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End of the year stuff

There are about nine hours left in my 2019.

It’s ending on a good note. Katherine is as awesome as ever. I still have the best damn job I could imagine, and a group of co-workers I actually like to hang out with. And I’m about 25 pounds lighter than I was last year. All good.

The world decided to give me a gift today: perfect bike weather. Sunny and warm, but not hot. And a second gift: almost no traffic. I had my highest ever average speed for a longer ride. Another good note.

I don’t care for the whole New Year’s resolutions thing. It’s a high pressure recipe for discouragement. Instead, I’m going to try and keep doing what I try doing all year: adjust and improve as I go. I don’t expect to get it all right, and that’s fine. Whether you’re making a resolution tomorrow or not, I hope you give yourself permission to fail and learn.

2020 is here. I hope it’s great for you.

Now: 50 recent songs, mostly picked by my phone, including the best song of the ride.

New Year’s Eve – The Walkmen
I guess my phone wanted to get into the spirit of things
Commissioning a Symphony in C – Cake
This would normally be a contender for Best Song of the Ride, but alas! It played before I left.

Feral Cat Tribe – Tenement
My Three Sons – Elvis Costello And The Imposters

Tu m’as encore crevé un cheval – Arlt
This was in the last 50 songs as well. Why? Because Apple uses a crappy music randomizer. Thousands of songs on my phone, and this one comes up again right away.

Part III – Crumb
I Wish You Would – The Yardbirds
Vaporize – Broken Bells
Who Cares? (take 4) – Cannonball Adderley With Bill Evans
Longer Boats – Cat Stevens
Coney Island Baby – Tom Waits
Schn in rosa und rot (Pretty in Pink – Psychedelic Furs) – Le anin
Dio – Tenacious D
Easy Read – Trashcan Sinatras
Baby Plays Around – Elvis Costello
Jump Boys – The Undertones
Cross-Eyed Tammy – The Dickies

Bicycle Race – Queen
When a bicycle song plays on your bike ride, you have to point it out. Also: In this song Freddie Mercury sings “…and I don’t like Star Wars.” If he didn’t like the original, imagine how much he would have hated The Rise of Skywalker.

Fool – Cat Power
Crazy People – Luna
Until Death – Scout Niblett
A New Wave – Sleater-Kinney
Take It Easy, Greasy – Snooky Pryor
Porno Music – Freaks and Geeks
Straight Edge – Minor Threat
Most Precarious – Blues Traveler
She Wolf – Shakira
Get In On It – Antoine Diligent
Think It Over – Buddy Holly

My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama – Frank Zappa
Best song of the ride!

Hot – The Regrettes
Haunted – Broken Down Golf Cart
Tu Mirada y Mi Voz – Susana Baca
Motherless Children – Eric Clapton
Big House – Young Fresh Fellows
Sky Phenomenon – Jens Lekman
I Feel Speed – Love And Rockets
Muddy Waters – LP
White Babies – Liz Phair
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John
I’m a Wicked One – The Hives
Neighborhood #1 Tunnels – Arcade Fire
Dereclict – Beck
Key Largo – Arbes
Loosy Lucy – The Steeples
Everyone Can See – yungatita
The Girl I Knew Somewhere – The Monkees
Daylight Til Dawn – All Night Radio
Stars on Your Nose – Indoorsy

I’m Gonna Love The Hell Outta You (Demo) – Silver Jews
If this had been the studio version it totally would have won best song of the ride.

Tal Uno – Barrie

And here’s today’s ride.

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50 Recent Songs

Skate It Out – Eddie Bo
Boulders – Sonagur
T’ain’t No Sin – William S. Burroughs
The Way Young Lovers Do – Van Morrison
He Woke Me Up Again – Sufjan Stevens
Ana Ng – They Might Be Giants
Feral Cat Tribe – Tenement

Nothing Compares To You – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
This is the version most people are familiar with.

Wollow – Strüds Munroe
Life Goes On – Damned
Baby I’m A Star – Prince And The Revolution
Pouring Rain – Fishbone
Turn Every Stone – Lalo Schifrin
Save it For Later – Harvey Danger
Gone Again – Otis Redding
Same Thing Twice – John Wesley Harding
Just About Glad – Elvis Costello
Born Under a Bad Sign – Cream

Hawaiian Shirt Day is not a song, but it did play.

