Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The 11 Best Kanye West Songs

Happy Thanksgiving! Don't spend the day in front of the computer.

Here are the 11 Best Kanye West Songs:

1. Diamonds From Sierra Leone Remix w/ Jay-Z (Late Registration)
2. Stronger (Graduation)
3. Jesus Walks (College Drop-Out)
4. Touch The Sky (Late Registration)
5. Golddigger (Late Registration)
6. Never Let Me Down (College Drop-Out)
7. Roses (Late Registration)
8. Flashing Lights (Graduation)
9. Homecoming (Graduation)
10. We Don't Care (College Drop-Out)
11. Through The Wire (College Drop-Out)

Buy Kanye's new album: 808's and Heartbreak (Get a bonus track here!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The 11 Best Songs by the Killers

How long is the proper amount of time to work on an album? Kayne West and Jack White are on the one-per-year pace and both are doing quite well. Ryan Adams was doing a new album on the first Tuesday of every month for a spell. Tool and Bob Dylan take about 4-5 years. Dr. Dre is more in the 8-10 year range. All of these artists have a very different pace but they all continue to put out quality material. I think it's like anything creative. Each person is different. Each person creates at their own leisure. Stephen King puts out new books every week while JD Salinger is working on the 50-year cycle. And in literary circles...who is considered the more respected one? It's been ten years since the last James Cameron film...while Judd Apatow has made 10 movies in the past 2 years. Who has more Oscars? So to answer my long is the proper amount of time to work on an's however long the artist feels like it. Sure it's frustrating to fans...but if you rush get Nickelback.

Here are the 11 Best Songs by the Killers:

1. Jenny Was A Friend (Hot Fuss)
2. Somebody Told Me (Hot Fuss)
3. Bones (Sam's Town)
4. Midnight Show (Hot Fuss)
5. Sam's Town (Sam's Town)
6. When You Were Young (Sam's Town)
7. Daddy's Eyes (Sawdust)
8. Mr. Brightside (Hot Fuss)
9. For Reason's Unknown (Sam's Town)
10. Bling (Sam's Town)
11. Tranquilize (Sawdust)

Buy the Killers new album Day & Age. It's only $3.99 at amazon!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

The 11 Most Anticipated Moments in Rock To Come

For all those I asked...yes I did get a C&D because of a GNR track. Strangely, it was not a new Chinese Democracy track. It was an old demo for Civil War that the band gave permission to be traded a few years ago. Because of that, I did some digging and discovered the C&D did not come from the band but from the IFPI an international agency out of England who decides what is illegal and not the labels. Kinda of spooky that some shadow organization was given that power. So my anger toward GNR has subsided...because I'm very positive they were not behind it considering their tracks are being highlighted on other sites.

That said...

It's the day after Chinese Democracy Sunday. It's the end of an era. Not for GNR...but for life. Chinese Democracy ends the era of anticipation. All the mega-events in music and movies...even politics came to a close this year. Just think about all the huge events that have recently we thought would never happen: Led Zeppelin reunites, Van Halen reunites, Genesis reunites, Pink Floyd reunite, The Police reunite, Chinese Democracy, new Metallica album, new AC/DC album, a solo release for Q-Tip, a new Eagles record, Indiana Jones 4, new Portishead album, Smashing Pumpkins reunite (sorta), Stone Temple Pilots reunite, RATM reunite, a mini Zac de la Rocha album, REM decide to play rock music again, and of course...a black President.

Everyone take a deep, what's next?

Here are the 11 Most Anticipated Moments in Rock To Come:

1. Dr. Dre - Detox
2. The Smiths reunion
3. CCR reunion
4. New Michael Jackson album
5. Full Jackson 5 Reunion
6. N.W.A. reunion
7. Green Day's new album
8. Pavement reunion
9. Soundgarden reunion
10. Eminem - Relapse
11. Ryan Adams Box Set of unreleased material

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Open Letter To The Record Industry

Dear Industry:

I am a blogger. I have been a blogger for almost three years. I do this out of the love for music industry. I buy anywhere from 2-3 new albums a week. I believe in buying music. I believe in supporting the artists. And most importantly, I believe in the music business...the corporations, the suits, everyone pulling the strings behind the scenes. I believe in supporting them as much as I believe in supporting the artists, themselves. Without the suits...the industry would fall apart.

In the past few weeks, it has come to our attention that the music industry has gone on the offensive against the bloggers. Sending out Cease & Desist Letters, threatening to shut down the bloggers for posting tracks. Without a warning, bloggers are getting shot down for doing nothing more than promoting music.

Dear Industry...we are not the enemy...we are your biggest fans. We do not do this for money, trust me...there's no money to be made. We do this for the love of music. And not just the I said before...we do this for the love of the industry. The bloggers can't survive without you. We need the music industry as much as we need the artists. Therefore what we are doing isn't in an effort to undermine you...everything we are doing is to support you and ensure your survival. Like I said, there's no money in it for us...the only one who benefits from our posts is you.

You may disagree, but take time to read our blogs. All we are doing is promoting music. Your music. And we do this for free. FREE. We do not ask for a dime in return. What we ask is for our readers to go out and BUY your music. Since most of us do not get paid, we do not waste time writing about music we don't like. Therefore if we're spending our time writing about music, it's in an effort to encourage our readers to go out and buy go out and BUY YOUR MUSIC.

