Conversation with Song Titles

ImageWell after a good run, the conversation known as the Highlands Music Club is coming to an end. With that in mind our last meetings theme was A Conversation with Song Titles”. Here is what we heard.

We Drink on the Job – Earlimart

All Day Long – New Order

I Was Drunk – Alejandro Escoveda

Talking Shit About a Pretty Sunset – Modest Mouse

It’s A Wonderful Life – Sparklehorse


Little Girl Blue –  Janis Joplin

Are You Alright? – Lucinda Williams

A Space Boy Dream– Belle and Sebastian

Do You Wanna Come Walk With Me – Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Please – Black Joe Lewis


I – Andrew Bird

Used To Be A Cop – Drive By Truckers

I Am a Man – Charlie Winston

Hum – Clem Snide

Never Had Nobody Like You – M Ward


Martha – Tom Waits

What if – Coldplay

You Could be Happy – Snow Patrol

One Day – The Verve

Come Play With Me – The Wedding Present

Thanks to all the contributors.

The youtube playlist is here.


Best of 2011

With the calendar turning over to a new year, we look back on 2011 to hear some of the music we most enjoyed in 2011. The rules are simple, the music did not have to be released in 2011, but you have had to have heard it for the first time in 2011.

Here is the list…

Fire – Kasabian (West Ryder Pauper Lunatics Asylum)

The Rifle – Alela Diane (The Pirate’s Gospel)

Sun Hands – Local Natives (Gorilla Manor)

The Bold Arrow of Time – Tame Impala (Innerspeaker)

Unseeing Eye – Sonny Boy Williamson (not Unseeing Eye, but Unseen Eye)

Bridge Burning – Foo Fighters (Wasting Light)

Learn How to Love – Tedeschi Trucks Band (Revelator)

The Afterlife – Paul Simon (So Beautiful, So What)

Fear of Falling – Robbie Robertson (How to Become a Clairvoyant)

Told Me So – Socalled (Sleepover)

Stone Rollin’ – Raphael Saadiq (Stone Rollin’)

The News – Bend Sinister (Stories of Brothers, Tales of Lovers)

Traces – Sloan (Double Cross)

Bess St – White Denim (D)

Wreck My Flow – The Dirtbombs (We Have You Surrounded)

Conversation 16 – The National (High Violet)

Lotus Flower – Radiohead (King of Limbs)

Somebody That I Used to Know – Gotye (Making Mirrors)

Lose It – Austra (Feel It Break)

Rows of Houses – Dan Mangan (Oh Fortune)

This is Our Science – Astronautalis (This Is Our Science)

The Fire – The Roots (How I Got Over)

Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter – REM (Collapse Into Now)

England – PJ Harvey (Let England Shake)

Touched – V.A.S.T (Video Audio Sensual Theater)

All and Everyone – PJ Harvey (Let England Shake)

Insister – Tapes n Tapes (The Loon)

27 Strangers – Villagers (Becoming a Jackal)

Laugh Track – Dengue Fever (Venus on Earth)

The Laurels of Erotomania – Cold Cave (Love Comes Close)

Zero 76 – Tiesto (Club Life)

Irresistable Force – Jane’s Addiction (The Great Escape Artist)

Mojo So Dope – Kid Cudi (Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr Rager)

New Lands – Justice (Audio, Video, Disco)

The Shrine/An Argument – Fleet Foxes (Helplessness Blues)

The youtube playlist can be found here.

Flyin’ the Vinyl

So the last meeting we all got to bust out the vinyl. Some was old. Some was new, and it was all awesome. It was great to look at album covers again. To touch them. To open them and to pass them around. A great night all round.

Anyway, here is the playlist, and here is the link to the YouTube playlist.

What Is and What Should Never Be -Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin 2
 War Pigs – Black Sabbath – Paranoia
Belexes – Kansas – Kansas
Are You Happy – Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Star Spangled Banner – Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock
Breather – Chapterhouse
Take on Me – A-Ha
Fools Gold – Stone Roses
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
Hidden Love – Peter Case
Having a Wonderful Time, Wish You Were Here – T-Bone Burnett ( a different song)
Star Wars Theme – Jon Williams
 Behind the Wheel– Depeche Mode
Kaili – Caribou
The Ballad of Johnny Horton – Frank Black (not Frank, but Robby Dee)
Young at Heart-Frank Sinatra
Lazlo – Dick van Dykes
Things I Do For Money – Northern Pikes
Girlfriend is Better – Talking Heads
Taking Retards to the Zoo – Dead Milkemen
Vanilla Queen– Golden Earring
Heartbreaker – Pat Benetar
Finding My Way – Rush
Twilight Zone – Golden Earring
Logical Song – Supertramp
Vladivostok Rock – Golden Calgarians (actually Guitar Curse)
Stronger Silence – The Reds
Waters Part – Lets Active
Ceremony – New Order
Undone – The Lucy Show
Broken English –  Darkroom
Am I Ever Going to See Your Face Again – Angel City
 4 Horsemen  – Gamma
Bringing on the Heartbreak – Def Leppard
O Lucky Man – Grapes of Wrath
Southside Shuffle – J Geils Band
Waiting for a Train – Boz Scaggs
Young Man Blues – The Who
No Boogie Woogie On Me – Long John Baldry
Sail On Sailor – Beach Boys
Mud Slide Slim – James Taylor

Guilty Pleasures

A guilty pleasure is something one enjoys and considers pleasurable despite feeling guilt for enjoying it. The “guilt” involved is sometimes simply fear of others discovering one’s lowbrow or otherwise embarrassing tastes. Fashion, video games, music, movies, and junk food can be examples of guilty pleasures. 

