Friday Random Ten - I’d Like to Think I’ll Be Returning When I Can

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:15 am EST

1) Romeo and Juliet - The Killers
2) Your Time is Gonna Come - Led Zeppelin
3) Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - Vampire Weekend
4) Nazi Punks Fuck Off - Dead Kennedys
5) Ophelia (live - Last Waltz) - The Band
6) If God Will Send His Angels (Big Yam Mix) - U2
7) The Big Hand - The Cure
8) Listen To Me - Buddy Holly
9) Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues - Bob Dylan
10) Groovy Times - The Clash

Bonus: Sally MacLennane - The Pogues


Friday Random Ten - Maybe She Just Has To Sing…

Filed under: — Kate @ 4:11 pm EST

1) Sam’s Town - The Killers
2) Green and Red of Mayo - The Saw Doctors
3) Fragments - The Who
4) For the Sake of the Song - Townes Van Zandt
5) Lazy Sunday - The Small Faces
6) The Rain, The Park And Other Things - The Cowsills
7) Yellow Rainbow - The Move
8) Tape From California - Phil Ochs
9) At Home He’s A Tourist - Gang Of Four
10) Working - The Why Store

Bonus: November Rain - Guns N’ Roses


Friday Random Ten - The Fever’s Gonna Catch You

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:13 pm EST

1) The Same Deep Water as You - The Cure
2) O Valencia! - The Decemberists
3) Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Rod Stewart
4) Burned - Neil Young
5) Laura - Billy Joel
6) Carrie Loves The Dark - Wonderland
7) Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
8) Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles
9) Animal Bar - Red Hot Chili Peppers
10) It Ain’t Easy - David Bowie

Bonus: The Bitch is Back - Elton John


Friday Random Ten: I’ll Be A Rock ‘n’ Rollin’ Bitch For You

Filed under: — Kate @ 2:16 pm EST

Press your space face close to mine, love: this time it’s Pandora done David Bowie style…

1) Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) - David Bowie
2) (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman - The Kinks
3) Invisible Sun - The Police
4) New Song - The Who
5) TVC15 - David Bowie
6) Surrender - U2
7) Go To The Mirror Boy! - The Who
8) Criminal World - David Bowie
9) What You’re Missing - Chicago
10) Sweet Maxine - The Doobie Brothers

Bonus: Mary Jane’s Last Dance - Tom Petty

Second Bonus (because I freaking love this song): Moonage Daydream - David Bowie (BBC Radio Sessions 68-72)

Also, please notice, the strange David Bowie-Superman connection continues…

Previously, At The Landslide In My Ego:
-Friday Random Ten: Twilight Zone Edition
-Friday Random Ten: It’s the Freakiest Show

Link Love for Other Random Ten Players:
-A Modest Construct
-Apartment 2024
-The BM Rant
-The Sam and BeckyBoo Show
-The Smedley Log


Friday Random Ten: Like A Siren She Calls To Me

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:58 am EST

1) Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep - Bruce Springsteen (Seeger Sessions)
2) In God’s Country - U2
3) If You Could Read My Mind - Johnny Cash (American V)
4) Knife Edge - The Alarm
5) Queen Jane Approximately - Bob Dylan
6) David Bowie - Blue Jean
7) Rock the Casbah - The Clash
8) Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
9) Excuse Me Mr - No Doubt
10) Harvest - Neil Young

Bonus: Outsiders - Franz Ferdinand

Link Love for Other Random Ten Players:
-A Modest Construct
-Area 151
-The BM Rant
-The Smedley Log


Friday Random Ten: I Feel I Could Almost Sing

Filed under: — Kate @ 7:25 am EST

Time for another Pandora edition of the Friday Random Ten. This time it’s Bob Dylan style.

1) One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below) - Bob Dylan
2) Take It From Day To Day - Stan Rogers
3) Oh, Freedom - Pete Seger
4) Wanted Man (Live) - Johnny Cash
5) Shooting Star - Bob Dylan
6) Daughter - Pearl Jam
7) Cept You & Me Babe - Greg Brown
8) The Kids (Live) - Lou Reed
9) You Angel You - Bob Dylan
10) Have You Ever Seen The Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bonus: Ranger’s Command - Woody Guthrie

I have to say, this is quite possibly my favorite random ten ever.

Link Love will be up a little later.


Friday Random Ten: Innocent and In a Sense I Am

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:30 pm EST

I’m trying something a little different for the random ten this week. Recently, Edo turned me onto an internet radio site called Pandora. You start off with an artist or a song that you really like, and then they play similar songs based on it. You can fine tune it by approving or disapproving the songs it plays. For more info, read the Wikipedia article or check out pandora.com.

