As usual, I'm too lazy to print out my track list and put it with every CD. So here's mine.
U Stink But I Love U - Billy and the Boingers
Because we're all strippers here! This song -- originally released in the Bloom County collection Billy and the Boingers Bootleg, was actually played by a band called Mucky Pup -- whose album I bought after I found this track on some web site. Big mistake. They suck. But here's a track from a band pretending to be a band drawn by the guy who coined the term "strippers" for coimc creators. Poetic. Or something.
---Believe I already commented on this one above. Great.
Little Bitty Pretty One / Rockin' Robin - Rod Piazza
White guy plays blues harmonica in the '80s to rock songs from the 50's. Enough said.
---Nice harp work; that's a really rockin' robin.
Two Left Feet - Filé
A little Zydeco for fun! This band is not bad, and this track's lyrics are moderately amusing.
---Ah, Zydeco. I have to be in the mood for it most of the time, but this song was infectious and the lyrics are amusing.
105 - Guy Forsyth
After I bought this CD, I realized that I hate Guy Forsyth. His songs rank too high on political statement and too low on musical listenability. But I like this one. I still want the live version I heard on the radio.
---I think I've heard the live version you're talking about, and it was damn good. Like this version, too. Too bad you don't like him. Imagine I wouldn't now based on your comment as this song is not political at all.
Andy's Ride - Andy Statman Orchestra with Itzak Perlman
Itzak Perlman, of course. And Andy Statman is just as amazing on mandolin. Plus two guys who are just as amazing on upright bass and accordion. I only wish this track's volume level were higher. It's phenominal.
---I've loved Itzhak ever since I heard him on Sesame Street. Great track.
The Chair - Kim Massie
St. Louis local Kim Massie sings her signature song. If you're ever in town, see her live.
---Fantastic. Sassy Massie. When I was in Richmond, VA, I heard a local group in a Plan 9 record store and bought their CD on the spot. Support local music!
Used - Rocket from the Crypt
A fun rock band with a horn section! (Or a keyboardist who likes the "horn" setting.)
---Wow, I thought this was the E Street Band without The Boss. Fun enough.
Little Man - On Ensemble
This group has grown on me. They're ostensably a taiko group, but really they play more in the way of jazz fusion. This song is a fun one by Maz Baba.
---Calm gives way to drums. Thank God.
Great Dream from Heaven - The Geyer Street Shieks
Another St. Louis local group... I just love this track.
---I read "local" group as vocal group. Can't imagine why. Really beautiful track. Check out Uncle Tupelo's "No Depression" for something similar but more rockin'.
Balkan - Troka
A scandinavian folk group tries their hand at Balkan folk rhythms.
---You had me at Balkan. I'll return the favor on my swap.
Seeing Hands - Dengue Fever
I don't know what's up with this band. Their songs all have a retro 60's sound to me, but this album was released this year. The singer's voice is pretty cute. Dengue rhymes with "Bengay."
---Released this year? I really dig it. Sits well with the previous track.
Get Your Lies Straight - Terry Evans
I can't believe I haven't put this on a swap CD before.
---Liked the intro better than the rest of the song.
A Mouthful of Exhaust - Man or Astroman?
I haven't put Man or Astroman on before because I figured most people had already heard them, but then I figured, "Hey, what if they haven't!" They're also fun in concert... playing surf guitar wearing space suits.
---Reminds me of Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet. I like how the surf guitar sounds yearning and wistful yet upbeat at the same time.
You Can Have Her - The Persuasions
The classic barbershop quartet / a capella group sings just about everything well... plus I like this song to boot. So now you have to listen to it.
---For me, this song echoes the previous one because it's sad and joyful at the same time yet with an entirely different sound. Excellent.
Don't Believe in Christmas - The Sonics
It's Christmas in June! Mazel Tov.
---Now that's it's almost Halloween, I'm in the mood for this song. Kidding, this one you can listen to any time because it doesn't have that "Christmas" sound.
Fishin' Blues - Taj Mahal
Classic folk blues from the classic folk blues legend.
some crazy bulgarian song - some crazy bulgarian band
I got this track off a CD of French and Bulgarian dances compiled by Yves Moreau, the traveling folk dance teacher. I have no idea what it is or who sings it, but its one of my favorite songs, ever.
---Again, Balkan music is right up my str-- alley, my dirty little back alley.
Telephone Call from Istanbul - Tom Waits
Tom Waits is another one who's so popular I was afraid of wasting your time by putting him on a CD. But he's done so much stuff that maybe you haven't heard this particular track before. It's the first Tom Waits song I ever heard.
---The first Tom Waits song I ever heard was played by one of my professors. The faces of the other students looked much like Lucky's written reaction to this song. I liked it, however, and much like mold, Tom eventually grows on you, Lucky.
Don't Fence Her In - The Jolly Boys
Before "third wave" ska was (presumeably) "second wave" ska, and before that was I guess real ska, and before that was raggae, and before that calypso, and before that was whatever the hell this is. Enjoy.
---Since it otherwise bores me, the song makes me think about that Saturday Night Live skit with Billy Bob Thornton where he and his white-trash wife stand around talking about their "fenced-in area."
Bargeld - KMFDM
I like this band even though they consistenly fail to sound as hardcore as they seem like they're trying to sound. This track is available remastered, but I still have the CD I bought 14 years ago. So pardon the wimpy unremastered sound.
---From this track, it appears their name is harder than their sound. To that end, I prefer Mother-Fucking Depeche Mode.
Symphony #9 in C Major, 1st Movement - Mendelssohn
I was going to include the entire symphony on this CD, but alas it falls into the unwritten rule that most classical music falls into: "the second movement must always be slow and boring." I don't know who made up this rule, but I want to slap them. Instead of putting in three out of four movements, I opted for just the first one.
---Blame Mozart. Most of the world's problems can be blamed on Mozart. Nice movement, BTW.
CDs should go out early next week. (It sucks to burn this many, as I'm sure you know.) In the meantime... enjoy the anticipation.