This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

I know I usually write about my pal Obama-san, but this week I’m afraid I have to shift the focus to Sarah Palin. In case you haven’t seen this, here’s the promo video to her upcoming reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Pretty incredible promo, huh? Are you going to watch this? I sent a text to Obama asking this very question, he replied with, “Who’s Sarah Palin?”

Here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

Burning Hell – Tom Jones

I got turned onto “Burning Hell” by Tom Jones thru my friend John Beard. He suggested that I watch Jones’ performance of this tune on Letterman via YouTube, which I did… I dug it so much I ripped the audio of the studio recording and played it for the remainder of the evening.

The Letterman performance had Jones and just a guitarist and drummer… a common practice nowadays. While I thought it was unique with The White Stripes, I’m finding it to be a bit of a bore now. Come on, Tom… how hard would it be to have a bassist in the mix?

People don’t give bassists enough credit. That low-end thump adds SO much!

But he’s Tom Jones and I’m not.

I played “Burning Hell” 12 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Burning Hell

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Long Black Veil – The Band

Every now and then I get re-hooked on The Band‘s music. I see it as a cleansing of sorts, and although I never know when it’ll hit, I always welcome it. So when I started playing “Long Black Veil” over and over again, I had a feeling that the moment had come again to play The Band‘s albums.

My favorite is their self-titled record, but “Long Black Veil” is off their debut, Music From the Big Pink.

The song is a 1959 country ballad that is told from the point of view from a man who is falsely accused of murder. It’s one of those classic narratives that has been covered by everyone… I wouldn’t be surprised if Ke$ha takes a stab at it someday. Wouldn’t THAT be something, folks?

No, I don’t think so, either.

She’d probably cover it and claim that she was “returning to her roots.”

I played “Long Black Veil” 9 times this week. Love this version.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Long Black Veil


Trust – Generationals

“Trust” by New Orleans band Generationals is one of those songs that just creep into your playlist. It doesn’t shock you, it doesn’t hit you like a ton of bricks, it just sits in that comfort zone…

There’s nothing wrong with that, and I dug on the song for a while… but then I needed something that had more of a punch.

But you know what? I kept coming back to “Trust” just because it felt GOOD.

Their MySpace has a link for a free 5-song download. Go visit, listen to some more tunes, click the link, and get some free stuff.

What more can you ask for?

I played “Trust” 7 times this week. Those were 7 very comfortable moments.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Trust

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Lille – Lisa Hannigan

Lisa Hannigan‘s debut solo album, Sea Sew was a Spin of the Week here at last year. Her voice is just staggeringly beautiful… I just can’t get enough of it.

“Lille” was the lead single from the record, and it remains one of the record’s highlights for me. The song’s a simple acoustic tune, but the melody is so adorable that it feels like a fairy tale song to sing for kids.

But I guess lines like, “I went to war every morning,” and “Now it’s dead and gone and I am free,” don’t really play all that well for a fairy tale. I can’t imagine saying the second one to a group of kindergarten kids.

Me: “Now it’s dead and gone and I am free.”
Kids: “What does that mean, Mr. Louie?”
Me: “Well, ‘it’ refers to all of my deepest, darkest secrets… the kind that keeps me awake at night and makes me scared to look at myself in the mirror… sometimes I have a friend lock me in an iron box just to be sure that I don’t harm anyone. Want a cookie?”

I played “Lille” 6 times this week. Great song.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Lille

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Zum Wohl – Cluster

Here’s a song that I totally forgot about. My iTunes played Cluster‘s beautiful instrumental, “Zum Wohl,”, after I set it on “shuffle,” and I liked it so much that I played it again and again.

The song is off their 1976 record, Sowiesoso, and is simply a repeated synth pattern with embellishments…. but it creates such a mood around it that made me feel like I was wrapped in the arms of a loved one.

Cluster has been around since the early 70’s and is essential listening for any electronic music fan. Sowiesoso was a record that a friend of mine recommended to me after learning of my complete fascination with Depeche Mode… I remember playing it one day in the living room… my dad came through the kitchen and asked me, “Is this really that interesting to you?”

I didn’t know what to say, so I played it cool and replied with, “Yeah, it’s cool.” When my dad wanted more than that, I was unable to elaborate… so I just kept saying, “It’s cool, dad. You know, man? Cool.”

That was YEARS ago. I think if my dad asked me that same question again this week, I’d probably answer with those exact words again.

I played “Zum Wohl” 5 times this week. Cool, man… you know?

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Zum Wohl

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