when_i_go_deaf: (Through The Forest Darkly)
This entry is an index for the Albums In The Day series. This series features albums that have either had some significant impact on my life or stand out to me as being remarkable in some way at some point through the years. Please check 'em out, try out the music I've uploaded as a sampler of each album, and comment with any thoughts or sentiments you'd like to share.

Last entry in series: #96 on January 14, 2009.

Click the cut to access the Albums In The Day index )
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I often put more into autobiographical elements into mixes the last few years, so I thought I'd start charting those mixes with the time period that they are relevant to chronicling. John Cusack, eat your heart out...

Songs For The Old Man: A Retrospective (1979 to present)
Songs For The Mick: A Retrospective (1993 to present)
Songs For The Lore: A Retrospective (1998 to present)
So Far From Right, It's Left (a lifetime of goofy songs in one easy package!)
Blistered (November 2002 to April 2003)
Heidi's Summer 2003 Compilation (not my mix, but a soundtrack to that summer)
Somewhere, Waiting (March 2004 to November 2004)
Sehkmet 2005 (Oh, those darkwave/industrial times...)
A Long December: Music To Hibernate By (Any December the last five years.)
Inside Of 27, Pt. 1: (I Miss You) Seven (November 2006 to May 2007)
Inside Of 27, Pt. 2: Woman King (May 2007 to October 2007)
Inside Of 27, Pt. 3: Teach Me How To Stay (October 2007 to January 2008)
The Shell Of A Man (September 2008 to March 2009)
All Sparks: A Bleeding Hand Production (March 2009 to August 2009)
Black River Falls 2009 Compilation (July 2009)
A Matter Of Trust (September 2009 to February 2010)
Running Up That Hill (April 2010 to September 2010)
Love Is Not Enough (October 2010 to December 2010)
Sorry Of Please (January 2011 to November 2011)
Poison & Wine (December 2011 to February 2012)
when_i_go_deaf: (Kid Rawk)
The last Hammer volume from 2009, almost forgot to post it here! Same rating system as before: Good tracks have a "!", meh tracks have a "~", and WTF tracks have a "?".

Various Artists - The Hammer Vol. 60

1. Five Finger Death Punch - Dying Breed (2:54) !
2. Janus - Eyesore (3:36) ~
3. Fear Factory - Powershifter (3:49) ~
4. Mudvayne - Scream With Me (2:52) ~
5. Static-X - Terminal (3:37) !
6. Creed - Rain (3:28) ~
7. The Veer Union - Youth Of Yesterday (2:54) !
8. Soil - Like It Is (3:29) ~
9. Alice In Chains - Your Decision (4:43) !
10. Metric - Front Row (3:34) !
11. Evans Blue - Bulletproof (3:29) ~
12. Slayer - Psychopathy Red (2:26) !
13. Killswitch Engage - Take Me Away (2:47) ~
14. Atreyu - Storm To Pass (3:47) ~
15. Flyleaf - Beautiful Bride (3:03) !
16. Sick Puppies - Odd One (3:47) ~
17. In Fear & Faith - The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions (3:30) ~
18. Seasons After - Cry Little Sister (4:33) !
when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
I put this mix together back in September, but was hesitant to post it. It seems to have aged well, so I figured now was the time to post it. The primary subject of this mix fares far better than she did than the last mix she inspiried, but as the year progressed some levels of understanding and acceptance set in for both of us. Let's put it this way: while the last one was the soundtrack to a mid-90's teen comedy, this one is closer to a Judd Apatow coming of age in your 30's movie. Give it a try if you want to, and share any similar mixes you might have of your own. I'm always down for hearing a nifty mixtape, autobiographical or not. :)

It's always been a matter of trust... )
when_i_go_deaf: (Music Is Life)
Well, it's that time of year again. The best of lists are a-flyin', and as I set to the task of compiling my own I realized how oddball my tastes and influences have been this year. There are a few tracks on here I'm a little embarrassed by and (usually) would deride as horrible crap. Ah, but so is the joy of these lists: they're a chapter in time, a reference point to all that precipitated over those 12 months/52 weeks/365 days that we mark off on the calendar. Alas, dear friends, here is my best of '09 list...

