Posts tagged “We Are Scientists

Colin’s Collection: The Class of 2010

My last Colin’s Collection post was written about a year ago, around the time I picked up Spoon’s Transference. Over the past 12 months I’ve added quite a bit of music to the ol’ collection, though not as much as plenty of other people. I’ve seen posts by random people who don’t work for music magazines or professional music blogs who have more albums in their “favorites of the year” lists than I bought all year, period. Also, I’m one of those weirdos who still likes to have a physical copy of an album and doesn’t download much music at all.

Spoon's liner notes: Proof that I'm not the only weirdo.

So aside from the aforementioned Transference, what other music did I pick up in 2010? Don’t touch that dial — or mouse… or whatever… because the list is coming up after the jump.

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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.


I’ve Run Out Of Economy Jokes

…But I still have money with which I add music to my ever-expanding collection!

Yesterday I read an Associated Press article that said the economic recession may finally be over. I would have linked to it here and made a joke about how I’ve saved the economy by buying music, allowing me to bask in a wonderful I-told-you-so moment, but now I can’t find the article anywhere. Figures.

As always, here’s a list of music I’ve recently acquired. And some other stuff I look forward to acquiring as well. The list, along with additional commentary and whatnot, after the jump.

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April 3, 2009: Show #17

Hey everyone! I’ve got good news and bad news for you all.

Bad news first: As it turns out, the motherboard in my computer got all fucked up by a virus or something, so I had to get a new one. To everyone who has ever created a computer virus in your life, FUCK YOU. I HOPE SOMEONE FINDS A WAY TO PUT A COMPUTER VIRUS IN YOUR BRAIN SO YOUR DEATH SHALL BE ONE OF GREAT POETIC JUSTICE. Of course, then somebody will find a way to build on this idea and make these computer viruses contagious from person to person. Who says technological advances are always good things?

While I’m on the subject of evil technology, I wonder how many people thought the wheel was a bad idea. There’s your food for thought for today.

Also, more bad news: This show is by far the shortest playlist in the history of Listen Up! And that includes the hour-long “audition shows” I did in the fall 2008 semester. It got cut off by Maryland baseball before the one-hour mark, also making this the first edition of Listen Up! that didn’t end with a weekly Top 5 list. But isn’t that how it always goes? The jocks beating up the band geeks or something like that? First they took your lunch money, then they took your girlfriends, now they’re taking your airtime on the radio.

BUT THEYLL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!

BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!

Bowling For Soup was fuckin’ right, man — high school never ends.

Now for the good news. I’ve got a new computer now, which means things should be proceeding normally again — no more relying on YouTube and Last.fm for my playlists! Plus, I’ll also be able to update this blog on a more regular basis. Unfortunately, I don’t have my shows saved on this computer, so I won’t be able to upload any new download files for a while.

Anyway, on to the playlist!

1. Thrice, “Firebreather” (The Alchemy Index — Vol. 1: Fire)

2. Kings Of Leon, “Fans” (Because Of The Times)

3. Nine Black Alps, “Shot Down” (Everything Is)

4. We Are Scientists, “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” (With Love And Squalor)

5. Bloc Party, “So Here We Are” (Silent Alarm)

6. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Someone’s In The Wolf” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

7. The Fall Of Troy, “Semi-Fiction” (Manipulator)

8. Radiohead, “Palo Alto” (Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP)

Told you that was a short playlist. And as always, join my Facebook group, keep tuning in every Friday from 6-8 p.m. on WMUC2, and keep watching this space.


Feb. 27, 2009: Show #14

Here’s the playlist for my Feb. 27, 2009 show on WMUC2. No lengthy introductions this time, but as always, join my Facebook group if you have an account there (and haven’t already joined), keep listening every Friday from 6-8 p.m. on WMUC2, and keep watching this space.