Your issue with us is that we give away songs. But please, believe us when we say we only do this to convince our readers that the music we are praising is as good as we are claiming. We do not believe in giving away albums. That is not our goal. Our goal is to give our readers a taste of your product in order to get them to BUY the whole thing. The practice of giving away full albums or albums prior to their release is heavily frowned upon in our community.

Up until now, we have asked nothing of you except to put out good music for us to talk about. But today, I am asking for something. I am asking you to stop sending the Cease & Desist letters. When you do that...our posts are deleted...destroyed. It's not just the tracks that get taken down...our writing is taken away with it. And that's not fair.

Work with us...not against us. We are your biggest asset. Many artists encourage the bloggers to post their tracks so it is impossible for us to know who wants our assistance and who does not. Please, in the future, if one of us posts a track that you wish removed, email us and tell us (our emails are readily available on all our sites). We will take it down, immediately. Like I said, we are not your enemy and do not wish to hurt your stability. We want to work with you, not against you.

Why not even take it one step further? Why not provide us a list of artists you do not want promoted on our blogs? We will honor it, we promise. At least give us the chance to prove ourselves.


The Good, The Bad, The Unknown

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The 11 Best Songs by New Order

We all have music that acts as the soundtrack to our lives. There's always that certain song that reminds you of a day in high school. Or there's a band that reminds you of an ex-girlfriend. And everytime that song or band starts playing a vivd memory comes crashing back as if someone flipped a light switch. New Order is that band to me. Listening to New Order is my audio memory of high school. Everytime I listen to Love Vigilantes, I can remember the first time I heard the song. I was standing on a high school pool deck waiting for our relay team to race. Some of the older kids were playing Low-Life and singing along to the song. 20 years later, that memory sticks with me better than almost anything I did last week. Why is that audio senses afflict such vivid memories? Maybe that's my attraction to music so much. A great song never changes. It's always great. And everytime you listen to reminds you what is so great about it.

Here are the 11 Best Songs by New Order (of the 80s):

1. Love Vigilantes (Low-Life)
2. Broken Promise (Brotherhood)
3. True Faith (Substance)
4. Temptation (Factus 8)
5. Shell-Shock (Substance)
6. Mr. Disco (Technique)
7. Subculture (Low-Life)
8. All The Way (Technique)
9. 1963 (Substance)
10. Sooner Than You Think (Low-Life)
11. Bizarre Love Triangle (Brotherhood)
Buy any of New Order's reissues now!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The 11 Best Songs By Ryan Adams and the Cardinals

When you have two kids, getting free time is almost better than sex. During free time, you get to do anything you want to clear your head. Having sex you run the risk of having another kid and even less free time.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Ryan Adams and the Cardinals:

1. If I Am A Stranger (Cold Roses)
2. Don't Fail Me Now (Jacksonville City Nights)
4. Sweet Illusions (Cold Roses)
5. Always On My Mind (Hot Tulips)
6. These Girls (Easy Tiger)
7. Meadowlake Street (Cold Roses)
8. The Hardest Part (Jacksonville City Nights)
9. Let It Ride (Cold Roses)
10. September (Jacksonville City Nights)
11. Down in A Hole (Follow the Lights)

Buy Ryan Adams new album...Cardinology now! Hurry up before he releases another album.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

The 11 Best Songs By A Tribe Called Quest

I can't believe it happened. We've been waiting 8 years. 8 years for a new dawn. We've been given promises for something new every 4 years...but for some reason...they've never seen the light of day. Of course I'm talking about Q-tip's solo work. First Kamaal The Abstract (maybe one of the most innovative hip-hop albums of all time) gets shelved for no apparent reason. A few years later, his follow-up to his shelved album, Open, also is shelved.
On November 4th...all that changed. Q-tip returns to mainstream music with one of the best hip-hop albums of the year...if not the decade. And easily his best material since Midnight Mauraders. Why does it take so long for America to catch up with such progressive thinkers?

Here are The 11 Best Songs By A Tribe Called Quest:

1. Award Tour (Midnight Mauraders)
2. Can I Kick It? (People's Instinctive Travels)
3. Scenario (The Low End Theory)
4. Description of A Fool (People's Instinctive Travels)
5. Stressed Out (Beats Rhymes & Life)
6. Electric Relaxation (Midnight Mauraders)
8. Steve Biko (Midnight Mauraders)
9. Bugging Out (The Low End Theory)
10. Like It Like That (The Love Movement)
11. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo (People's Instinctive Travels)
Buy Q-Tip's new album...The Renaissance. For less than $10! It's great!!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

The 11 Best Albums by Ryan Adams

For some reason, Itunes went buggy this weekend and erased all the information I had on my itunes library. Though all the songs remain intact...all the rating, folders, renaming of tracks has all completely vanished. It's beyond frustrating...I've honestly never used a program that had as many bugs and flaws as itunes. I've used microsoft word for 15 years...never had it crash or destroy any information on any of my documents. But itunes crashes about once ever 6 months, erasing all of my data. And somehow...Mac people think that anything mac does is perfect and anything microsoft does is evil. Explain that one to me...

The 11 Best Albums Featuring Ryan Adams
2. Stranger's Almanac (Whiskeytown)
3. Cold Roses (&The Cardinals)
4. Love is Hell (complete)
5. Heartbreaker
6. Pneumonia (Whiskeytown)
7. Rock N Roll
8. Jacksonville City Nights (&The Cardinals)
9. Faithless Street (Whiskeytown)
10. 29
11. Demolition
Buy Ryan Adams and the Cardinals new album...Cardinology