Wishing You Were Weird
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For over ten years now we've been doing a mix tape or compilation CD for inclusion with our Christmas cards, and the 2002 edition is out. A few of the recipients are appreciative, but mostly we do it because it's so fun to have a time capsule of how our tastes have changed over the years.
This year's title is in reference to a famous Austin bumper sticker.
If you're a friend, family member or regular discussion participant in this blog (hint, hint) who we've somehow neglected to foist this thing off on, drop me your snail-mail address and I'll send you a copy. And if you've already got it and are wondering "What the hell?!", here are the extended liner notes.
|Wishing You Were Weird|| ||Stuff we've been listening to in 2002|
|The Meat Purveyors|| 1 ||Hey Little Sister|
Consider this a reply to the "Cowboy's Sweetheart" below
|Patsy Montana|| 2 ||Cowboy's Sweetheart*|
|The Gourds|| 3 ||My Name is Jorge|
"I sold me an apple to Wm. S. Burroughs/He shot up his dope, his winesap, his girl"
|The Sunshine Boys|| 4 ||What's the Matter With Deep Ellum*|
Dallas's toughest strip is too slow for this hombre
|The Horsies|| 5 ||Noam Chomsky|
An Austin nerdbeat tribute to the patron saint of pinko conspiracy theory
|Grupo Fantasma|| 6 ||Tejanita|
The Austin-Monterrey cumbia axis at work
|Moreno Veloso + 2|| 7 ||Assim|
Caetano Veloso's son has his daddy's voice
|Mychael Danna|| 8 ||Baraat**|
Studio re-creation of an Indian brass band, sounding a bit klezmer if you ask me
|They Might Be Giants|| 9 ||Older|
"Entropy/Is crawling all over me"
|The Meat Purveyors|| 10 ||Thinking About Drinking|
|The Tune Wranglers|| 11 ||El Rancho Grande*|
Texas swing in ranch-hand Spanglish, with a bit of racist Orientalism at the end
|Trio Mocotó|| 12 ||Águas de Março|
I had no idea that anyone could play the cuica as a melody instrument!
|Erik Hokkanen|| 13 ||Mosquito's Blues|
The bumblebee has nothing on this mosquito
|Abhijeet & Anuradha Shriram|| 14 ||Chunari Chunari**|
All Indians secretly wish they were Punjabi, at least on their wedding day
|The Skatalites|| 15 ||Confucius|
Another classic ska tune from the inventors of the genre
|They Might Be Giants|| 16 ||Robot Parade|
From their children's CD No! -- but how does it differ from their grown-up albums?
|Oranj Symphonette|| 17 ||Baby Elephant Gunn|
Dave Brubeck's son and friends do a transgenic treatment of two Mancini tunes
|The Ramones|| 18 ||Blitzkrieg Bop|
Chosen not as a nod to Joey Ramone but to the Jimmy Neutron soundtrack
|David Nadien|| 19 ||Gavotte (F.J. Gossec, composer)|
One of the more memorable songs from the Suzuki violin book
|Bob Wills|| 20 ||Roly Poly|
What would they have said about a daughter who ate like that?
|Hot Club of Cowtown|| 21 ||You Can't Break My Heart|
Western Swing musicians now grow up in conservatories, not on ranches
|Norah Jones|| 22 ||Cold Cold Heart|
Ravi Shankar's love child strikes again
|Moreno Veloso + 2|| 23 ||I'm Wishing|
Brazilian soul revives an old Disney tune
|Fink|| 24 ||Autobahn|
Punkgrass meets Kraftwerk
|Señor Coconut|| 25 ||Homecomputer (Merengue)|
Kraftwerk again, this time a la Sudamérica
|Le Tigre|| 26 ||Get Off the Internet|
Something tells me these riot grrls wouldn't approve of my blog
* From the Proper Records box set "Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys"
**From the "Monsoon Wedding" soundtrack