Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Vol. 4

Yes, it has been a while. Let's play catch up, shall we?

1. Elastica-Stutter
2. T.I.-Rubberband Man
3. Super Furry Animals-Herman And Pauline
4. Dusty Springfield-I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
5. Jackson 5-It's Great To Be Here
6. Paul Simon-Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
7. The Coup-Fat Cats, Bigga Fish
8. Dolly Parton-Jolene
9. The Exciters-Tell Him
10. The Buzzcocks-What Do I Get
11. George Michael-Freedom '90
12. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien-Dr. Bombay
13. Trick Daddy-Shut Up
14. The Jam-Going Underground
15. Al Green-Take Me To The River
16. John Lennon-Instant Karma
17. Jay-Z-Who You Wit II
18. Syreeta-Black Maybe
19. Amerie-Why Don't We Fall In Love?
20. Rilo Kiley-A Better Son/Daughter

This is the tracklisting for Vol. 4 of my 5-Star Mix series. Most of my mix CDs contain themes, but the 5-Star series is just a general mix of songs that I really really like at the moment and are not related. The tracklisting for Vol. 4 has been laying on my hard drive for months, so I'm a little behind the times. I also try to make the best mix that I can whenver I create the CD, hence the title, 5-Star Mix, because that's the rating I'm trying to achieve, five stars. Here are the previous editions:

5-Star Mix Vol. 1 (circa Feb. 2003)

Terence Blanchard-Fruit Of Islam
Smashing Pumpkins-Cherub Rock
The Strokes-New York City Cops

Jimmy Fallon-(I Can't Play) Basketball
Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band-Apache
The Police-Roxanne
Polyphonic Spree-Solider Girl
Electric Six-Danger! (High Voltage)
Original Cast Recording-Jesus Christ Superstar
The Jacksons-Can You Feel It?
Gladys Knight-If I Were Your Woman
Blind Melon-Three Is A Magic Number
Beenie Man F/ Mya-Girls Dem Sugar
N.E.R.D.-Find My Way
Badly Drawn Boy-Pissing In The Wind
R. Kelly-Ignition (Remix)
Prodigy F/ B.G.-Y.B.E.
Puffy AmiYumi-Destruction Pancake
Ghost Town DJs-My Boo
Randy Newman-Sail Away

Vol. 2 (circa September 2003)

Sly Fox-Let's Go All The Way
Common-New Wave
Deltron 3030-Positive Contact
Bobbie Gentry-I'll Never Fall In Love Again
The Supremes-You Keep Me Hangin' On
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band-Cherchez La Femme
New Pornographers-The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
Bonnie Tyler-Total Eclispe Of The Heart
Sylvester-You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Pointer Sisters-Neutron Dance
Ash-Girl From Mars
Stereolab-Noise Of Carpet
Cheap Trick-I Want You To Want Me
SWV-Use Your Heart
Donell Jones-Where I Wanna Be
Nancy Sinatra-You Only Live Twice
Republica-Drop Dead Gorgeous

Vol. 3 (circa January 2004)

The Rapture-House Of Jealous Lovers
Dizzee Rascal-Fix Up, Look Sharp
The Donnas-Too Bad About Your Girl
Pulp-Common People
Moby-Feeling So Real
Love Unlimited-I Did It For Love
Destiny's Child-Get On The Bus
David Bowie-Moonage Daydream
Spymob-German Test Drive
Main Source-Lookin't Out The Front Door
Sister Nancy-What A Bam Bom
The Smiths-How Soon Is Now?
Fanny Pack-System Boomin'
Madonna-Deeper And Deeper
The Darkness-Growing On Me
Billie Myers-Tell Me
Robbie Williams-Let Me Entertain You
Ben Kweller-Harriet's Got A Song

