“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been a lifetime since my last confession. In fact, this is my first as I’m not even Catholic, but sometimes guilt is too heavy to bear. These are my sins… well, just the one, actually. I was in HMV and I picked up a Top Gear compilation. It even had Kaiser Chiefs and The Fratellis on the cover and yet I still looked at the full track listing. Though, in mitigation, I was not tempted to buy.’
I got away with three Hail Marys. But, oh Lord, there are so many Marys to hail…
One of the reasons I’ve not been frequenting the ‘Spill so much of late is the losing battle I’ve been fighting against Little’Un for access to our one-and-only music player. What does she like to listen to? Here’s her top ten! (OK, so it’s her top eleven). Which one of these would send you screaming for the OFF button and which on could she put on repeat?
I was going to take you all out for a drink, but DsD elbowed his way to the bar first…
In honour of Wrestlemania, we’ve gathered up 11 musical characters so wild, so over-the-top that they should be locked in a steel cage or hit with a folding chair. It’s a no holds barred battleroyal of musical flamboyance and you get to decide who gets crowned heavyweight champion and who gets thrown over the top rope. This being wrestling, it’s only natural that someone else may try to invade the ring. So don’t worry: the referee will either be knocked out cold or have his back turned.
Hi, Fuel here. I’ve hijacked amylee’s blog to inflict a selection of songs from Finland on you. Specifically, they are artists with a connection to the city I moved to in Finland, which means guitar pop, punk, electronica, garage rock and, unusually for me, some jazz, prog rock and a classical piece.
First of all, I owe amylee big time for providing me with the space to do this. It was going to be a ‘Spill game post, but it became too big. Thank you, Amy. Second, a very grateful thank you to those bloggers whose work I’m riding on here and to the excellent advice given by T. Cheers.
Or Pogue Mahone, i suppose. Nope, not of drop of Irish (or Scots) in me, just a bit of Welsh, which probably doesn’t count. But i do love me some Celtic music (probably because it so heavily influenced our own), and Ireland has coughed up some first rate musicians. (And so have the expats). Feel free to add your own favorites, i’ve certainly left out an awful lot.
(Click the box with the arrow to the bottom right of the video for the full filmstrip playlist).
A trawl through the morning – a brief musical respite as the sun shines – and a slow descent towards the arms of Morpheus and beyond.
My last attempt at this was a personal miscellany. This is a thematic concept or “hastily assembled bunch of stuff about mornings or nights” to use the technical term.
You probably know most of the songs. It could have been any number of others. These just happened to be on my iTunes rather than vinyl or cassette tape. I’m actually quite surprised at how folkie it turned out in the end.
So anyway. You’re only allowed to shoot one of them. The others get to live another day. And night. And you have to kiss them.
nb – it has become de riguer to provide a commentary with your list of tracks. I break this new tradition with a careless laugh (too bloody lazy innit?).
Ok, so you’ve all been good sports and suffered through my Stones lists, rock lists, garage noise, rock / punk heavy A-list, axe wank list, etc. So i thought that as you were all probably dreading my week for the Spill Game, i’d put up something a bit different. Some of you may remember that i have a not-so-secret hankering for a pretty pop tune. So in honor of VD (i was supposed to be next week, but i switched off with DsD), i did a list of some pretty ear candy instead of the usual ear-splitting stuff. You know the drill – toss one or all, or keep as you see fit.
Will that do?
(Look, there are going to be guitars. There just are. It comes with the turf. But they’re gorgeous Byrds-y, Las-y, melodic, reverby, distorty, feedbacky, groovy, and even maybe some acoustic-y. Maybe a bit of saminess at the beginning of the list, but how can you complain when it’s this easy on the ears. Huh? I do promise that there’s nothing like Jimmy Page taking a dump on a Telecaster.)
Yeah, so this is a lazy playlist (click the playlist button bottom left for full set) or some of my favorite acts of axe heroism. Haven’t been in the mood to listen to much lately, stuff on my mind to sort. But Shane’s list last week (sorry love, i will get there, just haven’t had the brain space to give it the attention it deserves) reminded me that it’s probably time to get this series up and going again.
