Saturday, May 29, 2010

The 111 Best Songs By The Cure

I imagine I'll inflict numerous hate email/comments about how wrong I am with this one.  But come's the Cure.  Every song is great.  And each person has their own relationship with this epic band.  So take it with a grain of salt.  And before you don't know the Cure...just know...I've been listening to this band religiously since 1983.  So suck on that...and yeah...I'm old.  Again, thank you to Chain of Flowers for the live tracks.

Here are the 111 Best Cure Songs:

  1. Lovesong (Disintegration)
  2. Disintegration (Disintegration)
  3. Just Like Heaven (Kiss Me)
  4. A Night Like This (Head on the Door)
  5. A Forest (Seventeen Seconds)
  6. Pictures of You (Disintegration)
  7. Primary (Faith)
  8. Like Cockatoos (Kiss Me)
  9. Homesick (Disintegration)
  10. 10:15 Saturday Night (Three Imaginery Boys)
  11. Kyoto Song (Head on the Door)
  12. How Beautiful You Are (Kiss Me)
  13. The Figurehead (Pornography)
  14. In Your House (Seventeen Seconds)
  15. Cut (Wish)
  16. Last Dance (Disintegration)
  17. Push (Head on the Door)
  18. Same Deep Water As You (Disintegration) 
  19. Jumping Someone Else's Train (Boys Don't Cry)
  20. Prayers For Rain (Disintegration)
  21. Trust (Wish)
  22. Harold and Joe (Never Enough B-Side)
  23. Charlotte Sometimes (Single)
  24. From The Edge Of A Deep Green Sea (Wish)
  25. Close To Me (Head on the Door)
  26. A Strange Day (Pornography)
  27. A Short Term Effect (Pornography)
  28. Play For Today (Seventeen Seconds)
  29. Plainsong (Disintegration)
  30. Watching Me Fall (Bloodflowers)
  31. A Chain of Flowers (Kiss Me B-Side)
  32. Closedown (Disintegration)
  33. The Walk (Japanese Whispers)
  34. Let's Go To Bed (Japanese Whispers)
  35. All I Want (Kiss Me)
  36. Apart (Wish)
  37. Siamese Twins (Pornography)
  38. Fascination Street (Disintegration)
  39. Babble (Disintegration B-Side)
  40. All Cats Are Grey (Faith)
  41. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (Kiss Me)
  42. Object (Three Imaginery Boys)
  43. Plastic Passion (Boys Don't Cry)
  44. Bloodflowers (Bloodflowers)
  45. Scared As You (Wish B-side)
  46. One Hundred Years (Pornography)
  47. Doing the Unstuck (Wish)
  48. Numb (Wild Mood Swings)
  49. Killing An Arab (Boys Don't Cry) 
  50. 39 (Bloodflowers)
  51. Anniversary (The Cure)
  52. Lullaby (Disintegration)
  53. In Between Dreams (Head on the Door)
  54. The Hanging Garden (Pornography)
  55. A Japanese Dream (Kiss Me B-Side)
  56. I'm Cold (Three Imaginery Boys B-Side)
  57. Faded Smiles (Three Imaginery Boys Reissue)
  58. Open (Wish)
  59. Want (Wild Mood Swings)
  60. Underneath The Stars (4:13 Dream)
  61. Cold (Pornography)
  62. The Baby Screams (Head on the Door)
  63. Fear of Ghosts (Disintegration B-Side)
  64. A Foolish Arrangement (Wish B-Side)
  65. All Kinds of Stuff (Digital Single)
  66. Doubt (Faith)
  67. Fire in Cairo (Three Imaginery Boys)
  68. Untitled (Disintegration)
  69. It's Not You (Three Imaginery Boys)
  70. The Empty World (The Top)
  71. End (Wish)
  72. Treasure (Wild Mood Swings)
  73. Torture (Kiss Me)
  74. Three Imaginary Boys (Three Imaginery Boys)
  75. It Used To Be Me (Wild Mood Swings B-Side)
  76. Play (Wish B-Side)
  77. Snow In the Summer (Kiss Me B-Side)
  78. Icing Sugar (Kiss Me)
  79. Temptation Two (Pornography reissue)
  80. Birdmad Girl (The Top)
  81. Twilight Garden (Wish B-Side)
  82. This Morning (The Cure B-Side)
  83. Just One Kiss (Let's Go To Be B-Side)
  84. Shiver And Shake (Kiss Me)
  85. One More Time (Kiss Me)
  86. Out of Mind (Disintegration B-Side)
  87. The Exploding Boy (Head on the Door B-Side)
  88. Shake Dog Shake (The Top)
  89. Play With Me (Three Imaginery Boys Reissue)
  90. Burn (The Crow)
  91. The Promise (The Cure)
  92. The Upstairs Room (The Walk B-Side)
  93. Man Inside My Mouth (Head on the Door B-Side)
  94. 2 Late (Disintegration B-Side)
  95. The Big Hand (Wish B-Side)
  96. Fight (Kiss Me)
  97. Ocean (Wild Mood Swings B-Side)
  98. Maybe Someday  (Bloodflowers)
  99. Switch (4:13 Dream)
  100. Taking Off (The Cure)
  101. The Catepillar (The Top)
  102. It's Over (4:13 Dream)
  103. Last Day of Summer (Bloodflowers)
  104. Why Can't I Be You? (Kiss Me)
  105. M (Seventeen Seconds)
  106. Your God Is Fear (The Cure - B-side)
  107. Labyrinth (The Cure)
  108. Six Different Ways (Head on the Door)
  109. Freakshow (4:13 Dream)
  110. Us or Them (The Cure)
  111. Carnage Visors (The Soundtrack)
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Unknown: The Cure's Disintegration Alternate Rarities & Disintegration Live in Dalla

