• The Tournament of Tunes 2010 - Chapter 2 (32)

    Feb 26 2010, 15:16 di JoeIsListening

    Okay, last week half of the entries disappeared. This week, another half will disappear. And the next week, and the next...

    But according to Zeno's Paradox, I will never get to the end.

    Okay, maybe that's a little obscure for a Friday morning, but it's the best I could do because I've had a long week, too. And now, on with the show...


    Frosted Flake Wood - Hooverphonic ***
    Perspective - Peter Gabriel ***

    Difficulty: ++
    Comments: I've been a long-time fan of Peter Gabriel, but there's something about the Hooverphonic song that's evocative, even if it is a little weird. And there's that Mellotron, too.
    The Winner: Frosted Flake Wood.


    All the Way Up to Heaven - Guster ***
    Sam Hall - Johnny Cash **

    Difficulty: ++
    Comments: Both of these songs wearing a little thin during round 2. Perhaps I need to reassess the rating of the Guster song.
    The Winner: Guster


    Got To Get You In My Life - The Beatles ***
  • The Tournament of Tunes 2010 - Chapter 1 (64)

    Feb 19 2010, 13:37 di JoeIsListening

    Masochist that I am, here I go for the third year in a row with my answer to March Madness - namely Music Madness. Sixty-four songs randomly chosen by my iTunes, the only stipulation being that participants from previous years have been excluded.

    This year's crop is interesting. There are no less than three long medleys here. There's not as much over-representation of artists this year; Ben Folds gets three - one with and two without the Five; and Sufjan Stevens and Smashing Pumpkins each score two entries (which is strange because I only have two Pumpkins albums). As in years previous, there's a great spread of material, from pop to prog to jazz to novelty. Jandek even rears his head once more. Seems like he's had an entry every year.

    One changeup from last year. My difficulty rating symbol has been changed from the reliable asterisk to the plus sign - the scale being one plus (I could judge this one without listening to either song but I did anyway just to be fair) to five pluses (why…
  • End Of Summer/Early Fall

    Set 1 2007, 3:13 di JoePill

    Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind
    Nothing marks a melancholy end to a season for me like Frank Sinatra, and as soon as the weather starts to turn Sinatra comes immediately to mind.
    Elvis Perkins - While You Were Sleeping
    This track is simply great. I love how the instrumentation evolves throughout the song, especially the drums. Great lyrics, tune, and execution on this one.
    Doc Watson - Grandfather's Clock
    Listening to Doc always puts me at ease, and this song is a perfect example of Watson demonstrating his voice. A guitar virtuoso, (much deserved) attention is given to his guitar playing, but he's one of my favorite bluegrass singers as well. I love this song.
    Chet Atkins - She's a Woman
    This is a Chet Atkins version of the early Beatles tune, and it's got a sublime groove to it; clean, but not contrived, this is one of the standout songs on the excellent album "Chet Picks On The Beatles" The harmonica also adds an interesting dynamic that really works for this song.
    Booker T. & The MG's - Jericho
  • Song Scramble

    Ago 30 2007, 4:53 di grungezombie

    Discovered in violenzae's journal:

    Rules: Put your playlist on shuffle and write down the first 25 songs you get:

    I will do 20, because it's late and I'm tired.

    1. John Doe
    2. Electric Head Part 1 (The Agony)
    3. Add It Up
    4. The Real Thing
    5. DDevil
    6. Coattails Of A Dead Man
    7. Freedom
    8. Eulogy
    9. Floods
    10. Wish You Were Here
    11. Sam Hall
    12. Molly's Lips
    13. Big Balls
    14. Dirt
    15. Under the Bridge
    16. Long in the Tooth
    17. Ruiner
    18. Magic Man
    19. Music
    20. King for a Day

    Now take the first line from the first song, the second line from the second song, third line from the third song, etc. and put them in order below to make your scrambled song. If the song doesn't have enough lines loop back to the beginning--like if you need the 22nd line but the song only has 15 lines, you start counting again with the first line as line 16 and end up using line 7.

    (2) Crucifixion nails stain the bed of the holy