Monday, August 28, 2006

getting loaded on a free pass from rehab

15 Comments:

Blogger Sam said...

no recommendations on the Osheaga mix but two comments:

1. have fun this weekend. should be tremendous.
2. post the mix.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Karl said...

HA! If you were old, you would relate to all of the lyrics if Everclear's "AM Radio." Sadly, my Zeppelin tickets were on mail order when Bonzo died.

1:00 PM  
Blogger pete said...

Since you're going to Montreal, and since they're from Montreal, i would throw on a Godspeed You! Black Emperor CD (either F#A#oo infinity or Lift Your Hands). A great road trip band in my opinion, and served me well to Lollapalooza.

Let me know how the concert is; i found the line up of bands i liked too similar to bands i saw at Lollapalooza and will see at V Fest, so i figured i'd save myself the trip.

2:14 PM  
Blogger rocknrollstar said...

Thanks for the linkage! Hope your new job is going ok ;)

- Steve

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Of Montreal by The Stills?

5:48 PM  
Anonymous mariah said...

Response to your request for roadtrip suggestions.....

i think you should listen to dave matthews band. lots of dave matthews band. and maybe some phish. but definately dave matthews band. maybe accompanied by tim reynolds or ben harper or even bela fleck...

but definately some dave :)

xo's

7:42 PM  
Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

I love how you're asking us for suggestions. Before I start I have to give some serious praise to Mariah for her sarcastic response. Throw in some Grateful Dead and that'd be the soundtrack to the road trip from hell for the concert from hell. Can you imagine seeing all those bands in one show. The fans would make it excruciating—shutter to think.

Pete you'd really put God Speed on a road trip mix? I can't imagine using a Good Seed song for anything more than background noise while doing some activity that doesn't require serious concentration like say sorting laundry. Plus I'd think a lot of their compositions are a little long for a mix. But hey to each his/her own.

Anyway I think the key to a good road trip soundtrack is a maintaining a nice variance in tempo while guarding against allowing it to get to slow and sleepy.

One Crowded Hour—Augie March
This songs become an obsession as of late. I love the way this song builds. It stars off innocuously enough with a man sing softly while slowly playing a piano and builds to a near frantic pace with a beautiful wall of sound. Plus this tune's one hell of an anthem and those are perfect for long drive.

Pounding—Doves
Although I adore many songs this one has to be my absolute favourite. Everything comes together here. There's a driving beat that never lets up, lyrics that make you want to seize the moment and a guitar breakdown that's sure to get you shimming. But I think what seals it for me is the way it builds from that opening drum strike and then it appears to lull ever so slightly before picking even stronger before its closing third—to me that mirrors the arc of a perfect Sunday run. I know of fewer things more enjoyable that can be done without libations or with your clothes on.

This One's for You–Ed Harcourt
I really don't understand why praise isn't lavished on this guy. Strangers is an absolute masterpiece and the rest of his catalogue isn't far behind. Why this track in particular? Well every road trip needs a song that's a little melancholy but more importantly every road trip needs a good drunken love ditty and this is one of the finest.

We are the Lovers—The Tears
Some wise person once told me that Suede tunes make for the best driving music. This could very well be the best Bernard/Butler credited tune for driving. That tambourine-led beat's a cracker and the lyrics just scream with all the shenanigans and tomfoolery that you will get into once you arrive. Can it get anymore perfect than this one?

Sunday Morning—Beth Orton/Chemical Brothers
This song isn't so much for the trip there as it is for the trip back. There is no better soundtrack for the morning after. Beth and the Chemical Brothers have put into music the feeling of wonder/fear/excitement/regret/shame/reflectiveness/happiness/sadness that you feel after waking up from a night of debauchery.

Oh and of course I know you'll be sure to include a few Pipettes tunes as well.

10:20 AM  
Blogger pete said...

although i do put Godspeed on when i'm doing reports at work, or when i was studying at university, the songs (for me) paint vivid imagery, often complimenting or improving the boring scenary. sure, that sounds pretenious, but its true. their first cd is the perfect night-time driving cd in my opinion. the spoken word intro to dead flag blues sets the tone for me.

doves, great band, but ironically pounding is the one song on the cd i dislike, which was their big single from that album. i suppose it helped that it was the Premiership's "official" song 3 years ago

10:49 AM  
Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

pete I didn't mean to come off as taking the piss at your suggestion. I was just surprised is all because I could never get into it beyond listening to it once or twice. Sigur Ros faired a much better but lately the only time I'm itching to hear some is right before bed. If you get all that out of a Godspeed's catalogue than good on you. You've got me thinking that its time to give them another listen.

As for Pounding yeah it's a bit of an obvious choice but in the many times as I've heard it my responses has been nothing short of enthusiastic each time. But I don't follow the Premiership so I haven't had to deal with that kind of ubiquity and the song being associated with that kind of lout and lad culture. If I had perhaps I'd feel similarly to you. But I'm glad were in agreement that Dove's Last Broadcast is a classic.

6:34 PM  
Blogger pete said...

Lost Souls is even better methinks...just listened to that today after our Last Broadcast discussion....

I'm a huge Radiohead fan, so all their fan msg boards hyped Sigur Ros...i checked them out...i cant get into the non-English singing..i find it distracting...altho the music can be nice...

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who woulda thought a playlist would be so complicated?
heres a suggestion, put your ipod on random.
thats always interesting.

8:39 PM  
Blogger Rock Snob said...

Sam - Ahah, thanks, if I make a list I'll post it!

Karl - Ok you win!

pete - Thanks for the recommendation.

rocknrollstar/Steve - My pleasure! You do good work! And the job is going great thanks!

Anonymous - EXCELLENT CHOICE!

mariah - Ahaha, actually if we wanted to be hippies we could just go see Ben harper headlining the festival we're going to :( I haven't talked to you in forever but if I dont before the weekend than I hope you and Mike have a great time camping!!!

The Fresh Young MikeyD - Uh, Mariah wasn't being sarcastic at all. Ahahah. Thanks for the awesome suggestions! You really should recommend stuff as a career!!!

Anonymous - I might just end up doing that due to time constraints!

8:58 PM  
Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

Pete I love everything the Doves have recorded but I think The Last Broadcast stands up as the group's finest work to date. I think they built upon what they started with Lost Souls and but also incorporated elements of their dance roots when they were called Sub Sub. But I could be a little biased 'cause I'm a sucker for a rock record you can dance to.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Garthman said...

Little Miss Sunshine is an awesome movie, and the driving scene with sufjan playing in the background made me want to get up and dance like sufjan was playing in the background.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Nghĩa Nguyễn Xuân said...

Thanks for the linkage! Hope your new job is going ok ;)
Maroon 5

9:33 AM  

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