Digital Age Survivor

I am a survivor in the digital age

I do a lot of talking, don’t have much to say

I read nothing where I turn a page

I am a survivor in the digital age

 

I stand in line all the time, I guess it’s alright

I never ask why and I sleep just fine

My view is askew by the news

Telling me something that I know is not true

 

I am a survivor in the digital age

Don’t do a lot of thinking, that doesn’t help me

Answers to questions are carefully framed

To push me from conviction to apathy

 

All I am as a man, I can hold in my hand

Avatars, movie stars, is that all we are

In a frame, there’s no pain, when it’s only a game

Reality and fantasy is treated the same

 

I am survivor in the digital age

The middle of the road is where I stay

If I walk alone, I will surely pay

If I walk alone, I will surely pay

 

All I am as man, I can hold in my hand

In a frame there’s no pain

Cause it’s only a game

I stand in line, all the time, I guess it’s alright

I never ask why and I sleep at night

 

I never ask why and I sleep at night

I never ask why and I sleep at night

I never ask why and I sleep at night

 

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Jason Jams: Jefferson Airplane-If You Feel

One of the most criminally underrated bands of all-time is Jefferson Airplane. So much more than just “White Rabbit” and “Somebody To Love”. This songs contains all of the things that make Jefferson Airplane great. Great multi-part vocal harmonies. Fantastic bass playing. Solid lead accompaniment on guitar. Crown Of Creation is probably the best Airplane album well worth investigating if you have never given it a listen.

If You Feel Lyrics
If you feel like china breaking
If you feel like laughing
Break china laughing
Break china laughing, laughing, laughing

If you feel like leaves falling
If you feel like smiling
Fall leaves smiling
Fall leaves smiling, smiling, smiling

If you feel like love making
If you feel like flying
Make love flying
Make love flying, flying, flying

Got down
Not the first time you know
Got down
Got up to go

Jason Jams: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- 666 Conducer

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is not a world-shaking band. They have released about Eight albums or so. Almost every album has a couple of very solid songs. 666 Conducer is one best Black Rebel Songs. This song is dark and moody… and has a bluesy underbelly. Better lyrics than most for this one. If you like this, there is more to find from this band…

666 Conducer Lyrics

No one knows her name but they see her youth and use her
She’s feeling free and everything she sees is truth
She’s seventeen she’s got everything she needs to lose
Yeah yeah yeah oh no

She’s got everyone to help her on her way
She’s got everyone to help her on her way
She’s got everyone to help her on her way, down

He seems to know right where it hurts your pain, in vain
He gives himself to you he’s in your way
And everything he does just seems a phase, insane
Yeah yeah yeah oh no

He’s got everyone to help him on his way
He’s got everyone to help him on his way
He’s got everyone to help him on his way, down

Everything you touch tears at your heart, apart
Of everything you see down in your soul never let you go

You’ve got everyone to help you on your way
You’ve got everyone to help you on your way
You’ve got everyone to help you on your way, down

You’re a 666 conducer
How do you do the things you do sir
You’re a 666 conducer
How do you do the things you do sir
You’re a 666 conducer
How do you do
How do you do

For The Record– Vol. 1– King Crimson- In The Court Of The Crimson King

A lot of people assert that albums are a dying art form. And while I will agree that album listening has been ebbing, Albums are still worthwhile. There are some bands that you can’t really experience unless you listen to an album as a whole entity.

Case in point, King Crimson’s 1969 debut album “In The Court Of The Crimson King.” This is probably the definitive prog rock album of its era. Is it pretentious? Yes. But it is interesting. “In The Court Of The Crimson King” is a  cross between psychedelic rock and jazz and classical music. Solid musicianship. Interesting musical construction. Very cinematic.

Here is a link to the allmusic album review… Check it out. Listen with an open mind. I think you will discover something that has a great deal more depth than 95% of what is out there now.

https://www.allmusic.com/album/in-the-court-of-the-crimson-king-mw0000252242

 

Jason Jams- Rush By Big Audio Dynamite

This is a song I have re-discovered recently. I have been lightly trying to find this song over the last several years. While the internet and other resources are great, if you can’t remember the lyrics properly it isn’t going to help you find the song. In this case I thought the words were “situation nowhere”. When they actually were “situation no-win”. Big Audio Dynamite is the follow up project post Clash by Mick Jones. One interesting thing about Big Audio Dynamite is there were one of the first bands to use sampling technology. This song has a very familiar synthesizer refrain that is from The Who classic “Baba O’Riley”.

