Tuesday, April 26, 2005

me sing when loud when drunk.

I once argued that this was the greatest Pop song ever written. I was committed to this position, so it was convincing just on the basises of my conviction. I was wrong. but I still love it. totally love it, the swells, the contrasts, the duet harmony, the piano, the explosions of sound the wind effects. To me it sounds like the end of an era of music. They never made a song like this again. It's like what '18 and Life' was to hair metal, Grunge and Alt took the metal heads away. Nirvana was the executioners axe to metal, GnR hold bearly hold it together against them. the truth was GnR was a great metal band but nirvana was better music. sorry wife beater your out. Jane's Addiction has you beat... anyway this song has something seventies in it's production that was past its prime so kind of hits a softspot with me. Like fistful of wilted daisies or Arriving muddy and late to the prom. Like the perfect sad faced clown of pop music.

me like.

(I can't believe they use sleighbells!)

Today's Song of the Day is "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler off her 1982 album "Faster Than the Speed of Night."

Crazy Fact: Nodules on her vocal cords prevented her from singing full time until 1976, when she underwent an operation to have them removed. The surgery left her with a fucking cool, raspy, husky voice.


Monday, April 25, 2005


I couldn't imagine being strapped down to a table in front of a dozen people and killed in front of there eyes. I couldn't handle knowing someone payed 150 bucks to be the guy to do it. The fact that the state is doing it would be surreal. but the idea that I was innocent yet stood convicted and put to death for the murder of my own children would be...I am at a lost for words.

wow. texas might be the worst place in north america.

Today's Song of the Day is "Requiem: i. introditus" Performed by Herbert Von Karajan & The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, Werner Krenn, José van Dam, Wiener Signverein, Recorded in 1976, Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Crazy Fact: Herbert Von Karajan, along with Akio Morita and Norio Ohga (president and vice-president respectively, of Japanese Sony Group), unveiled and presented the Compact Disc Digital Audio System in 1981.


Sunday, April 24, 2005

Listen buddy, it's about the Music.

The most beautiful song I've heard in a while.

Passing Afternoon by Iron and Wine

There are times that walk from you like some passing afternoon
Summer warmed the open window of her honeymoon
And she chose a yard to burn but the ground remembers her
Wooden spoons, her children stir her Bougainvillea blooms

There are things that drift away like our endless, numbered days
Autumn blew the quilt right off the perfect bed she made
And she's chosen to believe in the hymns her mother sings
Sunday pulls its children from the piles of fallen leaves

There are sailing ships that pass all our bodies in the grass
Springtime calls her children until she let's them go at last
And she's chosen where to be, though she's lost her wedding ring
Somewhere near her misplaced jar of Bougainvillea seeds

There are things we can't recall, Blind as night that finds us all
Winter tucks her children in, her fragile china dolls
But my hands remember hers, rolling around the shaded ferns
Naked arms, her secrets still like songs I'd never learned

There are names across the sea, only now I do believe
Sometimes, with the window closed, she'll sit and think of me
But she'll mend his tattered clothes and they'll kiss as if they know
A baby sleeps in all our bones, so scared to be alone

Today's Song of the Day is "Passing Afternoon" by Iron And Wine off there 2004 album "Our Endless Numbered Days."

Crazy Fact: Iron and Wine is the stage name for one Samuel Beam, a Florida native that made his name by releasing lo-fi tapes in miami.


Saturday, April 23, 2005

At Night.

'Is Sarah Calling the Police?'
'I think he is moving, I saw him moving.'
'Tell them there mugging him now.'

When I got to him he was breathing.

He was lying flat on his back. naked from the waist up. his bloody shirt was a few feet away. He face was swollen... badly swollen all over. I asked his name. he didn't repond. His face was covered in blood in varying degrees of drying or bleeding there was a puddle of blood on the pavement, bigger then anything I'd ever seen.

I looked down the street and waved down a police car coming around the corner. The Police Officer asked him his name. I saw the ambulance down the street I waved them over. She asked me more questions, maybe it's a generational thing but giving the police personal information makes me nervous. Authority is not to be trusted. Esspecially not at face value. But this guy was bleeding everwhere and I saw almost everything.

the ambulance guys asked me what happened, so they got out the neck brace and the stretcher, I was relieved they got his name out of him. 'ok ricky we are going to get this brace on you. ready?'

man if I was lying there... jesus.

She said someone would be by to talk to me later so I went back in the bar and waited.

I thought about breaking the law. We do it all the time. Not just jay walking either. I was with a guy earlier than night buying drugs. I know of at least two people who drove under the influence. I saw at least four joints sparked up. I ripped off the ferry by 25 cents. I was definitely publicly intoxicated. And it's not the first time for any of this stuff. It makes you wonder if anyone gets caught ever, and if they do.... If you happen to be the sucker that's in the wrong place at the wrong time and you get arrested then you only go to jail if you don't have the money to get away with it. (OJ you killed the mother of your children.) So Jails are filled with those not just unlucky or just poor, but only if you are Poor AND Unlucky. Just like monopoly.

I still remember the look on the guys face as he walked by me, fear masked in agression. Fear held static by fists clenched. Eyes looking at me through the glass unsure but ready. Jaw clenched, body stiff with rage. Not ready to ask questions, but ready to answer in anyone in raw agression. He was acting as his own Bodyguard, under the orders of fear. He walked at a quick pace, away.

Hey, they want to talk to you again...

'Are you willing to fill out a sworn statement?'

Wow cop vision makes me aware of how drunk I am jesus.

