February 8, 2011

129 Twenty Eleven

  1. "I Got More Than A Feeling" A clever mashup of Boston vs. Black Eyed Peas, from Mad Mix Mustang. Found on Best of Bootie 2009
  2. "Fuck You" Cee Lo Green
  3. "Garbage Truck" Sex Bob-Omb
  4. "Down By The Water" The opening drums-and-harmonica of this new Decemberists song reminds me of a song... or maybe many many songs?
  5. "Settled Down Like Rain" The Jayhawks
  6. "Rocks Off" The Old 97s cover the Rolling Stones (and R.E.M. too!) on their 2010 Mimeograph EP.
  7. "Up Around The Bend" Creedence Clearwater Revival
  8. "Bossa Nova Baby" This Elvis Presley song was featured during a montage in the movie No Strings Attached.
  9. "California Gurls" (feat. Snoop Dogg) Katy Perry
  10. "Rush" I chose this Big Audio Dynamite II song because it pokes fun at stuffy English aristocracy in the same way the following track does...
  11. "You're A Good Man Albert Brown (Curse You Red Barrel)" The Dukes Of Stratosphear was a 1960s-psychedelic pop side project of XTC. This song has a rustic English beer-barrel pub atmosphere mixed in.
  12. "Effington" Ben Folds Presents : University A Cappella! includes many terrific university groups. This particular track is Ben multi-tracked over and over (with some help from his kids!)
  13. "It Won't Be Long" The Beatles: has some of the same antic energy as "Effington."
  14. "Ain't Good Enough For You" Bruce Springsteen writes these inconsequential freewheeling party rockers all the time, but they usually don't make it onto the album. This one is no different. Bruce recorded it during the Darkness On The Edge of Town sessions. Obviously it doesn't fit with that album's atmosphere, so he sat on it, until the 2010 release of The Promise.
  15. "Stop Playing With My Heart" A fascinating "concept" album, with a authentic 1980s vibe, from Ryan Adams & The Cardinals.
  16. "I'll Be Alright Without You" Journey
  17. "Caravan" Van Morrison
  18. "Boys Don't Cry" I heard this Grant-Lee Phillips cover of the Cure song on his all-covers CD nineteeneighties, and years later on an episode of How I Met Your Mother.
  19. "Stay Gold" Stevie Wonder recorded this treacly ballad in the early 1980s for the movie Rumble Fish. I thought Emily was pulling my leg when she told me this story... until I found it on iTunes!
  20. "Stand Together" The Beastie Boys