1. John Mayer Trio, “Who Did You Think I Was” (Try! John Mayer Trio Live)

2. We Are Scientists, “Altered Beast” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

3. Snow Patrol, “Whatever’s Left” (Final Straw)

4. Nine Black Alps, “Unsatisfied” (Everything Is)

5. Muse, “The Small Print” (Absolution)

6. TV On The Radio, “Crying” (Dear Science)

7. Spoon, “I Turn My Camera On” (Gimme Fiction)

8. Kings Of Leon, “The Bucket” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

9. At The Drive-In, “Napoleon Solo” (In/Casino/Out)

10. Burning Brides, “Arctic Snow” (Fall Of The Plastic Empire)

11. Alkaline Trio, “Private Eye” (From Here To Infirmary)

12. Dead Confederate, “Goner” (Wrecking Ball)

13. The Sword, “How Heavy This Axe” (Gods Of The Earth)

14. Mastodon, “Hunters Of The Sky” (Blood Mountain)

15. Opeth, “Coil” (Watershed)

16. Minus The Bear, “Dr. L’Ling” (Planet Of Ice)

17. My Morning Jacket, “I’m Amazed” (Evil Urges)

18. Nirvana, “Breed” (Nevermind)

19. The Whigs, “Production City” (Mission Control)

20. Bloc Party, “One Month Off” (Intimacy)

21. The Fall Of Troy, “Act One, Scene One” (Doppelganger)

22. Foo Fighters, “But, Honestly” (Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace)

23. Blur, “The Universal” (The Great Escape)

24. The Beatles, “Let It Be” (Let It Be)

25. Sigur Ros, “Starálfur” (Ágætis Byrjun)

26. Radiohead, “How To Disappear Completely” (Kid A)


Feb. 13, 2009: Show #12 – Valentine’s Day Special

Hey everyone. In an attempt to lighten the mood of this blog somewhat after the last post’s journey into the realm of scary music (not to mention the darker reaches of my imagination), here’s the playlist from my Valentine’s Day special on Feb. 13, 2009.

1. Jimi Hendrix, “Foxey Lady” (Experience Hendrix: The Best Of Jimi Hendrix)

2. Blur, “Coffee & TV” (13)

3. The Smashing Pumpkins, “Cupid De Locke” (Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness)

4. Spoon, “Finer Feelings” (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)

5. Daft Punk, “Something About Us” (Discovery)

6. The Fall Of Troy, “Quarter Past” (Manipulator)

7. The Darkness, “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” (Permission To Land)

8. We Are Scientists, “Lethal Enforcer” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

9. Coldplay, “Yellow” (Parachutes)

10. The Police, “Next To You” (Outlandos d’Amour)

11. Green Day, “Extraordinary Girl” (American Idiot)

12. Queens Of The Stone Age, “In My Head” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

13. Foo Fighters, “Big Me” (Foo Fighters)

14. The Strokes, “12:51” (Room On Fire)

15. Cake, “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” (Comfort Eagle)

16. Bloc Party, “Sunday” (A Weekend In The City)

17. Minus The Bear, “Pachuca Sunrise” (Menos El Oso)

18. Muse, “Unintended” (Showbiz)

19. Radiohead, “All I Need” (In Rainbows)

20. My Morning Jacket, “Knot Comes Loose” (Z)

21. Garbage, “Milk” (Garbage)

22. The Beatles, “Something” (Abbey Road)

23. Snow Patrol, “Grazed Knees” (Final Straw)

24. Weezer, “Across The Sea” (Pinkerton)

25. The Beach Boys, “God Only Knows” (Pet Sounds)

26. U2, “All I Want Is You” (Rattle & Hum)

27. Peter Gabriel, “In Your Eyes” (So)


Jan. 30, 2009: Show #10

Finally into double digits!

I know I said I was done with the “old playlist” posts. That still applies — this playlist is from last week. Lawyer logic for the win… or something like that. Here’s the playlist.