It's all about the Pocket Mice, baby

SOMB Fantasy Football: Week 11

Pocket Mice


SOMB Fantasy Football: Week 12

Pocket Mice

Geo's Death Squad

Standings after Week 12

Rank Team Name W-L-T WPct Pts

1* Pocket Mice 11-1-0 .917 2405
2* Vatos Locos 10-2-0 .833 2669
3* Be My Demon 9-2-1 .792 2546
4* Wyld Stallyns 9-2-1 .792 2201
5 Big Tuna Casserole's 9-3-0 .750 2347
6 Little Ravens 8-4-0 .667 2238
7 Jalepeno Poppers 8-4-0 .667 1460
8 munkyjunkies 7-4-1 .625 2449
9 Guests 7-5-0 .583 2233
10 The Vagina Splits 7-5-0 .583 2009
11 Big Blue 6-6-0 .500 1519
12 The Broken Biscuits 5-6-1 .458 1622
13 Geo's Death Squad 5-7-0 .417 1778
14 I Am Waking Up To Us 5-7-0 .417 1224
15 Lukins 4-8-0 .333 1075
16 The Sweet Ninjas 2-9-1 .208 1347
17 Malachi Crunch 2-10-0 .167 943
18 BeautySchoolDropouts 2-10-0 .167 591
19 Ramalams 1-11-0 .083 847
20 Sack Danglers 0-11-1 .042 369

That little asterisk means I'm in the playoffs. I'm just as surprised as you are.

H.B.E. 11/15/04

Here is the playlist for Hectic But Eclectic (Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM Central at http://www.uicradio.ws) from 11-15-04:

Smashing Pumpkins-Today
Nancy Sinatra-Bossman
Do Or Die-Higher
Bjork F/ Kelis-Oceania (Remix)
Le Tigre-Tell You Now
Diana Ross-Love Hangover
Q & Not U-Wet Work
Kim Wilde-Kids In America
Annie-Chewing Gum
Chaka Khan-I Feel For You
The Go! Team-Ladyflash
Lisa-Rocket To Your Heart
The Concretes-Diana Ross
Aaliyah-One In A Million
Zhane-Off My Mind
RANA-Legend Of Zelda Theme
Weezer-Falling For You
Secret Machines-Nowhere Again
Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band-Apache
N.E.R.D.-Tape You
Terror Squad F/ Lil' Jon, Mase & Eminem-Lean Back (Remix)
The Cars-Just What I Needed
Har Mar Superstar-Transit
Ol' Dirty Bastard-Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Live From San Bernadino 2004)
Erykah Badu-Orange Moon

For this entry, the artist of choice will be The Concretes. They're an eight piece collective out of Sweden who provide the missing link between The Ronettes and The Velvet Underground. Their self-titled, full-length debut is filled with songs of dreamy heartache and bittersweet melodies. It may sound boring, but the music is achingly beautiful and sweeping at times. The Mazzy Star comparisons are obvious, but I thought I would drop the name just to pique some interest in these tracks. I love this album so much, I'm gonna post 3 songs.

The Concretes-You Can't Hurry Love
The Concretes-Chico
The Concretes-Diana Ross

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Friday, November 19, 2004

Pocket Mice is an army, better yet the navy...

SOMB Fantasy Football: Week 10

Pocket Mice

Big Blue

Rank/Team Name/W-L-T/Pct./Pts

1 Pocket Mice 9-1-0 .900 1988
2 Vatos Locos 8-2-0 .800 2157
3 Be My Demon 7-2-1 .750 2059
4 Wyld Stallyns 7-2-1 .750 1925
5 Big Tuna Casserole's 7-3-0 .700 1890
6 Little Ravens 7-3-0 .700 1851
7 The Vagina Splits 7-3-0 .700 1783
8 Jalepeno Poppers 7-3-0 .700 1214
9 munkyjunkies 6-3-1 .650 2010
10 Guests 6-4-0 .600 1818
11 Geo's Death Squad 5-5-0 .500 1381
12 Big Blue 5-5-0 .500 1292
13 I Am Waking Up To Us 4-6-0 .400 1099
14 Lukins 4-6-0 .400 951
15 The Broken Biscuits 3-6-1 .350 1223
16 The Sweet Ninjas 2-7-1 .250 1123
17 BeautySchoolDropouts 2-8-0 .200 508
18 Malachi Crunch 1-9-0 .100 816
19 Sack Danglers 0-9-1 .050 369
20 Ramalams 0-10-0 .000 621

What can I say? We just really really like first place a lot.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Why are the Pocket Mice as hard as it gets?

