Thursday, March 31, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By Burial

Back in the 60s, we knew nothing about the musicians except for the music that came out of speakers, the cardboard jacket of a record, or the rare picture in a magazine.  Musicians were a mystery.  Like the wizard behind the curtain.  We care more about what they created and not about who they really were.  With that mystery came obsession.  The less we knew, the bigger fans we became, all because of this musical foreplay they teased us with.  I don't want to know what my favorite lead singer is doing at a hot dog stand in Encino or seeing pictures of them out for a jog in Costa Mesa.  It humanizes them.  And that's the last thing I want from my rock n roll be human.  I want them to stay these untouchable gods.  I want to believe that an artist like Burial is actually from an alien planet who has come to Earth to re-educate us with his magical beats, have sex with all our women, then return to his planet for a few year hiatus.  I don't want to know that he's some stay-at-home dad, who likes to watch golf on the weekends while he works on his culinary skills.  We already have a doorway into the lives and personalities of our musical's their music!  When you add in all these paparazzi bullshit photos and articles, you take power away from the only that matters.

Thankfully, no one know too much about Burial.  And I hope they keep it that way.  It just makes hearing new music from him (or her) all that more exciting.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Burial:

  1. Archangel (Untrue)
  2. Raver (Untrue)
  3. Distant Lights (Burial)
  4. Unite (Box of Dub)
  5. Untrue (Untrue)
  6. Etched Headplate (Untrue)
  7. In McDonald’s (Untrue)
  8. Shell of Light (Untrue)
  9. Night Bus (Burial)
  10. Southern Comfort (Burial)
  11. Fostercare (Single)
Buy Burial's new EP now...Street HALO.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By Say Hi

It will always amaze with the amount of music I listen to and how many different artists that I'm at least familiar with...that I always seem to discover great bands that I never even knew existed.  

Say Hi (originally Say Hi To Your Mom) is basically a one-man wrecking crew better-known among friends as Eric Elbogen.  I stumbled across Say Hi's new release (Um, Uh Oh) based on a rather high score on metacritic.  Everyone who scores a 75 or higher, usually gets an obligatory listen from me.  I usually skip through the album...but this time, I was impressed.  I picked up the album thinking it was a debut or at best a sophomore release.  There's no way an artists this good could have seven albums under their belt and I hadn't heard of them.  Not that I'm the authority on all things music...but it's rare an artist slides by unnoticed, especially one who makes albums about vampires and Star Trek.  I mean, seriously, how much cooler could he be?  I've heard him technically categorized as mumblecore...but who knows what any of these music labels mean anymore.  Think Bright Eyes meets The Promise Ring...and I'm not sure that adequately describes him.  My best suggestion...go take a listen.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Say Hi:

1.  Dimensions and Verticals (Ferocious Mopes)
2.  Blah Blah Blah (Impeccable Blahs)
3.  Pop Music of the Future (Numbers and Mumbles)
4.  Hallie & Henry (Oohs & Aahs)
5.  Not As Goth As They Say We Are (Impeccable Blahs)
6.  November Was White, December Was Grey (Oohs & Aahs)
7.  Unless The Laker Game Was On (Discosadness)
8.  Toil and Trouble (The Wishes and The Glitch)
9.  The Stars Just Blink For Us (Oohs & Aahs)
10.  These Fangs (Impeccable Blahs)
11.  The Twenty-Second Century (Ferocious Mopes)

Buy Say Hi's new album, Um, Uh Oh, now!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By William Fitzsimmons

Today, Amazon unveiled its new "cloud."  An online storage space for all its customers to store all their Amazon-purchased media files on.  This gives you the ability to access your music from any location (home, work) or on the go (via your cell phone).  What's most surprising about this announcement isn't about how far technology has come...but the fact that no one thought of this so far.  In the era of streaming, instead of trying to pre-determine the content you think the user will want...why not let them choose it (and pay for it) themselves.  I always wonder if the people who run the music industry actually listen to music themselves.

