Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Slack (Sunday Shuffle #420)

I'm not super excited about my title for this specific band's shuffle, but they were often described as "slacker rock" back in the 90s and it fits my alliterative parameter, so here we are. I heard their cover of "The Killing Moon" on KEXP last month and it is amazing. I've been playing it a lot (via Spotify) and digging into their music again. This is another band I love that I was ignorant of during that decade (see also Superchunk, Teenage Fanclub, etc.). I have all five albums on iTunes plus an extra track and as I'm typing this I realize I should probably download the other songs of their "greatest hits" before I actually shuffle, so (virutally) stand by...

Okay, that's sorted. At some point I really need to rip the deluxe editions of their first two albums as well, but for now, let's get to the music. Oh, the band? Pavement.

1. Unseen Power Of The Picket Fence (1) - from No Alternative
2. Major Leagues (16) - from Terror Twilight
3. Best Friend's Arm (13) - from Wowee Zowee
4. Summer Babe (Winter Version) (13) - from Slanted & Enchanted
5. Shady Lane (14) - from Brighten The Corners
6. AT&T (13) - from Wowee Zowee
7. Our Singer (8) - from Slanted & Enchanted
8. Stop Breathin (13) - from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
9. Shoot The Singer (1 Sick Verse) (1) - from Quarantine the Past
10. Kennel District (21) - from Wowee Zowee

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #419

Today's my 23rd anniversary, so I'm taking the shuffle all the way to 23 songs..

1. She Comes To Me In Dreams/Great Lake Swimmers (6) - last played on 2/28/16
2. on the occasion of a departure (ps 39:4)/The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers (7) - last played on 10/21/12
3. Electric Music/Band of Horses (16) - last played on 6/9/16
4. Racing Like A Pro/The National (16) - last played on 4/9/16
5. Radio Campaign/M. Ward (4) - last played on 3/25/12
6. Fear City/Elliott Smith (7) - last played on 10/5/14
7. 36 Inches High/Nick Lowe (7) - last played on 1/3/16
8. Brief Candles/The Zombies (14) - last played on 5/22/16
9. I Want To/Best Coast (9) - last played on 5/22/16
10. Ballad Of Wendy Baker/Ben Kweller (14) - last played on 10/11/15
11. Back to Your Heart/Dinosaur Jr. (10) - last played on 2/20/16
12. Patterns/Telekinesis (26) - last played on 4/10/16
13. In My Dreams/Eels (7) - last played on 2/21/16
14. The Appleblossom Rag/Josh Ritter (19) - last played on 11/22/15
15. I'll Cry Instead/The Beatles (5) - last played on 3/20/11
16. The Beach/Dr. Dog (5) - last played on 3/27/11
17. Time Stops/Teenage Fanclub (10) - last played on 1/30/16
18. Press/Superchunk (23) - last played on 6/29/16
19. After All the Roads Have Led to Nowhere (Live)/Sugar (4) - last played on 12/13/15
20. You (Beds, Bridges, Books)/Tom Adamson (6) - last played on 3/25/12
21. How I Left the Ministry/The Extra Lens (7) - last played on 6/2/13
22. Long Before My Time/The Baseball Project (4) - last played on 4/4/15
23. This Is Something I Might Miss/I Love Math (8) - last played on 4/24/15

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #418

It's been two weeks since the last shuffle and four weeks since the last regular edition of the shuffle, so it feels like it's time to get back to the usual routine. I haven't pulled up iTunes since before our 4th of July trip, so I decided to sync up my phone to make sure all of the play counts are updated before I started today. I'm also working on another post, which may be up later today...but might not be until mid-week. We'll see. For now, though, let's get to today's ten...

1. He Doesn't Know Why/Fleet Foxes (6) - last played on 1/31/16
2. Endless Grey Ribbon/Nick Lowe (8) - last played on 5/19/13
3. Something In The Water/The Henry Clay People (8) - last played on 5/29/16
4. In The Hearts Of Men/First Aid Kit (11) - last played on 3/13/15
5. Georgia, Georgia/Elliott Smith (5) - last played on 2/17/13
6. Words You Used To Say/Dean & Britta (5) - last played on 12/27/15
7. Romans 10:9/The Mountain Goats (6) - last played on 4/16/15
8. I Didn't See It Coming/Belle & Sebastian (19) - last played on 1/13/15
9. At the Bottom of the Sea/The Thermals (10) - last played on 3/28/16
10. Kept On The Sly/South San Gabriel (6) - last played on 11/16/14

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Scots #2 (Sunday Shuffle #417)

The first Sunday Scots edition of the Shuffle was back on March 29 of last year (my 44th birthday even). At the time, I said that Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub was saying they were close to finishing a new album and I was excited by that prospect. It wasn't until this week, however, that they announced the new album, Here, will be coming out on Sept. 9. Furthermore, they released the first song and I'm already in love with "I'm In Love." Since I have the band on the brain, I figured it was a perfect time for the second edition of Sunday Scots. I'm also sure that the third edition will happen not long after Here comes out.

