Archive | August, 2007

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31 Aug

After yesterday’s struggle, I’m happy to be visiting the land of giant ketchup- Illinois. It’s all the place where my good friend, Genevieve, is getting married this weekend. Congrats to her!! Gen is a big fan of Chicago House music, so in tribute of her big day I’m gonna to pick one of my favorite songs from the genre by a band that’s also from Chicago.

Song 322- “That’s the Way Love Is” by Ten City

And now to an Iram Extra. And this time she picked a song that I had never heard of by an artist I really like. She choose “Disappointed” by Morrissey. I was excited to hear this song as Moz’s fans seem to think this is one of his best songs ever. So I checked out the song and I liked it…because I’ve liked it for years…back when it was called “How Soon Is Now”. He blatantly built it around his old Smiths work. I asked Iram if the song was a half-assed knock off. She dodged that but stated her reason for choosing it:

“He’s performing at the Hammerstein in October and tickets start at well over $100 a seat – so this song goes out to all the fans who cannot or will not (moi) shell out that kind of cash. But on the grand scale, it’s a nice song for all of us who have experienced the sting of thwarted hopes.”

I hoped for a new song. Thwarted. Hmmm, can he be sued for self plagiarism like John Fogerty?

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30 Aug

Welcome to potato country. Of course I’m talking about Idaho. So what’s up in Idaho music? Hmmm, I could talk about resident songfighter Marcus Kellis but I won’t. The band Idaho isn’t from Idaho. Built to Spill is from there but I don’t really dig them much. Quiet Riot was from Idaho and though I loved the way that Rudy Sarzo would toss his bass over his shoulder and spin it back into its rightful position, I will refrain from picking “Cum On Feel The Noize”. So who will I choose? I have no idea. This one is a hard one. Dammit, I think I have to pick one of those bands. It’s either that or Josh Ritter. Ugh. Who wins. Marcus Kellis.

Song 321- “Is it Cold?” by Marcus Kellis & the Legitimate Businessmen featuring Spud of #

Damn that was hard. I hope I have better luck with the state where you can find the world’s largest bottle of ketchup/catsup. Hell yeah! And there will be an Iram Extra tomorrow as the two of us dispute if an artist can plagiarize himself.

And don’t forget to check out the other 10kdays journals! Glenn! Rachael! Andy! Heuristics Inc!, Troy!, Albatross! and Alex!

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29 Aug

Aloha! Welcome to the state where you can get lei’d but you can’t put a coin in someone’s ear, Hawaii. I think I may have a bit of a struggle on my hands here. When it comes to Hawaiian musicians, the first thought that comes to mind is Don Ho. Not good. Then there’s Jack Johnson and I would prefer Don Ho. So this is gonna take some research. And what did I find out? Shannyn Sossamon, a Hawaii native, has a band. And y’all know how much I enjoy actors with rock bands. Will she be successful like Thirty Seconds To Mars, only okay like Dogstar or will it be as bad as Steven Seagal and Thunderbox. Well, it did better than Thunderbox. (I definitely think actor bands needs a three week theme, c’mon Zero1!) The band is called Warpaint and features her sister. There’s some footage of them on YouTube but I don’t wanna use one of those tunes. They have a great tune on their myspace to try out instead.

Song 320- “Elephants” by Warpaint
http://www.myspace.com/worldwartour

Tomorrow, the world’s largest baked potato. Why?

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28 Aug

Welcome to Georgia, land of the joggle. Well, at least, it had a world record joggle. On look at youtube tell me that joggling has gotten around. But in Georgia, they know how to joggle. But I guess you have gotta do something in a state where you can’t buy sex toys. But I’m not here to talk about jogging while juggling or sex toy bans. I’m here for music from Georgia. It would be too too easy to just pick a Southern rock band from Georgia so there will be Black Crowes today. And I’m gonna avoid the Athens scene so no REM< B-52's, Neutral Milk Hotel or Widespread Panic. And again, it would be way to easy to pick something that's either R&B or Hip-Hop. Atlanta is a home to a lot of exceptional groups in those genres, like Outkast, TLC, Gladys Knight, Otis Redding and Ludacris. Even picking a country artist feels too easy with the plethora of choices including Trisha Yearwood and Alan Jackson. Nope, I'm gonna go heavy metal. I would choose Mastodon but I posted "Colony of Birchmen" back at #102. Instead I will choose Sevendust. How bad ass is Sevendust especially the powerhouse frontman Lajon. Here's the song that put them on the map.