'ok well There were two groups of guys arguing a group of two and of four over there on the corner. The bigger group started running the smaller group gave chase. I got the fuck...er I got out of the way. I came in here. When I looked back out there was a man lying face down on the ground, not moving, arms by his side, I thought he was dead and then the other man was kicking him in the head repeatedly. His head was like a coconut in a potato sack. It was fucking awful. He was just lying there not moving and the guy was taking steps back to wind up for huge kicks at his head. I checked that Sarah was calling the cops, she was I gave her an update. They took his wallet and his jacket and his shirt. I went out and everyone was gone accept the guy on the ground lying on his back not moving. I could hear him gurgling so I knew he was alive, he face was a mess. Then you guys showed up.'

'Well the hospital says he is ok.'
'Good good.'

It was dawn by the time we started home.

Today's Song of the Day is "Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra" composed by Gyorgy Ligeti, Conducted by Francis Travis from the 1968 album "2001: A Space Odyssey Original Motion Picture Soundtrack."

Crazy Fact: Ligeti was born on May 28, 1923, in the Transylvanian town of Dicsöszentmárton, Romania. Dude, maybe HE'S Dracula. and Dude he was born in a Disco! He was Made for music.


Friday, April 22, 2005

On My Return

I went up the back stairs palms sweaty. I didn't know what to think. She had become a memory and an abstraction in the Ten Days I've been away transforming my mind in Europe. I knew that would happen, the transformation I mean, and I worried this sweaty palm thing into existence somewhere over the Atlantic.

In England, I pictured seeing her again, many times in my head and in the plane and the airport and in the other plane and in the other airport and in the car and at home and then in the car again and when walking down the street and now going up the stairs. Everytime I ran through it it was a little different. I thought that 8 hour flight was long... jeezus how many fucking stairs are on this stair case, too many and not enough.

What if I was crazy? What if it's nothing. It's a bag of hot air puffed by hope soon to be slowly deflating with the high pitched whine of dissapointment. God what if it's not what if this is one of the 'big ones.' jeesus. I've been getting used to the the dissappointing kind for a while now, maybe I'd perfer it was one of those. I think I could handle that. Disappointment requires very little commitment. But worse still what if she's THE big one. I'm getting old enough to hit THE big one. terrifyingly promising. This thought is too big to fit in my head, so let's hose it down, cool it off and stick it up in the clouds somewhere beside the winning 649 ticket.

Reconnecting is strange. There is a tightness in your chest that releases, there is a opening somewhere in your gut and a rising up of something and then a warmth. it's really something. You can only feel it after a real distance and with a mutual desire to reconnect. It's been a while since I've cooked up those ingredients. if you think it smells good, well shit you should try it, deee-licious.

We were at the rock show, The Weakerthans. It was really good. So was the band, but I could see the music in her body in her fist and her smile and her neck and on her lips. It was on her skin, it was rewarding. Her eyes flashed with it. IT was encouraging. I wasn't crazy, and more... it keeps coming. All that I saw before was still there, Paris didn't take it away, nor did my fear and even better, more, there's more she's still happening. Not frozen in my mind like she was but I could take her off pause and see more. I forgot about that. She'd spent so much time on pause in an emotional statis. I was half expecting to come back to judge what I'd already seen, but I didn't get a chance. She was still happening. I can get so stuck in my head sometimes.

Fear is frozen in time. It's a moment of fear, the fear is the cresendo of an awful turn of imagined events. It a bottle neck in a path. The squeeze on a choice. Fear is trying to help, but you have to try to make sure it doesn't squeeze the life out of you, you can't let it get too strong, you gotta take it on every now and then, or that imaginary fucker'll kick the crap out of your choices. haHA! I am Zorro!

Today's Song of the Day is "Left And Leaving" by The Weakerthans off there 2000 album "Left And Leaving."

Crazy Fact: The Weakerthans took their name from a line from the film adaptation of Marguerite Duras' The Lover: "Go ahead, I'm weaker than you can possibly imagine."


Thursday, April 21, 2005

More Lists of Geek-Geekery

ok I admit it. No one wants to see these lists but I'm such a geek I just can't help myself.

Song of the Day Volume 2 (alphabetical order by artist)

