Corporate naming rights are pretty ridiculous – I mean, when banks get bought out and their names changed every year, no one’s going to call the building or the stadium or the college bowl game by the right name anyway, because who can remember it?
Anyway, apparently, there’s some official name involving the corporate sponsor of the Kentucky Derby that journalists and bloggers are “required” to use.
Here’s my Fall 2013 songpile: a bunch of well-loved tracks that have come my way (in this case from July through September of this year) that aren’t on albums I own… Many of them are new, some of them are not.
This one’s called An Expectant Ferret for the usual lack of any reason at all (except it’s a phrase I ran into somewhere and liked).
- Oliver Wilde “Walter Stevens’ Only Daughter
- Virginia Wing “Red Sails”
- Pixies “Bagboy”
- Headsets “My Brother and the Ghost of Ho Chi Minh”
- Billy Bragg & Wilco “Be Kind to the Boy on the Road”
- Grant Olney “Who You Are for Me”
- Villagers “Earthly Pleasure”
- Sean Rowe “Horses”
- John Cale “All Summer Long”
- Beck “I Won’t Be Long”
- Blouse “No Shelter”
- Zumpano “The Only Reason Under the Sun” (single version)
- Tennis System “Such a Drag”
- Primal Scream “2013″
- Shelby Earl “Swift Arrows”
- Cleaners from Venus “Wivenhoe Bells” (1980 version)
- Dietrich Gosser “Oh to Begin!”
- Yourself and the Air “Home Photo”
- Surf City “It’s a Common Life”
- Houndstooth “Canary Island”
- John Davis “Masoch”
- The Band in Heaven “Fairweather Friends”
- Stella “L’idole des jaunes”
- Sam Amidon “He’s Taken My Feet”
- Grapefruit “Elevator”
Here’s a new song.
I never know where songs are going to come from, and this is one of the odder sources. A while back, I was reminded of this image, which I’d scanned from an ad for a concert a few years ago:
Possibly an error in judgment rendering “The Dead” and “Bob Dylan” in the same type and style…at the time I captioned the image “Zombie Bob!”
When I saw it again, I re-posted it, noting that I should do so before it was too apt (not that Dylan’s in particularly ill health, so far as I know)…but something clicked, and…the idea of a song called “The Dead Bob Dylan” started to take shape.
The lyrics (and the song) are short, so I’ll just put them here:
The dead Bob Dylan
sings a Geiger counter
whose slow peaks graph falling night
The dead Bob Dylan
hears the cypress shiver,
reads the words the keen wind writes
The dead Bob Dylan
knows the stones, coast to coast,
build a tower underground
The dead Bob Dylan
never bleeds—angel seeds
sprout from dusty cowboy sounds
The times are unchanging now
Answers fall as the wind dies down
Some nice accidents as the music came together: some parts were stepping on the lyrics, and I found they worked fine offset by a bar over a different chord…and given that the chords in the song are all a bit unsettled (lots of 9ths and 11ths and such), that seemed to work well.
I think I found myself wondering, okay, what might a dead Bob Dylan know, or want to know, or do? Well, I know I couldn’t have written something like this after ol’ Bob actually does die, so I figured I’d finish it up early.
The song itself: Monkey Typing Pool “The Dead Bob Dylan”
I usually do two covers mixes per year – this is the first one.
It’s called “The National Throat”… and the following numbers are its meat:
- Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield “$1000 Wedding” (Gram Parsons cover)
- Tashaki Miyaki “Unsatisfied” (Replacements cover)
- Nallo “When My Boy Walks Down the Street” (Magnetic Fields cover)
- Divine Fits “You Got Lucky” (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers cover)
- Jay Farrar “White Freightliner Blues” (Townes Van Zandt cover)
- The Wonder Stuff “Closer to Fine” (Indigo Girls cover)
- Frank Rogala “Fuck and Run” (Liz Phair cover)
- Frankie Big Face “Sisters of Mercy” (Leonard Cohen cover)
- Horst Jankowski “Theme from Shaft” (Isaac Hayes cover)
- Sachal Studios Orchestra “Take Five” (Dave Brubeck cover)
- Doug Hilsinger with Caroleen Beatty “The True Wheel” (Brian Eno cover)
- Shonen Knife “When You Sleep” (My Bloody Valentine cover)
- Tomorrow “Why” (Byrds cover)
- Ivory Library “Pretty Ballerina” (The Left Banke cover)
- Terry Melcher “These Days” (Jackson Browne/Nico cover)
- My Morning Jacket “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane” (John Denver cover)
- Lilys “Strange Feelin’” (Tim Buckley cover)
- Fu Manchu “Moving in Stereo” (The Cars cover)
- Richard Buckner “Candy-O” (The Cars cover)
- Rhea’s Obsession “End of the Night” (Doors cover)
- Robyn Hitchcock “There Ain’t No Santa Claus on the Evenin’ Stage” (Captain Beefheart cover)
- Fort Frances “Guess I’m Doing Fine” (Beck cover)
- Afghan Whigs “If I Only Had a Heart” (cover from The Wizard of Oz soundtrack)
- Renée Fleming “Today” (Jefferson Airplane cover)
- Queued Up “Misadventure” (Squeeze cover)
There’s also a ridiculously abbreviated version on Spotify – it’s rather pointless, actually.
