Thursday, May 05, 2005


My wife and I listened to this mix in the car and we both just had the best time with it. Just about every track was something that I would put into my regular play list (meaning they are already on my IPod). The real standouts are:
  • the Polyphonic Spree's cover of Wig in a Box from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I've been a fan of the Spree for awhile, as they are the Cult of Wayne (Coyne of the Flaming Lips). I wasn't aware of this track, but it really works for both the song and the band. I keep meaning to buy the soundtrack for the show.
  • The Avenue Q song...so funny. I have a friend in NYC who swears by this show. Now I know why.
  • I courted my wife with the Magnetic Field's 69 Love Songs (especially "I'm the Luckiest Guy"). I like this track a lot.
  • I don't know who Robbie Williams is, but he sounds like a cross between George Michael and Rufus Wainwright. Supreme is a very interesting and listenable song.
  • The Phantom Theme...I keep trying to convince people how brilliant a film Phantom of the Paradise is. Paul William's songs are so much fun and the film, in my honest opinion, is DePalma's best. I gave my copy of the soundtrack to my brother, who is friends with Paul Williams, in the hopes of getting it back signed. Instead, it never came back...
  • The hidden German dance mix of "Rubber Ducky" almost made me crash the car...


I have to be honest. It was a little hard for me to get into this mix. While I enjoyed the humor of Belushi at the outset, in general, the music was just hitting me the wrong way. Perhaps I just didn't have the mindset for it at the time I listened to it. This is not to say there were not things I really liked. The 7 Seconds cover of 99 Red Balloons was a great track. Plus how could I really disike any group of songs that has You're the Best on it? Fucking great! As an old time Rocky Horror cast member (Eddie), Science Fiction was a cool track for me, but I kept throwing lines in in my head. My favorite track was the Dixie Power Trio's cover of Stairway to Heaven. Very nice selection.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005


As some of you know, I am participating in Lefty's Blogger Mixed-Bag music exchange. As all the folks who are participating have spent good time and money getting their music to me, the least I can do is take the time to respond.

The first I have had a chance to sit down with is the CousCous Express Soundtrack from Larry. I liked the fact that he sent along a copy of the graphic novel, "CousCous Express" along with the music. I enjoyed the book for the writing more than the art, which was not my favorite style (When I collected comics back in the day, I read stuff like Nexus, Badger and Judge Dredd...My taste in Graphic Novels runs more to Sandman...but that's me) I did like the story, though. It developed nicely and the ending made the journey worthwhile. A nice slice of life, if not a violent one.

As for the music, being from an old-time punk family (my brother was the guitarist for the early 80's West Valley punk band, Killroy), I enjoyed the punk rock parts, specifically the Circle Jerks (whose recording of Beverly Hills/Century City on the Decline of the Western Civilization Vol. 1 still stands as one of my favorite drunken punk performance ever). I'm not the biggest fan of reggae or rap, but overall, I liked the mix. It was music not currently on my IPod and I'm always open to stuff I haven't heard or don't normally listen to.


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