I sat aboard the dilapidated and ancient seats on the TTC subway, heading to Kennedy station once again and I got to thinking – what can I do to better my time on this journey? I’m not entirely sure if this is a better way to spend it, but I decided to write down my thoughts for each track that comes up on my iPhone. Sadly, I only decided this was a good idea when I was at Broadview Station but here we go!
(these entries have been edited, otherwise it wouldn’t be very readable)
Bluetones – Autophilia.
This song is the underrated britpop band’s ode to the automobile from their 2000 album Science and Nature. Autophilia (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Car) has a laid back, playful feel to it with a whistling solo at the end. I discovered this track (and The Bluetones) while trading best of compilations with random irc people on the internets. The good ole days.
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Stairway to Heaven
If you have never heard of Mexican duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela, do yourself a favor and watch some YouTube videos of them. they are simply amazing and put on a rockin live show. This is their instrumental flamenco cover of the classic Led Zeppelin song. It’s fantastic as expected and I’m a bit surpirse the shuffle would pick this as I just discovered the deleted scene in Almost Famous yesterday where the song gets played in it’s entirety. Sometimes I think my iPhone is psychic.
Timbaland – Give It To Me
It’s only fitting that my iPod picks a hip hop diss track as I enter district known as Scarborough (AkA Scarlem). Remember about four years ago when Timbaland, Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake were just destroying the charts? This track was released right in the middle of that and was a direct attack on Scott Storch, an up and coming producer who thought it was a good idea to attack one of the most popular hip hop icons out there. Bad move. This track has some hilarious lines, especially when sang by Justin Timberlake.
The Cribs – You Were Always The One
To still day, still my favorite Cribs song. I really liked the first Cribs record (pre Johnny marr) and this a pretty straight forward pop song with a catchy hook and more importantly, lyrics that get stuck in your head. I think memorable lyrics are underrated and The Cribs have always been good at writing those types of songs. Now if only they will stop ruining Kate Nash’s career.
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
One of the seminal early 90s hip hop tracks. This Tribe Called Quest song arrived when a large amount of intelligent hip hop was gaining prominence, eager to balance out the gangster rap acts on the hip hop prejudice scale. This is probably the most famous tribe called quest song but really, it’s good because of the Lou reed sample. Might be one of the most used samples in movie trailer history.
I have now arrived at Kennedy..until next time.