This week will be a bit of a catch-up week (not to be confused with ketchup week which is in May).  I could do lists for Unwritten Law, Sum 41, or Whitesnake.  But would you really rather see a bunch of lists for bands you don't listen to or care about anymore...or would you like me to turn you onto some new music.  Of course, that Whitesnake list is certainly tempting.  If you haven't heard William Fitzsimmons lately, he looks like he belongs in the freak folk crowd...but his sound leaves most of the freak at the door.  Good basic folk music to mellow out to.  His fourth album is out this week.  Enjoy.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By William Fitzsimmons:

1.  Please Don't Go (Goodnight)
2.  Funeral Dress (Until When We Are Ghosts)
3.  Leave By Myself (Goodnight)
4.  You Still Hurt Me (The Sparrow and the Crow)
5.  So This Is Goodbye (Derivatives)
6.  I Don't Feel It Anymore (The Sparrow and the Crow)
7.  Everything Has Changed (Goodnight)
8.  They'll Never Take The Good Years (The Sparrow and the Crow)
9.  Heartless (Heartless)
10.  Kylie (Until When We Are Ghosts)
11.  Afterall (Goodnight)

Buy William Fitzsimmons' new album, Gold in the Shadow, now!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By LCD Soundsystem

As I walked around Border's this weekend, picking leftover books off their shelves during their going-out-of-business sale, a chilling thought crossed my mind...where am I going to buy books?  I rarely went to book stores with specific titles in mind.  I only went with a general idea of something I wanted.  I wanted to enjoy browsing all the different titles and coming home with something new and unique.  But even if I wanted something specific...where will I get it?  Amazon?  Sure...but what if I want it today and not in 3 days?  That's doable...but not efficient.  Target?  Target carries less book titles than CDs.  Last time I was there, they dedicated an entire shelf to Sarah Palin and another shelf to Snooki's new book.  That left one shelf to the rest of their titles.  That's just sad.  I could use a kindle and download it...but like I said...most of the stuff I bought did not come from knowing exactly what I wanted.  It came from reading a book jacket...looking at the cover...reading some pages here and there.  That experience is now gone.  Completely.

We also say goodbye to LCD Soundsystem this week.  Though equating their loss to the loss of the book industry isn't really fair.  But there are some similarities.  It is time to say goodbye to an artist that was totally uncompromising in their musical expression.  They had no label to tell them what to do...because James Murphy, who basically is the whole band, also owns his band's record label.  They had complete freedom to do what they want and had no one to tell them what to do.  Very few bands if any will have that freedom to do what they want.  Like the freedom we had walking around in a book store, freedom to express yourself musically is disappearing fast.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By LCD Soundsystem:

1.  Tribulations (LCD Soundsystem)
2.  Someone Great (Sound of Silver)
3.  All My Friends (Sound of Silver)
4.  Daft Punk Is Playing in My House (LCD Soundsystem)
5.  All I Want (This Is Happening)
6.  I Can Change (This Is Happening)
7.  Great Release (LCD Soundsystem)
8.  North America Scum (Sound of Silver)
9.  Losing My Edge (Non-Album Single)10.  You Wanted A Hit (This Is Happening)
11.  45:33 (45:33)

Buy LCD Soundsystem's London Sessions now!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Unknown: Soundgarden - Motorvision 92

Usually I don't pay mind to live albums.  Even those I do pick up get listened to one time then sit on the shelf.  Very rarely does an album slip through that's worth even mentioning.  The new Soundgarden sounds promising.  It's not a new album of the reunited band...which could have still been cool.  But hearing SG in their prime definitely is tempting.  I've saw them play in the early 90s...and they were insanely good.  In fact, they were easily the best live band of that era.  Better than Pearl Jam.  Better than Nirvana.  Even better than Hootie and the Blowfish.

This is one of my favorite performances by them.  Proof that they were one of the elites.

I'm posting this selfishly since I don't have all the songs.  I'm hoping someone out there can fill in the gaps.

