Sunday, February 1, 2009


"When you chase music for money, God walks out of the room." —Quincy Jones

1. Turbo Nemesis - "Turbo vs. Buckethead, Pt. 1"
Kind of menacing, I must admit.

2. Song of Zarathustra - "Science Science"
This fiery hardcore march is the backbone of P.O.S.'s explosive “Yeah Right (Science, Science),” which I always felt was the standout track on his 2006 album “Audition.”

p.s. This year it's "The Basics (Alright)."

3. Avenpitch - "Pregnant Pause"
“Cast Off,” the group’s third — which I reviewed for ye olde Budgeteer — opens triumphantly with this, a static-drenched assault with enough synthy goodness to remind us all just how missed God Lives Underwater really is. Also recommended for fans of Star Casino's "Stroll Around the World" (from "Lumines II") and/or Geezer's amazing second album, "Black Science."

4. Duran Duran - "Notorious"
With this being sampled so liberally in commercials for the Notorious B.I.G. biopic of the same name, how could I resist?

5. CSS - "Music is My Hot Hot Sex"
Disturbing, but true.

6. Portastatic - "Some Small History"
Starts off like a KoRn song, but the similarities end there ... as you might expect.

7. Drew Danburry - "Postponing Alaska, Pt. 2"
This magical number is the artist’s definitive statement. Like the time it takes a car on the horizon to finally reach you when you’re driving down the Dakotas, it seems to defy the rules of time and space in its arrival. It kind of meanders into your consciousness. It should be an unsettling experience, but it’s not … it’s glorious. (Read more from my review of "This Could Mean Trouble, You Don't Speak for the Club" here.)

8. Son Volt - "Windfall"
This selection was inspired by my conversation with the righteous dudes in AM rubin, aka the most eclectic father-son band ever. Thanks for reminding me of this gorgeous number.

9. Leane Perius - "You Can Tell"
Since all I seem to be doing tonight is pimping out old stories of mine, here's one of my favorite quotes from my Leane Perius feature: “I’ve had so many bad experiences with people saying they would play with me and then flaking out, especially in Boston,” she said of her Northeastern University days (prior to earning her master’s degree in rhetoric and composition there, she studied at the University of Minnesota Morris). “I had three guys where it got to some point in our musical relationship, they either wanted to date me, and that’s why they were wanting to play with me, or they were just noncommittal musically.”

10. Soundgarden - "Head Down"
While I haven't "officially" thought of my all-time favorite albums in a couple years, "Superunknown" would definitely be in the top 10.

11. Riddle of Steel - "Baby Bird"
R.I.P. But at least we still have Cars & Trucks, eh?

12. Cartman - "Dude, check it out, 'Time Cop' on DVD!" [MP3]
From one of my favorite episodes, "Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes."

13. BS 2000 - "It Feels like ?!@#?!"
I know I feature this addictive little gem way too much, but, for me, this is right up there with anything Adrock has done with the Beasties.

14. The Tallest Man on Earth - "The Sparrow and the Medicine"
Thanks to George Kaplan, aka St. Paul's pre-eminent folk rabble-rouser with a "North by Northwest"-inspired stage name, for introducing me to this guy, aka Sweden's Bob Dylan. In turn, I tried to turn Charlie Parr onto his sound. Joint tour, perhaps? (I'm a dreamer, I know.)

15. Adam Green - "Rich Kids"
Who's your favorite half of the Moldy Peaches? I'm torn, but Green is inching up there.

16. Bunny Clogs - "Song for Powderhorn"
The unforgettable Cliff Eberhardt-meets-Prince sweeps of this track make it a winner, and, bonus, Adam Levy (probably best known for his work in the Honeydogs and, to a lesser extent, Hookers $ Blow) recorded it to support Minneapolis’ V.O.I.C.E. Music Saves Lives program for low-income youth ... and sell millions of copies of his Bunny Clogs album, of course.

17. Funeral Party - "Carwars"
Nicking the intro to "Changes" is one thing, but channeling Rod Stewart circa "Blondes Have More Fun" and converting that disco-banging goodness into an irresistible dance number? That's just awesome.

18. Bush Tetras - "Mister Love Song"
I got my first taste of this firecracker back in February of '97, on one of those handy-dandy CMJ discs. Thanks, New Music Monthly!

19. Guided by Voices - "Smothered in Hugs"
Back to AM rubin, this is one the group covers often. Well worth the price of admission.

20. Chad VanGaalen - "Willow Tree" [MP3]
Like "Waco: The Rules of Engagement," this one'll leave you a little misty-eyed.

21. Barbie Bangkok - "Don't Catch No Light"
Not since Fleetwood Mac has a band so totally transformed its sound in a few short years. (Wait, wait, I can explain....)

22. Kaspar Hauser - "MacBeth II" [MP3]
Do you smell album of the year? True, 2009 has just begun, but the potential candidates are quickly stacking up.

23. Mr. Lif - "Obama"
Good song, though I thought Lif would've had a little more "hope" this early in the game.

24. Obie Trice - "Invasion" [MP3]
Not usually my cup of tea, but, then again, you really can't deny DJ Muggs' production prowess.

25. Turbo Nemesis - "Turbo vs. Buckethead, Pt. 2"
Take its counterpart, crank up the "menacing" and you have this terrifying little track.

Thus concludes your thirty-ninth dose of SHAKE*YOUR*SHORES, the amazing mix tape series formerly known as "Don't Tell a Soul."

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