California Love - 2Pac - 1995
Bonita Applebum - A Tribe Called Quest - 1990
Can I Kick It? - A Tribe Called Quest - 1990
Ride On - AC/DC - 1975
Fanfare For The Common Man - Adrian Leaper - 1942
Dude (Looks Like a Lady) - Aerosmith - 1987
Eye In The Sky - Alan Parsons Project - 1982
School's Out - Alice Cooper - 1972
X Is Black Amiri Baraka - 1996
Honeysuckle Rose - Anita O'Day - 1955
The Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz - 1963
A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like) - Aretha Franklin - 1968
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin - 1968
Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys - 1986
Sabrosa - Beastie Boys - 1994
Help! - The Beatles - 1965
Yesterday - The Beatles - 1965
Birthday - The Beatles - 1968
Blackbird - The Beatles - 1968
Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs (Yellow Sweat) - Beck - 1994
Waiting On An Angel - Ben Harper - 1994
Widow of a Living Man - Ben Harper - 1997
Dog Got A Bone - The Beta Band - 1997
Don't Explain - Billie Holiday - 1936
Think Again - Billy Bragg - 1999
Me & Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul - 1972
Sweet Leaf - Black Sabbath - 1971
Song 2 - Blur - 1997
Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan - 1963
Masters of War - Bob Dylan - 1963
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Bob Dylan - 1963
Do You Love Me Now? - Breeders - 1993
Divine Hammer - Breeders - 1993
Drivin' On 9 - Breeders - 1993
Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen - 1975
State Trooper - Bruce Springsteen - 1982
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins - 1956
Bonanza Ska - Carlos Malcolm & His Afro Jamaican Rhythms - 1964
Tequila - The Champs - 1958
I Fought the Law - The Clash - 1979
Easy - Commodores - 1977
Machine Gun - Commodores - 1974
Nightshift - Commodores - 1985
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 1970
Lullaby - Cure - 1989
Fascination Street - Cure - 1989
Pictures Of You - Cure - 1989
The Smell Of Gas - Danny Michel - 1999
Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet - 1959
Please Mr. Gravedigger - David Bowie - 1967
Space Oddity - David Bowie - 1969
Ashes To Ashes - David Bowie - 1980
Five Years - David Bowie - 1972
California Über Alles - Dead Kennedys - 1980
Monkey Ska - Derrick Harriot - 1971
Toxic Avenger - The Dickies - 1994
The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground - 1990
Untitled - DJ Shadow - 1996
...Meets His Maker - DJ Shadow - 2002
Greenshirt (Demo) - Elvis Costello - 1978
Almost Blue - Elvis Costello & The Attractions - 1982
Pump It Up - Elvis Costello & The Attractions - 1978
Boy With A Problem - Elvis Costello & The Attractions - 1981
Mirror In The Bathroom - The English Beat - 1980
Slow Ride - Foghat - 1975
Funky Dollar Bill - Funkadelic - 1970
Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby - Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss & Emmylou Harris - 2001
Aria - Glenn Gould - 1741
Sonata No. 13 "Sonata quasi una fantasia" - Glenn Gould - 1800
Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight" : i. Adagio - Glenn Gould - 1801
Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight" : iii. Presto agitato - Glenn Gould - 1801
Sonata No. 8 "Pathetique" : ii. Adagio - Glenn Gould - 1799
Typical American - The Goats - 1992
Hey, Good Lookin' - Hank Williams - 1951
Your Cheatin' Heart - Hank Williams - 1952
Requiem: No. 2 - Herbert Von Karajan - 1791
Schwanengesang - Hermann Prey & Philippe Bianconi - 1828
Search & Destroy - Iggy & The Stooges - 1973
Lust For Life - Iggy Pop - 1977
The Passenger - Iggy Pop - 1977
Port of Rico - Illinois Jacket (Jean Baptiste) - 1951
2 Minutes To Midnight - Iron Maiden - 1984
Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden - 1982
Posters - Jack Johnson - 2000
Bubble Toes - Jack Johnson - 2000
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 - 1969
Try Me - James Brown - 1958
Travelling Without Moving - Jamiroquai - 1996
Jane Says - Jane's Addiction - 1988
Stop - Jane's Addiction - 1990
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix - 1968
When It's Springtime In Alaska - Johnny Cash - 1965
Delia's Gone - Johnny Cash - 1962
Full Grown - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - 1994
Roadrunner - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - 1977
Dodge Veg-O-Matic - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - 1977
Egyptian Reggae - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - 1977
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell - 1970
Woodstock - Joni Mitchell - 1970
The Gambler - Kenny Rogers - 1978
Like Irregular Chickens - Kid Koala - 2000
Barhopper 2 - Kid Koala - 2000
Groove Me - King Floyd - 1971
Transistor - Kraftwerk - 1975
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin - 1969
Ramble On - Led Zeppelin - 1969
Bron-Yr-Aur - Led Zeppelin - 1975
Mr. Cab Driver - Lenny Kravitz - 1989
Symphony No. 7: ii. Allegretto - Leonard Bernstein - 1812
Democracy - Leonard Cohen - 1996
Big Car Blues - Lightnin' Hopkins - 1981
Perfect Day - Lou Reed - 1972
Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye - 1973
Teardrop - Massive Attack - 1998
Monkey Man - The Maytals - 1970
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson - 1982
Shop Around - The Miracles - 1960
Polar Opposites - Modest Mouse - 1997
Bankrupt on Selling - Modest Mouse - 1997
Harvest - Neil Young - 1972
Red Right Hand - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - 1994
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone - 1957
You Are My Sunshine - Norman Blake - 2001
Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding - 1966
Opening - Philip Glass - 1992
Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd - 1967
Bike - Pink Floyd - 1967
Monkey Gone to Heaven - Pixies - 1989
Gigantic - Pixies - 1988
Sally MacLennane - The Pogues - 1985
Be My Girl-Sally - The Police - 1978
Let's Go Crazy - Prince - 1984
Fight The Power - Public Enemy - 1990
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen - 1975
Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen - 1978
Another One Bites The Dust - Queen - 1980
Talk Show Host - Radiohead - 1996
Bullet Proof.. I Wish I Was - Radiohead - 1995
Legal Age Life At Variety Store - Rheostatics - 1992
19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones - 1966
Echoes of Harlem - Roy Elridge & Oscar Peterson - 1953
De Camino a La Vereda - Ry Cooder & Ibrahim Ferrer - 1997
Candela - Ry Cooder & Ibrahim Ferrer - 1997
The Pricketty Bush - Sarah Anna Tuck & Julia Scaddon - 1949
Quia Ergo Femina Mortem Instruxit - Sequentia - 1145
God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols - 1977
Who Are Parents - Shaggs - 1969
Dancin' Homer - The Simpsons - 1997
The Good In Everyone - Sloan - 1996
The Lines You Amend - Sloan - 1996
How Soon Is Now? - The Smiths - 1985
Non-Addictive Marijuana - Supersuckers - 1997
Nobody's Business But My Own - Taj Mahal - 1971
Railroad Bill - Taj Mahal - 1988
Time - Tom Waits - 1985
Wild Thing - Tone Loc - 1989
Wheat Kings - The Tragically Hip - 1993
Long Time Running - The Tragically Hip - 1991
Where The Streets Have No Name - U2 - 1987
Rabbit In Your Headlights - Unkle - 1998
Crazy Love - Van Morrison - 1970
Tears In Rain - Vangelis - 1982
Sweet Jane - Velvet Underground - 1970
Your Southern Can Is Mine - The White Stripes - 2000
Spare Ass Annie - William S. Burroughs - 1993
Tush - ZZ Top - 1975

Today's Song of the Day is "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 off their 1987 Album "Joshua Tree."

