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I missed last week because I was just too tired and, come to find out, sick to post a seven. So, here's this week's.

Matthew West - Sellout
Jimi Hendrix - Astro Man
Enigma - Mea Culpa
Hairstorm 84 - We're Not Gonna Take It
Mono - Where Am I
Ani DiFranco - Done Wrong
Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song

I remember the first Matthew West song I ever listened to: Something to Say. It was catchy, upbeat, snappy as Mr. White would say. This seems along the same lines. Snappy.

Listening to this makes me want to listen to Man or Astro Man's take on that one song from MST3K. Yeah.

My niece bought an Enigma CD a couple of years back. I didn't realize they were still together.

Hairstorm 84's cover of Twisted Sister is from an 80s hair band tribute compilation. Dee Snider and his band sure made some funny videos. Strangeland creeped me out a bit, though. Different beast altogether, of course.

I need to listen to some more Mono, and fire up the Great Expectations soundtrack again.

Ani is another one of those artists I'm familiar with, but only have listened to a little bit of. One day, I'll correct that.

My iPod really seems fixated on Led Zeppelin for some reason.
servermonkey: (Michael Stipe)
Thank you Jaman for enabling me to further focus on what's truly important.

My Life in Song Titles!

Pick an artist, and using ONLY SONG TITLES from only that artist, cleverly (preferably) answer these questions. This is harder than it seems!

Artist of choice: R.E.M.

1. Are you a male or female: Hollow Man

2. Describe yourself: World Leader Pretend

3. How do you feel about yourself: Half a World Away

4. Describe your ex boyfriend/girlfriend: Sweetness Follows

5. Describe your current boy/girl situation: At My Most Beautiful

6. Describe your current location: Texarkana

7. Describe where you want to be: I Remember California

8. Your best friend: Electrolite

9. Your favorite color is: Electron Blue

10. You know that: It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

11. What's the weather like: Green Grow the Rushes

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called: Imitation of Life

13. What is life to you: It's a Free World Baby

14. What is the best advice you have to give: Find the River

15. If you could change your name what would it be: Wendell Gee
servermonkey: (3 - 2 - 1 Contact!)
Bif Naked - Lucky
R.E.M. - Why Not Smile (Alternate Version)
Louis Armstrong - Gone Fishin'
Bad Religion - Suffer
Chevelle - Until You're Reformed
Franz Ferdinand - Come On Home
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Travelin' Band

Bif Naked's Lucky makes me miss BtVS quite a bit. Has Bif done anything lately?

I need to reacquaint myself with R.E.M. again sometime. It's been a while.

Not one of my favorite Armstrongs songs, so there we are.

Just about all of the few Bad Religion songs I've listened to have been really quite good. Yes, I've liked this one as well.

Who is Chevelle? I believe this is from the Daredevil soundtrack. What a terrible movie, huh? Not quite Catwoman terrible, so more like bad bad bad and not bad BAD BAD.

My first memory of Franz Ferdinand was a music video Take Me Out using Star Wars characters. Classic! From an MTV2 show, I think.

Creedence. That about sums that up, no?
servermonkey: (Me 02-06-2009 II)
Another week has come and gone--at least I know I can get a few moments for a seven.

Blink-182 - First Date
Dave Matthews Band - Tripping Billies
Johnny Cash - You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven (live)
Evanescence - Lacrymosa
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
Ghoti Hook - Walking on Sunshine

Because I'm a fanboy, I have to admit that I am pretty much ecstatic at the possibility of seeing Blink live this summer--dependent on what's going on and all. A bill with them and Descendents would pretty much do it for me. Yup.

Sorry all of you, but DMB is one of those bands I'll take or leave. I did like the video for Everyday with Judah Friedlander. Is that okay?

Cash. That's pretty much 'nuff said, right?

Zeppelin, again what else can you say about them? I strongly resist the urge to play the very little bit of Stairway that I know all the time. It is a tough life.

Evanscence is one of those groups that I've liked what I've heard from, but have not listened to all too much of. Does that make sense?

Le sigh, what's Vanessa Carlton been up to lately? Last thing I remember her doing was that bit with Counting Crows' cover of Big Yellow Taxi. That's about it.

