Archive | May, 2008

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31 May

We have reached the number 16 in 10kdays’ Music by Numbers theme. And what song do I go with? Unlike the troubles I had with 15, I’m ready to go with 16. Now, my first thought was “Molly” by Sponge with the classic line “Sixteen Candles down the drain” but guess what? I’ve already done that song back at #331. So what do I do? I am tempted to write about Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons”. I always liked him on “I Love Lucy” but I think I can find something else to post about. I’m definitely not going for Ringo Starr. Ah, I know what I’ll do. I’ll stick with Sixteen Candles and go for Fall Out Boy. They’re a strange enigma to me. I should hate them with a passion. They are the fodder of the teen mags. They’ve got Pete Wentz who married Ashley Simpson and has dirty pics online. They got dissed by Kanye West on their own song. They have ridiculous song titles. They are the epitome of emo. I should hate them on principle alone, but every once in a while they come out with a song that’s really catchy and has some good stuff to it and they are sparred my unending hatred. But if Pete and Ashley have a sex tape, game over. PS- This has a great video, full of vampires. It’s what won me over.

Song 570- “A Little Less ‘Sixteen Candles’, A Little More ‘Touch Me'” by Fall Out Boy

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30 May

We are up to #15 in the Music by Numbers theme and it’s getting super hard to do…thankfully tomorrow is 16 and that should be super easy (watch it not be). So according to the wonders of wikipedia, the number 15 is a recurring motif within the Marilyn Manson album “Mechanical Animals”. Now this could all be coincidence. It all starts with the fact that the band’s name is spelled out Mar1lyn Man5on. And from there, there is tons of speculation ranging from song times (two songs end at 5:01), Marilyn Manson’s b’day (January 5th), and the album release date 9/15 (9+1+5=15). And that’s the tip of the iceberg. But after a while, it starts sounding like crazy talk or should I say crazier talk. Anyway, it’s a good album and here’s a song from it. Gosh, I hope 16 will be easier.

Song 569- “I Don’t Like The Drugs (but the drugs like me)” by Marilyn Manson

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29 May

The music by numbers theme continues and I kinda got lucky on this one. There’s not a lot to work with for 14. Glenn Case who also writes one of these 10000 song blogs would have a field day because Paul Westerberg has an album called 14 Songs. But I don’t know any of the songs from that. And at first, I had no idea where I was going to go with this. But then I came across the album “Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters”. It’s by the band The Twilight Sad, which I just happened to have be a band that I had just started listening to recently. So I got lucky on this one, but I fear that this theme may be winding down. Well, the Twilight Sad’s music is this epic progressive music. It’s like Coheed and Cambria without the comic books and the high vocal register. It’s a great style full of melodic pieces and avant garde bits. It’s such an aural pleasure.

Song 568- “That Summer, At home I had become the Invisible Boy” by The Twilight Sad

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28 May

Well this is gonna be an interesting thing. Thirteen is such an iconic number. It’s a number that people immediately associate with bad luck and things of the like. But are there a lot of 13 songs? There’s a song by +44 that I’ve never heard. And there’s one by Big Star that I’ve never heard. So what the hell do I do??? Well, the sixth album from Blur was named 13. Why is it called 13? Many think it’s really “B” for Blur, just badly drawn and they ran with it. I honestly don’t have much to say about it, since it has been an eon since I heard this one. It came out in 1999 and it was the different Blur album. Blur had come out with the s/t album in 1997 which had “M.O.R.”, “Beetlebum” and “Song 2”. This one came out and they went in an entirely different direction. It was different but a good different.

Song 567- “Coffee and TV” by Blur

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27 May

Here’s a trivia question: Which band has featured in post #100 of 10kdays? Here’s a hint, they have a name that’s also the name of a Twilight Zone episode. I betcha that one’s got Glenn Case’s wheels a-turning (he’s been all about the Twilight Zone lately). Well, here’s another hint- this is the Music by Numbers theme. Have you figured it out? It’s The Number Twelve Looks Like You. Back at post #100, I talked about the song “Like A Cat” from the album Nuclear.Sad.Nuclear. Since back then, they have come out with a new album, Mongrel. I own the album and I’ll be honest with ya, it’s not my favorite album in the world. But it does have some highlights. It’s definitely got a style of its own, mixing dual vocals with raging metal with some technical brilliance. It’s as if the Mars Volta meet got a second Cedric and then the whole band got set on fire and they recorded it. Check out the video below. I love the beginning in the eerie looking Coney Island.

Song 566- “Grandfather” by The Number Twelve Looks Like You

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26 May

Happy memorial day everyone. I just spent a good weekend with my family including my bro-in-law, who’s in the Navy. So before I go on with #11, I just wanna ask everyone to take a minute to remember what this day is all about.

And now onto Music by Numbers. We have reached #11. And there’s something about the number eleven. Even more so when you couple it with itself. 11:11 is not just a little before midnight or noon. It’s a time of great synchronicity. There are many people who believe that there are amazing things happening in the world every day at 11:11. The major changes of the world happen at 11:11. Not at 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44. or 5:55. 11:11 is when it all happens. And there have been a ton of albums and songs with this in mind. But there’s only one that I’ve heard…

Song 565- “11:11” by Film School

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24 May

The vacation continues and so does the 10kdays Music by Numbers theme and I’ve reached number 10. The first song that came to mind is “Ten Story Love Song” by the Stone Roses. And of course, since it was the first thing to come to mind, it would be a song I’ve already posted about before. But then I remembered, Pearl Jam’s album “Ten”. There are few more substantial albums from the grunge rock era than that one. Much to my own shock and amazement I haven’t posted any songs from that album. The one I choose to write about is one that I remember coming home one day as a teen and finding my mom washing dishes and singing it. If you were ever to meet my Mom, you would understand how shocking an event that was. It’s also amazing because it’s such a well known without being a single. Pearl Jam believed that the song was too personal and “fragile” to be made into a single.

Song 564- “Black” by Pearl Jam