It’s the Summer 2013 Songpile – Diet Blonde. Once again: these are songs I like that came my way which aren’t on albums I own (yet), or they might be from singles, EPs, live tracks, etc. They’re arranged in an order that sounds good.
This is the list:
- The Revenants “Scott Miller Said”
- Free Time “Nothin’ but Nice”
- Morningbell “We Have Eyes Instead of Ears”
- Paul Weller “Flame-Out!”
- Hooded Fang “Ode to Subterranea”
- Harouki Zombi “Objet Petit A”
- Johnny Marr “Psychic Beginner”
- Linda Draper “Shadow of a Coal Mine”
- Debbie Neigher + Tidelands “Atoms”
- No Joy “Hare Tarot Lies”
- Photo Ops “You Said You Were”
- Gentleman Reg “Waiting Around for Gold”
- Audacity “Finders Keepers”
- The Pedaljets “Terra Nova”
- White Fence “Fragility”
- The Sky Drops “Let it Sound”
- Boy + Kite “Right Above Me”
- Brass Bed “Please Don’t Go”
- Saturday Looks Good to Me “Sunglasses”
- Kobo Town “Postcard Poverty”
- Dutch Uncles “Lovebone”
- Divine Fits “Ain’t That the Way”
- Liars “I Saw You from the Lifeboat”
- Pure X “Thousand Year Old Child”
- Peter Blegvad & Andy Partridge “Zombie Tots”
(There’s also a Spotify version that’s missing a bunch of tracks, if that be the way thou rolleth.)
Spring 2013 songpile – again, these are my favorite songs that came my way but which aren’t on albums I own (yet).
The Failed Snark: Spring 2013
- Anton Barbeau with The Corner Laughers “Drinkin’ Horn”
- Queued Up “Wringin’ Wet”
- LA Font “Onshore”
- Thalia Zedek Band “Walk Away”
- Amor de Días “Jean’s Waving”
- Pop Zeus “Devil’s in the Details”
- Photo Ops “It Makes Me Cry”
- Maria Minerva “The Sound”
- Mahogany “Phase Break”
- Momus “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”*
- Pick a Piper “All Her Colours”
- Boy + Kite “Fall”
- Smoke Fairies “The Three of Us”
- Drew Danburry “Jennifer Connell, or Fools Mock but They Shall Mourn”
- Radar Bros. “If We Were Banished”
- TTNG “Cat Fantastic”
- Field Mouse “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”
- Mazes “Skulking”
- All Tiny Creatures “Quickest Cut”
- Foxygen “San Francisco”
- The Drovers “Fountain of Amrita”
- Day Joy “Go to Sleep, Mess”
- The Holydrug Couple “Follow Your Way”
- Rare Monk “Sleep Attack”
- Dead Gaze “I Found the Ending”
* This song was written by Momus the day the Bowie video for the song of the same title was released: it’s cobbled together musically from bits of Bowie tracks, and the lyrics are Momus’s notion of what the Bowie song might sound like (he hadn’t heard it at the time). Sounds nothing like the actual Bowie song…but I like it a lot!
It’s hard to tell what will spur me on to actually put some music together. In this case, it was an off-hand mention in a year-end music critics’ poll from a friend of mine, tongue-in-cheek describing “the worst song” ever in the form of a set of lines his four-year-old son had put together.
I read them, decided they looked instead like (predictably) something Mark E. Smith might write after way too many lagers in an alley behind a pet store, and set off to (again) cobble together pre-existing noises into a vaguely Fall-like musical backing.
That was the plan. It didn’t turn out that way. I decided to stick to only one album for the samples…and used primarily solo’d instruments (mostly at the very beginning of songs). Lots of altering of speed, pitch, tempo; cutting and pasting the order of things, sound processing…and as I was putting the guitar parts on, the sound of one of them sent me off in another direction entirely.
Which, as it turned out, I like way better than the Fall homage I started with. (I’m sure there are still some Fallish elements remaining…but that cat…that cat…that cat’s from Mars!
Monkey Typing Pool “Cats in the Creeper Universe”
PS: Long, geeky description of the composition process in the comments…