Here is Soundgarden's Motorvision '92:

1.  Searching With My Good Eye Closed
2.  Rusty Cage
3.  Outshined
4.  Little Joe
5.  Mind Riot
6.  Room A Thousand Years Wide
7.  Jesus Christ Pose
8.  Slaves & Bulldozers

Buy Soundgarden's new live album, Live on I-5

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By Duran Duran of the 00s

In music, it's not about being the best, it's surviving the longest.  Duran Duran was a seminal 80s group.  They had a string of hits...but very few people would consider them one of the best of the decade.  In fact, I would doubt they would even crack the top 25...maybe not even the top 50.  But entering into their 4th decade as a band, they've outlived most of their synth-pop peers.  Because of this, they've been pushed higher on the alternative pedestal.  Now, 30 years into their career, they've just put out their best album since the 80s.  It's at this point in a band's career, that every thing comes full circle and they just go back to doing what they do best.  Now, bet you can't wait for the new Whitesnake album next week.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Duran Duran of the 00s:

  1. Reach Up For The Sunrise (Astronaut)
  2. Playing With Uranium (Pop Trash)
  3. Someone Else Not Me (Pop Trash)
  4. Still Breathing (Astronaut)
  5. Tempted  (Red Carpet Massacre)
  6. The Sun Doesn’t Shine Forever (Pop Trash)
  7. Want You More (Astronaut)
  8. Mars Meets Venus (Pop Trash)
  9. Astronaut (Astronaut)
  10. Skin Divers  (Red Carpet Massacre)
  11. She’s Too Much  (Red Carpet Massacre)
Buy Duran Duran's new album, All You Need Is!!!

The 11 Best Songs By Duran Duran of the 90s

Most movie trilogies struggle through their second film.  In a similar situation, most bands struggle through their second decade.  Bands spends their first decade as the next big thing with the fresh sound.  When they hit their second decade, they're now being pushed aside for the new young fresh next big thing.  Most bands spend their second decade re-ordering their line-up and playing with their sound.  In their second decade, U2 went pop/dance, R.E.M. went grunge, Beastie Boys went back to punk, and GNR went into hiding.  It's not until the third decade that bands once again find even footing and become comfortable with their sound.  That doesn't mean those second decades don't give us some good moments.  There are always a few hits among the plethora of misses.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Duran Duran of the 90s:
  1. Come Undone (The Wedding Album)
  2. Out of My Mind (Medazzaland)
  3. Ordinary World (The Wedding Album)
  4. Electric Barbarella (Medazzaland)
  5. Serious (Liberty)
  6. Perfect Day (Thank You)
  7. Thank You (Thank You)
  8. Can You Deal With It? (Liberty)
  9. So Long Suicide (Medazzaland)
  10. Too Much Information (The Wedding Album)
  11. Watching The Detectives (Thank You)
Buy Duran Duran's new album, All You Need Is!!

The 11 Best Songs By Duran Duran of the 80s

Jon Bon Jovi recently said that Steve Jobs is to blame for killing the record store.  He may have a point.  Itunes has made buying music so easy, that people don't browse anymore.  In the days of the record store, an errand to buy music wasn't like a trip to the grocery store, it was its own experience.  You blocked time out of your day to ensure that you experienced the whole store and not just the artist that brought you there.  Every time you bought an album by a desired artist, you had to look at their whole catalog.  You were familiarized with their other releases, whether you were planning to get them or not.  I'm only here today to buy Tom Petty's "Full Moon Fever" but that album cover for "Let Me Up I've Had Enough" looks pretty interesting...I may have to look into that.  That doesn't happen anymore.  We only know what we want, and we only get what we know.  Buying albums based on cover artwork or impulse is gone.  We've forgotten how important cover artwork is...or was.  Seeing the cover art for an album in a record store is basically a visual advertisement for that album.  Every time you see it, you're reminded that it's sitting there waiting for you.  Like Peter Gabriel's melting face, or Andy Warhol's banana...or especially Bruce Springsteen leaning in a doorway, hands in his pockets, starting at you...just waiting for you to buy Darkness on the Edge of Town.  Maybe this is why Duran Duran and the other 80s band have lasted so long.  They came from an era where bands built foundations with legions of fans who took time out of their days to hunt down their music.  Now, when you can buy music with a call from your cell phone, there's no connection to the music.  There's no journey to acquire.  And without a connection...there's nothing holding the fan base in place.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Duran Duran of the 80s:

