May 26, 2011

132 DJ Zoomba

One of my favorite apps on my Android phone is SoundHound- the app listens to music and identifies it for you. Just press one button, hold the phone up to the speaker, and presto! This is super-handy for identifying songs from the radio, incidental music from TV and movies, and in public spaces. Once it IDs the song, I simply press "bookmark", then I can go back later and buy the songs wherever I want. Unlimited uses are free, so perhaps I overuse it, but the novelty has not worn off yet.
  1. "Breaking The Girl" Anna Nalick sings that song "Breathe (3AM)" which I included in my last mix. I found her cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song while buying the "Breathe" song on Amazon.
  2. "Tree By The River" Iron & Wine
  3. "Clocks" An amazing salsa-ification of the Coldplay recording by something called 'Rhythms Del Mundo'. It's not a cover- more like a remix.
  4. "Quattro (World Drifts In)" Calexico, from their album Feast Of Wire.
  5. "Untitled" [live] Shockra: One of the coolest experiences of my Emerson College experience was working at WERS. One of the cool experiences of that cool experience is my three-year association with the world-funk-jazz combo Shockra. I was a host and manager of the world music show Gyroscope, and Shockra became our favorite band. We played their music every day, mostly from promo cassettes, we saw them live a dozen times across town, and they came to the studio to perform live in the studio regularly. In 1993 we released a live CD, which included this epic 10 minute track, maybe Shockra's most ambitious song. I was thrilled to be sitting in the studio for the recording, as the host of that day's live music. After their encore, the crowd in the control room went apoplectic; at the end of the CD you can hear (21-year-old) me "out-troduce" the song, then open the control room door to let in the applause.
  6. "Let The Light In" I don't know anything about Bob Schneider, but I heard this song on the radio, and it has a nice thumb-piano part.
  7. "Sound And Vision" from David Bowie's Low (1977). Fun fact: David Bowie's lead vocal does not begin until exactly halfway through this three-minute song.
  8. "Burning Down The House" this live performance, from Stop Making Sense, is far superior to Talking Heads' studio recording.
  9. "One Thing Leads to Another" The Fixx
  10. "On Melancholy Hill" Gorillaz
  11. "Les Yeux De Ton Pere" Fun story here: I used to play this Franco-Clash song ("Eyes of Your Father") from Les Negresses Vertes, regularly on WERS Gyroscope in the early 1990s. Fast forward to the MP3 era, the LP is out of print and the song is not available for 99c download. The song was also included in the movie French Kiss, and its soundtrack CD. I wasn't about to pay $17 for one song, but so I have kept my eye out for it--- until May 2011, when I finally found the French Kiss CD at a church tag sale. Persistence pays off!
  12. "You, Now" I heard this Greg Laswell song on the "Adult Alternative" channel on my cable TV.
  13. "Mandolin Rain" This recent live performance from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers is a little too "jazzy" for me. I don't know if he has discarded most of the melodic hooks for artistic reasons, or because he's too old to hit the notes anymore, but it's not the same melody anymore.
  14. "Sweet Love" Anita Baker
  15. "Come and Find Me" Josh Ritter: As heard on the ABC-TV show Castle!
  16. "To Kingdom Come" Passion Pit
  17. "Jane Says" Jane's Addiction
  18. "Time To Pretend" MGMT

May 23, 2011

(Some Titles Are) Parenthetical

The parenthetical song title is a unique phenomenon to music. Why do song titles have parens? This morning, I read a post on with a list of 169 parenthetical song titles. Each title fits into a type:
  • The title is too short/not descriptive, so they add more words "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
  • The title is too long, so they chop it off "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
  • The record label worries that people won't recognize the song they heard on the radio because the title is not the chorus. Sometimes these parens only appear on the 45, not the LP:
    •  "Pride (In The Name of Love)"
    • "Brass In Pocket (I'm Special)"
    • "Train In Vain (Stand By Me)"
  • Beck just being weird "Truckdrivin’ Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat)" 
  • REM just being weird "Auctioneer (Another Engine)"
  • Movie Theme Songs (Theme From "This Blog")
  • Silly jokes "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)"
  • Completely arbitrary "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)"
I have selected 75 parenthetical song titles, and severed the main title from the paren part. Print out this page, and try and match them back up again. Remember, some parens go in front, some at the end. Good luck! (Answers here).
December 1963(500 Miles)
4th of July, Asbury Park(All Night)
A Natural Woman(And I Feel Fine)
Against All Odds(And That's the Truth)
All Night Long(Anthony's Song)
Bang A Gong(Are Made of This)
Chelsea(But I Like It)
Da Doo Ron Ron (But I Won't Do That)
Died In Your Arms(Come Out Tonight)
Don’t Forget Me (Coming Home)
Don't Go Away Mad (Don’t Go Back To)
Don't Know What You Got (Don't Fear)
Don't You (Enjoy What You Do)
Dude (Everything I Do)
Earth Angel (For Me)
Escape (For My Love)
Exhale (Forget About Me)
Falling in Love (Get It On)
Fascination(Gonna Be Alright)
Fight For Your Right(I Can’t Get No)
Good Riddance (I Don’t Want to Go to)
Happy Xmas (I Feel Good)
He Hit Me (I Just)
Higher and Higher(I Like It)
I Believe (I Think It's Going To Be A Long Long Time)
I Can't Go for That (I'm Only Bleeding)
I Do It For You(I'm Sorry)
I Got You (Is Hard on the Knees)
I Knew You Were Waiting (It Felt Like A Kiss)
I Never Loved a Man (It's in His Kiss)
I Ran (I've Been)
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (I've Had)
I’m Gonna Be (Just Go Away)
I'd Do Anything for Love (Just Like)
I'd Lie for You (Keep Feeling)
In Hammersmith Palais(Let Me Be Your)
Instant Karma (Looks Like a Lady)
Istanbul (Man in Motion)
It’s The End of the World As We Know It (Naive Melody)
It's Alright, Ma (Nine to Five)
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (No Can Do)
Jump (Not Constantinople)
Major Tom (Not to Come)
Mama Told Me (Oh, What A Night)
Money (Pretty Young Thing)
Morning Train (Put a Ring On It)
Movin' Out (Sandy)
Norwegian Wood (Say So Much)
P.Y.T .(Shoop Shoop)
Peace, Love and Understanding(Sittin' On)
Red Shoes(So Far Away)
Rocket Man (Take a Look at Me Now)
Rockville(That's What I Want)
Rosalita (The Angels Wanna Wear My)
Sad Songs (The Final Acclaim)
Satisfaction(The PiƱa Colada Song)
Searchin' So Long(The Right Stuff)
Separate Ways (The Way I Love You)
Single Ladies (This Bird Has Flown)
So. Central Rain (Till It's Gone)
St. Elmo’s Fire (Time of Your Life)
Starting Over(to Everything There Is a Season)
Sweet Dreams (War Is Over)
Teddy Bear(We All Shine On)
That's the Way (What’s So Funny ‘Bout)
The Dock Of The Bay(When He Walked Me Home)
The Reaper(When I Fall in Love it Will Be Forever)
The Shoop Shoop Song (When I’m Gone)
The Time of My LIfe(White Man)
This Must Be the Place (Who Loves Me)
Tonight's the Night (Will You Be Mine)
Turn! Turn! Turn! (Worlds Apart)
Wham Rap! (You Gotta)...(To Party!)
You Got It (You Make Me Feel Like)
You're in My Heart (Your Love Has Lifted Me)