by the Dandy Warhols
from the album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia 2000 Buy the album on Amazon
It was bound to happen sooner or later, but I reached a five-star song on shuffle that I’m demoting after having listened to it again. Not to say “Solid” isn’t a good song, but I definitely gave it a bonus star just because I wanted to remember it as the theme song to the television series Undeclared. If you haven’t seen the show, Undeclared is a Judd Apatow produced comedy set during the freshman year of college. There are only a handful of episodes so it’s definitely worth cruising through on a binge weekend. Plus it features Seth Rogen before he was super popular, and Charlie Hunnam before he was a Son of Anarchy.
“The Hand That Feeds”
by Nine Inch Nails
from the album With Teeth
2005 Buy the album on Amazon
I have weird tastes in albums, particularly from established artists. Masterpieces that everyone else fawns over, I end up feeling meh about. My go-to example is Pinkerton. Sometimes it has to do with which album was my first with that artist. The Blue Album ruined me for all future entries in their discography. The same thing happened with The Downward Spiral, while it’s harder and more raw that Pretty Hate Machine (these are good things), I’ll never love it as much. But sometimes certain albums just speak to you. With Teeth was the album I needed exactly when I needed it. And consequently, it’s my favorite Nine Inch Nails album. That’s heresy for most NIN fans, but these lyrics, the raw sound of the production (after the super-indulgent Fragile) and the big-ass beats courtesy of the heaviest right foot in rock, Dave Grohl, delivered exactly what I wanted.