The Only Savior I Need is New Music

It seems that no matter how often I ruthlessly cull the riff-raff from my music library, I often end up with a selection of songs that leaves me feeling unsatisfied. Like nothing’s good or exciting about it anymore. I’ve heard all the good stuff a billion times and the rest I impatiently skip. It doesn’t help that I suspect iTunes’ randomizer is complete shit. But anyway, sometimes I need new music to make me feel alive. So I went nucking futz recently and downloaded like 20 songs. I don’t know if all these tunes will survive my anal-retentive culling…but I’m really hopeful some of these will become new obsessions.

Some highlights from this list. CHECK. THEM. OUT. For garsh sakes.

Also, for no reason, here’s a cat with tomatoes on it.

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106 thoughts on “The Only Savior I Need is New Music

  1. I have the Beasties, Whithers and "Livin for the City" on a couple of my devices. The rest is completely unfamiliar to me. Don't much care for the hippity hop, and I have NO idea what might cause a song to be classified as "Rock" rather than "Alternative". Alternative sounds like rock to me, and so does rock, except when it sounds like "Pop". And pop is OK if the guitars are big enough, I do like me a righteous arena rock anthem, and a well-placed power ballad (November Rain, anyone?) kicks about eleven kinds of ass.That whole "device" thang struck me as weird when I typed it. But it's true – the music sits on, well, the Music Server, of course, and various subsets of the music reside on the other six computers, four mp3 players and the smartyphone. Oh, and I think there's a few hundred songs on the camera…W/V seems to wrapping up his email, as he's now siggin

  2. New music! You don't have to enter the site, the music will play eventually.I was just thinking: You know what my library needs? More bagpipes. Or ANY bagpipes!those songs won't satisfy. You need some ding(1). ding(1) fucking rocks.I need ding ding rocks? For what? To throw at my computer?Also, 20 songs is considered "nucking futz"? I've got a problem.Yeah, I rarely get more than a handful at a time.

  3. I have NO idea what might cause a song to be classified as "Rock" rather than "Alternative". Yeah, me too. I guess it's supposed to indicate that it's indie or off-the-beaten path. Like it hasn't SOLD OUT, man. Whatevs. I don't care too much about labels. I likes what I likes. Re: Hippity Hop, when people say they don't like it, I'm always tempted to say they just haven't heard the right hippity hop…but I think that can come across as condescending or presumptuous. That doesn't mean that if I had a reluctant listener held captive by my mp3 player, I wouldn't try to convert them…I figured that most of that stuff would be unfamiliar to most, but I figured the musi-curious could search for the songs on iTunes or wherever. W/V seems to wrapping up his email, as he's now sigginThis amused me for some reason.

  4. On topic, I am not so much for the hippity hop either, although I have some select tracks…but having said that, I saw the Black Eyed Peas in St. Lou last week, and quite enjoyed them. Perhaps being on the floor 30 feet from the stage had something to do with it. It will probably satisfy my hip=hop urges for quite some time though.

  5. Ya know, I was kidding, zrm, but I will definitely check those links out nonetheless. Athankee!Re: Black-Eyed Peas, I like some of their songs for when I'm working out. This old song of theirs is good, just in general. I like hip-hop and rap a lot, but I'm also fairly picky about what I like. I find that as far as Top 40 or mainstream music goes, it's the hip-hop/rap tunes that often the most tolerable.

  6. Ya know, I was kidding, zrm,DO NOT JOKE ABOUT MUSIC WITH ME.as far as Top 40 or mainstream music goes, it's the hip-hop/rap tunes that often the most tolerable.I would not be surprised if I found that I felt the same way, but since I am physically repulsed by Top 40 radio, I will likely never find out.

  7. I would not be surprised if I found that I felt the same way, but since I am physically repulsed by Top 40 radio, I will likely never find out. Oh goodness. How many times must I confront this hysteria? Yes, 95% of Top 40 is crap…but there's good stuff to be found too. If you're not a knee-jerk, pretentious, insufferable snob. *sticks out tongue*

  8. Yes, 95% of Top 40 is crap.That's not an admission that helps your argument.I have a pretty sizable library of stuff I like , really like, or love. Yeah, occasionally a song comes up that I might not want to listen to right that minute, but that's easily fixed with the 'advance' button. As Blue Girl once said, if you don't love the song that's on right now, life isn't worth living.a knee-jerk, pretentious, insufferable snob.I knew you were going to say this. I never claimed otherwise. In fact, I used to hold the title of Insufferable Music Snob until I admitted liking Blue Oyster Cult and they kicked me out of the club. I ate their brains, of course, but I was still hurt.But look. You listen to Top 40 all you want, and when something good crops up, will you come and let me know? Then we're both good. (smiley)Heh. Seanchai just came up on full random.

