Over the past couple weeks I undertook the extremely dull and time-intensive task of uploading all 6,000 (!) of my photos to Picasa. I had no choice because I wanted to install Snow Leopard (the new Mac OS) and it required a lot more room than I had on my hard drive, so I decided to transfer and then delete all my photos.
To make a long and boring story short, looking at all the old photos brought back a lot of memories. I have a ton of pictures from summer 2006, the summer between high school and college, involving lots of hijinks with all my Tosa friends, and looking at the photos brought back especially intense sound memories (as we spent a lot of time rollin’ in the family Honda Accord listening to music).
With no further ado, the soundtrack of summer 2006 as filtered through senior-year-of-college nostalgia:
1) Beck, “Qué Onda Guero” from Guero. What a great album. Not incidentally, the Marcel Dzama cover art inspired my subsequent purchase of my famous sad-ghost salt and pepper shakers.
2) James Brown, “Make It Funky (Pt. 1)” Allow me to write out certain key lyrics:
“What you gonna play now?”
“Bobby, I don’t know. But what’s ever I play, it’s got to be FUNKY. One. Two. Three. Make it funky!”
Neckbone. Candied yams! Turnips. Spud steak. Spud steak! Grits and gravy.
3) Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, “You Are What You Love” and “Handle With Care.” The entire album, Rabbit Fur Coat, is fantastic, so listen to it in full.
4) Gnarls Barkley, “The Last Time”
5) Shakira, “Hips Don’t Lie.” Because really, what else was on the radio that summer?
6) Miss B, “Bottle Action.” I don’t fight, I don’t argue, I just hit that bitch with a bottle. Eastside eastside till we die.
7) Elton John, “Bennie and the Jets”
8 ) Etta James, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me.” I actually prefer “Let’s Burn Down the Cornfield,” but I couldn’t find a good video clip. But look it up if you have a minute. You can’t really go wrong with Etta, so I didn’t think you all would mind the substitution.