Cinco de Mayo (aka 5th of May)

So its Cinco de Mayo…and I am currently enjoying a Corona (if my boss is reading it is 6:34 pm). Until today, I had no idea what Cinco de Mayo's significance really was, though somehow it involved tequila. Actually according to wikipedia, it commememorates the victory of Mexican forces vs the French in 1862. Apparently it was a war based on debts not being paid, which sounds crazy to me…then again it involves the French, so par for the course.

I am not up to much to celebrate this glorious day, except going to do something very un-Cinco De Mayo, like going to go get some sushi up the street.

Jams of the day (both going to work and coming home….so bonus Jams!)

1) Sparta – Collapse

2) Whiskeytown – Sitting Around (from demos called 'Forever Valentine') 

3) Rage Against the Machine – Testify 

4) Stars – Calendar Girl

5) Coldplay – High Speed

6) U2 – Sometimes You Can't Make it On Your Own

7) Pavement – Gold Soundz

8) Jimi Hendrix – Machine Gun

9) Sly and the Family Stone – (You Caught Me) Smilin'

10) Ryan Adams – Further Down the Road (bootleg show from 1998)

Awesome mix…Hendrix's "Machine Gun" is pure savage art. Its just brutal the sounds he gets out of the guitar. Like he's possessed or something, sounds like the speakers are bleeding. And a very scary song about war. Then it faded into Sly and the Family Stone…badass.
Twice in the mix did the Ipod find my insane array of Ryan Adams/Whiskeytown demos and bootlegs. I love stuff that wasn't meant for official release, as I feel like I am the only one who has a copy. I treasure those albums, kind of like discovering a band that no one has ever heard of. 

The song by the Stars was cool too. They are part of the Canadian invasion of bands trying to take over indie rock including Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. I like Stars the best out of them, as the boy/girl singer trade-off is pretty cool. I saw them last summer open for Death Cab for Cutie, and came away a big fan.

Anywho…grab yourself a beer and celebrate a victory over the French!

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