Submitted for the approval of the Mix Tape Appreciation Society, here lies "... At Least it was Random," another sweet compilation curated by Matthew R. Perrine. As always, enjoy this and all coming editions at maximum volume.
1. Girls - "Lust for Life"
This song is my life. Well, more accurately, it gets about a B+ in relatability ... I don't really need and/or want a boyfriend.
2. P.O.S. - "Yeah Right (Science Science)"
The definition of "exciting" -- could definitely tear down a wall or two to this one.
This one goes out to my buddy Shannon in Rochester. It's nice to know someone else hears the brilliance in this particular song.
4. Weezer - "Getchoo"
I never really fancied myself a "lyrics guy," but sometimes they just hit you: "This is beginning to hurt / This is beginning to be serious / It used to be a game...."
5. Everclear - "You Make Me Feel Like a Whore"
And again: "I hate the way I am around you / I'm so nervous and weird / Sometimes I feel like I'm breathing underwater."
6. Cloud Cult - "Pretty Voice"
Rest in peace, ______.
7. Electric Light Orchestra - "On the Run"
Wish I was ... there's a new goal in my life (and this is as accurately as I can describe it): spend a significant amount of time in each of the 50 states. (Can probably be crossed off already: Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Florida, Colorado, Wyoming....)
8. Basement Jaxx - "Run 4 Cover"
Am I trying to tell myself something? (Dear "Dr. Jenn".... ha ha ha)
9. Bloodhound Gang - "Asleep at the Wheel"
The closest these assholes (and proud to be) have ever come to "art."
10. The Promise Ring - "Get on the Floor"
Speaking of music as art, this is it.
11. Sugar Ray - "Mean Machine"
What happened to these fuckers???
12. The Avalanches - "Stay Another Season"
New York. London. Paris. Munich. They're all calling. (No rest for MF'ing monsters....)
13. Fuzzbubble - "Bliss"
Some interesting lyrics for an unabashed "barnstormer": "Why should I resign / To everybody's warped design? / So take your bigger road / And I'll take mine."
14. Oakley Hall - "Feel this Way"
Well, kick out the barstool on this life then....
15. Backyard Tire Fire - "Time with You"
If you've ever felt the hot, hot heat of a southern Wisconsin midsummer sun, then chances are you'd appreciate a straight-up rock song like this on your next road trip mix tape.
16. 311 - "Rock On"
Are these guys half jam band these days? Either way, it's cool that they're still putting out interesting records. (Which, I'll admit, I never foresaw happening.)
17. Big Boi - "General Patton"
Big Boi is an empire builder. ... Now, where's his partner in crime?
18. The Beach Boys - "I Know There's an Answer"
Beyond genius: "Now, how can I come out / And tell them the way that they live could be better? / I know there's an answer / I know now, but I have to find it by myself."
19. They Might Be Giants - "Canajoharie"
TMBG: Still fun as hell.
20. Ultimate Fakebook - "Roll (Electric Kissing Parties, Pt. 1)"
These guys have long had a way with intriguing phrases. Remember their album "This Will be Laughing Week"? I've always been fond of that one.
21. The Beatles - "You Won't See Me"
"When I call you up / Your line's engaged"? Terrific opening to an out-and-out classic.
The ultimate happy-go-lucky
kiss-off violent imagery? "I'm going to throw you in the ocean / Throw you in the ocean / Throw you in the ocean / And see if you swim." #idigsubtlety
23. Dealership - "TV Heart"
This one reminds me about my theory about the afterlife. But ... nope. Probably shouldn't share that on a blog!
24. John Davis - "Watch Me Walk Away"
If you like Superdrag, chances are A) you'll totally dig this track from the group's lead singer, mainly because B) you probably won't be able to tell you're not listening to Superdrag. (Also: Foo Fighters fans will find lots to love here.)