1. Radiohead, “Electioneering” (OK Computer)

2. At The Drive-In, “Extracurricular” (Relationship Of Command)

3. Kings Of Leon, “Molly’s Chambers” (Youth And Young Manhood)

4. Modest Mouse, “Ocean Breathes Salty” (Good News For People Who Love Bad News)

5. The Walkmen, “That’s The Punch Line” (Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone)

6. Dead Confederate, “Heavy Petting” (Wrecking Ball)

7. Rise Against, “Black Masks And Gasoline” (Revolutions Per Minute)

8. The Smashing Pumpkins, “Jellybelly” (Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness)

9. The Sword, “To Take The Black” (Gods Of The Earth)

10. Motorhead, “Ace Of Spades” (Ace Of Spades)

11. Metallica, “Motorbreath” (Kill ‘Em All)

12. Mastodon, “Island” (Leviathan)

13. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Medication” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

14. High On Fire, “Silver Black” (Blessed Black Wings)

15. AC/DC, “Have A Drink On Me” (Back In Black)

16. Deerhunter, “Nothing Ever Happened” (Microcastle)

17. TV On The Radio, “Dancing Choose” (Dear Science)

18. Spoon, “Someone Something” (Kill The Moonlight)

19. The Beatles, “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” (The White Album)

20. My Morning Jacket, “Masterplan” (It Still Moves)

21. We Are Scientists, “Impatience” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

22. The National, “Karen” (Alligator)

23. The Whigs, “Already Young” (Mission Control)

24. Muse, “Knights Of Cydonia” (Black Holes & Revelations)

25. Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (Purple)

26. Beck, “E-Pro” (Guero)

27. Foo Fighters, “Monkey Wrench” (The Colour And The Shape)

28. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (A Night At The Opera)

29. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Runnin’ Down A Dream” (Greatest Hits, also on Petty’s solo album Full Moon Fever)


Dec. 5, 2008: Show #8

Just a couple more of these “old playlist” posts and then I’ll finally have the latest one up.

So, in the immortal words of the Joker, “And here… we… GO!”

1. The Hives, “Main Offender” (Veni Vidi Vicious)

2. The Sword, “Lords” (Gods Of The Earth)

3. Kings Of Leon, “Four Kicks” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

4. Nirvana, “Milk It” (In Utero)

5. Rancid, “Red Hot Moon” (Indestructible)

6. Battles, “Atlas” (Mirrored)

7. At The Drive-In, “Cosmonaut” (Relationship Of Command)

8. Metallica, “Battery” (Master Of Puppets)

9. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Everybody Knows That You’re Insane” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

10. The Dillinger Escape Plan, “Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants” (Miss Machine)

11. The Whigs, “Nothing Is Easy” (Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip)

12. Foo Fighters, “Stacked Actors” (There Is Nothing Left To Lose)

13. Rise Against, “The First Drop” (Siren Song Of The Counter Culture)

14. The Smashing Pumpkins, “The End Is The Beginning Is The End” (‘Batman & Robin’ Soundtrack)

15. Muse, “Apocalypse Please” (Absolution)

16. The Walkmen, “We’ve Been Had” (Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone)

17. The Clash, “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” (London Calling)

18. The Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black” (Forty Licks, Aftermath US version)

19. Minus The Bear, “Throwin’ Shapes” (Planet Of Ice)

20. Bloc Party, “Positive Tension” (Silent Alarm)

21. Spoon, “The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine” (Gimme Fiction)

22. We Are Scientists, “After Hours” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

23. Mastodon, “The Wolf Is Loose” (Blood Mountain)

24. The Fall Of Troy, “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” (Doppelganger)

25. High On Fire, “Anointing Of Seer” (Blessed Black Wings)

26. My Morning Jacket, “Gideon” (Z)

27. Radiohead, “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” (The Bends)


Nov. 14, 2008: Show #6

Here’s the playlist from my Nov. 14, 2008 show on WMUC2. I figure I’ll just try to get these “old playlist” posts out of the way as soon as I can just to get everyone up to speed and stuff. And I swear I’ll get around to that upgrade eventually so — hopefully — I’ll be able to post downloadable show files. So far, I’ve only been able to get my four one-hour shows and the show I just did on Friday. When I do get that upgrade, there will be another page button at the top of the home page that’ll say something like “Downloads” or something like that. Anyway, here’s the playlist.

