Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The 11 Best Songs By Vic Chesnutt

Vic Chesnutt died on Christmas Day. The same day that respresents the birth of history's most famous martyr. Vic is a martyr now is his right. A man who was plagued for most of his adult life with stockpiled medical bills that he couldn't pay, dies during the same week that America passes a health care bill. Many opponents of public health care have said that no one in America dies because they can't afford medical care. They should have told that to Vic...if they had...he might still be alive.

RIP Vic Chesnutt.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Vic Chesnutt:

1. Supernatural (Drunk)
2. Panic Pure (West of Rome)
3. Betty Lonely (Is The Actor Happy)
4. Where Were You (West of Rome)
5. Coward (At The Cut)
6. Sponge (West of Rome)
7. Maiden (The Salesman and Bernadette)
8. Isadora Duncan (Little)
9. Rambunctious Cloud (Ghetto Bells)
10. West of Rome (West of Rome)
11. Phil the Fiddler (Dark Developments)

Find Vic Chesnutt albums here. And get the free Daytrotter Session.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The 111 Best Albums of 2009

Well, here it is...the annual epic 111 best albums of 2009...as voted on by you. Usually it's a close race...but this year, Animal Collective ran away with it. In fact, the entire top ten was leaps and bounds above the rest. And...if you have a problem with the list...then blame yourselves...you're the ones who voted.

See ya, next decade!!

Here are the 111 Best Albums of 2009:

1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
2. The xx - xx (Crystalised BBC)
3. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
4. The Antlers - Hospice (Kettering)
5. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (1901 live)
6. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca (The Bride)
7. Wilco - Wilco (the Album)
8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz (only $5.00)
9. Metric - Fantasies (Help Im Alive)
10. Girls – Album
11. St. Vincent – Actor
12. Pearl Jam – Backspacer
13. Japandroids – Post Nothing
14. Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk
15. White Rabbits - It's Frightening (Percussion Gun daytrotter)
16. Modest Mouse – No One’s First and You’re Next
17. Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
18. Built To Spill - There is No Enemy
19. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
20. Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew
21. Morrissey - Years of Refusal
22. The Dead Weather – Horehound
23. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
24. Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
25. Cage The Elephant – Cage The Elephant
26. Regina Spektor - FAR
27. Fanfarlo – Reservoir
28. Various Artists – Dark Was The Night
29. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Beware
30. Passion Pit – Manners
31. Noah and the Whale – The First Days of Spring
32. Mos Def – The Ecstatic
33. The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
34. The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
35. K’naan – Troubadour
36. Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years
37. M. Ward – Hold Time
38. Sunset Rubdown – Dragon Slayer
39. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic
40. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
41. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
42. Samantha Crain - Songs In the Night
43. David Gray – Draw The Line
44. Fever Ray – Fever Ray
45. Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown (Know Your Enemy Colbert Report)
46. The Pains of Being Pure of Heart – POBOH
47. Karen O and the Kids – Where the Wild Things Are
48. Dave Matthews Band – Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
49. Devendra Banhart – What Will We Be
50. The Swell Season - Strict Joy
51. Why? – Eskimo Snow
52. Julian Plenti - …is a Skyscraper
53. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Why There Are Mountains (Cold Spring)
54. The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (Ticket Taker)
55. Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms
56. Mew – No More Stories Are Told Today
57. Fun. – Aim and Ignite
58. The Horrors – Primary Colours
59. Conor Oberst – Outer South
60. Crystal Method - Divided By The Night (only $5.00)
61. Miike Snow – Miike Snow
62. The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love
63. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
64. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3.0
65. The Mountain Goats – Life of the World To Come
66. Dan Deacon – Bromst
67. Florence and the Machine – Lungs
68. Weezer – Raditude
69. Mastodon – Crack the Skye
70. Say Anything – Say Anything
71. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
72. Trail of Dead – Century of Self
73. Paramore – Brand New Eyes
74. Sonic Youth – The Eternal
75. Handsome Furs – Face Control
76. Wavves – Wavves
77. Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light (only $5.00)
78. Maxwell – BLACKsummer’s Night
79. Von Bondies - Love, Hate and Then There's You
80. Deer Tick - Born On Flag Day (Straight Into A Storm)
81. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
82. Muse – The Resistance
83. The Mars Volta – Octahedron
84. Cut Off Your Hands – You and I
85. Tanya Morgan – Brooklynati
86. Brand New – Daisy
87. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing
88. The Black Crowes - Before The Frost...Until the Freeze
89. The Fray – The Fray
90. Roman Candle – Oh Tall Tree In The Ear
91. Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Dollface Honey
92. U2 – No Line on the Horizon
93. Placebo – Battle For the Sun
94. Various Artists – Ghana Special (1968-91)
95. Gogol Bordello – Live from Axis Mundi
96. Flyleaf – Memento Mori (only $5)
97. Taking Back Sunday – New Again
98. Third Eye Blind – Ursa Major (only $5.00)
99. Jack Penate – Everything Is New
100. Levon Helm – Electric Dirt (only $5)
101. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
102. Dananananaykroyd – Hey everyone!
103. El Grupa Nueva De Omar Rodriguez Lopez – Cryptomnesia
104. Raekwon – Only Built For Cuban Linx P2
105. Wale – Attention Deficit (only $5.00)
106. Franz Ferdinand – Tonight
107. Matt & Kim – Grand ($5.00)
108. Memory Tapes – Seek Magic
109. Drake – So Far Gone (only $5.00)
110. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast
111. Tegan and Sara – Sainthood

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The 11 Best Albums of 2009: 1-11 (Part 5)

So here it... the best 11 albums of 2009...according to me.

But if you want a voice...then it's time to vote on your favorite albums. Next week, I will publish a list of the 111 best albums of 2009...according to you...my readers.

If you want to vote...just put your top 20 albums in the comment section anywhere on the blog.

