"The Admonishing Song" by The Mountain Goats, from The Admonishing Song 5/10 - I've never listened to this song before this moment...but you know how I continually argue that John Darnielle and Stephin Merritt don't ever write bad lyrics? Well, this entire song is built around, "Tell me why you lie. It's not a nice thing to do." I guess Darnielle can write a dull line or two.
"Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear" by The Carpenters 5/10 - Oh boy. Does the fact this was on the Simpsons mitigate it in my favor? Or should I just give up now?
"Ashes of American Flags" by Wilco, from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 7/10 - This is a very strong album, which I played incessantly for about three months without ever really understanding why. Nothing jumped out at me at first, and yet, I found myself wanting to listen to the entire thing without ever having a particular song in mind. That time has passed, but it's still really damn solid.
"You Can Leave Your Hat On" by Tom Jones, from The Full Monty Soundtrack 4/10 - Tom Jones is a really excellent book. Let's talk about that, rather than why I have this song on my iPod. Please?
"Lovely Day" by The Pixies, from Trompe Le Monde 6/10 - Why does Trompe Le Monde keep coming up on the Random Ten? Is my iPod trying to stay away from the "mainstream" Pixies albums? Seriously. I just want to hear some "Debaser" right now.
"Leaf House" by Animal Collective, from Sung Tongs 6/10 - This is one of those things that leads me suspect that I'm nowhere near as cool or pretentious as I think I am...this album is on a lot of top ten lists from last year, and it just bores the piss out of me. You see that puddle? That's the piss, bored right out of me. I'm too apathetic to clean it up, even. And this is my favorite song off the album. You should see the stains from the rest of the album.
"Misery" by The Beatles, from Please Please Me 6/10 - The Beatles will eventually become amazing. But Please Please Me is when they're still only pretty good. And "Misery" is not their finest hour. Especially coming after "I Saw Her Standing There," as it does.
"Time of the Season" by The Zombies, from Odyssey and Oracle 7/10 - Sure, it's so incredibly iconic and cliched from the 60s, but it's really good. Not quite "Care of Cell 44" good, but the Zombies were great, in their day.
"Teenage FBI" by Guided by Voices, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Soundtrack 8/10 - I'm conflicted--should I advocate Guided by Voices now? Should I defend the appearance of an awesome song off the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Soundtrack" completely unnecessarily, as you should all know right now that "Buffy..." is an awesome show that got awesome bands on, and there should be no criticism of someone who says it's one of the best shows of the last, oh, 20 years? I'm conflicted. I don't know what to do. So I'm pouring another drink and moving to the last song.
"Battlecry" by Nujabes feat. Shing02, from samurai champloo music record 'departure' 7/10 - The titles, artist, and album title are all best guesses, since this comes from a music blog, and happened to be a) pretty good, and b) poorly titled. So I have no idea how to track down the real name, or more music, and while this was pretty good, it wasn't good enough to put any effort into finding related stuff, or even the real title. Like incidental music for a movie.
6.1/10 - Sometimes you eat the bar. Sometimes, well, the bar eats you.