Monday, July 31, 2006


...where someone complained that we don't say enough about the songs we post on here. I couldn't help but agree. This doesn't mean I'm going to change much of anything, butI do agree.

The Whyte Boots - Nightmare.mp3

What we have here is a classic of the girl group tragedy genre. Girl steals other girl's boy. A group of girls encourage her to kick girl's ass. Girl does so and gets more than she bargained for. This song gets vicious in the middle.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

It's not gloom you think it is

Genesis - Gloomy Sunday

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


The mix I made for Renee (who is awesome) to prepare her for Portland, a place that I haven't actually been. I guess it can also go out to David, who's on his way back now... and to Rarebit, who is apparently also moving there... and to the hundred of other confused pilgrims on their way there. Ultimately, though, it's Renee's (and I hope she doesn't hate that I've shared the link.) Remember that seashells and driftwood can be collected and turned into fine knick-knacks that can be sold at street fairs and swap meets.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

5:12, DUDE

Winamp tells me these two awesome songs are the same length. Your mileage may vary.

Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song

The Commodores - Assembly Line.mp3

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Sunday IS gloomy, dammit!

According to an unscientific poll of our readership (read: Semi-drunken conversation at Lee's Liquor Lounge), 8% of our readership thinks I should stop the weekly Gloomy Sundays. Here's what I have to say to our whiny minority: Listen, Gabe, if God didn't want Sundays to be gloomy, he wouldn't have made it the day we're supposed to attend church. This is the natural order, we are merely vessels, etc.

However, I will compromise this week, but only a little. This one doesn't have words.

(It's the Kronos Quartet, btw)

Friday, July 21, 2006


I don't think that is the Buffalo Stance.

I am pretty sure a Buffalo Stance is where you're standing around with your arms folded and looking cool. I'll bet Youtube has the answer. I should probably look before posting, but I don't really care what a Buffalo Stance is.

All I know is that I heard this song every Saturday morning for about a year at the roller rink. It taught me what a hi-hat and tambourine were and what a DJ did. It was also the first time I was aware of British people rapping. As this was only a few months after discovering that rap music existed, this was a major revelation for me. This song, along with Bobby Brown's "All On Our Own" from the Ghostbusters sequal completely ruled my world for a long time and confused my little mind.

Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance.mp3

Listening back to it now, I'm pretty sure I was mostly just drawn to the super fat keyboard thing before the choruses and repeated at the end with that chorusy guitar line. Also, the chorus is undeniable (and does not actually say "bunny man" but I always remembered it as such as a tie-in to the Ninja Turtles and Usagi Yobjimbo.)


Roy Ayers - Everybody Loves The Sunshine.mp3

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Challenge to other 'choppers

I know there are other soul songs that deal talk bluntly about death (what with the mentions of bodies in hearses and whatnot), but I cannot remember them. Please post some for me and the people.

The Unifics - The Beginning of My End.mp3

a bonus slab o' happiness (for if that first one bummed you out.)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Velvet Gloom

I have a problem with regularity.

Just ask my doctor.... BA-DUM-CHING!

Saturday, July 15, 2006


Very clever, producers of "The Simpsons Sing The Blues." Very clever indeed. Even at 9, I knew this was probably a version of something much, much funkier, but reading the credits of my tape and seeing King Curtis didn't tell me much of anything. Now I know... and now you'll know.

King Curtis - Memphis Soul Stew (live).mp3

Marge Simpson ft. Lisa Simpson - Springfield Soul Stew.mp3

Friday, July 14, 2006


Manfred Mann' Chapter 3 - One Way Glass.mp3

Traffic - Hole In My Shoe.mp3

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"I thought he died a long time ago..."

So Syd died. News reports have referred to his "troubled" or "lonely" final days, the result of too much acid and diabetes. Maybe soon, some journalist will reveal "the truth" about the post-Floyd period, but hopefully not. We'd rather imagine these days (decades, really) like Dan Treacy did, Syd tending his garden, listening to the birds, and taking his tea with the occasional psychedelic pilgrim.

We couldn't agree on which version to post, so here's the electric version too. Both have the little birdies that make Mason happy.

This is a couple days behind the news, I know, but I can't imagine Syd was too punctual either.


Take some time out of your busy day to spin on your head.

Reggie Griffin - Mirda Rock.mp3
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - Scorpio.mp3

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


ann alford - got to get me a job.mp3

dedicated to all my homies out of the streets of the internet currently looking for someone to exchange their time for (not enough) money. stay strong.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Mase and I saw this at the Negativlandland exhibit about a month ago, thought I'd share it with the rest of you. A youtube embed is definitely not the same as a big screen in the back of a small art gallery, but the theme ("guns") gets across regardless.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

No gloom wave

Lydia Lunch - Gloomy Sunday

link is fixed. sorry...

Saturday, July 08, 2006

I could not find the "I Am The Carpet" song, but that'll come soon

I am jobless and my ankle is sore. It's hot out and the closest lake is gross. It's times like this when I start turning to my perennial cheer-up songs. I have a good dozen or so. Last night I decided to find out what one of them actually meant.

Believe it or not, Kate Bush fans were among the craziest and most obsessed of early internet/newsgroup culture. If you search for lyrics or interpretations, you're going to find reams of writing from around 1993. That's ages ago! Hell, there's a group of obsessives dating back to fucking 1985! What did YOU add to the internet in 1985?

KATE: The last song is called "Cloudbusting," and this was inspired by a book that I first found on a shelf nearly nine years ago. It was just calling me from the shelf, and when I read it I was very moved by the magic of it. It's about a special relationship between a young son and his father. The book was written from a child's point of view. His father is everything to him; he is the magic in his life, and he teaches him everything, teaching him to be open-minded and not to build up barriers. His father has built a machine that can make it rain, a "cloudbuster"; and the son and his father go out together cloudbusting. They point big pipes up into the sky, and they make it rain. The song is very much taking a comparison with a yo-yo that glowed in the dark and which was given to the boy by a best friend. It was really special to him; he loved it. But his father believed in things having positive and negative energy, and that fluorescent light was a very negative energy - as was the material they used to make glow-in-the-dark toys then - and his father told him he had to get rid of it, he wasn't allowed to keep it. But the boy, rather than throwing it away, buried it in the garden, so that he would placate his father but could also go and dig it up occasionally and play with it. It's a parallel in some ways between how much he loved the yo-yo - how special it was - and yet how dangerous it was considered to be. He loved his father (who was perhaps considered dangerous by some people); and he loved how he could bury his yo-yo and retrieve it whenever he wanted to play with it. But there's nothing he can do about his father being taken away, he is completely helpless. But it's very much more to do with how the son does begin to cope with the whole loneliness and pain of being without his father. It is the magic moments of a relationship through a child's eyes, but told by a sad adult. (1985, KBC 18)

It almost disappoints me that the song is so literal re: the book. I will try to track it down this week though.

Kate Bush - Cloudbusting.mp3

My aplogizes in advance if this is not obscure enough.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


The [1967 Dutch] sexy post has arrived.

12345s - Neem Me Mee Sexy Natel

En het is goed! Trust me.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006


Jerry Rubin getting Abbie Hoffman ready for trial.

Please rise for our national anthem.

Sunday, July 02, 2006


Robert Wyatt - Strange Fruit.mp3

A bummer of a song covered just as often as "Gloomy Sunday". You're probably not going to find any hilariously upbeat versions though. (Please tell me if you have any.)