Crazy Fact: The Joshua Tree became the band's first American number one hit and its third straight album to enter the U.K. charts at number one; in England, it set a record by going platinum within 28 hours.


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

e-mail, e-mail my Kingdom for e-mail!

It's always the way. When trying to do the 'right' thing that things go so very wrong. Esspecially with computers. So far to fall. such a painfull lonely thud when you hit the bottom. groan.

I was trying to archive my Sent Mail and I fucking lost all 901.8 MBs of it.

wow. what a kick in the balls. Who wants to Archive there mail? uugh. I was avoiding it for months, but it was the 'right' thing to do. So I picked the perfect moment for failure.

and I'm the computer geek in the room. Well, actually I'm the only one in the room. but still. I'm a geek. shit man. Why am *I* the Guy with the 7 year old computer? It was made in 1998, dude, It's ancient. goddamn Macs just never die. If it would just die then I'd be forced into buying another one, or maybe steal one... OK I take it back don't die mister computer yer all I got. We can still be friends even though you ate 2148 e-mail messages.

Today's Song of the Day is "Underwhelmed" by Sloan off their 1993 album "Smeared."

Crazy Fact: umm... twice removed got voted best canadian album of all-time, byt ummm someone who felt important enough to make that classification... cbc or something, maybe socan? I don't know.


Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Think Old

Conservatives are idiots. Whether it's the new pope, who according to the New York Times is "John Paul II, without the imagination' (wow. a new low, I didn't know it was possible. I thought the same of George Bush though and then they voted him in again. double wow.) or our own king idiot the next Prime Minister of Canada Preston Stockwell Steven Harper III, there's the zit on the longest list of dumbasses in Canadian history, an ass that is going to take a shit on civil rights faster than you can say 'vote of non-confidence.' Even then Offical Canadian Jackass Brian Mulroney, let we forget, would only take our money not our rights. Take the worst of both camps and form a new sub-creature of stupidity. I would say he'll never win, but I said the same thing about George Bush.

Remember the Spanish Revolution, comrades.

Today's Song of the Day is "Fight for Your Right" by the Beastie Boys off there 1986 debut "License to Ill"

Crazy Fact: I still can't believe they toured with Madonna on her Like A Prayer Tour... Jesus. Whose bright idea?


Monday, April 18, 2005

Eat Sleep Man Woman

While in Florida watching Spongebob on Nickelodeon I learned a little something my girlfriend prooved to me in bed. I'm not sure that sentence works but WHATEVA... I fart a lot. When your in bed you fart, you take a sniff make sure all is well down there and hit the snooze bar. Add a girlfriend and it's a little different... insert fear between fart and sniff and keep the fear cranked until you are sure it's bad. Then sheepishly murmer:

P: I farted and I'm sorry, it's bad, quite bad. Sorry.

S: I'm sure it not tha -GOOD LORD!

P: but it was SOO littLE! I had NO IDEA...

S: Jesus SAVE ME!

P: Yeah... it's bad. The thing is you don't want to breath through you nose 'cause of the smell and if you breathe through your mouth... well then you are tasting air that came out of my ass... even if you can't taste it...

S: (stunned pause) GROSS!!

P: Sometimes they're quiet and DON'T STINK I can't figure it..

S: Dude, you fart ALOT!

P: Really?

S: really.

As I lied there I remembered something I saw in between episodes of Spongebob. If you eat Meat your farts smell really bad and are small and if you eat vegitables you have a lot to fart but they don't REALLY smell. I think it's only Fair to the Girlfriend that I become a Vegitarian.

Today's Song of the Day is "Collard Greens and Black-Eyed Peas" by Bud Powell off his 1953 compliation "The Best Of Bud Powell."

Crazy Fact: In a racial incident, he was beaten on the head by police; Powell never fully recovered and would suffer from bad headaches and mental breakdowns throughout the remainder of his life.


Thursday, April 14, 2005

Back In My Day

By the overwhelming request (or shock at my amazing geek geekery) I will also publish the Playlist of Volume One.

Song of the Day Volume 1 (Chronological Order)