That definition courtesy of wikipedia. Rolling Stone magazine has their list of top 25 guilty pleasure bands. It is thus…

1. Rush
2. E.L.O.
3. Journey
5. Chicago
6. Boston
7. Foreigner
8. Bread
9. Bon Jovi
10. New Edition
11. The Monkees
12. Motley Crue
13. STYX
14. Eddie Money
15. Simply Red
16. Kelly Clarkson
17. America
18. Wham
19. R.E.O. Speedwagon
20. Poison
21. Lionel Richie
22. Kansas
23. Air Supply
24. Hall & Oates
25. Britney Spears

Did we hear any of that at Music club? Let’s find out…

Ace of Base – All That She Wants

Duran Duran – Ordinary World

Nickelback – Someday

TLC – Waterfalls

Adele – Rolling in the Deep

Doobie Brothers – Listen to the Music

Ian Thomas – Painted Ladies

Bozz Scaggs – Payday

Tony Furtado – Stagger Lee

Pitingo – Fiesta Por Tengos

Brandi Carlile – The Story

Bevis Frond – Once More

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

The Baby’s – Everytime I Think Of You

Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way

Boney M – Night Flight to Venus

Yvonne Hollman & Ted Neely – What’s the Buzz

Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl

Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights

Erasure – A Little Respect

Barry Manilow – Mandy

Brewer & Shipley – One Toke Over the Line

The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony

Dan Hill – Sometimes When We Touch

Steve Earle – Satellite Radio


There you have it. The youtube playlist is here.


This was the last of the people, places and things trilogy. Here are the songs. The youtube playlist is available here.

Things brought to us in the 20th Century.

Sprawl – Arcade Fire

Drunk on Aluminum – Wintersleep

On Battleship Hill – PJ Harvey

Where Did All the Love Go – Kasabian

20th Century Man – Kinks


Ten of Hearts – Mark Sultan (I know it’s super bad, but that’s all there is)

The Jack – AC/DC

Queen of Clubs – Sawoff Shotgun (not Queen of Clubs, but My Fresh Dress)

King of Diamonds – Motopony

Ace of Spades – Motorhead


Lord Ain’t it Sad – Utah Phillips (not the song but something interesting)

Angry World – Neil Young

No Love Lost – LCD Soundsystem

The Five Senses

Listen to the Rain – Evanescence

That Smell – Lynard Skynard

Flavor – Tori Amos

Touch – Jadis

A Looking in View – Alice in Chains


Salt Peanuts – Dizzy Gillespie

Fed Up and Hungry – Noella Hutton

Mango – Bruce Cockburn

Frim Fram Sauce – Dianna Krall

Scrapple From the Apple – Charlie Parker

Dangerous Things

Don’t Take Your Guns to Town – Johnny Cash

Shoot That Poison Arrow – ABC

The Bomb – L7

Raise Your Weapons – Deadmau5

Pass This On – The Knife


Hell Yes – Beck

Paranoid Android – Radiohead

Robots – Dan Mangan

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots – Flaming Lips


So the theme was a celebration of places in music. We were encouraged to do a sub theme within the theme and thanks to all who made the efforts. There was some interesting interpretations of the theme. Anyway, here are the songs that were played. A link to the youtube playlist is here.

Sub Theme : Zoom in from Outer Space to Earth

Parallel Universe – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dark Center of the Universe – Modest Mouse

Great Beyond – REM

Another Girl Another Planet – The Only Ones

Modern World – The Jam

Sub Theme: Stuff That I Like

In This World – Moby

Dirty Old Town – Frank Black

Subdivisions – Rush

505 – Arctic Monkeys

Frank, AB– The Rural Alberta Advantage

Sub Theme:  Memories of India

Prelude – Jesse Cook

Qadukka-I-Mayyas – Jesse Cook

The Gist of Madhuvanti/The Thrill is Gone – Harry Manx (not the Thrill is Gone, but something else)

Sexy Sadie – The Beatles

Mumbai Theme Tune – A.R. Rahman

Sub Theme: Islands

Balinese – ZZ Top

Island of Souls – Sting

Lonely Island – Wishbone Ash

On An Island – David Gilmour

Rock Island – Jethro Tull

Sub Theme: Hills

High on a Hill – Kate Rusby

Grace Cathedral Hill – Decemberists

Bunker Hill – Michael Penn (not Bunker Hill)

Mansion on the Hill – Neil Young

Blueberry Hill – Bruce Cockburn

Sub Theme : Ports in Countries with a Monarchy

A Girl in Port – Okkervil River

Oslo in the Summertime – of Montreal

Welcome to Bangkok – Brand New

Rotterdam – The Wedding Present

Stockholm Syndrome – Yo La Tengo

Sub Theme : Imaginary Places

Theresa’s Sound World – Sonic Youth

Zion – Fluke

The Grid – Crystal Method

Ramble On – Led Zeppelin

Just Like Heaven – The Cure

You guys have got to checkout this site. It’s pretty cool. They have full cover albums like

Number of The Beast


Darkness on the Edge of Town

The Wall

Or they feature “Five Good Covers“. Five different covers of one song. Songs like Seven Nation Army, Your Song, Don’t Fear the Reaper, Karma Police

You can download live sets of covers by the Pixies, the Decemberists, Cowboy Junkies.

They have In The Spotlight where they feature the covers by individual artists like Neil Young, The Pixies, My Morning Jacket and LCD Soundsystem.

The beautiful thing is you can download much of what is there if you want to.