Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #412

I need to be knee deep in schoolwork today and I would like to finish the book I'm reading too (I'm now officially 8 books behind pace to make my goal for the year), so I'm going to jump right into today's ten...

1. Car Radio/Spoon (18) - last played on 8/9/15
2. Looking Over My Shoulder/Elliott Smith (9) - last played on 5/17/15
3. Every Single Switch/Centro-Matic (5) - last played on 7/15/12
4. Slow Fade/Teenage Fanclub (11) - last played on 2/21/16
5. England/The National (25) - last played on 3/11/16
6. Brief Candles/The Zombies (13) - last played on 10/31/12
7. I Got the Hots/The Soft Boys (9) - last played on 1/17/16
8. Snakes in the Grass/The Essex Green (8) - last played on 2/2/16
9. Watch Out For Me Ronnie/Yo La Tengo (10) - last played on 12/13/15
10. New York, New York/Ryan Adams (3) - last played on 3/22/16

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #411

Had my best run of the year this morning - 3 miles in 24:18, an 8:06 pace. So, with that blazing speed (ha ha) in mind, let's get right to today's ten...

1. From Ghost Town/Robert Forster (10) - last played on 2/7/16
2. Bedouin Dress/Fleet Foxes (15) - last played on 2/20/16
3. Teenage Kicks/Portastatic (5) - last played on 3/24/13
4. Mornington Crescent/Belle and Sebastian (9) - last played on 1/11/15
5. Choose to Play/Redd Kross (6) - last played on 2/28/16
6. Getting Ready to Get Down/Josh Ritter (10) - last played on 12/29/15
7. Porchlight/Buffalo Tom (16) - last played on 3/9/15
8. Talking Backwards/Real Estate (6) - last played on 3/27/16
9. Eden Was A Garden/Roman Candle (4) - last played on 8/16/15
10. Burn Through Love/Matthew Sweet (5) - last played on 4/17/16

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #410

It's the Mother's Day edition of the Sunday Shuffle...which doesn't really change much of anything. We are going to see Captain America; Civil War in a little while and I have cleaning to do, so there will probably be a gap in the songs this morning. Not that you'll notice, but I thought I'd give you the inside baseball.

I saw Bob Mould in concert at The Metro with my friend Scott on Friday night. It was a great show. I almost made today's shuffle one that just focused on him, but since I've mostly listened to him this week, I thought I'd take a tour around my iTunes instead. If you're interested, I put together a Spotify playlist of the set.

Anyway, Happy Mother's Day to those of you to whom this applies! Let's get to today's ten...

1. Shadow of Love/Sloan (27) - last played on 11/27/15
2. Cheers and Applause/Portastatic (6) - last played on 5/3/15
3. Pedestrian At Best/Courtney Barnett (15) - last played on 5/1/16
4. Armchairs/Andrew Bird (6) - last played on 4/4/15
5. Nature Of The Experiment/Tokyo Police Club (5) - last played on 3/18/12

So here's where I left off hours ago. In the interim, we did see Civil War (which I really really likes) and I watched the Cubs for 13 innings (4 game sweep of the Nationals after a 3 game sweep of the Pirates). Got some reading done during the latter too, but that still leaves some housecleaning. Also in the interim, the new Radiohead album came out and I might have to get on that tonight. Anyway, back to the music...

6. You Know Who You Are/Nada Surf (16) - last played on 5/1/16
7. Rider/Okkervil River (14) - last played on 6/9/13
8. Off Work/Thurston Moore (4) - last played on 3/24/13
9. Sulphur to Sugarcane/Elvis Costello (5) - last played on 8/25/15
10. Rule of Three/The Lemonheads (11) - last played on 3/23/15

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #409

We haven't seen the sun in a while here in NW Indiana; the last time I saw the sun was when we flew into Louisville on our first leg home from Baltimore Monday night. So, please, sun, come and visit!

Speaking of Baltimore, we had a wonderful time not only at my cousin Lauren's wedding to Nick, but also throughout the whole weekend with all the family. A week ago today six of us walked out to Fell's Point, a really cool section of the city, and sat outside for brunch, shopped for records, ate ice cream, and more. We hung with the family at our great rental place in the afternoon and I finished off playing lots of euchre with my brother, cousin, and father. So much fun.

Last night was prom, which went very well. I didn't get to bed until 2:00, but I got up and had a great 3 mile run this morning. I need to get a lot of schoolwork done while my brain is still functioning well, so I'm going to shut up now and get to today's ten...

