Category: Music

Music for February

Nothing new got added this month. The two songs I listened to the most were “Birdhouse In your Soul” by They Might Be Giants – partly because it’s on Grace’s playlist, so it tends to show up more frequently – and “The Underdog” by Spoon, which is just a great track. I think I actually first heard it at Ruby Tuesdays and never could figure out what it was. It wasn’t until we watched “I Love You Man” before I could identify the song and since then, it’s had a pretty steady spot on my playlists.

A few other surprises:
“Divine Hammer” by the Breeders, going back to my WMCR days.
“Barrel of A Gun” by Guster, which is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to uncover with this – a great song that I always liked but had forgotten about.
“Over the Rainbow” and “Leavong On A Jet Plane” by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. These are the other things I wanted to find – songs in my collection that I really never noticed before.
“Goonies Are Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper. Really, this goes back to when Kelly & I saw her in Boston last year. I’m pretty sure she opened with this and it was another one of those forgotten songs – although this time, it was because it’s not on her Greatest Hits album.

Music for January

So something new here – going to try to remember to post what I’ve found in my music each month, both new additions (if any) and gems that iTunes dug up for me.

For January, I added a few new albums:

Raditude (Weezer)

To be honest, not their best effort. The first few songs are decent – “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” is catchy, the next few tracks are okay but kind of different from what I think of as Weezer songs (more pop, and I don’t necessarily mean that as a compliment). The rest of the album doesn’t stick out in my memory.

Sounds of the Universe (Depeche Mode)

I only bought it for “Wrong.” Don’t think I’ve listened to any of the rest of it yet.

Blown To Smithereens [Greatest Hits] (Smithereens)

This is one of those bands I forget I love, and then it comes up in a shiffle playlist and I go and listen to everything I have of theirs, most of which is “11”. Still, good to have in the collection.

The Best Of Warren Zevon

Had this as a cassette when I was younger. Not sure why I bought it then. This time, I know – aside from “Werewolves Of London”, there’s also “Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner” and “Excitable Boy.” Probably a bunch of others that as I hear them, I’ll be dredging up memories from 20 years ago.

Spring is here…

I know spring is here because I heard Meatloaf’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” on the radio

The really isn’t any other song that says ‘springtime’ better than that.

Another Search Ends…

I have a mental list of albums that I’m trying to find cheaply.

Earlier this year, I went to a used CD store here in Worcester (Jelly’s Discs, for those keeping score at home) and found two – Rave Til Dawn including Apotheosis’ “O Fortuna,” and Boris Grebenshikov’s “Radio Silence” – both were staples of my college days. I had them on cassette but couldn’t get CD copies before they disappeared from the market.

Today I walked in to Newbury Comics in the Solomon Pond Mall and found something new – Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend. One of my absolutel favorite albums. However, this was the new “Legacy Edition” which included a second disc of… “Good Frend: Another Take on ‘Girlfriend’.” We had this in our college station and someone stole it before I got a chance to. Basically, I’ve spent over 10 years looking for a copy, and now I have it.

Sure, it’s not the promo version from 1992. And sure, I could have picked any of these up on eBay. That’s not the point. I’d rather spend the time rooting through CD stores (used and new) and seeing what I can find, because sometimes I’ll find something else that’s really cool.

And for those who care, the rest of my list that I’m consciously looking for includes:
Pete Townsend, “The Iron Man”
The Bears, “The Bears”
The Bears, “Rise and Shine”
The Travelling Wilburys, “Volume 1”
The Travelling Wilburys, “Volume 3”

Update: Finally, the Travelling Wilburys discs were re-released and I picked them up.

Song and road.

Every once in a while, I’ll find a perfect combination of song and road. Today I had one – Pet Shop Boys “Somewhere” came on just as I was getting onto I-290 as it starts in Hudson and it just seemed right. THe song picked up just as I went under the 495 ramp and… well,  it was just right.

For those keeping score, the other spots I’ve had this that I can remember are:

I-84 westbound just before exit 8, Abba’s “Dancing Queen”

I-390 north over a hill just before I-90, Depeche Mode’s “Get Right With Me”

I-87 north through Saratoga Springs, Prodigy’s “Voodoo People”

Anyone else have anything?