2.14.2008

Sneaking Suspicion

I had a conversation with my fiancée the other week in which she professed her amazement at the effectiveness of state-sponsored corporal punishment. It was a fairly innocuous, half-serious conversation but it still left me briefly suspecting that I might be marrying a fascist.

Of course, I know that she's not, but hey, let's face it if there was ever one group of librarians that would love nothing more than to ditch the "liberal librarian" moniker and subject the world to their cold, pitiless, uncompromising order, it's the catalogers.

Anyway, the whole thing, including my fear that I would become the inspiration for a new Mike Myers romantic comedy (So I Married a Nazi), made me think of this pretty funny song by Stephen Lynch.

I'm not sure which is my favorite: the line about driving a Panzer or "I said 'how are you', you said 'white power'."


Stephen Lynch - I Think You're a Nazi

2.09.2008

Top 20 of 2007 Part 3

Here is the final installment of the Top 20 of 2007!


7. Numb/Encore - Jay-Z & Linkin Park
6. Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix) - Nina Simone
Nonpoint - Miami Vice (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
It's fitting that these two songs should be side by side, because that's how they're featured in one particular scene from Miami Vice.



5. What Ever Happened - The Strokes
The Strokes - Room On Fire - What Ever Happened?
Perhaps it was nostalgia or perhaps it was Shia LeBoeuf's t-shirt in the movie Transformers, but The Strokes came back into my life in a big way. It may have also been because my fiancée had the soundtrack to Marie Antoinette laying around



4. LDN - Lilly Allen
Lily Allen - Alright, Still - LDN
Great summer song and definitely one of the standouts on Alright, Still.



3. Universal Truth - Matrix & Futurbound

It isn't often that a dance track comes along that rocks harder than anything in the rock and roll world. This is a banger; the type of song that just makes you want to put your head through a brick wall and fight a dinosaur.



2. Dig - Incubus
Incubus - Light Grenades - Dig
Incubus has been one of my favorite bands for a while now and Light Grenades quickly became one of my favorite Incubus albums by successfully blending the sounds of their previous works. "Dig" is derivative and not really ground-breaking, but if you like Incubus you can't help but fall for it.



1. Saturate - The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers - We Are the Night - Saturate
I first heard this song in January on the phenomenal House music radio podcast Dance Department and I hunted and hunted for it. Originally titled "Electronic Battle Weapon 8", the track was renamed "Saturate" and released on the album We Are the Night. If you've been paying attention, you will remember that the "Electronic Battle Weapon 8" version of this song was my #13 song on this list. Combined they have a playcount that surely far surpasses anything else I have listened to on my iPod this year.

Well, there you have it. The results of my top 20 songs of 2007. Please remember that the rank of these songs is determined by their play count according to my iTunes music software. So their ranking does indicate how much I actually like them, but rather how many times they were played from start to finish.

Until next January, thanks for reading.

2.05.2008

Top 20 of 2007 Part 2

Continuing from where we left off here are more of my most played songs of 2007.


14. Bleed It Out - Linkin Park
Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight - Bleed It Out
Not my favorite song on this disc and definitely not one of my favorite albums of 2007. Got a lot of play, regardless.



13. Electronic Battle Weapon 8 - The Chemical Brothers
I first heard this song in January on the phenomenal House music radio podcast Dance Department and I hunted and hunted for it. In the summer, this track was renamed "Saturate" and released on the album We Are the Night.



12. Alfie - Lilly Allen
Lily Allen - Alright, Still - Alfie
I caught Lilly Allen's "Smile" as the radio-edited, iTunes Free Single of the Week back in late '06, but I didn't catch the full-length release until summer '07. "Alfie" is just one of the most ridiculously catchy songs on that record. Long since I've gotten sick of all of the other tracks, I can still listen to "Alfie".



11. Public Service Announcement (Interlude) - Jay-Z
Jay-Z - The Black Album - Public Service Announcement (Interlude)
When Jay-Z's Black Album dropped in 2004, my attention focused completely on DJ Dangermouse's The Grey Album. More than just a synthesis of Jay-Z's latest Hip Hop opus and The Beatles' White Album, The Grey Album was one of the more defining moments of the Internet's relationship with the Music Industry. Recently the original version of Public Service Announcement came to my attention and sounded like a novelty. It's odd when the original sounds like the remix.



10. The Salmon Dance (featuring Fatlip) - The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers - We Are the Night - The Salmon Dance
It's no secret that I am a big Chemical Brothers fan, but "The Salmon Dance" had an even broader appeal than the usual Chem Bros sound thanks MC Fatlip and a hilariously bizarre voxbox named "Sammy" the Salmon. Throw in a rump shakin' hip hop beat and some trippy synths and "The Salmon Dance" sweeps the nation.
One thing that The Chemical Brothers have never explicitly included in their music is comedy. "The Salmon Dance" featuring Fatlip tears down that barrier with a hilarious song that evokes the brand of humor found in Mr. Oizo's music video for his song "Flat Beat". For some reason, "The Salmon Dance" makes me think of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.




9. You Know I'm Good - Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse featuring Ghostface Killah - Back to Black - You Know I'm No Good
8. Just Friends - Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black - Just Friends
I grabbed "You Know I'm Good" as an iTunes Free Single of the Week, meanwhile "Just Friends" was/is the most perfect song I have ever heard to help facilitate coming home from work, loosening the tie, rolling up the sleeves and pouring a nice stiff drink.

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