The mad sound scientist has been busy in his
This month I finally completed a collection of jazz tracks to give to my dad, in honor of his 65th birthday and Father's Day:
The Man I Love - Art Pepper
Where Or When - Wynton Marsalis
The Cylinder - Modern Jazz Quartet
Tenderly - Bill Evans Trio
Riot - Herbie Hancock
Someday My Prince Will Come - Miles Davis feat. John Coltrane
Dinah - Lionel Hampton
Night In Tunisia - Modern Jazz Quartet
Pfrancing - Miles Davis
Honeymooners - Ornette Coleman and Prime Time
Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk
Coming Home Baby - Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Red Pepper Blues - Art Pepper
The Golden Striker - Modern Jazz Quartet
Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am - Charles Mingus
Rhythm-A-Ning - Thelonious Monk
Driftin' - Herbie Hancock
Confirmation - Modern Jazz Quartet
Teo - Miles Davis
Devil Woman - Charles Mingus
Bloomido - Hank Jones
Lucky To Be Me - Bill Evans Trio
Straight, No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
'Round Midnight - Betty Carter
Black Codes - Wynton Marsalis
I Hear A Rhapsody - John Coltrane
Happy Hour - Ornette Coleman and Prime Time (with Jerry Garcia)
Trav'lin - Modern Jazz Quartet
Dad's been a MJQ fan for a long while. I figured I'd put the most tracks in from the excellent The Complete Last Concert.
In March I recorded three CDs from a fine and varied collection of tracks submitted for a music-sharing project. Thanks very much to all the brainy culture vultures who contributed...and thanks again to Al Gore for creating the Internet.
MIX 'N' MATCH
You'll Never Be A Man - Elvis Costello and The Attractions
Whatever It Is, I'm Against It - The Marx Brothers
The Legionnaire's Lament - The Decemberists
I've Been Everywhere - Hank Snow
An Emotional Weather Report - Tom Waits
Magneto and Titanium Man - Wings
Midnight Rambler (Live) - The Rolling Stones
My Handy Man - Ethel Waters
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
Lonely Woman - Ornette Coleman
Example #2 - Laurie Anderson
Rebellion (Lies) - The Arcade Fire
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Turn On The News - Hüsker Dü
How Do You Sleep? - John Lennon
Drain You - Nirvana
Road Runner - Bo Diddley
Streets of Bakersfield - Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Let's Eat - Nick Lowe
Break The Wall - Aceyalone
Belleville rendez-vouz - Les Triplettes de Belleville
San Diego Zoo - The 6ths
Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn - The Pogues
Built For Comfort - Howlin' Wolf
Ool-Ya-Koo - Dizzy Gillespie
7 Chinese Bros. - REM
There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God is Seated at the Conference Table) - The Chi-Lites
Ace of Spades - Link Wray
Impeach The President - DJ Shortkut + Roy C Hammond
The Race Is On - Dave Edmunds
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
Three Is A Magic Number - Bob Dorough
Do That There (The Young Einstein Hoo-Hoo Mix) - Lyrics Born
Futurism Restated - Minutemen
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - AC/DC
World Reknown - K-Otix
Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan
Hot Burrito #1 - The Mavericks
Killing Floor - Albert King
Noam Chomsky - Horsies
Cab Driver - The Mills Brothers
The Song of Everything - Los Super Seven
Come On In - "Wigg" Walker & The Dynamites
Huggin' & Chalkin' - Hoagy Carmichael
Static On The Radio - Jim White & Aimee Mann
Free For All (Live) - Ted Nugent
Penetration - Stooges
Texas Never Whispers - Pavement
Opposite Day - Andrew Bird
History Lesson - Part II - Minutemen
If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight and The Pips
Rocket 88 - Jackie Brenston feat. Ike Turner
In January I uploaded some tracks for this project, which asked contributors to submit songs that fit certain categories. Here were my selections:
*Boastful song: I'm Sitting On Top Of The World - Al Jolson
The Godfather of White Guy Bluster.
*References another song: Paper Doll - PM Dawn
"Theme from Mahogany still transcends."
*Song about food: Polk Salad Annie - Elvis Presley
Mentions food prominently. Havin' fun with Elvis on stage: "That's polk...*drumbeat*...salad!"
*Reminds you of your first love: Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime - The Korgis
For makeout scene accompaniment, the Classes of 1980-82 were served this skillful blend of ethereal production and "teenage sensitive" lyrics. Eternal sunshine, indeed.
*At least 30 years old but you heard it for the first time within the past year: One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie and His Orchestra
As Count described his music on a 60 Minutes interview: "Tap your foot."
*Changes tempo at least once/Features an unexpected transition: Suspicious Minds - Dwight Yoakam
The tempo change is obvious, and the transition's differently arranged (and unexpected, the first time I heard it) from the Elvis version. A bright and jangle-y arrangement that's almost as good as the Elvis version in my book, which is saying something.
*Mentions a superhero and/or comic book: Batman Theme - Neil Hefti
I prefer the actual theme used in the show more than Hefti's 1966 hit single, but I wasn't able to download it in time. Still, hard to go wrong with that joyfully repetitive chorus.
*Used in one of your favorite movies: Big Bottom - Spinal Tap
Harry Shearer's greatest moment as a rock bassist, FWIW. Also may still be the only pop lyric that includes the phrase "bum cakes."
*Mentions one of your favorite books: 1984 - David Bowie
This was a tough one. The only ones I could think of were this and Paul Simon's "Duncan," which refers to the Bible. The Bible isn't really one of my favorite books in the enjoyable sense, but I would've stretched it to be one of my favorite books in the important sense, if I'd had to. Thank dog I didn't have to.
