notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Friday Random Ten (TE)

I know that some of you out there have mp3 players but for some reason aren’t playing. There’s no excuse. It’s easy! Set in on shuffle and post the first ten that come up. No skipping. Commentary is optional. Your Thursdays will never be the same.

Now with poor man’s star ratings (i.e. asterisks):

* = offensively bad
** = plain old bad
*** = ok
**** = good song
***** = masterpiece

The Beatles, Let It Be (*****) - I can take or leave The Beatles, but this is just a beautiful song.
Apsci, Flystyles (*) - What the hell is it with the hidden track phenomenon? It’s almost as bad as the skit thing. One minute of a mediocre beat, 23 minutes of silence, and a hidden track - two minutes of noise. They should have hid this shit a lot better.
Pixies, Wave of Mutilation (Slow Wave) (***) - Fast Wave gets a five-star rating. Slow Wave doesn’t measure up.
Albert King, You’re Gonna Need Me (***) - One of the most distinctive blues singers and guitar players, anything by Albert King is at least listenable. This particular song does not stand out as anything special.
Grayskul, Vixen (****) - From last year’s ninth best album. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
(Smog), In the Pines (**1/2) - A very different take on the Lead Belly classic. I prefer the Nirvana approach to this song, but this is an interesting listen. Hmmm... four minutes later I’m feeling very ready for a new song. Knock off a half star for excessive length.
DJ Danger Mouse / Jay-Z, Public Service Announcement (****) - From The Grey Album (thanks, Ben!). Danger Mouse is amazing. I don’t know the Jay-Z original, but this re-mix is really strong.
The Meters, Rockin’ Pneumonia / I Know / Everybody Loves a Lover (Medley) (live) (****) - Paul and Linda McCartney hired out the Queen Mary for a party and hired The Meters to play; this disc is a recording of the show. Seems The Beatles are cropping up a lot this week.
Tony Bennett, I Left My Heart In San Francisco (***) - Eh. I suppose this is pretty good, but it’s just not my thing.
Johnny Cash, The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea (****) - From the great Unchained album. An upbeat ending to a nice random 10.