alwaysamy: (jwalk listens)
I love covers of songs. I've bought a couple of tribute albums, and have more on my wishlist, because it's fascinating to hear new artists do old and sometimes too familiar songs. Today I made a playlist, and a lot of it is just readily available stuff (from the Shrek soundtracks, for instance) because ... um, because. Here's the list. Any suggestions for songs to add?

Ring of Fire, Social Distortion
I'm Not Down, Thea Gilmore
Brown-Eyed Girl, Reel Big Fish
Roxanne, Fall Out Boy
It's Going to Take Some Time, Dishwalla (the Carpenters! so awesome)
Darling Nikki, Foo Fighters
Under Pressure, My Chemical Romance and The Used
Valerie, Panic at the Disco
U.S. Blues, The Harshed Mellows
You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go, Shawn Colvin
I'm Looking Through You, The Wallflowers
Atlantic City, The Band
Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Dwight Yoakam
Two of Us, Aimee Mann and Michael Penn
Deal, Dr. John
Hallelujah, Rufus Wainwright
Bad Reputation, Half Cocked
Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic, Shawn Colvin
Wall of Death, REM
alwaysamy: (rocky horror)
I've been drowning myself in music all week. Thus, a musical Friday Five for anyone who wants to play.

1) What's the first album (CD, whatever) you bought with your own money? (When you were a kid. If you bought music as a kid, which I sincerely hope you did.)

2) Do you still buy complete albums (CDs, whatever), or are you more likely to buy song-by-song off iTunes?

3) Admit it. Have you bought any of the songs used in either the old Gap ads or the new iTunes ones?

4) Name an album you wanted to like but never listen to.

5) What' songs would be on the soundtrack of your life?
alwaysamy: (house badass)
I think my long love affair with girl singers is over. For a couple of years now I've been all about Shawn Colvin and Kim Richey and Alana Davis and, more recently, women like Anna Nalick. Still love 'em, don't get me wrong, but I've indulging elsewhere lately. With ... well, boys.

I grew up in new Jersey, for one, so a certain predisposition to straight-ahead rock (thank you, Bruce) was bred into me with a love of the boardwalk, Taylor ham and cheese sandwiches, and full-service gas stations. I never really grasped the appeal of hair bands, but I loved me some AC/DC and all the old legendaries (the usual suspects, the Who, Zeppelin, the Stones).

And now? I find myself singing along to Nickelback much more often than even Pink (whom I love like cake, and sort of worship), and flipping to VH1, obstinately hoping to see some Daughtry or the new Foo Fighters.

Maybe it's a state of mind thing. Songs like Rock Star make me want to get in the car, put the windows down, turn the volume up, light a cigarette, and SING. Straight-up rock like The Pretender is for air guitar and a cold beer out on the porch. 

As methods of stress release go, I think I could do a lot worse.
alwaysamy: (cakehole)
So, six-hour drive on Friday, six-hour drive on Monday, and what am I doing during? Plotting my latest novel? Contemplating the world's problems? Engaging my toddler in educational word games?

No. I'm thinking about all the music mixes I need to make for our next road trip.

Specifically, a Long Songs mix, a Girls' Names Mix, and a Cities Mix. (I think I'm going to be doing a totally cheesy Anthemic Rock Mix, too, but that sort of makes itself.)

Long Songs seems easy -- throw on some Yes, Guns & Roses' "November Rain," any number of live Dead songs, and the Allman Brothers' thirty-minute "Mountain Jam" and you're good to go, but I want better suggestions. I'm thinking over seven minutes as criteria.

Girls' Names will be fun, although the mix might end up heavily Springsteen-oriented if I'm not careful. Again, sugggestions?

And Cities is maybe the most (for me) ambitious because ... I'm not sure why it occurred to me, and I can't think of many songs with cities in the title off the top of my head. Um...
alwaysamy: (very free)
Not *that* kind of fun, sadly.

Favorites lists always change for me -- my top five favorite songs, or books, or movies, will vary depending on the day. (I mean, you have to account for things like PMS, lack of caffeine, squabbling children, etc. On days where all three are an issue, my top five movies probably all include spectacularly fiery explosions.)

