Current Play List – July 2007

Current Play List – July 2007 by David Whelan I’ve been caught up with a number of things and June sort of slipped by. It’s been a time for a lot of comfort music – ska, 80’s alternative – and a lot of travel (Denver, Toronto, New Orleans). I’ve been leaning on the Public Library more than ever, as many of my CDs are boxed up and unavailable. Current Play List - July 2007

Skarmageddon 3


This is such a standard part of my play lists but I went back to a collection of recent ska music I picked up by chance in Chicago a few years ago.  I’d walked in to the Borders on Michigan Avenue and was just nosing around – it’s not where I’d normally buy CDs.  But in their CD racks, in the cheap/discount discs, there were a bunch of ska compilations.  I’ve found them all to be enjoyable but my favorite are Ska United and Skarmageddon

So Skarmageddon’s been back in rotation.  It’s got some odd songs – like My Hamster is Dead (Mi Hamster es Muerto) by Two Thousand Flushes – but my favorites include The Rhino by  The Studebakers, Sideshow by Sgt. Scagnetti, and Robbin Hood by Angry Planet.


I have been on the hold list at the Public Library for an 80s 4 disc set called Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80s Underground, from Rhino.  The discs cover just about anything (good) you can remember from 80s music!  There are the obvious songs that I’d have expected:  Mirror in the Bathroom (English Beat), Blister in the Sun (Violent Femmes), Black Celebration (Depeche Mode).  But the 80s weren’t entirely my decade, so I was a johnny-come-lately to much of this music.  I heard the dbs sing Amplifier because my ultra cool sister played it for me!  Some songs you know you’ve heard – like Oblivious by Aztec Camera – but wouldn’t necessarily have remembered who’d played them.  I have to admit to hit replay for a few, like Ana Ng (They Might Be Giants), Punk Rock Girl (Dead Milkmen), and She Bangs the Drum (The Stone Roses).

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David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.