October 7, 2008

118: I Hear The Bells

  1. "Aye Davanita" - Pearl Jam. I found this brief instrumental from Vitalogy thanks to the Shuffle Songs feature on my iPod.
  2. "Watch The Sunrise" - Big Star. Ditto.
  3. "Viva La Vida" - Coldplay. Another iPod commercial song!
  4. "Use It (live)" - The New Pornographers perform one of my favorite songs of theirs (an iTunes exclusive.)
  5. "You Can Call Me Late" - Paul Simon. I went to a wedding this summer where the awesome wedding band played "You Can Call Me Al" followed by "Late in the Evening." A few months later, as I deejayed a birthday party for a friend, I cross-faded these two songs together, right at the bass solo in "Al." The birthday girl had danced at the wedding, so I hoped she would get a kick out of dancing to these two songs again. It worked!
  6. "Hanging Upside Down" - David Byrne. Another iPod shuffle discovery.
  7. "Too Much of Nothing" - Peter, Paul and Mary. Ditto.
  8. "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" - She & Him.
  9. "Celebrity Sanctum" - Dogs Die in Hot Cars. Another iPod shuffle discovery. DDIHC are also known as "That Band That Sounds Exactly Like XTC. Seriously, It's Uncanny."
  10. "Good Times" - Hoodoo Gurus, featuring The Bangles on backup vocals. The Bangles have also contributed backing vocals to a Tom Petty song, "Waiting For Tonight."
  11. "I Hear The Bells" - Mike Doughty.
  12. "Stars & Planets" - Liz Phair.
  13. "Shine" - Tracy Bonham was a alt-rock star for one season in the Alanis Morrisette Era, with her song "Mother Mother". I have two of her CDs, and I am glad to hear she's still making music.
  14. "High & Dry" - Jamie Cullum
  15. "I Feel It All" - Feist
  16. "I Still Want You" - The Del Fuegos. I found the Del Fuegos' LP Boston, Mass. at a hipster's yard sale in Arlington last summer. The Del Fuegos were one of those early 1980s rock bands who got signed to a major label, put out one LP, and were never heard from again. Every local music scene has that band which "shoulda been a contender", but never caught anyone's attention at the national level. The Del Fuegos have become a footnote to lead singer Dan Zanes' successful second careeer as a children's music star.
  17. "Scare Easy" - Mudcrutch. This boring Tom Petty song is from his reunion-ized early 1970s band Mudcrutch.
  18. "F.N.T." - Semisonic. I read the rock memoir from the drummer of Semisonic. Titled So You Want to be A Rock & Roll Star, it might as well have been called Diary of a One-Hit Wonder. I like their music: their hit "Closing Time" might be my least-favorite song of theirs. After reading about the endless touring and promotional interviews for their singles, I felt obliged to buy a few of these songs from iTunes!
  19. "Sweet Sweet Baby (I'm Falling) - Lone Justice
  20. "Surfin' Bird" - The Trashmen.