Friday, March 31, 2006

Here Come the Friday Tunes...

Alas, it is Friday once again. And you know what that means...the TGIF Shuffle. But before I get to it, a couple of rules (in case you forgot so soon!): Get out your digital music player and hit shuffle. Report back the first ten songs it spits out. No skipping or rationalizing...or, as we WIUITG folks like to say, "No apron-wringing" (nice one, K!). Afterwards, perhaps you'll be so kind as to enlighten us with some general thoughts, favorite/least favorite songs, acts seen live and/or a memory/personal connection.

Here's the juice:

1. Sing Me Spanish Techno (Twin Cinema) -- The New Pornographers
2. Romantic Comedy (Heart) -- Stars
3. Interesting Drug (Best of) -- Morrissey
4. The Golden Dream (We Will Become Like Birds) -- Erin McKeown
5. There is a Boy that Never Goes Out (Naturaliste) -- The Lucksmiths
6. Video Killed the Radio Star (The Age of Plastic) -- The Buggles
7. These Days (Campfire Songs) -- 10,000 Maniacs
8. Falling Sun (Perfect Uncertain) -- Cary Judd
9. Standing in the Rain (The Living End) -- Husker Du
10. Wildwood Flower (Walk the Line soundtrack) -- Reese Witherspoon

General Thoughts: This is a pretty stellar set, albeit it a bit less diverse than last week's. I'm beginning to think that my iPod has a thing for the Walk the Line soundtrack (I admit, it is pretty hard to resist!).

Seen Live
: Stars, Erin and the Maniacs (both incarnations -- with and sans Natalie. And I don't have to tell y'all how many times I've seen NAM solo...)

Favorite Song:
Damn, this is tough. Overall, I'd have to say "These Days" (not to be confused with "These are Days" which was a Maniacs original -- and a hit to boot!). "These Days" is a cover of the Jackson Browne tune and it's lovely. The band originally recorded it for Elektra Records' 50th Anniversary compilation when they were on the label, but it later made its way onto the retrospective two-disc set, Campfire Songs. How anyone could ever resist NAM's velvety alto is beyond me. She will always be my girl.

Runner Up: "Romantic Comedy" is SUCH a catchy tune. This one makes me think of Troublekiss which always brings a smile to my face. I love when friends fall in love with my favorite songs while sitting in my living room on an unassuming Friday night...

Favorite Album: At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, I'll tell you: Campfire Songs. (If you had to ask, we clearly haven't talked music much!).

Memory Trigger: Every time I hear anything from Cary Judd's Perfect Uncertain I think of WIUITG and Noho. The first time I went to a retreat in November of 2004 I ordered a bunch of CDs from CDBaby for the car ride up. Perfect Uncertain was my favorite of the batch and I played it relentlessly that weekend.

And, for fun, I'm adding a quirky category:

Best Tune for when you're feeling like a Sad Bastard:
"Interesting Drug"

Need more shuffle in your Friday? Check out my contributing friends:


And Krizmic may get around to joining later!


Blogger Melissa said...

A, your email this morning was a treasure -- thank you. I woke up pretty resentful ... it was 5:30, my normal get-up time, but it's usually my solitary time and the girls were both up at 5:30, too. But then I read your email -- thank you! I'll write more soon ... Have a super weekend!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous ms said...

hey, let's talk later this weekend or on monday night. i feel like i haven't really had a convo with you recently, even though i saw you last week. such is life when it gets a little nutty...

3:39 PM  
Blogger popscholar said...

I'm glad I could make your morning! You have a super weekend too. We'll chat soon!

3:50 PM  
Blogger popscholar said...

that last reply was to MM. MS, you commented while I was composing my reply! yes, let's talk soon. have fun teaching grandma to drive. ;)

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Blogger kris said...

still around tonight?

i love this friday game...i will post mine later :)

4:00 PM  
Blogger popscholar said...

We have a date, K. Yep, I'm around!

4:15 PM  
Blogger popscholar said...

NT -- see my reply on your blog. I'm gonna link. The sex-to-Natalie thing made my day.

4:24 PM  
Blogger nichole said...

I too loved the email. It was so typically you- witty and quirky and genuine all at the same time. :)

10:20 PM  
Blogger popscholar said...

Wait -- two different emails! The one M's talking about was something I sent her before that forward. And I didn't write the forward, so I can't rightly claim credit for its humor and wittiness (although I thank you, N, for the compliment!) MS sent it to me and I had to pass it along...

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