Concerto No. 4 in F minor: Winter - Nigel Kennedy - 1725
Fantasy-Impromptu - Vladimir Horowitz - 1834
Nocturne in F Minor - Vladimir Horowitz - 1842
Wedding March - Hamburg Symphony Orchestra - 1848
Hungarian Dance No. 5 - Johannes Brahms - 1858
Morgenstimmung - Leonard Bernstein - 1875
In der Halle des Bergkönigs - Leonard Bernstein - 1875
Also Sprach Zarathustra - Herbert Von Karajan - 1898
The Planets: iv. Jupiter - London Festival Orchestra - 1915
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter - Fats Waller - 1929
Don't Let It Bother You - Fats Waller - 1934
Sabre Dance - Evgeni Svetlanov - 1943
Roller Coaster - Henri Rene & His Orchestra And Chorus - 1951
Swingcussion - Sauter-Finegan Orchestra - 1955
Steel Bones - Bernie Green & His Guitar Orchestra - 1959
They Can't Take That Away from Me - Ella Fitzgerald - 1959
Nice Work If You Can Get It - Ella Fitzgerald - 1959
Dimples - John Lee Hooker - 1960
Caravan - Sir Julian - 1960
Unsquare Dance - Dave Brubeck Quartet - 1961
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes - 1961
Scream! - Ralph Nielsen and The Chancellors - 1961
Caravan - The Three Suns - 1961
Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker - 1962
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Bob Dylan - 1963
James Bond Theme - Monty Norman Orchestra - 1963
Pipeline - The Ventures - 1963
I Get Around - Beach Boys - 1964
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra - 1964
You Really Got Me - The Kinks - 1964
Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey - 1964
Love And Marriage - Frank Sinatra - 1965
My Generation - The Who - 1965
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles - 1966
It Serves You Right To Suffer - John Lee Hooker - 1966
Monday, Monday - Mamas & The Papas - 1966
Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations - 1966
The Letter - Box Tops - 1967
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield - 1967
I'm Waiting For The Man - Velvet Underground - 1967
Heroin - Velvet Underground - 1967
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles - 1968
Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Beatles - 1968
Vodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix - 1968
Cocaine Blues (live) - Johnny Cash - 1968
A Hazy Shade Of Winter - Simon & Garfunkel - 1968
Hey Bulldog - The Beatles 1969
All Together Now - The Beatles - 1969
Both Sides, Now - Joni Mitchell - 1969
Going To California Led Zeppelin - 1969
Dazed And Confused - Led Zeppelin - 1969
Pinball Wizard - The Who - 1969
Paranoid - Black Sabbath - 1970
Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival - 1970
War - Edwin Starr - 1970
Lola - The Kinks - 1970
After The Goldrush - Neil Young - 1970
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers - 1971
Changes - David Bowie - 1971
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes - 1971
Mercedes Benz - Janis Joplin & the Full Tilt Boogie Band - 1971
Working At The Car Wash Blues - Jim Croce - 1971
River - Joni Mitchell - 1971
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye - 1971
Bitch - The Rolling Stones - 1971
Baba O'Riley - The Who - 1971
Hockey Night in Canada - CBC Television - 1972
King Heroin - James Brown - 1972
The Needle And The Damage Done - Neil Young - 1972
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon - 1972
Superstition - Stevie Wonder - 1972
Buck Dancer's Choice - Taj Mahal - 1972
Cakewalk Into Town - Taj Mahal - 1972
Papa Was A Rolling Stone - Temptations - 1972
Stir It Up - Bob Marley & The Wailers - 1973
September Gurls - Big Star - 1974
Kung-Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas - 1974
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John - 1974
This Flight Tonight - Nazareth - 1974
Love Hurts - Nazareth - 1975
Low Rider - War - 1975
Pablo Picasso - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - 1976
Detroit Rock City - Kiss - 1976
Sugar Mountain - Neil Young - 1976
The Piano Has Been Drinking - Tom Waits - 1976
The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car - Trooper - 1976
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley & The Wailers - 1977
Jump Up - Elvis Costello - 1977
Poison Moon - Elvis Costello - 1977
Black Betty - Ram Jam - 1977
Teenage Lobotomy - Ramones - 1977
Heart Of Glass Blondie - 1978
Roxanne - The Police - 1978
I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones - 1978
Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles - 1979
Catholic Girls - Frank Zappa - 1979
Why Does It Hurt When I Pee? - Frank Zappa - 1979
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor - 1979
A Message To Rudy - The Specials - 1979
Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers - 1980
The Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden - 1982
Walking In Your Footsteps - The Police - 1983
King Of Pain - The Police - 1983
Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats - 1983
Please Do Not Go - Violent Femmes - 1983
Sunglasses At Night - Corey Hart - 1984
When Doves Cry - Prince - 1984
Close To Me - Cure - 1985
Yertile The Turtle - Red Hot Chili Peppers - 1985
Kiss - Prince - 1986
If I Was Your Girlfriend - Prince - 1987
It's the End of the World as We Know It - R.E.M. - 1987
Dear God - XTC - 1987
One - Metallica - 1988
Where is My Mind? - Pixies - 1988
Every Rose Has It's Thorn Poison - 1988
Don't Believe The Hype - Public Enemy - 1988
Bring Tha Noize - Public Enemy & Anthrax - 1988
Children's Story - Slick Rick - 1988
The Sounds of Science - Beastie Boys - 1989
God's Comic - Elvis Costello - 1989
Tame - Pixies - 1989
Here Comes Your Man - Pixies - 1989
Debaser - Pixies - 1989
Wave of Mutilation - Pixies - 1989
I Remember You - Skid Row - 1989
Back To Life - Soul II Soul - 1989
Sometimes I Rhyme Slow - Nice & Smooth - 1991
Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana - 1991
Territorial Pissings - Nirvana - 1991
U-Mass - Pixies - 1991
Fiddler's Green - The Tragically Hip - 1991
Earth Died Screaming - Tom Waits - 1992
Cannonball - Breeders - 1993
I Am The Cancer - Sloan - 1993
Informer - Snow - 1993
Root Down - Beastie Boys - 1994
Loser - Beck - 1994
Nitemare Hippy Girl - Beck - 1994
Forever - Ben Harper - 1994
Walk Away - Ben Harper - 1994
Girls & Boys - Blur - 1994
Protection - Massive Attack - 1994
Better Things - Massive Attack - 1994
Light Of Some Kind - Ani DiFranco - 1995
Another Lonely Day - Ben Harper - 1995
High and Dry - Radiohead - 1995
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead - 1995
Black Star - Radiohead - 1995
Street Spirit (Fade Out) - Radiohead - 1995
I Will Survive - Cake - 1996
Midnight In A Perfect World - DJ Shadow - 1996
Stoplight Politics - Ruth Forman - 1996
Everything You've Done Wrong - Sloan - 1996
Crackity Jones - Pixies - 1997
Paranoid Android - Radiohead - 1997
Barricade - Supersuckers - 1997
Pitseleh - Elliott Smith - 1998
Jimmy James - Beastie Boys - 1999
Walk Away Renee - Billy Bragg - 1999
Teenage FBI - Guided By Voices - 1999
Happy Birthday, Mr. Burns - The Simpsons - 1999
We Love To Smoke - The Simpsons - 1999
Try Again - Aaliyah - 2000
Black Jesus - Everlast - 2000
The Hampsterdance Song - Hampton the Hampster - 2000
Something Nice - Mike O'Neill - 2000
Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McClintock - 2001
O Death - Ralph Stanley - 2001
Wonderboy - Tenacious D - 2001

