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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Mix and Share

For the past few years, I've put together a little holiday mix CD with songs.  This year moved a bit quickly, though, and I didn't have time to send them out to anyone I knew.  So, in the interest of fulfilling the needs of my readership (and post something substantial), I thought I'd share the tracklisting with some of my thoughts on the songs.  Yes, you are extremely lucky to read this.  More that actually pertains to real life soon enough!

"That Spirit of Christmas" by Ray Charles from Spirit of Christmas

This is always a good way to start off a holiday CD, especially with one of the best Christmas songs I can remember.  Whether it's being played on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation or Dexter Sy's notoriously rare Nintendojo Holiday movie, this one hits me ::points to heart:: right here.  ::bites lip, lowers voice to a whisper:: Right here.

"Everything Must Go" by Steely Dan from Everything Must Go

Huang-sensei turned me on to Steely Dan, and they do have quite a few catchy songs.  We got to see them perform at Roseland in NYC before he left for Japan, too, and they were a very good live band.  All of that means nothing, though, when you play this song.  The lyrics are weighty and tremendous, and anyone who has struggled (with anything really) will find something in this for them.  Personally, it will always remind me of my first site and how things went with that.

Talk about the famous road not taken
In the end we never took it
And if somewhere on the way
We got a few good licks in
No one's ever gonna know
'Cause we're goin' out of business
Everything must go

"Miracle Drug" by U2 from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

Not my favorite song on the album (that would easily be "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own"... a killer), but the chorus is just so uplifting and really makes you feel like you can do anything.  This one came at the right time, and brightens up my outlook on the new year.

"The Ocean's Breathes Salty" by Modest Mouse from Good News for People Who Love Bad News

Jen hooked me up with their CD, and while that single "Float On" is really good, this song has some of the best guitar playing I've heard in awhile.  By the middle of the song, you'll find yourself belting it out, playing the steering wheel as if you're in front of the packed Foto Autodromo (better because all 100K will kick your ass if you're bad).  When the song ends, though, you'll find yourself in front of that same steering wheel, wondering where your rock career took that fateful detour into video game journalism.

"Killing Me" by Robbie Williams from The Ego Has Landed

I like Robbie Williams, even though he seems to be an overrated, overexposed Brit pop singer with a fair share of bad habits.  At least no one knows his name here, and I can put this song on the CD without fear.  This is one of his better ones.  A bit of gíc trivia: his song, "She's The One," was the soundtrack for the European launch of the Sega Dreamcast.  See?  That's why I get paid the big bucks!

"Pause For Porno" by Dr. Dre from 2001 (Instrumental)

Gotta love this one.  Even the standard porn track on many rap albums gets the full treatment from Dr. Dre.  It's the track that will kick off the infamous Cloudch... XenDis... GameDAIL... whatever DVD for E3 in Los Angeles.  Just feels sunny and smoggy.  This track is meant to cleanse the palate and ushers in the second act (as you can see, I don't play around with mix CDs).

"Let Me Know" by DJ Quik feat. Hi-C, unreleased

If there's ever a song that just gets people jumping, it's this one.  Feel the West Coast vibe, let the rays hit you, and don't drive too fast.  This is coupled with the next track to make a one-two punch of goodness...

"Getsu to Oji" by Kenji Niinuma from Katamari Damacy

This keeps it going, with a very colorful and light Japanese track that'll make you wish you knew what the hell he was saying.  From Katamari Damacy, this is one of the songs that keeps you going through that game.

"What's Up Fatlip?" by Fatlip from What's Up Fatlip?

This starts a couple of biographical tracks that I've grown increasingly addicted to.  An oldie but goodie, this also has a Spike Jonze video that is one of the most compelling music videos ever put to film.

I'm far from hard
Emotionally scarred
On Pico Boulevard
I was regarded as a retard
I make myself sick
Get on my own nerves
Immature, insecure,
Grown up nerd
Has-been MC
On a label that's unstable
Choppin' bliggy on a table

"Spaceship" by Kanye West feat. GLC & Consequence from College Dropout

One of the best albums of the year, I've been trying to play this one for everyone I know.  This is one of the many great songs on it.  Can't say anything but buy it.

I've been workin' this graveshift
and I ain't made shit
I wish I could
buy me a spaceship and fly
past the sky

"Spottieottiedopaliscious" by OutKast from Aquemini

Who woulda thought the fellas who made Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, one of my first rap CDs, would go on to become huge superstars.  Well, they have, and this is one of my favorite songs from them (thanks to Charles for playing this for me).  Right up there with "Bombs Over Baghdad," you have to listen to the horns and realize you're listening to some of the best stuff you'll ever hear.

"Garden Grove" by Sublime from Sublime

Keeping it with the some of the older songs from the early 90s on the CD, this is from one of my favorite groups of the time.  You'll find yourself singing along way too quickly, and you'll feel anger as you realize they were cut way too short.

"Slug" by Passengers from Original Soundtracks 1

This was a cool album as I remember it.  U2 got together with Brian Eno (one of their longtime producers and a well-known artist himself) to create this album.  "Slug" is one of my favorites from that album, with a fantastic beginning followed by a more impactful final ten seconds or so.  Oh yeah, the middle is very good, too.

"Wataridori 2" by Cornelius from Wired Creative Commons

What's a mix CD without some funky electronic shiz?  I grabbed this free CD sampler and found it was quickly the best track on the whole thing (which included Chuck D and the Beastie Boys).  You should be able to find it on a lot of sites.  I especially like the thunder-out-of-nowhere.  More songs should have that.

"Blow, Gabriel, Blow" by Cole Porter and performed by Jonathan Pryce, Kevin Kline & Chorus from De-Lovely

We saw this movie on the way to London, and while it was pretty good, this song makes it a must-have.  I didn't know where else to put this, and while it may sound out of place it really is sweet.

Once I was headed for hell,
Once I was headed for hell;
But when I got to Satan's door
I heard you blowin' on your horn once more,
So I said, "Satan, farewell!"
And now I'm all ready to fly,
Yes, to fly higher and higher and higher!

"This Is Your Life" by Billy Paul from Me and Mrs. Jones: The Best of Billy Paul

Couldn't think of a better way to end this one.  As Justin and Patrick would say, this song just makes me go (ahem) "Oooof!"

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Did the track listing on my mix CD work on your iTunes? If not, then I'll just have to write a similarly informative post on my own blog.

Posted by: Huang-sensei at Jan 9, 2005 8:07:52 PM

Steely Dan rocks, and there are a few catchy tunes from Robbie W. Though my fav is that track from Dr. Dre, west coast stylez!

John, send me an email. And tony, if you there, send me one too.

Posted by: Plate at Jan 10, 2005 4:10:12 AM

As Justin and Patrick would say, this song just makes me go (ahem) "Oooof!"

True! You do make a really weird sound when listening to that song.

Posted by: Patrick at Jan 13, 2005 1:19:08 AM

I know. And I'm okay with that. Indeed!

Posted by: John at Jan 13, 2005 5:04:16 PM

I copy would be nice Christmas present! Considering how hard it is for John to copy a file. Looking forward to sample John's ear. Have tasted his ear before, waxy but good!

Posted by: charles aka answerman at Jan 18, 2005 10:57:12 AM