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Let's go away for a while

Strange morning. I woke up around 5 feeling like a salt lick. Had a dire thirst and set about quenching it, but now I'm seemingly up for good. Gotta work in a few hours. Hey! What's your favorite song off Weezer's Blue Album? I was thinking about that, laying watching the shadows pass on the ceiling. I first heard the Blue Album right about when it came out, which puts me around 9 years old. Somehow it's managed to sidestep the fate of Green Day, No Doubt, and so many other bands of the time that are just ill-formed hunks of juvenilia to me now. Something about it just holds true, even 14 years later.

How to pick a favorite? Go with the hits, like "Say It Ain't So"? Or the B-Sides, like "In the Garage"? How about the navel gaze mope-out that closes the album, "Only In Dreams"? Or the sad-sack highschooler entry, "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here"? All good choices, I wouldn't fault you, but I've got to go with "Holiday" on this one. It's definitely the most left-field song on the album, but it's also a mini-epic. It's got that chant-along chorus, and the super-dorky finger snap breakdown that threatens to destroy any feeble sense of cool the rest of the album created. If you've heard Weezer's last few albums, you know it's just a colossal failure when they try to act cool. "Holiday" is typical pop music, nothing real special about the lyrics, but it just rocks so well, those guitar hooks! Damn. It's up there with "Tonight" by the Raspberries, chillin' in power-pop Valhalla.

You've heard the song, right? Oh? You haven't? You deprived child. Here you go. Don't spend it all in one place:

http://www (dot) mediafire.com/download.php?mzh2qnaqyz3

Let me know what your favorite is and they can go head to head in an all-out battle of rocktopus tentacles and flaming licks. Okay, I'm through with this jackoff shoeshine tip. Gotta try to get some sleep out of this last hour before I have to head out.

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As always, if you like what you hear, go out and buy the album. On Vinyl.

soggyroach v2.0

This blog is hereby resuscitated as a music blog. I'll be posting tracks now and again, and writing about the music that propels me through my days. We'll start off with a brief A-side / B-side mix, you can call it "The Samplers vs. the Sampled."

Everyone knows the Funky Drummer - He's the guy playing drums on all your favorite hip hop tracks of the past 30 years. Clyde Stubblefield is his name, but he doesn't get much credit past the occasional name-drop. He was just a session musician when "Funky Drummer, Pt. 2" was recorded, so there's no royalty checks headed his way. He's probably never signed his name on anyone's cleavage. There's no real fame and fortune to speak of, and he's got no glam to his music career (see: Revenge Of The Funky Drummer for example). At the same time he's probably the single most-played artist on radio and in the clubs of the past three decades - he's been sampled, chopped, re-sampled, and his beats are now laying the funky groundwork for other artists' tracks. That's the solitary lot that a sampled musician has to bear - all cultural impact and no social glory. As I believe Walter Benjamin once said: "The real work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction is the simple act of getting some decent poon when no one recognizes you as the guy who played the 'funky drummer' beat."

The three modern tracks here are prime examples of the ways a good sample can be put to use. They're not hammy, and they don't rip off the original artists. Instead they manage to retain the feel of the sampled songs while still putting enough of a twist on the sounds to make them new. I see it as a tribute to the original writers, a nod of commiseration and a joyful expansion of their ideas.

Here's the tracklist:

The Shangri-Las - He Cried
Clinic - Porno
The Left Banke - I've Got Something On My Mind
Jens Lekman - Black Cab
Beck - Paper Tiger
Serge Gainsbourg - Cargo Culte

Download the mix HERE.

In the words of Omar Little from the Wire, "Money ain't got no owners, only spenders." Using these tracks as evidence, I think the sentiment can be echoed when it comes to good riffs and slinky beats.

LT Out.

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As always, if you like what you hear, go out and buy the album. On Vinyl.