Anyway… here’s my list, based on my U2 radio station:

1) Stuck in a Moment - U2
2) Closer - Jimmy Eat World
3) Let’s Make a Night To Remember - Bryan Adams
4) Thursday’s Child - David Bowie
5) Too Long - Firehose
6) I’ve Seen You Before - Violet Nine
7) Trust - Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
8) Immortality - Pearl Jam
9) Wire - U2
10) Do Your Best and Don’t Worry - Morrissey

Bonus: Let’s Go - The Cars

And I just realized that I should have included the lyrics “But the nights you filled with fireworks / They left you with nothing” in my fireworks post. Oh well.

Link Love for Other Random Ten Players:
-A Modest Construct
-Apartment 2024
-Area 151
-The BM Rant
-The Sam and BeckyBoo Show
-The Smedley Log
-Strolling Luna


Friday Random Ten: Don’t Try to Use Me or Slyly Refuse Me

Filed under: — Kate @ 7:02 am EST

1) Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
2) The Mercy Seat - Johnny Cash
3) Where the Streets Have No Name - U2
4) Lady Midnight - Leonard Cohen
5) Bathwater - No Doubt
6) Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees
7) Colossal - Wolf Mother
8) Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite - The Beatles
9) Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
10) Peaceful , Easy Feeling - The Eagles

Bonus: Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart

Link Love for Other Random Ten Players:
-A Modest Construct
-Area 151
-The BM Rant
-The Sam and BeckyBoo Show
-The Smedley Log


Friday Random Ten: Wailing Away on the Wall on the Strand

Filed under: — Kate @ 8:16 am EST

1) Love Song - The Cure
2) Teeth in the Grass - Iron & Wine
3) The Unforgettable Fire - U2
4) All You Zombies - The Hooters
5) Turkish Song of the Damned - The Pogues
6) Watching the Wheels - John Lennon
7) End of a Century - Blur
8) Boogie With Stu - Led Zeppelin
9) The Stranger - Billy Joel
10) Not Up to You - The Stereophonics

Bonus: Sorrow - David Bowie

Link Love for Other Random Ten Players:
-A Modest Construct
-Apartment 2024
-The BM Rant
-Defense Against the Ninjas
-The Sam and BeckyBoo Show
-The Smedley Log
-Strolling Luna


Friday Random Ten: It’s the Freakiest Show

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:42 am EST

1) Chinese Rock - The Ramones
2) China Girl - David Bowie*
3) Summertime Dream - Gordon Lightfoot
4) New Amsterdam - Elvis Costello
5) Tears and Rain - James Blunt (Chasing Time - The Bedlam Sessions)
6) Mind’s Eye - Wolf Mother
7) He Lied About Death - Stars
8) Hands - The Raconteurs
9) Man On The Moon - REM
10) The Enchanter - Robert Plant And The Strange Sensation

Bonus: Snow (Hey Oh) - Red Hot Chili Peppers

*Notice how this comes directly after Chinese Rock? This is the second time I’ve gotten an eerie song connection involving David Bowie. First Superman, and now China? What the hell? Are we in the best selling show?

Link Love:
-A Modest Construct
-Apartment 2024
-Area 151
-The BM Rant
-The Sam and BeckyBoo Show
-The Smedley Log
-Strolling Luna


Friday Random Ten: Midnight is Where the Day Begins

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:55 pm EST

Um, this is a little late, but here goes…

1) Take It Or Leave It - The Strokes
2) Shut Your Eyes - Snow Patrol
3) It’s Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
4) Old Dan Tucker - Bruce Springsteen (Seeger Sessions)
5) Let It Die - Feist
6) Shock And Awe - Neil Young
7) Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
8) Who Wants To Live Forever - Queen
9) Heart Shaped Box - Nirvana
10) Rocky Raccoon - The Beatles

Bonus: Lemon - U2

I’ve been getting some link love for the Friday Random Ten these past few weeks, so here’s some love from me:
-A Modest Construct
-Apartment 2024
-Area 151
-The BM Rant
-Just a Girl
-The Sam and BeckyBoo Show
-The Smedley Log
-Strolling Luna


Friday Random Ten: Talking So Brave and So Sweet

Filed under: — Kate @ 6:17 pm EST

Sorry I’ve been AWOL these past few days…

Here’s this week’s random ten:

1) Plainsong - The Cure
2) Hey - Red Hot Chili Peppers
3) Step On My Old Size Nines - The Stereophonics
4) We Will Become Silhouettes - The Postal Service
5) Tired of Hanging Around - The Zutons
6) Hanging on a Star - Nick Drake
7) So Cruel - U2
8) Hole In My Life - The Police
9) Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
10) Quinn the Eskimo - Bob Dylan

Bonus: Chelsea Hotel #2 - Leonard Cohen

Have a good weekend, everyone!


