Hey everyone. It’s been a while since my last post. And I have my reasons. Last week I was away from my computer because I was vacationing with my family at our house in Ocean City, Maryland. I spent the week working on my tan, chilling in a nice warm swimming pool, and actually going into the ocean for once. There are lots of broken seashell bits in the sand as you enter the water and it just really annoys me and kind of hurts my feet a little (I have nice and delicate feet, dammit).
The week before that I went to volunteer at the Philadelphia Union match against Everton and ended up hospitalized with heat exhaustion, which is a pretty crappy experience that I don’t recommend for anyone. I had to stay inside for a few days during the recovery process, but I wasn’t really in the mood for blogging. It made me miss out on the Union’s match against Real Madrid, which sucks because I really wanted to go to that one. But enough about my, um, awesome life. This is a Picks of the Week post, and this week’s picks are all brought to you by the letter P.
And it’s not even like I specifically chose this letter for a POTW post. When I was putting together this little list, I noticed that the songs on it were all by bands whose names began with the letter P. So I figured I might as well make that the theme. But first, check out a couple new tunes from Radiohead and Mastodon.
The Picks of the Week are coming your way after the jump, as always.
SETH GREEN: Hey, you guys hear that? It sounds like Creed!
DAX SHEPARD: I never thought I’d be so happy to hear anything that sounds like Creed!
— Without A Paddle
Ah, Creed. How I remember the halcyon days of 2000 when their songs were played on the radio every ten minutes and on TRL every day after school between Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. And how the “Pearl Jam rip-off” criticism was so prevalent that Y-100 actually held a contest where they played a song by either Creed or Pearl Jam and you could win a prize if you called the station and correctly identified the performer. I also remember how Scott Stapp wrote songs about God, kind of looked like Jesus, and struck so many poses WITH AHHRMS WAAAHDE OHH-PUN that the only way the Christ allusions could be any more obvious would have been to shoot a video at Golgotha (although they did shoot the “Don’t Stop Dancing” video in a church)… while simultaneously proclaiming that no, they were not a Christian rock band, and where in the world could you ever get that idea?
(Two videos, people. I got these images from TWO VIDEOS.)
I also remember having two of their albums. Human Clay was a burned copy and I remember listening to it once, being bored with it unless the singles were playing (now where have I made that biting criticism before?), and never really bothering with it again. I vaguely recall the non-singles often being kind of slow-paced and sometimes overlong, though never as egregiously overlong as the last album I reviewed for this feature. For all I know I could be completely wrong about this. But even now that I’m going back and revisiting all these old albums, I still feel no urge to dig up Human Clay and listen to it again.
Weathered, on the other hand… well, that was a completely different story.
Here’s the playlist for my Feb. 6, 2009 show on WMUC2. I’ve been trying to update the Download page to add more show files, but no luck so far. Stay tuned just in case.
1. The Strokes, “Juicebox” (First Impressions Of Earth)
2. Interpol, “Narc” (Antics)
3. The Hives, “A Get Together To Tear It Apart” (Veni Vidi Vicious)
4. Led Zeppelin, “Heartbreaker” (Led Zeppelin II)
5. Pearl Jam, “Spin The Black Circle” (Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003)
6. Bloc Party, “Better Than Heaven” (Intimacy)
7. Daft Punk, “Digital Love” (Discovery)
8. Kings Of Leon, “Closer” (Only By The Night)
9. The Police, “Deathwish” (Regatta De Blanc)
10. Minus The Bear, “We Are Not A Football Team” (Highly Refined Pirates)
11. R.E.M., “I Don’t Sleep, I Dream” (Monster)
12. Foo Fighters, “Statues” (Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace)
13. Coldplay, “Don’t Panic” (Parachutes)
14. The Clash, “The Card Cheat” (London Calling)
15. The National, “Abel” (Alligator)
16. My Morning Jacket, “Off The Record” (Z)
17. Incubus, “Paper Shoes” (Light Grenades)
18. Nine Black Alps, “Behind Your Eyes” (Everything Is)
19. Citizen Cope, “Son’s Gonna Rise” (The Clarence Greenwood Recordings) — for Dan O. from the Jersey Shore
20. Breaking Benjamin, “Forget It” (We Are Not Alone)
21. Snow Patrol, “Take Back The City” (A Hundred Million Suns)
22. Battles, “Leyendecker” (Mirrored)
23. Nirvana, “Lounge Act” (Nevermind)
24. Green Day, “Longview” (Dookie)
25. Muse, “Hysteria” (Absolution)
26. Radiohead, “Dollars & Cents” (Amnesiac)
27. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Around The World” (Californication)
28. The Beatles, “Back In The U.S.S.R.” (The White Album) — you won’t hear this in the download file because I had to go over by a couple minutes to fill dead air until the next host arrived
Here’s the playlist for my Nov. 21, 2008 show on WMUC2. As I said before, I’m just trying to get all the “old playlist” posts done and over with.
1. Bloc Party, “Helicopter” (Silent Alarm)
2. White Rabbits, “Kid On My Shoulders” (Fort Nightly)
3. The Hives, “Here We Go Again” (Barely Legal)
4. Mute Math, “Typical” (Mute Math)
5. Pearl Jam, “Do The Evolution” (Yield)
6. Mastodon, “Sleeping Giant” (Blood Mountain)
7. The Sword, “Barael’s Blade” (Age Of Winters)
8. Jimi Hendrix, “Manic Depression” (Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix)
9. At The Drive-In, “Alpha Centauri” (In/Casino/Out)
10. The Clash, “Death Or Glory” (London Calling)
11. Green Day, “St. Jimmy” (American Idiot)
12. Interpol, “Length Of Love” (Antics)
13. Nine Black Alps, “Just Friends” (Everything Is)
14. Nirvana, “On A Plain” (Nevermind)
15. The Police, “Truth Hits Everybody” (Outlandos d’Amour)
16. Nine Inch Nails, “We’re In This Together” (The Fragile)
17. Queens Of The Stone Age, “I Never Came” (Lullabies To Paralyze)
18. R.E.M., “Pop Song 89” (Green)
19. My Morning Jacket, “Aluminum Park” (Evil Urges)
20. Kings Of Leon, “True Love Way” (Because Of The Times)
21. Foo Fighters, “Good Grief” (Foo Fighters)
22. The National, “Guest Room” (Boxer)
23. The Beatles, “Glass Onion” (The White Album)
24. Radiohead, “Life In A Glasshouse” (Amnesiac)
25. My Chemical Romance, “You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison” (Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge)
26. Fall Out Boy, “I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me” (From Under The Cork Tree)
27. The Fall Of Troy, “We Better Learn To Hotwire A Uterus” (Doppelganger)
28. Double Dagger, “I Was So Bored I Wanted To Hang Myself On The Dancefloor” (Double Dagger)
29. Minus The Bear, “Thanks For The Killer Game Of Crisco Twister” (Highly Refined Pirates)