Rush Lyrics

If I had my time again
I would do it all the same
And not change a single thing
Even when I was to blame
For the heartache and the pain
That I caused throughout my years
How I loved to be your man
Through the laughter and the tears

[Chorus:]
Situation no win
Rush for a change of atmosphere
I cover the walls so I give in
Gotta get myself right out of here

Now I’m fully clothed
And I know where it’s at
Somehow I stay thin
While the other guys got fat
All the chances that I’ve blown
And the times that I’ve been down
I didn’t get too high
Kept my feet on the ground

(Repeat Chorus)

[Interlude:] yes, it’s delightful, delightful
“Rush for a change of atmosphere…..”
.. I wish I could sing like that. Not everything is singing you know.
The only important thing these days, is rhythm and melody. Rhythm…
And melody.
.. A time to laugh
A time to cry

And of all my friends
You’ve been the best to me
Soon will be the thing
When I will pay you handsomely
Broken hearts are hard to mend
You know I’ve had my share
But life just carries on
Even when I’m not there

(Repeat chorus x2)

Gotta get myself right
Gotta get myself right
Gotta get myself right
Outta here
Gotta get myself right
Gotta get myself right
Gotta get myself right
Outta here

Jason Jams– R.E.M. Lotus

This should be a song that everyone knows, but it isn’t. This is the best song from a bad stretch of albums for R.E.M. Infectious grove, classic Peter Buck guitar riff. Is there anyone better at making lyrics that only sort of make sense seem deep than Michael Stipe?Enjoy!!

 

“Lotus”

Hey hey.

I was hell
sarcastic silver swell.
that day it rained
tough spun. hard won. no
ocean flower aquarium
badlands. give a hand.
honey dipt. flim flam
hey hey. hey hey.
that cat can walk like a big bad man.

so happy to show us
I ate the lotus.
say haven’t you noticed?
I ate the lotus

storefront window, I reflect.
just last week I was merely heck
tip the scale. I was hell
picked me up, then I fell.
who’s this stranger? crowbar spine
…and I feel fine.
let it rain, rain, rain
bring my happy back again.

so happy to show us
I ate the lotus.
say haven’t you noticed?
I ate the lotus,
I ate the lotus.

let it rain, rain, rain
save me from myself again
wash away my ugly sins
opposing thumb, dorsal fin
that monkey died for my grin
bring my happy back again
let it rain, rain, rain
bring my happy back again

so happy to show us
I ate the lotus.
say haven’t you noticed?
I ate the lotus
I ate the lotus
I ate the lotus,
I ate the lotus

The Music Of 2017

Generally speaking 2017 was kind of a down year for new music. There were plenty of albums released but many of them weren’t a good as they could have been. There has been a trend of rock acts working with pop producers. So far I have not heard anything that the pop production has added to the rock music. Here are the best albums of 2017:

  1. St. Vincent- Masseduction
  2. Dan Auerbach- Waiting On A Song
  3. Roger Waters- Is This The Life We Really Want
  4. Foo Fighters- Concrete And Gold
  5. Morrissey- Low In High School
  6. Queens Of The Stone Age- Villains

St. Vincent- Masseduction: This album sticks out as the album of the year because it is the album where you see the most forward progression by the artist. This is St. Vincent’s second really strong album. It establishes her as an artist who is going to be worth paying attention to for years to come. This album has a consistent level of quality throughout.

Dan Auerbach- Waiting On A Song: This is a very solid album. Auerbach is very good and his credentials as an important songwriter are well established. This album is fun. Very light in tone. The album is too polished. It is also fairly safe. Given what I know Dan is capable of (see the Black Keys). This album falls short of that.

Roger Waters- Is This The Life We Really Want: This album is really Roger Waters returning back to form. It harkens back to Pink Floyd classics like The Wall and Animals. The album is very topical. Roger definitely establishes that he is not fond of the recent political situation. The Nigel Godrich production is very good. The reason why this does not go higher is there is no real outstanding individual track. Even though this album does work well as a unit.

Foo Fighters- Concrete And Gold: I like the Foo Fighters but I considered them to be a greatest hits band. Recent albums have been proving that they are more than that. This album has moments where they push past the typical Foo Fighter formula and get into new ground. I like the growth I hear. I wish there a little more of it. Still if the Foo Fighters continue to move in the direction that this album points to, we could be in for good things in the future.

