The Wu-Tang Clan, “Bring Da Ruckus (Remix)”
This week’s winner is already famous. I love these guys!
“Bring Da Ruckus (Remix)“ (play/download mp3)
I told myself I’d stop posting one great song a day, on whatever day I can’t find a gr8 song to post! I posted 365 songs in 2009, and another 365 in 2010. Those sites live on, for anyone who wants to enjoy the wonderful tracks and artists that I discovered over the last two years. The mainstream music industry is a joke, but the indie music world is beautiful and creatively thriving. That is why I encourage you to buy some music from the artists that I post, if you enjoy the works that they generously share for free. Every song I post has a “More!” link, which you can follow to buy some more tracks or the whole album. This is how you can make a difference to the artists and labels, encourage their creativity, and make the world a better place for music lovers everywhere.
Devotchka – “Too Tired“ (play/download)
Life isn’t for everyone. Some people escape life through a bottle, or a pipe, or a needle. Jennie decided to escape by taking her own life. Jennie was just too good of a person to deal with how unfair life is. She couldn’t live in a world where some babies are born from 15 year-old mothers on crack, but one mile away a child is born with their grad-school tuition already in the bank. She was kind to everything in her life. She was the friend who would gladly take you to the airport at 4 AM. If it was your birthday Jennie would bake you a 3-level jungle-scene cake. When Jennie died she was my best friend. But she use to be my girlfriend. When we broke up I gave her this Devotchka song. She told me, “Intense! I listened to it 4 times in a row.” Now I give it to you because it poetically and beautifully sums up why Jennie was meant for something better then this world.
Lately I have been diggin’ thru the crates at publicdomain2ten, finding some amazing old gems. K, so they’re not “crates” but the mp3s there are from gr8 old vinyl 78s and early, early 45s. Ma Rainey was part of a select few – the first generation of recording artists in history. Nowadays you get a recording studio when you buy a Mac. Back then by comparison, there were only a handful of recording devices in the world. One of them recorded this remarkable performance by “The Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey, who was also one of the first professional blues singers. By now, her influence is far too widespread to accurately measure. Have a listen.
You can download any of these mp3s with a right-click, “save as” on each link, or you can single-click on the links to play them without downloading. All free and perfectly legal. Sucks, doesn’t it?
This song from the extraordinary conceptual music/art pioneer Son of Pete is intellectual novelty at its best. It has a message that is so simple but true that it should be hailed as truly international patriotism. The human species should embrace this as their anthem.
1. I Want to Kill Everybody by Ed Haynes
2. It Takes Money by Hobo
3. Penetrating Love Ray by Sex for Moderns
4. Radiation Boy by The Uptones
5. Fell In and Out of Art by Stiff Richards
6. Sick by D Compose
7. Sex Pig by Repulsa
8. Piñata by Critical Mass & The Lazy American
9. P.M.F. by Black Pole
10. Mr. Ed by Sex for Moderns
11. Fish In a Tree by Hobo
12. Hobbit Love by The Gazillions
13. I Am a Janitor by Surface Music
14. I Want You Dead by Repulsa
15. R.A.D.I.O. by Count Slowly and The 4 Twenties
16. They Cheat, They Steal, They Lie by McBain
17. Meditations from a Father by Subverse
18. Ridiculous by The Uptones
19. Tony Alva by Opal Book Club