Not only is the Cure's Disintegration one of the best Cure album (honestly, it's really just the best).  Not only is it one of the greatest alternative albums of the 80s.  Not only is it one of the 10 best albums of the past 30 years.  It is one of the greatest albums of all time.  Don't take my word for it...even South Park agrees.  And South Park doesn't like anything.  If they're praising something instead of insulting it...then it has to be good.

I once heard a drunk guy claim that the Cure's Disintegration was the alternative Dark Side of the Moon.  And instead of blowing him off for being crazy...I thought about it...and agreed.  It is that good.

This week the Cure sets to release their pivotal musical zenith in a 3CD set.  A remastered version, a disc of rarities, and the full version of Entreat, which has only been available in an abridged version on Import.  But that's not all.  Robert Smith himself has a gift for all the loyal fans.  He has posted 2 free extra Disintegration albums.  A second album of rarities and another live concert from the Prayer Tour, this one in Dallas.

Is there ever such a thing as too much Cure?  The answer is always no.

Here are two free albums from the Cure.  These are not my I'm sending you to the Chain of Flowers blog who is hosting them.

Alternate Rarities

Live in Dallas 1989

Buy the mega 3CD Disintegration set, digitally, now!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By Scott Weiland

For six seasons, the TV show Lost survived on viewers being unable to understand the show.  Being unable to see what was coming next, kept the show fresh and exciting.  You never knew who would die, you never knew if they were really alive or dead, or if they were all dead the whole time!  In a world of generic, same old shit, it was nice to have something that always left you guessing, even until the bitter end.  And frankly, long past it.  It was a personal favorite, and I'm sad to see it go.  But it went out on top.  Unlike 24, which overstayed its welcome and I just wanted to go away.

