Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Shuffle #346

I added four album from my CD collection last night so it's possible something from The New Pornographers or The National could reach its first play today. Let's see what happens in today's ten...

1. I'll Take It/Tom Adamson (8) - last played on 11/18/12
2. Rabbit Fighter/T. Rex (10) - last played on 10/12/14
3. Singer Castle Bells/Great Lake Swimmers (5) - last played on 10/24/12
4. Merchants of Soul/Spoon (8) - last played on 8/6/14
5. Jessica/Avi Buffalo (9) - last played on 9/15/13
6. Believe What You're Saying (Campfire Mix)/Sugar (1)
7. Something In the Water/The Henry Clay People (6) - last played on 11/6/12
8. Lord, Don't Pass Me By/The Ladybug Transistor (8) - last played on 10/12/14
9. Why Won't They Talk to Me?/Tame Impala (4) - last played on 6/9/13
10. Vegetable Man/The Soft Boys (5) - last played on 4/7/13

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Shuffle #345

For the first time in a few months (at least), I've added some albums to my iTunes this week. Will any of those songs show up in today's ten? Only one way to find out...

1. Broken Links/The Ladybug Transistor (4) - last played on 4/7/13
2. Where Are The Prawns/The Soft Boys (2) - last played on 4/14/13
3. Promenade/U2 (5) - last played on 1/2/13
4. Gold Star for Robot Boy/Guided By Voices (7) - last played on 7/31/12
5. No Backbone/The Lemonheads (7) - last played on 11/4/12
6. Is Love Forever?/Spoon (15) - last played on 8/3/14
7. No Reason/Nick Lowe (6) - last played on 10/27/13
8. Gimmeakiss/The Avett Brothers (6) - last played on 10/24/12
9. City With No Children/Arcade Fire (21) - last played on 9/11/13
10. Slow Jabroni/Surfer Blood (8) - last played on 12/16/12

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Shuffle #344

Three weeks in a row?

Three weeks in a row.

Here are today's ten...

1. Pollyanna/Patterson Hood (10) - last played on 1/3/13
2. Sprung A Leak/Superchunk (22) - last played on 8/15/13
3. Conman/East River Pipe (6) - last played on 12/19/11
4. Heart Of The City/Nick Lowe (6) - last played on 10/5/14
5. One in the Same/My Morning Jacket (5) - last played on 2/17/13
6. Sleepin In/The Morning Benders (12) - last played on 2/17/13
7. Behind That Locked Door/Yim Yames (3) - last played on 2/3/13
8. Half Moon/M. Ward (3) - last played on 6/17/12
9. Something Great/Haley Bonar (4) - last played on 6/2/13
10. Patterns of Fairytales (12) - last played on 6/9/13

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Shuffle #343

Last time I shuffled two consecutive Sundays was back in July of last year. Huh.

Here are today's ten...

1. Lost Without You/Rhett Miller (11) - last played on 6/27/13
2. Southern Heart/The Walkmen (17) - last played on 12/12/13
3. Tie A Rope To The Back Of The Bus/Superchunk (17) - last played on 8/15/13
4. Four Thieves Gone/The Avett Brothers (4) - last played on 2/3/13
5. Make It Right/J Mascis (20) - last played on 6/30/13
6. Man on the Moon/Sugar (9) - last played on 9/6/13
7. Fish/Wye Oak (16) - last played on 1/31/14
8. Remember Last Time/Avi Buffalo (9) - last played on 4/15/12
9. St. Peter's Cathedral/Death Cab For Cutie (13) - last played on 5/7/14
10. Money City Maniacs/Sloan (13) - last played on 3/29/14

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Shuffle #342

It's been 4 1/2 months since my last shuffle. Wait, that sounds like I'm speaking at Shufflers Anonymous or confessing my Shuffling sins. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this morning feels like a morning to shuffle, so here are today's ten...

