Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday Random Ten #18

Here are the first ten songs to pop up on my iPod; Artist/ Song/ Album:

1. Vampire Weekend/ California English Pt 2/ Cousins

2. Was (Not Was)/ Oh, Mr. Friction/ Was (Not Was)

3. Eels/ Fresh Feeling/ Meet the Eels: Essential Eels Vol. 1

4. Billie Holiday/ Just One of Those Things/ Songs for Distingué Lovers

5. R.E.M./ Talk About the Passion/ Eponymous

6. Michael Nesmith/ Rio/ From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing

7. Steve Young/ Holler in the Swamp/ Rock Salt and Nails

8. Editors/ Road to Nowhere/ Editors Rarities

9. Elvis Costello & the Attractions/ Almost Beaten to the Punch/ Get Happy!!

10. Langhorne Slim/ I Love You, But Goodbye/ Be Set Free

I remember what Don Was was - back when Was (Not Was) was what it was.

 Billie Holiday's album of standards was recorded in 1957. 

The Monkees were my first great musical love affair; after I got my first radio, I used to sit up late at night, waiting to hear one of their songs. And while I waited, the whole world of pop music started to open up for me. Last week, while I was up in Portland, the Monkees had a gig there - or at least 75% of them. Mr. Nesmith does not tour with them. So what does he do instead? Get your Nez news over yonder.

The Editors sound a lot like The National to me, with the lead singer's deep baritone. That's a nice cover of the old T-Heads number, but you'll want to check out their originals, too. 

For some reason I get Langhorne Slim confused with Slaid Cleaves. They're both wonderful. 

Back in Tucson tomorrow. See ya!

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