Friday Random Ten: Cool Kids Never Have the Time

Filed under: — Kate @ 5:34 pm EST

1) Exit - U2
2) Wordless Chorus - My Morning Jacket
3) Doctor Robert - The Beatles
4) Long Legs - The Magic Numbers
5) Tower of Song - Leonard Cohen
6) Somewhere Only We Know - Keane
7) Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
8) Scary Monsters and Super Creeps - David Bowie
9) Wonderful Remark - Van Morrison
10) Get it While You Can - Janis Joplin

Bonus: 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins


Friday Random Ten: You Ain’t a Beauty, But Hey You’re Alright

Filed under: — Kate @ 7:11 am EST

1) Breakfast In America - Supertamp
2) Sunshine of your love - Cream
3) She’s Not There - Zombies
4) Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
5) Maggies Farm - Bob Dylan
6) Radio Radio - Elvis Costello
7) Go Now - The Moody Blues
8) For No One - The Beatles
9) Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel
10) So Long, Marianne - Leonard Cohen

BONUS: Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen


I Got a Number On Me

Filed under: — Kate @ 3:03 pm EST

I am currently obsessed with “You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son” by Wolf Parade (the first song on the current the radio blog, if you want to listen). Can’t get it out of my head.


Friday Random Ten: Feeling Groovy

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:21 pm EST

1) The 59th Street Bridge Song (live in Central Park) - Simon & Garfunkel
2) Hazey Jane II - Nick Drake
3) Pale Blue Eyes - Velvet Underground
4) Straight To Hell - The Clash
5) Long Tall Sally - The Kinks
6) Auf Achse - Franz Ferdinand
7) Mothers of the Disappeared - U2
8) Ballad of a Thin Man - Bob Dylan
9) Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
10) Prayers for Rain - The Cure

Bonus: One More Night - Stars


Friday Random Ten: Feeling a Little Peculiar

Filed under: — Kate @ 3:26 pm EST

1) What’s Up - 4 Non Blondes
2) The Battle of Evermore - Led Zeppelin
3) Wild World - Cat Stevens
4) Luminous Times (Hold On To Love) - U2
5) Young Pilgrams - The Shins
6) Unbelievable - EMF
7) Nervous Night - The Hooters
8) Holidays in the Sun - Sex Pistols
9) The Fool - Neutral Milk Hotel
10) Which Way to Happy - The Magic Numbers

Bonus: Just a Friend - Biz Markie


Come Closer and See

Filed under: — Kate @ 11:34 pm EST

For the past few nights, I’ve noticed that Anderson Cooper 360 has been using music by The Killers and The Cure in their fades to/from commercials. Specifically, the songs I picked out were “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” and “A Forest.” How cool is that?


Friday Random Ten: Words Like Violence, Break the Silence

Filed under: — Kate @ 2:36 pm EST

1) In Between Days (acoustic) - The Cure
2) Wordless Chorus - My Morning Jacket
3) Eleanor Put Your Boot Back On - Franz Ferdinand
4) There’s a Kind of Hush (All Over the World) - Herman’s Hermits
5) A Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
6) How Bizarre - OMC
7) What I Am - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
8) Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
9) You Got Lucky - Tom Petty
10) Dance With Me - The Drifters

Bonus: Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode

Just a little refresher on the Rules of the Random Ten:*
Hit “shuffle” or “random” on your favorite digital music player, be it on your PC, your iPod or some other device, and report on the first ten songs that it spits out. No skipping the embarrassing stuff. Post your list here in the comments, or tell us where we can find them.

*Rules are made to be broken. If you want to skip a over few songs because your “random” list has five in a row by the same band, that’s cool. The lists are more interesting if they have more than two artists. Or if you want to do something completely different, just say so.


Cheer Up, Sleepy Jean

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:28 pm EST

I have several college students who work in my office. Yesterday, I overheard them whispering about the meaning of “4/20,” like it was some big secret. So as I walked out into the other room, I quietly said “Everybody knows that.”

They all giggled, of course. Then I mentioned how I’d once been dragged to a George Clinton concert on 4/20, and ended up almost suffocating.

“George Clinton?” one of them asked, “Who’s that?”

“George Clinton. You know, Parliament? Funkadelic. The P.Funk All-Stars. One of the grandfathers of funk.”

Getting only blank stares, I just mumbled “Oh, nevermind.”

Then the discussion somehow turned to music that’s appropriate for kids. Someone brought up Dave Matthews Band (though I can’t imagine why…), and how there are always a lot of kids at those concerts. She said it surprised her, since DMB songs have a lot of language that isn’t appropriate for kids.

“Oh good lord,” I thought, and then asked aloud “Would you rather have your kids listening to Britney Spears?”

“Good point,” she replied.

