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There is this moment (at least for me) in blogging when you realize that people other than your immediate circle of friends and acquaintances are reading your posts. This is the moment (at least for me) where everything can come off the rails and an inflated ego can cause me to think I need to say something profound and important. As when people say, that they enjoy my blog or call it “cool” or offer praise of my writing, and I think I better hit a home run with every post or I will lose this admiration. The truth (at least for me) is that I began writing just what was on my mind – just narrating the stream of thoughts going through my brain. Fortunately, should be ego get out of whack, I have a teen-aged daughter to bring me back to earth. “Dad, stop talking, my friends are here.”
I try and fail not to get to caught up in the Blog Stats so readily available, but it is interesting to see the search streams which get people to my site. Of course, I can’t always tell if they stick around. These search streams range from the insightful to the strange. More than one recent visitor got here from the search string “Sad Easter”. To my knowledge I did not write about a sad Easter. Also, there have been (over time) a number of visits via a search for Zombie Apocalypse Music Shuffle (or some variation). Now, I did have a post which was subtitled Zombie Apocalypse Mix but like many of my posts, the song shuffle associated with that title did not have tangible connection to the subtitle, and so I think maybe those who came here from that search might have been disappointed????
Enough – to today’s song shuffle:
San Francisco’s The Fresh and Onlys are up first with a newish track called, Do What I Came to Do which is right now available on a free Mexican Summer sampler at Amazon. The picture above links to that sampler. Did I mention it’s free!
Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks) has a new band called Off! We featured the song Upside Down earlier. That song is on the first 4 EPs release which you can find above (the album with the Raymond Pettibone cover art. Today’s track, King Kong Brigade is from the forthcoming self-titled first studio album. You can grab the MP3 of the song over here. Off! will be touring with the reunited Refused this summer.
The music of Always The Light by Band of the Week alums ELIKA continues to amaze and delight me. We Had it All is the luscious offering in today’s shuffle. Always the Light is on Amazon using the picture above (little girl with the balloon).
And finally, continuing yesterday’s cover theme. We have English Rose a lovely Paul Weller penned ballad originally on the Jam’s seminal release All Mod Cons. We have the classic Jam compilation Snap! linked above. The cover is by Hull band Everything but the Girl and if off of Ambition Volumes I & II: The History of Cherry Red Records which is linked above also.
|The Fresh & Onlys
The Fresh & Onlys
|The Best of Flipside Video, Vol. 1: Bad Religion, Circle Jerks, Dickies, Weirdos
Two of the best-known and longest-running bands on the Southern California punk scene, the Circle Jerks and Bad Religion, skank up a storm in this video, which combines footage from two live concerts. Bad Religion performs 11 songs, including “Damned to B
|The Best of Everything But the Girl
The Best of Everything but the Girl is divided between selections from their early records and remixes of ’90s hits such as “Missing.” Consequently, the album draws a slightly misleading portrait of their career, yet it still functions as an excellent introduction to the band, since it features many of their best songs, including “Apron Strings.” ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
|English Rose (Import)
For reasons that no one seems to recall in detail — but for which we can be grateful — when it was time to release a second Fleetwood Mac LP in America, producer Mike Vernon and the band didn’t just send the existing Mr. Wonderful album across the Atlan