Today's Song of the Day is "Growin' Up" by Bruce Springsteen off his 1973 Album "Greetings from Asbury Park N.J."

Crazy Fact: But then came Born in the U.S.A. (June 1984) threw off seven hit singles and sold over ten million copies. fucking CRAZY!


Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Your, like, Ten!

Romeo and Juliet were like 13 years old. That's the joke. That's the Joke that no one really gets. When you were 13 you fell in love with the love of your life on a weekly basis, passionately, with all your soul, how could you not. You've only knows like 2 years of sexual awareness and like 10 years of life. It's amazing. Life is still happening to you for the first time and This 'love' thing is so new and intense, it's immpossible not to feel it as much as your little hormnoally flooded body is capable. I've never been so in love in my whole life, oh and look I've started growing pubes.

It's not like you gone through years of romantic disappointment, it's still in it's purest form untainted by fear.

If Romeo saw juliet's dirty underwear and barbie doll collection she might have become a little less cool, a little less on the star-crossed love side of things.

Juliet: And then I went to Saks with beth and portia and... well anyway and this yellow skirt and you would have loved it, I almost got it, but, you were with mercuicio and I think you should shop with us again it was SOOO much fun... Oh Romeo, Romeo.

Romeo: yeah, I ment to bring this up yesterday but...

Juliet: my love you know you can tell me ANYTHING, please tell me your hearts...

Romeo: Actually Juliet, I think I gotta go. There is this girl in science class that has these really cool jeans. And those braces of yours are really smelly. anyway I asked her out.

Juliet: You suck! I hate you! I hate boys! I hate everything. get out GET OUT!

Romeo: What? You're freaking out! what's the problem? jeeze ok pycho.

Juliet: oh heavy day!

Romeo: Catch you on the flip-side, baby!

Juliet: I hate you. I hope you die. Dad was right monteques SUCK! my dad's gonna kick your dad's ASS.

Romeo: Whatever. Later.

Juliet: I have to go shopping.

Today's Song of the Day is "Thirteen" by Big Star off their 1972 debut album "No. 1 Album."

Crazy Fact: The name Big Star was borrowed the from a local supermarket chain.


Sunday, April 10, 2005


I didn't want to speak too soon but... wow summer is here.

this is really great news. Though I haven't suffered as much those around me a trip to Paris and Florida re-aquainted me with summer throughout winter. anyway warmth is well-recieved.

Today's Song of the Day is "Summertime" by Sidney Bechet off his 1939 album "Complete Blue Note Recordings."

Crazy Fact: between 1925-1929 sidney got in some trouble (including spending time in jail) in France and got deported. cool.


Friday, April 08, 2005

Finished Another Chapter.

I am a little crazy. Here are the last 158 songs I've sent out for the SOTD. This wack here makes up volume 4 of my ever growing musical obsession. I hit every year in the last 50... which is my goal. Kudos to the me! If you're nice to me I'll burn you an MP3 CD of it. Very nice.

Song of the Day Volume 4 (chronological order)