  9. That's not an admission that helps your argument.Sure it is. Because it shows I have a discerning ear. I do. I really do. Of course I acknowledge I enjoy a few guilty pleasures, but I know a finely-crafted tune when I hear one. You listen to Top 40 all you want, and when something good crops up, will you come and let me know? YES. It may not be to your taste, but it IS an AWESOME song. Period. End o' story.

  10. Actually, I should have just said I don't listen to ANY radio hardly at all.Which makes me wonder how you know it all sucks. HA!**BTW, I am just funnin' you. Like I said, I think the vast majority of Top 40 is pretty awful.

  11. See? I din't have to listen to a second of Top 40 Radio to find that song, and you get to feel superior because I am a knee-jerk, pretentious, insufferable snob.And then I just go my own way with my Prismacolors and Warren Zevon….

  12. You should put one of your sketches up at your blog. It's been awhile. And I love "Werewolves of London." Sorry, it's the only Zevon song I really know. Well, I know "Excitable Boy" a little.

  13. Squabbling, then. Most recent additions to the Zombie Library:Two old Ellen Foley albumsDum Dum GirlsTy SegallJoy division -StillX-Ray Spexnew Meat PuppetsPoly Styrene's last albumnot a Top 40 candidate in the bunch.

  14. Also, Gipsy Kings on random. Followed by "Your Fear" by Prong (ask Subby – he probably knows them). And then Blue Oyster Cult.This is like Top 40 in the dark, echoing Spiral of Doom that is my skull. Except Spiral Of Doom Radio is commercial free.

  15. "Squabbling, then. Most recent additions to the Zombie Library:Two old Ellen Foley albumsDum Dum GirlsTy SegallJoy division -StillX-Ray Spexnew Meat PuppetsPoly Styrene's last albumnot a Top 40 candidate in the bunch."Truly nothing that could damage your hipster credentials.

  16. "CENSORSHIP!! MEMORY HOLE!!! REVISIONISM!!SHENANIGANS, I SAY! SHENANIGANS!!!!!"Oh, it was shenanigans all right. My evil twin simply CANNOT be left to her own devices.

  17. Truly nothing that could damage your hipster credentials.CONFESSION TIME: I do not drink Pabst Tall-boys.Not damage hipster credentials, eh? How about following up with "Cinderella Man" by Rush?Because he was humanBecause he had goodnessBecause he was moralThey called him insaneDelusions of grandeurVisions of splendorA manic depressiveHe walks in the rain

  18. Joy Division is good.So is Joe Walsh, for a BBQ.Sisters of Mercy is awesome.And Lou Reed is god, especially "Berlin".But you can't beat Alice Cooper for blowing yer brains out on a long drive.

  19. Oh, and Bryan Ferry when you're in a decadent mood. Like now.Or maybe a bit of Peter Hamill, but the words are complicated.WTF is a worpotor? Should I really have to type that? Should I wash my hands afterwards?

  20. And Lou Reed is god, especially "Berlin".Saw him on the New York tour. Pretty good, although we saw the Violent Femmes a couple of weeks later, and they did a version of Romeo Had Juliette that blew old Lou's into a cocked hat.

  21. True Story: I had picked up a couple of Ellen Foley CDs, back when CDs were big black vinyl discs that you played with a needle. Last weekend, "Hair" was on the cable-devil-box, and Ellen Foley had a bit in that movie, singing "The Black Ones" which reminded me of her singing voice; I happily discovered she had some discs on eMusic, and so Monday, filled out my digital doohickey further.Also also: her second album, The Spirit of St. Louis (and I was just IN St. Louis! What a crazy happenstance!) was recorded while she was dating Mick Jones of the Clash, and most of that band played and contributed. Some of it sounded like Sandinista (which she did some guest vox on).For those who are unfamiliar, she was the female vocalist on the recorded version of "Paradise By The Dashboard Light". She also played Billie on the first couple of seasons of Night Court.Interesting woman.

  22. You know how all the knobs go up to 10? "Full tit" is about 23.It's not necessarily painful.And don't forget Billy Idol, Cyberpunk is great. Not to forget the extended White Wedding EP.Still got vinyl.

  23. "She also played Billie on the first couple of seasons of Night Court"Oh! Ok…I can place her now. If I'm remembering the song ok, she has a pretty great voice.

  24. This whole "storing music on computers" thing is for people with unreliable memories.Also before putting any credence in musical-hipness advice from Trevor it should be noted that he stores his music collection on old reel-to-reel tape recordings.

  25. "Also before putting any credence in musical-hipness advice from Trevor it should be noted that he stores his music collection on old reel-to-reel tape recordings"Oh, I thought that was his vintage porn collection.

  26. I always thought Billy Idol was a lot of fun.But, being a knee jerk insufferable smug jerkhole, I always preferred the Generation X material, of which "white Wedding" was the last.But he had the look, which is all MTV needed at the time.

  27. My vintage porn collection is on acid-free paper in a climate-controlled vault, along with the Havanas and the cognac.Unfortunately I seem to have forgotten the combination. Bugger.I shall have to make do with non-vintage porn. (Porn de l'année?)

