It is a simple game, hit shuffle on your music library interface, and record the first ten songs that emerge. You can play too, but here’s what showed up on my Friday shuffle. Some notes below
- Jules Dupont Gregorian Chant– Benedicamus Domino (Exultemus…)
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy– I Am Drinking Again
I See a Darkness – a little too melancholy for this morning, but a strong track nonetheless. I’m on my 9th warm glass of gin
Clark, Gene– The True One
No Other -state of the nation, circa 1974, complete with slide guitars.
Van Ronk, Dave– Sprig of Thyme
Inside Dave Van Ronk – No Dave Van Ronk, no Bob Dylan. Simple as that. Bet Dave Van Ronk was fun to drink whisky with.
Joni Mitchell– Happy Birthday 1975
Mingus – a rousing Happy Birthday sung to Charles Mingus, with the additional refrain, How Old Are You? Mingus sings back, 54, motherfucker, but Joni Mitchell corrects Mingus, 53! You were born in 1922, Charles Such an odd little track
Drake, Nick– Summertime
Tanworth In Arden – more melancholy, can barely even hear Nick Drake’s voice.
Rolling Stones– Street Fighting Man
Beggars Banquet – hard to listen to this song, as good as it is, we’ve all heard it too frequently. I tried to listen to it as I have never heard it before, but this is difficult task.
The Open Mind– Magic Potion
Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts From The British Empire And Beyond garage rock paean to drug use. This could very well be a contemporary band like The Killers, Brian Jonestown Massacre or Queens of the Stone Age.
King Oliver’s Creole Jazzband– Southern Stomp (1st take)
Louis Armstrong And King Oliver – Hey didn’t New Orleans win some sort of sporting event? Whatever, never need an excuse to listen to Louis Armstrong and King Oliver
Flaming Lips– Man From Pakistan
Hear It Is The Flaming Lips – This was the iteration of The Flaming Lips I first knew: psychedelic punk rock, outsider music, and catchy as hell.
- Doors, The– Hyacinth House