Here are the 11 Best Albums of 2009: 1-11 (Part 5):

1. The xx - The xx
2. Samantha Crain - Songs In the Night (Devil's in Boston)
3. Wilco - Wilco (the Album)
4. Morrissey - Years of Refusal
5. The Antlers - Hospice (Kettering)
6. The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (Ticket Taker)
7. Built To Spill - There is No Enemy
8. The Swell Season - Strict Joy (Low Rising)
9. Crystal Method - Divided By The Night
10. Metric - Fantasies
11. Von Bondies - Love, Hate and Then There's You

Monday, December 14, 2009

8 Crazy Hanukkah Songs!

Considering the greatest songwriters, TV writers, and screenwriters are all Jewish (okay not all of them...but a lot) one would think we would have a few festive songs for Hanukkah. But in the past century we've only been able to muster up a good half dozen. In fact, the humorous songs about Hanukkah are not only more common...they're actually much better.

Happy Hanukkah, Hebroes and Hesistas!

Here are 8 Crazy Hanukkah Songs!

1. Save Ferris - Christmas Wrapping
2. Sarah Silverman - Give The Jew Girl Toys
3. South Park - Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel
4. Smooth E - Heynukkah!
5. Dr. Dyke - Westside
6. Pudie Tadow - Get Your Dreidel On
7. 2 Live Jews - Feliz Hanukkah
8. Adam Sandler - The Hanukkah Song Part 3

Monday, December 07, 2009

The 11 Best Albums of 2009: 12-22 (Part 4)

I've noticed that my excitement for new releases is much lower than it used to be. When a new Pearl Jam album came out...I lined up at midnight at Tower Records just to be the first to buy it. I still go buy albums the day they come out...but it's usually a Tuesday ritual rather than a special treat. But this year...there were a few albums that got my juices going. The 4 unreleased Beck albums were quite nice since they were unavailable in a store. But these were given away for free. So, as cool as they were...anyone could get them. But there was another unreleased album that I got fanatic over. That would be the Sparklehorse/DangerMouse album...why? Because it was never available anywhere. Not to download. Not to buy. Getting a copy wasn't just exciting...it was like a treasure hunt. For those few days while I tracked down each song, I was excited over a new release since...as I had been when waiting in line at midnight.

New month means new $5 albums. Check out the store for the new Lady Gaga, 50 Cent, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Alec Ounsworth, Major Lazer, new Green Day, Wale, Dodos, My Morning Jacket, and a buttload of Christmas albums.

Here is the 11 Best Albums of 2009: 12-22 (Part 4):

12. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
13. Deer Tick - Born On Flag Day (Straight Into A Storm)
14. The Black Crowes - Before The Frost...Until the Freeze
15. The Dead Weather - Horehound
16. White Rabbits - It's Frightening
17. Tegan and Sara - Sainthood
18. Regina Spektor - FAR
19. Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul (Revenge)
20. Pearl Jam - Backspacer
21. Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
22. Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine (Little Sad Eyes)

Sunday, December 06, 2009

The 11 Best Albums of 2009: 23-33 (Part 3)

As each step of this list is being unveiled, I have to say...there was a lot of music this year I really enjoyed. Whether it was scrounging to find the unreleased Beck cover album...or the return of Franz Ferdninand...or the underrated ben gibbard/farrar duet, there was a bunch of music out there to get excited about. Two newcomers to watch...Cut Off Your Hands and Cage The Elephant...I have a feeling they will be on these lists for years to come.
Here are the 11 Best Albums of 2009: 23-33 (Part 3):

23. Cut Off Your Hands - You And I (Turn Cold)
24. JJ - JJ No 2
25. Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg
26. Franz Ferdinand - Tonight
27. Cage The Elephant - Cage the Elephant (Ain't No Rest)
28. M. Ward - Hold Time
29. Beck - Velvet Underground & Nico (I'll Be Your Mirror)
30. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3.0
31. Steel Panther - Feel The Steel
32. Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream
33. Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar - One Fast Move Or I'm Gone

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The 11 Best Albums of 2009: 34-44 (Part 2)

With the end of decade sending everyone scrambling to make decade topping lists, let's not forget all the good music that made this year one of the better musical years of the decade.

Don't forget to vote in our annual "best of." Just send us your top 20 albums of the year...or as many as you can think of, if you can't think of 20. We take all albums...all genres...just be sure they were released in 2009. To vote, just put your list in the comments section of the blog...or email us.

Here 11 Best Albums of 2009: 34-44 (Part 2):

34. Moby - Wait for Me (Shot In The Back of the Head) - only $5.00
35. Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon
36. Au Revoir Simone - Still Night, Still Light - only $5.00
37. Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11 -only $5.00
38. Julian Plenti - Julian Plenti...is a Skyscraper
39. Cursive - Mama, I'm Swollen (What Have I Done)
40. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (East Jesus Nowhere)
41. The Editors - In This Light and On This Evening
42. Great Lake Swimmers - Lost Channels
43. Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
44. Alice in Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The 11 Best Albums of 2009: 45-55 (Part 1)

Happy Holidays everyone!

It's that time of the year again...time to make our own "Best of…" list. As you all know, every year I compile a list of the best music albums released during the year. And, I ask all of you to help out.

So, if you haven't done this before or need a quick refresher, it's very simple. Send me your 20 Favorite Albums that were released during 2009. Remember, the only rule is that the album had to be officially released during 2009. If you can't think of 20...send 10...or even 5...if you only like 1, then just send 1.

Once I get all the votes...I'll compile an uber list of 111 of the best albums of 2009.

Here are the 11 Best Albums of 2009: 45-55 (Part 1):

45. Cracker - Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
46. Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic (Fangela)
47. The Bravery - Stir The Blood
48. Arctic Monkeys - Humbug
49. Memory Tapes - Seek Magic
50. Volcano Choir - Unmap (only $5.00)
51. Monsters of Folk - Monsters of Folk
52. Weezer - Raditude
53. St. Vincent - Actor
54. The Big Pink - A Brief History of Love
55. William Elliott Whitmore - Animals in the Dark (There Is Hope For You)

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Unknown: The Bravery - Cowards

I may be the only person who prefers the original version of The Bravery's Sun and the Moon to the new re-produced ultra uber spectacular polished tight-fitting version. To me the first version sounded more natural...more like the band's first album. The new "glitter" version sounds like the dorky guy in math class who keeps offering to do the prom queen's homework. You want to say "Stop it!...you're trying too hard." Maybe it's because, to many, The Bravery are the dorky guy in math class. I can't believe how many people think this band just all out sucks. But three albums in...they're hanging on...and honestly, making some damn good catchy music. If you don't think so, take a listen to their B-side collection.

