Well, it starts out pretty well.
Boards of Canada, "Smokes Quantity"
A little bit ago, when Seattle was pretty snowed in, I trundled in to work, and my travel mug popped open in my bag. Everything was soaked, ruining a nice deck of cards, a notepad, and, oh yeah, my work computer. Most of the IT offices were closed, due to snow, but I found the closest open one and headed down. The three guys in there seemed kind of bored and happy for something to do. I mentioned that I liked what they were listening to, mentioning Boards of Canada by name, and they lit up. Next thing I know, I'm included in their joking around, we're talking about music, and I had a pleasant little afternoon instead of what could have been a lousy day. Thanks, Board of Canada! You made me seem almost kinda cool for a brief period!
J Church, "Sweet Talkin' Woman"
Arch punk covers really walk a very fine line. Done well, and it's just a fun lark, and they can sometimes bring something new to old warhorses. Done poorly, and the smirking reaches lethal levels, the audio equivalent of an obnoxious class clown. J Church mostly nails it, as on this ELO song. Also, they named this album Meaty, Beaty, Shitty Sounding, which is amazing.
Piss Vortex, "Altered State"
You know, "Piss Vortex" sounds like a horrible name, and it is, but then you realize that you make a piss vortex every time you flush the toilet, and it doesn't quite sound as bad. I mean, it's still gross, don't get me wrong, but it's also somewhat mundane.
Heh, I was the first viewer of this video, which is the first time that's ever happened with something I didn't upload. I guess ol' Piss Vortex doesn't have a ton of traction?
Boss Hog, "Get It While You Wait"
This sounds like a Garbage song. That not, uh, a compliment.
The American Analog Set, "The Kindness of Strangers"
Geez, could this song sound more 2001? My friends, it could not.