O Choruscans Stellarum - Sequentia - 1148
Prelude for Lute in C Minor - Andrés Segovia - 1714
Piano Concerto in F minor - Glenn Gould - 1717
Symphony No. 5 - Herbert Von Karajan - 1808
Nocturne in E Flat Major, - Artur Rubinstein - 1832
Etude in D sharp minor - Vladimir Horowitz - 1894
Pavane - Judi Silvano - 1899
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley - 1927
Your Feets Too Big - Fats Waller - 1929
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters - 1933
Old Man Mose - Louis Armstrong - 1935
Adagio for Strings - Leonard Bernstein - 1936
(Otto Make That) Riff Staccato - Duke Ellington - 1945
Backwater Blues (That Mean Ol' Twister) - Lightnin' Hopkins - 1946
Who's On First - Abbott & Costello - 1952
I Saw The Light - Hank Williams - 1952
Sans Souci - Peggy Lee - 1952
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley and His Comets - 1954
Mr. Sandman - Chordettes - 1954
April in Paris - Count Basie - 1955
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love) - Ella Fitzgerald - 1956
My Baby Left Me - Elvis Presley - 1956
Going Down The Road Feeling Bad - Elizabeth Cotten - 1957
Bye, Bye Love - The Everly Brothers - 1957
Just A Gigolo/ I Ain't Got Nobody - Louis Prima - 1957
Surrey with the Fringe on Top - Blossom Dearie - 1958
Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis - 1958
Lonesome Town - Ricky Nelson - 1959
Black Coffee - Julie London - 1960
Jump In The Line - Harry Belafonte - 1961
Baby Elephant Walk - Henry Mancini - 1962
Cristo Redentor - Donald Byrd - 1963
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash - 1963
Leader Of The Pack - Shangri-Las - 1964
Wednesday Morning, 3AM - Simon & Garfunkel - 1964
In My Life - The Beatles - 1965
Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan - 1965
It Was A Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra - 1965
I'm a Woman - Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band - 1965
Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones - 1965
Past, Present And Future - Shangri-Las - 1965
For No One - The Beatles - 1966
Just Like A Woman - Bob Dylan - 1966
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles - 1967
People Are Strange - The Doors - 1967
Love Me Two Times - The Doors - 1967
A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harem - 1967
I'm a Man - Spencer Davis Group - 1967
Piggies - The Beatles - 1968
Suzanne - Leonard Cohen - 1968
(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding - 1968
Magic Bus - The Who - 1968
The House That Jack Built - Aretha Franklin - 1969
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - The Band - 1969
Golden Slumbers - The Beatles - 1969
Can't Find My Way Home - Blind Faith - 1969
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin - 1969
Good Times Bad Times - Led Zeppelin - 1969
Real Cool Time - The Stooges - 1969
American Woman - The Guess Who - 1970
Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - Velvet Underground - 1970
The Seeker - The Who - 1970
Tired of Being Alone - Al Green - 1971
The Wind - Cat Stevens - 1971
When The Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin - 1971
Bang A Gong (Get It On) - T. Rex - 1971
Don't Do It - The Band - 1972
Get On The Good Foot - James Brown - 1972
Pink Moon - Nick Drake - 1972
The Great Gig In The Sky - Pink Floyd - 1972
Dueling Banjos - Eric Weissberg - 1973
Angie - The Rolling Stones - 1973
Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel - 1973
Rock On - David Essex - 1974
The Payback - James Brown - 1974
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker - 1974
Walk This Way - Aerosmith - 1975
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd - 1975
Better Off Without A Wife - Tom Waits - 1975
Dr. Funkenstein - Parliament - 1976
London's Burning - The Clash - 1977
Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac - 1977
Dust in the Wind - Kansas - 1977
We're A Happy Family - Ramones - 1977
Take A Chance On Me - ABBA - 1978
Metropolis - Kraftwerk - 1978
My Way - Sid Vicious - 1978
Highway To Hell - AC/DC - 1979
The Rose - Bette Midler - 1979
Atomic - Blondie - 1979
Kinko the Clown - Ogden Edsl - 1979
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd - 1979
Jersey Girl - Tom Waits - 1980
O Superman - Laurie Anderson - 1981
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne - 1981
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran - 1982
She Blinded Me With Science - Thomas Dolby - 1982
Don't Go - Yaz - 1982
Rockit - Herbie Hancock - 1983
Little Red Corvette - Prince - 1983
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - 1983
Red Red Wine - UB40 - 1983
Summer 69 - Bryan Adams - 1984
Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads - 1984
Money for Nothing - Dire Straits - 1985
Shout - Tears For Fears - 1985
Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi - 1986
Master Of Puppets - Metallica - 1986
Welcome Home - Metallica - 1986
Black Eyed Dog - Nick Drake - 1986
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes - Paul Simon - 1986
The Saturday Boy - Billy Bragg - 1987
With Or Without You - U2 - 1987
Stuart - Dead Milkmen - 1988
Standing In The Shower... Thinking - Jane's Addiction - 1988
Graffiti Limbo - Michelle Shocked - 1988
Wicked Game - Chris Isaak - 1989
Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge) - De La Soul - 1989
Closer To Fine - Indigo Girls - 1989
Head Like A Hole - Nine Inch Nails - 1989
Hey - Pixies - 1989
Paris, Texas - Ry Cooder - 1989
Fools Gold - The Stone Roses - 1989
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty - 1989
Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning - Cowboy Junkies - 1990
Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite - 1990
Come As You Are - Nirvana - 1991
Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers - 1991
So What'cha Want - The Beastie Boys - 1992
Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out - Eric Clapton - 1992
TV Cops - The Goats - 1992
Jump Around - House of Pain - 1992
Jesus Gonna Be Here - Tom Waits - 1992
I Don't Wanna Grow Up - Tom Waits - 1992
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy - Ren & Stimpy (Stinky Wizzleteeth) - 1993
You Had Time - Ani Difranco - 1994
Hurt - Nine Inch Nails - 1994
Army Of Me - Björk - 1995
It's Oh So Quiet - Björk - 1995
Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt - DJ Shadow - 1996
Cosmic Girl - Jamiroquai - 1996
Doin' Time - Sublime - 1996
Block Rockin' Beats - Chemical Brothers - 1997
Exit Music (For A Film) - Radiohead - 1997
Sexy Boy - Air - 1998
Cold Brains - Beck - 1998
Birds and Ships - Billy Bragg and Wilco - 1998
Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauryn Hill - 1998
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Lauryn Hill - 1998
Feeling Yourself Disintegrate - The Flaming Lips - 1999
Hold On Hope - Guided By Voices - 1999
Do - The White Stripes - 1999
Parachutes - Coldplay - 2000
Rose Rouge - St. Germain - 2000
The Littlest Birds - The Be Good Tanyas - 2001
Without Me - Eminem - 2002
Let's Get Retarded - Black Eyed Peas - 2003
Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes - 2003

Today's Song of the Day is "Ruhbarb Pie" by The Guthries off their 2000 album "Off Windmill."

