by Teddybears (ft. Daddy Boastin)
from the album Soft Machine
2007 Buy the album on Amazon
Car therapy, it’s a thing. Windows down, music playing just a little too loud, driving just a little too fast, and with shuffle determining your fate.
I was deep in a funk this morning, feeling down on myself for a shitty show, being sick for weeks on end and general nonsense at the office. And then I got hit with a one-two punch of pure joy. Having a great song come up on a shuffle is the best. Experiencing a completely unrelated, yet equally great track right on its heels is the jam. And when all of that happens in a car where you can sing as loud as you want, off-key, out-of-time and with all the wrong lyrics rolling off of your tongue, that’s car therapy.
“The New Fuck You”
by Street Sweeper Social Club
from the EP Ghetto Blaster 2010 Buy the EP on Amazon
Here’s a secret about blogs: you can both write posts ahead of time and have them post in the future, or you can backdate late posts to make you look like you’re on top of your shit. My intent with this post was to do the former… knock out a couple of posts in one night to hit my minimum of two a week so I could take my time on the monthly entry, but then this song came up on shuffle and Boots and Tom wouldn’t let me front… so here it comes two posts back-to-back. Oh shit… “Balloon” by Catherine Wheel just came up while I was writing this graph. Thank god I already wrote about it, otherwise I wouldn’t sleep tonight… whiskey is delicious.
by The Avalanches
from the album Since I Left You
2000 Buy the album on Amazon
Every couple of years I’ll get a flash memory of this video. When it happens, I usually bang my head against the wall trying to remember the name of the artist or even the song title. But today when the vision of an old woman playing drums, and people dancing in sheets presented itself, so did the song title. I’m posting the video mostly for the look at this weird-ass video aspect, but also so that if I can’t remember the title against next time, I can just search for “weird” on MNP and come up with this.
Without further ado, please watch this weird-ass video.
“House of Pain”
by The White Buffalo (originally by Faster Pussycat)
from the album Happy Endings: Music from the Showtime Series Californication)
2014 Buy the album on Amazon
I got here in a roundabout way. I was watching an episode of Californication this morning and it ended with a different song which I was going to post, but looking into it opened a Pandora’s Box, so I’ll save that for another time. Looking into that got me to this EP, and this song stuck out for me as well.
“Of a Broken Heart”
from the album Mary Star of the Sea
2003 Buy the album on Amazon
Zwan was a shitty band (I feel so much better having typed that). Mary Star of the Sea served as both the debut release and the final gasp of a band that never should have existed in the first place. It’s a complete train-wreck. Although, there is one redeeming factor in this monstrosity and it’s located on track six.
by Nine Inch Nails
from the album With Teeth
2005 Buy the album on Amazon
Totally ripping of Lance today, since I thought I should as soon as he posted this and since he actually called out this song pick in his post (even if he did also bad mouth Pinkerton). I’ve only actually done this song once or twice, and I remember it made me happy that Lance thought it was a great pick (I’m sometimes ok with completely obscure songs that no one else will appreciate as long as he gets it), but I wouldn’t call it a karaoke success.
“Against All Odds”
by The Postal Service (originally by Phil Collins)
from the album Give Up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition)
2004 Buy the album on Amazon
Keeping it simple this week and doing a karaoke/cover pair. Karaover? Coveroke? I’m a fan of the Postal Service and of course of this song. This is a much “colder” (in feeling) version and less heartfelt than the original. Wikipedia tells me that this cover was named by the NY Post as one of the best covers of all time. I wouldn’t go that far, but it is enjoyable.
by Youth Group (originally by Alphaville)
from the album Casino Twilight Dogs
2006 Buy the album on Amazon
I’m going to keep this one short. It’s 1 in the morning, and I’m exhausted, but I’m not going to get a chance to post during the day and I can’t very well give Lance a hard time about Karaoke Thursday if I don’t post for #CoverFriday.
“Burn After Writing”
by the Menzingers
from the album On The Impossible Past
2012 Buy the album on Amazon
A couple of thoughts before I really dig in. First, it’s kind of fucking amazing that neither one of us has talked in-depth about how fantastic this album is. And it’s not like the band puts out constantly stellar material, but this particular album I’ll put up there against most of my favorite albums from my favorite groups. Second, it’s totally Thursday and I never did a Karaoke Tuesday post, but two days late is hard to fake, so I’m coming clean. The shame of this Karaoke Thursday post title will haunt me at least until I finish writing this post.