Doin' the Friday Shuffle
An all rock/pop edition:
1. "Miss Macbeth (demo)" - Elvis Costello - Spike
From the Rhino re-release's wonderful bonus disc - full of intriguing demo versions of the songs.
2. "Seek Up (Live)" - Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds - Live at Luther College
These stripped down acoustic concerts Matthews does with Reynolds are pretty awesome.
3. "An Cat Dubh" - U2 - Boy
Early, moody, a bit adolescently pretentious, U2.
4. "The Child Is Gone" - Fiona Apple - Tidal
Apple has a remarkable sense of tone and mood for such a young woman. That this is a debut album astounds me.
5. "Come Together" - The Beatles - 1
One of my favorite Beatles songs.
6. "Joliet Bound" - John Mellencamp - Trouble No More
This is a very underrated album, full of authentic-, but not sterile-sounding, old blues songs.
7. "You Could Make a Killing" - Aimee Mann - I'm with Stupid
I prefer later Aimee, but this early album is still well worth its time. This is a nice mid-tempo number.
8. "This Is Not America" - David Bowie - Best of Bowie
I got this after realizing that Arcade Fire has some commonality with Bowie, and that as a fan of theatrical rock, I might like Bowie beyond the classic rock station staples. Haven't gotten to it much yet though, and don't really know this song.
9. "That Was Your Mother" - Paul Simon - Graceland
A pretty straightforward zydeco pastiche.
10. "Less than Strangers" - Tracy Chapman - Telling Stories
Chapman can churn out solid, melodic, heartfelt acoustic rock with ease. This may not be special, but it's a fine little song.