Celebration – They Might Be Giants
Spanish Eyes – U2
Tortaruga – The Meligrove Band
Here I Am (Come And Take Me) – Al Green
Cosmic Love – Florence And The Machine

Don’t Go All Wicked On Me – Neiltomo
This is from a record called Mashed In Plastic. It’s a mashup record with a David Lynch theme. Some of it is pretty darn good.

Ton o’ Love – Devo
With a Little Help From My Friends (Remix) – The Beatles
Secret Agent Man – Agent Orange
Mr. Pitiful – Otis Redding
I’m Available – Margie Rayburn
Sad Airplane – Tyler Burkhart
The Jean Genie – David Bowie

Wooden Nickels – Eels

Angels Heap – Finn Brothers
Only You – Slut

Tu m’as encore crevé un cheval – Arlt
I don’t know what this song is about (the title translates to “you punctured me,” which doesn’t sound positive), but it sure was a fun bit to listen to while riding by the river.

Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
In The Way – Max Kuehn
Don’t Make Me A Target – Spoon
No Complaints – Beck
Rattlesnakes – Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
Brand New Cadillac – The Clash
100% (feat. Yumi Zouma) – Boycrush
The Song Is You – Stan Getz
Cartrouble [Single] – Adam and The Ants
No One But Yourself – Bo Pepper

Entry Of The Gladiators – The Rolling Stones
You might know this better as “generic clown music,” and this version certainly leans into that, but it was originally a military march.

Singapore – Tom Waits
Where Have All The Good Times Gone – The Kinks

Love Will Freak Us (Joy Division vs Missy Elliot ) – Sheena Bizarre

Love Without Anger – Aquabats
Junkie Song – The Be Good Tanyas
You Are the Light – Jens Lekman

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50ish songs, Best Music of the Ride

50ish recent songs, mostly picked by my phone.

Just Like Heaven – The Cure

Prologue – Schlong
This will always make me think of Renee, who introduced it to me.

Changes – No Vacation
Falling – Howard
Big Rock Candy Mountain – The Beat Farmers
Nowhere Man – Low
The Haunted Mansion: Grim Grinning Ghosts – Disney
It’s Alright, Follow – Tarek Musa
Good Day (Extended Edit) – The Kinks
Paper Planes – I’m From Barcelona
Paper Thin Walls – Modest Mouse

Word To The Mic – dj BC and The Beastles
These folks have multiple full albums of Beatles/Beastie Boys mashups. Some of them (like this one) work pretty well.

She’s Leaving Home – The Beatles
Over the Rainbow (live) – Rufus Wainwright
Tumbledown – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Empty puppet – Mary Bell
Hold Your Head Up – Argent

The House Where Nobody Lives – Tom Waits
Specifically, this live version from a 20 year old VH-1 special. I like it a lot more than the album version, but it’s really hard to find a decent recording of it.

Sympathy for the Soul of the Beast – Celebrity Murder Party
Happy Together – Mel Torme
Summer Wind – Frank Sinatra
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Worse Things Happen At Sea – Toy Dolls
Critic Intro – They Might Be Giants
Pop All The Stars – Emmett Kai
King Kong – Tom Waits
Blow Me Down – Harry Nilsson
Strawberry Fields Forever (Take 26) – The Beatles

Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
The second-best song of today’s ride.

Prince Charming – Adam Ant

She’s Got A New Spell – Billy Bragg
The best song of today’s ride.


Gypsy – hana vu
1 2 3 4 – Feist
Maiwaige – The Princess Bride
This Time Tomorrow – The Kinks
Gypsy Town – Wet Illustrated
Don’t Stop Now – Crowded House
Birth of the Cool – Miles Davis
Infatuation – The Rapture
Fatal Attraction (And It’s So Strange) – The Ultraviolets
Wrong About Bobby – Eels
Money – Pink Floyd
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) – Billie Holiday
Paul’s Pal – Sonny Rollins Quartet
Fade – Goth Dad
LNT – Stevan
My Funny Valentine – The Miles Davis Quintet
Highness – Envy And Other Sins
Telegram Sam – Bauhaus
Song For Dan Treacy – MGMT
Schoolhouse Rocky – Bob Dorough & Others

Young Fresh Fellows Theme – Young Fresh Fellows
This wasn’t on the ride. If it had been it probably would have won best song of the ride.