Here are the 11 best songs by Scott Weiland:

1.  Somethings Must Go This Way (Happy in Galoshes)
2.  Mockingbird Girl (12 Bar Blues)
3.  But Not Tonight (Not Another Teen Movie)
4.  The Man I Didn't Know (Happy in Galoshes)
5.  Where's The Man (12 Bar Blues)
6.  Missing Cleveland (Happy in Galoshes)
7.  Reel Around the Fountain (Happy in Galoshes)
8.  Tangle With Your Mind (Happy in Galoshes)
9.  Son (12 Bar Blues)
10.  Barbarella (12 Bar Blues)
11.  Pictures and Computers (Happy in Galoshes)

Buy Stone Temples Pilots' new self-titled albun, now!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By Stone Temple Pilots

STP was always the red-headed step-child of 90s alternative rock.  When they first came out, they were belittled for being a Pearl Jam knock-off.  Despite the negativity, Core was a hit.  But it was their follow-up, Purple, where they stood up for themselves.  That album, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated albums of the 90s.  It belongs up there with the likes of Ten, Nevermind, Siamese Dream, Dirt, and Badmotorfinger.  Fifteen years later, the music is still as sharp and as exciting as it was in its prime.  And I still can't get over that awesome riff in Vasoline.

Their new album, re-establishes their rock star nobility.  After giving it a few spins, it's easily the best thing they've done since Tiny Music.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By The Stone Temple Pilots:

1.  Trippin on a Hole in a Paper Heart (Tiny Music)
2.  Vasoline (Purple)
3.  Big Empty (Purple)
4.  Sex Type Thing (Core)
5.  Army Ants (Purple)
6.  All in The Suit That You Wear (Thank You)
7.  Interstate Love Song (Purple)
8.  Big Bang Baby (Tiny Music)
9.  Unglued (Purple)
10.  I Got You (No. 4)
11.  Andy Warhol (MTV Unplugged - Purple B-Side)

Buy Stone Temple Pilots new self-titled!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By The Black Keys

Today marks an epic day in my childhood memories.  Both Empire Strikes Back AND Pac-Man turn 30 today.  It's very hard to think of these two major institutions having such influence 30 years later...Star Wars is still as big as ever...and Pac-Man pretty much helped pave the wave for all great video games to come.  If you haven't stopped by Google today.  I highly suggest you do for a quick trip down memory lane.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By the Black Keys:

1.  Set You Free (Thickfreakness)
2.  Strange Times (Attack and Release)
3.  I Got Mine (Attack and Release)
4.  10 A.M. Automatic (Rubber Factory)
5.  Things Ain't Like They Used To Be (Attack and Release)
6.  I'll Be Your Man (The Big Come Up)
7.  Midnight Her Eyes (Thickfreakness)
8.  So He Won't Break (Attack and Release)
9.  Thickfreakness (Thickfreakness)
10.  Just Got to Be (Magic Potion)
11.  Hurt Like Mine (Thickfreakness)

Buy the Black Keys awesome new album, Brothers now!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By Band of Horses

 Instead of commenting on something today, I'd rather share a short video with you.  It's about a music collector that kicks all of our asses.  If you think you own a lot of music, he has more.  He has more than me.  He has more than you and me...combined!  Check it out.

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Here are 11 Best Songs By Band of Horses:

1.  Wicked Gil (Everything All the Time)
2.  The Great Salt Lake (Everything All the Time)
3.  Cigarettes, Wedding Bands (Cease To Begin)
4.  The First Song (Everything All the Time)
5.  Detlef Shrempf (Cease To Begin)
6.  Weed Party (Everything All the Time)
7.  Window Blues (Cease To Begin)
8.  Our Swords (Everything All the Time)
9.  Is There A Ghost (Cease To Begin)
10.  Monsters (Everything All the Time)
11.  Islands on the Coast (Cease To Begin)

Buy Band of Horses new album, Infinite!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The 11 Bad Religion Songs of the 00s

When people talk about bands who survive the test of time, rarely is Bad Religion mentioned.  With 4 of the 5 original members still in the band.  That's unheard of.  But 30 years in, the band is still cranking out much anticipated music.  It's a band that doesn't get the respect it deserves.  To thank its fans for 30 years of loyalty...the band is giving away a free live album celebrating their 30 years of music.

