The Weekend Music Game: March Edition

by Ken Mueller on March 8, 2013 · 23 comments

Weekend Music Game

I’m writing this at 9:30 on Thursday night, and feeling like an idiot. I got home from teaching a class and was agonizing what to write about not realizing that it was going to be Friday, when I usually lighten things up and do something different for the Friday Blogging Experiment. And then my son said, “Isn’t tomorrow Friday when you do that other stuff?”

Yeah. Duh.

So that makes things easier. Let’s play the weekend music game, a semi-regular feature here on the blog. And we’ll switch it up a tiny bit. We’ll play the regular version of the game, and then add something into the mix. The first part is to put your music player on shuffle/random/DJ, and then hit play. List the first five songs that come up, without skipping!

The second part is that I want you to list one of your new musical discoveries. Preferable something new that you first discovered via the Internet or social media. That way we can all learn some new music. Here we go!

1. August Burns Red – Eve of the End – Local hardcore band gone big time. Seen them a few times at the Chameleon. Crank it up!

2. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Let the Day Begin – Ah…this is sweet. From BRMC’s new album, this is their cover of the song from The Call. The cool thing about this is that BRMC’s bass player is Robert Leon Been, son of the late Michael Been of the Call. Pretty cool tribute.

3. Nico – Roses in the Snow – Not a huge Nico fan, and this might find its way out of my library…

4. Virgin Prunes – Come to Daddy – Odd performance group out of Ireland that were good friends/classmates with the guys in U2.

5. Bruce Cockburn – Totem Pole – Early stuff from the Canadian singer/songwriter.

My favorite in that bunch is definitely the BRMC.

Now for the second part, an artist and song I just discovered 5 minutes ago on Facebook. This video is from Welsh artist Al Lewis, (not to be confused with Grandpa Al Lewis) and was produced by Charlie Peacock. Charlie shared his info on Facebook, I clicked through, and I really like this song. A nice pleasant pop song. Give it a listen.

Now it’s your turn. What are your five random songs, and give us an artist that you’ve recently discovered through your online connections. Feel free to post links and/or videos.



I never read the rules, so...

- I never even use a music player nowadays, but it would likely involve 5 songs from 80's rock bands or world music. The rest of the time, I'm listening to Pandora (mobile and on computer).

- Most of my new discoveries came by running off of tangents with well-known groups. Start with something like TSO or Bond, and that took me down the road of discovery with Lindsey Stirling, 2 Cellos, Piano Guys...and so many more that either have great original works or do impressive covers of...wait for it...80's rock bands. See how it all comes back to the most-excellent rock music decade ;)


What You Wish For - Guster. Off of my favorite album of their's that's full of great tunes - Lost and Gone Forever!

Chest Fever (Live) - The Band. I will stop myself now by simply stating my musical world currently revolves around The Band!   

The Art Of War - Anberlin. For anyone who likes Switchfoot OR Need To Breathe... 

Midnight Rider - Allman Brothers Band. After The Band... There's The Allman's for me. 

Great Divide - Bruce Hornsby. OFF OF A GREAT LIVE album for anyone who likes improvisational music - Here Come the Noise Makers. (I am pretty sure Hornsby has an extra pair of invisible hands!) 

My recent discovery is out of the Philly area... saw them at the TSI Awards a few weeks back. Dirk Quinn Band - Hopeful to see them coming to our area soon (Believe they are going to be in Harrisburg March 30th at ABCo.) 


1. How My Heart Behaves -- Feist. I loved her song "1,2,3,4," but the rest of that album didn't do so much for me.

2. Gone -- U2. From "Pop," their most underrated album.

3. Don't Change -- INXS. It's INXS. What do you say?

4. Night Train -- Bruce Cockburn. From "The Charity of Night." I just love this album, one of his best in my opinion.

5. Hideaway -- Passion Pit. One of my favorite new artists. I think it would be easy to dismiss it as pop music. But track down the interview from Sound Opinions and the live performance of songs on just a piano. Utterly amazing art.

Note: I skipped a Christmas song in the middle because, darn it, it's not Christmas.