So free dates – claim as you wish. Repeat offenders welcome if you have new stuff to share.
That ought to get us started. Tech help available for any who need it.
Feel free to treat this as a challenge and post your own favorite selfless acts of axe heroism.
Not entirely sure i like these post-match analyses – i sort of feel like when i’m done with it, i’m done – but if it’s expected i’ll bang up a brief one. I did a b-list last year so the amount of labor and the process itself wasn’t unfamiliar to me. But a b-list is different from an A-list, and Jon D did the heavy lifting there last year. It’s a whole different can of worms. I did all new-to-me’s on my b-list last year because i could. But an A-list needs a write up and a theme, there are songs that want zedding, and have to be justified and explained.
One thing i did very differently than Chris is that i listened to the tunes first, and then dealt with lyrics later. That’s how i would have done it anyway, but i think it was a very good call this week because there were a lot of songs that had fantastic lyrics (hip hoppy stuff, punk, rants, etc) but were musically uninteresting, and i wanted a playlist that was listenable. After i got down to probably 100 tunes or so, i started to sift through themes, and weed out songs with similar themes, and choose the one i thought best. And i think that paradox was really what i was looking for most. Funny bile, cheery vitriol, sexy rape songs (yes, i know i don’t deserve to live), pissed off hippies, positive metal, punk, and hip hop….
Problem with this is that you get a list heavy on my own personal taste in music. I love my A-list. So it’s probably a bit too rock-heavy for a lot of people’s taste, but to be fair i did post an early warning that i asked for a rock-friendly topic. There really isn’t enough variety. But it is what it is. One thing i did right this time – paced myself in listening. I’d listen to a page full of tunes, then take a break for an hour or two. So unlike last time i did the b-list, i’m not sick and tired of music. Looking very forward to the Festive Spill lists.
For a b-list i just did a grab bag of new-to-me tunes i thought were great. That was almost tougher than an A-list, because i had to leave just so much out. There were so many good tunes this week. My favorite thing about RR isn’t getting my own noms zedded, fun as that is, but discovering new tunes, and that’s what’s best about guruship. I feel like a big part of the job is to point people to some great tunes that they may have missed.
Ok, so i fully realize that i’m the only one who cares about this sort of thing. But it’s been a very good week for Stones fans. They did two 50-year anniversary concerts at O2 this week, one show earlier, and another on the 29th. Tickets cost way too much, as they do for the shows in Brooklyn and Newark upcoming next month, i won’t be there and won’t be sorry not to be either. Youtube is good enough for me.
1. Yona and Orkesteri Liikuvat Pilvet – Shhh…
2. Kuusumun Profeetta – Sataa lumi maahan hiljaa ja varhain
3. Suo – Saunaloitsu
4. Värttinä – Sorja Poika
5. Kerkko Koskinen Kollektiivi – Laura Palmer
6. Ceebrolistics – Nämä aallot
7. Haikara – Kun menet tarpeeksi kauas tulevaisuuteen, huomaat olevasi menneisyydessä
8. Elokuu – Soutaa Huopaa
9. Paavoharju – Valo Tihkuu Kaiken Läpi
10. CMX – Ruoste
11. Tenhi – Kausienranta
Some of you may be aware that i have a few obsessions – for covers, axe wank, Stones, and i have another one you may or may not be aware of – for swooningly pretty pop tunes. Compiling a personal list here that may end up elsewhere – can you help me out?
Not a challenge, no rules, post as many of the prettiest pop tunes as you see fit. The definition of pop here is pretty loose too. Bonus Spill points for newtomes.
Haven’t done one of these posts in a long time, but really feeling like it’s time to give these guys the shout that they deserve. (And maybe you need a little something to listen to before the list goes up.) For starters, because not just anyone can take on the Midnight Rambler and do it justice.
