October's Statement Songs For The Weekend: Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind, Zappa & Gaga
First weekend of October is here. Are you one of those doofs that already goes to a costume party? Maybe give it a couple weeks, eh? In the meantime, here's twelve more tunes to tide you over.
"Gratisfaction" by The Strokes - Angles
Angles was right when Julian, Fab, Albert, Nick & Nikolai really adopted some of the new wave into their sound. This one doesn't have it as much as the other tracks, but more of a Thin Lizzy / "Reelin' In The Years" jam.
"Jazzman" by Carole King - Wrap Around Joy
Always reminds me of The Simpsons' episode "Round Springfield" with Lisa and Bleeding Gums Murphy. Carole King can sing, man.
"You Don't Know How It Feels" by Tom Petty - Wildflowers
Had a tough time deciding which song to pick for Tom, as so many of them are hits, but this one had such a nifty music video. It's one of the first songs that I remember hearing referencing weed (that my youthful ears didn't pick up on). R.I.P,
"Losing A Whole Year" by Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind
Unquestionably my favorite song by a group I've been following for a very long time. They opened with it when I first saw them in concert a few years ago, and that just reinforced my love of the song.
"So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" by Simon and Garfunkel
Perfect song to chill out to. Also, it combines two things I really dig: S&G and the incredible architecture of FLR.
"In A Blackout" by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
Heard this one a while back and then forgot about it until it was in a commercial not too long ago. Really like the eerie sound and the nighttime feel it invokes.
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"RDNZL" by Frank Zappa - Lather
This is the most badass xylophone performance you'll ever hear courtesy of Ruth Underwood. Composed by Frank Zappa, originally intended for a long unreleased quadruple album called "Lather" in 1977. The record company refused to release it, which made Frank mad, which makes me sad. Later released posthumously as a 3-CD set, this album is Zappa's masterpiece. "RDNZL" is also known as "Ruth Doesn't Need Zappa's Lyrics."
"I Am Not Willing" by Wilco - Alpha Mike Foxtrot (Rare Tracks 1994-2014)
Wilco covers Moby Grape. Spooky, eerie kind of blues, this is a perfectly realized recording. Available on the excellent 4-CD rarities box set "Alpha Mike Foxtrot." Wilco is one of those bands where I prefer B-sides to the albums (see also, Oasis).
"That's That" by Prodigy - Return Of The Mac
Alchemist is a top 5 all time hip hop producer. His super-creative techniques have kept sampling alive post-2000. Alc had a special kind of chemistry with Prodigy, best evidenced as the 2007 mixtape Return Of The Mac. These two are like peanut butter & jelly with a big nug of sour diesel stuffed inside. RIP Prodigy.
Last week on the podcast we talked about female vocalists of our generation. So I want to share three of my faves.