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November 11, 2005

iCross playlist

Amanda has a fun new music meme: Make a playlist for your iCross. The iCross is an iPod shuffle with an extra crossbar.

Just for fun, I decided to limit my playlist to songs that I have on iTunes:

"Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dyin' Bed", Blind Willy Johnson
"Jesus Shootin' Heroin", The Flaming Lips
"Personal Jesus", Johnny Cash
"The Invisible Man", Elvis Costello and the Attractions
"Stand up for Judas", Leon Rosselson
"Jesus Christ", Cisco Houston
"Chocolate Jesus", Tom Waits
"Jesus, etc.", Wilco
"Wouldn't You Believe It", Arlo Guthrie
"Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore", Ray Wylie Hubbard


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Hellbound Train - Savoy Brown

Highway to Hell - AC/DC

"Jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam" The Vasalines (or the Nirvana cover)

"Only Sex With Jesus from Now On" A Mix Tape Made by my Friend Anne in College whom I Have Totally Lost Touch with

Heaven Beside You - Alice In Chains
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
Halo - Foo Fighters
Jesus of Suburbia - Green Day
Hymn 43 - Jethro Tull
Kyrie I - Kronos Quartet
Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Leper Messiah - Metallica
Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry
Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails
The Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
Oh My God - The Police
God Is in the Radio - Queens of the Stone Age
Pyramid Song - Radiohead
The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Jesus Christ Pose - Soundgarden
Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens
If They Ever Steal Your Amazing Grace - Thee Missouri
The Wanderer - U2 and Johnny Cash
Jesus Walking On the Water - Violent Femmes
Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) - Richard Wagner
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

How about Jesus Christ for President on the Wilco/Billy Bragg Mermaid Avenue album? Or Jesus by the velvet underground on Velvet Underground?

Or how about all those Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan sufi qawalis with the "lover" being corporeal or God in that ambiguous way you find in ecstatic traditions?

In My Time Of Dying by Led Zepplin. I could email you an MP3 if you'd like.

would you be willing to gmail or YSI a couple of these trax?

From my iTunes Library (please read in order for proper effect)

The Christians and The Pagans - Dar Williams
Some Weird Sin - Iggy Pop
lucifer over lancashire - The Fall
Fear of God - Guadalcanal Diary
Do it with Madonna - The Androids
Water from Wine (boot) - Heather Nova
Save the World - Jane Jensen
Good to be King - Tom Petty
Assassin's Tango - John Powell
Sabotage - Beastie Boys
Waiting for Heaven - Blake Babies
I Died - Bif Naked
How to disappear completely - Radiohead
Walking With a Ghost - Tegan & Sara
Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave

ohnoooooo.....they change my fav. weekend post. hmm.

okay. here is my list.

The 'untitled' list. (PS. if you msut only download one song. download Mary Lou Williams. very pretty song)


"To Thee We Sing" by Ensemble Sreteniye

"Gloria" from Missa Syllabica" by Arvo Pärt

"Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" by Bach

"Hymn to St. Cecilia" by Benjamin Britten

"Final Warning" by Badawi

"Methodist" by 90 Days Men

"Godforsaken" by A Small Good Thing

"The Struggle Against Unreality" by Matmos

"Primitive Animism" by Chushen and Cugin

"Pyre (Necro Cristi)" by Lustmord

Oh Darlin'" by Magnetophone

"We Got Mysticism" by San Lorenzo

"Spirit Fingers" by Four Tet

"Nataraja" by CERBERUS SHOAL

"Holy Ghost" by Mary Lou Williams

incidentally. I tried not too be too sarcastic or cynical in that list. It's a direct list. :D It's not even bitter or ironic.

*sigh* I am such a nice person today.

Madam I'm Adam - The Tubes, "Young and Rich"

Let it Be - The Beatles, "Let it Be"

Faith I Do Believe - Ruste:d Root, "Remember"

Where to Now St. Peter? - Elton John, "Tumbleweed Connection"

Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan

Famous Last Words - Tears for Fears, "The Seeds of Love"

Sanctify Yourself - Simple Minds, "Once Upon a Time"

Galileo - Indigo Girls

Until the End of the World - U2, "Achtung Baby"

Have to put on In My Time of Dying by the Zeppelin now.

and also, any similarity pattern in the list to standard Mass (opening, forgiveness, absolution, end) is purely figment of your imagination and has nothing to do with me. haaa haaa..

now go home in peace my children. Stop thinking so much. :p

How is it possible that no one has yet mentioned "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)"?

Hey Thad-ster. Am I the only one thinking your recording is wee bit blurry? Such a pretty song too. .... *sigh*

more list.

The 'Thousand year vessel' list. (or 'journey to serenity' list. It's not individual song perse, but the list sonic landscape.)