Then I told them that I grew up listening to my parents’ music; lots of folk and Motown, some Simon & Garfunkel, CSNY, Billy Joel, Elton John, etc. [This isn’t to say that my parents weren’t strict about the language in any new songs to which I might have been listening. They just sort of forgot it was also present in some of their music. I used that argument to my benefit once I got a little older.]

But I digress. So anyway, as an afterthought I said “Oh, and the Monkees! I loved the Monkees!”

Blank stares again. “What’s the Monkees?”


Radio Blog #13: Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:08 am EST

It’s about damn time I updated the radio blog. So now, for your listening pleasure, I give you Wolf Parade. It’s good stuff, trust me.


A Nuclear Error, But I Have No Fear

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:36 pm EST

I saw this story on Countdown last night, and I thought it was hilarious. Now if only they would start arresting people who listen to bad music.

Man held as terrorism suspect over punk song (excerpt below).

Wed Apr 5, 2006 2:49 PM BST

LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-terrorism detectives escorted a man from a plane after a taxi driver had earlier become suspicious when he started singing along to a track by punk band The Clash, police said on Wednesday.

Detectives halted the London-bound flight at Durham Tees Valley Airport and Harraj Mann, 24, was taken off.

The taxi driver had become worried on the way to the airport because Mann had been singing along to The Clash’s 1979 anthem “London Calling,” which features the lyrics “Now war is declared — and battle come down” while other lines warn of a “meltdown expected”.

[via Boing Boing]


Un-Friday Random Ten

Filed under: — Kate @ 7:35 am EST

I saw this on Pesky’Apostrophe and just had to do one for myself. So in lieu of the usual random ten, you are getting an unusual random 15.

You put your music player of choice on random, and use the songs to answer the questions. Not all of them will make sense, of course. But as you will see, some of them are damn funny. Some are even a little spooky.

1) How does the world see you?
Early Morning - A-Ha

Well that’s impossible. No one ever sees me in the early morning and lives to tell the tale.

2) Will I have a happy life?
Lullaby of London - The Pogues*

This is sort of a sad song, but it’s pretty (and I guess the haunted grave thing sort of fits me).
May the wind that blows from haunted graves
Never bring you misery
May the angels bright
Watch you tonight
And keep you while you sleep

*By the way, you can actually listen to this one on the radio blog right now.

3) What do my friends really think of me?
Why Can’t I Be You? - The Cure

Well now that’s just freaking hilarious. And I think I’ll leave it at that.

4) Do people secretly lust after me?
Over and Over Again (Lost and Found) - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Oh yeah. Just call me your lusty blogging goddess.

5) How can I make myself happy?
Let It Be - The Beatles

There are many ways I could interpret this. Be less picky. Be more lazy. Be less stubborn. I think I’ll just assume it means I don’t have to clean this weekend.

6) What should I do with my life?
Numb - U2

So, I should start self-medicating then? Or maybe just become a drunk.

7) Will I ever have children?
Endless Vacation - The Ramones

Vacations with kids suck. So no kids. There. That was easy.

8) What is some good advice for me?
There Is No Greater Love - Billie Holiday

That’s corny. Guess I can only interpret that as “Don’t take your lover for granted” or some bullshit like that.

9) How will I be remembered?
Stay (Faraway So Close) - U2

Dressed up like a car crash
The wheels are turning but you’re upside down

10) What is my signature song?
Bullet the Blue Sky

Not sure if this fits me, but at least it’s U2. There are moments though, like in Death Valley, when this song is on full blast inside my brain. And I can see those fighter planes…

11) What do I think my current theme song is?
Lyin’ Eyes - The Eagles

The question is, who am I fooling?

12) What does everyone else think my current theme song is?
Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin

Many times I’ve lied - Many times I’ve listened
Many times I’ve wondered how much there is to know.

13) What song will play at my funeral?
Other Voices - The Cure


14) What type of men/women do I like?
Charmless Man - Blur

Alright, I’m not touching that one. (See #8.)

15) What is my day going to be like?
Don’t Worry About The Government - The Talking Heads

So… I guess I’ll have to do my taxes tomorrow. Oh shit! I still have to do my taxes!!


Friday Random Ten: First Time I Sat Down All Day Edition

Filed under: — Kate @ 2:57 pm EST

1) Let’s Go - The Ramones
2) He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother - The Hollies (gotta be my least favorite Hollies song ever…)
3) I’ll Believe in Anything - Wolf Parade
4) Black Country Woman - Led Zeppelin
5) Wake Up - The Walkmen
6) Thousands are Sailing - The Pogues
7) Wild Wild Life - Talking Heads
8) Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye - Leonard Cohen
9) Rag Mama Rag - The Band
10) Up All Night - The Boomtown Rats

BONUS: King of Pain - The Police (Live in Atlanta, 1983)


Radio Blog #12: The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:27 pm EST

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I give you my favorite Pogues album. Enjoy.