Monday, January 29, 2007
You know what I hate? I hate when people think they know music. They go off and make these music lists, trying to define the best and worst of a specific band or genre. They claim it's the definitive list but it's really missing 90% of the truly definitive tracks. I mean, who the hell do these people think they are? Do they really think they know music or...wait a second, nevermind.
Q magazine just published the 500 Greatest Lost Tracks of all time. Included are songs like "Breathe Me" by Sia (which was wildly played all over the radio all year long) and Led Zeppelin's "Traveling Riverside Blues" (who hasn't heard that song?). If you're going to do something like this and call it the greatest Lost Tracks...at least stick to B-Sides and non-album tracks...and don't list readily available songs.
So I've made an attempt to try and make a true Lost Track list. This is by no means definitive...nor the best. I've tried to come up with the 11 rarest most sought after tracks that have been searched for in recent years...
Here are the 11 Greatest Lost Tracks (Part 1)...
1. Butterflies - Foo Fighters (probably the best song that wasn't on the first Foo album. This song was heavily booted before the album's proper release. Strangely still one of the strongest tracks they've ever done.)
2. Big Bottom - Soundgarden (released on a live EP that was never officially released. Best part is hearing Chris Cornell bust-up laughing halfway through the track.)
3. Hadda Be Playing on The Jukebox - Rage Against The Machine (featured in the middle of every live show. A musical poetry endeaveor never made it to CD and only pops up as a live track on a live Japanese EP)
4. Diary of a Lovesong - A Perfect Circle (Only available as a live bootleg, although many claim to have the recorded version, Cure's Lovesong mixed with Diary of a Madman. Can Maynard do no wrong?)
5. Love Will Tear Us Apart - The Cure (Recorded on a live radio broadcast. Robert Smith's tongue-in-cheek performance is brilliant.)
6. Crash Diet - Guns N Roses (Maybe the best song never re-recorded by JD Salinger of rock bands.
7. I've Got A Feeling - Pearl Jam (original b-side on their first single. When they broke big, the label re-released the single with the Beatles' cover missing. Never to be re-released.)
8. Divine And Bright - Earth and Kurt Cobain (you can find this used for a pretty penny. But probably the least know Kurt Cobain vocal track out there)
9. Living Without You - Weezer (The most talked about song to be featured on their 5th album never made it to the final track listing. It would have been the best song on the album.)
10. I Don't Wanna Know If Y R Lonely - Green Day (The b-side that never made it to Shenanigans might be the best Green Day b-side of all time...or at least one of the most rockin'.)
11. Purest Feeling - Nine Inch Nails (Sorry, Trent. Reznor in pre-NIN mode is quite excellent in an extremely cheesy campy way.)
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The first time I ever heard the band America, I was sitting in a doctor's office waiting room. About an hour earlier, my brother stuck a chocolate peanut in his nose and my mom had to take him to the doctor to get it surgically removed. It didn't help that I was the one who dared him to do it. Now, it may seem like he suffered having to have cold metal steel instruments inserted into his nostrils but I was te true victim that day. While I was sitting in the odd smelling waiting room stuck with nothing but six-month-old copies of Highlights with the pages stuck together, America came on over the office speakers. It was their newest hit..."You Can Do Magic." Being the first time I heard their soft rock gooiness, I didn't realize this was their Journey-ified new sound. It was instant love...that was until the song ended and then mysteriously started up again. Still, listening two times in a row was okay. But then three times and four..five...six...the song was replaying over and over for the entire hour I was sitting there. It was torture. And what made it worse was that I couldn't do magic! The song was taunting me and there was nothing I could. I tried to get away but it was playing in the halls and the bathroom. I tried to tell the receptionist but she gave me a lollipop and told me to scram. Remember the days when people used to say scram? Finally, my mom saved me and took us home. But God was out to get me that day...when we got in the car, the damn song was playing on the radio. It wasn't until 20 years later I gave America another chance. I've been a muskrat lovin' fan ever since.
Here are the 11 Best America Songs:
1. You Can Do Magic (A View From The Ground)
2. Sister Golden Hair (Hearts)
3. Horse With No Name (also the easiest song in the world to play on guitar) - America
4. Lonely People (Holiday)
5. Ventura Highway (Homecoming)
6. Til The Sun Comes Up Again (Homecoming)
7. Old Virginia (Hearts)
8. People In The Valley (Hearts)
9. The Border (Your Move) MP3
10. Nothing's So Far (Encore)
11. God of the Sun (Harbor)
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
So after weeks of collecting votes from friends, enemies and you, my faithful readers...I have tallied the 111 top vote getters for albums released in 2006. A very surprising list: Thom Yorke proves he doesn't need a band. TV on the Radio, Decembrists, and Hold Steady prove that they are the real deal. Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, and Tool show that age means nothing. Arctic Monkeys and Band Horses are the best of the freshman. And, Bob Dylan confirms that he still one of the greatest of all time.