Here is The Bravery - Cowards:

  1. Rocket (Smashing Pumpkins)
  2. It's All I Can Do (The Cars)
  3. Rats in the Walls
  4. An Cat Dubh (U2)
  5. Faces
  6. Oh Glory
  7. Hey Sunshiney Day
  8. Hot Pursuit
  9. Who Left Me Out?
  10. Sorrow (The McCoys)
  11. The Dandy (Rock)

Buy The Bravery's new album, Stir the Blood now!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Unknown: Weezer's Black & White Album (Disc White)

Alright, you turkeys asked for it. Here is the White disc to Weezer's unreleased Black & White Album.

You better be "thankful" and show your appreciation by supporting the blog and the artists and picking up some $5 albums in our store. Tons of new albums just added this week for BLACK FRIDAY!!

Some of the recent Black Friday additions: Matt & Kim, Okkervil River, Glasvegas, Neko Case, Volcano Choir, Wolfmother, Bon Iver, Mastodon, White Rabbits, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Built To Spill, Fun., AFI, Buckcherry, 311, U2, The Black Crowes...and many more!!!

Unknown: Weezer's Black & White Album (Disc White):
Buy Weezer's new album Raditude (Amazon Addition)...for only $5.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The 111 Best Tom Petty Songs

When an American icon comes along with a new album...narrowing his career down to eleven songs isn't just a difficult task...it's an insult. Petty belongs with the greats. Time and time again he has stood up to the record companies and won. Not just once...but many times. He is everything that rock n roll was and everything it should be. He has stood for artists' rights...he has stood against over-production. He blasted the radio industry, American Idol, and everything that is wrong with music today. He made a 4-hour music documentary against all common sense...and in turn made one of the greatest music documentaries of all time. And at the end of the day...no matter how much stands up for or stands against...he backs it up making good honest music...that has only gotten better with time.

Rock on, Tom Petty. Rock on.

The 111 Best Tom Petty Songs:

  1. American Girl (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
  2. Refugee (Damn The Torpedoes)
  3. Runnin' Down A Dream (Full Moon Fever)
  4. Breakdown (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
  5. Shadow of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) (Damn The Torpedoes)
  6. Learing To Fly (Into The Great Wide Open)
  7. Even The Losers (Damn The Torpedoes)
  8. Zombie Zoo (Full Moon Fever)
  9. I Need To Know (You're Gonna Get It)
  10. I Won't Back Down (Full Moon Fever)
  11. Crawling Back To You (Wildflowers)
  12. The Last DJ (The Last DJ)
  13. King's Highway (Into The Great Wide Open)
  14. Waiting For Tonight (Playback)
  15. Free Fallin' (Full Moon Fever)
  16. The Waiting (Hard Promises)
  17. Don't Do Me Like That - Mudcrutch Version (Playback)
  18. Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys Volume 1)
  19. Yer So Bad (Full Moon Fever)
  20. Mary Jane's Last Dance (Greatest Hits)
  21. Rebels (Southern Accents)
  22. Square One (Highway Companion)
  23. Love Is Long Road (Full Moon Fever)
  24. A Woman In Love (Hard Promises)
  25. Walls (Circus) - (She's The One)
  26. Finding Out (Long After Dark)
  27. Two Gunslingers (Into The Great Wide Open)
  28. Ways To Be Wicked (Playback)
  29. Saving Grace (Highway Companion)
  30. Wildflowers (Wildflowers)
  31. Here Comes My Girl (Damn The Torpedoes)
  32. Dark of the Sun (Into The Great Wide Open)
  33. Grew Up Fast (She's The One)
  34. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (Bella Donna)
  35. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Full Moon Fever)
  36. Listen To Her Heart (You're Gonna Get It)
  37. Angel Dream (No. 4) - (She's The One)
  38. Out In The Cold (Into The Great Wide Open)
  39. You and Me (The Last DJ)
  40. Counting On You (Echo)
  41. A Thing About You (Hard Promises)
  42. You Got Lucky (Long After Dark)
  43. Ankle Deep (Highway Companion)
  44. Since You Said You Loved Me (Playback)
  45. Magnolia (You're Gonna Get It)
  46. Letting You Go (Hard Promises)
  47. Depending On You (Full Moon Fever)
  48. A One Story Town (Long After Dark)
  49. Runaway Trains (Let Me Up)
  50. Restless (You're Gonna Get It)
  51. Into The Great Wide Open (Into The Great Wide Open)
  52. Won't Last Long (Echo)
  53. Flirting With Time (Highway Companion)
  54. The Wrong Thing To Do (Mudcrutch)
  55. End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys - Volume 1)
  56. You Wreck Me (Wildflowers)
  57. All Or Nothin' (Into The Great Wide Open)
  58. A Mind With A Heart of Its Own (Full Moon Fever)
  59. So You Want To Be A Rock N Roll Star (Pack Up The Plantation)
  60. King's Road (Hard Promises)
  61. Jammin' Me (Let Me Up)
  62. Century City (Damn The Torpedoes)
  63. Hope You Never (She's The One)
  64. Time To Move On (Wildflowers)
  65. Insider (Hard Promises)
  66. Southern Accents (Southern Accents)
  67. Needles and Pins (Pack Up The Plantation)
  68. We Stand A Chance (Long After Dark)
  69. You're Gonna Get It (You're Gonna Get It)
  70. Dogs On The Run (Southern Accents)
  71. Fooled Again (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
  72. I Can't Fight It (Playback)
  73. Dreamville (The Last DJ)
  74. Swingin' (Echo)
  75. Down South (Highway Companion)
  76. Lover of the Bayou (Mudcrutch)
  77. Sea of Heartbreak (Unchained)
  78. The Apartment Song (Full Moon Fever)
  79. A Higher Place (Wildflowers)
  80. Deliver Me (Long After Dark)
  81. Let Me Up (Let Me Up)
  82. One More Day, One More Night (Echo)
  83. Makin' Some Noise (Into The Great Wide Open)
  84. Hurt (You're Gonna Get It)
  85. Poor House (Traveling Wilburys - Volume 3)
  86. Turning Point (Playback)
  87. Blue Moon of Kentucky (Good Rockin' Tonight)
  88. Louisiana Rain (Damn The Torpedoes)
  89. How Many More Days (Let Me Up)
  90. To Find A Friend (Wildflowers)
  91. Damaged By Love (Highway Companion)
  92. Scare Easy (Mudcrutch)
  93. I Will Run To You (Wild At Heart)
  94. Money Becomes King (The Last DJ)
  95. Asshole (She's The One)
  96. Don't Come Around Here No More (Southern Accents)
  97. A Self-Made Man (Let Me Up)
  98. About To Give Out (Echo)
  99. Wake Up Time (Wildflowers)
  100. Crystal River (Mudcrutch)
  101. Night Driver (Highway Companion)
  102. Anything's That Rock N Roll (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
  103. Kneeling Drunkard's Plea (Unchained)
  104. Big Weekend (Highway Companion)
  105. Keeping Me Alive (Playback)
  106. When A Kid Goes Bad (The Last DJ)
  107. Room At The Top (Echo)
  108. The Best of Everything (Southern Accents)
  109. It's Good To Be King (Wildflowers)
  110. Orphan of the Storm (Mudcrutch)
  111. You Don't Know How It Feels (Wildflowers)