The Best Of 2009...So Help Me )
when_i_go_deaf: (Through The Forest Darkly)
December and I have always had a rather tenuous relationship. Granted growing up I always looked forward to it, what with all the Christmas pageantry and presents and seeing my family from out of state. As the years progressed, the shine started to wear off from Christmas, the onset of Wisconsin winters approached with increasing trepidation each successive year, and soon the month was nothing more than the last 31 days of malaise before the new year. It's not to say December hasn't had its brighter moments to break me from my disinterest, but all in all it would take a momentous turn of events for me to really care right now.

This year, for some odd reason, I'm loathing December. It almost seems like I've been in a dour mood since the clock clicked over to 12/1/2009 12:00 AM. Why? I'm still trying to figure it out myself. Randomly I thought to search my music library for any songs with the word "December" in it, and the resulting songs, oddly enough, confirm that I'm not the only one who could do without the last 31 days of the year. As dour as it may be in spots, here is a mix of those tracks for your perusal. No, it's not chippity cheery holiday music, but those who don't care for much of the pomp and circumstance can take solace in comradery, waiting out these final days before 2010.



A Long December (And There's Reason To Believe...) )
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Tonight I get to see Mr. Jon Dee Graham of Austin, TX perform at Kiki's Righteous House Of Music here in Madison. (KRHoM is actually just my friend Kiki's basement, but the acoustics are bloody awesome and she always manages to get damn good acts in there.) I first saw (and heard) Jon Dee at KRHoM back in the spring of 2007 when he was touring with the Silos. JDG played most of the set solo acoustic, and most without amplification. I was floored by the experience, and for the next two weeks after the show I searched and scratched for all of his records, even while I was out in Seattle! Maybe where my mind was at during that time led me to identify with the music more than usual, but there's no denying the guy is one hell of a musician and songwriter. I have yet to talk to him personally, but everyone I've talked to about him having nothing but great things to say about him. The fact that Jon Dee is able to tour so soon after nearly dying in a car crash earlier this year only helps magnify how lucky we all are to still have him and his music around to enjoy. To celebrate his return here is a greatest hits package I threw together a few months back. Check it out, and if you like it check the rest of his catalog. You won't be disappointed.

Jon Dee Graham - World So Full: The Best Of JDG )
when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
Songs that I've been unable to dodge lately, intentionally or not:

Editors - Papillon (Tiƫsto Remix Radio Edit)
I've come to warm to the new Editors album quite a bit. Now Tiesto's gone and remixed the first single. TASTY.

Foo Fighters - Wheels
VH1 plays the video for this song over and over and over and OVER again in the morning. Not a bad track on top of it.

Green Day - 21 Guns
Didn't care for the new Green Day much initially, but it's been growing on me lately. This song in particular keeps getting stuck in my head.

Lady GaGa - Paparazzi
A video for this song by Jonas Akerlund (he of "Smack My Bitch Up" fame) doesn't hurt, though I don't see much staying power for Miss Gaga.

Regina Spektor - Us
Heard the soundtrack for the Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Zooey Deschanel movie "500 Days Of Summer" recently and this classic Regina track on there. I keep forgetting how mushy that song can make me. It's... just an endearing song. What can I say, I'm a softy for some things.
when_i_go_deaf: (Kid Rawk)
Yep, another Hammer comp, some decent stuff on it. Same rating system as before: Good tracks have a "!", meh tracks have a "~", and WTF tracks have a "?".

VA - The Hammer Vol. 59
1. Adelitas Way - Invincible (3:08) ~
2. Pop Evil - Breathe (3:23) ~
3. Dead By Sunrise - Crawl Back In (3:02) ~
4. All That Remains - Forever In Your Hands (3:36) !
5. Mastodon - Oblivion (5:46) !
6. Lacuna Coil - I Won't Tell You (3:49) ~
7. Paper Route - Carousel (3:30) !
8. Kill Hannah - New York City Speed (3:40) !
9. Powerman 5000 - Super Villain (3:45) ~
10. Shadows Fall - Still I Rise (3:57) !
11. 30 Seconds To Mars - Kings And Queens (5:47) ~
12. Bury Your Dead - Broken Body (4:30) ~
13. Metallica - Broken, Beat & Scarred (6:25) ~
14. Amantyde - Aileene (3:48) ~
15. Evergreen Terrace - Sending Signals (4:29) !
16. Biosystem55 - Maniac (3:58) !
17. Aranda - Whyyawannabringmedown (2:42) ~
18. Slipknot - Snuff (4:36) ~
when_i_go_deaf: (Kid Rawk)
Brand new Hammer compilation, though the quality of the material is getting to be a little creaky. Good tracks have a "!", meh tracks have a "~", and WTF tracks have a "?" (And yes, the new Rammstein single is THAT bad.)

