Shuffle of the week #39

1. Teenage Fanclub – The Concept (Bandwagonesque, 1991)  [singlepic id=334 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Opening track from Fanclub’s third album, which became one of the absolute indie-singles from that decade. The Scots succeeded to blend Elvis Costello’s melodic sound with the heavy guitars from Sonic Youth on this album, and this song in particular (with great instrumental outro) even reminds of Neil Young with Crazy Horse.

2. Mercury Rev – Boys Peel Out (Boces, 1993) [singlepic id=190 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Staying in the early nineties with Rev’s second album during the psychedelic Baker years: a little less conventional and therefore just a little more interesting at the first sight. This one also features an instrumental intro, but less straightforward and with mysticism added by some bells.

3. Smashing Pumpkins –Bullet with Butterfly Wings (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995) [singlepic id=332 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Another two year jump, to end up with the Pumpkins’ third album, the famous double one. Now this absolutely is one of the best albums the nineties brought us, freely combining deafening guitars with hit sensitive compositions without boring a single moment (remember it’s a double album, length: 121’49”). Due to internal struggles they quickly degraded to a cult band and subsequently a nostalgia act with several, mediocre line-ups, but this album will never devaluate.

4. The Beatles – Hey Jude (Love, 2006) [singlepic id=45 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Talking about outros, probably one of the most famous ones of all time. Originally a single from 1968 (B-sided by ‘Revolution’), this is the remixed version by George and Giles Martin. The best version perhaps was the one during the 2012 Olympics, not during the ceremony but together with the velodrome crowd during track cycling.

5. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Sunday’s Slave (Tender Prey, 1988) [singlepic id=242 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Cave was still searching for the sound he wanted after four earlier albums and I guess Tender Prey still didn’t meet his expectations, although it has some good tracks on it. The album was recorded in West-Berlin’s Hansa Tonstudio, where Bowie recorded “Heroes” earlier.

6. Ananda Shankar – Jumping Jack Flash (Ananda Shankar, 1970) [singlepic id=340 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Stones classic that was revised by Indian sitar player Ananda Shankar, nephew from Ravi. Shankar was inspired by some great Western rock classics thanks to his stay on the American Westcoast during the late sixties, and it must still be a compliment for Jagger and Richards to hear Shankar’s version of their song, as the composition proves that vocals are even unnecessary.

7. Guided By Voices – Little Whirl (Alien Lanes, 1995) [singlepic id=172 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Back to the nineties, but only for a Little While of course.


8. Sugar – Fortune Teller (Copper Blue, 1992) [singlepic id=333 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Most hit sensitive song from this album, and therefore resembling later wrought up bands like Green Day, Foo Fighters and, yes, Nickelback. Just like all other songs on the record, it was written by singer/guitarist Bob Mould, who succeeded to release even uglier album artwork with Sugar than with his earlier band Hüsker Dü.

9. The Beatles – Getting Better (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967) [singlepic id=267 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Just like ‘We Can Work it Out’ and ‘A Day In the Life’, a great example of the symbiosis of McCartney (“It’s getting better all the time”) and Lennon (“Can’t get no worse”).

10. Queen – I Can’t Live Without You (Innuendo, 1991) [singlepic id=302 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Even from Queen we are offered the rather scarce 90’s material. From the final real album featuring Mercury, one that combines some top songs with several fillers and a couple of embarrassing flaws. This one belongs to the second category.

Shuffle of the week #25

This is an ode to the shuffle. How better to get a good insight in your digitized album collection than by a classic shuffle? Finally discover the albums you never got into, finally throw the ones away you will never get into and worship those classics that never grow old again. The Shuffle of this week:

1. Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine (The Man-Machine, 1978) [singlepic id=241 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Closing track from Kraftwerks’ seventh and most important album, a miraculous one that sounds like an anachronism in music history. When listening attentively, you can hear the repeating videogame sounds from the first Nintendo (NES, released about five years later) in the background.

2. Modest Mouse – Convenient Parking (The Lonesome Crowded West, 1997) [singlepic id=175 w=80 h=50 float=left]

I was introduced to this album one year ago and it slowly gained my appreciation from then on. The indie band was founded in Issaquah, a smaller city near Seattle (the towers on the cover being The Westin Seattle), in 1993 during the aftermath of the grunge wave. This is the trio’s second real studio album, time for me to get their third, the even more praised The Moon & Antarctica (2000).

3. Pixies – River Euphrates (Surfer Rosa, 1988) [singlepic id=243 w=80 h=50 float=left]

It has been a long time ago since I’ve heard this one. I put on the Doolittle now and then, but this one? However, the band could be considered a forefather of Modest Mouse, certainly on this second album.

4. Golden Earring – Joe (Bloody Buccaneers, 1991) [singlepic id=239 w=80 h=50 float=left]

A little nostalgia with one of the worlds’ longest standing bands from the Netherlands. It has to be admitted however that this track is really horrible. The band was not in their best shape anymore in that era, but delivered some good songs here and there. (Damn, this song lasts way too long…)

5. Beastie Boys – 14th St. Break (The Mix-Up, 2007) [singlepic id=237 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Repeating melody from their seventh album, being completely instrumental. Not really their best one as  I had to conclude afterwards.

6. Blonde Redhead – Anticipation (Misery is a Butterfly, 2004) [singlepic id=238 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Another one I last heard a couple of years ago; this is not going to be a shuffle filled with golden classics. The band  was formed in New York in 1995 and on this album (their sixth, produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto) the band evolved towards a more dreamy sound with Makino’s vocals resembling those of Cocteau Twins’ Liz Fraser.

7. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds – Mercy (Tender Prey, 1988) [singlepic id=242 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Record with the explicit late eighties album cover.  It has this strong post-punk sound with strong parallels to Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen.

8. TV On the Radio – Poppy (Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, 2004) [singlepic id=245 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Here they are again. Really great album.


9. Jefferson Airplane – The House at Pooneil Corners (Crown of Creation, 1968) [singlepic id=240 w=80 h=50 float=left]

Powerfully built smasher from another one of this bands’ strong albums, being the successor of After Bathing at Baxter’s. Of course the vocals shine again, but especially the pumping drums and bass create the frightful threatening atmosphere on this song.

10. Sigur Ros –Sé Lest (Takk…, 2005) [singlepic id=244 w=80 h=50 float=left]

I see a train and can peacefully go to bed after listening to angels singing. As the album title says in Islandic: Thanks…