Friday, August 08, 2008

Doin' the Friday Shuffle

When was the last time I did one of these?

1. "Matamamaros Banks" - Bruce Springsteen - Devils and Dust
This is one of those albums I always forget about. It's actually quite good, if a tad one-note.

2. "To America I sailed on a ship called Hunger" - William Bolcom - A View from the Bridge
An aria from Bolcom's quite good opera. I have to admit that I haven't delved into this one as much as I'd like yet. It's a bad habit I have with operas - getting them and never listening enough. A function of the need to really sit and listen to a 2-3 hour opera.

3. "Myxomatosis (Judge, Jury, and Executioner)" - Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
I for some reason never really got into this album. That said, I like the drive of this song, even if I wish that primary riff were a little less distorted.

4. "There'll Be Some Changes Made" - Dave Brubeck - Dave Brubeck - Vocal Encounters
Not sure who is singing, but this is a classic swinging jazz piece.

5. "Ain't Misbehavin'" - Louis Armstrong - The Essential Louis Armstrong
Louis on vocals and trumpet doing a classic song. What could be better?

6. "Oh, Im Agoin' Out to the Blackfish Banks" - George Gershwin - Porgy and Bess
Plot-moving short choral piece.

7. "Only a Pawn in Their Game" - Bob Dylan - The Times They Are-A Changin'
This is almost boilerplate early Dylan - acoustic guitar, repetitive verses, openly political story song.

8. "Dear Old Shiz" - Stephen Shwartz - Wicked
Short "school song" from the musical. Nice pastiche. Word is that a film has been greenlit. Who will star??

9. "How Am I Different" - Aimee Mann - Bachelor #2
Plaintive, subdued, mid-tempo - yep, this is Mann.

10. "The Scientist" - Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
I like Coldplay, and this song, but don't love them. Which is odd, because they should be up my alley, what with the U2 influences, use of piano, and anthemic, theatrical quality. Can't figure it out.

Until Whenever


Roger Green said...

Aimee Mann was in town (ALB, NY) 11 days ago - for free - but unfortunately didn't make it.

Tosy And Cosh said...

She'll be about ten miles from me on September 12th! $35. Very tempted.