SOMB Fantasy Football: Week 9

Pocket Mice



Rank Team Name W-L-T WPct Pts

1 Pocket Mice 8-1-0 .889 1776
2 Vatos Locos 7-2-0 .778 1943
3 Jalepeno Poppers 7-2-0 .778 1077
4 Be My Demon 6-2-1 .722 1840
5 Wyld Stallyns 6-2-1 .722 1800
6 Big Tuna Casserole's 6-3-0 .667 1789
7 Little Ravens 6-3-0 .667 1651
8 The Vagina Splits 6-3-0 .667 1560
9 munkyjunkies 5-3-1 .611 1802
10 Guests 5-4-0 .556 1670
11 Big Blue 5-4-0 .556 1198
12 Geo's Death Squad 4-5-0 .444 1246
13 I Am Waking Up To Us 4-5-0 .444 1012
14 Lukins 4-5-0 .444 926
15 The Broken Biscuits 3-5-1 .389 1102
16 The Sweet Ninjas 2-6-1 .278 1019
17 BeautySchoolDropouts 2-7-0 .222 443
18 Malachi Crunch 1-8-0 .111 754
19 Sack Danglers 0-8-1 .056 369
20 Ramalams 0-9-0 .000 552

Meh. We're doing okay.

H.B.E. 11/8/04

playlist for Hectic But Eclectic (Mondays 6:00-8:00 P.M. Central http://www.uicradio.ws) on 11-8-04:

Ike & Tina Turner-River Deep, Mountain High
Handsome Boy Modeling School-Breakdown
Modest Mouse-Ocean Breathes Salty
I Am The World Trade Center-Future Sightings
Dizzee Rascal-Dream
Asobi Seksu-Sooner
Amy Winehouse-Take The Box
Janet Jackson-What'll I Do
Ray Charles-Georgia On My Mind
Travis-Why Does It Always Rain On Me
Lhasa-La Maree Haute
Snoop Dogg F/ Pharrell-Drop It Like It's Hot
Scissor Sisters-Filthy/Gorgeous
Beenie Man F/ Mya-Girls Dem Sugar
Mass. Hysteria-Cheap Thrills
Macy Gray-Don't Come Around
Girls Aloud-Love Machine
Kanye West-The New Workout Plan
Talib Kweli-Broken Glass
Polyphonic Spree-One Man Show
Spymob-Stand Up And Win
Puffy AmiYumi-Love So Pure
Beach Boys-You Still Believe In Me
Flaming Lips-Spongebob and Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall Of Energy
Antibalas-Big Man

Sorry that this has taken so long, but I've been extremely swamped with school and work. But the good thing is that Monday is right around the corner and there will be more MP3s up soon after my show. But moving along, I've decided to put the spotlight on Asobi Seksu. Mixing elements of shoegazer and pop songwriting, Asobi Seksu have brought beauty back to the art of making noise. Vocalist Yuki gives the music a soft human touch with her yearning vocals complimenting the thrashing and distorted textures of the music. Their debut album, Asobi Seksu, is easily one of my favorites of the year so far. Sure fire top 25, or maybe even higher.
Forgive the lazy writing, I'm very short on time.

Asobi Seksu-Walk On The Moon
Asobi Seksu-I'm Happy But You Don't Like Me

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Singles Round-up For October 2004

This is the first Singles Round-up for Hectic But Eclectic, which in true HBE fashion is several days late. Hopefully, October isn't too far of a distant memory.