1.  Rio (Rio)
2.  Save A Prayer (Rio)
3.  Hungry Like The Wolf (Rio)
4.  Union of the Snake (Seven and the Ragged Tiger)
5.  A View To A Kill (Decade)
6.  New Moon On Monday (Seven and the Ragged Tiger)
7.  Girls on Film (Duran Duran)
8.  Shadows on Your Side (Seven and the Ragged Tiger)
9.  Anyone Out There (Duran Duran)
10.  The Reflex (Seven and the Ragged Tiger)
11.  Is There Something I Should Know (Duran Duran)

Buy Duran Duran's new album, All You Need Is Now, now!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By The Strokes

I'll have to say, I was pretty excited to see Dave Grohl rip the show Glee.  I'm not a Gleek...nor do I have a real problem with the show.  But I do have a problem with the show runner going around acting like it's a big privilege to have one of your songs selected for the show.  I don't watch Glee...but I have seen the show...and I have not been impressed.  The covers of the songs are mediocre at best.  I watched the big Michael Jackson "Thriller" episode and thought after seeing it..."meh...that's it?"  The songs sound like watered down versions of the originals.  They don't re-invent the songs...they do functional versions to fit within the context of the show...sometimes.  Sometimes they just cover the songs to cover the songs.  There's nothing unique about having your song covered by Glee except that it boost your songs sales for about a day.  Why would you want your song covered by the show?  What is it that show is going to do for you that you can't already do for yourself?  Exposure?  The Foo Fighters don't need it.  Madonna doesn't need it either...but maybe she likes the show and wants to be a part of it.  That's okay, too.  At the end of it all, Ryan Murphy, Glee's show runner, needs to be careful who he pisses off.  Bands don't need Glee...Glee needs the bands.  If the musicians think you're unappreciative of their involvement...then they won't be involved anymore.  Without the songs...there's no show.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By The Strokes:

1.  12:51 (Room on Fire)
2.  Heart In A Cage (First Impressions of Earth)
3.  Someday (Is This It)
4.  Hard To Explain (Is This It)
5.  Reptilia (Room on Fire)
6.  Last Nite (Is This It)
7.  What Ever Happened? (Room on Fire)
8.  You Only Live Once (First Impressions of Earth)
9.  Trying Your Luck (Is This It)
10.  The End Has No End (Room on Fire)
11.  Ize of the World (First Impressions of Earth)

Buy the Strokes new album, Angles, now!!  (only $3.99 limited time)

Monday, March 21, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By Rise Against

With the work grind and the constant magnetism of March Madness, I didn't want the week to slip by without commenting on the most impressive music news of the week.  No, I'm not talking about the Beastie Boys announcing a release date for their long-awaited new album (it's May 3rd).  I'm talking about Rebecca Black.  An artist that truly exemplifies our current mass media culture. In less than a week, she went from being an overnight pop being a yesterday's pop has-been.  She sold over 2 million downloads of her song in one week.  She's had over 27 million people view her video on Youtube...again, in one week.  If you have no idea who I'm talking about...check it out here.

Now, people are attacking her for having the worst song of all time.  Even, I'm writing about her.  This is what's scary about Rebecca Black...and it's not even her.  It's her road to popularity.  Her parents bought it.  Her parents paid the producers to write her a song and make a video for her.  Her parents bought her celebrity status.  Apparently for only $2000.  It doesn't bother so much that Rebecca Black bought her way into the pop world.  Isn't that how it's done normally?  Don't record labels pay off radio stations to play to their music?  Isn't this just a more direct method of "Payola?"  What worries me, is if you can buy super stardom for $2000...then what can't you buy?  Whether you like it or not, Rebecca Black is now a permanent part of our media subculture.  Her song will be timeless...just for being timely.

