Alibi V.19 No.17 • April 29-May 5, 2010 

Song Roulette

Little Bobby’s Technicolor tracks

Little Bobby is an avid runner, vegetarian and fan of psychedelic music. His band Shoulder Voices is realeasing its first album this week. Peer into his Technicolor mind by way of the randomly selected songs below.

1) "Listen to the Band" • The MonkeesThe Monkees Present

“Psychedelic country? Finally! With this song, Michael Nesmith foreshadowed the country/rock boom of the early/mid- ’70s, including his own work with the First National Band. ‘I know I can live without her, now that I have listened to the band.’ ”

2) "Don't Spill the Bottle" • Mark Mallman Invincible Criminal

“The blue-collar new wave of ‘Mr. Serious’ himself ‘inspires’ me whether I am jogging, jamming or just sitting around tripping. Infectious. My favorite artist who is even close to my own age. Period!!!”

3) "Too Much Rope" • Roger WatersAmused to Death

“A scathing rebuke of the human race's penchant for destroying each other. Which Middle Eastern conflict is this about? They are all the same. ‘You don't have to be a Jew to disapprove of murder, tears burn my eyes’—that 'bout sums it up.”

4) "Southern California" • Brian WilsonThat Lucky Old Sun

“This song/album sounds like sunshine crashing against the shore. It is an album that tells the story of his life. An absolute living legend. I drove a couple thousand miles (and spent almost as many dollars) to see Mr. Wilson four nights in a row on his most recent tour—breathtaking. THE GREATEST ARTIST WHO HAS EVER LIVED.”

5) "Shellshock" New OrderSubstance

“How does a band translate the cold, desolate English winter through sound? Like this. Perfect for a sweaty summer jog. Now that is what I call motivation!”