Posts tagged “My Morning Jacket

The Search for the Song of the Summer

Every summer is often defined by that one massive pop hit, that one song that so thoroughly dominates the airwaves that it will lurk in your memories of that summer for years to come whether you like it or not. And as much as I would love for the Radioheads and My Morning Jackets and Minus The Bears of the world to dominate the summer with a monster hit, I’ve accepted that it’ll probably never happen. Not unless I one day gain the power to reshape mainstream culture to fit my own taste. There’s probably an X-Men character who can do that.

Last year the title was pretty much handed to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” the instant it was released. This left me to wonder if I was the only person on Earth who realized that “California Gurls” was a blatant rewrite of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” a song that already irritated the crap out of me the first time around. Hell, I still have memories of being the only kid alive in 1996 who didn’t want to learn the stupid Macarena. And if I ever hear “Livin’ La Vida Loca” or “All Star” again, it will be too soon. I guess the lesson is that no matter what the song of the summer ends up being, by the end of that summer simply hearing the first new notes of that damn song will be enough to drive you utterly mad.

So with the summer of 2011 officially underway, let’s take a look at some randomly chosen contenders from this week’s Hot 100. The fun begins after the jump!

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A Quick Update Because I Was Away

Hey everyone. Just got back from a weekend in Ocean City, Maryland. In between looking to see whether or not My Morning Jacket has announced any tour dates in the Philly area (answer: no) (EDIT: The answer is now YES — they’re playing the Mann Center on August 23) and any updates on whether or not a new Radiohead tour has been announced at all (answer: also no), I noticed that I haven’t updated this blog in a while. So much for that whole “new post every week” schedule I’d been trying to stick to. So here’s a nice quick Colin’s Collection update to get me back in the swing of things. As always, the list can be found after the jump. Or if you prefer, you could always just listen to this song that inspired the title of today’s post (and also much of Green Day’s post-Warning career).

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Hey Look, Another Collection Update

Hey everyone, I’m back on the blogosphere with another eagerly-anticipated (by very few people, if any) Colin’s Collection update. I’ve been pretty busy with job hunting lately, going to career fairs, browsing Craigslist, checking temp agency websites, and other wonderful stuff. Okay, I’m lying about that last bit — job hunting is pretty much the most frustrating and depressing thing in the world.

The good news is that so far this has been a pretty good year for music. I just keep on adding stuff to my collection, and with new releases from the likes of My Morning Jacket (Circuital comes out on 5/31) and the Arctic Monkeys (the oddly titled Suck It And See arrives in June) on the horizon, I know I’m still not done.

My latest musical acquisitions are coming up after the jump.

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Sept. 25, 2009: Show #25

Hey everyone. I know I’ve really been slacking with the blog lately — not that anyone would notice, since I haven’t had a double-digit hit count since September 24 — but I just haven’t really felt like blogging for whatever reason. I’d like to say I had a better excuse than that for slacking off with this thing, but that’s just how it is.

Anyway, here’s the playlist from the 9/25/09 show. Hopefully one of these days I’ll actually write something more substantial than one of these playlist posts. That, however, would require me to stop being a lazy slacker.

1. Radiohead, “Bangers & Mash” (In Rainbows bonus disc)

2. TV On The Radio, “Golden Age” (Dear Science)

3. Arctic Monkeys, “Fake Tales Of San Francisco” (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)

4. Cave In, “Lost In The Air” (Antenna)

5. Band Of Horses, “Is There A Ghost” (Cease To Begin)

6. RX Bandits, “Tainted Wheat” (…And The Battle Begun)

7. At The Drive-In, “A Devil Among The Tailors” (In/Casino/Out)

8. Kings Of Leon, “Notion” (Only By The Night)

9. Interpol, “Slow Hands” (Antics)

10. Deerhunter, “Saved By Old Times” (Microcastle)

11. The Clash, “Lost In The Supermarket” (London Calling)

12. British Sea Power, “Down On The Ground” (Do You Like Rock Music?)

13. Thrice, “As The Crow Flies” (The Alchemy Index: Vol. 3 — Air)

14. Foo Fighters, “Cold Day In The Sun” (In Your Honor)

15. Spoon, “Jonathon Fisk” (Kill The Moonlight)

16. My Morning Jacket, “Thank You Too!” (Evil Urges)

17. Minus The Bear, “When We Escape” (Planet Of Ice)

18. The National, “Secret Meeting” (Alligator)

19. R.E.M., “Near Wild Heaven” (Out Of Time)

20. Pavement, “Major Leagues” (Terror Twilight)

21. Radiohead, “Lucky” (OK Computer)

22. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “She’s Only 18” (Stadium Arcadium)

23. Muse, “Muscle Museum” (Showbiz)

24. Snow Patrol, “Shut Your Eyes” (Eyes Open)

25. Bloc Party, “Signs” (Intimacy)

26. Weezer, “El Scorcho” (Pinkerton)

27. The Beach Boys, “Wendy” (Endless Summer)

28. The Decemberists, “O Valencia!” (The Crane Wife)

29. Elvis Costello, “Veronica” (Spike)

30. The Beatles, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Abbey Road)


Sept. 18, 2009: Show #24

All right! The new semester is well underway, and I’ve got another playlist to post here for you all. Twenty-four shows, man. And I somehow still haven’t completely run out of ideas for Top 5 lists! Which reminds me… it’s been a really long time since the last time I posted a Top 5 writeup. Maybe I’ll get around to doing it this weekend. It would make more sense for me to post the next one some time in December, seeing as how it was a Christmas special, but I’d rather just post them in the order they were aired. Makes it easier for me to keep track of which ones I’ve done and which ones I haven’t done. I might get around to finally posting it here soon… but until then, sit tight.

Also, before I begin, I would like to dedicate this playlist to the one and only Jack Bauer, what with this being the 24th show and all.

Jack Bauer is the only man to have ever survived a roundhouse kick to the face from Chuck Norris. True story.

Jack Bauer is the only man to have ever survived a roundhouse kick to the face from Chuck Norris. True story.

And now, on with the playlist!

1. Foo Fighters, “In Your Honor” (In Your Honor)

2. Radiohead, “Just” (The Bends)

3. The Fall Of Troy, “Oh! The Casino!” (Manipulator)

4. We Are Scientists, “Lousy Reputation” (With Love And Squalor)

5. Pavement, “Passat Dream” (Brighten The Corners)

6. Interpol, “Rest My Chemistry” (Our Love To Admire)

7. Modest Mouse, “Florida” (We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank)

8. Arctic Monkeys, “Brianstorm” (Favourite Worst Nightmare)

9. Early Man, “Four Walls” (Closing In)

10. High On Fire, “Cometh Down Hessian” (Blessed Black Wings)

11. Metallica, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Ride The Lightning)

12. Mastodon, “Naked Burn” (Leviathan)

13. Slayer, “Reborn” (Reign In Blood)

14. Gojira, “Backbone” (From Mars To Sirius)

15. The Sword, “Under The Boughs” (Gods Of The Earth)

16. Minus The Bear, “Women We Haven’t Met Yet” (Highly Refined Pirates)

17. The Whigs, “I Got Ideas” (Mission Control)

18. Kings Of Leon, “Pistol Of Fire” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

19. Cave In, “Anchor” (Antenna)

20. Deerhunter, “Focus Group” (Weird Era Continued)

21. The Decemberists, “Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)” (The Crane Wife)

22. U2, “Staring At The Sun” (Pop)

23. Muse, “Supermassive Black Hole” (Black Holes & Revelations)

24. The National, “Slow Show” (Boxer)

25. Bloc Party, “Pioneers” (Silent Alarm)

26. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Go With The Flow” (Songs For The Deaf)

27. My Morning Jacket, “One Big Holiday” (It Still Moves)

28. Radiohead, “There There (The Boney King Of Nowhere)” (Hail To The Thief)

One last thing: I’d like to thank my parents for sending me a copy of the new RX Bandits album Mandala for my birthday. I’d been looking all over for that album, having just gotten into the band over the summer, and couldn’t find it. Oh, and thanks to everyone who listened to the show tonight as well. Keep tuning in every Friday from 4-6 p.m. on WMUC2, and keep watching this space.


Sept. 11, 2009: Show #23

I know what you’re thinking. “Hey, what the hell is this? Two 9/11 posts in a row? Wasn’t this blog supposed to be about music or something?” Well, don’t you worry your pretty little heads. This is a totally different kind of post relating to 9/11. I did my first show of the fall semester yesterday, and here’s the playlist…

