Random Lab Monkey Soup for the Soul[tm]: I’m just trying to live up to my astrological goals for the day.
1. The English Beat â€“ Over and Over: I have developed a small English Beat fetish. They play the Red Devil Lounge in SF in mid-December. Whoâ€™s in? Oh, and this song makes me happy with its crazy little copper drum riffs. 9/10
2. The Neins â€“ Jonathon Livingston Seagull: I do still like these guys. They were A.C. Newmanâ€™s backing band when I saw him on tour and their stuff, while a little unpolished holds, to me, some promise. 6.5/10
3. The Dead Milkmen â€“ Rastabilly: These guys always inject a bit of levity into the proceeding. It just reminds me of high school chants done to cheesy punk rockâ€¦cause thatâ€™s what it is. Good fun, thatâ€™s for sure 7/10
4. Of Montreal â€“ The Actorâ€™s Opprobrium: This song surely ranks up there as some indie self-correcting (hat tip to The Left for reminding me of that glorious word [via 3B!]) lyrics. The story of an actor trying to make it to some borderline twee chords 7/10
5. The Features â€“ Leave it all Behind: Reclaiming bar-punk music for America, these guys go great with some bourbon and a solid dose of distortion. I do love me some fuzzy guitar and a hint of southern drawl but this song is a little too laid back for their sound They do some good chosuses but a few too many of them. 6.5/10
6. In the Country â€“ How to get Acquainted: MP3 blogs are awesome. How else do you manage to learn about Scandinavian piano jazz trios (unless you love Rune Grammoon the label, which you should). Anyway 7/10
Hours later (song 81 on the list)
7. Sufjan Stevens â€“ Come on! Feel the Illinoise!: This album is pretty cool. The song is beautiful. I donâ€™t even know what genre to put this album in but Iâ€™d almost call it more pop-symphonic with a hint of folk. It just has such a lush feel to it. Anyway this song gets an unqualified 9/10
8. Rogue Wave â€“ Falcon Settles Me: The song is very gentle and tender. Iâ€™ve kind of had my fill of that for the moment and it just is not doing anything interesting for me. The song doesnâ€™t quite distinguish itself to me so 5/10, sorry boys.
9. NOFX â€“ Reeko: This song is pretty lame. Theyâ€™re trying to tell a story and I just donâ€™t care. And then they put on some weird guitar like theyâ€™re being Clapton. If itâ€™s a joke Iâ€™m not quite getting it â€“ Oh wait, two minutes in weâ€™ve hit that trademark California power-punk. It doesnâ€™t really mean anything but I can listen to those sweet chords 4-EVA so it gets a 2+2= 4/10
10. Devendra Banhart â€“ I Feel Just Like A Child: I like the melody but I hate the lyrics. It just seems a little redundant. So he never really grows up? Am I supposed to be impressed by this? I generally like him and Iâ€™m hoping there is something more intelligent underlying the idea but Iâ€™m not seeing it currently. 3/10