Buy Tom Petty's Live Anthology. 50 songs for under $20!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Unknown: Morrissey at Pauley Pavilion

So far I've seen some good results from my mini-pledge drive. I promise if I get a few more purchases I'll add the second disc to the Weezer Black & White album. So if you haven't checked out our store...please do so now...lots to choose from. It's not a bad deal...you're getting a ultra rare disc of Weezer material...a full length album at a great price...and you feel good for supporting the artists.

One release that came out with only a little fanfare this past week was the new Morrissey B-Side collection, (Swords) pooling together bonus tracks from this decade's albums. In honor of Morrissey diving into his non-mainstream material...I have done likewise. Below is not the best Moz concert...but in fact one that might like to be forgotten. Playing at UCLA's infamous Pauley Pavilion, Moz only made it halfway through the set before the students rushed the stage in a giddy frenzy. It's not often you hear a boot where the show gets canceled mid-gig. But I guarantee you...Moz this makes it worth the listen.

Here is Morrissey Live at Pauley Pavilion:

13. Outro

Buy Morrissey's new B-Side collection, Swords.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The 11 Best Dave Grohl Appearences:

While I'm still waiting on your turkeys to pick up some albums in this month's bargain basement...here's a quick list for the only real album of note this week. (yeah sorry...not a John Mayer fan).

This month there's some great albums available in the bargain bin: Anvil, RX Bandits' Mandala, Owl City, Jay-Z Blueprint 3, The 59 Sound, Daft Punk, Edward Sharpe, Islands Vapours, Antlers' Hospice, Nelly Furtado, Blitzen Trapper, Flight of the Conchords, Black Eyed Peas E.N.D., Paul's Boutique, The Clash Live, Minutemen Double Nickels, Decemberists, Relient K mmhmm, Grizzly Bear, Ben Harper, David Bowie...and many others.

Here are The 11 Best Dave Grohl Appearences:

1. Nirvana
2. Foo Fighters
3. The Backbeat Band
4. Queens of the Stone Age (Songs For The Deaf)
5. Late!
6. Dave Grohl Solo (Touch Soundtrack)
7. Probot
8. Buzz Osbourne (King Buzzo)
9. Cat Power (You Are Free)
10. Killing Joke (2003)
11. Scream
Buy Dave's new supergroup project Them Crooked Vultures only $7.99 this week...with Josh Homme and Zeppelin' Jon Paul Jones.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Unknown: Weezer's Black & White Album (Disc Black)

I know no ever reads this stuff...but I'm hoping today I'm wrong. What I've posted today is disc one of a 2-disc compilation. In order to get disc 2...I need all my readers to go out and support the artists. As much as I love blogging...it's not free. It's costly to host the files and have my own domain....just turn on all you audiofiles to great new music. So below is a link to a bunch of great albums for only $5. I get pennies for any album you buy...but those pennies add up...and allow me to keep going.

So think of it this way...for $5.00...you get a great album...plus a whole other album of Weezer goodness. You can't beat that deal with a stick. Happy shopping.
I'll decide by Monday the verdict!
Here is Weezer's Black & White Album (Disc Black):
3. 367
11. Running Man

Buy Weezer's new album...if you haven't already. It's called RADITUDE!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Unknown: Weezer - The Grey Album

As most of you discovered...the Purple album is ficitional. It's just a collection of B-sides. But what I've realized over the years is that when you have a bunch of B-sides from a particular band...you barely listen to them. This was especially true when CDs were the primary listening mode. Less so on itunes...but still...I always put on an album first. So, I discovered, when I put B-sides together to form their own album, I not only listen more...I actually enjoy them more. And now with Photoshop...I can make my own cover art. I can make my own tracklist...and make as long or as short as I want. It makes the experience just more user-friendly.

So, continuing on with the tradition. The Grey Album is a collection of demos from Weezer that were up for consideration for Album 5 but didn't make the grade. I don't think I've posted this before...so would love to hear thoughts.

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Here is the Weezer's - The Grey Album:

1. How Long
2. High Up Above
3. Sandwich Time
4. Porcupine
5. Don't Pick On Me
6. Serendipity
7. Your Room
8. Change The World
9. Mr. Taxman
10. Saturday Night
11. Broken Arrow
12. Ain't Got Much Time
13. Zep Jamb
14. We Go Together
15. Seafaring Jamb
16. Alcapulco (Alternate Version)

Buy Weezer's new album Raditude.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The 11 Best Songs By Weezer

I have a theory about friendships. There are two types of friends in our lives: priority friends and obligation friends. Priority friends are the friends you want to hang out with. Obligation friends are the friends you feel obligated to hang out with. (Technically, there's a third category..."new friends"...but this category goes away after the 10th time hanging out with someone)

For example, friends you go out and party with...priority friends. Your work friends...obligation friends. Friends you see or call on their birthday...priority friends. Friends you text or Facebook on their birthday...obligation friends. Friends you have over for Sunday dinner...priority friends. High school buds you see once a year...obligation friends. You see where I'm going with this.

