A Real Rhapsody playlist blog of questionable quality

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Just Added Breeders Saturday Playlist

Pleased to meet you, one of us

The first two Breeders albums came into Rhapsody very recently. Pod is the only Breeders album I love from start to finish. And for some insufferable reason, it's the only one that's not streamable in Rhapsody from start to finish.

So today, let's take a sampler of what we can get.

In related news, a baby was born to our house on December 21, and Schmaltzy Junior now has a Kim to her Kelley, a Laura to her Sarah, or an Eva to her Zsa Zsa, if you will.

Schmaltzy Junior was squarely in the Winston Churchill/Tor Johnson mold of baby faces, but Little Shifty is more of the Wally Shawn/Nosferatu prototype. Neither had averse reactions to my singing voice in the wee hours of the first week, so any musical distinctions between them remain to be discovered. In the meantime, our playlist today continues with a handful of tracks to note the new arrival, Ribaldry and Schmaltz stylee.

Just Added Breeders Saturday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Just Added Breeders Saturday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Howdy Little Newlycome - Woody Guthrie
Hellbound - The Breeders
Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Breeders
Song For A Future Generation - The B-52s
The Youngest Was The Most Loved - Morrissey
We're A Happy Family - Ramones
Family Man - Black Flag
Snowin' In Brooklyn - Ferron

Friday, December 19, 2008

Raiding the Stocking Friday Playlist

I'm living in a coma for Donna de Varona

So speaking of songs that weren't in Rhapsody before, it looks like Christmas comes early this year. That's right, since the last time I searched in vain for it, "Just Got Lucky" by the JoBoxers came into Rhapsody.

There's something that'll help you break up the barking dog carols and Celine Dion in the week to come.

Other options are the cream of the extras from this week's expanded remaster of Pavement's Brighten The Corners, some recently added classic Eumir Deodato, and the finest Jingle Bells I've heard so far this year.

Happy Friday, universe.

Raiding the Stocking Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Raiding the Stocking Friday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

Just Got Lucky - JoBoxers
Winner Of The - Pavement
Harness Your Hopes - Pavement
Arranha Ceu - Eumir Deodato
Samba De Verao - Eumir Deodato
Jingle Bells - Celia Cruz

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lookin' For A Truck Tuesday

I'm currently spending my pre-holiday weeks in a perfect balance of caffeine-fueled productivity and cookie-fueled time squandering.

I've also been working mostly on my partition that isn't conducive to playlist posting. So instead, here's a little Grooveshark widget with a handful of classics I've whined aren't available in Rhapsody over the years. Overall I found that application of limited use, which even this short list exemplifies (inconsistent sound quality, bad track data, nebulous legality, progressively deteriorating UI, etc.) But within those confines (namely these six songs and a little Frank Zappa) it was just what I needed that one day.

P.S. A version of Fish Heads, properly attributed, did come in to Rhapsody this year, but it's some kind of early version or something with a decidedly different approach from this one.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Cross Eyed Rambler Manifesto Playlist

Over the last few months I've made many failed attempts at putting together a coherent post about the 2008 Paul Heaton solo album The Cross Eyed Rambler. Now the year is almost gone, and I'm no closer to really making any clear sense of it. But the fact I keep listening to it over and over trying to get to the bottom of things certainly mandates some public recommendation.

First, it rocks. Thoroughly and continuously. Then, it drives a steamroller back and forth across the fine line between razor-sharp satirical insight and curmudgeonly get-off-my-lawn myopia. Between wry, self-deprecating humor and black, bilious rancor.

So basically a thoroughly honest, rich, compelling slab of rock and roll.

Right on.

The Cross Eyed Rambler Manifesto Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

The Cross Eyed Rambler Manifesto Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

The Cross Eyed Rambler
I Do
The Balcony

P.S. On a data sidepoint, this album and artist remain misfiled in Rhapsody. Moving the album from "Classical > 20th21st Century > Electronic" to "Brit Rock" or something (that's where the 2008 Paul Weller album is), and linking the Paul Heaton page to the "Related Projects" sections of the Housemartins and Beautiful South pages would rectify things quite nicely.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Old Country Easy Listening Wednesday Playlist

Among the many things to be thankful for, a trip back to the old country last week for the holiday meant plenty of driving within the listening area of "Easy 99.1" WPLM-FM. Unfortunately, they had already switched over to a Christmas music heavy rotation, and we didn't stay in town long enough for Strictly Sinatra, so it wasn't as stellar a listening experience as I've gushed about in the past.

So in lieu of any songs we actually heard them play last week, here's a little playlist of easy classics and a couple gems I'd personally include when programming my own easy listening channel. Move over, Polyester Palace!

Old Country Easy Listening Wednesday Playlist [Rhapsody Online Version]

Old Country Easy Listening Wednesday Playlist [Rhapsody Player Software Version]

You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show) - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
And I Love Her - Bobby Womack
Your'e The Boss - Elvis Presley with Ann-Margret
You Don't Know Me - Henry Mancini
Fool To Cry - The Rolling Stones
Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - The Spinners