1. The Stand Ins, One/Okkervil River (4) - last played on 10/21/12
2. Chinese Translation/M. Ward (5) - last played on 6/23/13
3. Sweetie/Josh Rouse (5) - last played on 8/19/12
4. Sawdust Man/Ben Kweller (10) - last played on 8/31/12
5. Don't Let Him Waste Your Time/Jarvis Cocker (4) - last played on 5/13/12
6. Modesto Is Not That Sweet/The Hold Steady (7) - last played on 5/5/13
7. Marie Provost/Nick Lowe (4) - last played on 3/12/11
8. No Name #6/Elliott Smith (5) - last played on 7/14/13
9. Unhinged/The Drams (3) - last played on 1/15/12
10. Deeper Into Movies/Yo La Tengo (6) - last played on 3/22/14

Friday, August 1, 2014

Anticipated: August 2014

Every month brings new pop culture goodies to enjoy. Here is what I'm most looking forward to this month...

The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman (8/5) - This is the final book in Grossman's Magicians trilogy. I liked The Magicians and loved The Magician King the first time around...that's right, I've decided to reread this series in anticipation of the new volume. I don't reread very often; in fact, the last time I reread a series like this was right before the final Harry Potter book was published 7 years ago. I'm finding my reading of the first book has changed my perception of it but that's probably a different post.

Spoon/They Want My Soul (8/5) - Spoon is one of my favorite bands, so it's not a surprise I'm excited to listen to this album (you can stream it on iTunes right now but that's not my favorite option). I've liked the 3 songs that have surfaced so far - the classic stomp of "Rent I Pay," the sunny pop of "Do You," and the cool drone of "Inside Out" - and have high hopes for the rest.

Garfunkel & Oates (8/7) - I feel like Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci have taken the idea of a singing comedy duo ala Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords and made it completely into their own thing. Now, like those other groups, they will have their own TV show (on IFC). The few clips I've seen have made me laugh and I'm hoping that will continue.

Let's Be Cops (8/15) - Yes, I realize this movie could be terrible. Really really terrible. And yet. I like Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson (who are both on New Girl). The premise of the movie is so simple it could work with the right approach (and jokes). Maybe we'll get lucky and it will turn out to be as entertaining as Hot Tub Time Machine and The Other Guys, for which I once had the same hopes. We shall see.

The Multiversity (8/20) - Grant Morrison has been working on this comic, which will present many alternate realities of the DC Universe. It predates the "new 52" continuity that DC has been under the last three years and goes completely outside of it. I have always been a fan of alternate realities and of Morrison, so this is a must-buy even before I factor in such artists as Cameron Stewart, Frank Quitely, and Chris Sprouse.

Doctor Who (8/23) - The new iteration of the Doctor, Peter Capaldi, makes his debut in a few weeks. I think we're going to see a completely different tone to the show with this change and embracing these changes are what the series has been about since it came back (he's already our 4th Doctor after Eccleston, Tenant, and Smith). Jenna Coleman stays on as Clara, the Doctor's companion, and I imagine will be tracking the changes in the Doctor's personality through her eyes.

New Pornographers/Brill Bruisers (8/26) - Hard to believe it's been 4 years since we've had a new album from this band (same as Spoon, come to think of it). They are a band you can enjoy on first listen but I think true appreciation comes after several spins. Case in point is "War on the East Coast," the second song released ahead of the time (after the title track). It's a Dan Bejar tune and upon first listen I thought it was decent. Now I've listened to it five or six times and it has its hooks into me. The video is pretty cool too.

Lock In by John Scalzi (8/26) - I read and enjoyed the heck out of Scalzi's Redshirts when it came out two summers ago and since that time, I've read every book in his Old Man's War series (including last year's The Human Division). He writes SF that makes you page-turn but doesn't sacrifice character and ideas. This novel is a stand-alone about a virus that "locks" people into their bodies. Sounds interesting.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday Shuffle #341

Just feel like doing a shuffle this morning...

1. Hysterical Strength/St. Vincent (12) - last played on 1/13/13
2. A Cunning Latch/Portastatic (4) - last played on 8/26/12
3. Comfortable/Frankel (4) - last played on 6/9/13
4. Tell Me What You Want Me To Do/Mary Weiss (5) - last played on 2/17/13
5. Colony Collapse/Telekinesis (7) - last played on 9/1/13
6. Lights/Josh Ritter (14) - last played on 12/10/13
7. Not Turning Off/Spoon (5) - last played on 9/23/12
8. Snowsuit Sound/Sloan (14) - last played on 9/28/13
9. Melody/Elk City (3) - last played on 5/26/13
10. Come Home Loaded Roadie/Amy Millan (6) - last played on 3/17/13