1. Sigur Ros, “Gobbledigook” (Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust — in English: With a buzz in our ears we play endlessly)

2. Nine Black Alps, “Cosmopolitan” (Everything Is)

3. Pearl Jam, “Comatose” (Pearl Jam)

4. Spoon, “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” (Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)

5. The Walkmen, “The Rat” (Bows + Arrows)

6. The Fall Of Troy, “Sledgehammer” (Manipulator)

7. The Dillinger Escape Plan, “Milk Lizard” (Ire Works)

8. Double Dagger, “Luxury Condos For The Poor” (Ragged Rubble)

9. Bloc Party, “Halo” (Intimacy)

10. Drive-By Truckers, “The Righteous Path” (Brighter Than Creation’s Dark)

11. Foo Fighters, “Disenchanted Lullaby” (One By One)

12. We Are Scientists, “Let’s See It” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

13. Rancid, “Ivory Coast” (Indestructible)

14. Lagwagon, “May 16” (Let’s Talk About Feelings)

15. Man Or Astroman?, “9 Volt” (Experiment Zero)

16. Eagles Of Death Metal, “I Gotta Feelin (Just Nineteen)” (Death By Sexy)

17. Queens Of The Stone Age, “I’m Designer” (Era Vulgaris)

18. The Whigs, “Right Hand On My Heart” (Mission Control)

19. Nirvana, “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle” (In Utero)

20. Green Day, “J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)” (International Superhits!)

21. The National, “Apartment Story” (Boxer)

22. My Morning Jacket, “Lay Low” (Z)

23. Weezer, “Why Bother?” (Pinkerton)

24. Kings Of Leon, “Charmer” (Because Of The Times)

25. Snow Patrol, “Spitting Games” (Final Straw)

26. Matthew Sweet, “Sick Of Myself” (100% Fun!)

27. Minus The Bear, “Ice Monster” (Planet Of Ice)

28. Radiohead, “Nude” (In Rainbows)

29. Vampire Weekend, “Oxford Comma” (Vampire Weekend)

You probably won’t hear any of the last song because I had to go a little longer than usual.


Hey, big spender!

Dig this blender! Rainbow suspenders! Speeeeeeeeeeeeeend some dough at table three!

(I love The Simpsons.)

So here’s a list of all the albums I’ve added to my collection since the start of the fall semester (from late August until today)…

The Beatles: Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album

Metallica: Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets

The Walkmen: Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone

The Whigs: Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip, Mission Control

We Are Scientists: Brain Thrust Mastery

Minus The Bear: Highly Refined Pirates

Bloc Party: A Weekend In The City, Intimacy

Spoon: Kill The Moonlight

Slayer: Reign In Blood

Foo Fighters: There Is Nothing Left To Lose

Radiohead: Pablo Honey

Kings Of Leon: Only By The Night, Youth And Young Manhood

U2: Achtung Baby, Zooropa

Snow Patrol: A Hundred Million Suns

The National: Alligator

My Morning Jacket: It Still Moves

TV On The Radio: Dear Science

So you’re probably wondering how the hell I haven’t gone broke yet. And to be perfectly frank, so am I. Thank God for CD + Game Exchange — you can get used CDs for super cheap. I once got nine (9!) albums there for a whopping total of $54. You can’t even buy half that much music anywhere else for $54. I got two of them for my birthday in September and three of them just the other day as a late Christmas present for me. If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s make myself happy.

(Insert Beavis and Butt-head joke here.)