Here are the 111 Best albums of 2006 (as voted on by you):
Here are the 111 Best albums of 2006 (as voted on by you):
- Thom Yorke – The Eraser
- TV on The Radio – Return To
Cookie Mountain ArcticMonkeys – Whatever People Say I Am
- Bob Dylan – Modern Times
- The Decembrists – The Crane Wife
- Band Of Horses - Everything All the Time
- Tool – 10,000 Days
- Joanna Newsom – Ys
- Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
- Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Dreaming
- Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid of You
- The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls
- Gulag Orkestar Beirut
- Built To Spill - You In Reverse
Chicks – Taking The Long Road Dixie
- Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
- M. Ward – Post War
- Be Good Tanyas – Hello Love
- Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
- The Strokes – First Impressions of Earth
- The Knife - Silent Shout
Spektor - Begin To Hope Regina
- The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
- Josh Ritter – The Animal Years
- Cat Power – The Greatest
- Girl Talk – Night Ripper
- Cursive – Happy Hollow
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
- Beck – The Information
- My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
- She Wants Revenge – She Wants Revenge
- Johnny Cash – American V
- Tom Waits – Orphans
- Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
- Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
- Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam
- The Liars – Drum’s Not Dead
- The Beatles – Love
- The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
- The Killers – Sam’s Town
- Asobi Seksu – Citrus
- Beast Moans Swan Lake
- Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
- Jenny Lewis & Watson – Rabbit Fur Coat
- Bonnie Prince Billy – The Letting Go
- Cold War Kids - Robbers And Cowards
- Twilight Singers - Powder Burns
- Lucero – Rebels, Rogues, and Sworn Brothers
- The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
- Ghostface Killah – Fishscale
- Final Fantasy – He Poos Clouds
- Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
- Wolfmother – Wolfmother
- Islands - Return To The Sea
- Drive By Truckers – A Blessing and A Curse
- Keane – Under The
- The Mars Volta – Amputechture
- Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire
- Muse - Black Holes And Revelations
- Tapes n Tapes - The Loon
- Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of This Country
- The Format – Dog Problems
- Hot Chip – The Missing
- Peter Bjorn And John - Writer's Block
- The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine
- Josh Rouse – Subtitulo
- The Futureheads - News and Tributes
- Cracker -
- Danielson – Ships
- Scott Walker – The Drift
- RX Bandits - And the
- The Bottle Rockets – Zoysia
- Ben Kweller – Ben Kweller
– Threes Sparta Police Club - A Lesson In Crime EP Tokyo
- Lindsey Buckingham – Under The Skin
- Starlight Mints – Drownaton
- Belle & Sebastian – Life Pursuit
- Ben Harper – Both Sides of the Gun
- Morrissey – Ringleader of the Torrmentors
- Eels – With Strings
- Priestess - Priestess
- Punchline – 37 Everywhere
- Jurassic 5 – Feedback
- Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
- Rosewood Thieves - From The Decker House
- Damien Rice – 9
- The Dears – Gang of Losers
- Ray LaMontage – Until The Sun Turns Black
- Calexico - Garden Ruin
- Califone – Roots and Crowns
– Film School Film School
- Snoop Dogg – The Blue Carpet Treatment
- Yusuf Islam – An Other Cup
- People Under The Stairs – Stepfather
- Maritime - We, the Vehicles
- Appleseed Cast – Peregrine
- The Rapture – Pieces of the People We Love
- Mastodon –
- Badly Drawn Boy – Born in the
- The Black Angels - Passover
- Citizen Cope – Every Waking Moment
- Maxeen - Hello Echo
- Shawn Colvin – These Four Walls
- The Zutons – Tired of Hanging Around
- Annuals – Be He Me
- Peeping Tom – Peeping Tom
- We Are Scientists - With Love And Squalor
- The Roots – Game Theory
- Audioslave – Revelations
Friday, January 05, 2007
I figure what better way to prepare my readers for my Top 111 list (THERE'S STILL TIME TO VOTE!!) than to give out a prediction of the most anticipated albums for 2007. Most of the time, anticipated albums tend to be major letdowns (Duran Duran "Astronaut"). Other times they are magic gems that are well worth the wait (Brian Wilson's "Smile"). At the end of the year, the top 11 will more than likely look very different but going into the year, here's what we have to look forward to.