Go here to get the live album for free.

To celebrate the band celebrating...I've come up with a list of the past decade salute to BR.  Sure, the music doesn't match the 80s BR or even the early 90s material.  But it's much better than the late 90s output and shows that the band still has creative juice left in them.

Here are the 11 Best Bad Religion Songs of the 00s:

1.  The Defense (Process of Belief)
2.  Heroes & Martyrs (New Maps of Hell)
3.  Broken (Process of Belief)
4.  God's Love (The Empire Strikes First)
5.  Ephiphany (Process of Belief)
6.  New Dark Ages (New Maps of Hell)
7.  The Empire Strikes First (The Empire Strikes First)
8.  Sorrow (Process of Belief)
9.  Won't Somebody (acoustic) (New Maps of Hell)
10.  Los Angeles Is Burning (The Empire Strikes First)
11.  The Grand Delusion  (New Maps of Hell)

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By LCD Soundsytem

I bought myself a new record player this weekend.  I had one which fizzed out a few years ago...and never bothered to replace it.  Didn't think I needed to.  But after spending most of the day listening to my vinyl collection, I'm once again hooked.  It is true that a brand new vinyl played on by a brand new stylus is better quality than a CD.  And it's true that 90% of the people who listen to both won't hear the difference.  I try to describe it to people like the difference between pan&scan and letterbox...but even more slight.

There is something undeniable that vinyl has that CDs and digital are missing.  It's called dedication.  Listening to a record requires attention.  Listening to a CD or can skip around...listen to part of a barely ever absorb an artist's intention to make an album.  With a record, you can't escape it.  A record creates a connection between an artist and a listener that doesn't exist with any other medium.  I miss records.  And I'm glad to be back in the game.

Here is the 11 Best Songs By LCD Soundsystem:

1.  Someone Great (Sound of Silver)
2.  Tribulations (LCD Soundsystem)
3.  Losing My Edge (Non-Album Single)
4.  Daft Punk Is Playing in My House (LCD Soundsystem)
5.  All My Friends (Sound of Silver)
6.  Time To Get Away (Sound of Silver)
7.  Great Release (LCD Soundsystem)
8.  North America Scum (Sound of Silver)
9.  45:33 (45:33)
10.  Disco Infiltrator (LCD Soundsystem)
11.  Jump Into The Fire (B-Side)

Buy LCD Soundsystem's new album, This Is Happening.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By Gang Starr

This has been a weird year for music deaths.  It seems like there's a new death every couple weeks.  And it's not minor players or older musicians.  Each of them has been a pivotal member of their musical legacy.  Alex Chilton was Big Star.  Mark Linkous was Sparklehorse.  Jay Reatard was his own sound.  Malcom Maclaren helped invent hip-hop.  Dio had a solo career and was the other face of Black Sabbath.   Add to the list Guru...without Guru, there is no Gang Starr.  A very underrated hip-hop band.  Also, his side project Jazzmatazz was one of the first to fuse hip-hop and jazz.  An innovator, a talented MC, a legend.

RIP Guru.

This list is only a sample of all the great music Guru made with Gang Starr and in no way a definitive account.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Gang Starr:

1.  Skills (The Ownerz)
2.  Code of The Streets (Hard To Earn)
3.  Work (Moment of Truth)
4.  Blowin' Up The Spot (Hard To Earn)
5.  Tonz O Gunz (Hard To Earn)
6.  Battle (8 Mile)
7.  Mass Appeal (Hard To Earn)
8.  Execution of A Chump (Step Into The Arena)
9.  In This Life... (The Ownerz)
10.  Moment of Truth (Moment of Truth)
11.  Jazz Music (No More Mr. Nice Guy)

Buy albums from Gang Starr's catalogue now!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Unknown: Jack White's The Upholsters

