Where we have the interns blindly comment on 6 songs in a row that come up on BYT office iPod playlist shuffle.
Ana age 19
Zeke age 23
Michael age 22
Ruby age 19
1. “Innocent Child” by Big Audio Dynamite from The Globe
Ana: His voice sounds familiar, but I can’t place it – I’m horrible at connecting names to songs. Doesn’t really matter though, I liked it well enough, especially the instrumentals.
Zeke: Sometimes you hear a song and it makes you want to destroy all the world’s acoustic guitars. This is one of those times.
Michael: I wonder whose very British voice this is… The cheesy Casio drum loop seems really out of place in this song, but it works nonetheless.
Ruby: It’s one of those songs that sounds so familiar, but I can’t pinpoint it exactly.
2. “Headshrinker” by Oasis from (What’s The Story) Morning Glory
Ana: I definitely know this song. Or at least one very similar to it. But I’m pretty sure it’s the kind of song I’d listen to while dancing around my apartment by myself and simultaneously putting on my makeup and getting ready for a night out.
Zeke: This illustrates why electric guitar is clearly the way to go. Even though he’s a total prick, who won’t want to have a pint with Noel Gallagher?
Michael: At first, this song sounded a little bit like Iggy Pop, but the singer’s voice is higher-pitched and the guitar fills are a little too neat for The Stooges’ taste.
Ruby: I want to guess it’s a british rock song. But I’m probably wrong. To be honest, these type of songs all sound similar to me. I’m not attuned enough to rock, at least not yet.
3. “Big Sur” by Mason Jennings from Mason Jennings
Ana: The kind of song you can’t help but sway along to, it makes me wish it was summertime and I could be barefoot outside with a gentle breeze running through my hair. Of course everything makes me wish it was summertime lately.
Zeke: Well someone had been listening to the Violent Femmes. This song is good, but you know what song is really good, “Add It Up.” Now there’s a song.
Michael: This one is a little Lou Reed-esque. The chord progression and the strumming pattern also remind me of the Violent Femmes. I really like the part towards the middle where the guitar goes into repeated strumming of that dissonant chord as the tempo increases. This song is expertly dynamic; it flows seamlessly from one section to the next.
Ruby: I have to head to class now! Judging from the beginning, it sounds like a good song to listen to on my Metro ride.
4. “Clipse of Doom (Feat. Trife” by Ghostface Killah from Fishscale
Ana: It’s been a while since I’ve heard rap that wasn’t just a section of a pop track, so I sort of enjoyed it. Sort of. I could have done without that non-stop buzzing sound in the background.
Zeke: Wu Tang for life, bring the motherfucking ruckus! Although if the crew had a redheaded step-child, it’d be Cappadonna.
Michael: I’m really into the simplicity of the guitar-sample beat. Its repetition provides a solid platform on which the rappers in this collective can mount their verbal assault. In this way, the beat showcases the group’s lyricism.
5. “Na Na Beat” by Newcleus from Jam On This! – The Best Of Newcleus
Ana: Alright, please bring back the last song. Not a fan of this one. Although it sort of sounded like the Fresh-Prince of Bel-Air opening song for a second, so I could dig that.
Zeke: So in the late 80’s there was apparently a plague of sucka MCs–it’s all anyone was talking about. Anyways, gotta love these old school electro beats, wish they’d make a comeback.
Michael: This is a pretty hard song to take seriously. That said, it will probably be stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
6. “Trouble Every Day” by Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention from Freak Out!
Ana: That country twang and harmonica makes me more happy than I can put into words. I don’t know if this is more rock or blues, but I love the combination.
Zeke: Boot-stomping tunes from the Mothers. Listen to it and you’ll instantly feel cooler than every other square fuck on the metro.
Michael: All I can think of when I listen to this is driving with my dad around corn country listening to some good ol’ midwestern radio. The harmonica is definitely a nice touch. The lyrics are fiery and political, and seem to advocate social reform, which is pretty cool.