1. Bloc Party, “The Marshals Are Dead” (Silent Alarm B-sides)

2. Cave In, “Come Into Your Own” (Tides Of Tomorrow EP)

3. Spoon, “The Way We Get By” (Kill The Moonlight)

4. Band Of Horses, “Weed Party” (Everything All The Time)

5. Pavement, “You Are A Light” (Terror Twilight)

6. Radiohead, “These Are My Twisted Words” (Wall Of Ice EP — just kidding, it’s a single)

7. Blur, “M.O.R.” (Blur)

8. Arctic Monkeys, “When The Sun Goes Down” (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)

9. The Fall Of Troy, “I Just Got This Symphony Goin'” (Doppelganger)

10. Titus Andronicus, “My Time Outside The Womb” (The Airing Of Grievances)

11. Green Day, “Murder City” (21st Century Breakdown)

12. Minus The Bear, “Memphis & 53rd” (Menos El Oso)

13. My Morning Jacket, “What A Wonderful Man” (Z)

14. The National, “Available” (Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers)

15. RX Bandits, “One Million Miles An Hour, Fast Asleep” (…And The Battle Begun)

16. Dead Confederate, “Shadow The Walls” (Dead Confederate EP)

17. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Tangled Up In Plaid” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

18. Kings Of Leon, “Soft” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

19. Radiohead, “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (OK Computer)

20. Nirvana, “Stay Away” (Nevermind)

21. British Sea Power, “Trip Out” (Do You Like Rock Music?)

22. White Rabbits, “Percussion Gun” (It’s Frightening)

23. Green Day, “21 Guns” (21st Century Breakdown)

24. Muse, “Uprising” (The Resistance)

25. Silversun Pickups, “Panic Switch” (Swoon)

26. Thom Yorke, “The Present Tense” (live @ Latitude Festival)

27. Grizzly Bear, “Two Weeks” (Veckatimest)

28. The Beatles, “Taxman” (Revolver) — played to fill dead air

Well, that covers it for my first show of my last semester here at the University of Maryland. As always, keep tuning in every Friday from 4-6 p.m. on WMUC2 and keep watching this space for more updates and fun stuff.


May 15, 2009: Show #22

Here it is, folks… the last of my playlists from the 2008-09 school year. An emotional moment, I know. But I plan to be back for the Fall ’09 semester, having submitted my returning DJ application today. So far I’m thinking my biggest issue will be thinking up ideas for new Top 5 lists. If you’ve got any ideas for lists, I’m all ears. Check the Top 5 page on this site so you’ll know which lists I’ve already done — I’d rather not repeat myself, after all.

Anyway, here’s the playlist from May 15, 2009.

1. Mastodon, “Quintessence” (Crack The Skye)

2. Intronaut, “Australopithecus” (Prehistoricisms)

3. Slayer, “Dissident Aggressor” (South Of Heaven)

4. Metallica, “Escape” (Ride The Lightning)

5. Baroness, “O’Appalachia” (Red Album)

6. Between The Buried And Me, “Prequel To The Sequel” (Colors)

7. High On Fire, “Fury Whip” (Death Is This Communion)

8. The Sword, “March Of The Lor” (Age Of Winters)

9. At The Drive-In, “Mannequin Republic” (Relationship Of Command)

10. Green Day, “Peacemaker” (21st Century Breakdown)

11. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Auto Pilot” (Rated R)

12. Radiohead, “Where I End And You Begin (The Sky Is Falling In)” (Hail To The Thief)

13. My Morning Jacket, “Two Halves” (Evil Urges)

14. Minus The Bear, “Fulfill The Dream” (Menos El Oso)

15. Interpol, “Next Exit” (Antics)

16. Pavement, “Starlings Of The Slipstream” (Brighten The Corners)

17. Foo Fighters, “Miracle” (In Your Honor)

18. Kings Of Leon, “Revelry” (Only By The Night)

19. Blur, “No Distance Left To Run” (13)

20. The National, “Racing Like A Pro” (Boxer)

21. Weezer, “The Good Life” (Pinkerton)

22. Bloc Party, “Rhododendrons” (“Hunting For Witches” single)

23. Nirvana, “You Know You’re Right” (Nirvana)

24. The Beatles, “Eleanor Rigby” (Revolver)

25. Radiohead, “No Surprises” (OK Computer)

Well, that covers it for all the playlist posts. Be sure to watch this space for updates about next semester’s show times, and also for all the Internet-only content.


When Bad Songs Happen To Good Bands #2

As anyone who’s listened to my show, read this blog, or glanced at the lengthy favorite music section on my Facebook page would know, My Morning Jacket is one of my favorite bands. It took me a while to get into their music, but it eventually happened, and once I fall for a band, I fall hard. The band that once bored my Limp-Bizkit-lovin’ teenage self is now a regular on Listen Up! playlists, and I await their next album/tour eagerly because I hear they’re fantastic live.

But even Jim James and the Jacket are just as prone as anyone else to writing a lousy song. And on their 2008 album Evil Urges, they unleashed a beast that’s left me shaking my head and reaching for the skip button ever since. Pitchfork called it “eye-poppingly annoying.” Magnet magazine compared the experience of listening to this song to “FBI lifers finding out J. Edgar Hoover liked wearing dresses on the weekends.”

