams, this should have been inevitable. Go Insane was released in 1984, a great year for music regardless of if he were to have released something or not, but made that much better because he did.

Ex. #2:

Isn't that supposed to be window of time?

Lindsey Buckingham - Go Insane (Extended Mix)

Monday, October 8, 2007

cocaine on the counsel. (I)

In case you weren't aware, Lindsey Buckingham is one of my favorite dudes ever. Ex. #1:

Done by Woody @

Circa Tusk era Mac, the Bucks was on mad coke. This also goes for Stevie as well as pre and post-Tusk era Buckingham.

The shit must have been great because only a goddamned coked up egomaniac would have a double lp with four slip sleeves. Just for the hell of it.

I just got Tusk on vinyl, so here goes a jam.

Fleetwood Mac - The Ledge

Sunday, October 7, 2007

attention whore.

Prince is the illest. Enough said.

Who needs a crucifix in the shower?

Should say: "Poster that Brian did not realize was in his vinyl copy. He thought that he had overpaid for it, but once he saw that this (above) was included and huge, he proceeded to go apeshit and tease his sister about because, no, she could not have it."

Prince - Jack U Off

Friday, October 5, 2007

a ruined life.

It's official: I'm obsessed with buying records. I've spent pretty much all of my dough on vinyl.

Ugh. Temp agency, here I come!

A real find/longtime want that I probably paid too much for.

(By the way, this one is one of my favorite records ever made.)

"You're so upset because you can't watch All My Children"

The Jets - Rocket 2 U