Anytime I take a drive of any duration, my iPod is where I get the accompanying music for the journey. I’m a big fan of shuffling, so when I’m using my gray iPod classic that’s currently home to 30GB of tracks from numerous musical genres I’m hearing one random song after the next. When I get new music, I like to put it all in a playlist and shuffle through all of it so I can sample each recent acquisition and still have some diversity in the soundtrack of my commute.
Right now, these are the songs on that recently acquired playlist that I can’t stop rocking out to…
“We Share Our Mother’s Health”—The Knife, Silent Shout
Super-synth heavy with a compulsive beat, I have been imagining and choreographing epic EoP: The Webcomic fight scenes every time I indulge in the three and a half minutes of this song’s frenetic, driving and epic duration.
“Shout Me Out”—TV On The Radio, Dear Science
The perfect combo of what TVotR does best: melodic and calm before giving way to up tempo guitar and drum freakouts. And all with one eerie, soulful voice to bring you through.
“I Go To Extremes“—Billy Joel, The Essential Billy Joel
As the title explains, this songs is all about extremes. Upon listening to it, I am driven to extreme thoughts (“I am gonna eat 12 cupcakes! Only extremes! One cupcake? That is not enough!”) and I love it.
“Summertime Clothes”—Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion (click here for a semi-shitty live video of the song)
I got on the Animal Collective bandwagon late, their new album being the first I have ever listened to, and this quickly paced melody machine gets my feet pumping and my head nodding every single time.
“My Girls”—Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavillion
A bit of a slow starter in comparison to “Summertime Clothes,” this track starts off lightly before getting to the lyric I just can’t get out of my head when the song builds to a breakdown and beat change: “I don’t want to seem like I care about material things like a social status. I just want four walls and adobe slabs for my girls.”
“Jesus Ranch“—Pickin’ On Series, This Is Just A Tribute: Bluegrass Wrecks the Music of Tenacious D
Hearing the rich, lilting voice of a female country singer belt out “I’m taking a walk in the woods, fuck yeah!” and “It smells of shit, la ga guing la gah-gah-gah-gaga guayo” alongside some great finger picking is just awesome.
“Since U Been Gone“—Pickin’ On Series, Pickin’ On Kelly Clarkson: A Bluegrass Tribute
I unabashedly love this song and I love bluegrass covers of pop music…so…kind of a no-brainer that this does it for my eardrums.
“No Dice“—Beirut, Realpeople Holland
When I hear this crazy synthpop masterpiece I just wish it was around when I was in eighth grade, so I could have taken it to a basement party, put it on and danced like a spastic animal till everyone was so freaked out they wouldn’t have been able to help but join my manic, pubescent rain dance.
Those are the main tracks that are really caressing my eardrums ahora, but here are a few more that are deserving of a mention…
- “Ragged Wood”—Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
One of their most up tempo tracks, its whimsical and compelling.
- “Dull Life”—Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz!
While listening to this and walking the streets of Manhattan, I got so pumped I continued to walk from 40th to 83rd without losing any of my bouncy, pumped up stride.
- “Silent Shout”—The Knife, Silent Shout
Just more coolness like the above track, but doesn’t have me itching for a samurai showdown quite as much. Still, compulsive.
- “Money”—N.A.S.A., The Spirit Of Apollo
Talking Heads’ David Byrne, Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Portuguese guitar wizard Seu Jorge on a hip hop track—I need not say more!
- “Golden Age”—TV On The Radio, Dear Science
Great like the above track by TVotR, but a bit dancier…which is a good thing!