1. Right Back Where We Started From/Army Navy (8) - last played on 8/9/15
2. I Will Be There When You Die/My Morning Jacket (9) - last played on 9/27/15
3. To Be Completely Honest/Dawes (4) - last played on 3/23/16
4. Commercial Alternative/Teenage Fanclub (8) - last played on 2/2/16
5. Everything You've Done Wrong/Sloan (16) - last played on 4/9/16
6. White Shadow Waltz/Okkervil River (14) - last played on 11/15/15
7. Red Flag Diver/Aimee Mann (19) - last played on 3/24/16
8. Changes (Live)/Sugar (1) - debut
9. Pedestrian At Best/Courtney Barnett (14) - last played on 12/26/15
10. Bad Man Coming (6) - last played on 11/4/12

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Sweet (Sunday Shuffle #408)

I still can't wrap my head around the news that Matthew Sweet is playing the Popcorn Festival this year. I have been a fan for almost 25 years, ever since Girlfriend came out in October 1991. That album is in my top ten, for sure, and could even be my all-time favorite. His 1995 album 100% Fun is also a favorite and I never take a road trip with the CD in the car. Heck, his music is probably what fueled my love of power pop. So, this news is pretty darn exciting.

I decided to load his CDs into iTunes last night, so I could do a shuffle with his music today. I had a couple albums in already, but the play counts are going to be extremely low today. Oh well. I've listened to all these songs many many times. I'm sure that by the time the concert comes around (and I most likely do another Sunday Sweet) the play counts will be higher.

If you're not familiar with his music (or forgot about him since in the mid-90s), check out the Spotify playlist that I'll link to later today. Let's get to it!

1. Dead Smile (1) - from Kimi Ga Suki
2. Tonight We Ride (1) - from Kimi Ga Suki
3. Warning (1) - from Kimi Ga Suki
4. What Do You Know? (1) - from Altered Beast
5. Devil With The Green Eyes (2) - from Altered Beast
6. Ultrasuede (2) - from The Ugly Truth
7. Split Personality (1) - from In Reverse
8. Come To Love (1) - from 100% Fun
9. Giving It Back (1) - from 100% Fun
10. I Almost Forgot (1) - from 100% Fun

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Shuffle #407

Life is very busy right now, so my Saturday Song idea is on hold for a while. I'll get back to it when I can. Meanwhile, I have quite a bit of schoolwork to do today, so let's get right to today's ten...

1. Ill Wills/Shout Out Louds (7) - last played on 3/14/15
2. Sunken Union Boat/John Vanderslice (5) - last played on 1/18/15
3. The Great Unknown/The Damnwells (9) - last played on 4/4/15
4. Sean/Foo Fighters (9) - last played on 3/22/16
5. Blankest Year/Nada Surf (5) - last played on 4/6/16
6. Flaming Heart/M. Ward (6) - last played on 3/20/15
7. Satanic Messiah/The Mountain Goats (6) - last played on 4/24/15
8. You Can't Help Me Now/The Both (11) - last played on 7/21/15
9. Calculating Bimbo/Belle & Sebastian (15) - last played on 1/13/15
10. Give It Time/Old 97s (15) - last played on 3/26/16

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Sunday Sloan #2 (Sunday Shuffle #406)

I've been slacking on my music posts over the past two weekends, skipping two potential Saturday Songs and a Sunday Shuffle. It can be blamed on my spring break or on the fact I've been listening to a whole bunch of new music or that I've been trying to catch up on TV. I used to get annoyed with myself when I missed weeks, but these days I'm okay with it.

I know my last Shuffle was dedicated to one artist, but I couldn't help myself today. Last night I was listening to One Chord To Another, which Sloan just put out in a deluxe vinyl version (these are times when I wish I had a record player), and went on YouTube to find the b-sides. From there, I rewatched their KEXP performance from when Commonwealth had come out...and then I watched a show they did at Massey Hall that was just put up in December. So, the Sloan addiction is full on this morning. If you don't know this band, please listen to the Spotify playlist that I'll put up later. You won't regret it.

1. Money City Maniacs (16) - from Navy Blues
2. Sensory Deprivation (13) - from Between the Bridges
3. Who You Talkin' To? (10) - from Pretty Together
4. Bells On (17) - from Twice Removed
5. If It Feels Good Do It (9) - from Pretty Together
6. Keep On Thinkin' (16) - from Navy Blues
7. Something's Wrong (23) - from Never Hear the End of It
8. She's Slowin' Down Again (26) - from The Double Cross
9. Who Loves Life More? (18) - from Action Pact
10. Witch's Wand (9) - from Parallel Play