I had a discussion with my friends about the lowliness of the music industry.  Many of them think that the internet is the reason for the downfall.  Though I will admit it adds to the problems...I don't think it is the problem.  One of the biggest problems in my opinion is that music today (popular music, that is) really sucks.  Okay, some decent bands sneak through...but think about the last decade...the 00s.  Now, see how many great bands...and I mean truly great bands...debuted in the 00s.  The White Stripes, you say?  Nope, came out in the 90s.  Ryan Adams?  Nope, 90s.  Wilco, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Green Day, Incubus, Weezer, Beck, Modest Mouse, Muse, QOTSA, Death Cab For Cutie...all 90s.  Right now...the best I can come up with who debuted in the 00s are The Killers, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Kings of Leon and Jack Johnson.  Five artists...that's all.  If you've only found five artists with genuine talent over the past decade...maybe the problem isn't the downloaders...maybe it's you. 

Here is Jack White's The Upholsters:

1.  Apple of My Eye
2.  I Ain't Superstitious
3.  Pain

Buy Jack White's new album with the Dead Weather, Sea of Cowards.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By The National

I get a lot of crap from people that my lists are all wrong.  But these lists are by no means definitive.  They are my opinion of the best songs by a band.  I listen to the entire catalogue by a band before doing a list, so the music is fresh in my head.  I usually rate it on listenability, originality, how has it held up over the years.  My lists change.  If you look at bands that have been featured many times on my site, you will notice that the lists are different.  I even don't agree with myself.  But that's kind of the whole point.  This site isn't about me forcing my opinion on's about everyone sharing their opinions of a band.  I love it when people submit their own lists.  That's the fun of it. 

But the one thing that has to stop...check the date of my lists before getting pissed that I neglected to include a song that hadn't been released when my list was made.

Here Are the 11 Best Songs By the National:

1.  Slipping Husband (Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers)
2.  Mistaken For Strangers (Boxer)
3.  Available (Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers)
4.  Son (The National)
5.  Brainy (Boxer)
6.  Cherry Tree (Cherry Tree EP)
7.  Abel (Alligator)
8.  John's Star (The National)
9.  So Far Around the Bend (Dark Was The Night)
10.  Trophy Wife (Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers)
11.  Pretty in Pink (Daytrotter)

Buy The National's new album, High!!

Saturday, May 08, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By The Deftones

Let's talk Arizona.  I get the whole problem with immigration.  And I'm sympathetic. I can't blame anyone for wanting to leave their 3rd world country where they are making dirt to come here and make a better life.  I'd probably want (and maybe even try) to do it too.  But they are "illegal" immigrants...not "sorta legal" immigrants.  That's not to say our post 9-11 immigration policy is haywire and ass backward.  I think we need to crack down especially with Americans losing so many jobs, but I'm not sure this law does an accurate service. 

My problem with the law is that it puts too much pressure on Law Enforcement.  If they don't arrest enough people, the public has the right to sue them.  If they arrest too many people, then the ACLU can sue them for racial profiling and violations of the 4th Amendment.  They're screwed either way...and they're on our side!

If you want to crack down on immigration, it's simple...crack down on businesses who hire immigrants.  If a business is caught hiring an illegal immigrant...then revoke their business license.  No business in their right mind would risk that.  And without jobs to lure immigrants here...the problem would evaporate.

Here Are the 11 Best Songs By The Deftones:

1.  Be Quiet and Drive (Around The Fur)
2.  Pink Maggit (White Pony)
3.  Anniversary of An Uninteresting Evening (Deftones)
4.  My Own Summer (Around The Fur)
5.  No Ordinary Love (B-Sides)
6.  Kimdracula (Saturday Night Wrist)
7.  Change (white Pony)
8.  Mascara (Around The Fur)
9.  The Chaffeur (B-Sides) 
10.  Minerva (Deftones)
11.  Drive (Saturday Night Wrist)

buy The Deftones new album, Diamond Eyes.