What makes these guys such great cover artists? Well, you start with a southern boy with pipes to die for, (and Chris Robinson certainly has them) a definite requirement if you want to take on the likes of Mick, Joe Cocker, Stevie, Plant, etc. But you don’t do great Stones covers with pipes alone, and the band is more than up for the job. Brother Richie on guitar, and Chris on harp, do the Stones proud on this and many, many other Stones covers. (If i’m missing Mick and Co. at all here, it’s only because i’ve become addicted to the coke fueled live bootleg versions.)
It’s approaching Hallowe’en so I hope you won’t mind a rather spiky and dark selection for this week’s challenge. I am not optimistic that the list will be universally loved, but I hope there might be something people will like, maybe a little bit, perhaps, I like them all anyway and so does Carlos, my decorated skull.
As per request. For the uninitiated – I believe EOTWQ’s stands for either “End of the Week Questions” or “Questionnaire” or “Quintet” (5 questions) depending on who you ask and how faulty their memory is.
1) Where ya from? originally?
2) Where ya live now?
3) Where would you want to live if you could?
4) What’s your status? (A question my dad used to periodically ask the cat.)
5) Top 5 Desert Island Discs? (Yeah, i think the rules are that there aren’t supposed to be any music questions. Tough noogies, this is a music blog, it’s important. Innit. Besides, you might end up on one. With someone else, even.)
I was born in 1960. I knew the early Stones tunes from the radio mostly. Caught the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, even at 3 years old, i somehow knew this was an important thing to see. Amazing, actually. But never knew a peep about the Stones on there. First Stones album i bought was Hot Rocks, followed by More Hot Rocks which i figured had all the oldies i ever needed. Never saw any reason to get the older albums – they all had pretty much the same songs on them anyway! So there are still plenty of oldies i’ve never heard. Wanted to get a sampler of some of them on the list, but Shanes’ covers list made my job a lot easier – there would have been a lot of duplicates – and most of those songs probably aren’t new to folks on here anyway. Shane’s Empty Heart was newtome and great, i hear echoes of that one, and Heart of Stone and Time is on My Side in the snotnose garage bands i’m liking now. Under My Thumb and Play With Fire would have probably made my list – i think they foreshadow some of the darker tunes yet to come. Some other standouts for me – Ruby Tuesday, As Tears Go By, Lady Jane, Sitting on a Fence, Spider and the Fly, Not Fade Away, The Last Time, I’m Free – although biggies like Get Off of My Cloud (sorry, Fintan), Satisfaction, Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, and Mothers’ Little Helper still don’t do much for me. Continue reading →
Never been to Texas. Dead honestly, i could probably die happy without ever going there. Nothing against it, i just don’t get on with hot weather and flat landscapes. But they sure can do some blues. Must be something in the water.
Stumbled on the Janis Joplin track on the tube of you. No idea where this version is from. But she sure doesn’t like her hometown (Port Arthur). There’s a version of Ego Rock on the In Concert Album, this one isn’t it. There’s a bootleg out with Johnny Winter (Beaumont) on guitar from a concert in Boston, this isn’t it. There’s another version with Johnny Winter on a compiliation called Blow All My Blues Away. This might be it. Johnny also joined her onstage at a concert at MSG a week after the Boston concert. Maybe this is it, and maybe the one on that compiliation album. That’s all the info i can find. But anyhoo, the tune is awesome.
Best songs ever? Nah, wouldn’t even attempt it. Just a bunch of good old tunes (to me, anyway) that got stuck in my ear over the course of the summer. So pick one to toss, or pick one to keep. Or more than one either way, open rules i suppose. Songs in the player are by number, for those who would rather not know the artist until after listening. If / when you want to see the track list, it’s underneath the “more” link. Have at it then.
Update – Barbryn is doing next week’s challenge / game, and Carole is doing the next week on the 4th.
It sure does warm my heart to hear some young whippersnapper college garage punkers that have done their Stones homework. They don’t have to fake the southern accents either. Here’s a little mini sampler.