Tuesday, May 13, 2008

SYS4: this.is.a.new.world.order

As warned last time, "Grand Theft Auto IV" has all but swallowed up every spare moment of "me time." And, if that wasn't bad enough, I recently rediscovered "Bejeweled 2" on Xbox Live. I am such a video game dork; I'm surprised I still have a wife....

Either way, sorry it took so long for this latest awesome mix tape to hit the street:

1. Weezer - "Pork and Beans"
If this single's catchy chorus is any indication, the third self-titled Weezer album (sixth overall) -- aka "The Red Album" -- is going to be hot. Apparently I'm not alone in this sentiment, either: Weezer just announced that, due to the immense popularity of this song, the album's release date has been bumped up to June 3! (Oh, and as sad as this sounds, it actually looks like the best place to get the album is iTunes. I know, I hate it too, but who can argue with bonus tracks not available anywhere else?)

2. Compulsion - "They're Breeding the Grey Things Again"
As if the Pixies never went away.

3. High Speed Scene - "Last Chance"
The perfect pop song? (With guitars!)

4. Death Cab for Cutie - "I Will Possess Your Heart"
As far as I'm concerned, DCfC can do no wrong -- one of the few bands left that you can pick up their new album without worrying about that certain lemon scent (I'm looking at you, Breeders...).

5. Retribution Gospel Choir - "For Her Blood"
Maybe I was too hard on Alan Sparhawk in my record review. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite compositions from the Low frontman/Duluth superstar.

6. Manheat - "Birdcage Boy"
And from my review of "When Dreams Become Memories": After listening to album opener “Birdcage Boy,” one of the most explosive songs to emerge since the Used to Be’s “Crash Helmet,” one immediately thinks of Seattle circa 1989, when Nirvana burst out of the gates with the powerful force that was “Bleach.”

7. Number One Common - "An Offer You Can't Refuse"
I know I seem like a Number One Common whore these days -- with the feature and the Homegrown '08 pictures and all -- but I find their ferocity intriguing.

8. Atmosphere - "Less One"
I gotta say, I wasn't terribly impressed with the new EP when I first heard -- especially coming after the masterpiece that is "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint that Shit Gold" -- but, like that album, it's really starting to grow on me.

9. Radiohead - "Nude (Holy Fuck Remix)"
I have a lot of friends that are still diehard Radiohead fans, so I'm trying to pretend these blokes still matter to me....

10. The Gutter Twins - "Idle Hands"
Two rocks icons. One amazing sound. I have loved everything Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli have done up to now (especially the latter), and this latest project is certainly no exception. Dulli said it best when he referred to the group as the "Satanic Everly Brothers." Ha!

11. The Raconteurs - "Salute Your Solution"
I'm still not 100 percent on board with the Raconteurs, but this blistering track is definitely a step in the right direction.

12. Jaguar Love - "Bats Over the Pacific Ocean"
Cool song. Cool title. Cool ... treats? (Sorry....)

13. Jay Reatard - "Always Wanting More"
Is this death folk? It certainly is noisy!

14. Slow Runner - "The Usual Chords"
Recommended if you like Jamestown Story, the Beach Boys.

15. The Beach Boys - "Friends"
Oh, hey!

16. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - "Cold Son"
I kind of lost track of Malkmus' career after his first post-Pavement release, but now I realize what a mistake that was. This is some damn fine songwriting.

17. Blank Dogs - "Ants"
This exciting track builds, builds, builds, but, problem is, there's no real payoff. Still, the Blank Dogs are definitely on to something.

18. Giljunko - "Starwarships" (Lifter Puller cover)
Excellent cover ... if you can find it. In the meantime, download these other Giljunko greats (in superior MP3 sound!).

19. Mission of Burma - "That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate"
You definitely have to be in a fuck-it-all mood to appreciate this squirrelly number.

20. Jamie Ness - "Card Game"
A little hippie-leaning, but still another great Ness composition.

21. Dead Meadow - "I'm Gone"
A little boring at times, but, like the Mission of Burma track, if the right mood hits....

22. The New Pornographers - "All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth" [LIVE]
This shit is on fire. After hearing this, I desperately yearn to see these Canucks in concert. Won't you please come to Bayfront Festival Park or the DECC? All the cool kids (Wilco, Queens of the Stone Age) are doing!

23. Central Services - "She Was My Ride" [DEMO]
Along the lines of the praise chucked at High Speed Scene, this is just one of those perfect pop songs. I urge you to seek this one out.

Thus concludes your fourth dose of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES.

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