Friday, May 07, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By Tomahawk

Since the break-up of Faith No More, Mike Patton has been on a recording frenzy.  Since 1997, he has recorded a total of 19 albums featured as a lead singer.  On top of that, he's been featured as a guest vocalist/musician/producer on an additional 50 albums.  A majority of the music is largely experimental with very few returns to traditional rock.  This is has caused fans to miss the good old days of Faith No More...some would even settle for a return to the days of Mr. Bungle.  But now with the Faith No More reunion in full swing, does that mean fans are going to start missing the days of Fantomas, Peeping Tom, and Tomahawk?

This week sees Patton's 20th release...and probably the most normal of anything he's done in awhile.  It's an Italian opera covers album.  Normal for Patton...out there for anyone else.

Here Are The 11 Best Songs By Tomahawk:

1.  Rape This Day (Mit Gas)
2.  Captain Midnight (Mit Gas)
3.  Flashback (Tomahawk)
4.  May Day (Mit Gas)
5.  Omaha Dance (Anonymous)
6.  Sweet Smell of Success (Tomahawk)
7.  Totem (Anonymous)
8.  Laredo (Tomahawk)
9.  Harelip (Mit Gas)
10.  101 North (Tomahawk)
11.  When Stars Begin To Fall (Mit Gas)

Buy Mike Patton's new opera album, Mondo!!

Check out the new $5 albums for May including the Hold Steady, new She & Him, new Gorilla Manor, new Bird and the Bee, new Yeasayer, and classics from Spoon, Murs, Foals, Caribou, and Minus the Bear.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Unknown: Rival Schools - Album 2

After revolutionizing metal with his band Quicksand, Walter Screifels formed the band Rival School putting all the pop punk bands out there to shame.  He followed it up with Walking Concert, showing bands like Arctic Monkeys and the Strokes what was up.  Like Quicksand, all the bands broke up.  And like Quicksand, Rivals Schools broke up leaving a complete album sitting on the shelves.  The 3rd Quicksand album is frequently traded as is the 2nd Rival Schools album.  But these aren't the only unreleased albums in Walter Schreifels arsenal.  In fact, Walter Schreifels might be the only lead singer to have more unreleased albums then released albums.  Officially, he has 2 albums with Quicksand, 1 with Rival Schools, and 1 with Walking Concert (which can only be found at the lable site).  The official releases by Gorilla Biscuits and Youth of Today don't count since he was not singing (at least for my argument they don't count).  So that 4 officially released albums.  As for unreleased material...there's a 3rd Quicksand album out there, a 2nd Rival Schools album, World's Fastest Car (a side-project), Walter & the Motorcycles (a solo project), a Gorilla Biscuits EP with Walter on lead vocals, Moondog's full-length.  That's 6 albums sitting on the shelves versus 4 released.  Thankfully he's released a solo album otherwise we might think he was dead.

Here is Rival Schools Unreleased Second Album:

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By The New Pornographers

This morning I went for a light 5-mile jog in Los Angeles' mild 85-degree heat.  Always a good time.  During the run, I took a little break in the middle and walked a short portion.  I found myself behind three older women who were chatting it up about Facebook.  To hear their perception of Facebook was rather interesting and disturbing at the same time.

I was first quite alarmed when one woman said, "Anyone who joins Facebook is obviously a pervert."  Facebook is a lot of things...but sexual content is the least of it.

The next woman completely agreed with her adding, "I heard my grandchildren had joined and I was so appalled that I didn't talk to my daughter for a week."  This is where it starts to get a bit this really the perception of the website to people who are on the outside looking in?  And if so...where are they getting this sentiment?

The third woman added the cherry on top by saying, "I heard that the government uses it to spy on Americans.  Did you hear about those kids in Malibu who were arrested for being terrorists because of their Facebook page?"

