Monthly Archives: July 2010

sotd 07.31.10

What a weirdly wonderful little song.

“Heart it races” / Architecture in Helsinki (2007)

sotd 07.29.10

I love this version of this song, but it’d slipped from my memory-banks until I saw someone post a link to it today.

“True love will find you in the end” / Beck (2004)

Like the song? Listen to the original, by Daniel Johnston (1984)

sotd 07.28.10

Where the hell did this song come from? Without any provocation, I started singing it. Aloud. To myself. Loudly.

“Freeze Frame” / J. Geils Band (1981)

On video games.

Video games? Nope, never got into ’em. I had a cousin who had an Atari system, and I occasionally played Duck Hunt on Nintendo at another cousin’s house, but that was it. I never longed for my own, never asked for it, never gave them a second thought.

But then, one Christmas, Santa surprised the hell out of everyone and brought my brother and I a Sega Genesis. Brother and I were grateful, but confused: Neither one of us asked for, or even desired, such a gift. We were peripherally aware of the popularity of such things, but having rarely played them ourselves (and never having played anything on Sega), we were at a loss.

Santa was appropriately thanked, of course (and in retrospect I can’t help but wonder if this gift was something Santa himself had wanted)  and we were aware that this particular gift was a big ‘un and not something that should be ignored. So we tried our best to become acquainted with the games with which it came: some Zelda shit, I think. Maybe a Sonic the Hedgehog thing. Santa also brought NBA Jam and a hockey game that was not licensed by the NHL, but by the NHLPA. These were fun diversions, a good 20-minutes or so of entertainment, but we never really got “into” the system.

Until we discovered Columns.

Columns was Sega’s answer to Tetris, basically. And in Two Player Mode, brother and I could literally play for hours.




And you know what’s even more awesome? The fact that for a mere 99 cents I can BUY this game for my iPod touch!

Can you guess what I’ve been doing all evening?

sotd 07.27.10

Blasting this song after my day at work today felt really, really good.

“Prayer of the Refugee” / Rise Against (2006)

sotd 07.26.10

“Notice” / Gomez (2006)

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sotd 07.24.10

True story: I once had a plastic snake named Feliciano that lived in my locker in high school. He had two brothers: Zebulon and Wilhelm. I am a freak.

Also, I would listen to Jose Feliciano sing the phone book.

“Light my Fire” / Jose Feliciano (1968)

Also, more on “Light my Fire”

Edit: Skip the video.  Just listen to the song.

sotd 07.23.10

I watched a spirited debate about manual transmissions unfold via Twitter this morning. Okay, so it was a total of two tweets from friends. Either way, this song popped into my head. So Jer and C-Dawg: this one’s for you:

“Stickshifts and Safetybelts” / Cake (1996)