I had a lot of fun writing this one, and it also influenced me to revisit REM’s early and mid-era catalog on vinyl, which is always enjoyable. I had overlooked the second side of Murmur for so long! Anyway, here are my song choices from this month’s challenge. The matrix, for reference:
Worriers – “End of the World” (song of 2020)
The Aquabats – “Pool Party” (it was a cool party)
Cee-Lo Green – “The Art of Noise”
Pinback – “How We Breathe”
Herbie Hancock – “Chameleon”
Common – “The Corner (feat. The Last Poets)”
Jessie Ware – “Spotlight”
Mrs. Magician – “There is No God”
Def Leppard – “Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion)”
Frodus – “The Day Buildings Mysteriously Vanished”
Prefab Sprout – “Moving the River”
Dan Deacon – “Wham City”
Andrew W.K. – “I Get Wet”
Travis – “Flowers in the Window”
Goldfinger – “Superman”
Grandaddy – “El Caminos in the West”
The Dead Milkmen – “Watching Scotty Die”
Orange Juice – “Falling and Laughing”
The Ramones – “Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La)”
Meat Loaf – “Everything Louder than Everything Else”
Snapcase – “Bleeding Orange”
LL Cool J – “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”
Sick of It All – “Clobberin’ Time”
Buzzcocks – “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays”
Deftones – “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)”
The Replacement – “A Little Mascara”
Cock Sparrer – “Working”
Sunny Day Real Estate – “In Circles”
Husker Du – “I Apologize”
Ruth – “Polaroid Romain Photo”
Because I can’t stop won’t stop (procrastinating), you’re all getting a challenge for September, too. I am going to try to keep grinding one out for every month the US is in “quarantine” due to COVID, so you can all look forward to another year or so of these!
[cue bitter sobbing]
Anyway, tune in tomorrow at 9AM Eastern for that, and don’t forget to tell a friend or two or however many the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram algorithms allow to see your posts (probably around 2).
On a related note, here is your Song Challenge for August, everybody.
There’s only one rule, and it’s pretty obvious. Download it, share it, hashtag it #NotbyREM, tell all your Gen-X friends (as well as those from other generations), call me a leper, and have a great time. Bonus points to anyone who still picks a song with Peter Buck on it, somehow.
Hey, everybody. I’m taking a few minutes away from the proceedings at SEDAAG (that’s the SouthEastern Division of the Association of American Geographers for anyone keeping track) to give a quick update. If you’re at the conference or happen to be in the neighborhood of the UGA campus, I’ll be presenting my preliminary research at a session I’ll also be chairing at 8:20 am. It will be held in the Georgia Conference Center room TU. My presentation will be entitled “Frank Hatch and Memorialization of Pre-war Boston through Song.” It’s pretty straightforward, explaining how music is used to drive romantic narratives of a city’s “olden days” landscape.
The conference has been great so far; it has been my first SEDAAG conference, so it’s neat to see how the regional conferences operate in light of AAG. Prior to this, I had presented at both CGS (California) and APCG (Pacific Coast), but I had no real frame of reference back then. I’ve had the chance to watch great research presentations about everything from GISc students pushing for the creation of bike lanes in central Georgia to “The Walking Dead” to the governmental intervention of domestic work of African-American women in the South in the 1920s and on and on.
The only disappointing part of the trip so far (other than the most brutal near-freezing rain we drove through all of yesterday to get here) has been that I’ve been hanging out at Wuxtry Records for over an hour and Peter Buck hasn’t asked me to start a band! You lied to me, Athens mythology!
On a serious note, if you ARE in Athens, do stop by the Special Collections Library on campus in case you’ve ever wanted to see the closest thing to an R.E.M./Pylon/B-52’s/Oh-OK museum you’ll find. They have Bill Berry’s “Chronic Town”-era drum kit, and a really fancy clear bass that Mike Mills used to play, not to mention all sorts of ephemera from the time before they were one of the biggest bands in the world.
That’s all for now. I hope everyone is having an excellent November. The end of the semester (and arrival of more frequent/substantive updates) is nigh.