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Shuffling part 3

Posted Feb 16, 2008 at 08:50 PM by digdad
Updated Feb 19, 2008 at 06:32 PM by digdad (Added some YouTube links for the curious.)
I havenít blogificated in a while, or is it bloggerated? Either way, the blog has been quiet lately. How about a shuffle part 3? The iPodís been on shuffle for a while now, so Iíll put it to use. Here we goÖstartingÖNOW:

In Love by Fear Of Pop Ė the remix by Thievery Corporation on their Versions LP
I was first introduced to Thievery Corporation from the soundtrack to Garden State, which Digmom owns. Then I later came across them on a Putumayo African collection. I thought this meant they were an African band. Not exactly. A wikipedia search informed me they are a DJ duo from Washington, DC. Go figure. They just happen to incorporate a lot of African sounds.

Jetto Ninjin by GO!GO!7188 on their Dasoku Houkou album
Japanese rock. GoGo are a fun band with female vocals, two females actually, typically harmonizing together throughout the entire song. They remind me a lot of Maryís Danish who had a bit of radio play back in the early 90s. Anyone remember them?

No Hay Mal Que Por Bien No Venga by Gloria Estefan on Mi Tierra
I love her albums in Spanish. This is her Cuban album; her other is a mix of styles from all over Latin America. I was introduced to this during my first field season doing archaeological work in Yucatan. A friend on the project had it and played it often, and when we would visit the nearby cities and towns I would constantly hear it in restaurants. I didnít even realize it was Gloria Estefan until I asked a waiter in one of the restaurants just before leaving to come back to the States. Of course, he gave me the ďstupid gringoĒ look as he told me.

Caballo de Madera by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs off a greatest hits album
This is another band I was introduced to while working in Mexico, during that same field season in fact. They are an ska/punk/rock band from Argentina. I came across this album recently and picked it up, precisely because it reminded my of my time in Mexico.

Letting Go by Paul McCartney and Wings on Venus and Mars
For some reason, Iíve always owned several copies of this album. I started a record collection around age 13 or so and sold it when I was a poor grad student living in Dallas. About 2 years ago, I decided to start my Beatles record collection once again. In my first collection I must have had 4 copies of this album, each bought as an improvement in condition over the last. Currently, I again have 4 copies of this LP. It seems every Ebay lot for some reason comes with this album.

Arabyon Ana (Circus Mix) by Yuri Mrakadi on the Essential Guide to Arabia
I swear, Iíve been listening to my iPod on shuffle all day long, from about 11 am. All day long. I donít recall a single song from this Arabia collection coming on, not once. I sit down to do one of these shuffling blog entries, and what pops on? Every time. I donít know what it is. Donít get me wrong, I do like this Arabic dance stuff, but it just makes me laugh that it only seems to come on when I blog.

Kyuutii Hanii by GO!GO!7188 on their Tora no Ana album
More GoGo. It shows you how non-random an iPodís random mode is. Iíve got gobs more on here by other Japanese bands, but I guess GoGo is what it wants to play now. I just realized the title is just a straight up sound-for-sound transcription of the katakana it was written in. But katakana is used to approximate foreign words with Japanese sounds. The actual title should read Cutie Honey.

Tropicalia by Beck off of Mutations
I thought I was getting some Brazilian music when it first started, but itís Beck! I love his no-boundaries approach to musicóitís one of the things that drew me to the Beatles so strongly as well. In fact, the main Japanese bands and artists I listen to all have this same quality of incorporating all types of music. (Note: subject for future blog entry.)

Wait by the Beatles off Rubber Soul
A perfect example of the Beatlesí eclectic musical approach. Okay, maybe not, but itís still a good song. Iíve always loved the songs like this where John and Paul are constantly trading lead parts.

Skoal by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra off of the Tokyo Strut LP
My iPod has been playing TSPO all day. It seems like every 10th song or so has been one of theirs. Iím not complaining, itís very good music, mostly instrumental. This particular track has a bit of a Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass flavor to it. Did I mention the word eclectic before?

You Saved My Soul (With Your True Love) by John Lennon on the Free As A Bird bootleg
Another thing my iPod has been quite partial to today has been Johnís demos and outtakes. Iím not familiar with this song, but I like it. Oh, it just ended. That was far too short.

Kuki (Stem) by Shiina Ringo off Karuki Samen Kuri no Hana (this version)
Absolutely sublime. This is my favorite version of this song (sheís released about 4 or 5 different versions of it). This is the only one sung in Japanese, the others are in English. Itís the music of this version that does it for me. This is my favorite album of hers. When it came out in 2003, some critics compared it to Sgt. Pepper as far as how ground breaking it was in the Japanese rock/pop scene. It is an amazing albumódefinitely one for the headphones, much like Pepper or Dark Side of the Moon.

Onaji Yoru (demo) by Shiina Ringo (released version)
Sure, I like a lot of artists. Iíll buy CDs of those I really like. But how does an artist know theyíve made it to the upper echelon of Digdadís musical whims? Thereís one way. If I make an effort to collect bootlegs by them, theyíve made it! Forget those gold records. Theyíre just spray painted, you know. If I have bootlegs by you, count yourself a truly successful artist. The Beatles and Shiina Ringo, youíve made it. All else, keep the faith.
Total Comments 7


jesgear's Avatar
I dig reading these, digdad; one day I'll compile my own.
Posted Feb 18, 2008 at 11:53 AM by jesgear jesgear is offline
Get on it Jes! I want to read them!
Posted Feb 18, 2008 at 06:24 PM by digdad digdad is offline
FPSHOT's Avatar
I think I should maybe learn myself some Japanese to keep up here at Links. I wonder if the other Ringo, the one with mostly more clothes on and less pictured in the "Crushes" thread, is aware that this lady has pointed a digging dad and maybe many more in the Japanese direction thanks to his nickname in The Fab Fore. Maybe he will think it is a typo for 'his' Sheila from the band.

And yes I agree on "Wait" there are times I find that the most uplifting song on the album.
Posted Feb 19, 2008 at 03:20 AM by FPSHOT FPSHOT is offline
jesgear's Avatar
Hmm, I hope Ringo the drummer won't think to sue Shiina Ringo for using his name.

He might then sue me for naming my cat Ringo!
Posted Feb 19, 2008 at 02:38 PM by jesgear jesgear is offline
FPSHOT's Avatar
Shiina can always change to Shiina E and have digdad make up what the E stands for
Posted Feb 19, 2008 at 05:07 PM by FPSHOT FPSHOT is offline
Why of course it would be Elppa, which in Japanese might be Ognir.
Posted Feb 19, 2008 at 05:44 PM by digdad digdad is offline
I just found out that "ringo" in Norwegian would be "eple", so that could work for the E also.
Posted Feb 21, 2008 at 01:10 PM by digdad digdad is offline
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