Okay, I've almost gotten into arguments about this Ghoti is NOT pronounced GO-TEE, but fish if one uses that language trick (the name of which escapes me right now). You know, gh sound from enough, short o sound and the ti sound from motion. I'm right, right? No? Whatev.
servermonkey: (iPod Black)
Ended up biting the bullet and replaced my iPod that died. Good thing is double the capacity. Bad thing is losing my entire collection of MST3K in MP3 format. Could be worse, I suppose. That

Mandy Moore - Top of the World
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Pearl Jam - Daughter
Orbital - Lush 3-1
Shakatak - Streetwalkin'
Foo Fighters - Breakout
Kelly Clarkson - You Found Me

Bah! Another song I don't believe I had backed up was Mandy Moore's duet with Michael Stipe from the Saved! soundtrack. God Only Knows, indeed!

I was late getting around to listening to the Killers. Mark another one where I missed the boat.

Violins? Violence? When Eddie Vedder and company released this song and album, it reminded me a bit of R.E.M.'s Green CD with the wordplay in it. So, yeah I liked it from then on.

Orbital keeps creeping into the queue a lot more than before. Odd, that.

Shaka what?

Dave Grohl is awesome, isn't he? Plus, he's the FRESH Fighter, too so that's a plus.

Wow, and here we are to another of my ever-growing list of guilty pleasures. Kelly ClarkSON! indeed.
servermonkey: (Default)
Figured I'd get a head-start with this since I believe it will be quite busy later on today.

System of a Down - Chop Suey!
The Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright
Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
R.E.M. - Texarkana
Gorillaz - 5/4
Culture Club - Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?
10,000 Maniacs - Verdi Cries

Haven't listened to either System of a Down or Offspring for quite some time. Doing so makes me feel old.

Wasn't Hank Azaria in the video for All I Wanna Do? I began to dislike this song quickly--though not because of Mr. Azaria.

Yea for Mike Mills singing lead on this. Sure, he's no Michael Stipe but at least he's given the chance to sing more than just backing vox from time to time.

Gorillaz's Feel Good, Inc. was stuck in my head earlier, and this fits in with that.

Uh oh, I think they're turning on George out there.

Natalie Merchant, how do I love thee? This song and many other 10,000 Maniacs songs are very affecting to me.
servermonkey: (Me 03-19-2009)
So, I'm using to generate my list today. Works for me--though I do need to thank Adam 'cause the external drive he so kindly gave me a while back still has a TON of sweet, SWEET music on it. So, Adam FTW!

ELO - Telephone Line
Nick Lowe - Cruel to Be Kind
Jim Croce - Operator
Oasis - Stay Young
Tears for Fears - Mad World
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
Modest Mouse - Dukes Up

Hello. How are you? ELO typically appeals to my pop side. That's about it.

Whenever I listen to Cruel to Be Kind, I am reminded of some movie that used it. The thing is, I cannot remember which movie it was! I wish I could, but whichever one it is escapes me. Your help is appreciated with this.

Toby Lightman's cover of this gets me every time. Don't get me wrong, I like the original but I like her take on it quite a bit.

Oasis. Bleh.

Another song in which the cover of it is more affecting to me than the original. Of course, being a freak for Donnie Darko may have something to do with that.

You know, I've never seen Jailhouse Rock. Weird, huh?

I feel like listening to some Talking Heads now.

'Til next week...yes, I am sure I will find time to do this regardless of spring break.
servermonkey: (Me 03-19-2009)
Yes, my iPod tanked on me this. She and I had a fairly long and VERY good relationship. Clearly, she will be missed immensely. Without further adieu, here's today's Friday Seven. .: sniff :.

Peter Frampton - Baby, I Love Your Way
Sunscreem - Doved Up
Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner
The Folk Implosion - Natural One
Richard Cheese - Relax
Five for Fighting - Easy Tonight
Mötley Crüe - Time for Change

I had Peter Griffin flashbacks as I listened to this song. Actually, I also remembered Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller at odds in Reality Bites. Of course, I didn't care for that version nearly as much as Frampton's, but anyway.

Sunscreem's only real hit was Luv U More, which both intrigued me and disturbed me equally. Then I heard the cover of it by RollerGirl and was intrigued and disturbed even more.

I am not sitting in the morning at the diner on the corner. But I sometimes wish I were. Are there any diners left anymore though? Certainly none around the area that I live in.

Le sigh--this song reminds me of a young Chloe Sevigny in Kids. Wow, Rosario Dawson, too. Larry Clark sure knew how to cast people.

Richard Cheese. That's really all I need to type here, isn't it?

Easy Tonight is not at all my favorite song from Five for Fighting. I prefer 100 Years or Superman (It's Not Easy) instead. Just sayin'.

