July 2, 2008
I ran across the idea for this post at Warren Ellis’ blog early last month and I thought I’d get my own list together and see what came of it.
“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.”
In no particular order:
- “No Regrets” – Aesop Rock
- “Thou Shalt Always Kill” – Scroobius Pip vs Dan le Sac
- “Painkillas” – Busdriver
- “One” – Eyedea & Abilities
- “The Pot” – Tool
- “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” – Johnny Cash
- “If I Was Santa Claus” – Atmosphere
A fairly humble song, laden with simple things, yet so well balanced/sequenced that I can’t help but put it on repeat and just listen listen listen. This one hails from the second Aesop Rock album I ever owned, Labor Days. I can’t describe how much I love this song, it makes me think in ways most songs can’t. There’s something incredibly thought provoking about the lyrics in this song.
I ran across this song last summer on YouTube, and it’s just amazing. Its pure, unadulterated, think-for-yourself message is something I wish we had more of in hip-hop today.
This is a relatively new to me interest. I don’t have much to say about this song, there’s just something about the jumble of piano and lyrics that makes me relax.
Again, another recent discovery of Hip-Hop goodness, found one late night at a friend’s house. I don’t know what it is about this song that does it for me. Maybe it’s the very primal sound of the drums, or maybe even the lyrics that dance tauntingly over the stale corpse of major record labels’ idea of Hip-Hop. “It’s time to clean MTV outta your ears”
I don’t consider myself a TOOL fan, but the introduction to this song is simply mesmerizing.
Another YouTube find, this one from late 2006 and by far my favorite Johnny Cash song.
I now have no problem imagining Kris Kristofferson bludgeoning me to death with a crowbar.
This song is available on Atmosphere’s Lucy Ford album. Aided by the quieting instrumentals, I can play this song a few times in a row and it never fails to move me. I was introduced to both Aesop Rock and Atmosphere by my brother-in-law around the same time and have been returning to this song year in and year out. In the true spirit of hip-hop evangelicalism, this is one of those songs that I habitually, no, fanatically, push on people who are unfamiliar with Atmosphere.
My musical interests shift fairly often so I plan on revisiting this post sometime later this year. Though, for now, I suppose that I should pass the buck on to seven other people.
Tag you’re it…
Update: I retro-tag Retta because this is my blog and I make the rules, dammit!
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