The Mountain Goats, “Going To Georgia”

The most remarkable thing about coming home to you is the feeling of being in motion again. It’s the most extraordinary thing in the world.
I have two big hands and a heart pumping blood and a 1967 Colt .45 with a busted safety catch!

The world shines as I cross the Macon county line, going to Georgia.

The most remarkable thing about you standing in the doorway is that it’s you— and that you’re standing in the doorway, and you smile as you ease the gun from my hand; I’m frozen with joy right where I stand! The world throws its light underneath your hair: 40 miles from Atlanta, this is nowhere!

Going to Georgia!

The world shines as I cross the Macon county line, going to Georgia.

This song is #4 on my list of 20 unranked favorite songs.

Andrew Zuckerman: Bird

A followup to Zuckerman’s previous collection of photographs, Creature, Bird is a more specific look at.. Well.. Birds. It seems as though you can see every photograph on this website and I was enthralled by every picture. It also has sounds for each bird as well as crucial data. Very very cool.

Andrew Zuckerman: Bird

“Hurt,” originally by Nine Inch Nails, as performed by Johnny Cash.

Video directed by Mark Romanek.

This is one of the most famous music videos of all time, and for good reason. Just by use of visuals, Romanek turns Reznor’s original lyrics of drug abuse and isolation into a song about age and the onslaught of time. Cash had lost everyone, but there was no redemption for him because there was no stopping it.

Mindless Self Indulgence, “Shut Me Up”

I know what you’re thinking. “Mindless Self Indulgence is a group built entirely on shock value and giving the kids someone to rebel with.” I hate to break it to you, but this song has nothing to do with either of those angles.

“Shut Me Up” is, as far as I can tell, a song about going crazy- if it weren’t for the swearing, I could see this fitting in very well at a hockey game. It probably also has a lot to do with sex, but that’s neither here nor there. Incredibly catchy and accessible, notice the whip cracks and the synth during the chorus. While you’re at it, try to sing falsetto like that. If any “industrial jungle pussy punk” track should make it big- it’s this one.

Hip like badass!

This is song #3 on my unranked top 20 songs.