Now, Mötley Crüe is another one of the many artists and things that comprise my extensive list of guilty pleasures. Really, who can resist a glam-metal band that writes a song about world peace and improving the human condition while most likely spending more than some countries' GDP on heavy drugs and alcohol? There's a bit of a tongue-in-cheek sentiment in there somewhere, no?

All right, that's it for this week. Later.

EDIT--Thankfully, I still have where I can at least get to my library, sort of.
servermonkey: (Me 02-06-2009)
Better late than never. With better being used in the loosest sense of the word. So, here goes...

America - Lonely People
Morrissey - Teenage Dad on his Estate
Tori Amos - Sweet Sangria
Pat Benatar - Heartbreaker
Descendents - Global Probing
The KLF - Church of The KLF
Chantal Kreviazuk - Time

There are times that I prefer the cover of Lonely People as performed by Jars of Clay. Today was one of those times. I do still prefer the original Ventura Highway, Sister Golden Hair and Tin Man.

Haven't forgiven Moz for his cancellation. Still.

Tori Amos has not once canceled a concert. She pwns you Morrissey. PWNS!

Heartbreaker is not my favorite song of hers--Love is a Battlefield is. Part of its charm is the video. Choreographed dancing FTW!

This is one Descendents song that I don't recall listening to before. <3 shuffle.

Whatever happened to The KLF a.k.a. The Justified Ancients of MuMu? This was a fairly decent CD, too.

I can never pronounced Chantal's last name correctly, so she and I are on a first name basis now. Well, at least on my end we are.
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The Doors - Light My Fire
John Cougar Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
Frank Sinatra - My Way
Radiohead - Permanent Daylight
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train to Georgia
Missy Elliot - Get Ur Freak On (Remix)
Spandau Ballet - True

So, better late than never or not at all. I know you all have been on the edge of your seats waiting to see what random collection of songs my iPod chose to fire up for me.

You need not wait any longer, as I have finally booted a computer up and found a few moments of time to post my seven.

I'll be honest, Light My Fire was never my favorite song by The Doors. It very well may have been the first I ever heard from them, but not my favorite.

John Cougar Mellencamp finally grew on me by the time he dropped the "Cougar" nickname. There are times that it feels as if I have settled down in a town that could very well have inspired the little ditty 'bout Jack and Diane. Two 'Merican kids livin' in the heartland.

Can't really say too much about Sinatra--though having the image of Gary Olman as Sid Vicious performing a cover of it sure is something alright.

Not too familiar with this Radiohead song. Sorry.

There was a book I used to own once about a variety of faux pas. In it, there was a D.J.'s mispronunciation of Gladys Knight and the Pips. It was pretty funny, actually.

What Missy Misdemeanor been up to lately, hm?

Spandau Ballet gives me Sixteen Candles flashbacks of me wishing I were Jake Ryan. I ultimately would come to the realization that I really am The Geek, and I'm not so okay with that quite yet.

'Til next week.
servermonkey: (Me 01-11-2009)
Michael W. Smith - Give It Away
311 - Electricity
Jackson Browne - Somebody's Baby
Elvis Presley - (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame
Death Cab for Cutie - Sound of Settling
Belinda Carlisle - I Get Weak
Swing Out Sister - Breakout

What an odd collection of songs to have played as a group.

Both MWS and 311 songs are just eh for me, not ones I really got into.

Somebody's Baby reminds me of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Fast Times at Ridgemont High and I, suppose, Phoebe Cates. Oh yeah, and Sean Penn. And Judge Reinhold...ok, I'm stopping now.

Is it wrong that I would prefer to listen to The Smiths' live version of Marie's the Name the segues into Rusholme Ruffians? I love that song, and the bass line used to give me the most difficult time. I think I have a good part of it figured out, but don't fight with it as much anymore. Still mad at Moz for canceling his Orlando show.

Sound of Settling was the first Death Cab for Cutie song that I ever listened to. Of course, I still really like the thing.

Both Belinda Carlisle and Swing Out Sister make me kind of wistful. Le sigh for Jane Wiedlin, too.
servermonkey: (Default)
Tony Bennett - Fly Me to The Moon
Collective Soul - Heavy
Nelly Furtado - Powerless (Say What You Want)
Green Day - Basket Case
Nicki French - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Modest Mouse - The World at Large
Violent Femmes - Kiss Off

Yes, I listen to Tony Bennett. Sometimes.

My first memory of Collective Soul's Heavy was not from airplay or a burnt CD someone may have shared with me. Nope, not at all. I remember it clearly as the song from a level of Action Quake 2 that a bunch of building, a park or two and (of all things) a half-pipe. You could actually run up and down the vert, get air and machine gun duel with whomever you were playing with at the time. More so, the amount of laughter any of us would get into whenever said duels would take place was indescribable. Quite a few stomach muscles were sore during those times. It's fun, really. Won't you?