1. Alabama Shakes - Rise to the Sun
2. LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Crass Version)
3. Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission
4. Applescal - Onetasker
5. The Men - Candy 


Out of curiosity, I also found my top 5 plays on my work computer:
(I only chose one song per album)

1. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (57 plays)

2. Vampire Weekend - A-Punk (42 plays)

3. Lady GaGa - Paparazzi (39 plays)

4. Adam Taylor - Painting Leprosy (Untitled) (28 plays)

5. Sex Bob-omb - We Are Sex Bob-omb (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Sountrack) (28 plays)


This is by far the best results I've gotten so far:

1. Adam Taylor - Yes/No

2. The Beatles - Something

3. Cake - Ain't No Good

4. Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)

5. William Shatner - Common People


Son Volt- Hearts and Minds- off of the new Son Volt disc Honky Tonk. Like a return to my favourite Volt album, Trace. 

Ben Harper- Excuse me Mr. - Fight for your Mind remains my favourite Ben disc. 

Frightened Rabbit- I Feel Better- New to my collection- Scottish band. Love the accents.

The Gossip- Get Lost- Because a little indie disco is ALWAYS a good thing

The Future Island- Crish- I absolutely adore the Future Islands. In Evening Air and On The Water are both solid discs. 

Whilst watching British Top Gear the other eve, and this young lass put up a pretty damn impressive lap time. Just looking her up now. 


Thanks for letting me contribute Ken! I'm a big fan of music, especially acoustic jams which pretty much dominate my music collection:

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - What Would I Do Without You - First heard this on the TV show "How I Met Your Mother" and then googled it. Love modern technology. Such a beautiful song.

Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley - Although he died way too young, Buckley was the quintessential music songwriter and performer. This is a cover tune of Leonard Cohen, and I have yet to find a better cover version of this song than from Buckley. Thanks for the music Jeff.

Maria - Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) - A great song to lift your spirits. Combines piano and electric guitar which can be tricky but ALO pulls it off well.

Ryan Adams - Desire - No, not Bryan Adams (who I am a fan of as well), but Ryan Adams. This guy is a music making machine, even releasing not one, not two, but three albums in one year and a number of years ago. This is one of those songs that moves you.

The Shins - Australia - By far my favorite band of the last decade. They simply are amazing with their deft mix of pop and alternative rock. This song is a perfect example.

Jason Mundok
Jason Mundok

Saving Jane - Girl Next Door - one of my best friends and bandmates from college was in this band from Columbus, OH. They had a nice run with this song that got them in the top 20.

Bob Dylan - Blowin' in the Wind - what else needs to be said.

Candlebox - Change - flashback to 1994. I loved this album and saw the band live twice. They weren't that great live and the magic was soon over for me.

Sting - Love is Stronger than Justice - Ten Summoner's Tales is what really got me into Sting solo. Now I appreciate the catalog but I was a big Police fan, but anti-post-Police-Sting until 1993. Great album.

Peter Gabriel - Red Rain - still a favorite PG song. I was lucky enough to see the 25th anniversary So tour last year. Nothing but brilliance.

I learned about York's Katy Glorioso via a link on Facebook last fall. Since then I've had her on the podcast and booked her twice. I can't get enough of her voice. I think she's lovely and very talented.

KenMueller moderator

@MarkDeRoseMusic Interesting list, Mark, and I'll be sure to check out the Dirk Quinn Band. Now get over here to the new porch!

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@MikeRathfon I LOVE Alabama Shakes. And haven't listened to Songs: Ohia in a long time. I guess Molina doesn't record much any more due to some health issues.

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@ADemme Hmm. I'm not sure what my top plays are, but I can guarantee Lady Gaga isn't on my list!

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@ADemme Interesting list. Nice to see local Adam Taylor on there, and of course you have Shatner...

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@John_Trader1 nice list there. That version of Hallelujah is one of the best, for sure. 

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@Jason Mundok Nice list, Jason. Love that Gabriel song. And I'll be checking out Katy Glorioso for sure. Love how you support local music. And when are you coming to visit the porch? Maybe you could record a podcast here!


@KenMueller Yeah that's what I've heard. There was a benefit album for him about a year ago, not sure how he's doing. Regardless, that album is timeless.


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