*Song your parents liked/One of your father's favorite songs: Earth Angel - The Penguins
Hated to cut one of my dad's favorite songs, "Bo Diddley," for time, but this was one of my parents' favorite makeout songs and will suffice.
*Six-letter title: Goofus - Phil Harris
A find. I'd heard The Carpenters' version long ago, but this is the original & definitive version and accept no substitutes. Balloo the Bear at his pre-rock & roll coolest, daddy-o.
*Mentions a city you've never been to, but would like to: On An Evening In Roma - Dean Martin
A revealing opening, where a studio engineer corrects Dino on a mistake made during the previous take. Dean, in typical insouciant fashion, quips, "Smarty, sittin' there! It's easy for him to sit there!"
*Shape in the title (square, circle etc.): Yellow, Black and Rectangular - Negativland
From Dean Martin to Nichols & May via Mark Hosler and Greg T.
"It has kind of shapes inside."
"Yellow, black, and shapes inside."
"Oh, I see them everywhere ..."
"Eh, eh what else?"
"It has kind of wedge shapes inside."
"Yellow, black ..."
"Black, and yellow, and ..."
"... and with ..."
"... rectangular ..."
"... wedge shapes inside."
"Oh, I see them everywhere, do you hear me?"
"Well, there there, eh just lie back ..."
(Okay, rectangular isn't exactly the same as rectangle, but I'll say it's close enough. The title refers to a sign shaped like a rectangle.)
*Has a specific connection to weather: It Must Be Summer - Fountains of Wayne
"The sun is beating me senseless."
The latest song chronologically of the 24 tracks, from 1999. It must be...that I'm an old fart.
*Great song. Stupid lyrics: Wooly Bully - Sam The Sham and the Pharoahs
I had to cut Donna Summer's "MacArthur Park" for time (Jimmy Webb's gift for melody shines through even more, minus Richard Harris' silly overemoting.) But this classic is a more than worthy substitute.
*Much better live than in its studio version: I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick
An obvious choice, but it's hard to beat that wild Budokan crowd. And the playas elevated their games because of it.
*To be played EXTREMELY LOUD/From an album that you denounced as crap before ever hearing but now like: Star 69 - REM
I sampled a little of REM's Monster at a record store in '94 and it initially struck me like REM was over its head trying to consistently rock that hard. But after I picked up a cassette of it at Value Village and gave it a full listen in the early '00s, it grew on me real fast. A great and tight band always, before Bill Berry left. Also, a good song to crank up on a summer day.
*To be played very quietly. More and More Amor - Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass
Mellow makeout music for the Boomer demographic. A slick and tasteful example of its kind.
*Built around an extended metaphor: Love Train - The O'Jays
"'Cause if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you."
*This song is brought to you by the letter 'X'. (Title, Band, Album: at least two of these must have an 'X' in them.): No Feelings - The Sex Pistols
I wanted to get X's "Sex and Dying in High Society" but wasn't able to download in time. This one's good, though, and is my second or third fave on Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols.
*You remember it from elementary school: Draggin' The Line - Tommy James
Summer 1971, between third and fourth grade. Collecting Topps baseball cards and swimming at the neighborhood park pool so much that I got what still might be my best tan ever.
*A song by the last band you saw live: Ghetto Thang - De La Soul
Sad to say, this concert was in 1993. I've seen the Oregon Symphony and, er, Bill Cosby since then, but of the limiting elements of my family life, not being able to see more live music shows has been one of the ball and chainiest. I've been talking with my brothers about going to the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle some year soon, though.
*Changed your idea of what music is capable of: America Is Waiting - Brian Eno and David Byrne
In 1982, this and "Help Me Somebody," from My Life In The Bush of Ghosts, marked my first exposure to sampling (beyond Dickie Goodman's novelty records, anyway.) Over the previous year I'd dabbled a little with sound sampling at home and at the radio station where I worked, and from that point I was primed to be enthusiastic whenever soundscapes of a Negativland or an Eric B & Rakim came upon me.
*You'd like to use this for a dramatic entrance or exit: Freezing - Nick Lowe
It's cold as hell outside, but the Jesus of Cool sends us home with some jazzy warmth.
Here are some tracks that regrettably didn't make my final cut:
*Boasting: Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
Great track, but I liked the transition from Al Jolson to PM Dawn better than the one from LL to PM. I'm that way.
*Food: Hot Dog - Buck Owens
Buck's last notable solo single (from 1988, around the time of the Dwight Yoakam duet) wouldn't download. Pity.
*Unexpected transition: What's The New Mary Jane - The Beatles
Too weird even for the White Album era, I guess. But that's a big part of its appeal for me. Also, the hook is the kind of thing I'd come up with stoned, and repeat in my head over and over until I memorized it -- for future songwriting reference.
*Mentions a superhero: Kryptonite - Three Doors Down
Namedrops the Man of Steel prominently. Also one of my daughter's '00s favorites, which would've brought my list a little more near the present.
*Weather: Rain - Madonna
It bothers me that there's no female performer represented on my list, save for a sampling of Elaine May on Negativland's "Yellow, Black and Rectangular." But unfortunately I had to cut both "Rain" and the disco-era "MacArthur Park" due to time.
*Shape: Colliding Circles - Mummery
I thought it'd be a kick to include this cut from my pal Rick's criminally underheard 1999 CD with his Seattle bandmates, Recordio. But the segue between Negativland and Fountains of Wayne worked much better, because this track cuts off suddenly (as part of a quick transition to the next Recordio track.)
*Song My Parents Liked: Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkel
From the 8-track Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits, listened to over and over in the blue Datsun 610 station wagon.
*To play LOUD: Bonzo Goes To Bitburg - Ramones
Another obvious choice, but it almost always gets me going.