Crazy Fact: These guys are local... umm... . Dale and Brian Murray are nephews of Anne Murray. That's kinda crazy. or how about this Album got the 'AMG Album Pick' on all-music guide. That's kinda nuts if you ask me.


Thursday, April 07, 2005

olde badde moode

The bad mood goes WAAAY the fuck back. At least as old as emotion itself. I got a scoop of that this day. It's predictable. It's your garden variety 'up all not doing a paper' kind of bad mood. The worst is that when your done and you say, 'that's a piece of shit.' At least when I put in all the effort procrastinating, I like to have something I threw together at the last minute I can be proud of. Not this time. Cracks in it the size of the Grand Canyon. I'm having that expectation adjustment limbo. How looow can I gooo?

I hope I don't fall down. In this course it would just be embarrassing. This course is so lame I'd rather change my major than take it again. The worst part is I wish I was joking. If this course was Hobbiton and I, a Hobbit, I'd give Sauron the one Ring if he promised to wipe it out and make me an Orc. If I fail this course, it's like I'm at the 111 birthday party of Bilbo Baggins unable to get a drink, truly, outside the realm of natural law, challenging gravity itself. Nonetheless, here I am drinkless, almost floating, limboing low, willing myself into an Orc. I'll tell how it goes.

Today's Song of the Day is "Sympathy For The Devi" by The Rolling Stones off there 1968 Album "Beggars Banquet."

Crazy Fact: As reported on the CBC, the City of Moncton is trying to get the Rolling Stones to headline their Canada Day festivities. (celery says this is going to happen right after barbara streisand sings "people who need people" at the micmac friendship centre on gottingen street)


Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Lucky to be in Nova Scotia

Went to Duncan's Cove today in the beautiful sunshine. Amazing. Made me happy to be here. There haven't been a lot of things to make me happy to be here recently. I've been having too much life-threatening amazement 'abroad.' Nonetheless, today I felt very lucky to be hiking up and down huge grantic baoliths (sp? ROCKS) next to the ocean for 3 hours. Only ever seeing 1 other couple the whole time, no houses, no people, no cars, no unnatural sounds, just a sunny cloudless sky, miles of ocean, rocks, moss and Fiver. Fucking super fucking sweet. Colour, light and air forever it was a primal sort of beauty, undisturbed natural majesty.

Canada's OK after all.

Today's Song of the Day is "Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, K.467: ii. Andante" composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1785.

Crazy Fact: Before age of 20 W.A. Mozart had written nine operas, five violin concertos, at least 30 symphonies, a sheaf of divertimentos and serenades, a ream of liturgical pieces, six sonatas, and six concertos for Piano. CRazY!


Tuesday, April 05, 2005

I Think I Know How to Use a Semi-Colon.

School is, like, totally almost over. I'm looking forward to it. Until then I have to find less obvious ways to procrastinate, till then; publishing my procrastination is a bit much.

Today's Song of the Day is "Pride and Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble off his 1983 debut "Texas Flood."

Crazy Fact: In 1982, the band played the Montreux Festival and their performance caught the attention of David Bowie. Stevie Ray laid down the lead guitar tracks for what became Bowie's Let's Dance album in late 1982.


Sunday, April 03, 2005

Now With Half the Calories!

Now when it comes to the Pope, I'm not all about the respect. I'm pretty glad he's dead. FINALLY. Hand me the living will I sign it NOW. I hope the Next Pope thinks it's Christian to prevent an entire continent from being wiped out by AIDS. If they cared about African lives as much they care about African souls maybe they'd start handing out condoms instead of condemning them. Perhaps then I could have respect, as it is, they might as be selling Pepsi, the Number on drink of the Afterlife.

I'm keeping my expectations low however. Just look at the track record.

Today's Song of the Day goes out to the Number One Guy in the Sky the Happiest Man to meet his Maker in the last 24 hours, Pope John Paul II, the Song "Better Off Without A Wife" by Tom Waits off his 1975 album "Nighthawks At The Diner."

Crazy Fact: This Crazy Cat was the First non-Italian Pope Ever. Dude! ciao baby!


Saturday, April 02, 2005

The European Union at Dudes Table.

I'm terrified of my French on the Metro and their French on the bus, so I walk.

An hour and a half later. I get out of a Cab and I see a hungry Dennis, a sight unseen for 14 months. Oddly it was like yesterday, almost unnervingly so, except for the very first moment, I felt like I was meeting him at the Shoe for a Club Wrap and a Beer, except the Shoe was in Paris and an Italian restaurant and he had a girlfriend and no one spoke English. But the Dennis part was an island of familiarity in this crazy ancient fantasy world I climbed into.

Anjte (Dennis's Girlfriend) is speaking German to Mike, Italian to the Waiter, French to Jan and English to Me and throwing in a splash of Spanish for kicks and all of them to Dennis.

Pif: DUDE!

I said that a lot. Hardly English and Uber-north American. The Europeans were fascinated by my semi-coherent exclamations. I thought it was weird to Eat Italian in France, but it's as close to the real Italy as I've ever been so maybe it would be closer to real Italian food. We ate till forever. And there was much rejoicing.

Why can all these people speak all these languages? For shame North America. I felt so lame. Mostly we spoke English, which seems to be the worlds' lowest common denominator, But I wanted to carry on a conversation in one of these secret codes they all knew. I was SO NOT in there super cool European club. I felt like I might as well be an American. ick. not a good feeling.

Today's Song of the Day is "Metropolis" by Kraftwerk off their 1978 album "The Man Machine."

Crazy Fact: Rumour had it that they were robots.