Now I know why I normally do this at work where I havenâ€™t accumulated the baggage.
1. Cooper Temple Clause â€“ A.I.M.: A song I dig from a band I think is British; I canâ€™t be bothered to do the research. Anyways, very fuzzy sound (which I like) and it borders on prog territory and is definitely Radiohead influenced. Plus, the singer has a great voice. 8/10
2. Mustard Plug â€“ The Freshman: Oh how I hate this song. No, wait, thatâ€™s the original version. 2x the speed, some horns, and scruffy vocals (aka a ska cover) and now it warms the cockles of my heart. Maybe cause Iâ€™m an asshole. 9/10
3. VNV Nation â€“ Saviour: Wow, some British industrial music. It made sense in college. Fast little keyboard line and a good pace overall. Iâ€™m actually kind of liking it and I suppose I need to deduct another point for that 3/10
4. Pearl Jam â€“ Corduroy (live @ Philly 7/5/03): I like this version better than the original album version. Itâ€™s faster and they play it pretty tightly. I know theyâ€™re days of cool have long since passed, so Iâ€™ll give it a 6/10 although I keep wanting to go to 7.
5. Pearl Jam â€“ Yellow Ledbetter (live @ Philly 7/5/03): This is the song to close out the show. Eddieâ€™s voice shows the strain a little. It sounds a little too much like almost any classic rock ballad. Plus, it makes me try and explain two Pearl Jam songs in a rowâ€¦so 4/10
6. Pearl Jam â€“ Betterman (live @ Philly 7/5/03): OK, now you [the shuffle-o-thing] just hate me. This song is great to sing along at concerts but audience participation third hand is only so much fun. Plus, three PJ songs in a rowâ€¦I can already sense Capt. Trollypants lying in wait 4/10
7. Pearl Jam â€“ Light Years (live @ Chicago 6/18/03): Mother of god, four in a row. I swear thereâ€™s other stuff on my computer. I donâ€™t even know what to say. At least this song is pretty obscure. Unfortunately, itâ€™s for a reason 3/10 from shame
8. OK Go â€“ C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips: Well, something different. Theyâ€™re from Chicago, this CD is really poppy and this song is about as goofy a tribute to a woman as there is. â€œGet Over Itâ€ was the radio hit (at least in Chicago). This song has some cowbell and it gets me away from Pearl Jam but itâ€™s not my favorite â€¦5/10
9. Sonic Youth â€“ Youth Against Fascism (live @ Rome, Italy 11/26/92): Itâ€™s Sonic Youth. Indie cred restored. Lots of feedback, driving beat, simple lyrics. 7/10
10. The Strokes â€“ Someday: I donâ€™t care what you say about them. The Strokes brought me back to music and this album still makes me warm and fuzzy inside. This has to be one of my three favorite songs on the album. Happy guitars, the fuzzy voice, the simple little breaks. It was a moment of clarity. 9/10
5.8/10 Better luck next week, I suppose.