I discovered last night that my itunes library had surpassed 36k songs. I made a playlist back at 25,000, but have now made another one, choosing 100 songs per 2000 chronologically, for an 1800 song playlist. Below are the 10 best songs added to my itunes since i surpassed 25,000 in June of 2014.
10. I encapsulated the human experience in a 10 second song- self defense family
9. I wanna get better- Bleachers
8. A new wave- Sleater-Kinney
7. Baby blue sedan- Modest Mouse
6. Witness (f. Mavis Staples)- Benjamin Booker
5. At the seams (#blacklivesmatter)- Kimya Dawson
4. Close your eyes (and count to fuck) (f. Zack de la Rocha)- Run the Jewels
3. Perfect day- Lou Reed
2. Short Movie- Laura Marling
- Longer than you’ve been alive- Old 97s
This isn’t exactly a new/recent short film on youtube, but it was just given to me about a week ago and I thought I’d share.
The film is set in 1992 and has a 52 year old John Lennon trying to make it as a temp in an office environment. While on his way to work, he sees an advertisement for The Beatles Live at the Manchester Apollo. I wanted to take the time to list their “hits” listed on the poster, most of which The Beatles never actually recorded.
Mull of Kintyre
Mary Had a Little Lamb
How Do You Do What You Do To Me
Mull of Kintyre was eventually recorded by Wings in 1977:
As was C Moon
As for the others, I can’t imagine The Beatles recording “Ding Dong” or “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Maybe from a fictional children’s album (which would also kind of make sense for “Yellow Submarine”.
Anyway, alternate history is usually reserved for “what if the South won the Civil War” or ‘what if Germany and Japan won World War II”, so it was refreshing to see the genre used in a less war-centric story.
His late life albums, after becoming diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, deserve to be discussed as modern country classics.
Rest in Peace, Rhinestone Cowboy.
Billy Bragg has been on a roll lately, what with “The Times They Are A-Chagin’ Back” timed to release around Inauguration Day, his song “The Sleep of Reason” about rational people failing to act in today’s political climate, and now this piece of acoustic beauty.