Destiny's Child-Lose My Breath
You know this track means serious business right from the very beginning. Those killer synth stabs. That pounding drum track. Beyonce panting and moaning. Single of the year, right? Great production, but no hook. (Rating on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and blah blah blah: 6)

Eminem-Just Lose It
I like the video more than the song. Brings nothing new to the Slim Shady persona (5)

Jacki-O F/ Ying Yang Twins-Fine (pictured above)
Your favorite stripper's new favorite song. (9)

Bjork-Who Is It?
One of the more beautiful tracks from Medulla. Must be heard immediately. (9)

Dizzee Rascal-Dream
Gets recognition for being one of the few songs where you can understand what Dizzee is saying. Sampling children's voices are so '98, but damn if they're not effective. (8)

Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boyz-What U Gon Do?
Pounds on you with all its weight, crushing your limbs and eardrums, until you're forced to fight back, throw dem 'bows and get crunk in this bitch. (8)

Snoop Dogg F/ Pharrell-Drop It Like It's Hot
Am I the only who notices the video's resemblance to the video for the "Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)"? Very nice to see the Neptunes come back with some fire after a very lackluster year. (9)

Gwen Stefani-What You Waiting For?
Your album Gwen, after hearing this glamorous piece of vivacious electro-pop. (9)

Chingy-Balla Baby
Gets credit for being less annoying than "Right Thurr". Good job there Chingster! (7)

Modest Mouse-Ocean Breathes Salty
That's right modern rock radio. Don't run towards the light. You've still got some fight left in you. More catchy songs like this will help you to recuperate faster. (8)

Nelly F/ Christina Aguilera-Tilt Ya Head Back
Don't hate just because it's Xtina and Nelly. You know you're digging that "Superfly" sample. (8)

Trick Daddy F/ Twista & Lil' Jon-Let's Go
No one is doubting this song's energy (which "Let's Go" has tons of), but there isn't enough here to make me willingingly seek out this song for repeat listens. (6)

Guerilla Black-Compton
How could anyone say this guy sounds like Biggie? He isn't half as funny. (7)

Usher F/ Alicia Keys-My Boo
Huh? You're gonna follow up "Confessions (Part II)" with this piece of shit? Boo yourself, Mr. Raymond. (4)

R. Kelly/Jay-Z-Big Chips
Was anyone here even trying to achieve something more than just a typical club song? Kels and Jigga completely phone this one in. You'll be struggling to remember the name of this song in a week. (4)

John Legend-Used To Love You
Very refreshing and smooth. The hook man for Slum Village's "Selfish" shows he can do the damn thing on his own. (8)

Utada-Easy Breezy
This doesn't sound like anything else on her album, but it's definitely the catchiest thing on there. Her voice will either make it or break it for you. It's making it for me (9)

Mannie Fresh-Real Big
The best song to come outta Cash Money in years. This is what Cash Money used to be about. Big ass beats. Big ass rims. Big asses. They still haven't changed their motto, but their recent stuff hasn't been as good as their late-90's output. "Real Big" has a helluva monster beat that will have your car speakers begging for mercy and contemplating suicide. P.S. Mannie's skills on the mic are starting to grow on me. Please don't tell anyone. (blushes)

Kelis F/ Andre 3000-Millionaire
Simply gorgeous. One beauty of a Prince imitation. (10)

Kylie Minogue-I Believe In You
Kylie plus the Scissor Sisters. If that equation doesn't appeal to you, we need sit down and talk, dear. (8)

Mase-Breathe, Stretch, Shake
Sounds like someone couldn't afford the Neptunes, so they had someone role play as them. But who cares, if it's hot, it's hot. (7)

Wow, this song has been around forever. I could probably listen to it forever as well. Feelin' good, feelin' great, indeed.(10)

Kanye West-The New Workout Plan
Thanks to Kanye's Workout Plan/All the girls think that I'm the man/I dance to this, they go "hot damn"/The Workout Plan is my new jam. (9)

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

I have not given up on the blog. I've just been very busy with school and work to update it as much as I like. I am very sorry, so I've included a couple of songs to put me back in your good graces.

