Just as our forefathers broke away from a tyrannical England, I'm breaking away from an oppressive, tyrannical Todd (ed.- I AM A BENEVOLENT DICTATOR THAT IS LOVED BY ALL!) and launching my own Random 10...which is patriotically free of taxation without representation (boo Todd...he's the taxman!)
1. Sigur Rós - "Starálfur"
2. North Mississippi Allstars - "Blow Out"
3. Faith No More - "Woodpecker From Mars"
4. Pedro the Lion - "Diamond Ring"
5. Blind Melon - "St. Andrew's Fall"
6. Otha Turner - "How Many 'Mo Years?"
7. Ladytron - "Ladybird"
8. Sufjan Stevens - "The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts"
9. Bassnectar - "Everybody"
10. The Dirtbombs - "The Thing"
Naturally, the way to begin my 4th of July Random 10 is with an Icelandic band that sings in a combination of Icelandic and a made up language called Vonlenska that isn't really a language, but a "a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music." Oh well, I can't really be blamed though for my 4th of July Random 10 starting with a non-American band since it is a random 10. My Random 10 is 80% American today though and that's pretty awesome (Ladytron and Sigur Rós being the exceptions.)
That being said, I'm going to rock some Ladytron today since I saw their awesomeness in concert a few weeks ago. I should mention that one of their singers, Mira Aroyo, is totally my girlfriend. Not only does she bring the electronic goodness, she also has a PhD in molecular genetics. She's smarter than you, rocks harder than you and is better looking than you! First clip (which is about the vibe) is from a live performances, second clip is a video (so you can hear the music better. I'm sad to report Mira is barely in this video.)
All silliness aside, here's a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner I found on YouTube that I'd never heard, but that I thought was quite moving.
Have a happy and safe 4th of July!