  28. Tell me more about how you like Blue Oyster Cult and Rush...shyeah, have you ever SEEN those guys? Obviously, MTV was never going to make it with videos of THEM.Used to be, being a rock star was a good alternative for goofy looking guys. Then MTV happened, and I had to become an architect.

  29. Manara's "Six Characters In Search Of An Author" is good, although there are some gratuitously serious bits which detract from the sex.And I seem to have been "impeled". Vlad the Impeler?

  30. although there are some gratuitously serious bits which detract from the sex.I hate it when that happens. Used to be, being a rock star was a good alternative for goofy looking guys. Then MTV happened, and I had to become an architect.I dunno. I still think if you can rock, you can get laid. I hardly think two guys who make up the The Black Keys are GQ models, but I would totally do them.

  31. For that Very Special Near Perfect VOICE from the very heavens, get your hands on the first Lone Justice album.Maria McKee is a gospel singer who teamed up with the non dead members of Lynyrd Skynyrd to form Rossington Collins and then moved on to her own band "Lone Justice". That album is start to finish a classic alterno-country-pop example of the genre plus one, along with Star and King by Belly may very well be the best female voices of the nineties (although I remain partial to Babes in Toyland, for entirely different reasons)…

  32. I saw Heart open for Boston (yes, HEART was the headliner) in Dallas in '76. It was…unforgettable.Back then, everyone did drugs and sex couldn't kill you

  33. Lemme dig around in and amongst the bits and bytes and see if I can find a picture of my ex-wife. Then, the mystery of the Orly-Attraction will be solved forever.Except my ex was five eleven and from the holler in eastern north carolina, and had two and a half orders of magnitude more blonde hair…

  34. I was around 8, I think, when Magic Man was still getting lots of radio play…and I have always been obsessed with that song. Believe me or don't, but I can hit every note Ann can hit. With only minor damage to my vocal cords!

  35. OT, some old Beastie boys came up on the iPod.I am mentally replaying a performance of Neilsen's 3rd Symphony by the NZ Youth Orchestra in 2002. The French horns are a tad off-note in the allegretto movement.

  36. True Story: It used to be, Elvis Costello did not tour that much. I had seen him a couple of times, but it was kind of rare.After he released that Burt Bacharach album, he came by Milwaukee, to the Riverside theater. Now, the album wasn't that great, interesting at best, but on the tour it was him, Steve Nieve, a piano and a guitar. AND IT WAS ELVIS, SO INHERENTLY AWESOME.But for the final (unplanned) encore, he had the techs turn off all the PA. You have to realize, the Riverside is an historic theater, designed before electronic amplification of voices, designed to allow the performers to get their voices OUT. And elvis took advantage of that. In what I think was an impromptu session, Doing "God Give Me Strength" (if I recall correctly), using only his VOICE to fill that theater, it was quiet as if everybody was holding their breath. It made me cry.Since then, he has started touring more, and I see him every chance I get, and he has been back to the Riverside and repeated the same shenanigans, but the chills I got when that aging semi-punk filled that aging theater with scary-vital music have never really subsided, and dammit I hope they never do.

  37. I saw Heart open for Boston (yes, HEART was the headliner)mikey, I am loath to contradict you but this is contradictory.Heart is opening for Def Leppard at Summerfest this year, and I am considering going just for the Wilson sisters.

  38. I am mentally replaying a performance of Neilsen's 3rd Symphony by the NZ Youth Orchestra in 2002.The French horns are a tad off-note in the allegretto movement.you are a truly weird person, and I say that as a fake internet zombie with a drinking problem.

  39. Whoops. You're right. Boston opened for HEART. I'm trying to do too many things at once.So I shall add drinking a cup of Sailor Jerry's to the list.Hey, what could go wrong?

  40. I got when that aging semi-punk filled that aging theater with scary-vital music have never really subsided, and dammit I hope they never do.It's amazing when music can have that effect on you, huh? It's rare I get that feeling, but I think one of the reasons I've gotten into The Black Keys is because I can see their passion when they play. Plus, from their vids, it looks like they're phenomenal live.

  41. So this is what was going on all day while I had a massive headache and couldn't look at the pc.Check out a new york band: Seanchai. Irish hip hop punk, I've seen Seanchai live a number of times, both in New York and here in Columbus. Highly recommended (especially live!).~

  42. I'm sorry to read about your headache. Ya know, I was just about to say I was flattered the convo ground to a screeching halt as soon as I went and eated my pizza…

  43. At Riddled, we edit the comments and ditch all the duds so all of our posts are like 100 comments but we only show the best 10 or so. But, you know, people run their blogs how they want to, and showing off is one way.

  44. At Riddled, we edit the comments and ditch all the duds so all of our posts are like 100 comments but we only show the best 10 or so.Mine always make the cut, which disproves this claim. Wait…

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