Random Ten

"And courage is a weapon we must use" Emiliana Torrini, "If You Go Away" R.E.M., "Laughing" Mindy Smith, "Come to Jesus" Norah Jones, "Crazy" Supersuckers, "Hey Ya" U2, "Where the Streets Have No Name" Allison Moorer, "Sing Me to Sleep" Nina Nastasia, "Nobody Knew Her" Sinead O'Connor, "If U Ever" Over the Rhine, "Etc. Whatever" Those last two are kind of wistfully hopeful, I guess, … [Read more...]

Random Ten

I used to be disgusted, now I just try to be amused My Bloody Valentine, "What You Want" Violent Femmes, "I Held Her in My Arms" Elvis Costello, "Red Shoes" The Waterboys, "The Whole of the Moon" Lone Justice, "After the Flood" Peter Gabriel, "Games Without Frontiers" Sting, "Fragile" Mirah, "Don't Die in Me" T'Pau, "Heart and Soul" Tom Waits, "I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With … [Read more...]

Friday Random Ten

Everything I've had but couldn't keep John Cougar Mellencamp, "Pink Houses" Cracker, "Eurotrash Girl" Lost Dogs, "Hard Times Come Again No More" Cat Power, "Wonderwall" Townes Van Zandt, "Pancho and Lefty" Gladys Knight and the Pips, "Midnight Train to Georgia" Velvet Underground, "Pale Blue Eyes" Psychedelic Furs, "Heartbreak Beat" Iris DeMent, "Wasteland of the Free" Nick Drake, "One of … [Read more...]

“Friday” Random Ten

Why? Because American radio has gotten so bad that we're desperate for new ways to find new music. Even if that means reading blog posts that consist of nothing more than some guy hitting shuffle on his iPod and jotting down the first 10 songs that come up (none of which, it turns out today, is less than 10 years old). Jeffrey Gaines, "Hero in Me" Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "Nobody's Baby Now" Bjork, "Human Behavior" Randy Newman, "Political … [Read more...]

Random Ten

I'm not ready for this sort of thing. Crowded House, "Something so Strong" Bruce Springsteen, "Mary's Place" Elvis Costello, "Running out of Angels" Counting Crows, "Anna Begins" Joan Jett, "Crimson and Clover" Magnetic Fields, "All My Little Words" Liz Phair, "Fuck and Run" Matthew Sweet, "Divine Intervention" Patsy Cline, "Your Cheatin' Heart" Stevie Wonder, "For Once in My Life" … [Read more...]

Random Ten

Set iPod to random. Hit play. Report results. Why? Because it's Friday: Ricky Lee Jones, "Someone to Watch Over Me" Maria McKee, "Can't Pull the Wool Down (Over this little lamb's eyes)" Jeff Buckley, "Lover, You Should Have Come Over" The Lemonheads, "Bit Part"* Suede, "Trash" Cameo, "Word Up" The Shins, "Caring Is Creepy" Garbage, "I Would Die For You" Aimee Mann, "Deathly" The Pogues & … [Read more...]

Random Ten

Still don't own a cat or a digital camera, but I did get me an iPod, so I can now participate in another of those Friday traditions that are all the rage on the Internets. 1. Patty Griffin, "Mad Mission" 2. Green, "Fingerprints" 3. Terry Scott Taylor, "Startin' Monday" 4. Paul Westerberg, "Dyslexic Heart" 5. Mark Heard, "Nod Over Coffee" 6. They Might Be Giants, "Birdhouse in Your Soul" 7. Victoria Williams, "Summer of … [Read more...]

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

Suzanne Fields of The Washington Times wonders why Johnny Cash's deep Christian faith is widely respected, while President Bush's is viewed with suspicion. After all, she says, both "were strongly influenced by the evangelistic preaching of Billy Graham." That's true. But it's about the only similarity one can draw between the two. George W. Bush views himself as God's hand-picked president -- a cowboy in a white hat. He couldn't be more different from the Man in Black. Look at one of … [Read more...]