Archive for January, 2009

I like to give musical gifts.

January 31, 2009

I recently got the opportunity to sit in my friend David’s movie and listening room. I got to experience a couple of tunes in this room, and it was way better than any listening experience I’ve ever had in my own home. I was sold instantly on the “5.1 channel super audio format.” During this enlightening listening experience, I discovered that my fellow music lover had never heard of the band Pavement. I of course was HORRIFIED. I decided to go out and purchase some gifts for him. I’ve included a picture of the 3 CDs I got for him below:

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Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994): L.A.’s Desert Origins (2006)

This was the first album that I ran out and got him, especially since he didn’t know who they were. I decided to buy him the 2006 rerelease box set of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. It’s my favorite Pavement album. The original recording was #8 on Pitchfork Media’s top 100 albums of the 90s and was listed in Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time. I only own the original; the rerelease has 37 extra songs on it. 25 of these songs were previously unreleased. The box also contains a 62 page booklet of Pavement fun. I’m sort of jealous that he is going to have this and not me, but what can I say, I’m nice

Townes Van Zandt’s Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas (1977)

I learned about this album from a very special someone named Mike. It’s one of his favorite albums, and it has recently become one of mine. One of the reasons why I decided to purchase this particular double live album for David is all the little crowd noises and the chatting between Townes and his audience. I can just imagine how beautiful this will sound in his listening room. There are some really stunning tracks on here such as “Pancho and Letty”, “Rex’s Blues”, “Cocaine Blues”, and the cover of Bo Diddley’s “Who do you love?”. I think my favorite though is the cover of Merle Travis’s “Nine Pound Hammer”. On some of the tracks he tells a couple of jokes to keep the audience’s attention, which reminds me a lot of David, especially the joke on Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold. I’ve tried to write it out for you below:

There was this drunk walking down the street and he said to the cop “man someone stole my car.” The cop says, “Well where was it?” The guy says, “Well it was on the end of this key.” The cop says, “Well I don’t know, why don’t you go down to the precinct house and fill out the proper forms.” The guy says, “ok,” and he starts to walk off and the cop says, “Before you go down there you better zip up your fly” and the guy says, “Oh man they got my girl too.”

I knew David was a fan of Bob Dylan and Dire Straits, it will be interesting to see what he thinks of Townes Van Zandt.

The Best of Guided by Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates (2003); includes tracks from 1987 to 2003

I chose to get David this album, due to a nightmare I had. I had a dream that because he had never heard of Pavement that it was highly plausible that he never heard of Guided by Voices either. Now, if you have never bought a Guided by Voices album it is extremely intimidating to go out and buy one of the many albums that they made. Just to give you an idea of how prolific they were here’s some stats: 15/16 Studio Albums, 1 Live Album, 4 Compilation albums, 16 Extended plays, 15 Singles, 6 Video Albums, 7 Soundtracks, 4 Box sets, and 2 Books. I could do a blog just on GBV. So instead of worrying over which studio album to buy him, I bought him, in my opinion, one of the best compilations ever done. It contains some of my favorite Guided by Voices tracks including: “I am a Scientist” (which David is one too), “Hot Freaks”, “My Valuable Hunting Knife”, “the official ironman rally song”, “motor away”, and “Bulldog Skin”. If he doesn’t like this, I don’t know if we can still be friends.

It was also David’s birthday about two weeks ago, normally I would give a mixed tape, but I decided to change it up a bit. HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY!

The End of Death Row Records.

January 30, 2009

Death Row records was founded in 1991 by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, and was home to some superstar-rappers including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and 2PAC. The record company recently filed for bankruptcy and held a seven-hour auction Sunday January 25th (I think). The auction involved more than 600 items, including the $2,500 electric chair, thousands of CDs and albums, paintings, photographs and an MTV Award presented to rapper Snoop Dogg for Best Rap Video.

I think my favorite items that were auctioned were Suge Knight’s Panties (that’s right his panties, and hopefully they were washed), and the complete Death Row Gym. I really wish I could have attended this auction.

