Enough Topic Changes To Make Your Head Spin

It’s been a few days since I’ve said anything and right now I’ve got some time to write so here I am. This might be the last time you hear from me this year because the annual Newyears Eve extravaganza officially kicks off today. Yeah, I know the holiday isn’t until Wednesday but there are people who are coming in from out of town who can’t stay for the big one so we’re going to have a little one instead. Then everybody else shows up and the big one starts and it has potential to carry on until Sunday. So long liver, it’s been good to know ya.

Speaking of parties, I was honoured to be ranked number 3 on Matt’s top 5 parties of the year list. That August party was a really great time and I’m not sure how the upcoming shindig is going to be able to top it but all we can do is try and hope for the best. On my own personal list that party would be right near the top, its only really close competition being the ringing in of 2K3, and only then because that party was longer. August had more people and more crazy shit happened but there’s just something about the last Newyears party that makes me look back on it with happy fuzzy memories. So either of those parties could be number 1 for me, but we’re all just not good enough for Matt so we’re only number 3. Then again, I’m not going to the Olympics either. Maybe if I bought a ticket, but unless it’s the Fat Fuck Olympics it just ain’t gonna happen so I’ll just be happy with number 3.

At every party, there is music and the party on your computer we’re having right now is no different, so lets talk music for a minute or 2.

First of all, there are no Notes From The Tone Deaf over on
Salty Ham
this week. I thought about doing up a little something for today because I ended up with slightly more time than I thought I was going to but I realized before I even got started that whatever I wrote would suck and the idea I had for a column wasn’t topical anymore seeing as Christmas had to go and fall on the 25th which totally didn’t work with my schedule at all. Why couldn’t Santa have his birthday some other time? Maybe he’s reading this now and he’ll change it for next year.

Crazy In Love?!?! Song of the summer?!?! Matt, you are such a…oh forget it. Making fun of you for that is just too easy and too predictable. I’ve got no gripes with the rest of the top 5 and if that shitty Crazy In Love song had to be in there, at least it was number 4 and it beat out something that’s not even a single yet. To be honest, I can’t even remember what that song sounds like, nothing stands out about it at all, other than its complete shittiness.

Here are my own top 5 songs of the year, just to show Matt how this is supposed to work. Sure the rest of his list was fine but the inclusion of that 1 song shows me that he’s not quite there yet. Same rules apply here as in Matt’s list. The songs aren’t all from this year, they’re just the songs that I either started to like after a long time, stuff that came out this year that wasn’t ass, or songs that I rediscovered my love for.

5. The Best Deceptions – Dashboard Confessional
I’m not a huge fan of Dashboard, but there’s just something about this song that I like. The writing is great for a winey song, and it’s a fun song to sing when you’ve got a friend around who knows how to play guitar. If you’ve heard that song and are thinking “he’s gotta be shitting me, ain’t no way he can sing that song,” you’re wrong, I can actually do it. It’s not as good as the original, but for somebody like me, it’s pretty impressive even if I do say so myself. A few other people have also said so themselves, but this isn’t about me, wait, yes it is, forget it.

4. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
When Jack White isn’t out
beating the fuck out of other musicians,
he’s making some mighty fine music. I almost put their cover of “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” in this spot but I can’t even remember how long Army was stuck in my head.

3. Mr. Brownstone – Guns N Roses
Yeah yeah yeah, the song’s old, so what? Who’s list is this anyway? I’ve never been a diehard GNR fan, but they’ve done a lot of stuff that I like and until sometime this year, this was one of those songs that was always in the back of my mind, but one that I never really thought about. I can’t remember what prompted me to listen to it again but am I ever glad I did.

2. Just Because – Jane’s Addiction
When I heard that they were putting out a new album after 13 or so years away from the scene my first thought was, they’ve been gone that long? But after hearing “Just Because,” I’m glad they’re back. There wasn’t much out there on commercial radio this year that had the kind of punch that this song has. Well other than…

1. Cochise – Audioslave
What can I say, I just love this song. Everything about it is great. It’s hard, the music is great, Chris Cornell is in it, and it gave radio a nice good kick in the ass, even if it didn’t end up meaning anything in the long run because they stopped playing it in favour of the more mellow Audioslave tracks that have come out since. This is just such a great song. No more needs to be said.

Honourable Mentions
Just a few songs that didn’t make the list.
Are You Gonna Be My Girl – Jet, just not the shitty live one they did for
Rolling Stone.
Barenaked Ladies – Another Postcard
The Offspring – Hit That, fuck you Matt, it’s a good song.
The Strokes – New York City Cops, song is a couple years old, but I like it anyway. Ok, so I discovered it last year, but lots of people might not have heard it because it was pulled off of their album after September 11th. Go find the song, it’s a good one.
The Longest Time – Billy Joel, this is going to make sense to like 3 people, but again, who’s list is this?

Well that was fun wasn’t it? Hey, I heard that! Now we’re going to quickly switch topics again before I get out of here for the time being. Just a couple of site things. First of all, as of this writing, we have had a total of 3187 hits on this site since the middle of October when we started it, and a disturbing number of them seem to be obsessed with the size of Randy Orton’s genitalia and naked pictures of hockey players. Thanks for all the hits and feel free to keep them coming, even if you’re a penis loving wack job.

The other thing I wanted to do was to thank all of you for reading this stuff every day, or every week, or whenever you show up here. Without all of you, well, we’d probably still be doing this, only for less people. It’s cool to know we’ve got an audience though, even if it’s not the biggest or sometimes the smartest one.

A big thanks also goes out to the people who linked to us, especially the ones that we didn’t have to beg. And a special thanks to Roland, or Not Roland, whatever he’s calling himself these days for all of the kind words and for the swank writing job over at
Salty Ham.
It means a lot when complete strangers enjoy your work and actually take the time to tell you so. Gees, I’m getting emotional.

On that happy note, let’s end this thing before something pisses me off and I ramble on about it for another 15 pages.

Happy Newyear all, I’ll see ya when I see ya.

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