Various Artists - The Hammer Vol. 58
1. Smile Empty Soul - Don't Ever Leave (3:10) ~
2. Paramore - Ignorance (3:38) ~
3. Alice In Chains - Check My Brain (3:57) !
4. Three Days Grace - Break (3:13) ~
5. Halestorm - It's Not You (2:54) !
6. AFI - Medicate (4:21) ~
7. Kittie - Cut Throat (2:55) ?
8. Skillet - Monster (2:58) ~
9. Bif Naked - Sick (3:39) !
10. Hurt - Pills (3:58) !
11. Rammstein - Pussy (3:47) ???????
12. Hatebreed - In Ashes They Shall Reap (3:21) !
13. Exilia - Are You Breathing (3:12) !
14. Red - Forever (3:38) ~
15. Flyleaf - Again (3:08) ~
16. Royal Bliss - We Did Nothing Wrong (3:37) !
17. Thrice - All The World Is Mad (3:58) ~
18. Godsmack - Whiskey Hangover (3:47) ~
when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
I can longer promise regular updates apparently, but I can try and throw some on here when the chance presents itself. ;)

Went to Madison's Forward Music Festival over the weekend, and it was quite the good time. Most notable sets I caught were the bands of Reverence (a local darkwave/industrial showcase), Reverend Peyton, Dan Wilson (of Semisonic fame), Princeton, talking about Beyonce Knowles with the guys from Ra Ra Riot, and Low (*swoon*). A couple of bands my girlfriend and I took in were pleasant suprises. Opening for Low Saturday night were the Antlers, who have a very smooth atmospheric sound, best exemplified by the song "Sylvia" from their latest album. At Reverence an old local favorite The Dark Clan played an awesome set highlighted by a cover of Racer X's "Technical Difficulties". Their latest EP features a great little track called "Starwash". Good stuff...

Some interesting new stuff floating around on the interwebs:
Anjulie - Boom (another white girl R&B track, but tasty all the same)
Death Cab For Cutie - Meet Me On The Equinox (first single from the New Moon soundtrack)
Editors - Papillon (still not sure about their sound on this track...)
Spoon - Got Nuffin' (SPOOOOON!)
Wolfmother - New Moon Rising (these guys are still around? really?!?)

The girlfriend has been renting the DVDs for Rescue Me and True Blood recently, and while the shows themselves aren't too bad ("SOOOKIE!), the theme songs are even better:
Jace Everett - Bad Things (theme from True Blood)
The Von Bondies - C'mon C'mon (theme from Rescue Me)

What post on here is complete without the obligatory covers?
Aimee Allen - Santeria (yeah, she went there.)
Amy Millan - I Will Follow You Into The Dark (I've always like Amy's voice, and this an interesting take on the Death Cab tune)
The Lemonheads - Beautiful (Dando meets Aguilera)
The Oak Ridge Boys - Seven Nation Army (fantastic cover of the Stripes)

Some of the goofier tracks I've heard this year:
Asher Roth - Lark On My Go-Kart (any track that uses Teddy Ruxpin in a rhyme is tops in my book)
Psychostick - Beer!!! (low-brow, yes, but funny)
Todd Snider - America's Favorite Pastime (we need more songs about pitchers throwing no-hitters on acid. Really, we do...)
when_i_go_deaf: (Kid Rawk)
I really need to come up with a new title for these compilations, but here's another smattering of newer rock tracks I've been listening to lately. Enjoy!

