Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Let Love In (Mute/Elektra, 1994)
For some reason, this song always reminds me of driving through Russell, Kansas - the birthplace of former senator Bob Dole.
Hey...don't look at me. No clue, really.
YOUR MOTHER WAS THE LIGHTNING
The Court and Spark, Hearts (Absolutely Kosher, 2006)
Just received the promo for this. Awesome country-rock ditty, a la Uncle Tupelo. One of the most promising acts I've heard out of the AK bullpen. [MP3 Here]
The Icarus Line, Mono (Buddyhead, 2001)
Lord, this song is really five years old?
I've probably heard this song at least four million times. Still dig the Goth-ish, grungy sound of this track.
Note to the mallrat emo kiddies I always seem to trip over down in Colerain...
You know that depressed-but-really-cool, skinny-red-ties and black-paramilitary-shirt thing My Chemical Romance has been selling you? Um... you know it's not, like, original, right?
People have been ripping off the Quasi-Nazi, White Duke era Bowie thing for years...
CONNECTED FOR LIFE
Mack 10, Bang or Ball (Cash Money, 2001)
Okay, so the album was a bit overhyped.
It's still a well-crafted song. Plus, Ice Cube's a guest vocalist. One can't go wrong with Da Cube.
I must admit, however, that the older I get and farther I'm removed from the community where I grew up, the more and more I feel like that guy from Office Space when I make the morning commute listening to gangsta rap...
THE ROAD TO ROCK & ROLL
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style (Hellcat, 1999)
There will never be another Joe Strummer.
I'll probably go to hell for writing this, but I've always preferred the stylings of the former Clash frontman to a certain overrated Beatle, the dude who married some chick named Yoko.
KISS ME DEADLY
Lita Ford, Lita (RCA, 1988)
For those reading this who weren't pubescent boys in the late 1980s or early 1990s, Lita Ford was the absolute hottest of the Heavy Metal Guitar Goddesses during that time.
The woman was also one of the best female rock guitarists of the 80s, arguably one of the best all time.
A former member of the pioneering Runaways (which also featured a young Joan Jett), Ford is directly responsible for the nocturnal staining of more He-Man bedsheets than perhaps any other leather-clad vixen of the Glam Era.
Run-DMC, Run-DMC (Profile, 1984)
Don't tell me 50-fucking-Cent is Old School, or that Tupac invented rap.
I will dig out a pair of laceless Adidas and put them straight up your saggy-drawers ass.
Mission of Burma, The Obliterati (Matador, 2006)
Wow. MoB has been kicking around almost as long as the Ol' ZenFo Pro.
This track is from their latest...love the hard, driving drum intro. You don't hear those enough anymore. [MP3 Here]