Also: Really good ride today. 30 miles and a better-than-normal average pace. All it needed to be perfect was for me to remember my water bottle.

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50ish Recent Songs, and the Best Song of Today’s Ride

50ish recent songs, mostly picked by my phone. About half of them were from today’s ride, where I decided to get a pinch flat AND whack my hand into a utility box.

Oh, and I didn’t tighten the bolts on my new cleats enough, so one came loose. NEAT.

Big Time – Peter Gabriel
The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room) – Flight of the Conchords
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

The Girl Is Mine – Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine – You haven’t heard this song until you’ve heard a lounge version with Stephen Hawking.

Cartrouble, Pts. 1 & 2 [Original Album Version] – Adam and The Ants
No Rain – Blind Melon

Julie’s Been Working For The Drug Squad – The Clash

Hot Hot Hot!!! – The Cure
One Way Or Another – Blondie
Everybody’s a Star (Starmaker) (mono mix) – The Kinks
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service
Yew – BUHU
Hard To Handle – The Black Crowes
Bedlam – Elvis Costello And The Imposters
Train In Vain – The Clash
Birthday – The Beatles
Pretty In Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
Chicago (acoustic version) – Sufjan Stevens
Three Car Jam – Minutemen

Love Will Tear Us Apart – The Hot 8 Brass Band – presented in its original form as a New Orleans jazz band song.

The Loved One – INXS
Miracle Cure – The Who
13 A Sky Blue Rhapsody – ccc – ill chemist
Boys Don’t Cry – Grant Lee Phillips
All You Ever Think About Is Sex [12″ Club Version] – Sparks
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M.
Breakfast – Evolution Control Committee
A Sight For Sore Eyes – Tom Waits

American Tune – Paul Simon – Winner, Best Song of the Ride. I think Katherine knows this song.

New Moon on Monday – Duran Duran
Scarecrow – Beck
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey – My Brightest Diamond
Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi cover) (BL Rewind 2) – The Boat People
Nusrath Fateh Ali Khan – Piya Re Piya Re (Remix)
When I’m Sixty-Four – The Beatles
Alina’s Place – Fredrik

The Old Saloon – The Lonely Island – The most important song of a generation.

Falling – Howard
Where Do I Begin – The Chemical Brothers
Little Miss S. – Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Mighty Hercules – Johnny Nash
Lucky #9 (video version) – The Moldy Peaches
Poses – Kiki Pau
Graceland – Paul Simon
Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band
Hammering In My Head – Garbage
Same Changes – Sam Phillips
Tomorrow Wendy – Andy Prieboy
Transatlanticism – Death Cab For Cutie
The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Hombre Secreto (Secret Agent Man) – Plugz – I used to play the hell out of this soundtrack.

Today’s ride. I actually had a short second ride, but it was slow and silly.

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50ish Recent Songs

50ish recent songs, mostly chosen by my phone. BONUS: a link to a full length feature film! Not a good film, but still: film!

Distant Sky – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Gerson’s Whistle – Yeasayer

I Should Have Known Better – She & Him

Remember that time you wanted a folky cover of a Beatles song done by Zoe Deschanel? Well, here it is!

America – Simon and Garfunkel
…Something Like That – Airline Food
The Coast – Paul Simon
Sa Trincha – Smell of Paradise
Feed me to the Lions – Adam and The Ants

I’m Not There – Sonic Youth

Because when you think “Sonic Youth” you immediately think “Bob Dylan covers.”

Concerto in A – Sicilienne – Telemann
Harm – The Munitors
Catch The Rainbow – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

It’s Too Quiet – John Frost
This is actually a New Detective sketch from KROQ. I used to love these, but now the silly fun is muted by the casual racism of “Socky, the little foreign office boy.”

Reckless – Liam Finn
Hot Car – Being Dead
The Greys – Frightened Rabbit

Israel – Miles Davis

Y’like JAZZ?