"Chrysalis (live Nov 2005)" by Secret Society

"Ah, Heav’n ! What Is’t I Hear !" by Henry Purcell

"Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland" by JS Bach

"Look Into The Air" by Explosions In The Sky

"Judas" by Antje Duvekot

"Mysteries of Life" by Clogs

"Ark" by Lign

"The Elixer Of Love: Una Furtiv" by Bill Laswell

"Across The Universe" by Fiona Apple

"say thankya it's over" by iron chef 31 - kettel

The great Randy Newman. Thank you.

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Hold everything!!!

New double CD by KATE BUSH!!! Apparently, it's just been released (her first one since The Red Shoes, nine years ago), and is flying off the shelves and getting rave reviews, doubtless well-deserved. Very pleased.

And happily, one of the songs on it ties in with this thread: I'm just streaming a clip called "How to be Invisible."

My "Fear of God/Smiting the smitable so that they may be smoten" mix starts with

Burning Hell, John Lee Hooker
Me and the Devil Blues, Robert Johnson (or virtually any of his songs)
Dies Irie, Requiem, Verdi

Isn't Cisco Houston's "Jesus Christ" actually by Woody Guthrie? Or did I hallucinate that?

Woody Guthrie wrote it, but Cisco Houston also recorded it.

"Your Flag Decal Won't get you into Heaven Anymore" was written and recorded by John Prine.... about thirty years ago. He has taken to performing this tune again on his most recent tour. It's a classic. Of course it was originally written in the context of the Vietnam war.

The "Sunday" List. (aka. lift your soul list. Jazz & Blues, gospel.)

"Amazing Grace" by John Fahey

"Wade in the Water" by Eva Cassidy (might have to drill from front page if you don't have an account. it's freebie. no email confirmation)

"I Got To Cross The River Jordan" by Blind Willie McTell

"Go_Down_Moses" by Louis_Armstrong

"Praise the Lord" by Mary Lou Williams

"Leap Of Faith" by Jeff Richman

"Olinga" by Mary Lou Williams

"Israel" by Miles Davis

"Run the VooDoo Down" by Cassandra Wilson (Miles Davis Cover. Check it out. super cool.)

"Panthalassa-Miles Davis" by Bill Lasswell

"Lansana's Priestess" by Donald Byrd

"Spontaneous Simplicity" by Sun Ra

oh, and check out Jesus Loves Me (But He Can't Stand You) by the Austin Lounge Lizards

Anybody know any nice electronica along in this theme?

gotta be something. I am trying to make the ultimate list. with mix of everything. mwahahahhaaaa.... *rubbing palm, stirring the secret brew*


"Lord, shall I find it in Thy Holy Church,
Or must I give it up as something dead,
Forever lost, no matter where I search,
Like dinosaurs within their ancient bed?

Chosen of God and by Him singly blest,
In this vast world of lies and hate and greed,
Upon my knees, Oh Lord, for Truth I plead."
-Claude McKay

Parce Mihi Domine

Quid est homo, quia magnificas eum?
Aut quid apponis erga eum cor tuum?
-Cristobal de Morales


'Untitled #2' list. (the big mix. enjoy.)

"Truth" by Thomas Oboe Lee

"Parce Mihi Domine" by Jan Garbarek

"Miracle" by Mogwai

"Straight to Hell" by Moby/Heather Nova

"Ask Forgiveness From Your_Lover Then From God" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

"Pagan_Poetry" by brojk

"Morango ... almost a tango" by Thomas Oboe Lee (must hear it in higher quality. It's devine)

"Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland" by Bach/Busoni

"Terrible Angels" by Cocorosie

"My Angel Rocks Back And Forth (Four Teas On English Time - Icarus Remix)" by Four Tet (I think link is dead, deep search it)

"Dance of Talisman" by Sepia

"Mother Nature" by Fauna Flash

"Horses" by Rovo

"After life" by G-Pal

"N'dam" by Rovo

"Memorial" by Explosion in the Sky

"Don't cry Rachael" by Ensemble Sreteniye

Bonus closing (for minimalism fan) :
"super-structure" by SIGNAL_CENTRUM

The Red Shoes was 1993, as it turns out, not 1996.

>Anybody know any nice electronica along in this theme?

If you consider Afro Celt Sound System to be electronica (I do--a lot of their stuff is firmly electronica, but they use so many traditional instruments as well, and their tunes often sound suspiciously like Songs), then the title track from their second CD, called Release is a great one. The Life After Death Mysticism is to be found in the lyrics (sung by Sinead O'Connor:)

"Don't argue amongst yourselves/because of the loss of me/I'm sitting amongst yourselves/don't think you can see me/don't argue amongst yourselves/because of the loss of me/I haven't gone anywhere/but out of my body/reach out and you'll touch me/make effort to speak to me/call out and you'll hear me/be happy for me"

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