This is getting out of hand.  There are no kids in Malibu who were ever arrested for suspected terrorism because of their Facebook page.  There were some kids in New Jersey who were arrested...but come on...that's New Jersey.  The problem is that there are too many rumors floating around by people who don't really know what they are talking about.  Ignorance may be bliss...but it's still ignorance.

There over 400 million Facebook users.  That's a lot of pervert terrorists.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By The New Pornographers:

1.  It's Only Divine Right (Electric Version)
2.  The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism (Mass Romantic)
3.  All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth (Challengers)
4.  The Fake Headlines (Mass Romantic)
5.  The Electric Version (Electric Version)
6.  Broken Breads (Twin Cinema)
7.  Hey Snow White (Dark Was The Night)
8.  The New Face of Zero and One (Electric Version)
9.  The Body Says No (Mass Romantic)
10.  Fail Safe (Challengers)
11.  The End of Medicine (Electric Version)

Buy the new New Pornographers' album,!!

Check out the new $5 albums for May including the Hold Steady, new She & Him, new Gorilla Manor, new Bird and the Bee,  new Yeasayer, and classics from Spoon, Murs, Foals, Caribou, and Minus the Bear.


Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By Minus The Bear

Car Bomb in New York, Tylenol Recall, and giant oil slick about to gobble up New Orleans, a knife-weilding maniac in Target, and the death of Lynn Redgrave...all major new stories this weekend.  But it wasn't the new outlets who were have an orgasmic party with all was Facebook.  Every morning I awake to my hundreds of Facebook friends commenting on all the current events that are if every single one of them is an expert on every subject that occurs.  One friend cursed Tylenol for trying to kill our children (even the recall was about lack of potentcy not the other way around), one friend accused American oil companies of destroying our oceans (even though it was a British company's oil drill), and one friend pointed out that the Target thing would have never happened if everyone owned a gun (which doesn't make sense since the knife-weilding maniac would then have been shooting people with her legally mandated gun). 

I know having a blog allows me to the ability to voice my opinions on everything that happens.  But I try to keep a clear head and hear all the details before unleashing a flurry of a pointed accusations.  That's one of the reasons I don't rank new songs on my lists...because you need time to digest everything before fully assessing it.

As for makes me miss the days when status updates went more along the lines of..."I'm in the store buying gum."  I know it was nonsense...but at least it was accurate.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Minus The Bear:

1.  Knights (Planet of Ice)
2.  Get Me Naked 2:  Electric Boogaloo (Highly Refined Pirates)
3.  Throwin' Shapes (Planet of Ice)
4.  Monkey!!!  Knife!!!  Fight!!! (Highly Refined Pirates)
5.  Dr. I'Ling (Planet of Ice)
6.  Broken China (Into The Mirror)
7.  Fin + 2PTS (They Make Beer Commercials Like This)
8.  Memphis and 53rd (Menos El Oso)
9.  Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse (Highly Refined Pirates)
10.  Burying Luck (Planet of Ice)
11.  Drilling (Menos El Oso)

Buy Minus The Bear's new album,!!

Monday, May 03, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By The Hold Steady

Tonight I celebrate my 7th wedding anniversary...and to ensure I have an 8th one...I'm keeping this short.

Rock on.

Here are the 11 best Songs By The Hold Steady:

1.  Stay Positive (Stay Positive)
2.  Stuck Between Stations (Boys and Girls in America)
3.  Sequestered in Memphis (Stay Positive)
4.  Cattle and the Creeping Things (Seperations Sunday)
5.  Both Crosses (Stay Positive)
6.  Hot Soft Light (Boys and Girls in America)
7.  Constructive Summer (Stay Positive)
8.  You Can Make Hime Like You (Boys and Girls in America)
9.  Your Little Hoodrat Friend (Seperations Sunday) 
10.  Chips Ahoy! (Boys and Girls in America)
11.  Slapped Actress (Stay Positive)

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