Friday, May 23, 2008

Mid-Break Friday Random Ten

I'm in the midst of a three week break from school-- summer school starts in a little over a week. I've been busier than ever, trying to get some long-term household projects-- particularly cleaning the basement-- done before that.

This morning I got on my college's website and checked my grades in my classes last semester. I got a B in my biology class-- and an A in chemistry, the class I thought I'd have a lot of trouble with. I'm a very happy guy.

1. Pressure Drop- The Clash
2. Five Brothers- Marty Robbins
3. Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat- Bob Dylan
4. Iris- The Breeders
5. Call It Democracy- Bruce Cockburn
6. Void Fill- Phil 'n' the Blanks
7. Love In Vain- The Rolling Stones
8. Just Another Sunday- The Blasters
9. Sedan Delivery- Neil Young and Crazy Horse
10. Morning Sky- Chris Hilllman

1. My old friend Deadspot posted a while back about the horror of hearing this Clash cover of a Jimmy Cliff tune in a car commercial. I share his feelings.
2. A great old Marty Robbins tune.
3. Kim and I watched the Dylan movie "I'm Not There," which she'd gotten me for my birthday. I'll post on it soon, but I'll say in a word, "Amazing."
4. This is from "No Alternative," a great album that was a benefit for AIDS causes.
5. Bruce Cockburn at his angriest since "If I Had a Rocket Launcher."
6. Don't look for this one on cd-- my friend Dan digitized this from vinyl. Phil 'n' the Blanks were Chicago legends.
7. Mick Jagger sounds so forlorn in this song, you can almost feel sorry for him. Almost.
8. I love this tale of broken love, which Dave Alvin co-wrote with John Doe of X. It was originally on the "Hard Line" album, and can now be found on the Testament collection.
9. From "Rust Never Sleeps."
10. Hillman was an original member of the Byrds. This is a straight-up bluegrass song, and one of my favorites.


Natalie said...

I just watched "I'm Not There" this week myself. It was fantastic but I wished I had read the commentary before watching the movie. I know Dylan's early stuff but not much about his mythology so it would have been nice to know those connections.

Cheer34 said...

Congratulations on the excellent grades...I would be happy if I could pass 9th grade algebra or remember which of the alligator signs < > is less than and greater than

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Not only are you are very happy guy, you're a smart guy! Well done on the awesome marks.

I've always loved the title "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat"!

Bubs said...

I had forgotten about "I'm Not There"...thanks. I had meant to see it when it came out. I love a list that has Marty Robbins, Dylan and the Clash.

Enjoy your weekend!

Erik Donald France said...

Great great songs. I'm feeling that pressure drop in Detroit ;->

Grant Miller said...

I learned to love straight up bluegrass on a road trip to Florida shortly after meeting my wife.

Good times.

yournamehere said...

The Breeder's first release,Pod, contains the original version of "Iris" and is one of my favorite CDs of all time.

Danny Tagalog said...

Was thinking the students were grading the teacher! You never know nowadays!