December 29, 2011
The Aural Annual - Parte Uno

Looks like I can't get the year in reviews done for music before the year runs out, but here is good down payment on my year in music. I think the categories are at least similar to stuff I have done historically - though this has been my year of Spotify, so it ain't really all the same.

Without further adieu, part one:

OLD SONGS I LISTENED TO AND ENJOYED MOST THIS YEAR
Spotify has greatly screwed up what I listen to. Having access to lots of old music has warped my consumption so that I listen to lots of old music. These aren't all Spotify specials, but the bulk are. If you want to take a first-person walk through my perversions, I have put some highlights from this list together as a Spotify playlist for you (found here)

Felt - Chewed Up: I wonder what the whitey saps who think they are getting the alt band of the same name's album imagine when they see an album called In Praise Of Rosie Perez...
Laibach - Opus Dei/Get Back: When returning to Chicago, I dragged out all my old Wax Trax nuggets to have on as I drove around apartment hunting. The fascist military dirges stuck! Must be the bratwurst.
B.A.D. - Sony: How can one visit Japan without it? Surely you don't think I'd lead with trite shit like Turning Japanese did you?
Amy Winehouse - Rehab: Her talent is greatly overstated, but her death is very sad. This is actually now a completely morose little ditty, and I think that is why I am finally down with it. As it was before, nothing could be more repellent.
First Aid Kit - When I Grow Up: I just like them I think.
Chapterhouse - Pearl: There is that one sample that got used on PiL, Siouxsie Sioux, and a couple other records that is all over this too. I have heard the source but can't think of it. Anyhoo, that plus the drums from When The Levee Breaks plus the shoegaze gauze make this a classic even if they all but fell off the earth after.
Warren Zevon - Werewolves O' London: My mom asked me to find a copy of this for her and I didn't stop listening to it really for a few months.
Etta James - Tell Mama: Chess Records is what Chicago sounds like to me. This is among the best, and that is saying something.
Aretha Franklin - Mockingbird: Mock (yeah) Ing-e' (yeah-heah- heah) Boyd (Yeah) Yeah. Yeah.
Earth Wind & Fire - Shining Star: Just the horns would rate its spins, and those are secondary to its whole.
Isley Brothers - Fight The Power: Believe me or not, I grew up with this song on in the house all the time because my mama played it. Sad that people know them for Shout and Ice Cube samples more than this.
Love-n-Rockets - Sweet FA: After Earth Sun Moon, there isn't much I love by them, but this is one.
Alice Cooper - Generation Landslide: This is genius. All-time great. Wish I'd found it sooner.
Jim O Rourke - Women Of The World: If I said I liked the YACHT version first, the nerds who know this my call bullshit. Tis true.
Three Dog Night - Shambala: I hate liking anything by them (Chuck Negron's mustache is a serious aesthetic issue one can't divorce from the music.) I do very much like this - and what is stupid is I really don't like the wolf-call chorus, but the verses. I think this is why God keeps me from being in a band. I would cover this.
Frankie Knuckles - Whistle Song: I realize this isn't his prime, nor really related to Chicago, but this is where the house music comes from and I happen to like this (and he made more money off this that being the prime mover for that kind of music ever got him.)
Pogues - Fairytale Of New York: I also love Sunny Side Of The Street, but I listened to this most.
Slade - Run Runaway: If you don't like this, you don't like rock music.
Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together: Probably listened to this song more than any other this year.
Wilbert Harrison - Let's Work Together: Also listened to it my the tonne.
Cab Calloway - Everybody Eats When They Come To My House: Impossible to dislike.
Merle Haggard - Somewhere On Skid Row: I forgive him his reactionary bullshit (he can't sing it with a straight face himself.) That guitar sound is soul tonic. That voice can be even more so.
Blue Oyster Cult - This Ain't The Summer Of Love: I can't believe these guys were taken so seriously. Go to one of their county fair shows and see who shows up to hear this stuff. None of it makes sense. It seems so innocent now - still cool tho.
Off Broadway - Stay In Time/Full Moon Turn My Head Around: Chicago nostalgia. Shame on me.
Social Distortion - Bad Luck: The only reason to spare Orange County saturation napalming is Social Distortion.
Big Star - Jesus Christ (demo): Can I bring myself to buy the box set or not, that is the question...Not sure. I do very much love every take on this I have heard by them.
James Brown - Sex Machine/Papa Don't Take No Mess: You can't dislike JB without disliking yourself. If you've never wanted to get up and do your thing, you're doing it wrong. F the Flying Lizards.
Beach Boys - Good Vibrations (Smile Version): Calm Me Down, Calm Calm Me Down.
The Church - Life Speeds Up: I always thought The Church over-rated when I was younger. They were kinda wasted on the 15 year old me even though they were New Wave as hell. Better late than never I guess.
Aerosmith - Chiquita: Foo Fighters should be sued for Rope.
Weird Al Yankovic - Taco Grande: Did you know I have a Chihuahua?
El Vez - Chihuahua: He's cute and I say "Mang" to him like it is "Man".
Fun Boy Three - Summertime (12" mix): Not sure what to say. A morose cover of an uplifting song. I can't look away.
Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water: So good, the shittiest lyrics of all time are redeemed by it.
Magnetic Fields - Fido Your Leash Is Too Long: I think Book Of Love is a beautiful song, and 69 Love Songs is an amazing achievement. For some reason I find myself going back to this as often as anything from it. I think it started as a dog walking thing too.
Bone Thugs n Harmony - 1st Of Tha Month: Business trips to Cleveland. I listened to Ah Leah and Love Is Like A Rock too fwiw.
Lou Reed - Dirty Boulevard: Doesn't appear on most of his greatest hits packages, so it is one of the first things I looked for on Spotify. Tis good.
Luis Miguel - Isabel: Another Spotify-enabled revival. This from my Spanish class trip to Mexico in the mid 80s.
Frally/Jolie Holland - Old/New: Morose little nugget I have enjoyed.
Chicago - Street Player: White music from Illinois is 95% abhorrent shit. REO Speedwagon. Styx. Survivor. The Buckinghams. 95% of what Cheap Trick did. And then the band Chicago. That The Bomb was salvaged from this SPF 100 turd has turned the original into another one of those wrecks on the highway for the ears I can't avoid but gaping at. I feel very deep shame.
Metric - Black History Month: Late to their catalog, but working my way through.
Loverboy - Turn Me Loose: I have many guilty pleasures, but I share this because I am not sure how many - if any - also have it (what good is listing Dancing Queen or You Sexy Thing - which coulda been on this list easy.) Initially, this was one of my "narrate the walking of the dog" songs that ended up getting wider play. I do indeed, need to do things my way (why didn't Sinatra cover this btw?)

REISSUES
Smiths - Complete: Awesome.
B.A.D. - This Is Big Audio Dynamite: Sad this is all but ignored by the revisiting of history by the youngins. They have no idea how bomb this was.
Beach Boys - Smile: Was not the best album never released since they did release the best of it. However, Good Vibrations is probably my favorite Top 40 song of all time. Good Vibrations on this is the greatest musical recording ever made. Maybe the only one that people will need from this epoch 100 years from now.
U2 - Achtung Baby!: Aged better than I thought. Good extras too. I like the U2 reissues so far very much.
Rolling Stones - Some Girls: Truly, the last look at who they were when they were the greatest band in the world. No extras here up to the quality of Exile's Plundered My Soul, but still, if one assembles all the stuff they did during these sessions and this era, it really was their last purge of excellence. Sad seeing their suckage after this.


Up next, BEST SONGS and ALBUMS

Posted by rudayday at December 29, 2011 07:38 AM