Being creatures of free will, human beings don’t need a reason to celebrate, but boy, do we sure love an excuse to party. Think back a few weeks ago to St. Patrick’s Day: this is a holiday that commemorates a figure of a specific cultural heritage that makes up just a slice of the world’s population. Yet Irish or not, everyone loves to swill green beer, sing Irish shanties, and be surrounded by their friends and loved ones. We persistently come up with arbitrary holidays, either with legitimate cultural origins or simply for the sake of themselves, just to have an excuse to bring people together to laugh, love, and to enjoy. To further illustrate, we here at the Institute of Idle Time are gearing up to celebrate 15 years of obsessive list making and other asinine, pop-related pursuits with a beach bonfire that required months of preparation and planning. Why?
Because why not?
So happy April Fool’s day, perhaps the most pointless of all celebrations! In the tradition of the Roman hilaria, the medieval Feast of Fools, and the Hindu celebration of Holi, The Playlist By Committee has decided to celebrate this most frivolous springtime tradition with a special mixtape. These are not funny songs, or songs about being fools. In fact, these aren’t really songs. PBC’s “All Fools” is a compilation of our favorite skits and interludes on albums. These are the tracks that you never hear on Pandora, and that you more likely than not skip through when listening to full-albums on your iPod or CD player. They’re neglected because they rarely ever reach pop-song length, and in some cases are derided by critics, but we here at PBC think nothing is too unimportant to spend hours of our lives debating and organizing. The result of our labors is a series of intermissions that add up to about the length of an episode of Seinfeld, the best metric for time, and hopefully you’ll find it equally entertaining.
You may think this is a pointless endeavor. That thought crossed our minds too. But maybe we just wanted a reason to get together and make another list before our next official playlist. We built this for the same reason you’ll hopefully give it a listen.
Because why not?
PBC: All Fools
- Wiz Khalifa – Slim Skit
It’s been ten years since Wiz Khalifa debuted, and finally people seem to care as little about him as I do. I won’t say I’m immune to his hits; “Say Yeah” and “Black and Yellow” are undeniably infectious, but “Slim Skit” off his Kush and Orange Juice mixtape is my favorite thing he’s ever produced. The bongos and whining guitar imitate a Curtis Mayfield track, then Slim’s monologue sounds straight out of a 1970’s exploitation movie. His lamentations are funny, semi-sympathetic, and littered with pieces of casual wisdom (re: “you gotta stay cool”). – RF
2. Madvillain – Bistro
MF Doom sets the stage for a night of entertainment. Madlib’s plays with footsteps. Name drops and bass lines fill the room. What’s on the menu? – IP
3. Janelle Monae – Good Morning Midnight (Interlude)
We need more people in the world like DJ Crash Crash. – MH
4. Daft Punk – WDPK 83.7 FM
Sometimes you just need to be reminded (literally) that you’re listening to a classic album. – MH
5. De La Soul – Transmitting Live From Mars
Vinyl pops, a French man speaks, the beat drops, this is what it means to be an interlude in the genre of hip hop. This is the golden era of rhymes and intermissions. – IP
6. Phoenix – Definitive Breaks
Standing on a rooftop. Neon lights, illuminating and reflecting off of black leather, bend into eyes. They hover, the brass swells, the lights die. Waiting for something else to rise from the ashes. – IP
7. Captain Murphy – Disciples
I’ve often joked about how if I had more dedication I would become a cult leader. The Captain knows how to make it sound even cooler in a faux infomercial. Dope beats with dulcet tones telling you that god is dead and you can be the new one. I look forward to hearing this track every time. Also would you mind in reading this pamphlet? I’ve come up with some good ideas… – BC
8. Motion Man – Action Figure Intro
I only know of this obscure Bay Area rapper because of my buddy Birchel. He went to UCSC, and one time while I was visiting him, one of his roommates had opened their home to two Oakland refugees named J-Lah and “One Hundred” (he said he was called this because he’s the only one in his family who was 100% with his mom). That weekend spawned stories that we still joke about today, but the most influential byproducts of the encounter were the discovery of Chromeo and Motion Man. Clearing Out the Fields was Motion’s long awaited solo-debut, and “Action Figure Intro” stuffs over a decade’s worth of Motion’s style and character development into a quick, hilarious minute. The album has a few high points, but I enjoy listening to it to reminisce about J-Lah, One Hundred, and Paul from the Diamond Center. – RF
9. Andrew W.K – Gundam on Earth
Not a lot to say about this beside Gundam is one of the most formative things to happen in my life. This is literally an excuse to put a Gundam related thing on PBC because it will be my only chance. Andrew W.K. does it the classic intro justice as well. – BC
10. M.I.A – Dash the Curry Skit
Lots of people dashing their curry today because April Fool’s Day is the worst. – MH
11. Outkast – Good Day, Good Sir
Soooooo jazzy, and one of the best music videos I’ve seen in awhile. – MH
14. The Beastie Boys – Ask for Janice