Sunday, March 28, 2010

Writer’s Jukebox – Potpourri

History_Capehart_1937_Orche Each week brings a different musical cornucopia to the table.  Only rarely do the staff’s various listening habits coalesce into some vague semblance of a theme.  Thus, I often spend this preamble attempting to subordinate the collection to my organizing will before throwing up my hands and hitting the Publish button.

This week is no exception.

Gene, despite living in the Big Apple, is high on a Bay Area indie act.  Steph digs through her library and comes up with the handful of songs that remain unskippable.  I’ve been listening to an imperial ton of podcasts. 

Hit the jump to find out more.

GeneOh Yoo-jeen

I have been listening to Thee Oh Sees from San Francisco.  They are the Type B to frontman John Dwyer's Type A garage rock band Coachwhips, which doesn't make music as much anymore.  Thee Oh Sees started out that way at least.  Now it is a full-fledged band owing as much to The Kinks as Man or Astroman and The B-52s.  Lots of distortion and nasally choruses.

I am of course, also listening to Jan Terri's "I Don't Want to Lose You Tonight" on a dependable routine.  It gets me in the mood to um, not lose you tonight.

Stephanie – Staying Alive

My music-listening world has been somewhat tumultuous recently. I haven’t had the patience to try new music, but lately my old music has felt sort of lifeless. Even my good ol’ standby favorite has been failing to motivate me. I’ve been seeking solace in audiobook recordings of novels that I’ve already read because they offer a sort of comfort that soothes the piling pressures of my work days, but that’s hardly worth mentioning in this jukebox post.

When I asked myself the question, “What have I really been listening to?” I began to thumb through my off-brand mp3 player for songs that I would never-without-a-doubt-ever get tired of hearing. While these are not songs I’ve actively sought out, they’re the songs that I don’t ever actively skip through either. Many of these are by obscure local bands that no one has ever heard of, and though I tried to find meaning in that trend, none revealed itself.

These songs, in no particular order were “Grace is Gone” and “Grey Street” by the Dave Matthews Band, “Black Hawk” by Misty River, “Flake” by Jack Johnson, “Honey” by The Hush Sound, “Changes Should Come Easy” by Taarka, “The Sinister Minister” by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, “Limbo” by True North, “Never Give Up On The Good Times” by the Spice Girls, “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand, and the entire Original Broadway Cast soundtrack of Les Misérables. Does this list make me a tool? Probably. Unfortunately – and perhaps the final clinching blow to my case for being extremely lame – I realized that “Still Alive” from Portal is also on that list. I don’t honestly ever get tired of hearing it, even when it’s nerd-overkill. Does the fact that it was available as downloadable content on Rock Band make it more or less lame? I’ll leave that up to you.

CraigCasting Pods

I’ve been knee deep in podcasts lately, which has meant a decline in the amount of music I can consume on a daily/weekly basis.  Theoretically, I could just keep discussing how much I’ve grown to love the Abbey Road medley, but I do try to keep things fresh around here.

Baseball season is fast approaching, and I couldn’t be more excited to resume fantasy baseball with some of my Charge Shot!!! cohorts.  ESPN’s Fantasy Focus podcast is a great way to get fantasy-relevant headlines, as well as listen to a half-hour of failed screenwriter-turned-fantasy expert Matthew Berry.  Plus, the show’s new theme song comes courtesy of Eric Hutchinson, a kickass songwriter whose music actually deserves and owns its Pop/Rock label (need proof?).

Also, a friend recently turned me on to Daily Show Brit John Oliver’s podcast The Bugle, which he runs with a British comedian I’ve never heard of named Andy Zaltzman.  It’s a delightfully British twist on the faux news format – more Weekend Update than Daily Show.  Two men on opposite sides of the Atlantic Skype about the week’s news, trying their best to make each other laugh with outrageous hyperbole, groan-inducing puns, and witty fact-fudging.  There are drastically worse ways to spend forty-five minutes.

Oh, and the March 20th episode of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! used “Trololo” for transition music.  Epic win.