As always, to encourage the consumption of music that doesn't suck, I have provided -- wherever available -- links to free, artist-sanctioned MP3s of the songs.
And remember, kids: I don't read Newsweeks in the order in which they were received. Sometimes this causes problems....
Who do you ride for?
(Questions? Comments? Want one of your band's songs to be considered for an upcoming awesome mix tape? E-mail mperrine [at] duluthbudgeteer [dot] com.)
1. Fatboy Slim feat. Bootsy Collins - "Weapon of Choice"
Good times, great oldies!
2. Superdrag - "Do the Vampire" (remix)
Strangely enough, I think I heard this danceable classic on VH1 in the background* on one of those we-can't-produce-a-program-without-a-bunch-of-has-beens-and-unfunny-comedians** "roundtables."
3. Stars - "Ageless Beauty" (Most Serene Remix) (download original here)
A unique "juke joint" twist on the nearly [see Track 22] unparalleled original.
4. Cloud Cult - "On the Sun" (DL others here)
Again, in case you haven't heard the great news, Cloud Cult's new album, "Feel Good Ghosts (Teapartying Through Tornadoes)," will be released April 8.
5. Grotto - "Get a Hustle" (download "Area Code 320" here)
Please bear with me (I'm only doing this because Grotto has all but disappeared, and everyone deserves to get their teeth kicked in by them once or twice) ... from Modern Radio's Web site: "Grotto began in the Winter of 1995 during their first year of high school. They played their first show in the Winter of 1996. After playing scattered local shows, things paused in the Spring of 1999 as Mike traveled. Chris played and sang with the short lived Pushbutton 3. Jeff played drums for the Hidden Chord along with recording with them on their first two 7"s. Jeff also played with Sean Na Na for a few shows and ended up playing on the song "Princess and the Pony" that was on the Sean Na Na split with Mary Lou Lord on Kill Rock Stars. When Mike returned, Grotto regrouped and recorded their full length, Get A Hustle, with Mike Wisti. Around that same time Jeff left the Hidden Chord. Get A Hustle was released in January 2000. Since then, they have toured the east and south in the summer of 2000. In December of 2000 they recorded for an CDEP that was released by Double Indemnity records out of St. Paul in the Summer of 2001. After sporadically playing over 2002, they broke up in the Spring of 2002. Jeff continues to played with different local artists including Sean Na Na and Askeleton at different points but is currently playing with in a Twin Cities band called Monarques."
6. Interpreters - "Shout"
Like the Isley Brothers' "Shout!" -- this isn't a cover; they just share titles -- this track is pure, unadulterated party rock to sing along to whilst [WELL, YOU HAVE AN IMAGINATION, DON'T YOU?].
7. DJ Abilities - title unknown (Track 1 from "Fall 06 Show Set") (download "Kastdaddy 4 President" here)
I'm sorry, but this guy is just fucking amazing. This is worlds beyond 2000's "... For Persons with DJ Abilities" ... don't get me wrong; that album is great too, but I wish it was more sample-heavy. (p.s. Does anyone have any information on 1,200 Hobos?)
8. Atmosphere - "The Things that Hate Us"
"This is for those who still drink malt liquor / Put the poison in your body just to pass out quicker."
9. Combine - "Big Disappointment"
Like Grotto, this is a band that has all but disappeared ... so, to grab some more information, click on this link.
10. GrndNtl Brands - "Hell (Go to Hell)"
And again with the wholly obscure bands that one shouldn't live without....
11. Charles Douglas - "I Could Get Used to You" (listen to lots o' tracks here)
Kicks off like early Nirvana, but Douglas' fragile vocals let you in on a little secret: Keep listening -- this guys' records should be in everybody's collection.
12. Of Montreal - "The Actor's Opprobrium" (free downloads here) (and here!)
"I guess I should have known to stay away / From a snuff film by Gene Genet / But the cash was good and the director gave me the biggest scene."
13. Bloc Party - "Two More Years" (lots of MP3s here)
I can't defend the route these blokes took on "Weekend in the City" (sorry, Walt...), but their early stuff is pure gold.
14. Ween - "I Can't Put My Finger on It" (stream of "La Cucaracha" here)
I can't believe I was allowed to listen to this in my formative years -- it's forever altered my perception of "pop music." (ha ha ha)
15. Family Cat - "With a War" (DL others here)
I'll give you one good reason to check out Family Cat: The album this is on, "Furthest from the Sun," features a P.J. Harvey collaboration. (To paraphrase Zen Bullets' discography for the band: Not a duff track in sight there.)
16. The Wedding Present - "Convertible" (DL "Interstate 5" here)
It's official: David Gedge is now on the list of people I really want to meet (it's a short list, with Matt Mahaffey and Ken Andrews as the other "honorees").
17. Paul Westerberg - "Ain't Got Me" (full album stream of "Open Season")
Like Bob Mould, this man can do no wrong.
18. Ed Harcourt - "Oh Drunken Wastrel"
If only I could convince the powers that be to have this playing on Tower Avenue from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. ... Mr. Mayor, can you hear me?
19. J Dilla - "Donuts" (DL others here)
How did I miss this when it first came out? There is some really terrific production going on here. (Rest in peace, James.)
20. Super Furry Animals - "Lazer Beam" (Danger Mouse remix) (free songs here!)
An unlikely collaboration that, along with today's other remixes, restores my faith in the entire medium.
21. Gay Dad - "My Son Mystic" (DL some tracks here)
In case you were wondering, no, it doesn't appear that the members of Britpop greats Gay Dad have done much since the group's 2002 split. Which is a shame. And apparently so was the band's name.
22. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - "Where Does Yer Go Now?" (download some tracks here)
Lovely, lovely music -- right up there with Stars' "Ageless Beauty."
*I mean, of course they wouldn't actually be playing a music video or anything....
**They used to have Patton Oswalt the great, but, as so eloquently explained on "Lollipops and Werewolves," we all know why that gravy train had to end.