ITunes Recommendations Posted by: Dale Franks
on Thursday, May 04, 2006
Once again, it's time to take a brief look at some of the music that's making its way to my iPod via iTunes. As always, the links in the songs below go to brief MP3 clips of the song.
Song Title:World Wide Suicide Artist: Pearl Jam Album: World Wide Suicide Comments: I've been waiting to get this one for a while. Despite the fact that it's been high in rotation on XM, this single from Pearl Jam's new album has been unavailable through iTunes until this past week. As an added plus, you can go to Pearl Jam's web site and buy all of the Howard Zinn/Noam Chomsky-themed merchandise that that you can afford. That is, if you are, in fact, brave enough to buy such dangerously seditious items in Chimpy McBushitlerburton's fascist Amerikkka.
Song Title:The Metro Artist: System of a Down Album: Soundtrack, Dracula 2000 Comments: This one caught me by surprise, because it doesn't appear on any of SOAD's albums. Apparently, they did this remake of the 1980s hit by Berlin for a movie soundtrack a few years ago. They've changed it a bit, though. I really love it. Many of you will disagree. They also changed the lyrics a little bit. The line that went, "I remember hating you for loving me..." has been changed to screaming "F*** YOU FOR LOVING ME!", because it's, you know, alternative.
Amusing anecdote: I had the Lovely Christine sitting in to burn a new crop of CDs for her car. When we were listening to this song, she said, "That's not too bad." Then SOAD started playing the first chorus. The look of fear and loathing on her face was priceless.
Song Title:Steady, as She Goes Artist: The Raconteurs Album: Steady, as She Goes Comments:The Raconteurs are the new group formed by White Stripes frontman Jack White. The White Stripes haven't actually disappeared, Jack just has this other little project on the side. Oh, by the way, whoever is making the web sites for the Stripes and Raconteurs needs to learn that 100% Flash web sites can't possible suck any worse than the ones they've constructed. The suck is so bad, I refuse to link to them. Google it yourself is you want to bathe in the pure suckiness. Flash is an enhancement, not the platform for an entire web site.
Song Title:She Loves Me Not Artist: Papa Roach Album: Lovehatetragedy Comments: Papa Roach is an odd name. To what can it possibly refer? It's a mystery. Perhaps she loves you not becasue she can't figure out the incomprehensible meaning of your group's name. It probably makes her feel left out.
Song Title:Miss Murder Artist: AFI Album: Miss Murder Comments: The only thing that really bothers me about this song is that "Miss Murder" doesn't scan well with the meter of this song, so it comes out sounding like "mismer der". C'mon guys. You're better than that.
Song Title:MakeDamnSure Artist: Taking Back Sunday Album: MakeDamnSure Comments: Pure alternative sound right here. I mean, if you didn't know what alternative rock was supposed to sound like, this song would be a really good example.
Song Title:Dani California Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album: Dani California Comments: I don't know why, but I've never been a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Similarly, I don't know why I like this, their most recent single release, so much. But I do. I also don't know why they pronounce "California" as "Kehlufonya". These guys pronounce the state's name worse than the frickin' governor, for cripes sake.
Song Title:Cannonball Artist: The Breeders Album: Rhino Hi-Five: Modern Rock Blender Comments: This one goes back a few years. I hadn't heard it in a long time, but it's been re-released in an EP version on a compilation album. Nice.
Song Title:Animal I Have Become (Main Version) Artist: Three Days Grace Album: Animal I Have Become Comments: This is the new Three Days Grace single. TDG usually has some pretty dark music, and this one os no exception. But they wrap all that anger is such neat-sounding little packages, that you just have to listen.