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
Michael age 22
Mykalee age 22
Zeke age 23
Ruby age 19
1. “Well Well Well” by John Lennon from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Ana: I was really digging this song until he started yelling repeatedly in a rather unpleasant sounding way. I mean one hoarse scream or two is okay in a rock song, but this guy just wouldn’t stop. Also did the song have any other lyrics apart from “well well well, oh well”?
Michael: A bluesy guitar riffs over a steady bass drum in this Beatles song. I forget the name of this track (my mother would be so disappointed in me) but I’m pretty sure it’s off of the White Album.
Mykalee: I like the beat. I can see a bad ass with alligator cowboy boots listening to this before a shoot out.
Zeke: Like me, John Lennon obviously wished he could be a black soul-singer. John was for sure the funkiest Beatle, though Paul does slap a mean bass.
Ruby: The type of song that I could imagine my fine arts roommate blasting while drinking a sour whiskey and painting at 2 a.m.
2. “I Am Damo Suzuki” by The Fall from This Nation’s Saving Grace
Ana: This song makes me feel like the devil is on my shoulder and I ought to go to church. And I’m not even Christian.
Michael: The singer sounds a little bit like David Bowie, but I can’t say I’m familiar with this bizarre, spiraling jam. I’m really into the intensity of the drums; they give the song some serious remix potential. I feel like Liars were probably influenced by this.
Mykalee: During the the middle of the song the guitarist started to play offbeat. They fixed themselves during the end though.
Zeke: Other than the singer seemingly shouting out Sookie every minute like Vampire Bill, I very much enjoyed this tune. These dudes play like they’ve been listening to The Velvet Underground and Bowie on repeat since 81′.
Ruby: A jumbled up jam that I would listen to on the subway in passing. Background music to me, but I’m sure it could be critically analyzed by someone.
3. “In Another Land” by The Rolling Stones from Their Satanic Majesties Request
Ana: Is this the Beatles post their life-altering trip to India? Sounds like it. I generally like the Beatles, so I can appreciate this song.
Michael: I don’t know whose monotone vocals this song belongs to, but what I want to know: Who decided that harpsichords were psychedelic?
Mykalee: I feel like I’m in 16th century England with that intro.
Zeke: Has this song been used in a Wes Anderson film yet? Now why a rock band should begin a song with a harpsichord is beyond me – the late sixties were wild times.
Ruby: It’s melody could be the music for an idyllic film like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Lyrics maybe not so much. Also the snoring at the end was a good flashback to when I lived in one room with four other people.
4. “OctaHate” by Ryn Weaver from Promiseshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTVZdW8pTEM
Ana: I have never been so glad to finally hear a pop song, although to be honest I can’t remember who this is. I mean I like most music, but sometimes a snappy beat and cookie-cutter vocals are really all you need.
Michael: Is this Banks? I guess now I have to sheepishly admit that I’ve never listened her whole studio album. It sounds pretty different from her much more chill-sounding EP stuff though, so I’m probably totally wrong anyway.
Mykalee: It’s really poppy. I feel like this would be on TRL if it still was here. Not my cup of tea.
Zeke: There’s a lot of snapping, super cool snapping. I think someone should do an all xylophone cover of this, no doubt I’d prefer that.
Ruby: A song I know! And like! This is a moment I wasn’t expecting. I tend to play this song loudly with my friends while we attempt to cook and/or sing along.
5. “Alienation’s For The Rich” by They Might Be Giants from They Might Be Giants
Ana: I like the instrumentals, and I really tried to like this song, but I can’t. It’s him, he just sounds like a goof. You know, like that deadbeat boyfriend who just can’t let go of his band?
Michael: I dig the down-to-earth humor in the lyrics of this cutesy folk song, especially the line: “I’m working to make it better with a six of Miller High Life.”
Mykalee: I can’t with this song. I had to contain my laughter. My facial expressions can say much more than words could ever express. All I can say is that the singer should leave the art to his son.
Zeke: If Bill Bragg smoked two-packs a day I’d imagine he’d sound something like this, or if Tom Waits decided to make a country-folk album.
Ruby: Similar to some of the singers I’ve heard at house shows. There’s lots of quirk in his voice, and maybe a little anger.
6. “Safe From Harm” by Massive Attack from Blue Lines
Ana: She sounds like she has a great voice, but this song is just too disco. I really want to hear her sing a ballad or even just a powerhouse song. Belt it out!
Michael: This song would be perfect to play in the background of an action movie during a montage where the heroes are gearing-up for their mission. Such a scene is most likely how I’m familiar with this track in the fist place.
Mykalee: This gotta be a soundtrack from a 90’s spy movie. One where there’s skin tight leather catsuits are involved.
Zeke: Remember when trip-hop was the next big thing? No. Neither do I. But I still dig Tricky.
Ruby: The type of slow jam material in Dance Dance Revolution. I can already picture the game in my head, two slow taps to the left, two slow taps to the right and then a vertical jump hold for the end.