Liner Notes

Green Day – Dookie

★★★★★

One of my favorite stories from my childhood involves this album. It was my first CD. I got it and a Sony Discman for my 13th birthday. At my party, my conservative Catholic uncle took the CD insert from me to show my dad the lyrics to Longview. “It’s too late now,” my dad said. “He’s had the cassette since Easter.”

That was 20 years ago today, and I think I enjoyed listening to it again today as much as I did then. I can’t tell you when the last time was that I actually sat down and listened to this record. I can tell you that I still remember almost all of the lyrics, and I still like almost every single song (never did care for that bonus track). I remember reading somewhere that the reason music you listened to you when you were in your early teens sticks with you so hard has to do with the actual structure of your brain at that age. I guess that’s why I love this album so much; I’m doomed to love it forever.

Liner Notes

Baby Driver Soundtrack

★★★★★

This blog was supposed to be one album per day, every day for a year. Obviously I’ve done a bad job of listening to an album every day. However, this is the first time that I’ve been so completely obsessed that I’ve been listening to music, but not listening to anything different for more than a day. On Saturday after seeing the movie in theaters for a second time I bought the Baby Driver Soundtrack, and I’ve been listening to it any chance I can get since.

It’s astoundingly good. The first time I saw the movie, I was pleasantly surprised when I realized I heard Kashmere Stage Band playing. And I think I might have fallen out of my seat if it didn’t recline when the very next song was one of my favorite by Dave Brubeck (Unsquare Dance). This is a soundtrack to a movie about driving cars with, arguably, the best car driving song of all time on it (Radar Love), and the rest of the songs are so good I forgot it was even in the movie.

I honestly can’t recommend the soundtrack or the movie highly enough. Go see it, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Liner Notes

Cake – Fashion Nugget

★★★★★

  1. Frank Sinatra: 👍🏻
  2. The Distance: 👍🏻
  3. Friend Is a Four Letter Word: 👍🏻
  4. Open Book: 👍🏻
  5. Daria: 👍🏻
  6. Race Car Ya-Yas: 👍🏻
  7. I Will Survive: 👍🏻
  8. Stickshifts and Safetybelts: 👍🏻
  9. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps: 👍🏻
  10. It’s Coming Down: 🤷‍♂️
  11. Nugget: 👍🏻
  12. She’ll Come Back to Me: 🤷‍♂️
  13. Italian Leather Sofa: 👍🏻
  14. Sad Songs and Waltzes: 👍🏻

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Liner Notes

Etta James – Etta James Rocks the House

★★★★★

  1. Something’s Got a Hold on Me: 👍🏻
  2. Baby What You Want Me to Do: 👍🏻
  3. What’d I Say: 👍🏻
  4. Money (That’s What I Want): 👍🏻
  5. Seven Day Fool: 👍🏻
  6. Sweet Little Angel: 👍🏻
  7. Ooh Poo Pah Doo: 👍🏻
  8. Woke Up This Morning: 👍🏻
  9. Ain’t That Loving You Baby: 👍🏻
  10. All I Could Do Was Cry: 👍🏻
  11. I Just Want to Make Love to You: 👍🏻

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