But here's where it gets tricky...how do you know when you're no longer a "priority" friend and have fallen into "obligation" friend status? It's easy. It's called the TV conversation. If you're hanging out with someone...and you run out of things to say...and you start talking about TV shows, that's a red flag. Now, I'm not talking about when people say...hey, did you see that great episode of Lost last night? That's implies familiarity. What I'm talking about...is when you ask someone (or they ask you)...so, you watching any good shows? (works for movies too...except in Oscar season) If the best conversation you can have with someone is finding out what shows they watch and like...then you obviously aren't very close with this person anymore. Cut your losses...and get out while you can.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Weezer:

1. Good Life (Pinkerton)
2. No One Else (Blue Album)
3. Hash Pipe (Green Album)
4. Tired of Sex (Pinkerton)
5. Dope Nose (Maladroit)
6. Why Bother? (Pinkerton)
7. In The Garage (Blue Album)
8. Pork and Beans (Red Album)
9. Photgraph (Green Album)
10. This Is Such A Pity (Make Believe)
11. Keep Fishin' (Maladroit)

Buy Weezer's new album, Raditude.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The 11 Best songs By Strokes Members

Last week, Julian Casablancas became the 4th strokes member (come on Valensi...show some hustle) to release a solo album in the hiatus between Strokes album #3 & #4. It's now official...the individual members of the Strokes have released more material on their own...then they have with the band as a whole.

But here's the big question? Is it any good? or should they get back to the studio and do what they do best? You decide!

Here are the 11 Best Songs by Members of the Strokes:

1. 101 (Albert Hammond, Jr. - Yours To Keep)
2. Brand New Start (Little Joy - Little Joy)
3. Brandy of the Damned (Nickel Eye - Time of the Assassins)
4. In Transit (Albert Hammond, Jr. - Yours To Keep)
5. How To Hang A Warhol (Little Joy - Little Joy)
6. Keep Me In Mind (Little Joy - Little Joy)
7. GFC (Albert Hammond, Jr. - Como Te Llama?)
8. You and Everyone (Nickel Eye - Time of the Assassins)
9. Don't Watch Me Dancing (Little Joy - Little Joy)
10. Victory At Monterrey (Albert Hammond, Jr. - Como Te Llama?)
11. Better (Regina Spektor featuring Nick Valensi on guitar)

Buy Julian Casablancas' new album, Phrazes For The Young. (right now only $5)

Monday, November 09, 2009

The Unknown: Weezer - The Purple Album

I have always been obsessed with bonus tracks...b-sides...and the rare compilation inclusions. Finding these songs was like finding a secret piece of a band that most people didn't know about. It created a personal attachment to a band...even if they were popular. Owning "Even in His Youth" made you cooler than everyone who owned "Nevermind." Owning "Burro" gave you street cred over those who just owned "Odelay." Owning SOMMS made you infinitely more bad ass than everyone who suddenly got into Soundgarden. Sometimes...in order to obtain these special tracks meant buying an import single for $10...or even a Japanese import for upwards of $40. But paying this much wasn't a big deal since the adventure to find the song made it worth the pricetag.

But today, we have the internet. And finding bonus songs is about as time-consuming as it is to type the title into google. That hasn't stopped bands from putting out multiple versions of their albums. Last week...Weezer's new album, Raditude came out in 5 different version: the regular version, the deluxe version with 4 bonus songs, the amazon bonus version, the itunes ipass version, and the import version. Each had different tracks...each cost about $10-$20. And it takes no effort to hunt them down...so...what's the point record label? Fans are not going to go out and download one version from itunes and another from Amazon. It just will not happen. All that will happen is that we turn to the internet to download them for free. Sorry...but you're just making the situation worse.

Here is Weezer's The Purple Album:

1. Sweet Adeline
2. Mykel & Carli
3. Suzanne
4. Jamie
5. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
6. Devotion
7. Waiting On You
8. I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams
9. Velouria
10. Christmas Song

Buy Weezer's new album...Raditude! (get the bonus deluxe edition with 4 extra tracks)

Sunday, November 08, 2009

The 11 Best Krist Novoselic Songs (post-Nirvana)

Okay Nirvana week wouldn't be Nirvana week if all three members (sorry Chad) didn't get some of the spotlight. And we're forgetting one of the most important members, bassist Krist Novoselic. Krist has had no where near the success that Dave has had in his post-Nirvana career...but that doesn't negate his importance while in the band. Come As You Are would not be the hit it was if Krist hadn't ripped off The Bauhaus...okay, just kidding.

But Krist has trudged along...putting out some listenable material over the years. From the mexican lounge of Sweet 75 to the granola jams of Eyes Adrift to the mini-Nirvana reunion with Dave on the Stinky Puffs to the seattle supergroup No WTO Combo with Jello Biafra and Kim Thayil to joining his idols and playing on the most recent Flipper album.

Here are the 11 Best Krist Novoselic Songs (post-Nirvana):

1. What I Said (Eyes Adrift)
2. Lay Me Down (Sweet 75)
3. Love Fight (Flipper)
4. Alaska (Eyes Adrift)
5. Electronic Plantation (No WTO Combo)
6. Dogs (Sweet 75)
7. Triple Mass (Flipper)
8. Telescope (Eyes Adrift)
9. New Feudalism (No WTO Combo)
10. Buddies Aren't Butts (Stinky Puffs)
11. Pasted (Eyes Adrift)

Buy Nirvana's new albums, Live at Reading, and Bleach 20th Anniversary.

Friday, November 06, 2009

The Unknown: The Foo Fighters - Pocketwatch Demos

As Nirvana week continues, I was priming to do a selection of demos...but then I realized that not only is there a big faction of Nirvana I should be talking about but a whole other Nirvana release this week that is also being neglected. And that's the Foo Fighters.

This week, the Foos release their Greatest Hits. Without Nirvana, there would never be a Foo...let alone a Greatest Hits.

