Friday (*Cough* *Hack*) Music

I’ll keep this quick — apparently I’ve got some kind of Summer respiratory crud: sore throat, hacking cough, etc.

First up — one of those songs that used to be a favorite, but that I had entirely forgotten until I heard it again earlier this week. It’s the final single from Talking Heads, back in 1988. It also featured Kristy MacColl on backing vocals and Johnny Marr (of The Smiths) on guitar, so it was doubly nifty. I love the lyrics on this one… my favorite: “This used to be Real Estate, now it’s only fields and trees.” Talking Heads – “Nothing But Flowers.”

Two songs set the mood for Scorcese’s The Departed: “Gimme Shelter” from the Rolling Stones (which, infuriatingly, they didn’t put on the soundtrack album — a situation I remedied in my copy on iTunes), and this one: Dropkick Murphys – “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.”

I promised back in January that I’d post this as soon as I found a copy. Well, they’ve finally released it as a digital single. Here is 12 minutes of perfect pastiche of classic kaiju themes, from Cloverfield‘s end credits: Michael Giacchino – “Roar! (Theme from Cloverfield)”

The new hotness. Girl-kissing is acceptable to the US, of course. Makes me wonder how a song reversing the gender, sung by a handsome young man rather than a girl who looks like this, would go over. Something tells me it wouldn’t be nearly as popular. Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl.”

A UK-based outfit named after a secret society in Twin Peaks, whose music combines Indie rock, alternative, mariachi horns and surf guitar. Nifty. The Bookhouse Boys – “Dead.”

A request from my brother, who asked for some Lady Sovereign. Here’s one of her remixes: Lady Sovereign – “Random (Remix).”

Lastly, another song from the same year as our first. My introduction to Ms. Natalie Merchant: 10,000 Maniacs – “Like The Weather.” (Note: this is an m4a file — most newer players will have no problems with this, but older ones might.)

Now, back to being sick. Ugh.

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