songs to download & sing. (in this order.) lil' kim ft. mr. cheeks, "the jump off" killer mike ft. big boi, "a.d.i.d.a.s." zwan, "lyric" dixie chicks, "landslide" wilco, "handshake drugs" asian dub foundation, "rise to the challenge" electric six, "danger! high voltage!" (new version) 702, "i still love you" kim richey, "this love" bonnie 'prince' billy, "master & everyone"
zwan wants to be your life. they appeal to those who sewed new order patches on their backpacks, carried gladioli in their back pocket, or wore their fringe like roger mcguinn's. it's music for people whose only defense from a bitter world is a pair of headphones. their timing couldn't be better: when was the last time that a rock band emerged that was lovable? the pumpkins? (zwan may be an album-length apologia to those early fans who were lost along the way; billy admitting that, yeah, it all did get a bit crackers near the end.) the pixies? well, zwan has a girl who plays bass and sings sweet harmonies. base covered. open the jewel case and you probably won't be surprised to find stickers; thus is their devotion to the cause.
zwan's music is suffused with the idea of beginnings. beginning of what? life and love and all of that, whether it's for the first time or for the next time. ultimately, they're the type of band who really want to make a song called "baby, let's rock!" work, and if they fail they can take solace in knowing no one else has made it work either, and marc bolan is dead and little richard, officially retired.
vonnegut in a nissan ad. now i've seen it all. it makes one wonder what corporate america has in store for their super bowl ads. pynchon v. salinger in a "tastes great, less filling" brawl? the mind boggles...
the faithful will be rewarded. not by a brilliant piece of writing from yours truly. rather, because i am pointing you in the direction of lil' kim's "the jump off" which is what the kids 'round my way call a heater. a club banger produced by timbaland, it's an encapsulation of everything he's done on a missy record in the last three years. mr. cheeks is around to remind you that his former group once performed a song very similar in character to "the jump off." (and to remind us that, no, he hasn't reconsidered: his name is still "mr. cheeks.") so. i've pointed the way, and now it's up for you to find it. i recommend the 4:02 version.
bear with me everyone. give me just a little more time and i'll have my head together, ready to give you the pop culture coverage you so crave. my mind's just a bit messed up.
while i do that, something to ponder: are american women dumb enough to fall for a second joe millionaire? it seems to have totally pervaded the culture, but could some people still be hoodwinked? maybe a distaff version where men compete for a woman they believe is a playboy pin-up -- they could even make a fake issue! -- but who in reality is a single welfare mom with three kids? a-and they can all stay in the playboy mansion! oh, the possibilities...
mixtape never sent. 1. cliff nobles & co., "the horse" (from beg, scream & shout: the big ol' box of 60s soul boxed set, orig. 1968.) 2. tim buckley, "song for jainie" (from tim buckley lp, 1966.) 3. left banke, "i've got something on my mind" (from walk away renee/pretty ballerina lp, 1967.) 4. dukes of stratosphear, "vanishing girl" (from chips from the chocolate fireball compilation, orig. 1987.) 5. stone roses, "she bangs the drums" (from the stone roses lp, 1989.) 6. pixies, "winterlong" (from complete b-sides compilation, 1989.) 7. orange juice, "louise, louise" (from rip it up lp, 1982.) 8. louis armstrong, "we have all the time in the world" (from the best of james bond: 30th anniversary compilation, orig. 1969.) 9. roxy music, "oh yeah" (from flesh & blood lp, 1980.) 10. new order, "temptation" (from substance compilation, orig. 1982.) 11. johnny cash, "no expectations" (from the essential johnny cash: 1955-1983 compilation, orig. 1978.) 12. howard tate, "girl from the north country" (from howard tate lp, 1972.) 13. bob dylan, "the man in me" (from new morning lp, 1970.) 14. clarence carter, "too weak to fight" (from snatchin' it back compilation, orig. 1968.) 15. teenage fanclub, "neil jung" (from grand prix lp, 1995.) 16. morrissey & siouxsie sioux, "interlude" (from suedehead: the best of morrissey compilation, orig. 1994.) 17. elvis costello & the attractions, "party girl" (from armed forces lp, 1979.) 18. scott walker, "all my love's laughter" (from any day now lp, 1973.) 19. bobby darin, "back street girl" (from moods/swing: the best of the atlantic years: 1966-67 compilation, orig. 1967.) 20. frank sinatra, "i thought about you" (from songs for swingin' lovers! lp, 1955.) 21. pulp, "like a friend" (from great expectations original soundtrack, 1998.)
songs to download & sing: inaugural 2003 edition. (in this order.) audio bullys, "we don't care" masssive attack ft. sinead o'connor, "what your soul sings" nick cave & the bad seeds, "rock of gibraltar" dmx, "x gonna give it to ya" girls aloud, "sound of the underground" common ft. laetitia sadier, "new wave" shania twain, "nah!" talib kweli, "get by" coldplay, "i ran away" snoop dogg ft. jay-z, soopafly, and nate dogg, "lollipop"