Various Artists - The Hammer Vol. 57

1. Cavo - Champagne (3:07)
2. Evans Blue - Sick Of It (2:58) I really like this track for some odd reason...
3. Creed - Overcome (3:47) Yes, they're not dead. I am amazed as well...
4. Muse - Uprising (5:04) TASTY. TASTE-E. TASTY TASTY DANG IT!
5. Sick Puppies - You're Going Down (3:07)
6. Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow (3:37)
7. Divine Heresy - Facebreaker (3:42) Band featuring Fear Factory's Dino Cazares.
8. Papercut Massacre - Left 4 Dead (3:34)
9. Mellowdrone - Elephant (4:44) Holy crap they came out with another album!
10. Silverstein - Vices (Feat. Liam Cormier) (3:16)
11. Otep - Smash The Control Machine (3:43) Not the band's best, but then again it's Otep.
12. Joshua's Habit - Drama Queen (4:27) Three year old track, but I just found it.
13. Chevelle - Jars (3:19)
14. Five Finger Death Punch - Hard To See (3:30)
15. Rev Theory - Far From Over (3:58)
16. Since October - Guilty (2:58)
17. Megadeth - Head Crusher (3:26) Typical Mustaine. Not bad...
18. Alice In Chains - A Looking In View (7:05) it's Alice In *EFFING* Chains. I love this track. LOVE IT.

For Chi...

Aug. 31st, 2009 11:28 am
when_i_go_deaf: (Music Is Life)
Some of you may or may not be fans of the Deftones, but I've been a pretty big fan ever since Around The Fur came out in '97. Their bass player Chi Cheng was badly injured in a car accident in November of last year, and his insurance is no longer covering his continued hospital stay. A group of his fellow musicians started the website OneLoveForChi.com to help raise money for his medical bills, while Korn's bassist Fieldy enlisted a number of musicians to record a benefit track for Chi available for free download.

If the band's music has ever meant anything to you then please try and give a few dollars if you can.
when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
A bunch of my friends have a annual gathering at a hunting lodge up in Black River Falls, WI, and it's always a-lot of fun. Outside of three days of partying, gratuitous drinking, and all-around silliness there's always good music playing and, some points, some goofy movies playing on a projector on the side of the barn. In honor of this year's gathering I put together a collection of the notable tracks from the weekend, as well a number of clips from The Onion Movie since, well, one can only watch Kentucky Fried Movie so many times. ;) Enjoy!

Various Artists - Black River Falls 2009 Compilation

1. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - Internet Outage (0:18)
2. Gwar - The Salaminizer (3:34)
3. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - Cockpuncher (0:33)
4. Mindless Self Indulgence - Bitches (2:42)
5. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - U.S. Military Recruitment (0:42)
6. Megadeth - Peace Sells (4:01)
7. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - Little Known Racial Stereotypes (0:55)
8. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (4:52)
9. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - Melissa Cherry (1:56)
10. Kiss - Strutter (3:12)
11. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - Al Quatia Training Video (1:28)
12. Massive Attack - Teardrop (5:30)
13. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - Focus On Film (1:25)
14. Alice In Chains - Sea Of Sorrow (5:49)
15. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - Kostmans, The Penis People (0:44)
16. Journey - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (5:26)
17. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - Alzheimer's Rally In Washington (0:35)
18. The Dead Milkmen - Bitchin' Camaro (2:59)
19. Dialogue From Predator - Mack & Long Tall Sally (0:26)
20. Little Richard - Long Tall Sally (2:10)
21. Dialogue From The Onion Movie - The Final Word From Steven Segal (1:29)
22. Van Halen - Can't Stop Lovin' You (4:07)
when_i_go_deaf: (Kid Rawk)
A few years ago I made compilations of metal and/or heavy rock music for my cousin, just to help keep him in the know of some of the newer music coming out. I recently started putting them together again, and I'm quite happy with the last two. Just thought I'd throw them online for anyone else who might interested in listening. Enjoy!

The Hammer Volumes 55 & 56 )
when_i_go_deaf: (I Am A Vistor Here)
My autobiographical mixes are usually a hodge podge of happy, sad, sappy, or raging tracks, though after the last couple of years I've been trying to keep a little lighter in tone. This mix was inspired by my current girlfriend of about three and a half months, and originally this compilation was a lot dancier and upbeat. A little "come-to-Jebus" incident in April, however, revamped it severly. In fact most of the latter of the disc was changed out for, well, more pointed selections. Things have obviously gotten better, but that incident still resonates, and thus this mix stands. The background aside it's a decent mix, and even she likes it quite a bit (the All-American Rejects track is kind of a little joke for us now), but I would really REALLY like to make a happy-go-lucky mix again some day. Guess we'll see...
You burn like a bouncing cigarette on the road / all sparks will burn out in the end... )
when_i_go_deaf: (Kid Rawk)
When Circuit City had their close-out sales earlier this year I bought a new iPod Nano to replace my aging Mini, mainly for use while working out. Dubbing it Orange Crush (since I got one of the blazing neon orange models), I decided to load it up with music from bands and albums I don't know as well as my oft-listened favorites. The compilation OC threw at me this morning was quite the mix of tunes, so I thought I'd share. Enjoy!