Baby Hallelujah – Konradsen
The Balance – Royal Tongues
Naima (alternate take) – John Coltrane
The Loved Ones – Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Van Morrison – U.T.A. Texas Hall – Dec 13, 1973 – Radio Commercial
I have a bunch of these old commercials. I love hearing stuff like “Come see Van Morrison. Tickets are five bucks at the door.”

Class System (featuring Pharrell Wiliams & Julee Cruise) – Handsome Boy Modeling School
Catch 22 – Send Dudes
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
Know Your Rights – The Clash

Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Go’s

My first time watching this video is the official starting point of my Jane Wiedlin crush.

Tired Eyes – Neil Young
Best Friend – The Beat
Sugar Daddy – Frank Black
Everybody Knows (Ft. Mating Ritual) – RAEKO
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt. 1 – The Flaming Lips
Can’t Let Go – Lucinda Williams
Fill the Void – Oingo Boingo
Traits De Caractere – Paris Combo

These Burgers (live ’01) – The Moldy Peaches

Great song, or greatest song?

Late For The Sky – Jackson Browne
Changes – David Bowie
True Love Will Find You In The End – Beck
The Last Ten Homes – Mice Parade
My Funny Valentine – Ben Webster
Movie Theme – John Wesley Harding
Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection
We Live So Fast – Heaven 17
Steven Stills – Poco – Tarrant C. C. C. – Jul 15, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial

Triple Terror Show ad 2 – Commercial

This is an ad for three grindhouse films: Blood of Ghastly Horror, Naked Evil, and The Gorilla Gang. Youtube actually has the full movie of Blood of Ghastly Horror. If that’s too much time to invest in a crappy film, at least watch the trailer for Gorilla Gang. It’s magical.

The full ding-dong movie!
“Evilcolor” appears to be the same as “Black and White.”
I think this really happened.

The Distance – Cake
Fleetwood Mac – Kansas – Memorial Aud. – May 19, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial
Try – Delta 5
Walkinonit – J Dilla
Sweet And Lovely – Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane
Sunday – The Cranberries

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50ish Recent Songs

Mostly picked by the Music app, with some assistance from Dan.

Checkout Blues – Eels

Creeque Alley – The Mamas & The Papas

Life’s What you Make it – Talk Talk

For Your Love  – The Yardbirds

Dream Forever – Bumblebees

absolute lithops effect – The Mountain Goats

Hope Street – Stiff Little Fingers

Strangers – A.O. Gerber

Mother Nature’s Son (Take 15) – The Beatles

Love Like Laughter – Beth Orton

Canoe – John Lurie

12 Elliot In Your Cup – The Blanks

Back in the Saddle – Aerosmith

California – Liz Phair

Time Out For Fun – Devo– there are definitely other Devo records that are more revolutionary and/or iconic, but “Oh, no! It’s Devo” was the first record of theirs I owned, so it’s the one that brings out the most nostalgia.

SUNLIGHT – BESOS

Time Heals Nothing – Danko Jones

King Midas In Reverse – The Hollies

Love of My Life – Louis Prima

Riot – Childish Gambino

St. Louis Blues – Louis Prima

Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Israel – Miles Davis

Crepuscolo Sul Mare – Piero Umiliani

Daydream Believer – The Monkees

I Got Life (James Rado & Company) – Original Broadway Cast

Never Give You Up – The Black Keys

The Negotiation Limerick File – Beastie Boys

Godless Heathens – Skin Mag

Get Bummed Out – SPORTS

Don’t Pull Away (Feat. Milosh) – J.Viewz

The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch Nails – I’m not a huge NIN fan, but this is an awesome bike song. Check out the “deep” visuals in the video.

In The Hanging Gardens – Pinkshinyultrablast

BLEACHÉ – yuko yokio

Everything Borrowed – Jerry Paper

Company Calls – Death Cab For Cutie

Unknown Legend – Neil Young – very different from NIN, but also an awesome bike song. And if you’re thinking that the song is about someone riding a Harley Davidson and that that’s a very different kind of bike, I have some news for you.
There’s a real video for this song, but no high quality versions are on Youtube, probably because Neil Young only wants his music played in 6000 bit hyper dense magic quality.

Popeye Theme – Face to Face – the most important song of this or any other time.