Song 319- “Black” by Sevendust

Tomorrow, we go to a place where it was once illegal to put a coin in someone’s ear. (The more I do this theme, the crazier the US becomes in my eyes)

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27 Aug

Who’s thirsty?! Of course, Florida is the home of the world’s biggest glass of orange juice. So what band will I talk about from there? The possibilities are almost endless. Well I am definitely not gonna talk about 7 Mary 3 or Matchbox 20. It seems that Florida has a vibrant death metal scene with bands like Morbid Angel, Death, and Deicide. But I guess that balances out the boy bands like ‘Nsync, Backstreet Boys and O-Town. Maybe some Gloria Estefan? Nyah. There’s a band from Jacksonville that I know very little about. They have stayed kind of under the radar in many ways. I look on wikipedia and it says that they have had seven songs on the Billboard Rock Charts that got to the top 5. I can believe that because I’m a New Yorker and frankly we miss out on a lot and they have a definitely Southern twang to them. I only stumbled over this song by accident but I’m so grateful that I did because everytime I hear it, it effects me so strongly. It’s got such raw power and emotion to it. Please take a listen to this one and tell me what you think. This song for some reason strikes a big chord with me.

Song 318- “45” by Shinedown

Tomorrow, it’s time to visit the state where Will Howard made a world record for joggling. That’s juggling + jogging.

And don’t forget to check out the other 10kdays journals! Glenn! Rachael! Andy! Heuristics Inc!, Troy!, Albatross! and Alex!

And check out my occasionally updated internet radio show:
The Other Night I Dreamt of Knives.

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26 Aug

Welcome to the home of the world’s largest frying pan, Delaware. Delaware, why do you have such a large kitchen utensil? Did the whole state want eggs at the same time? Anyway, I’m here to talk about some music of Delaware. Well, Bob Marley lived in Delaware for some time according to wikipedia. That’s interesting. Zen Guerrilla is from there. “Empty Heart” is pretty badass and its from my all time favorite video game “Grind Session”. But I’m a Songfighter and as a Songfighter I should with pride talk about our band that made good. If there’s some 10kdays reader that doesn’t know what Song Fight is, go to http://www.songfight.org then come back. It’s okay, I’ll wait.

Okay, are we on the same page now? So, one of the Songfight bands is Carol Cleveland Sings. Have you heard of them? They’re from Delaware and did a lot of Songfights. They have even won a couple of the fights. And now they are touring around the world and a couple of those songs that were Songfight enters are now their hits with music videos and everything. Oh, did I forget to mention that Carol Cleveland Sings is a psuedonym? See CCS is really Thomas Hughes. He’s a part of the Spinto Band. Now, that should be a bit more familiar. They aren’t colossal yet but they are making waves. And here’s a song of theirs that started on Songfight

Song 317- “Brown Boxes” by the Spinto Band

Next, a state has a 730 gallon glass of OJ. Are ya thirsty?

And don’t forget to check out the other 10kdays journals! Glenn! Rachael! Andy! Heuristics Inc!, Troy!, Albatross! and Alex!

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The Other Night I Dreamt of Knives.

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25 Aug

Welcome to the birthplace of the Ivory Soap Girl who was cute kid who girl up to be porn legend Marilyn Chambers, Connecticut. So what CT resident do I go with? Definitely not Michael Bolton. However amused I am by his metal days, I’d be damned if I place him in 10kdays. One of the Monkees is from CT but it’s Peter Tork so it doesn’t count. JK, Peter. It would be an easy one to pick Weezer as I love that band and Rivers Cuomo is from CT and they have a bunch of songs I can choose from but I’m going to go against the grain. Instead I’ll go with a Texan who has recently become a Connecticutian. Not exactly how I’ve been doing this theme but I didn’t establish any standard criteria, so nyah :P. Plus, it’s a shock that I haven’t posted this before because it’s a classic. I remember being a kid and going on a flight to Panama. And I hate the great idea that I would fly with my walkman. Good idea but what did I have on me? One cassette single to listen to. That was one long flight of the B-side “I Do” and…

Song 316- “What I Am” by Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians

Tomorrow we visit the world’s largest frying pan.

And don’t forget to check out the other 10kdays journals! Glenn! Rachael! Andy! Heuristics Inc!, Troy!, Albatross! and Alex!

And check out my occasionally updated internet radio show:
The Other Night I Dreamt of Knives.