My Morning Jacket called it “Highly Suspicious.” I’m calling it an example of what happens… When Bad Songs Happen To Good Bands.

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May 8, 2009: Show #21

Hey everyone! I’m finally back after yet another lengthy hiatus from the blogosphere. I just got back home last night from a nine-day vacation with my family in Ocean City, MD (we have a house down there). The weather was consistently pleasant, despite the meteorologists’ insistence to the contrary for a few days; the pool was always a bit chilly at first but would soon become comfortable; there was a nice breeze at the beach; the new Harry Potter movie was pretty solid; my dad celebrated his birthday; the Phillies have been kicking ass for the last few weeks (including tonight’s 10-1 demolition of the Cubs) and are the favorites to trade for kickass pitcher Roy Halladay; Married With Children reruns were on a lot in the morning and are still hilarious; I finally got to read Thank You For Smoking; and all in all it was a pretty good week.

So now that I’m back in the Keystone State, I bring you the playlist for my penultimate show of the 2008-09 school year on May 8, 2009. The playlist and more after the jump!

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April 24, 2009: Show #19

Hey everyone! I’ve finally returned to the blogosphere. My exams have all been taken, my papers have all been written, and an entire apartment’s worth of my stuff has been crammed into an SUV and driven back to Pennsylvania. I’m still not entirely sure how we pulled that last part off. Apparently the Ford Freestyle has more cargo room than I’ve ever given it credit for. Either that, or my mom’s a packing genius. I think I’ll go with a little of column A and a little of column B.

So on to the next playlist post! And hoo boy, do I remember this show well. This aired during a time when my computer had been all screwed up and I was relying mainly on YouTube (with some help from Myspace and Last.fm and the like) to do my shows. On April 24, 2009, I realized why relying on YouTube can result in total disaster. Stuff was taking too long to load and then there would be additional sound effects in the videos that I didn’t want being played. But as much as I’d like to give this show the Wayside School treatment — there is no 19th story in Wayside School and no 19th Listen Up! show — I can’t pretend it didn’t happen. Here’s the playlist from that show, and thankfully things went much more smoothly with subsequent shows.

1. Green Day, “Know Your Enemy” (21st Century Breakdown)

2. Blur, “Parklife” (Parklife)

3. Weezer, “Possibilities” (Maladroit)

4. Jupiter One, “Countdown” (Jupiter One)

5. Queens Of The Stone Age, “3’s & 7’s” (Era Vulgaris)

6. The Sword, “Iron Swan” (Age Of Winters)

7. High On Fire, “Waste Of Tiamat” (Death Is This Communion)

8. Between The Buried And Me, “Viridian” (Colors)

9. Metallica, “Whiplash” (live in Athens, Greece — originally on Kill ‘Em All)

10. Fierce Allegiance, “No Way Out” (The Meaning Of Sacrifice)

11. Mastodon, “Aqua Dementia” (Leviathan)

12. Radiohead, “Knives Out” (Amnesiac) — dammit, I forgot to play my cell phone ringtone on the air that day. With the help of Audacity, I made the first 20 seconds of “Knives Out” my custom ringtone. My text message alert, in case you’re curious, is the end of the Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” with Ringo Starr yelling, “I’VE GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGERS!”

13. Rancid, “Time Bomb” (…And Out Come The Wolves)

14. Deerhunter, “Agoraphobia” (Microcastle)

15. Thrice, “Image Of The Invisible” (Vheissu)

16. Solar Powered Sun Destroyer, “Some Assembly Required” (live on WMUC Third Rail Radio 4/19/09, originally on Intromission EP)

17. Interpol, “The Heinrich Maneuver” (Our Love To Admire)

18. Bloc Party, “Mercury” (Intimacy)

19. The National, “Brainy” (Boxer)

20. My Morning Jacket, “Evil Urges” (Evil Urges)

21. Kings Of Leon, “Taper Jean Girl” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

22. The Hold Steady, “Stuck Between Stations” (Boys And Girls In America)

23. Muse, “Starlight” (Black Holes & Revelations)

24. Foo Fighters, “All My Life” (One By One)

25. Radiohead, “2+2 = 5 (The Lukewarm)” (Hail To The Thief)

26. Nirvana, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Nevermind)

So what was the real lesson? If you rely on your computer to do your radio shows, God help you if it gets a virus and stops working. Also, don’t leave things in the fridge. And as always, join my Facebook group if you’ve got an account and keep watching this space.