iTunes Picks Posted by: Dale Franks
on Tuesday, March 21, 2006
One of the nice things about iTunes is that, not only can you get some of the newest music available (although not all of it; Pearl Jam's newest single, "Worldwide Suicide" isn't available yet even though it's playing on XM already), you can get some of the old favorites as well. In this edition of my iTunes picks, I go back a few years to grab some tunes that I had forgotten. But, there's lots of newer stuff, too.
Below are some of my most recent acquisitions. As always, the song titles are linked to excerpts of the songs. To get the whole song, you'll have to buy it.
Song Title:16 Military Wives Artist: The Decemberists Album: Picaresque Comments: It's an odd song this one. Not so much the tune, but the lyrics. The first verse is anti-war, but the second verse makes fun of anti-war celebrities. Then, in the last verse, cannibal kings eat them all. Strange. Nice song, though. I like it, even if it does confuse me.
Song Title:Come Out and Play Artist: The Offspring Album: Smash Comments: This is from 1994, so it goes back a few years. I'd almost forgotten this one. And it hardly sounds like a Nirvana rip-off at all.
Song Title:Funny Little Feeling Artist: Rock N Roll Soldiers Album: The Two EPs Comments: These guys get a lot of Airplay on XM. I can take or leave 'em usually, but I like this one.
Song Title:I Disappear Artist: The Faint Album: Wet From Birth Comments: The Faint have a very 80s sound. I've noticed that a lot in modern rock lately. Makes a pleasant change from all the Nirvana and/or Blink-182 clones out there now.
Song Title:Munich Artist: The Editors Album: Single Release Comments: I like this one a lot.
Song Title:No Way Back Artist: Foo Fighters Album: In Your Honor Comments: You can never go wrong with the Foo Fighters. This is yet another really good song from the Foo Fighter's most recent album, "In Your Honor", which is turning into The Quintessential Foo Fighters Album. Which, by the way, was exactly what they wanted.
Song Title:Song With a Mission Artist: The Sounds Album: Dying to Say This To You Comments: Ah. Angry chick music. Sometimes you just gotta have it, if for no other reason than to think up snide responses to the artist like, "Yeah. Whatever. Hey, your sister is really cute."
Song Title:Special Artist: Garbage Album: Version 2.0 Comments: Here's another classic from Garbage. They have that cool, Euro-trash sensibility, and a certain decadence that I find delightful.
Song Title:The Mixed Tape Artist: Jack's Mannequin Album: Everything In Transit Comments: OK, first of all, in this country, we call it a "mix tape". “Mixed tape” is what I have in drawer in my garage workshop. They got the song right, though.
Song Title:The Way Artist: Fastball Album: All the Pain Money Can Buy Comments: This is another one that I've been looking for for a long time. I couldn't remember who did this tune back in 1998, and I'd despaired of ever finding it. Then I heard it on XM. Saved it. Downloaded it. Happy now.
Song Title:When the Sun Goes Down Artist: The Arctic Monkeys Album: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Comments: This song starts off as a slow sad little ballad, then turns into...something else. This is the second single release from the British groups' debut album. They don't even attempt to Americanize their music. They don't even attempt to put it into the Queen's English. All working-class English vernacular for these lads. "Oh he moost be oop to summat..." I love it.
So, there you have it. All of the above is available through iTunes or Napster. Have fun, and happy listening.
I start from position that all modern rock is performed by raving lefties. Pearl Jam sells Howard Zinn and Noam CHomsky skateboards on their web site. Proof, I guess that talent and political sophistication are two entirely different things.
But, face it, if you’re gonna object to modern rock—especially alternative—because of the political stands of the artists, then you’ll never be able to listen to anything newer than Frank Sinatra.