But my favorite [book, movie, song, what-have-you] by a particular *artist* is a little more static. What about you?

If you want to play, tell me your favorite song by:


Bruce Springsteen

The Rolling Stones

Joni Mitchell (because EVERYONE should have a favorite JM song)

any original Motown artist

That covers a lot of bases, doesn't it? And if you don't have favorite songs by any of those artists, well ... we'll talk.
alwaysamy: (miss anything)
So I'm finally out of the deadline cave, and slowly trying to catch up with the rest of the world. While I do, I thought I'd post the soundtrack for the book I just finished. It's eclectic and fun and sexy, which is hopefully what the book is, too.

One thing I've realized when I compile these soundtracks is that I need to have songs from both the heroine and the hero's point of view, and sometimes secondary characters, as well. The Clapton and the Springsteen are definite Nick songs, while the Liz Phair and No Doubt are Grace's.

Good Vibrations, Beach Boys
Just a Girl, No Doubt
I Can't Make Me, Butterfly Boucher
Visa Cards and Antique Mirrors, The Windbreakers
Extraordinary, Liz Phair
My Ever Changing Moods, Style Council
Tenderness on the Block, Warren Zevon
You Can Do It, No Doubt
Junk Shop Clothes, The Auteurs
Bad Day, Daniel Powter
Motherless Children, Eric Clapton
Voodoo Cadillac, Southern Culture on the Skids
Dress Sexy at My Funeral, Smog
Animals, Nickelback
Sex-o-Matic Venus Freak, Macy Gray
Friend of Mine, Liz Phair
The Ties that Bind, Bruce Springsteen
Accidentally Like a Martyr, Warren Zevon
Just Because, Nikka Costa
Two Hearts, Bruce Springsteen
alwaysamy: (very free)
It's been a bad few weeks. Well, months, really. But all the song memes lately reminded me of one of the things I can count on to improve my mood -- music.

Herewith, a few of the songs that make me happy and why.

"Iko Iko," the Belle Stars' version: Bouncy, bright, and the fun of singing (spelled phonetically here), "Jockamo fee nah ah nan nay, jockamo fee nah nay."

"Runaround," Blues Traveler: John Popper on harmonica, plus the line, “I shall drink in and always be full.”

"Wildest Dreams," Kim Richey: Another soaringly happy song. Her voice sounds great on this track, and it's in just the right key for me to sing along comfortably.

"Town Called Malice," The Jam: Energy, drums = irresistible.

"Eyes of the World," Grateful Dead: Mellower, and message-y, but still does the trick. Has a lovely spacy feel to it.

"Chicken Soup with Rice," Carole King from the Really Rosie soundtrack: Dude, come on. "In January it's so nice..." One of my favorite songs ever.

"Sir Duke," Stevie Wonder: I remember when this song came out. I was young, like under eight, and had no idea what the hell he was talking about, but the horns and the melody were infectious. Still are.

"You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio," Joni Mitchell: She sounds so warblingly gorgeous on this track, and it's a hopeful, floaty tune.

"Muh-nah Muh-nah," The Muppets: Again, I say, "Dude."

"Sherry Darling," Bruce Springsteen: "Well, I got some beer and the highway's free, and I got you, and baby, you got me..."

"Shotgun," Jr. Walker and the All-Stars: Pow! I loooove this song. Talk about energy. It's not a "happy" song, per se, but the beat picks me up.

"Widescreen," Heather Nova: The lyrics, the dizzying purity of her voice, the way the tune soars. Love it.

"Deal," Dr. John’s cover: I love Dr. John, so that's a no-brainer, and his version of this song is so much fun, with the barreling piano, and his rich, smoky, amused voice.

Song meme

Nov. 20th, 2006 09:10 am
alwaysamy: (fish lips)
From [ profile] deg and [ profile] fashionista_35

List five songs that you currently love. Post these instructions, the artists, and the songs in your blog/lj, then tag five other livejournal friends to see what they're listening to.

1. "How to Save a Life," The Fray

2. "Good Enough," Evanescence

3. "Oh No," Shivaree

4. "Push and Pull," Nikka Costa

5. "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man," Prince

Not tagging, but feel free to play along...


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