What are you listening to today? #nowplaying

ipodHere are the last 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

1. Frosty–Albert Collins

2. Pilgrimage–R.E.M.

3. Jailbreak–AC/DC

4. That Girl–Stevie Wonder

5. Skinny Legs–Lyle Lovett

6. All Around The World–Garland Jeffreys

7. Jailbreak–Thin Lizzy

8. Roll Over Beethoven–Chuck Berry

9. Let It Be–The Beatles

10. The Trouble With Never–Van Halen

Iron Man 2 teams up with AC/DC

Looking forward to seeing Iron Man 2 when it hits theatres May 7th? I know I am. Are you a fan of AC/DC? Yep, count me in on that one too. Well get ready because just like chocolate and peanut butter, I think the pairing of the music of one of the biggest bands in the world with the upcoming sure-to-be summer blockbuster sounds like a great idea.

AC/DC’s music will be featured prominently in Iron Man 2, the sequel to the 2008 film which made over $580 million dollars in worldwide ticket sales. But wait! There’s more! While the band has never officially released a greatest hits album, the band’s label Columbia will be releasing AC/DC: Iron Man 2 on April 19th. It features 15 tracks covering a wide-range of the band’s career.
Although it hardly qualifies as a greatest hits package with too many key tracks missing (what, no “You Shook Me All Night Long”? no “For Those About To Rock”) it does contain some good cuts and includes the rare Cold Hearted Man which is sure to appeal to some fans. The tracklist is listed below. Check out the Iron Man 2 promo video for Shoot to Thrill along with other clips.

See you at the box-office lineup May 7th.

1. Shoot to Thrill
2. Rock ‘N’ Roll Damnation
3. Guns for Hire
4. Cold Hearted Man
5. Back in Black
6. Thunderstruck
7. If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It)
8. Evil Walks
9. T.N.T.
10. Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be
11. Have a Drink on Me
12. The Razor’s Edge
13. Let There Be Rock
14. War Machine
15. Highway to Hell

Wal-Mart, Rock City

Kiss new cd

After months of teasing their fans about a new cd coming down the pipe, Kiss have finally announced that their new disc, titled “Sonic Boom”, will be released on October 6th. Looking to move as much product as they can, the band has also announced (following such acts like The Eagles and AC/DC) that the new disc will be released only through Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in the States and Canada.

Produced by Paul Stanley, the CD features 11 new tracks (their first disc of new material since 1998) and will actually be part of a three-disc set that also features a completely re-recorded greatest hits CD as well as a six-song live DVD shot in Argentina during the band’s recent “Kiss Alive 35” tour.

The greatest hits cd is very likely the same one that was released last year in Japan that is just now seeing its’ official North American release. Other than to make a buck (Gene Simmons’ only reason for living), I never understood the point of the release. It’s not that the new versions are bad, and from a curiousity standpoint, it is the first time you can hear the current lineup in the studio. It’s just that the new versions don’t offer up anything earth-shattering. I can’t see anyone other than die-hard fans wanting to buy this disc on its’ own. Check out the re-recorded “Shout It Out Loud” and “RnR All Nite” and see what you think. Personally, I prefer the original (and original line-up) versions. With respect to the new material, you can hear a snippet of the opening track, “Modern Day Delilah” when you open up their website. On first blush, it sounds promising, and it will probably transfer well to a live setting.

And speaking of a live setting, stay tuned for the tour announcement, which should be soon considering it’s scheduled to start around the same time that “Sonic Boom” is released. Unlike the recent Alive 35 tour, the new tour will supposedly feature a new stage, costumes, and more. Expect multiple Canadian dates.

In the meantime, below is a clip of the band on their recent mini-Canadian Alive 35 tour in Sarnia, Ontario. Don’t laugh. The annual Sarnia Bayfest has attracted major acts like Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, Aerosmith, Def Leppard and Keith Urban.

The “It’s !#@%!**! 5:00 a.m. and the batteries have died in the smoke alarm” Shuffle Report

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Having a decent night’s sleep, when the Bargainista (love the shades, BTW) wakes me up to tell me the smoke alarm is going off. The first natural reaction is that it’s due to (heaven forbid) a fire, but as soon as I heard it I knew instantly what it was. That incessant beep can only mean one thing: the batteries have died. So after stumbling for a chair to climb up on (and due to the alarm’s location praying I don’t take a header off of the upstairs landing) I gingerly climbed up and then pried the bloody thing off the ceiling, only to then struggle to open the battery compartment while it continues to beep in my face.

With thoughts of just heaving the thing across the room swirling through my foggy head, I managed to get it open, remove the offending double-A’s, and climb back into bed. Managed to salavage a little bit more slumber, but not much.

So what does all of this have to do with today’s shuffle report? Nothing. Just thought I’d share the misery. 🙂

But what I really want to know is..why is it that when the batteries go kaput in your smoke alarm, it happens when you’re sleeping? And why is it that you drive on a parkway, but park on a driveway? Sorry, I’m babbling. I’m tired and punchy. Have a good Friday everyone.

The list below is what I listened to as I dragged my weary body into the office this morning. Some good tunes today.

1. If You Fall—Steve Earle (El Corazon)
2. Get It Hot—AC/DC (Highway To Hell) [Wonder what this one’s about? Coffee, perhaps?]
3. The Valley—Los Lobos (The Town and The City) [Why aren’t more people listening to Los Lobos? Can’t say enough good things about this band.]
4. Guitar And Pen—The Who (Who Are You)
5. Faithless—Rush (Snakes & Arrows)
6. Band On The Run—Paul McCartney (Band on The Run) [Good concert clip here.]
7. Think You Should Know—Jacksoul (Resurrected) [Hope Haydain Neale will return to performing again. A great Canadian talent.]
8. Raise Your Hand—Bruce Springsteen (Live 1975-1985) [Vintage Boss!]
9. Norwegian Wood—The Beatles (Rubber Soul)
10. Sound & Vision—David Bowie (Low)

Song of The Day: Rock ‘n Roll Train

Today was one of those days when I just couldn’t drag myself out of bed.  I know it’s Friday, the weekend is upon us, and I can sleep in a bit tomorrow. But for whatever reason, I didn’t sleep well last night. Trying to stay vertical while on the subway to work this morning proved to be a challenge, even with my tunes a-blastin’ (well, not blastin’-til-I-go-deaf blastin’, but you know what I mean).

Upon arrival at work, I plugged the iPod into my speakers and continued shufflin’ away. Get coffee? Check. Plan lunch with a co-worker? Check. A really good tune to kickstart my day? Hello? Anything? Resisting the temptation to get out of shuffle mode (it’s just so much damn fun) I waited patiently, until this came on:

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Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about! AC/DC is nothing if not consistent. For almost 35 years, their sound has remained pretty much the same. Going in, you know what you’re going to get with a new AC/DC record and concert. Straight ahead, take no prisoners rock and roll that you can sing along with. Ballads? Acoustic guitars? Yeah right.

(“From The Ticket Stub Vault” Alert!)

While I didn’t have a chance to see them on their current tour, I did see them back on December 12, 1981. Here’s the conversation between me and my mother the following morning:

Mom: How was your concert last night?
Me: What?
Mom: How was your concert last night?
Me: Sorry, what?
…And so it went. My ears are still ringing from that one. For those about to go deaf…

And one more thing while we’re talking about AC/DC. Just to make you cringe, watch this video. It is one of the worst cover versions, let alone of an AC/DC song, of all time. Think the guards at Gitmo use this as punishment.