A note before we get to today's ten: The Shuffle will not appear next Sunday, as we will be hanging out on Canada Lake in the Adirondacks with family for the 4th of July weekend. I hope everyone enjoys that weekend as much as I'm sure I will. Okay, music time...

1, I Gotta Know (16) - from Grand Prix
2. Commercial Alternative (9) - from Thirteen
3. Escher (10) - from Thirteen
4. Today Never Ends (25) - from Shadows
5. Gene Clark (7) - from Thirteen
6. I Don't Want Control Of You (29) - from Songs From Northern Britain
7. Don't Hide (10) - from Man-Made
8. The Back Of My Mind (24) - from Shadows
9. Say No (15) - from Grand Prix
10. I'll Make It Clear (15) - from Grand Prix

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday Soar (Sunday Shuffle #416)

It's time for another themed installment of Sunday Shuffle and today I'm focusing on Band of Horses. Their new album, Why Are You OK, came out just over a week ago and I've given it a few spins. It's a solid entry into their catalog, which includes four other albums; the 10th anniversary of their first album, Everything All The Time, occurred back in March. There are 55 songs spread over those five albums (the first album and Cease To Begin were only recently loaded into iTunes), which means we'll get to 18% of them this morning. Before we get to today's ten, I'd like to take a moment and wish a Happy Father's Day to those it applies to, with a special mention to two big music fans who are celebrating their first one - Ryan McCracken (my awesome cousin) and Brett Evans (who just became a father this week)! Alright, let's hear some tunes!

1. Neighbor (30) - from Infinite Arms
2. Compliments (29) - from Infinite Arms
3. Weed Party (7) - from Everything All The Time
4. Factory (31) - from Infinite Arms
5. Whatever, Wherever (4) - Why Are You OK
6. Part One (8) - from Everything All The Time
7. Blue Beard (29) - from Infinite Arms
8. Solemn Oath (4) - from Why Are You OK
9. Window Blues (3) - from Cease To Begin
10. Monsters (9) - from Everything All The Time

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #415

It's a late edition of the Sunday Shuffle this week. Grant's graduation and open house were the events of the weekend, so it's been a little busy around here. I've been back from taking my brother to the airport for about a half hour and there's no way I can focus on any schoolwork today, so I thought I listen to some music and veg out for a bit. Hope everyone else has enjoyed their weekend as much as we did!

1. Backstabbin'/Sloan (19) - last played on 1/9/16
2. Reverse Running/Atoms For Peace (8) - last played on 12/5/13
3. Be Invited/The Twilight Singers (12) - last played on 5/22/16
4. Miss The Misery/Foo Fighters (34) - last played on 6/10/16
5. Pieces/Dinosaur Jr. (16) - last played on 3/6/16
6. Valerie/Crooked Fingers (8) - last played on 1/30/16
7. Fortune Teller/Sugar (9) - last played on 5/5/16
8. Honey Bee/Superchunk (21) - last played on 7/13/15
9. Delta Momma Blues/Steve Earle (4) - last played on 4/14/13
10. Play The Part/Little Joy (7) - last played on 6/23/13

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #414

I'd started a non-Sunday Shuffle post a few days ago, deciding I should use June to get back to some actual content...but I gave up pretty quickly. I still have two weeks left of my teaching course and Grant graduates next weekend and I start swimming lessons tomorrow, so time isn't my friend right now. Add to that the fact I'm way behind my book pace for the year and I still have a bunch of TV shows to catch up on and podcasts galore, so I'm not really up on things to write about either. Maybe in a couple of weeks I'll be ready to go. Until then, you'll get some more Sunday Shuffles.

Here are today's ten...

1. Rude/Dinosaur Jr. (13) - last played on 6/4/16
2. Roscoe/Midlake (7) - last played on 3/12/15
3. History of Lovers//Iron And Wine/Calexico (6) - last played on 2/28/16
4. Everywhere/Ex Hex (18) - last played on 4/18/16
5. Step/Vampire Weekend (18) - last played on 4/26/15
6. Wonderful/Josh Rouse (5) - last played on 8/16/15
7. The Well and the Lighthouse/Arcade Fire (9) - last played on 10/19/14
8. My Only Offer/Mates of State (3) - last played on 6/19/11
9. For Real/Okkervil River (6) - last played on 5/13/15
10. Born In Sin/Matthew Sweet (3) - last played on 4/30/16