Sunday, April 27, 2008

SYS3: If you love Cars & Trucks, you'll REALLY love Riddle of Steel

Only two days away from the release of "Grand Theft Auto IV." These tracks are helping me get through this very difficult time. (Like Petty sang, "The waiting....")

Either way, enjoy this latest awesome mix tape:

1. The High Speed Scene - "In the Know"
One of the most frenetic pop songs ever recorded. I can't get enough.

2. XTC - "No Thugs in Our House" (BBC Peel Session vers.)
Recorded in 1982, the year I was born!

3. She & Him - "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"
Forget every preconceived notion you've ever had about attractive actresses cutting records: Backed up by the immortal M. Ward, cute-as-a-button Zooey Deschanel ("Almost Famous," "The Good Girl") is America's answer to Neko Case. One of the most exciting songs I've heard in some time.

4. The Kinks - "Lola"
The definition of "classic."

5. Supergrass - "What Went Wrong (In Your Head)"
And a modern-day successor to that title.

6. Atmosphere - "Flesh"
One of Ant's darkest hours production-wise. Slug and fellow MPLS MC I Self Devine work terrifically together on this one.

7. Del the Funky Homosapien - "Bubble Pop"
More fun than his contributions to the first Gorillaz album.

8. The Beta Band - "Space"
An 11th-hour masterpiece for the late "High Fidelity"-famed space cadets.

9. Apollo 440 - "Crazee Horse"
Like the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" reinvisioned as a rave masterpiece -- get your glow sticks on!

10. The Submarines - "You, Me and the Bourgeoisie"
Charming boy/girl pop.

11. Air - "Radio #1 (Senor Coconut Remix)"
Seeing as it is easily the strangest remix I've ever heard in my life, I just had to include it on one of these here mix tapes. Would've worked well in the 2001 sizzler "Y Tu Mama Tambien."

12. Aesop Rock - "Citronella"
I have no idea how his masterworks translate live, but I am super-excited to see his Soundset '08 set May 25 in Minneapolis.

13. British Sea Power - "Waving Flags"
This year's "Intervention"?

14. Hey Mercedes - "Everybody's Working for the Weak"
Sometimes even the most well-rounded musical diets need a little nameless, faceless emo rock.

15. Dead Milkmen - "Takin' Retards to the Zoo"
Umm ... is there anything you can say about this song without sounding like a complete [EXPLETIVE DELETED]?

16. Yellow Press - "Rubber and Wood"
Recommended if you like older Baboon, select artists on Turn Records.

17. Black Francis - "She Took All the Money"
Pure joy -- despite the song's title!

18. Bill Mallonee - "Life on Other Planets"
This could easily make a dent in the Top 40. Why is it on here, then? I find it enjoyable ... fair enough?

19. Vampire Weekend - "I Stand Corrected"
A harmless, semi-quirky, Strokes-esque midtempo rocker. (Got it?)

20. Turin Brakes - "Underdog (Save Me)"
Man, I'm so sick of this ... these guys should be HUGE!

21. Riddle of Steel - "One Inch Deep"
The St. Louis equivalent of Duluth's Cars & Trucks -- a [EXPLETIVE DELETED]-ing blast if I ever did hear one!

Thus concludes your third dose of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES.
(Original image for show "poster" by Roger Wendell.)

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