A Natural Caffeinated Sound

January 26, 2009

The goal for my show this week is to play some punk from the late 70s and early 80s, and some other more recent rockers that were influenced. Hopefully this show will rock hard, because lately I need something to wake me up. Coffee, sugar, and the freezing Iowa winter is just not doing it for me, so maybe some Minor Threat, Husker Du, The Boomtown Rats, Iggy Pop, and the Stooges will. Here’s some of the set below, but if you want to hear it listen in this Wednesday from 8 to 10pm. We also have an online stream at http://www.kruiradio.org/listen/. I’ll be playing more than what’s listed below.

1. The Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer
2. Minor Threat, Salad Days
3. Gang of Four, It’s her Factory
4. The Stooges, Down on the Street
5. Pixies, Subbacultcha
6. The Weirdos, We got the Neutron Bomb
7. The Avengers, We are the One
8. Iggy Pop, Shake Appeal
9. Misfits, Mommy can I go out and kill tonight?
10. The Boomtown Rats, Lookin’ After No. 1
11. Talking Heads, Slippery People
12. The Jam, In the City
13. Siouxsie & the Banshees, Spellbound
14. X, nausea
15. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, King Horse
16. The Rolling Stones, Shake your Hips
17. The Evens, Dinner with the President
18. Joy Division, Heart and Soul
19. Husker Du, Could you be the one?
20. The Replacements, Seen your Video
21. The Dream Syndicate, Definitely Clean
22. The Germs, Circle One
23. Lyres, How do you Know?
24. Soul Asylum, Chains
25. The Murder City Devils, Bear Away
26. Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Blank Generation
27. Blondie, Hanging on the Telephone
28. The Ramones, I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
29. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Born to Lose
30. Adolescents, No Way

As a side note, Soul Asylum, track 24, created one of the best album covers EVER for the album Clam Dip & other Delights, which Chains is on. It’s a parody of the classic Whipped Cream & Other Delights album cover from Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass, aka TJB, (which I remember listening to out of my dad’s collection when I was a kid). This is one of those albums that is just beautiful from start to finish. I have to say that TJB’s cover is way sexier than the dude sitting in clam dip, but maybe not as funny. I’ve included both album covers below. Enjoy.

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Mixed Tapes, they will always be cool.

January 25, 2009

My first post today is talking about the art of a mixed tape. This is my favorite gift to get from my friends. First, I don’t have to secretly peruse their music collection to figure out what I need to get them for Christmas. Second, it’s interesting to hear what they think I will enjoy. So, since I love receiving a perfect mixed tape, my favorite gift to give is a mixed tape.

Recently I made a “mixed tape” for a friend’s birthday. When I was a kid, making a mixed tape was difficult, but now a mixed tape is really a cd that can easily be made on itunes or some other sort of program.  The “old” mixed tapes had to be made from records (which I would grab from my parents collection), CDs (which I could never afford), or if you were really poor like me, you had to catch your favorite songs on the radio and hit record. However, times have changed itunes has come into my life along with a small income.  I can spend all my free money on cds, mp3’s and records, and make many mixed CDs for all of my friends if they want one or not.

Here is the HeidiHehnly-Gift-CD that I recently gave to my IC friend:screen-capture1

Reasons for tracks:
1. Everyone wants to be naked.
2. This is one of my all time favorite tracks
3. What a sweet track title? The friend is pretty witty, so I thought she might like this.
4. This band is awesome live.
5. Who doesn’t like Bob Mould?
6. This is the Breeders new album. They are “too cool for school”, just like the friend I gave the CD to.
7. She needs a new Car.
8. She’s going to move away soon for a real job, makes me sad.
9. This song was awesome in Donnie Darko.
10. Elliott Smith couldn’t have written a prettier song. It is lovely.
11. Holiday = Birthday
12. I think she secretly wants to be a Scientist.
13. She likes tracks that tell a story, and I want to have Lou Reed’s child.
14. I just like the song.
15. I like that Nick Cave is singing a love song.
16. She’s an ex-hair model.
17. This song united hipsters everywhere.
18. This is how I feel when people refuse to hang out with me.
19. An all time favorite band of mine. I like to force their music on people.
20. Who wouldn’t want to be a sunbeam?