#0086 – Music for Melancholy

Melancholy is this show’s theme. More precisely, how music moves me from feeling melancholy to feeling more upbeat. We all feel melancholy from time to time, for many different reasons. Lost or unrequited love, loss of a dream, even a rainy day. whatever the reason we have all been there.

When I feel melancholy I like to first live with it for a while, then listen to songs that sweep the melancholy away.

Rock Island, WI at sunset

Move from feeling melancholy to . . .well. . . better

1. The Who – Melancholia
2. Neil Young – Birds
3. Patty Loveless – Sorrowful Angels
4. Bob Dylan – Simple Twist of Fate
5. Ray Charles – A Fool for you
6. The Doors – The Changeling
7. Rolling Stones – Rocks Off
8. Steve Earl – Galway Girl
9. The Grateful Dead – Scarlet Begonias
10. The Allman Brothers – Blue Sky
11. The Ramones – California Sun

#0045 – File under: remash

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UPDATE: I neglected to give you a bunch of links where you can download the mashups here and others I found. Those links are now included so you can give the artists, DJs and the geeks who support them some love.

This is an hour-long mashup of mashups. What is a mashup? Direct from Wikipedia…

is a song or composition created from the combination of the music from one song with the a cappella from another (also mash up and mash-up). These songs may be considered part of the bastard pop musical genre. “A mash-up is a song created out of pieces of two or more songs, usually by overlaying the vocal track of one song seamlessly over the music track of another…Mash-ups are incredible fun and a fascinating way to reexperience some of your favorite tunes.” [2]

In full swing at the start of the 21st century, mash ups have been described positively are “ultimate post-modern pop song[s]” or “‘culture jamming in its purest form'”[3] and “display an analytical impulse…we actually hear how these songs resonate with one another, comment upon and affect one another…in a way, the music speaks for itself” [4]. They have also been described negatively as “the logical extension of the sampling fever of the ’80s taken to its dumbest extreme”. Due to the questionable legal status of mash ups and little chance of profits “there’s a real punk rock attitude attached to the movement” [3].

So there you have it 🙂

  1. Battle Funktastic – Hotei vs. Rip Slyme (you’ll have to search for it, because it took me forever to find it after hearing it in 2006 when I was in Tokyo, which is the only place I’ve ever heard it other than my iPod)
  2. Funky Kommissar
  3. In Da Black (AC/DC vs. 50 Cent vs. Scissor Sisters)
  4. Thunder Busters (AC/DC vs. Ray Parker Jr.)
  5. Say No Go – De La Soul (using a sample off of “I Can’t Go For That” by Hall & Oates)
  6. Missin Kittin (Rolling Stones vs. Miss Kittin)
  7. The Way It Is – Prodigy (using the riff from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”)
  8. Britney – Dead or Alive? (Britney Spears vs. Dead or Alive vs. Daft Punk)
  9. Every Car You Chase (The Snow Police (The Police vs. Snow Patrol)
  10. The Way to Dirty Fame (David Bowie vs. Queen vs. Don Henley vs. Sly Fox)
  11. Warning, Rush Where It’s At (Big Audio Dynamite II vs. Beck vs. Green Day)
  12. Break Through Love (The Doors vs. Led Zeppelin)
  13. Cry Little Sister (I Need You Now) – The Lost Brothers
  14. Daft Prayer (Bon Jovi vs. Daft Punk)

#0031 – File under: Misanthropes United

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Welcome back, friends and loyal listeners. Apologies for the delay. Today we bring you a solid hour of hits by bitter, drunken slobs — which would’ve made sense had it come out when you were all hungover on New Year’s Day. Music provided to you by the talents of Kaiser Chiefs, The Smiths, New Order, Lou Reed, Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Meat Loaf, The Pixies, The New Pornographers, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Motorhead and Eminem. You guys enjoy this bouncy mix about miserable souls.

By the way, if you notice the audio quality is better, please give me a shout out. I’ve spent some time over this break experimenting with Audacity and Audio Hijack Pro to improve the voiceover and the music mastering for the mix down.

  1. Kaiser Chiefs – I Predict a Riot
  2. The Smiths – Bigmouth Strikes Again
  3. New Order – Love Vigilantes
  4. Lou Reed – Satellite of Love
  5. Kid Rock – Drunk in the Morning
  6. Hank Williams, Jr. – Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound
  7. Meat Loaf – Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad
  8. The Pixies – Here Comes Your Man
  9. The New Pornographers – All the Old Showstoppers
  10. Van Halen – Take Your Whiskey Home
  11. The Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
  12. Led Zeppelin – Your Time is Gonna Come
  13. Moțrhead РAce of Spades
  14. Supersuckers – Jailbreak (live)
  15. Eminem – Kill You