Everyone does this, I know, but I like the idea, and I'm enjoying a recently-acquired, spacious new 60 GB iPod -- so I'm going to do it, too: the first 10 random songs provided by my iPod today, with commentary.
A cover of the Elvis Costello tune. Lemper's voice is sort of an acquired taste, but I like it.
A little pure 80s cheese, here, this is a pleasant if overly dramatic ballad from White Nights -- which is, of course, one of the quintessential 80s movies. Flack's vocal is really lovely, and the major-minor contrast is used very effectively in this song.
Typical Fiona Apple: dark, jazzy, piano pop. I like the bit of bounce in this song, and the gamelan-like percussion.
Another flashback, this time to the mid-90s. This song takes me right back to my last year of college.
A favorite band of mine since the late 80s, TMBG's stuff still makes me smile, and I still like to listen to it (unlike much of the other music I listened to back then). Some of my friends (you know who you are!) hate TMBG, but I just don't get that. They're fun, silly, often clever -- what's not to like?
The Life Aquatic is definitely Wes Anderson's weakest film (though I like it anyway), but its soundtrack is definitely up to Anderson's usual standards -- Seu Jorge's covers of David Bowie songs (like this one) are excellent.
This is a sentimental favorite. I first encountered this song on a mix tape, but not just any mix tape. It was the very first mix that Dr. Dregs ever made for me, the mix that convinced me to give him a chance. So in a small way, this song played a part in setting the course of my life. It's a pretty good song, too.
A little White Album action is always welcome in my corner of the world, even if it's not my birthday.
Possibly my favorite song from Boys for Pele. Partly because it's pretty, partly because the lyrics resonate strongly with a particular time in my life, and party because (unlike most of the other songs on the album) the lyrics are mostly comprehensible.
Brief, atmospheric, and understated. A nice follow-up to the Tori Amos track.