The Velvet Teen-Counting Backwards
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Butter 08-Butter Of 69
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The Coup-Me And Jesus The Pimp In A '79 Granada Last Night
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Pocket Mice been smooth since days of Underoos...

SOMB Fantasy Football: Week 8

Pocket Mice


Rank Team Name W-L-T Pct. Pts

1 Pocket Mice 7-1-0 .875 1552
2 Wyld Stallyns 6-1-1 .813 1593
3 Vatos Locos 6-2-0 .750 1685
4 Jalepeno Poppers 6-2-0 .750 931
5 Be My Demon 5-2-1 .688 1675
6 Big Tuna Casserole's 5-3-0 .625 1633
7 Little Ravens 5-3-0 .625 1527
8 Guests 5-3-0 .625 1471
9 The Vagina Splits 5-3-0 .625 1335
10 Big Blue 5-3-0 .625 1086
11 munkyjunkies 4-3-1 .563 1583
12 I Am Waking Up To Us 4-4-0 .500 880
13 Lukins 4-4-0 .500 854
14 The Broken Biscuits 3-4-1 .438 958
15 Geo's Death Squad 3-5-0 .375 1108
16 The Sweet Ninjas 2-5-1 .313 923
17 Malachi Crunch 1-7-0 .125 700
18 BeautySchoolDropouts 1-7-0 .125 392
19 Sack Danglers 0-7-1 .063 369
20 Ramalams 0-8-0 .000 509

Fantasy football's mightiest team continues its march to Victory Road. I'll make this post short and let my winning do all the talking.

H.B.E. 11/1/04

playlist for Hectic But Eclectic (Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM Central, http://www.uicradio.ws) 11-1-04

Neneh Cherry-Buffalo Stance
The Go! Team-Huddle Formation
Mix Master Mike-Bangzilla
Dollhouse-Shangrila Tiger
Janis Joplin-Cry Baby
Kelis-Shooting Stars
Nellie McKay-Really
Ben Folds Five-Selfless, Cold & Composed
Ella Fitzgerald-Lover
Bob Dylan-Like A Rolling Stone
Cornershop-Brimful Of Asha
Incredible Moses Leroy-Christmas In The Summertime
Bobbie Gentry-Fancy
Lauryn Hill-Lost Ones
Ms. Dynamite-Krazy Krush
Nikka Costa-Tug Of War
Van Hunt-Precious
Bjork-Who Is It?
Robbie Williams-Lazy Days
New Pornographers-The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism
Talib Kweli-Going Hard
Prince & The Revolution-The Beautiful Ones
Junior Boys-Birthday
Fiery Furnaces-Chris Michaels

This week, I wanna put the spotlight on Van Hunt. His self-titled debut album came out earlier in the year, but has failed to make any waves. Upon first listen, Van Hunt appeared to be just another ordinary neo-soul release that didn't aim to be anything above decent. Obviously, I wasn't paying much attention the first time. True, Van Hunt neatly stays within the firmly drawn lines of soul music, but it's damn good soul music. Van Hunt's influence of Prince and Marvin Gaye records coupled with the bitter honesty and vulnerability of his lyrics, gives his music enough of an identity in a genre that is nowadays becoming too comfortable with playing it safe. The songwriting ability is already there, as proof in the two songs I'm offering up for download (Expect "Dust" to be in my top 10 or 20 singles. It has one of the best hooks of the year), but it's highly likely that Mr. Hunt's best work is yet to come. Enjoy.

Van Hunt-Dust
Van Hunt-What Can I Say (For Millicent)

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