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May 2005

And/Ors - Loft Life [Download]
Beck - Ghettochip Malfunction
Cave In - Droned [Download]
Dave Matthews Band - Dancing Nancies
DVDA - In the Jungle with Baloo
    (Louis Prima vs 50 Cent) [Download]
FaultSide - Weapon in the Shadows of Love
    (Four Tops vs Matthew Good) [Download]
GHP - Karmastition (Alicia Keys vs Stevie Wonder)
Arabella Harrison - Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone [Download]
INXS/Jimmy Barnes - Good Times
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict a Riot
KT Tunstall - Other Side of the World [Download]
Manic Street Preachers - Revol
Matthew Good Band - Pony Boy
Reel Big Fish - Sell Out
Replacements - I'll Be You
Swervedriver - Duel
System of a Down - BYOB
Talk Talk - Living in Another World
Team 9 - Eleanor Rigby's in My Head
    (The Beatles vs Queens of the Stone Age) [Download]

I recently went hunting to see what the members of old fave Jejune were up to recently, and discovered that I really hadn't been paying attention. Singer/bassist Arabella Harrison took part in a one-album "supergroup" of sorts called The And/Ors that was seemingly well-received. Many reviews called "Loft Life" the one song that didn't really fit the record, but I think I liked it the best of the songs I heard. Maybe it's because I can identify with the line "you should move downtown", something I hear regularly from the folks I play Ultimate with.

A few years ago, there was a tribute website for the band Failure that contained a cover of the song "Undone" made entirely out of samples from 80s-era NES videogames. It was amazing. Granted that I played Nintendo so much during the late-80s, it immediately stuck with me. The artist, called Papercats, said he was planning to make a whole bunch more NES-style songs, but I never heard anything more from it. Flash to this reworking of Beck's "Hell Yes" that follows the NES concept to the letter. Freakin' amazing.

Cave In made one of my two most favorite discs of 2003, and have now seemingly broken up. But they recorded some demo material before doing so, including a summer of 2003 "bootleg" that they handed out at shows. "Droned" is one of those. (They've got a disc of more of those demos coming out in September.)

When I was in college, my next-door neighbor had a tendency to blast Under the Table and Dreaming every morning, either when he woke up or after his first class. Given that his first class was usually at 8:30am, and mine was usually after noon, he usually woke me up. For many years following, I had very negative reactions to the album because of it. Now that the years are far enough removed, there's a sort of twisted nostalgia with it. I heard "Dancing Nancies" on 99x recently, and somehow liked it.

The chorus of "In the Jungle with Baloo" by itself is worth the download. Holy hilarious.

The first time I heard "Karmastition", I didn't like it. One of the first mashes I heard was a combo of Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious" and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition", so the pairing of Keys with "Superstition" was off-putting at first. Then, strangely, I heard "Karmastition" while flipping the radio in the car. Literally, on two different occasions, I switched stations and caught the local Top 40 station playing it. I don't know, maybe it sounded better on the radio.

"Good Times" is one of those songs that reminds me of elementary school days. Just one of those freewheeling songs that's fun to bounce around to. Strangely, I hadn't heard it in years; it's not one of those that retro radio has picked up on. But it was pretty popular back in the day.

I'd heard the Kaiser Chiefs song a few times, and kinda liked it. Then iTunes gave it away for free for a week. Yeah, that was worth it. (I'm starting to like the free iTunes downloads.)

"Other Side of the World" is another of those pleasant mid-tempo numbers. Her voice occasionally reminds me of Dido, perhaps her accent. (Not that I'm a huge Dido fan.) I'm still a sucker for a well-written pop tune.

The Matthew Good Band's "Pony Boy" is an unreleased outtake from Audio of Being. I like it. A lot. I think it's going to be included on Matthew Good's forthcoming Greatest Hits package.

When I was in college, I used to stick a tape in the VCR and record six hours of 99x to listen to at school, given that Raleigh-area radio blew. Every once in a while in the couple of years after I graduated, I would do the same thing, mostly to grab tunes that I couldn't get off MTV and didn't want to buy. (This was pre-Napster.) But since I never throw anything away, I still have those tapes, and threw one from 1997 in recently. "Sell Out" was a song that I only kinda liked back then, but now, it reminds me of my really fun trip to LA at the end of that year.

I heard "I'll Be You" in my head at work recently. Or maybe I heard it on the radio. I can't remember.

One of the oldest MTV 120 Minutes episodes I have (from 1993) has the video for "Duel" on it. I ignored it for years until getting into another song on the tape, the one before "Duel". I kept letting the tape play on, and heard "Duel" a few more times. Finally, I broke down and grabbed the song off iTunes. There's something about the alternative music of the early 90s - and I don't mean the grunge stuff - that's unique to the time period. Maybe it's that reverby guitar sound.

BYOB: radio song. Those guys are nuts.

I love it when the mash guys take a vocal recorded forty years ago and make it sound like it was recorded last week. "Weapon in the Shadows of Love" does that to some degree, but not anywhere nearly as successfully as Team9's "Eleanor's in My Head". The combo of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" and QOTSA's "In My Head" is just amazing.

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