Morrissey- Low In High School: After the very uneven World Peace Is None Of Your  Business album, Morrissey follows it up with the significantly better Low In High School. This is a good sounding record. Morrissey’s band is in good form. And at times Morrissey is the witty, mopey, brilliant lyricist he can be. Morrissey occasionally gets overly political and that does not work well for him. This album falls into that trap on a few tracks.

Queens Of The Stone Age- Villains: I am not sure if I like the pop production on this album. The Queens signature sound  is supposed to be murky. The biggest down turn of this album is their is a weak stretch of songs in the middle of it. Villains does have shiny moments and is one of the few albums that still has the potential to grow on me.

Best Songs Of 2017:

  1. Dan Auerbach- King Of A One Horse Town
  2. St. Vincent- Los Ageless
  3. U2- The Blackout
  4. Morrissey- I Wish You Lonely
  5. St. Vincent- Savior
  6. Arcade Fire- Creature Comfort
  7. Queens Of The Stone Age- The Evil Has Landed
  8. Foo Fighters- Sunday Rain

Most Disappointing Album Of 2017:

U2- Songs Of Experience

I love U2. And Songs Of Innocence was a great album. This album is just flat. If this was another band besides U2, I might be more forgiving of that. I expect a lot out of a U2 album. Songs Of Experience has grown on me a little bit and it does have a couple of good songs. Songs Of Experience feels to me like U2 is looking for a different direction and hasn’t found it yet.

 

 

Songs Of Innocence And Experience

After repeated listens to the new U2 album Songs Of Experience. I have decided that U2 probably should have released Songs Of Experience with Songs Of Innocence as a double album. Songs Of Experience is the lesser of the two releases even though it is better than I originally thought it was.

The book the album titles were borrowed from is called “Songs Of Innocence And Experience” so I thought what if I combined the best tracks of the two albums together. I have tried this before, but for these two albums this works particularly well.

Here is my song order for Songs Of Innocence And Experience:

  1. The Miracle Of Joey Ramone
  2. Get Out Of Your Own Way
  3. American Soul
  4. Every Breaking Wave
  5. The Blackout
  6. Iris (Hold Me Close)
  7. Volcano
  8. Lights Of Home
  9. You’re The Best Thing About Me
  10. Raised By Wolves
  11. Cedarwood Road
  12. Summer Of Love
  13. There Is Where You Can Reach Me Now
  14. 13 (There Is A Light)

So the album starts with the Song Of Innocence opener “The Miracle Of Joey Ramone”. This is a good song to get rolling with and the band chose it as the starting song for a reason. Definitely better than Experience starter “Love Is All We Have Left” which was axed for the purposes of this being a one disk album, plus the poor choice of using a vocorder however briefly and lightly.

“Get Out Of Your Own” way barely makes the cut as track two, but it does make a good follow up to “The Miracle Of Joey Ramone”. Plus the Kendrick Lamar intro/outro into “American Soul” needs to be there. So we follow what the back intended and transition these two songs together like they do in Experience.

“Every Breaking Wave” which is track two on Innocence follows up “American Soul” . This transition works pretty well. We have our first radical break in terms of song positioning  by including “The Blackout” which is track 11 on Experience as track 5 here. Arguably “The Blackout” is the best song on Experience and probably should have been slotted in a better spot.  “The Blackout” is follow by “Iris (Hold Me Close) the transition is cool sounding and we run a mini-light theme as well between the two songs.

“Volcano” is next. I was a little concerned about the placement of this one. Originally I wanted to put more distance between “American Soul” and “Volcano”. But these two songs are meant to be associated with each other and there is enough distance between them to associate them with out being repetitious this way.

“Lights Of Home” is the next track. This was Experience track 2. This song leads into Experience track 3 which is “You’re The Best Thing About Me”. There is a reason why these two tracks follow each other on Experience. So I kept what the band used from before.

Next is where merging the two albums together really helps… especially with the generally weaker Experience tracks. We break away from the safer “Lights Of Home” and extremely safe “You’re The Best Thing About Me” with the edgy “Raised By Wolves”. This transition actually works really well. “Raised By Wolves” and “Cedarwood Road” work real well together on Innocence so I keep them that way.

Now we have reached the portion of the album where you as the listener my have picked some slightly different tracks. I went with “Summer Of Love” from Experience. It stretches into a different genre that really hasn’t been touched much yet. I follow it with “This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now” from Innocence. I like this song quite a bit. Plus once again it is unique compared to the rest of the tracks so far. Also “This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now” is the second to last song on Innocence and it works well in that slot.