Fool, Fool, Fool – The Clovers

SOKA – Sister Bliss

Giving It All – 20/20

Sailor and widow – Keren Ann

The Man In Me – The Clash

The Power Of The Heart – Peter Gabriel

Evil Angel – Rufus Wainwright

Can’t Stop The World – Ginger Sling

Donuts (Outro) – J Dilla

L.S.D. Partie – Roland Vincent

Grand Illusions – Joan Osborne

Fade To Grey – Anteros – this is not a cover of Visage. This song is generic alternapop. No need to seek it out.

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A Manager’s Bleats – Beatles Anagrams

Someone on twitter did an awesome silly thing where they re-titled James Bond movies with their anagrams. I thought it was a great idea, so I stole it to re-do Beatles albums. Here’s the first batch. I’m skipping the early Capitol hacked-up albums.

Peep Lame Easels (Please Please Me)

Peep Lame Easels (Please Please Me) album cover
Featuring 300% more George.

White Slab Teeth (With The Beatles)

White Slab Teeth (With The Beatles) album cover
Now with 50% less Ringo

Aghast, Randy Hid (A Hard Day’s Night)

Aghast, Randy Hid (A Hard Day's Night) album cover
Now with 2400% more back-of-George’s-head.

A Stereo Elf Slab (Beatles For Sale)

A Stereo Elf Slab (Beatles For Sale) album cover
Now with 100% more Ringo (nose only)

The problem with Beatles anagrams is that their album titles are usually pretty short. Some of these would be under ten letters if I didn’t include “Beatles” in the name.

The White Album is probably going to be super lame.

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50ish Recent Tracks

I used to do this thing on Facebook where I’d post the last 50 or so songs I’d played, along with some notes about a few of them. This is pretty much that, except I’m going to throw some Youtube links in along the way.

Charlotte Street – Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

Hold My Hand – The Rutles

I have students who say The Beatles are their favorite band, which seems weird since the band broke up 40 years before the students were born. That would middle school me saying my favorite musician was Cole Porter. I have to remember to play The Rutles for them.

Reptiles and Samurai – Oingo Boingo

Mah-Ná, Mah-Ná – Leroy Holmes – probably the best song to ever come from Swedish softcore that was used by the Muppets and Benny Hill.

Ain’t No Good – Cake
Train in Vain – Annie Lennox
High Fidelity – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
A-Tisket A-Tasket – Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb And His Orchestra
Don’t Let’s Start – This Radiant Boy
Car Horns and Kentucky – Tom Waits
There She Goes Again – The Velvet Underground
Jump, Jive, An’ Wail – Louis Prima
Baby’s on Fire – Brian Eno

Straight To Hell – Chum

I Feel Fine – The Beatles
Sun Gazer – Hideout
Do You Remember the Riots? – Jens Lekman
Freedom for My People – U2
Hawaii 64 – ccc – ill chemist

Cool it Now (New Edition) – Len

Everyone needs a new edition of a song by New Edition.

Golden – My Morning Jacket
Zero Hour – The Plimsouls
The Long Grift – They Might Be Giants
Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
Bedsitter – Soft Cell
Cat’s Blues – Palace Music
Fight – The Kleptones
Staircase to the Soul – Weston Smith
Two Lives – Young Fresh Fellows
Persona – Instupendo
Shark Food – Starsailor
Lonely – Bebel Gilberto

My Funny Valentine – Ella Fitzgerald

Every time I hear this I think “Somebody wrote more lyrics to that Elvis Costello song.” I am dumb.

clairaudients (kill or be killed) – Bright Eyes
No One Else Around – Orchid Mantis
True Romance – Vacation Forever
Blue Fire – Air Waves
Monkey Man – The Maytals

Nice To See You (feat. Floor Cry) – Vansire

A Warning – Thievery Corporation
I’m Not The One – Bye Beneco
Diferente – Gotan Project
Blackbird Chain – Beck
Riding On The Subway – Jesse Malin

Jefferson Starship – – Aug, 5, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial – I don’t care for commercials on the radio, but I love the occasional 40+ year old concert commercial.

the promise – The Cure
Beaten To The Punch – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Cowboy Junkies

You Wouldn’t Like Me – The Beths

Blind Love – Tom Waits
Upfield – Billy Bragg

Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing – The Magnetic Fields