What a lot of people don't know...is that the Foo Fighters were actually born out of the Nirvana recording sessions. On days when Kurt was awol, Krist and Dave would start jamming on Dave's song ideas. From those jams came the songs that would eventually end up on the Foo's debut album. But here's where it gets interesting...the Foo Fighters was not Dave's first solo project. Before Nirvana's breakout success...Dave had his own side project called Late!

Late! released one album (Pocketwatch) on cassette, which came out in 1992 at the peak of Nirvana's popularity...but oddly went unnoticed. This is the reason I'm including it during Nirvana week, since it is material that was created in that all but too brief 1991-1994 time period.

Here are the Foo Fighters' (Late!) Pocketwatch Demos:

1. Pokey The Little Puppy
2. Petrol CB
3. Friend of a Friend
4. Throwing Needles
5. Just Another Story About Skeeter Thompson
6. Color Pictures of a Marigold
7. Hell's Garden
8. Winnebago
9. Bruce
10. Milk

Buy the Foo Fighters' Greatest Hits Collection.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

The 11 Best Nirvana Covers (you've never heard)

With this being Nirvana week...I wanted to try and do something special.

Typically, I would do a "best of" list. But that's been done to death. Or I would do a B-sides list. But again...most of those have been released. So what would be a unique list that might get everyone salivating? Obviously unreleased material is always at the top of everyone's list. Now I could do a list of original songs that have never been released. Some refined...some just fragments of songs. But it seems almost typical. So...how about a list showing where Nirvana came from...a list of what they listened to and made them what they were. That's right. Covers. Everyone loves covers. And here's a sampling of some of Nirvana's best...worst...and just weird.

The 11 Best Nirvana Covers (you've never heard and not really in order):

1. My Best Friend's Girl (The Cars)
2. Bad Moon Rising (CCR)
3. Seasons in the Sun (Terry Jacks)
4. More Than A Feeling (Boston)
5. Baba O'Reilly with Krist singing (The Who)
6. Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie)
7. The End (The Doors)
8. Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (Ledbelly)
9. Love Buzz (The Shocking Blue)
10. Here She Comes Now (The Velvet Underground)
11. Do You Love Me? (Kiss)

Buy Nirvana's new releases....Live at Reading Fest...and the 20th Anniversary of Bleach Deluxe Edition.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Unknown: Nirvana at The Off Ramp 1990 2

I grew up listening to Nirvana. From an indie rock band to the biggest band of the decade. I owned everything they ever put out. I never thought Kurt Cobain was a voice of a generation...he was the scream of our generation. So for today...here's a little bit about myself.

Here are the 11 Biggest Nirvana Moments of my Life:

1. Attending to the 1992 MTV Music Awards and watching Krist hit himself in the head with his bass.
2. Buying Bleach on cassette in 1989 and having all my friends tell me the band sucked and would never amount to anything.
3. Waiting in line at midnight to buy In Utero
4. Videotaping MTV Unplugged and watching it over and over for months
5. Getting my first Outcesticide at Fingerprints in Long Beach
6. Using Napster to discover rare unreleased copies You Know Youre Right.
7. Feeling special that my copy of Nevermind has the bonus Endless Nameless hidden at the end and everyone else in my dorm didn't have it.
8. Having a big party to watch Nirvana on SNL after In Utero's release
9. Getting 3 copies of Incesticide for Christmas even though I had purchased it two weeks earlier.
10. Spending hours holed away listening to With The Lights Out.
11. Watching the Live at Reading DVD while my daughter danced along to the music

Here's PART TWO to Nirvana's performance at the Off-Ramp in Seattle.

Buy Nirvana's Live at Reading and their 20th Anniversary of Bleach...now!!!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Unknown: Nirvana at The Off Ramp 1990

There's not 1...not 2...but 3 Nirvana-related releases this week. Nirvana's epic performance at the Reading Festival (which comes out on both CD and DVD). Nirvana's 20th anniversary re-issue of their debut album Bleach (which includes a full concert from 1989). And...the Foo Fighters greatest hits. The three releases make for an interesting retrospective on the career of the band...from its beginnings (Bleach) to its apex (Reading) to its after-life (Foo Fighters).

Now, I've had most of the Reading festival performance for years on cassette. Yes...cassette. So to finally get it in video and CD quality is a nice pick-up. But despite everyone claiming this is the band's best performance...I'm going to have to disagree. It's a great one...one of their bests...but the best show I've ever heard is from the Off-Ramp in seattle. This happens at a time right when the band is on the verge of breaking out. Their songwriting has just taken a major step forward...yet they still are clinging to their punk sensibilities. It's an epic show that goes so long...the owner of the club has to close his doors...then re-open them after curfew so the band can continue playing. Only a band that had no rules could have pulled this off.

Here is Nirvana's Performance at the Off-Ramp in Seattle 1990:

1. Aneurysm
2. Oh, The Guilt
3. Mr. Moustache
4. Pay To Play
5. Breed
6. Floyd The Barber
7. About A Girl
8. Verse Chorus Verse
9. In Bloom
10. Swap Meet
11. Been A Son
12. Stain
13. Blew
14. Sappy
15. Lithium
16. School
17. D-7
18. Here She Comes Now
19. Sliver
20. Dive
21. Outside Banter
22. Dumb
23. Polly
24. Something in the Way
25. Negative Creep
26. Love Buzz
27. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
28. Spank Thru
29. Molly's Lips
30. Son Of A Gun
31. Sifting
32. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

Here's PArt One. I've divided the show up alphabetically...just to mess with people. The rest of the songs will be posted tomorrow.

Buy Live at Reading and Bleach's 20th Anniversary...right now!!

Monday, November 02, 2009

The 11 Best Songs By The Frames

Tomorrow will start Nirvana week...but for the next few hours we still have one more of last week's releases to talk about...The Swell Season. For those of you who may be unfamiliar...The Swell Season is the duo from the movie Once who won the Oscar for best original song and then got cut off during their acceptance speech because the show needed more time for a video montage of set design.