I have to say, I am more a fan of "old" Nelly Furtado. You know, when she sang I'm Like a Bird. I don't really care for that song, though.

Did I ever tell you about the time I missed a Green Day show just before they broke because I was feeling particularly lazy one day? My wife was quite excited to go to it, too but I couldn't be bothered. Oh, well, I just told you about it. Plus, I FAIL at life, so there.

Not quite sure how this version of Total Eclipse of the Heart got onto my playlist, but it's there. It, obviously, is making me want to get a hold of Footloose and watch it. Maybe dance, too. Yes, I know that song wasn't on it, Holding Out For a Hero by Bonnie Tyler was. It's close enough of a connection for me.

Modest Mouse always reminds me of Talking Heads. That's all I have to say 'bout that.

Now, Violent Femmes actually triggered a Clarissa Explains It All flashback for me. Wasn't there an episode where she'd defending her decision to listen to Violent Femmes to her parents? I believe her argument consisted that the Violent Femmes were neither violent nor femmes. Something like that, you'll have to refresh my memory if that's not correct. Yes, I do ♥ Melissa Joan Hart, if you were curious.
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The Police - Synchronicity II
Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out
Black Flag - Jealous Again
Tori Amos - Virginia
Hall & Oates - Did It In a Minute
Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
R.E.M. - Just a Touch

Somewhere, my poor vinyl copy of The Police's Synchronicity is gathering dust. I wish someone else is getting some sort of enjoyment out of it, but the reality of it is that it's either in my mother's storage area (affectionately renamed the Cave) or in a landfill. The latter option would sadden me, though.

My music player seems to have a bit of a sense of humor throwing Stevie Wonder and Jamiroquai into my Friday Seven.

Somewhere, Henry Rollins (and probably Greg Ginn) is probably twitching since his music is being played and then followed by Hall & Oates. I do, however, want to listen to Method of Modern Love now. I have had the most difficult time locating Black Flag's live Who's Got the 101/2? on CD. I was close once, but didn't buy it. My stepfather always said his favorite albums were the live ones, but I disagreed for quite a while. Then I listened the Who's Got the 101/2? and got a bit of what he was saying. Easily one of my favorite live albums while I was in middle/high school.

Lastly, I've mentioned this before, but I'll say it again: I will NEVER forgive myself for not buying the R.E.M. bootleg I found in Blue Note Records YEARS ago. At the time, fifty dollars seemed like a lot of cash to shell out. I was wrong. Yeah, I said it, I was wrong. The newer live release of theirs is okay, but I really wanted that old collection. Bummer.

EDIT - I didn't even mention Tori. Virginia's not one of my favorite songs of hers, or one I even know well. I've lost count how many times I've seen Tori live. At least five or so. Only one time did her show disappoint me, but it may have been that I didn't like the venue. It was at the UCF arena, I think. Sorry about that, UCF.
servermonkey: (Default)
The Clash - Train in Vain (Stand By Me)
Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
Howie Day - More You Understand
Edie Brickell and New Bohemians - What I Am
Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Beck - The New Pollution
Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry Be Happy

A disparate collection of songs, to be sure. Add to that is the fact I really enjoy the majority of these songs is a bonus. I prefer Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water and I'm not that familiar with the Howie Day song--but I REALLY like Collide.

Now, Don't Worry Be Happy falls into a category all by itself. There's something about it that I just loathe, but I. Just. Can't. Stop. Listening.

I felt a bit better about myself when some songs by Descendents and The Smiths queued up. Only a little bit better, though.
servermonkey: (Balloon Monkey)
The Beatles - Octopus's Garden
Sonic Youth - Cinderella's Big Score
Beach Boys - Meant For You
Dean Martin - That's Amore
The Archies - Sugar Sugar
Rush - Closer to the Heart
The Motels - Only the Lonely

Shuffling songs is a great thing! Honestly, when else would I get to listen to some Sonic Youth followed up by Dean Martin? Really.

Which, of course, reminded me of MST3K. Apparently, everything does from what I've heard.

Crow: "Today, the moon narrowly missed hitting a man's eye like a big pizza pie."
Servo: "Scientists believe that's amore."

Oh my gosh, now I believe it's time for an Andy Rooney-Off! Alas, it's back to work, though.
servermonkey: (iPod Black)
Eva Cassidy - Natural Woman
Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel
Blondie - The Tide is High
Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
Ride - Twisterella
The Postal Service - Brand New Colony
Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?

