Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Four Thieves?

It just dawned to me that the Avett Brothers' Pretend Love from their 2006 album Four Thieves Gone sounds an awful lot like Weird Al's I Was Only Kidding from his 1992 album Off The Deep End.

Has anyone else noticed this?

I guess it seems a lot like the minor difference between Garth Brooks's Beer Run and Todd Snider's Beer Run which was determined to be different enough to not warrant giving Snider credit for.

While we're at it: doesn't Ska favorite Skankin' Pickle's I Missed the Bus sound a lot like Kriss Kross's I Missed the Bus?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Unearthed Spring Mix

I've played this playlist repeatedly for the last week. Thought I'd share it

  1. Hard To Concentrate, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium
  2. Just Breathe, Pearl Jam, Backspacer
  3. Solitary Man, Johnny Cash, American III: Solitary Man
  4. Fearless, Pink Floyd, Meddle
  5. Redemption Song, Johnny Cash, Unearthed: Redemption Songs
  6. Hold On, Tom Waits, Mountain Fresh Tracks
  7. Driftin Through, Lindisfarne, Here Comes the Neighborhood
  8. Fotunate Son, Todd Snider, Peace Queer
  9. Devil's Right Hand, Johnny Cash, Unearthed: Trouble On My Mind
  10. Do Ya Love, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stay Human
  11. Out Loud, Dispatch, Gut the Van
  12. We Don't Stop, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Everyone Deserves Music
  13. New Year's Day (Ferry Corsten Extended Radio Mix), U2 and Ferry Corsten, War (Deluxe Edition)
  14. Glory of True Love, John Prine, Fair and Square
  15. Working Class Hero, John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band
  16. If God Will Send His Angels, U2, City of Angels
  17. I Won't Back Down, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty, American III: Solitary Man
  18. Heart of Gold, Johnny Cash, Unearthed: Trouble on My Mind
  19. We Shall Be Reunited, Patty Griffin and Emmylou Harris, Downtown Church
  20. Prairie Wedding, Mark Knopfler, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Sailing to Philadelphia
  21. One, Johnny Cash, American III: Solitary Man
  22. Golden, My Morning Jacket, KMTT New Music Sampler 2004
  23. High Cost of Low Living, The Allman Brothers Band, Hittin The Note
  24. Subdivisions, Rush, Chronicles
  25. Solitary Man, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty, American III: Solitary Man
I tried to do this on imeem which became MySpace but I couldn't find all the songs.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Slightly Stoopid Blog

Thursday night, over a couple of beers, Marcos says to me, "I love every single song on Gomez's first three albums."

That's a bold statement, I replied. I couldn't think of any three studio albums by one artists where I loved every song on the album. My first thought was Van Morrison. But looking over my library he only makes the cut if I consider live albums. Then I wagered that Ozomatli had at least three albums where I loved every song. Again, turns out only if I consider live albums. If Marcos had said four I wouldn't be writing this.

Luckily I'm a fanatic about the statistics in my music library (play count, skip count, rating). And, apparently beer doesn't give me clairvoyance. Considering only studio albums, it turns out there are artists--four--who have three albums where I love every song on the album. The results surprised me. I'd hoped for some Talking Heads or something chic. Alas.

Looking at the list now, how could I forget the masters? Looks like I'm a die hard 'classic' rock fan still.

I should've realized Rusted Root would make the list though they disappointed me when I last saw them at the Fillmore. The fact that they sampled Neil Young's guitar when they covered his song left a bad taste in my mouth despite the rest of the well-performed set. Yet obviously I love their stuff.

The biggest surprise: Slightly Stoopid. Digging back through their earlier releases has really been a joy.

The List

Bruce Springsteen
Born in the USA
Born to Run
We Shall Overcome

Led Zeppelin

Rusted Root
Cruel Sun
Welcome to My Village
When I Woke

Slightly Stoopid
Closer to the Sun
Everything You Need
Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid