Bowling With No Panties

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Confession.

I have bought some really great music at Starbucks.

HearMusic is Starbucks own record label -- they put out compliations in concert with Rhino, Nonesuch, sometimes World Circuit and God help me, they're awesome.

This is a list of the records I have purchased on impulse over the last year or so while getting coffee:

SUMMER CRUSH: SONGS WE LOVE TO LOVE
The Beach Boys

CAFÉ CUBANA
Various Artists

ELVIS COSTELLO ARTIST’S CHOICE™ CD
Various Artists

JONI MITCHELL ARTIST’S CHOICE™ CD
Various Artists

LUCINDA WILLIAMS ARTIST'S CHOICE™ CD
Various Artists

THE ROLLING STONES ARTIST'S CHOICE™ CD
Various Artists

A MERRY AFFAIR
Various Artists

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Vince Guaraldi Trio

CIAO AMORE
Various Artists

These are all on pretty high rotation on the CD player here at work with the exception of the Christmas stuff. Almost as much as my Putymayo collection!

I especially love the Artists' Choice CDs -- They comment on each of their song choices and how they were either influenced by that particular artist or how this one song just struck them or whatever. I always find it interesting to hear what the people I REALLY LIKE to listen to likes to listen to. That's another reason why I cruise the iTunes playlists of people.

I've been so SICK of the crap that's been on the radio lately that I've been getting into world music -- especially North African/Arabic Dance music and Cuban stuff. I don't understand what the words are about, and don't give a crap, the voices become yet another instrument and I just groove out on it.

However, when nobody's around, I go off singing along on this one song where it's just some high pitched Turkish chick wailing, it's very cathartic.

I guess since I'm out of the mainstream loop it isn't that heinous to be purchasing music from the local Starbucks -- I fear that this along with all the commercials using NEW WAVE music from my youth to shill for household dusters, etc. that I am in a the 'target demographic' = old as hell.

7 Comments:

  • At 4:26 PM, Blogger Maulleigh said…

    I love Starbucks and wish I could buy every single piece of crap they advertise in their stores and I'm not kidding. They are Classy with a capital C!!!

     
  • At 4:54 PM, Blogger Los said…

    I live in Philly, and unless you like Hip Hop, country, classic rock, or easy listening, the FM music scene sucks.

    I've been listening to a lot of internet radio lately, basically because (a) I'm still not ready to shell out $15 a month for satellite radio, and (b) I'm a cheap ass.

    I have been able to discover some bands that I would never have been able to discover if I listened only to Philly radio. I especially like the modern rock scene - such mildly popular bands as the Hives, Vines, Strokes, and White Stripes. One band I've really taken a liking to is the Electric Six - they have successfully fused heavy metal and disco. A very cool sound.

     
  • At 5:04 PM, Blogger Daily Hater said…

    Los, you got to go with WXPN (88.5). Best radio in Philly.

    and for starbucks, im not so sure that the C stands for classy. I think it stands for Capitalism.

     
  • At 5:52 PM, Blogger bowling with no panties said…

    I found Tegan & Sara online listening to of all things AOL Radio! They're awesome.

    My favorite online radio station is WOXY, but the Vintage channel -- the main channel is current indie music but I can't seem to get into it so much. I like the New Pornographers and Rilo Kiley.

     
  • At 6:13 PM, Blogger Slinky Redfoot said…

    i kinda just lost respect for you after this post. their music offerings are schmalzy at best and way, way overpriced.redeem yourself, bwp!!

     
  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger bowling with no panties said…

    Slinky -- I SAID it was sort of shameful. But let me tell you something, don't knock the Artist's Choice compliations until you actually check them out. There is some really great music on them.

    I know of what I speak. I don't need your respect when I respect myself as much as I do ;) -- but I wouldn't suggest this stuff if I didn't actually really enjoy it.

    If you read any of my earlier postings you will see that I do have have a streak of cheese in me that I glory in.

     
  • At 8:39 AM, Blogger Slinky Redfoot said…

    all i'm saying is, art and corporate coffee shouldn't sleep together.

     

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