Friday, November 30, 2007

Lyrad's Random 10

I'm probably ignorant of the whole issue, but DC punk pretty much begins and ends with Dischord Records for me. Through the label and the policies therein, Ian MacKaye is an example and a hero for all aspiring and independant musicians. After the demise of the great Minor Threat, MacKaye was forming the even greater Fugazi and enlisted the services of guitarist Guy Picciotto and drummer Brendan Canty. They were two of four members of One Last Wish, a short lived act that grew out of the remnants of Rites of Spring that formed in May 1986 and was gone by January of '87. MacKaye met the band while producing their one recording session which, outside of "Burning in the Undertow," remained unreleased until 1999 under the title 1986. "This Time" is a track on the 20 Years of Dischord boxed set and is emotional and highly melodic in a way that few honest punk songs have been. It's not the greatest thing on the set, but it does serve as something of a ballad on the compilation. They aren't anywhere near as good as what they were (Rites of Spring) or what they would become (Fugazi), but it fits in the time and gives a slightly different perspective on what some of these musicians were capable of.

1. One Last Wish--This Time
2. Ennio Morricone--The Penitent (Theme) (from the soundtrack to The Penitent)
3. Prince & the Revolution--Take Me with U
4. System of a Down--Atwa
5. Jewlia Eisenberg--The Moon and Asia
6. Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble--Alsema Dub
7. Fiddlin' John Carson--Georgia Wagner
8. The Mars Volta--Tira Me a las Aranas
9. Steve Earle--Another Town
10. Memphis Slim--Nobody Loves Me (Every Day I Have the Blues)