The last track is “13 (There Is A Light)”. This song is meant to be a companion to a “Song For Someone” on Innocence but I am not a big fan of that track. “13 (There Is A Light)” touches on the best aspects of “Song For Someone” and puts it in a better context. This song is also meant to be an album closer and is better than Innocence close The Troubles. Yes that equals a total of 14 tracks. Easily fixed by changing the song title to 14 (There Is A Light) or just There Is A Light.

Original album song orders…

Songs Of Innocence: 1. The Miracle Of Joey Ramone, 2. Every Breaking Wave, 3. California (There Is No End To Love), 4. Song For Someone, 5. Iris (Hold Me Close), 6. Volcano, 7. Raised By Wolves, 8. Cedarwood Road, 9. Sleep Like A Baby Tonight, 10. This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now, 11. The Troubles

Songs Of Experience: 1. Love Is All We Have Left, 2. Lights Of Home, 3. You’re The Best Thing About Me, 4. Get Out Your Own Way, 5. American Soul, 6. Summer Of Love, 7. Red Flag Day, 8. The Showman (Little More Better), 9. The Little Things That Give You Away, 10. Landlady, 11. The Blackout, 12. Love Is Bigger Than Anything In its Way, 13. 13 (There Is A Light)

 

 

 

Jason Jams Vol. 6- Raised By Wolves

With the pending release of the companion album to Songs Of Innocence (Songs Of Experience) coming out on Friday. I thought I would share a song form Songs Of Innocence. For whatever reason, Songs Of Innocence, did not get the love it deserves. Advanced tracks for Songs Of Experience seem to indicate that it will NOT be as strong of an album. However, Songs Of Experience already seems to be getting better press.

This particular song is very strong. The tension build up, the ninth cord punch, the fade out on the piano. Great lyrics. This is definitely a worthy song by a band that has done great things.

 

Lyrics

Face down on a broken street
There’s a man in the corner in a pool of misery.
I’m in a white van as a red sea covers the ground
Metal crash I can’t tell what it is
But I take a look and now I’m sorry I did.
5:30 on a Friday night 33 good people cut down

I don’t believe anymore
I don’t believe anymore

Face down on a pillow of shame
There are some girls with a needle tryin to spell my name
My body’s not a canvas
My body’s now a toilet wall. 

I don’t believe anymore
I don’t believe anymore

Raised by wolves
Stronger than fear
Raised by wolves
We were raised by wolves
Raised by wolves
Stronger than fear
If I open my eyes,
You disappear

Boy sees his father crushed under the weight 
Of a cross in a passion where the passion is hate.
Blue mink Ford, I’m gonna detonate and you’re dead
Blood in the house,
Blood on the street
The worst things in the world are justified by belief
Registration 1385-WZ

I don’t believe anymore
I don’t believe anymore

Raised by wolves
Stronger than fear
Raised by wolves
We were raised by wolves
Raised by wolves
Stronger than fear
If I open my eyes,
You disappear

Jason Jams Vol. 5- The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores

In honor of the new Morrissey album that is due out tomorrow, I am featuring a Morrissey song in this edition. This song from Moz (as he is called by his most rabid fans) is from one of his best albums. This song features fun lyrics with a strong sarcastic bite and the usual Morrissey plea for love and understanding.

 

“The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores”

You must be wondering how
The boy next door turned out
Have a care, but don’t stare
Because he’s still there
Lamenting policewomen, policemen
Silly women, taxmen, uniformed whores
They who wish to hurt you
Work within the law

This world is full, oh
So full of crashing bores
And I must be one
‘Cause no one ever turns to me to say
“Take me in your arms
Take me in your arms
and love me”
You must be wondering how
The boy next door turned out
Have a care and say a prayer
Because he’s still there
Lamenting, policewomen, policemen,
Silly women, taxmen, uniformed whores
Educated criminals work within the law

This world is full
So full of crashing bores
And I must be one
‘Cause no one ever turns to me to say
“Take me in your arms
Take me in your arms and love me
And love me”

What really lies
Beyond the constraints of my mind?
Could it be the sea
With fate mooning back at me?
No, it’s just more lock-jawed pop-stars
Thicker than pig-shit
Nothing to convey
So scared to show intelligence
It might smear their lovely career

This world – I am afraid –
Is designed for crashing bores
I am not one
I am not one
You don’t understand
You don’t understand

And yet you can
Take me in your arms and love me, love me
And love me
Take me in your arms and love me, love me, love me
Take me in your arms and love me
Take me in your arms and love me
Would you do, would you do what you should do?