A-Train Listens II – My Music of the Moment.

I have left most of the music coverage to my colleague PBM. He is the hip-hop head of this conglomerate, up-to-date on all the new hot fire. That’s not me. I don’t know new music. My tastes are eclectic and they skew older. (This is not to say PBM doesn’t also know old music, he does.) Still, I want to talk about what I’ve been listening too of late. Consider this a “ME” blog today.

New Order – Temptation. 

This is a perfect song. I’ve lost more music than most people will ever own. I lost the album this song was on due to hard drive corruption in 2008. Not replacing it toot sweet was a mistake. I heard it the other day for the first time in probably 10 years and I was taken back to the time when I played this song on repeat. So many feels. It’s quite incredible how a song unheard for so long can instantly take you back in time. By the time this 8-minute eargasm was over I was tearing up from the memories it was invoking.

Play this song when your crush is in the car fellas. If this was the 90’s I’d tell you to put it on a mix. New Order is incredible but this is by far my favorite song of theirs. It’s seen a lot of play over at A-Train Corp. since I re-discovered.

Souls of Mischief – ’93 to Infinity.

’93 to infinity is the song to highlight but this entire album is a classic. The Souls of Mischief and the later to follow Hieroglyphics group had that Oakland sound that was just so recognizable. This music was made for chillin’ while getting weeded with your homeboys. I’ve been listening to it while playing with my dog – my ultimate homeboy, he’s a big Souls of Mischief fan.

Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better.

Tame Impala was a band when I first heard I thought they were from the 1960’s. It was the song Elephant. Great Song, but I’m not here for Elephant. The Less I know the Better is a great song but the video is mind-blowing. I really just want to talk about the video, and how there are so many different interpretations of it floating around. I don’t know what exactly to make of it. It’s undeniably stunning from a visual standpoint. The lyrics “She was holding hands with Trevor, not the greatest feeling ever” are something just about every teenage boy can relate to…we all had our own Trevor…seriously I hate that guy.

Ozzy Osbourne X Aha – Take Me On The Crazy Train.

The Podcast “Pardon My Take” Uses a different version of “Take On Me” by A-ha. Monday’s show they played the best version of all time because it was mashed up with Ozzie Osbourne singing “Crazy Train” This one is for you kids out there who love these fancy new mashups.

Van Halen – Panama

So when I was in St. Louis I may have heard this song a few times. Van Halen on my radar again. Love me some Panama. Shout-out to PBM and BWAK we blared this on the drive to Columbia to see all 2-minutes of Michael Porter Jr.’s college career.

Jawbreaker – Accident Prone

The “Dear You” Album by Jawbreaker has a special place in my heart. I recently unearthed it, listened, still love it. I think you will too. Shout out to anyone reading this who know who this band is. Whenever I bring up Jawbreaker nobody knows what, I’m talking about. I only know about them because a girl I had a crush on liked them, so I started listening. I ended up liking the band more than her.

Heart – Crazy On You (Live)

Nancy Wilson is a Goddess of Rock. I have her picture up at A-Train Corp and Heart coming through the speakers.

Paul Wall and Chamillionaire  – Oochie Wally Freestyle.

I was introduced to the Houston rap scene in 2001 when I met some of my future best friends at the University of Missouri. They played chopped and screwed mixtapes by the dozens. No track listings, no idea what we were even really listening too. I’ve scoured the internet looking for my white whale..( A 15-minute Swisha-house freestyle that I’m still unable to find) I offer this Oochie Wally freestyle instead. “Look don’t touch me to broke hoes I’m allergic” – Chamillionaire.

Jae Hood – Freestyle.

Not sure the title of this, not his “first freestyle” It’s from a Kool Kid Mixtape I think. This is hot fire, not sure what else to say. The same friends that put on that Houston rap were feeding me mixtapes featuring Jae Hood and The Lox. Caution listening to too much LOX can be hazardous to your enemies health.

Violent Femmes – Add it up.

Just gonna post the whole album but “Add It Up” is probably my favorite all-time Femmes song. Every few years I go through a Violent Femmes phase, going through one right now.

The Cars – Just What I Needed.

Another awesome band not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame The Cars. I need to dedicate an entire post to what a joke the R&R Hall of Fame is. My parents owned this greatest hits album when I was growing up and I listened to it relentlessly. It’s been getting play again, welcome back Mr. Ocasek.

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