Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The 11 Best Artists Who Owe Their Careers to Dr. Dre

I raced in my first triathlon this weekend. I'm a fairly good swimmer and managed to place in the top 10% of the competitors for the swim. I started happy...I'm new to the sport and I'm already making waves (pun intended). But then, I hit the bike section. I sucked it hard. And it wasn't my fault. I had a crappy bike. I was being passed by guys who weighed 300-pounds. And that's not a clever euphemism...there was a gigantic fat guy in the race who "bolted" by me like Krispy Kreme was giving away free jelly-filled pastries. I can't believe a bike could make that big of a difference. The fat guy's bike was wobbling from his intense weight...but he was still faster than me.

Both the swim and the run are almost purely based on the competitor's abilities. But the bike section has nothing to do with talent...but who has the most expensive bike. It just goes to show, you can't accomplish anything in life on your own. You always need help. And the richer the help...the better your chances.

The 11 Best Artists Who Owe Their Careers to Dr. Dre:

1. N.W.A.
2. Snoop dogg
3. Eminem
4. Ice Cube
5. Eazy-E
6. 50 Cent
7. The Game
8. Nate Dogg
9. Warren G
10. Blackstreet
11. D.O.C.

Buy The Game's new album, L.A.X.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Unknown: Bloc Party - Another Weekend In the City

Bloc Party made a surprise release this week...digitally selling their new album, Intimacy, a full two months before the street date. Most media outlets are surprised by this turn...but this has become a rather common place event over the past couple of years (Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails). What no one is mentioning, is that this release is actually the second digital release by the band. The first release was Another Weekend in the City (named by and artwork by I Guess I'm Floating)..a companion album to last year's A Weekend in the City. Another Weekend In The City is a compilation of B-Sides and special edition tracks released alongside the release of A Weekend. The tracks come together to form a very strong cohesive onslaught in the style of Silent Alarm. For the casual fan, A Weekend was enough...coming with usually a couple random bonus tracks. But for the rabid fan, if you searched hard enough, you were rewarded with a second disc of equally strong songs. At the time, many bloggers were actually bigger fans of Another Weekend.
Now the setlist for the album has always been in dispute, but after a few listens to the various editions, this has been the song order I've found to work the best.
Here is Bloc Party - Another Weekend In the City
1. Version 2.0
4. Secrets
7. We Were Lovers
9. Atonement
11. Emma Kate's Accident

Please Buy Bloc Party's new album for instant download now....Intimacy. Support the artists, we have the power to shape the future of the industry. We want more of this...and less of the box store labels.

Friday, August 22, 2008

The 11 Best Bloc Party Songs:

Back from hiatus!

One of the things taken away from you as a parent is the ability to go to a movie theater and see a new release. You can do it...but you run the risk of your newborn breaking into a hysterical tanrum, yearning for a taste of boob. Not that that's not a good reason to go into a tantrum but it doesn't necessarily amuse the people around you, like the 6'8" biker who stopped into the air conditioned theater to get away from the summer blaze. So, you're left to cable and Netflix, hoping that if you move a movie to the top of your queue you run a better chance of getting it before everyone else. (you don't) But some theaters have reached out to new parents and have introduced "mommie movies." Once a week in the morning, some theaters will show movies for parents with kids only...so it's an entire theater full of screaming babies...and they charge you full price. But if you're itching for a fix...it's really the only choice you have. My wife and I went to see Tropic Thunder last week. I was disturbed. Not to see Robert Downey play a black man. Not to see Tom Cruise play a fat bald Jew. But that the woman next to me was feeding her six month old child...Coca-Cola. I sat there the whole movie, glancing to back to see if it was really true. And every time...I was more and more angered. the only thing that kept me from getting out of my seat and ripping the baby away from that crack dealer was to convince myself that she was only giving the child...Diet Coke. That worked. Because if you're going to give your kid soda...at least teach them good dieting habits at the same time.

Here Are The 11 Best Bloc Party Songs:

1. Helicopter (Silent Alarm)
2. Two More Years (Silent B-side)
3. Positive Tension (Silent Alarm)
4. The Once and Future King (Another Weekend In the City)
5. Hunting For Witches (A Weekend In the City)
6. Banquet (Silent Alarm)
7. Secrets (Another Weekend In the City)
8. Waiting For the 7.18 (A Weekend In the City)
9. Version 2.0 (Another Weekend In the City)
10. I Still Remember (A Weekend In the City)
11. Flux (A Weekend In the City)

Buy bloc Party's new album, Intimacy Now!!!

Monday, August 04, 2008

The 11 Best Bright Eyes Songs:

Going out of town...to a wedding in Reno...oh...yeah!

The 11 Best Bright Eyes Songs:

1. Let's Not Shit Ourselves (Lifted or the Story is in the Soil)
2. Lua (I'm Wide Awake)
3. You Will. You?Will. You? Will. You?Will. (Lifted or the Story is in the Soil)
4. Middleman (Cassadega)
5. Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh (Fevers & Mirrors)
6. Something Vague (Fevers & Mirrors)
7. First Day Of My Life (I'm Wide Awake)
8. Ship In A Bottle (Digital Ash In a Digital Urn)
9. Four Winds (Cassadega)
10. Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come (Lifted or the Story is in the Soil)
11. Light Pollution (Digital Ash In a Digital Urn)

Saturday, August 02, 2008

The 11 Best Songs By The Faint

This week saw the death of one of the most important items in our lives. Scrabulous was removed from Facebook. At first, I was scared...did this mean I actually had to go and get a life? I needed to find something better to do with my time? Luckily, I soon found the email version at the scrabulous website...which I think I might like more than the Facebook version. But here's what I find perplexing about this whole situation, it's the fact that Hasbro's forced Facebook to remove the application from their website. The reason is for Copywright infringement. Okay, I get that in theory. But in reality, it may have been one of the dumbest business moves of all time. For months, people on Facebook have been playing scrabulous. Then, when they want to get a version to play at home with their friends...they can't go out and buy a Home Version of Scrabulous...they have to buy Scrabble. Scrabulous was free marketing for Scrabble! And what did Scrabble do? Write a thank you letter to Scrabulous for igniting a whole new legion of fans to the board game? No, they threatened to sue them. Now people are boycotting Hasbro. Good job!

The 11 Best Songs By The Faint:

1. Worked Up So Sexual (Blank-Wave Arcade)
2. Agenda Suicide (Danse Macabre)
4. Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat (Danse Macabre)
5. Call Call (Blank-Wave Arcade)
6. Glass Danse (Danse Macabre)
7. Sympton Finger (Wet From Birth)
8. Desperate Guys (Wet From Birth)
9. Your Retro Career Melted (Danse Macabre)
10. Sex Is Personal (Blank-Wave Arcade)
11. Hypnotised (B-Side)

Buy The Faint's new album Fasciinatiion...now!