Orginally, singer Glen Hansard began playing in a group called the Frames. Despite having huge success in Ireland and the Czech Republic (seriously) they never found a foothold in the snobby American music scene that only liked masterful musicians like Lance Bass. But with an Oscar under his belt...Glen has some breathing room. Once again (no pun intended), Glen teams up with his Once-time partner Marketa Irglova to form their dynamic duo. And the best reason to buy the album...you get a free concert with it. That's two albums for the price of one.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By The Frames:

1. Falling Slowly (The Cost)
2. People Get Ready (The Cost)
3. What Happens When The Heart Just Stops (For The Birds)
4. Fake (Burn The Maps)
5. Mind's Made Up (The Cost)
6. Star Star (Dance the Devil)
7. Fitzcarraldo (Fitzcarraldo)
8. Listen Girl (Roads Outgrown)
9. Sad Songs (The Cost)
10. Santa Maria (For The Birds)
11. Keepsake (Burn The Maps)

Buy the Swell Season's new album, Strict Joy. (Get a free concert with purchase that includes a cover of the Pixies' Gigantic)

Sunday, November 01, 2009

The 11 Best Songs By Creed

I know what you're thinking...why am I doing a list for Creed? Why would I even waste my time? But love them or hate them...Creed has been one of the few rock successes over the past few years. Whether it's deserved or it's because there isn't any other great rock music out there is definitely a question to be asking...unless your asking Scott Stapp...then that's just going to get you a punch in the face.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Creed:


Support Creed by Buying Wolfmother's new album, Cosmic Egg.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The 11 Best Songs By Tegan and Sara

Twin sisters. Lesbian twin sisters. Hot-looking lesbian twin sisters. Hot-looking lesbian twin sister rock stars! It really doesn't get any better.

And yes...I am aware of their early releases but was never impressed by their Ani difranco years.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Tegan and Sara:

1. Take Me Anywhere (So Jealous)
2. I Know I Know I Know (So Jealous)
3. The Con (The Con)
4. Nineteen (The Con)
5. Walking With A Ghost (So Jealous)
6. Monday Monday Monday (If It Was You)
7. Back In Your Head (The Con)
8. Living Room (If It Was You)
9. You Wouldn't Like Me (So Jealous)
10. Burn Your Life Down (The Con)
11. Rebel Rebel (Spiders From Venus)

Buy Tegan & Sara's new album, Sainthood.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The 11 Best Song By Assemblage 23

Stumbling upon a new a great band that's been out there for years is like discovering a pot of gold in your backyard. I am a huge Depeche Mode fan...and have loved much of the dark brooding 80s electronic resurgence. But only recently have I discovered a band called Assemblage 23, who is now going on fifteen years strong. When I try to describe them to my friends, I call them an "angry Depeche Mode." But despite some harder industrial tones...this band is making some of the best electronic ballads I've ever heard. It's good to hear that this band has a rabid following of devoted fans that would put Fall Out Boy fans to shame...but I would love to see Tom Shear (Assemblage 23's only member) to finally get the respect he deserves. All I can say...if you love Mode...then they're worth a listen.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Assemblage 23:

1. Dirt (Binary EP)
2. Cocoon (Defiance)
3. Damaged (Meta)
4. Human (Storm)
5. Drive (Defiance)
6. Madman's Dream (Meta)
7. I Am The Rain (Failure)
8. Skin (Storm)
9. Love My Way (Early, Rare, Unreleased v2)
10. You Haven't Earned It (Storm)
11. Opened (Defiance)

Buy Assemblage 23's new album, Compass now.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The 11 Best Songs By The Editors

The story of Anvil is that persistance can be stronger than talent. When the Editors came out...they were blasted as an Interpol knock-off. And on the their sophomore albums...Interpol received critical praise while Editors didn't even receive a call back. But on the 3rd outing, things begin to change...Interpol's album was...well...just okay. Meanwhile Editors, after being dumped from their label, took a little longer. They challenged their traditional sound...and went darker (which IMO is always better). Their newest release is a gothy dripped electro trip through the Euro club scene stuck somewhere between 1983-1984. If Martin Gore hears this, he might cover one of the songs on his next EP. If Robert Smith hears this, he might cry. And if Interpol hears this...they're going to be racking their brains to figure out how to catch up.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By The Editors:

1. Munich (The Back Room)
2. Bones (An End Has A Start)
3. An End Has A Start (An End Has A Start)
4. Fingers in the Factories (The Back Room)
5. Racing Rats (An End Has A Start)
6. Lullaby (B-Side)
7. Camera (The Back Room)
8. Open Your Arms (The Back Room)
9. Orange Crush (B-Side)
10. Fall (The Back Room)
11. All Sparks (The Back Room)

Buy the Editors new album, In This Light and On this Evening.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The 11 Best Songs By Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Starting tomorrow and over the next month, we're about to be introduced to all the big final releases of the year. So before the craziness is unleashed, I wanted to shortly stop and mention a couple of releases that have slid by unnoticed. Both releases feature Alec Ounsworth (singer of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). First up is a full on solo release (Mo Beauty) on the Anti- label. Which is ironic considering that CYHSY is "anti-label."

But that's not all. Alec has also formed his own indie supergroup called Flashy Pyhton, featuring members of Dr. Dog, Man Man, and the Walkmen. Like CYHSY, Alec has chosen the label-less route...so...you can pick up their first release from their website.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Clap Your Hands Say Yeah:

1. Upon The Tidal Wave of Young Blood (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
2. My Yellow Country Teeth (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
3. Is This Love? (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
4. The Sword Song (Some Loud Thunder)
5. Over and Over Again (Lost and Found) - (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
6. Some Loud Thunder (Tour EP)
7. Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air Burning? (Some Loud Thunder)
8. Heavy Metal (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
9. Satan Said Dance (Some Loud Thunder)
10. In This Home On Ice (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)
11. Cigarettes (In This Home On Ice)

Buy Alec Ounsworth's new solo album, Mo Beauty. Also buy Alec's new supergroup, Flashy Python.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The 11 Best Songs By Ben Gibbard

I've started another site. It's the same post as this one...only it's my own server for when the music industry comes knocking and tries to takedown my posts. I've has some weird ones taken down. I had a Weezer post taken down...even though they were Weezer demos that had been given away for free. And an Eminem post taken down...and I didn't even have an MP3 link on that one. That's a little too much power...now they're editing content.


