September 20, 2006

It’s Contrast Podcast time again: Some handclapping tunes

It’s Wednesday. It’s the middle of the week, hump day, booooring. You’re stranded on a little island right in the center of the workweek, equidistant from either weekend, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

How about improving your blah mood with a podcast dedicated entirely to songs which use that feel-good manual form of percussion, the handclap? I am a complete sucker for songs which effectively utilize this, the oldest form of percussion (other than, like, woolly mammoth foot thuds or something), and I have contributed a track and a scintillating spoken intro in the middle of the hour, right after the ‘Mats song. I had so many great songs to choose from, but I went with the one that was the most infectiously catchy, a favorite of mine.

To stream the dealio, head over to the Contrast Podcast site and click the neat little button. Seamless and my preferred method.

If you must have something to download and savor, you can get the mp3 of the podcast here:

Contrast Podcast #25: Handclapping (mp3)

The Ventures – Let’s Go
Tim from the face of today

(02:55) They Might Be Giants – Clap Your Hands
Clea and Tuesday from ((sm))all ages

(04:35) Imperial Teen – Baby
Matt from Earfarm

(08:15) The Residents – Smack Your Lips (Clap Your Teeth)
ZB from So The Wind Won’t Blow It All Away

(12:33) The Meters – The Handclapping Song
Andy from Circles of Concrete

(15:48) Super XX Man – Coulee City
Murf from False45th

(20:45) Tilly and the Wall – Fell Down The Stairs
SAS Radio

(23:34) Mary Timony – I Fire Myself
Victoria from Muruch

(26:45) The Afghan Whigs – Debonair
Bethanne from CTASLS

(31:28) Hood – The Negatives
Chip from

(35:20) The Replacements – Alex Chilton
Natalie from Mini-Obs

(38:54) OK Go – You’re So Damn Hot

(42:03) The Auteurs – Bailed Out
Jamie from The Run Out Groove

(46:20) Eskiimo – Patience
Jamie from

(50:20) Boat – Holding All The Globes
Rachel from Untitled

(52:17) Ndidi Onukwulu – May Be The Last Time, I Don’t Know
FiL from Pogoagogo

It is practically so much fun that I feel it should somehow be illegal. There are some great & varied selections this week (and that Meters song was the one used in the closing credits dance scene from Hitch — come on, it was funny!).

Take some time and spin this podcast, you will be happy that you did.

(image shamelessly swiped from the fab music blog)

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  • Heather speaks the truth kids … listen to her !! :)

    Tim Young — September 20, 2006 @ 9:53 am

  • Great Podcast, as always. Thanks for the fun tunes.

    Stephen K. — September 20, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

  • It’s sooo fun to play along!

    Natsthename — September 20, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

  • I had completely forgotten that the Meters song was in Hitch! Very funny!

    Andy — September 20, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

  • Andy, that was such a great ending credits scene because they were all having fun. In addition to handclap songs, I am a complete sucker for movie credits that have the cast and crew singing (Something About Mary) or dancing and laughing (like they do in Hitch). Plus, I love Will Smith, so….


    heather — September 20, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

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