The 11 Most Anticipated Albums for 2007:
1. Guns N Roses - Chinese Democracy (March 20, 2007) - In 1991, when GNR released their last album of original material one of the publicity posters said..."Guns N Roses will release no album before its time...It's time!" Well, 16 years later, it appears the time has actually come again. But we've been duped before. According to GNR's ex-manager, the band has about 3 days of recording left (which in Axl years could mean 3 months) ...so the light at the end of the tunnel is actually visible, but how far away is it really? It's kind of like the hallway in Poltergeist that keeps growing the farther you walk through it. But even in the movie, the character eventually reached the end. Will 2007 be the year Gunner fans are equally lucky?
2. Linkin Park - The ---- and The ---- (Summer 2007) - The only true survivors of the rap/nu metal scene are set to release their third official release after years of legal battles and revolving producers. Along with GNR, these two releases may finally reignite the collapsing rock scene. Or they could both be collasal flops and we'll end with four more years of Fergie and Ashlee Simpson.
3. Smashing Pumpkins - Smashing Pumpkins (May 2007) - Is it really a reunion when only two original members are present? Billy and Jimmy also recorded together in Zwan. So is this a Pumpkins reunion or a Zwan reunion? And why hasn't Zwan's second album ever been released? Well, either way, if this albums sounds anything like Zwan it'll at least be worth the listen. If it sounds like the last official Pumpkins album, it should have a few hidden gems. If it sounds like the bootleg album or Billy's solo album...then we're in for a serious hurtin'.
4. The Pixies - The Black Album (Fall 2007) - Even though they swore it wouldn't happen, it's happening. After three stellar years of touring and putting on some of the best live performances of any band out there, the Pix's have gone back into the studio to record an album of new material. Everyone can't wait for this to happen. Chances are it'll be about as good as "Bam Thwok." Then, everyone will wish it never happened.
5. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga (April 2007) - In 1991, GNR believed in their hype too much and released two albums of bloated material instead of one album of rock solid material. Connor Oberst and Bright Eyes made the same mistake in 2005. Luckily, it seems BE has recovered a bit faster and are already set with an EP of B-sides in March and a full-length in Spring. The emo kids will be dancing in the streets.
6. Radiohead - Gibberish (Fall 2007) - Thom Yorke kept his rabid fans at bay last summer by releasing a surprisingly good solo LP and EP of B-sides. But can the extremely humble lead singer find some ego and make the same gold with his band. The new material played on tour waivers between Ok Computer and Hail To George Bush...so if that's any indication, it should be very well received.
7. Satelite Party - Kinky (Spring 2007) - Perry Farrell's newest endeavor promises to be unique. His latest band (if you can call it that) features uber stars from the world of alternative rock...New Order's Peter Hook, RHCP's Flea and Jack Irons, and apparently Jim Morrison...seriously. As long as it's not a let down like the last Jane's album or horrible like the Panic Channel's album...then it should be worth checking out.
8. Dr. Dre - Detox (November 2007) - Despite rumors that it would never happen, the mythical album has remained on the tip of everyone's lips. Dre has yet to speak about the official status of the album...but those in his camp are pointing to a late 2007 release. It was 7 years between 92's "Chronic" and 99's "Chronic 2001." Now in 2007, we've hit 8 years, so it's more than likely...if the album is going to happen...it's about ready to pop.
9. Green Day - Canadian Hoser (Fall 2007) - After American Idiot, Green Day went from being bubble gum pop punk to a legit rock legend. They recieved props from long time fans, to indie cred, to a Grammy nod. That's hard to do with a single album. Following it up will be hard to say the least...but that doesn't mean we're not excited to hear it.
10. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (March 2007) - Two years ago the band (really one guy) not only put out the danciest song of 2005...they put the top two danciest songs of 2005. Will this fusion of punk and electronica make an equally large dent? In our opinion, it's going to be bigger.
11. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Feb. 2007) - The most awaited album in the hipster world. The band that recreated the Bowie/Talking Heads movement, causing every new indie band to sound like them. Hopefully they sound as fresh as their first album and not like a copycat as everyone else.
Other mentionables: The Shins, White Stripes, Wilco, The Offspring, Dolores O' Riordan, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bloc Party, Modest Mouse, Velvet Revolver, America, Eminem, 50 Cent, Chris Cornell, Black Crowes, Nine Inch Nails, Big Boi, Maroon 5, Gnarls Barkley, The Cure, Bad Religion, Lil Jon, Atmosphere, Nappy Roots.