An inconsistent and oftentimes unintentional exploration into the quantum nature of obscurity, partially obfuscated itself with fits of periphrastic circumlocution and all manner of quixotic delicacies, thereby rendering it perhaps less than optimally twitter-friendly (though I suppose pith too craves context).
Like me, you may simply prefer to softly gaze at the pretty pictures as the sounds and the words parade through your head.
I haven’t posted for a good long while, and for most of that time I doubted I would ever post again; yet, now I am here posting, and thinking that I’ll be doing a lot more of it.
One of the things I’ve been up to in the interim has been creating “expert playlists” for Songza. I like Songza quite a lot, especially when I’m wanting someone who isn’t me to DJ for a bit. And it’s been fun making the playlists as well. They’re presented on a shuffle play (to spread the plays/royalties equally among the artists on the playlist), which makes the curating process more challenging in some ways, and much easier in others. Each of the playlists I’ve created for Songza has between 80 and 120 songs, with, in my opinion, no filler. These are them: give them a spin and let me know how you feel.
This was my most recent project, a massive six-part series. We were going for a “timeless classics” thing here, but I’m not sure that’s how it turned out. A sizable percentage of the tunes here are definitely “of their time,” especially the punk/new wave contingency, but they were of a quality too high to be excluded. Also, I tended to pick my own favorites, which oftentimes meant excluding great songs that I couldn’t bear to hear for the gabillionth time. So it ends up with this nice eclectic flow, the flow coming from the simple fact that you most likely know and love the vast majority of these beauties.
“New wave, post-punk, synth pop, proto-goth, new romantic, mod and ska revival cuts from 1978-1984. No disco.”
“Collecting the great tracks from 1967 that were not released as a single in the US or UK, this playlist recalls the most important year in rock album history; to this day, any reputable top-albums-ever list will feature a staggering number of LPs from ‘67.”
“Take a trip from Haight on down to Sunset with these acoustic-centric songs by California artists from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Singer-songwriter, folk rock, country rock, soft rock. Lots of harmony, and plenty of mellow.”
“Late-’60s-to-early-’70s bubblegum, with a touch of breezy AM pop and a few Saturday morning favorites added in for good measure.”
“‘80-‘87 Prince, Prince’s side projects and protégés, and Prince’s influences and like-minded contemporaries at their most Prince-esque, all swirled in a dirty electro-funky grind and insert double entendre here. Purple.”
Bob Dorough – “Three Is A Magic Number”
This is a magic song. No more; no less.
what kind of monster are you? .. slant 6
my fav slant 6 tune.. maybe..
Glaxo Babies – “This Is Your Life”
This is Glaxo Babies, post-punkers from Bristol, at probably their most directly accessible, occupying a very-interesting-but-not-quite-captivatingly motorik-ish space betwixt Metal Box PiL and Chairs Missing Wire on this, their 1979 debut EP, also titled This Is Your Life. Later releases delved more deeply into dub, funk, jazz, and general Faust/Beefheart-inspired weirdness.
Fresh Maggots – “Rosemary Hill”
Mick Burgoyne and Leigh Dolphin were the nineteen-year-old folk duo Fresh Maggots, who released their s/t debut, after many delays, in 1971. The record did not sell, perhaps because the off-putting name was a poor match for the delicate sound within (particularly this standout track), and it fell out of print.
Brian Eno – “The Fat Lady of Limbourg”
1974 live BBC Session with The Winkies
Does the somewhat low quality of this recording, which includes a whole lot of the sound of the crowd talking over a 1974 Brian Eno show (what?!!), actually add to the awesome vibe of the performance?
Nerf Herder – Buffy The Vampire Slayer Theme (v2)
Simply the best piece of television theme music ever. As my friend Dustin once noted “Pick slides are devil horns. That is all.” Seriously, the drums in particular could not be any more on.
There are actually two different versions of this tune, though they sound almost exactly the same. This second version began with season three.