Let Them Eat Cake, and Let Me Eat it Too!

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Last week, I shared some music from some current coworkers. This week, I’m sharing my own five-track playlist of what I’ve been listening to this year, which includes a bit of everything (that hasn’t been part of this music sharing game).

Here’s the whole playlist, starting with songs off my CEO’s blog post and through everything mentioned below:

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If We Listen to the Voices that were Silent for So Long

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music to listen to while we work. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week, I’m sharing some music from some current coworkers. Last week was employee appreciation week and (almost) all employees at my company (about 35,000 of us) got some Bluetooth headphones. Our CEO posted a five song playlist on his blog of things he’s been listening to and encouraged everyone else to do the same: Continue reading

What do You Want Me to Say?

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

After getting Mustard Plug and then The Beam Me Up Ska-Ts for context, I shared an album this week I meant to share when it got released (less than a month ago), but I was busy finishing grad school and such, so that plan didn’t work.

Scheming Thieves – A Classic Ruse (2018)

I like this album, but I’m not sure I love it (except the raccoon artwork – I do love that). It’s like being told you’re going to get Catch-22 and you think Keasbey Nights, but you get Alone in a Crowd or Dinosaur Sounds instead. Not really a bad thing, but not what I was expecting from a group of guys I know to be heavily influenced by Streetlight Manifesto. I think, overall, I got more punk influence than ska. The whole album is a little angrier. Not to say Streetlight isn’t angry. It’s just … complicated (like that whole paragraph if you’re not up on your Catch-22/Streetlight history). Continue reading

The Names You Drop are Second Hand

For a few years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

Like Mustard Plug, the album I shared is partly to give you context for the next album (really EP) I’m going to share, so keep an eye out for that. But first, here’s what my friends shared:

The Sweet – Desolation Boulevard (1974)

Tim admitted his share for this week is for one song. He’s never heard the full album, just a few tracks – and I’ve only heard their big hit.

This band came out of the UK in the ’70s, but now nobody really remembers them for anything but The Ballroom Blitz, which never appeared on a UK album and was only on the US version of Desolation Boulevard … so make sure you listen to that version of the album. Continue reading