Various Artists - Orange Crush Radio, Vol. 3 [click title to download]
1. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Daddy Didn't Love Me (1:56)
2. The Cramps - New Kind Of Kick (3:31)
3. Five Finger Death Punch - White Knuckles (4:10)
4. Dirty Elegance - Frozen In Time (4:31)
5. Die Happy - If I Could Fly (3:51)
6. Lard - Sylvestre Matuschka (3:54)
7. Black Light Burns - I Am Where It Takes Me (6:10)
8. The Cramps - Drug Train (2:37)
9. Afterhours - There's Many Ways (4:31)
10. Fink - Blueberry Pancakes (4:22)
11. The Dark Romantics - A Million Bucks (3:32)
12. Sebadoh - Can't Give Up (2:02)
when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
Holy crap! I'm not dead. ;) I've been pretty busy with work and buying a house lately, so I've let this blog slip (again). Thing is I miss posting what I've been listening to on here, so I'm going to try and work my way back into it again. Posting might be spotty yet over the next month, but I'll try and work through it.

This song has been on repeat in my head for a month. Too bad I didn't know about those guys back in 2005 when they were still together.

I saw the latest Transformers movie last week, and while I'll spare you all from my actual feelings on it ("GAH! THE PAIN!"), I will share a few tracks from the soundtrack that I found intriguing:
Cheap Trick - Transformers Theme (interesting choice to do the old theme)
Linkin Park - New Divide (not exactly new ground for them, but a solid track nonetheless)
The Used - Burning Down The House (Yeah, they covered Talking Heads...)

If that Used cover hurt the 'drums a bit, soothe them with the Cloud Room's take on New Order's "Blue Monday". Much, MUCH better.

Another band I rediscovered recently (and has been defunct for nearly four years) was Gratitude. Featuring former Far singer Jonah Montanagra the band doesn't sound too dissimilar from that band or Cave In or others of their ilk. Musically and lyrically the band doesn't really cover any new territory than any of those other bands, but it's still quite the tasty listening experience:
Gratitude - Drive Away
Gratitude - Last
Gratitude - Feel Alright
Gratitude - Someone To Love

I heard this track by the Limousines recently. Some clever lyrics in there. I'm looking forward to their first album now. Anything else caught your attention? (Yes, YOU faithful reader! Please share!)

After this past weekend with a group of my friends I can't figure out why I can still tolerate this song. Seriously, hearing a Haggar-era Van Halen song ten (!!!) times should drive any sane person crazy... So what does that say about me?(?)
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At the end of October 2008 my digital music collection took up 656GB with 137,300 files. I came to realize that I couldn't even name half of the bands I had in my collection, so I decided to weed through and get rid of what I didn't need and/or didn't like. It was an off and on project the last few months, but Thursday I finally finished the purge. Now I'm down to 360GB with 76,269 files.

While digging through the files, I had to ask myself a question I haven't asked for awhile: is it better to have the actual albums, or are greatest hits acceptable? Granted I like to listen to the original works as put forth by the artists, but then some bands were capable of great singles and a whole lot of filler. What about you all? Do you err more towards full albums, or do greatest hits float your boat?

I ended up re-doing my entire "best of 2008" post from a few weeks ago, mainly to fix some sequencing, replace a couple of tracks, and just to make it a better mix overall. I like it a-lot more now, so give it another try if you have already.

Here's another question to throw at y'all: given a choice between seeing the Killers or Colin Hay on the same night, who would you go see? For me I've already seen the Killers once, but that was back in 2004 during the first tour. Colin Hay I have never seen before, and I've come to enjoy his music quite a bit in the last year. Thoughts?

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