Friday, August 19, 2005

To tide your over for the weekend...

The good news is that I finally have my writing groove back. The bad news is that I'm going away for the weekend. So, you'll want something to amuse yourselves while I'm away and having adventures to write about on Tuesday, right?

Okay, so here's something. Earlier this week, I downloaded a bunch of songs that have been sitting in my iTunes shopping cart (sort of like a wish list) for a few weeks. I chose them at random, and once I had enough for a playlist and listened to it through, it turns out that I downloaded a pretty solid group of songs that fit nicely together.

Come Ova (Bumblebeez 81) - I found this song on someone else's playlist, and loved it. It's fat and chunky, and buzzes along nicely, sort of like a bumblebee. The only problem is that it's too short - I want more!

You're A Loose Cannon McArthur, But You Get The Job Done (Most Serene Republic) - For the song title alone, it was worth it. The band was a featured artist recently, and I have the featured song in my shopping cart, but I liked this one better at the moment. Floaty and airy, without being insubstantial.

Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry) - A funk classic. I've been walking around the office, telling people to "play that funky music, white boy!" all week. No, the strange looks don't bother me any more.

Egøverride (Bob Mould) - After finding those old Sugar tunes*, I was pleased to find his new stuff. I like this one - fuzzy and loud. Fun to rock out to.

Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Wait A Second (Demo) (Hot Hot Heat) - I've come late to the Hot Hot Heat party, but I don't like all of their songs. These two songs I like quite a bit because they are pop-ish and perky without being overly sweet or vapid.

Wake Up Call (The Prodigy) - Nice to see they're still around. Great song, but not a good song to drive to as it tends to make you want to drive faster. Not that I've tried, mind you.

So What'cha Want (Beastie Boys) - Classic. Reminds me of the good bits of high school and early university.

Crucial (k-os) - How is it that every song from "Joyful Rebellion" sounds so different, yet they are all so amazing? Jamaican flavoured.

Glass, Concrete and Stone (David Byrnes) - It sounds familiar, like I know I've heard it before but I can't put my finger on where. Melancholy is a good word for the mood of the song.

Listen (Sexsmith & Kerr) - I know the Sexsmith is Ron Sexsmith, but I don't know who the Kerr is. Doesn't matter, as this is one sweet little tune. More upbeat than Sexsmith's usual dreamy fare, and sounds like something Lennon & McCartney would have written.

Twin Cinemas (The New Pornographers) - It was this week's free download, so I said, "what the heck!" I'm glad I did - it's fun and jangly, and I've since discovered they are the artists behind a song I've heard several times on the CBC, but never knew the name of (Mass Romantic).

* Hey, isn't that a Sloan song?