For some reason, I felt compelled to post a Friday Seven. There was once a time that this was a weekly thing. After the great life event of March of last year, Friday Sevens became few and far between. It seemed frivolous, and really, there were a lot of things I was quite a bit more focused on. Honestly, there are quite a few things that should probably get my attention right now, but for this moment a Friday Seven is indeed being posted.

I find myself wanting to listen to For Just a Moment (the love theme from St. Elmo's Fire)...yes, my thoughts go off on tangents like that.

EDIT -- Wow, I was so caught up in my thought that I completely left off part of a sentence.
servermonkey: (Batman)
A fumbling politeness the difference saved me...

For some reason, this song has hit my internal loop. I don't know, could it be that I appreciate some small gestures? Do I not have much trust in people's motivations?

Eh, maybe it's just a combination of post New Year's stupor--or too much egg nog.
servermonkey: (Michael Stipe)
Is it b0rked? I had thought I had broken it, but it does not seem to firing for a few people.

This, of course, works to the advantage of those that loathe Twitter updates on people's LJs. So, I suppose I'll Tweet and post as well.

I was driving to my meeting this morning and thought about a bit I'd read about Michael Stipe eating cherries and listening to Patti Smith's Horses late into the night until he about threw up. There hasn't been music that I have been able to listen to that way--not in a nauseated manner, but just a CD that I'd be able to just dive into completely. Some examples: R.E.M.'s Murmur (which I would still like to buy in its newest incarnation), The Smiths' debut CD, The Sundays' Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. These, of course, are just a few that I listened to and listened to over and over again--amazingly not ruining my copies of them. Descendents' I Don't Wanna Grow Up was another--which I just thought about, because I've really been enjoying Christmas Vacation again. If I recall, I think one of the first Black Flag cassettes I ever purchased was around the same time (in Gatlinburg, TN of all places). In any case, I kept thinking that there just isn't music that I throw myself into like that anymore.

Sure, there are songs I'll really find appealing, but whole CDs? No. Not really. Not that I can think of?

Is it me? Have I crossed another line into practicality that I hardly ever find new music to praise?

What about you? What music shaped and defined you? If you had to think, would there be anything out there like that nowadays?

Perhaps I'm just subconsciously fishing for new music to check out, but I really am curious.
servermonkey: (Blankets)
Because I am just waiting on the new fridge, washer and dryer to be delivered I am taking a few moments of my life (and yours) to post this.


1. Put your iPod on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You MUST write that song name no matter how silly it sounds.
4. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got this from...I trust you can tag yourselves...

Aaliyah - Try Again

Nirvana - Plateau

The Replacements - Bent Out of Shape

Beach Boys - Surfin' Safari

Tanya Donnelly - Dona Nobis Pacem

Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff

The Album Leaf - One Minute

WHAT IS 2+2?
Unkle - Lonely Soul

R.E.M. - The Boy in the Well

Alanis Morrissette - Unsent

Moby - Morning Dove

Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday

Joey Ramone - What a Wonderful World

Black Flag - Life of Pain

10,000 Maniacs - Smallest Step

Petra - Seen and Not Heard

The Moody Blues - In Your Wildest Dreams

Frank Sinatra - My Kind of Town

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh)

Sting - In Darkness Let Me Dwell

The Polyphonic Spree - Light & Day (Orchestral Version)

Moby - First Cool Hive

The Cranberries - I Still Do

Morrissey - The Lazy Sunbathers

R.E.M. - Burning Down

Dashboard Confessional - Screaming Infidelities

Weezer - Surf Wax America

Sixpence None the Richer - Melody of You

Green Day - Macy's Day Parade

Meat Beat Manifesto - Re-Animator (Part I)
servermonkey: (Michael Stipe)
Tomorrow sees the release of R.E.M.'s Murmur Deluxe Edition. Anyone that has known me for even a small amount of time knows that R.E.M. has long been my favorite musical group.

I came to listening to them just about the time Green was released, but listened to a LOT of Document. Actually, I listened to a lot around that time period, but Document got heavy rotation from me.

Funny thing is that I have never seen them live. I have missed several opportunities to do so. I'd like to be able to see them at least once in my lifetime, but I don't know when that may be.

I think I'll have to fire up my R.E.M. only playlist on my iPod and actually go out and buy the CDs--CDs!! I haven't bought a CD that wasn't blank media in I don't know how long.

Still waiting on the MST3K DVD set, too. Score! for me.
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