So...I have my new site...only no one goes there except Russian spammers. Serieoulsy about 80% of my comments are for Russian sex sites. Which begs the question...does my site really bring in the clientele that would also be into Russian sex sites? I didn't know I had it in me.

Join my Twitter page, too...only no Russian porn there.

The 11 Best Songs By Ben Gibbard (excluding DCFC songs):

1. Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
2. Brand New Colony - The Postal Service
3. Handle With Care - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
4. Against All Odds - The Postal Service
5. You Remind Me of Home - Home V
6. Clark Gable - The Postal Service
7. Nothing Better - The Postal Service
8. Train Song - Feist and Ben Gibbard
9. Indian Summer - About a Boy
10. Farmer Chords - Home V
11. Slow and Steady Wins The Race - Pedro The Lion

Buy Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar's new album "One Fast Move or I'm Gone."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Unknown: Sebadoh's Live at Reading 1997

Solo careers are always measured against an artist's original band. For example, Chester Bennington's new solo band isn't described as a hard rock influenced pop album...it's considered a poppier version of Linkin Park. The Dead Weather isn't a sonic dirgy blues explosion...it's a bluesier version of the White Stripes. And Lou Barlow's new album (Goodnight Unknown) isn't a singer-songwriter hitting his later years stride...it's a mellowed-out version of Sebadoh.

Sebadoh - Live at Reading 1997:

1. Together or Alone
2. Soul and Fire/Not A Friend/Open Ended
3. Beauty of the Ride
4. Sixteen
5. Homemade
6. Skull/Rebound/Magnet's Coil
7. Shit Soup
8. Drama Mine
9. Whole Hog
10. Mind Reader
11. Can't Give Out

Buy Lou Barlow's new solo album, Goodnight Unknown.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Unknown: The Flaming Lips' Zaireeka

Most bands are happy with being homogenous. Making average songs in the average structure of verse chorus verse. But the Flaming Lips are not one of those bands. For years, they have always tried to push the boundaries of what's normal. Never happy with sounding like everyone else. Sometimes the result is amazing (Yoshimi)...other times you get Zaireeka.

Now don't get me wrong...Zaireeka is a pretty amazing album. But in 12 years...I've only listened to it twice. Why? Because it's extremely difficult to listen to. Zaireeka is actually four CDs...which are all to be played at the exact same time on four different CD players. The theory is that every time you listen...you will never get the same listening experience since you will never be able to push "play" on all four players at the same time. The objective was to create an album where every time you listened...the experience was different. The problem is (especially today) nobody owns four CD players. Before it was difficult to get four friends to bring together their CD players...now it's just plain impossible.

Here are the four channels for the third song from Zaireeka. I've compressed the file as well...to show that even though the listening experience was a bit bizarre...the music itself was still pretty good.

Zaireeks Track 3 - Thirty-Five Thousand Feet of Despair

1. Channel 1
2. Channel 2
3. Channel 3
4. Channel 4
5. Compressed Track

Buy The Flaming Lips new album...Embryonic (with bonus tracks)...now!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

The 11 Best Built To Spill Songs

Built To Spill gets no respect. Without BTS...there would be no Modest Mouse. Without Modest Mouse...there would be no 764-HERO...or I mean there would no Against Me!

They were the unsung Pink Floyd of grunge. The King Crimson of Seattle. The ugly Sonic Youth. The were everything but poppy. And when I mean poppy...I don't mean Camera Obscura poppy...I mean Black Eyed Peas post-Fergie poppy. Lesson to be learned...you can't be successful if you don't sound like crap.

Here are the 11 Best Built To Spill Songs:

1. Car (There's Nothing Wrong With Love)
2. Carry The Zero (Keep It Like A Secret)
3. Nowhere Nothin' Fuckup (Ultimate Alternative Wavers)
4. Big Dipper (There's Nothing Wrong With Love)
5. You Were Right (Keep It Like A Secret)
6. Goin' Against Your Mind (You In Reverse)
7. Made-Up Dreams (Perfect From Now On)
8. Get A Life (Ultimate Alternative Wavers)
9. Stab (There's Nothing Wrong With Love)
10. Broken Chairs (Keep It Like A Secret)
11. Out of Site (Perfect From Now On)

Buy the new Built To Spill, There Is No Enemy.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The 11 Best Hair Metal Albums You've Forgotten:

There was a time when people scoffed at Hair Metal. But now with bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and Daughtry being the popular rock bands of the day...I think everyone wishes for a return to that craziness that was the 80s. Everyone thinks Adam Lambert is ground-breaking for his androgynous style. Seriously? Have you seen a Poison video? Kings of Leon are "cutting edge" because they have a song called "Sex On Fire." What about Warrant's "Cherry Pie," Faster Pussycat's "Bathroom Wall," Winger's "Seventeen?" I mean seriously...they may not have been the best bands to ever rock our worlds...but they at least knew how to rock.

Steel Panther (the world's greatest metal cover band) releases their first album of all new material this week, called Feel The Steel. And even as tongue-in-cheek as their material is...it's still far more rocking that anything else that's out there.

Before you run out and buy the album (which you should absolutely do)...here's a look back at some of the great hidden gems of the glam metal years. Everyone knows about the Hysterias...the Slippery When Wets...the Dr. Feelgoods...but what else was there when you peeled back the top layer?

The 11 Best Hair Metal Albums You've Forgotten About:

1. Def Leppard - On Through the Night (1980)
- It Don't Matter
2. Bon Jovi - 7800 Fahrenheit (1980)
3. L.A. Guns - Cocked and Loaded (1989)
- Never Enough
4. Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love (1981)
5. Tesla - The Great Radio Controversy (1989)
- Paradise
6. Whitesnake - Whitesnake (1987)
7. Cinderella - Long Cold Winter (1988)
- Gypsy Road
8. Skid Row - Skid Row (1989)
9. Faster Pussycat - Faster Pussycat (1987)
10. Dokken - Tooth and Nail (1984)
- Alone Again
11. Ratt - Invasion of Your Privacy (1985)

Buy Steel Panther's new album, Feel The Steel, now!!