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Micachu again?!

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From the Facebook notes page of Sean Elder:

A fast, fun music game to play, to learn more about your friends’ musical tastes, or, um, what they’ve been hiding on their iPods. My list is below. It only takes a few minutes!

Once you’ve been tagged… (1) Turn on your iPod, MP3 player or iTunes. (2) Go to SHUFFLE songs mode. (3) Write down the first 15 songs that come up–song title and artist–NO editing/cheating, please. (4) Choose 25 (or so) people to be tagged [edit… or DON’T. You go right ahead and choose however many people you wish]. It is generally considered to be in good taste to tag the person who tagged you.

If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about your musical tastes, or at least a random sampling thereof.

(To do this, go to “NOTES” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, enter your 15 Shuffle Songs, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click Publish, the little blue box at the bottom of your screen).

Sean’s list:

Good Luck Charm — Kinks (BBC Sessions)
I Can’t Get My Head Around It — Aimee Mann (The Forgotten Arm)
Children of the Hydra’s Teeth — And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Our Dead (Madonna)
Julie On My Mind — Prince Buster (FABulous Greatest Hits)
Wheel Stands — The Super Stocks (Monster Summer Hits)
Job of Journeywork — The Chieftains (The Best of the Chieftains)
Save the Country — Laura Nyro (Stoned Soul Picnic)
Murder He Says — Tori Amos (Mona Lisa Smile Soundtrack)
Hate & War — The Clash (Clash on Broadway)
Right to Love You — Paul Gryten and Myrtle Jones (Chess Blues 1954-60)
Wonderboy — Kinks (Ultimate Collection)
Baba Ghanooj — Cavedogs (Joyrides for Shut-Ins)
Medley: Lu/Flim-Flam Man — Laura Nyro (Spread Your Wings and Fly)
I Can See for Miles — Lord Sitar (Mojo: The Who Covered)
Track 14 — Henry Mancini (Touch of Evil)

Sean, I will give you my list and raise you a comment for each track. (My only warning is that my iTunes on my laptop is oversaturated with certain things and lots of music has sadly been banished to external HD exile due to space concerns–I should get that figured out.) Here goes:

“B-Boys Beware,” Two Sisters (Fly Girls compilation). Comment: Hell yeah.

“Odé, Sábio Babá Alayê (Agueré E Ijexá),” Afoxé Filhos Oyá Alaxé (pretty sure this is a live recording but not sure). Comment: Mesmerizing rhythms and convivial call-and-response vocals. I’ll say it again, hell yeah.

“Train For A Brain,” Micachu (Filthy Friends – Mix Tape Vol. 1). Comment: A fellow music critic once described Micachu & The Shapes as dance music as interpreted by Pokemon characters. I probably haven’t remembered that comparison exactly right, but at any rate I think it’s more or less an apt comparison, and I think it’s a good thing.

“Pelas Ruas Que Andei (Ao Vivo),” Alceu Valença (Pelas Ruas Que Andei). Comment: More music from northeast Brazil. I had a friend drop a motherload of the stuff onto my computer a few months back. This is more like gospel compared to the last track; gospel with with wacky keyboards.

“Pamuromo,” by Chiwoniso (Rebel Woman). Comment: Marvelous singer/songwriter/mbira player from Zimbabwe. She’s so cool that I think I have become cooler simply because I had dinner with her after watching her record in a studio session once.

“Treehouse,” Arthur Russell (World of Echo). Comment: Another heeeeeell yeah. Sean, thanks for the track list chain, my list is just getting better and better!

“Aus,” Fennesz (Hotel Paral.lel). Comment: The funny thing is that the shuffle is not only making great choices, but linking tracks that fit great next to each other. Chi’s rich voice moves to Arthur’s rich echo-drenched cello-and-voice moves to Fennesz’s rich miasma of electronics moves to…

“Tshitua Fuila Mbuloba,” Kasai Allstars (In the 7th Moon, the Cheif Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic). Comment: …a pan-tribal Congolese spiritual with multi-part harmonies, not to mention the best album title ever!

“Divisions Of Joy,” J*Davey (The Beauty In Distortion). Comment: Slightly weird R&B pop with processed beats, just begging for an Auto-tune vocalist. This album always comes on when I have shuffle on; I don’t know how this got on my computer because I don’t usually listen to this kind of music, though I’m fairly certain it came from the same place as all that Brazilian music and my friend Jon plays keyboards on it.

“Lick Ur,” Micachu (Filthy Friends – Mix Tape Vol. 1). Comment: This mix has 33 tracks and a lot of them have a bizarre London grime vibe–the distinctly British side of Michachu’s Pokemon dance coin, I suppose.

“Nafrouha l’youme,” Abderrahmane Djalti (Choufi). Comment: Layers of live and processed percussion and very fake sounding keyboard horns and strings achieve such great heights of sentimentality with such a low budget.

“North Six (Live),” Gang Gang Dance (Hillulah). Comment: 12 minutes of GGD back when they were a quasi-tribal stoner jam project. What is that I hear, a megaphone alarm run through a sampler?

“Dona De 7 Colinas,” Alceu Valença (Marco Zero Ao Vivo). Comment: More Brazilian music; “Love Boat” suddenly comes to mind.

“Bee-Ree-Bee-Kym-Bee,” Machito & His Afro-Cubans (Mambo Mucho Mambo – The Complete Columbia Masters). Comment: Afro-Cuban exotica reminiscent of Martin Denny, but way more bombastic. Not exactly my cup of tea (or should I say not exactly my Cuba Libre?)

“Rocked Shocked,” Micachu (Filthy Friends – Mix Tape Volume 1). Comment: Micachu again?! Come on, shuffle, you can do better than that!

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Written by Peter Holslin

July 29, 2009 at 5:04 am

Posted in Art/Music, Life

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