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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The complete control playlist

In case you aren't aware, I'm a big Bruce Springsteen fan. I was wondering if I got to pick, what songs I'd like to hear at a concert. So this is that playlist

Criteria: Bruce usually does about 25 songs and a 2 song encore. So that's the format of the list. Only one cover song is allowed.

From The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle

1. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

From Born to Run

Born to Run
3. Thunder Road
4.She's The One

From Darkness on The Edge of Town

Adam Raised a Cain
7.Racing in The Street
8. The Promised Land
9. Prove it All Night
10. Darkness on the Edge of Town

From The River

Hungry Heart
12.The River

From Nebraska

14. Johnny 99

From Born in the USA

I'm on Fire
16. Dancing in The Dark

From The Ghost of Tom Joad

18. The Ghost Of Tom Joad

From The Rising

The Rising
20.Waiting on a Sunny Day

From Magic

Long Walk Home

From Working on a Dream

Working on a Dream

From The Promise

24. Because The Night

From Philadelphia Soundtrack

25. Streets Of Philadelphia


Cover Track - 26. Santa Claus is Coming to Town

27. Kitty's Back

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Travel Bucket List - pt2

Bucket List - A list of things to do before you die.

27 is getting a lot closer than it used to be. So just in case I take after Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison, time to edit the bucket list.

The Travel Bucket List Idea is easy. Take a regional zone and find ten places I'd like to see before I die, or to re-visit in some cases. It's my list so I call the zones. It isn't always going to be cities, though mostly yes. For small countries I think the entire country can be considered. As in, I can't call all of Russia in one trip but I can call all of French Polynesia. I think if one spot in the country/region can be gotten to in a 2.5 hour flight or less, it counts as one trip territory eg. Czech Republic and Slovakia.

And also justify(explain?) why there. Maybe pictures too.

here's the easiest start because South America is closest.

5.Buenos Aires, Argentina - Argentina again, and I don't even like their football team much. 'The Paris of South America' seems like a great place to see, in summer though. I like old buildings and nice food; Buenos Aires has both. If I magically find a ticket to a Boca Juniors vs. RiverPlate match, then I'd be very content. Maybe even attempt the tango.

Fulfillment Criteria: See Boca Juniors Stadium. See the Obelisk. Buy a book at El Ateneo bookstore. Go see Evita's grave. And make a pilgrimage to the house Maradona grew up in.

Suggested Cliched Activity: Walk around singing 'Don't Cry for me Argentina'

4. Cartagena, Colombia - The famous Caribbean coast of Columbia.You can't read Gabo and not want to see it. Islas de Rosario for the coral reefs, famous forts and castles. It's a World Heritage site. There's bound to be lots to see but mostly it's a pick because of Love In The Time Of Cholera

Fulfilment Criteria : Go see the port, the parks, the old district and whatever else still remains from Love in The Time Of Cholera.

Suggested Cliched activity : Read The General in His Labyrinth in a public park.

3. Macchu Picchu& Lima, Peru - Macchu Picchu is a direct plane or train trip from Lima, so it isn't a cheat. But it just isn't right unless you take the Inca trail to get there through the mountains. Lima is for the food and the fusion food.

Fulfillment Criteria : Take the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu.

Suggested Cliched Activity: Read the early works of Mario Vargas Llosa (Conversation in the Cathedral, The green House) while relaxing on the beach.

2. Rio de Janiero, Brazil - Really need to justify? It's Rio. Capacabana, Ipanema, Bossa Nova and the Maracana. Get there for World Cup is the ideal time.

Fulfillment Cirteria: Take the cable car to Sugarloaf mountain, walk on Copacabana Pavement, go see Cristo Redentor.

Suggested Cliched Activity: Play football on the beach in Ipanema

1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador - I don't even need to see the rest of Ecuador. Just here. Follow in the footsteps of Darwin. See all the animals that live nowhere else. Pretend to be all National Geographic.

Fulfillment Criteria: Take an Eco-tour

Best (music) Albums of the 1990's part 1

I find myself listening to albums more these days, instead of just getting the songs that I want. I think it's because albums are easier to get now than songs. Listening to albums brings back the era of actually listening to (usually borrowed) CD's. Which leads straight into this list.

50.Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette - 1996- Canada

Why: Excessively popular and serious feminist music. Sounds like it'd be horrible right? It isn't. The whole emotional outlet after a bitter breakup theme, that's pretty much universal. The music is pretty much standard alt but give this one a listen cause of the lyrical content.

Example Tracks : You Oughta Know, You Learn

49. Pearl Jam - Vitalogy -1994 -USA

Why: Released on vinyl. In the 90's. That's awesome. It's a half and half album. Some of the the songs carry on from ten and those are exceptional. The experimental tracks are hit-and-miss though. The entire tortured-depression of Pearl Jam is still there and the anthems of this album are pretty much classic.

Example Tracks: Corduroy,Nothingman.

48.Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californication -1999- USA

Why: The return of John Frusciante. A (partial) departure from the relaxed funk-style classic of RHCP. More introspective than other albums but still full of innuendo as always. Excellent in a lot of ways, not the least being you don't expect this level of soul-searching from RHCP.

Example Tracks: Scar Tissue , Otherside

47.The Verve -Urban Hymns - 1997 -England

Why: That whole highly complex symphonic arrangements were as original as it got. The whole immersion in music that Animal Collective or Groove Armada does can probably trace back to this. The lyrics, as always with Richard Ashcroft, are evocative and brilliant.

Example Tracks: Bittersweet Symphony, The Drugs Don't Work

46. Oasis - Definitely Maybe -1994 - England

Why: The debut. And it was good. Nearly every song is a classic. It signaled the start of superstardom for Oasis. Fuelled by the lyrics of Noel Gallagher (as would all other albums that followed), the brash but freeing do-what-you-want attitude was there from the go.

Example Tracks: Live Forever, Supersonic

45. Blink 182 -Enema of The State- 1999- USA

why: A pop-punk landmark. The album that sent that genre to the mainstream. Full of songs which make it seem like you'd never want to grow up, but occasionally addressing serious topics too (Adam's Song). High energy and lots of fun.

Example tracks: What's My Age Again?, All the Small Things

44.Eminem - Slim Shady -1999 -USA

why: Sex, drugs and copious swearing. The over-the-top exaggerated Slim Shady character was extremely memorable and sent Eminem to stardom. This album was so definitive in his rise most people think it's his debut.

Example tracks: My Name Is, Just Don't Give A Fuck

43.Rage Agaisnt The Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles - 1999

Why: Straight from the influence of Orwell's 1984 comes this album. Dystopian, noisy rap-metal. Full of the usual RATM political messages and dissatisfaction, we're still waiting for a follow-up.

Example Tracks: Testify, Calm Like A Bomb

42. Alice in Chains -Dirt -1992 -USA

why: The most intense and dark album from Alice in Chains. The songs were brutal but applicable. The entire concept of drug addiction and the disasters that go along with it are made relevant even to people who have no idea of drug culture. Because poignant lyrics are work anywhere.

Example Tracks: Them Bones, Would?

41.Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle -1993-USA

why: The debut of one of the most recognizable flows in rap. Introducing the G-funk style and lyrical realism to the masses. It's gansta rap but it's playful and funny too, as no one but Snoop can merge. There was a lot of hype before this album and Snoop delivers

Example Tracks: Gin and Juice, Who Am I (What's My Name?)