Sunday, April 20, 2008

Snap Dragon Style

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What day is it? Sunday?? Then I must be home. Hang on a sec, let me check... Yep, this seems to be my house, and those seem to be my kids. And the lovely lady pottering about the garden bears a resemblance to my Dearest Wife. But I'll examine her more closely later, just to be sure...

Dearest Readers, I've been on the road (or more accurately in the air) a fair bit last week, which means that I've not had the chance to tell you about last week's Contrast Podcast episode, which saw the contributors playing a nifty game of snap! Whotsitallabout, you ask? Well, the idea was to come up with two totally different songs with the same title. Pop along over here to download the episode directly, and over here to leave comments.

Truth be told, I've yet to listen to this installation (gasp!) owing to my peregrinations. But I'm off tomorrow on yet another work jaunt, one that includes a four-hour drive from here to here along a twisty mountain highway bereft (in spots) off cellphone coverage but full of moose, deer, bears, and falling rocks. And what better soundtrack to dodge ungulates and landslides to than the dulcet tones of the CP Nation?? Especially when this is what's on offer:

(00:00) The Roots - Sacrifice
(05:49) Anouk - Sacrifice
Eiron from A Blog of No Importance

(09:40) Snow Patrol - Velocity girl
(15:40) Primal Scream - Velocity girl
Matthew from Song by Toad

(16:57) The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight tonight
(21:42) The Mello-Kings - Tonite tonite
James from Appetite For Distraction

(24:12) Ash - Kung fu
(27:04) The Dirtbombs - Kung fu
FiL from Pogoagogo

(32:42) The Four Tops - I can’t help myself
(35:50) Moloko - I can’t help myself
Chris from

(41:33) Bourgie Bourgie - Careless
(45:48) Cinerama - Careless
JC from The Vinyl Villain

(49:00) Edison Woods - Baby doll
(52:57) Lydia Lunch - Baby doll
ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(54:28) Matthew Sweet - Evangeline
(59:26) Los Lobos - Evangeline
Brad from Brad’s Blog

(01:02:01) The Heartbreakers - Born to lose
(01:05:19) Social Distortion - Born to lose
SiD from Too Much Rock

(01:09:25) Dub Sex - Push
(01:14:05) The Cure - Push
Dirk from Sexy Loser

(01:18:27) UnAmerican - Sometimes
(01:23:04) Michael Franti and Spearhead - Sometimes
Andy from Circles of Concrete

(01:26:45) Massive Attack - Better things
(01:32:56) The Kinks - Better things
Crash from Pretending life is like a song

As this episode was prepared weeks ago, I can't for the life of me remember what other songs I considered for my submission. But I thought I'd fling you a couple more kung fu ditties, given that I spent many weekend afternoons of my New-York youth watching 70s kung fu flicks on WPIX's Fists of Fury.

Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting (buy here)
Whether you practice"Classic Soul Style" or "Cheesy Ironic Hipster Style," this'll have you throwing the Shaolin moves, guaranteed. I'm more than a little bit frightening when this comes on.

Cornershop - Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu (buy here)
Ha! You guys! You're no match. For the mighty. Awesome Cornershop. New album, is expected. Sooooon. Heh!

Last week my travels took me clear across Canada to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Old Man Luedecke cut his teeth on the banjo strings. You may recall from this post here that I became a convert to Chris and his magisterial pickin' at the 2007 Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Well, he's got a new album out and judging by the title track, Proof of Love, it's as lovely and heartfelt as the rest of his work. And he's got a band now to back him up! Joy!!

Old Man Luedecke - Proof of Love (buy here)

Next week, my aforementioned four-hour drive will take me over the curiously named Anarchist Summit. Dearest Friends, I'm not quite sure what to expect there. Bakunin, Goldman, and Chumbawamba having a chinwag on a mountain peak? If so, maybe we'll all have a boogie to this:

Discharge - State Violence, State Control (buy here)

But then again, they may pelt me with rocks and moose. Sigh.