Doctor’s Orders: January 30th, 2014
Hello, my dedicated peasants. Welcome to the very first edition of “Doctor’s Orders”. This is a new segment, sort of like the “Songs on the Brain” jawn I did last year but with a different flavor. I’ve decided to turn this into a weekly series where I talk about songs for everyone. Yep, when I say everyone I mean Eh-vry-one. I’m talkin sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads, etc. This righteous dude is hitting every piece of the popular music spectrum here. Well….I won’t be of any help to you Polka and Post-Glam Speed folk-ers out there, but hopefully you’ll be satisfied with what I’m providing. If not, I don’t care.
Those of you who are begging people to give you new music and happen to be too lazy to actually look for new music yourself, guess what? THIS IS FOR YOU! This isn’t a debate, or ranking/list. It’s my weekly prescription of musical goodness, and if you don’t take it, whatever. My life goes on. I even threw in some (somewhat)pop songs for the musically uninformed(I’m really trying to help you people). Now, future editions of “Doctor’s Orders” will not feature as many songs, but since this is the first edition of the series, I’ve decided to do it big. So, don’t say thank you. Just listen, monkeys!
If you’re feeling some rock…
Indie: “Big Exit” by PJ Harvey
Recently, I’ve been delving into PJ Harvey’s discography. The first album I listened to was her 2000 album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea. The opening track for said album is the semi-aptly-titled “Big Exit”. It’s a great album opener and it really got me hooked early on.
Blues/Garage: “Jolene” by The White Stripes
This was a cover of the famous Dolly Parton tune from their live album/DVD “Under Blackpool Lights”. I really love this one. It’s a little out in left field because of Jack singing from the perspective of a woman but somehow it works. I’m sure Jack saw that as a challenge he wanted to take on, as he did countless times during his White Stripes days. Challenge and restriction was always an integral part of the White Stripes.
Punk: “Night Train” by Bouncing Souls
This one is a personal favorite of mine from the New Jersey natives. Opening with the sound of a Night Train Harley Davidson revving up and taking off. “I’m leaving everything behind for a piece that I can’t find/The ghosts that roam this house/like winter air right through our souls/And it feels like dying/It just feels like time to go” sings the heavy-hearted Greg Attonito. It’s a helluva goodbye song.
“Da Art of Storytellin’ pt 1.” by OutKast
I find this track to be one of OutKast’s best. The beat is so addictive. Dre and Big Boi trade their own personal stories of not misogyny, but philogyny. It’s one of the tracks where OutKast refused to bow down to conformity in Hip Hop and instead made their own lane. At the time, many had been critical of the duo but we soon began to understand and appreciate them for exactly what they were: game changers. The song was sampled by our next artist…
“I Get Up” by J.Cole
To me, this is one of the more underrated J.Cole tracks ever recorded. Cole is so inspiring on this track. It’s definitely a track you’d love if you’re new to J.Cole.
“Electric Lady” by Janelle Monáe feat. Solange
How can you not love Janelle Monáe?
“Don’t Save Me” by Haim
My god, this jawnsky is catchy. It was the first song I had ever listened to by the sister trio, and right from the first listen I had been hooked. A feat that only few can claim from me.
you wanna dance…….
“Dumb Disco Ideas” by Holy Ghost!
This 8 minute disco track is all that you can ask for if you really love LCD Soundsystem and Daft Punk. It’s a shoulder-mover for sure.
“Modern Love” by David Bowie
I dance every time I hear this song. Many found Let’s Dance to be a huge commercial and critical surprise when Bowie had released it and this single was proof that the thin white duke was not only going to be fine in the 1980s, but thrive as he reached new highs commercially.
“Love Is Blindness” by U2
To me, this is one of the most badass U2 songs ever. To me, it’s the centerpiece of their 1991 album Achtung Baby. On this record, we found U2 at their most ambitious, and this song is the exclamation point on a brilliant record. It always seems like it’s on the brink of explosion but right when it does, Bono smoothly croons away.
“House of Metal” by Chelsea Wolfe
I’ll keep this one short and sweet: Dark and Beautiful. A contrast that only artists of Chelsea Wolfe’s caliber can attain, as she does so well in this track.
“Home Is Where The Hatred Is” by Gil Scott-Heron
This track was sampled by Kanye West for his track “My Way Home”. Gil Scott-Heron is credited as one of the fathers of Hip Hop or at least one of the men who created the genre. This song is essentially about addiction, as Heron was a drug addict himself throughout the majority of his life and this track seems to be rather personal. It’s my favorite Gil Scott-Heron song.
“Umi Says” by Yasiin Bey/Mos Def
This is definitely the track to listen to if you’re trying to introduce yourself to Mos Def. It’s a track to kick back and chill to, but it’s really inspiring also. Mos Def has made his name being one of conscious hip hop’s founding fathers and he lives up to that title in this track. I remember it being used in commercials for Air Jordan XVI.
“Big Love (Live 1997)” by Fleetwood Mac
I find this live version to be better than the studio version. Just Lindsey Buckingham and his guitar. Absolutely sublime.
“Helter Skelter” by The Beatles
Paul McCartney’s hunger for loud, raw rock and roll had been satisfied in this track right here. From the heavy drums, the loud, noisey guitar thrashing going on throughout and Paul’s howl.It’s just an absolute psycho guitar track, one of the all time greats. And lets not forget the famous “I GOT BLISTERS ON MY FINGAS!” at the end. When Paul did an interview in 1968 to promote The White Album, he referred to the song as ” just a ridiculous song. So we did it like that, ‘cuz I like noise.” Great explanation, Paul. John Lennon’s view of the song is even better: “That’s Paul completely… It has nothing to do with anything, and least of all to do with me”
While you’re at it, check out my favorite tracks of 2013 playlist on spotify at the link below: