Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Better Late Than Never

I like to think of myself as the tortoise. Maybe not very appropriate for a Speed It Up mix, but it seems to be my M.O. in life. I eventually get around to things. So here is the illuminating commentary for the Tenacious S Speed It Up mix, along with my grateful thanks to Splotchy for allowing me to participate in the monkey business. The plan of this mix was to start at whatever BPM your heart desired, but it had to continually increase across the mix. For being a tortoise, I kind of like it real fast, so it didn't stay slow for long.

1. Pyramid Song-Radiohead
Does this song even have a beat? Like much of Radiohead's music, I find that it meanders around my brain, crawling into crevices that maybe I hadn't noticed before.

2. Spread Your Love-Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
A slow dirty groove, and I mean dirty. Makes you want to, uh, take a shower.

3. Failures-Joy Division
Post-punk with a sharp beat and a sharper wit. This is where the mix starts to act like it's going someplace and that maybe it might be in a hurry.

4. Groovin' in the Bus Lane-Jazz Butcher
Happy feet! There was a time in my life where the Jazz Butcher probably fell in my Top Ten. I couldn't get enough of the witty lyrics and the gin-soaked lounge singer on the skids tunes.

5. Turning Inside Out-The Methadones
Pure melodic punk perfection. These guys are led by ex-Screeching Weasel Dan Schafer, which is a nice pedigree in this arena. Send your good thoughts out to their bass player, Pete, who was hit by a bus while riding his bike last week. He's OK, but he's been stapled together in a few places.

6. Nicotine Fit-Voodoo Glow Skulls
Oh, come on! Speeded up crazy ass ska. Yahoo! Makes me giddy.

7. TV II-Ministry
While I prefer the more danceable earlier Ministry, I knew they were my go-to guys for the most hellacious BPM's of all. This one is a pure adrenaline rush accompanied by a few whacks over the head with a big mallet.

Hope you had fun.

*Warning-Do not listen to mix while hopped up on Red Bull.


Splotchy said...

Lovely descriptions of your selections!

I have to get me some more of that Jazz Butcher.

First he was on lulu's Halloween mix selections, then he pops up here.

The problem is that a lot of his stuff is out-of-print. Where oh where could I find me some Jazz Butcher?

Thanks a lot for participating.

Tenacious S said...

I'm asking Santa for an Ion turntable this Christmas so I can rip some of my favorite stuff. I don't have it on digital either except for a few songs.

BeckEye said...

I haven't heard any of these. Yet. I have to download that Jazz Butcher tune because the title alone makes me smile.

timdrussell said...

Just want to say I had a great time listening to all your choices! I love that Joy Division song and hadn't ever heard it.

lulu said...

Pete got hit by a BUS!?!?!?

Oh no!

Please tell him I said to get better soon!

Tenacious S said...

Lu, he's got a bunch of staples in his head, but is OK. I'm bummed you're not here as I got invited to his birthday party on the 20th. I'll pass along the good wishes.

anandamide said...

I could feel my heart rate accelerate just reading the list...

Narcissus said...

Voodoo Glow Skulls... niiiiice....

What I love about your lists, T, is that you always have one curveball thrown in there - one *something* I didn't see coming....

Beth said...

You rock, Ten S. You should do some of your own mix posts.

lulu said...

Can you give him a big wet kiss too?

Tenacious S said...

Beckeye-There are lots of great snarky Jazz Butcher songs. You'll love them.
Tim-I love this song. I always think of darker stuff when think of Joy Division, but this song I think has a different energy.
Anandamide-Hence the Red Bull warning. Just looking out for everyone's health.
Narcissus-No one suspects the Voodoo Glow Skulls (or a girl with a Bauhaus brain trapped in a Go-Go's body)!
Beth-Thanks, but I prefer to be a participant. I take it far too seriously and school doesn't allow it.
Lu-Not sure how Mr. Ten S would feel about that!