Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Playlist: FUN!

[Playlist is usually an attempt to distill an artist to an 80-minute mix CD. Today I operated under the assumption that this could be a 90-minute mix tape. Look, this isn't Vietnam, man. There are rules. OH YEAH?! I used to be in charge of multimillion dollar equipment. Now I can't get a job... PARKING CARS!!]

I made this mix last night. It's supposed to be fun. It makes video games better. It sure makes exercising better. I kind of made it up on the spot; tweaked it a little this morning. It all pretty much stems from the first track, the DKD theme song. Matt Buckley and Erich Kreibel of Cetus have this joke metal band called DKD (short for Die Kill Destroy). Think of Andrew W.K. or System of a Down, and you'll get... maybe like 1/3 of the joke. Anyway, they've recently created their masterpiece. It's the greatest, funniest, most danceable song of all time ever shut your face. It makes all music irrelevant, as well as food, family, and oxygen. You don't need it. This song is the green bag of sustenance you've always talked about. THIS SONG IS YOUR NEW DAMN GOOD GODDAMN GOD.

Anyway, I really like that song. And put some other songs behind it that are almost as good. Except for "I Get Wet." That one is separate but equal.

-DKD - "Theme Song [8-18 mix]"
-Andrew W.K. - "I Get Wet"
-Queen - "Princes of the Universe" [OK maybe this is the best song ever.]
-Le Tigre - "Deceptacon"
-Eels - "Get Ur Freak On"
-Kasms - "Male Bonding" [I'm obsessed with this single. Look for a full-album review... eventually.]
-Bloc Party - "Two More Years" [WISTFUL!]
-Daft Punk - "One More Time"
-Naked Eyes - "Always Something There to Remind Me"
-Adam Ant - "Stand and Deliver"
-The Rascals - "Good Lovin'"
-Death Cab for Cutie - "The Sound of Settling"
-The Hold Steady - "Constructive Summer"
-Dillinger Four - "Let Them Eat Thomas Paine"
-Rancid - "Ruby Soho" [Know what's fuckin' weird? When the songs you listened to every day in high school become nostalgia-fests. So while these DCFC and Rancid picks are super-obvious, there's still this weird feeling. Like, "Oh, I remember being lost in New Jersey when this was on." "I used to sing the Lars part here." And those moments weren't significant at the time, or at least fun. There is nothing fun about being lost in rural New Jersey. But these bullshit moments in a car, waiting to get to somewhere else, become what I remember about the people and places I've loved, and then become the moments I love because of that. This is a tangent.]
-Sleater-Kinney - "You're No Rock 'n Roll Fun"
-Nothing Painted Blue - "Houseguest"
-Ted Leo/Pharmacists - "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?"
-O Pioneers!!! - "Stressing the Fuck Out"
-Paint It Black - "Memorial Day"
-The Lawrence Arms - "The Disaster March"
-Armalite - "Dan's Hands Melt"
-The Groovie Ghoulies - "Doin' Fine"
-Discount - "Half Fiction"
-The Measure [SA] - "Hello Bastards"
-The Promise Ring - "Make Me a Mix Tape"
-Jay-Zeezer - "Surf Wax Off Your Shoulder"
-Michael Jackson - "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" [Is this guy buried yet? IS HE ALIVE?!]

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