02 July 2007

Sunday spins

Went road-tripping this weekend, so the normal, relaxed set of Sunday tunes was replaced by loud music suitable for keeping me awake on the drive home this afternoon. Here's what I spun:

* Social Distortion, "White Light, White Heat, White Trash." Maybe their best album, recorded and released after most people quit listening to them. Maybe it's more vital because all the anger and angst and arrogance of their youth turned into anger and angst and regret tempered by age.

* Johnny Cash, "American IV." Most people know this record as the one that includes Cash's incredible cover of NiN's "Hurt." But there's also interesting takes of the Beatles' "In My Life" (pretty good), S&G's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" (both not so good). The show-stealer is the opening track, Cash's own "The Man Comes Around."

* Dropkick Murphys, "The Warrior's Code." In general, they bellow too much for me. But I like the Celtic influences and the call-and-response choruses, and it'll certainly keep your eyes on the road.

* Aunt Bettys, "Ford Supersonic." A collection of outtakes from a band that had a briefer dalliance with a major label (Elektra) than Paris Hilton had with the pokey. I like these one-offs better than most of the stuff on their proper CD release.

* The Flaming Lips, "Yoshimi vs. the Pink Robots." I think "Fight Test" might be the best song they've ever penned. This is a little slow for the open road, but it was great for a rainy stretch of interstate.


maggie said...

Forget the tunes.
Is that another nekkid woman on your blog?

Brad Barnes said...

she's clearly not nekkid. and she's weilding a don't-screw-with-me blade...