The Infinite Jukebox analyzes the self-similarity of music to create neverending and everchanging versions of songs.
I had to give it 3 AM Eternal, which didn’t work as well as I had hoped.
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.
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:
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.
Jimmy Cauty is one of the more fascinating artists I’ve come across (originally through The KLF), and I’ve always been curious what he’s been up to. Somewhere, deep down, I hold a hope that someday he and Bill Drummond will finish and release The Black Room.
(via Daring Fireball)
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.
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.
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?