Friday Random 10: Michael Jackson Edition

Pax Arcana

michael_jacksonAs is so often the case at times of great upheaval, the world now looks to me to make sense of the death of Michael Jackson.

Very well.

Michael Jackson was the capstone of a line of cultural touchstones who bridged the gap between “white” and “black” music. Like Elvis, Otis Redding, and Smokey Robinson before him, Michael Jackson had the uniqe gift of extreme cultural synthesis — fusing elements of many different musical styles into an art form that rose above description and categorization. For a 15 year period from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, Michael Jackson was the transcendent human of his age and likely the last megastar of the music world.

Also, he wanted to put his wiener in your children.

The songs:

Dig Your Grave — Modest Mouse
The Swell Season — Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Car Radio (Different) — Spoon
Suck My Kiss — Red Hot Chilipeppers
Chesley’s Little Wrists — Pavement
Boot on the Seat — The Donkeys
Golden Age — TV on the Radio
Do What You Gotta Do — Okkervil River
Saltwater — Beach House
Mango Pickle Down River — M.I.A.

Bonus video:

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (Too Stop Now) (Otis Redding cover) — Cat Power

The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.

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3 responses to “Friday Random 10: Michael Jackson Edition

  1. Perry Ellis

    Blown Away, Pixies
    Big House, Michael Penn
    Please Please Me, The Beatles
    Town To Town, G. Love & Special Sauce
    A Kiss Before I Go, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
    She Works Hard for the Money, Donna Summer
    Tomorrow Is A Long Place, Bob Dylan
    Lies, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
    Balboa Park, Bruce Springsteen
    Linda Blair Was Born Innocent, The Mountain Goats

  2. 1. Nijaay – Orchestra Baobob
    2. Elvi$ – Felix Da Housecat
    3. Idiot Wind – Bob Dylan
    4. Boulmamine – Orchestra Baobob
    5. I just Want to See You Underwater – Here We Go Magic
    6. I wont be your Low – Down Dog No More – Leon Strickland, Lucius Bridges, Leslie Anders
    7. Atuwaba – Tony Allen (the african drummer not the mediocre SG)
    8. Operator – Jim Croce
    9. Bruk Pocket Lament – The Heavy
    10. Withering Heights – Ryan Adams

  3. Coach Football

    1. Whatever Hurts You–The Mad Lads
    2. Beyond the Blue–Davie Allan
    3. Since I Left You–Avalanches
    4. My Baby Loves Me–Martha and the Vandellas
    5. Length of Love–Interpol
    6. Diamonds on My Windshield–Tom Waits
    7. Garden of Pomegranates–Old Time Relijun
    8. Means to an End–Joy Division
    9. Simple Sister–Procol Harum
    10. Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?–Ted Leo

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