So yeah, this one starts and ends with the same song, which is kind of a lazy bit of storytelling or mixmaking or whatever, but there's something about "Tape From California" which has made me listen to it obsessively for the last couple weeks. Sorry I can't stop and talk now, I'm in kind of a hurry anyhow, but I'll send you a tape from California. It's about as far from Ohio as you can get in the continental United States, and that sure sounds like a good time right about now. The original is full of garbage-ass hippy poetry, but there's a handful of lines that are absolutely perfect. My rhymes are all repeating. Half the world is crazy, and the other half is scared. Madonnas dance the minuet for naked millionaires. The cover cuts out most of the good words and the drama and replaces it with loud guitars and noise and a sense of urgency that says just as much in half the time. It depends on your mood and disposition which one is better, but a good song is a good song is a good song, etc.
Those two tapes from California bookend eleven others that I've been listening to a ton lately. They run from girls in the garage to bad vibe psychedelia to mid-90s youthful attitude to classic punk rock to wistful nostalgia to straight-up silly sarcasm. Sometimes it tells a story, and sometimes it sounds like a classic back-and-forth. It includes at least five of my favorite songs of all time, which I can sing out loud like a trained animal when prompted. Burn it to a CD and play it in your car. That's where it sounds the best.
Download it: http://www.mediafire.com/?k8jmdb3rqpzq0u2
My Rhymes Are All Repeating: October 2010
1. Phil Ochs - "Tape From California"
2. Pernice Brothers - "The Weakest Shade Of Blue"
3. Girls - "Laura"
4. New Pornographers - "The Laws Have Changed"
5. The Posies - "Solar Sister"
6. Supergrass - "Mansize Rooster"
7. The Black Angels - "Sunday Afternoon"
8. The 13th Floor Elevators - "Reverberation (Doubt)"
9. The Chymes - "He's Not There Anymore"
10. Linda Laine & The Sinners - "High Grades and Low Fever"
11. The Unwed Teenage Mothers - "Stick Around"
12. Descendents - "Bikeage"
13. Squirrel Bait - "Tape From California"