September 8, 2001

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

jayThe biggest "personal nudge-nudge in-joke" movie since Tim Burton pleased only himself with Mars Attacks. Kevin Smith and his collaborators don't seem to care if most moviegoers won't get it. I always found it puzzling that Kevin Smith, whose greatest talent is writing great dialog, always casts himself as a man who does not have any dialog, and performs opposite Jason Mewes, who cannot act, and gets stupid dialog anyway? How did these two become so interesting? Jason Mewes is a drug addict who spouts bull***t seemingly at random, and Kevin Smith waggles his eyebrows. This is the equivalent of replacing The Empire Strikes Back with 104 minutes of C-3P0 and R2-D2.

September 1, 2001

072: Brevity Is The Soul Of Wit

"All Songs Three Minutes Or Less...Guaranteed!"
This is a good mix to listen to in the car if you're taking lots of short trips! I had made similar "short song" cassettes in the past: Mixes 21 and 32 were very similar. To make it slighly more interesting, I mostly excluded 1950s & 1960s pop songs that are almost all under three minutes anyway!
  1. [Untitled Instrumental] Bo Diddley
  2. "One Week" Barenaked Ladies
  3. "In God's Country" U2
  4. "Get Up" (Live) R.E.M.
  5. "Tears Of A Clown" The English Beat
  6. "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" Paul Simon
  7. "Second Hand News" [alt mix] Fleetwood Mac
  8. "Waterloo" ABBA
  9. "The Apartment Song" [demo] Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks
  10. "Let My Love Open The Door" Pete Townshend
  11. "Is That Love" Squeeze
  12. "Crazy Love" Van Morrison
  13. "Time Wounds All Heels" Nick Lowe
  14. "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" Elvis Costello
  15. "She's Too Good For Me" Sting
  16. "I Fought The Law" The Clash
  17. "When I Come Around" Green Day
  18. "War" (live at the Los Angeles Coliseum) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
  19. "Supernova" Liz Phair
  20. "Sunshine" Paul Westerberg
  21. "Come To California" (demo) Matthew Sweet
  22. "Blood Makes Noise" Suzanne Vega
  23. "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" They Might Be Giants
  24. "In Between Days" The Cure
  25. "The Break" Soul Asylum
  26. "The Great Big No" The Lemonheads
  27. "Stop Your Sobbing" The Pretenders
  28. "Something So Strong" Crowded House
  29. "Groove Holmes" The Beastie Boys
(My typical mix on an 80 minute CD-R will hold about 20 songs.)
I goofed around with Photoshop to extend the checkerboard tile floor
behind Evan Dando to fill the rest of the background of the CD tray insert.