Rebecca Black with the worst song of all time...has more youtube video watches than all of Rise Against's videos...combined.  And Rise Against isn't some indie rock band pushing their own music onto college radio music directors.  They're a main-stream, Platinum-selling artist with the backing of a major label.  Bands who busted their asses for years on the road, were the ones with the best chances of breaking, they're the last in line to the ones who didn't even show up to practice.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Rise Against:

1.  Injection (The Sufferer & The Witness)
2.  Like The Angel (Revolutions Per Minute)
3.  Prayer For the Refugee (The Sufferer & The Witness)
4.  My Life Inside Your Heart (The Unraveling)
5.  But Tonight We Dance (This Is Noise EP)
6.  Savior (Appeal To Reason)
7.  Re-Education Thought Labor (Appeal To Reason)
8.  Give It All (Siren Song Of the Counter Culture)
9.  Ready To Fall  (The Sufferer & The Witness)
10.  Life Less Frightening (Siren Song Of the Counter Culture)
11.  Anyway You Want It (Revolutions Per Minute)

Buy Rise Against' new album, Endgame now.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By The Streets

Sting once said that bands only have 5 good albums in them.  They may put out other albums and have decent songs here and there, but they will never have more than 5 great albums.  For the most part this is true.  Although most bands don't have more than 1 good album in them.  His theory is that all bands, no matter how long their career is, can have their catalog weened down to 5 core albums.  Even the Beatles, have The White album, Sgt. Pepper's, Abby Road, Rubber Soul, and Revolver.  Yeah sure, Let It Be is great too...but if it was great as the others...why do they keep releasing alternative versions of it?  As if we weren't happy with the original version...we have to have a naked version and a remix auto-tuned version?

The Streets have sworn they were only releasing 5 albums during their career.  This newest album has been announced as the final chapter of the band.  And right after they announced that, they announced their 6th album, Cyberspace and Reds, which is a free download.  Even as a fan of the band, I wouldn't consider everything they've done as great.  But it's nice to have a tight little package, that spans a very unique career.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By the Streets:

1.  Dry Your Eyes (A Grand Don't Come For Free)
2.  Blinded By The Lights (A Grand Don't Come For Free)
3.   It's Too Late (Original Pirate Material)
4.  The Escapis(Everything Is Borrowed)
5.  Never Went To Church (The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living)
6.  Has It Come To This? (Original Pirate Material)
7.  Fit But You Know It (A Grand Don't Come For Free)
8.  Could Well Be In (A Grand Don't Come For Free)
9.  Everything Is Borrowed (Everything Is Borrowed)
10.  Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living)
11.  Pranging Out (The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living)

Buy the Streets new album, Computer and!!

Friday, March 11, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By Lupe Fiasco

If the 60s were rock's point of inception, then the 80s were where rap was born.  That would mean, this decade for rap should be what the 90s was to rock.  And if you paid attention to my previous post you would know what I thought about the 90s and what it meant to rock.  This is a good moment for rap music.  A lot has been done, so to be fresh and original, artists will need to smarter and sharper to reshape the genre. They will need be more daring and take rap to the next level.  We now reaching a moment in the history of rap, where all the artists grew up in a world, where rap music always existed.  They don't know a world where there is no rap music.  It has helped shaped them and their psyche.  They know the rules like they know their environment.   This it's time to break them.  And every one wins.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Lupe Fiasco:

1.  Hi-Definition (The Cool)
2.  Daydreamin' (Food & Liquor)
3.  Superstar (The Cool)
4.  Hurt Me Soul (Food & Liquor)
5.  Paris, Tokyo (The Cool)
6.  Love Letter (Urban Scor)
7.  The Emperor's Soundtrack (Food & Liquor)
8.  The Instrumental (Food & Liquor)
9.  Hello Goodbye (The Cool)
10.  Kick Push (Food & Liquor)
11.  Go Baby  (The Cool)

Buy Lupe Fiasco's new album,!!!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By R.E.M. of the 00s

In 2001, Reveal was a vivid reminder of life in Hollywood.  A subtle soundtrack to city life.

In 2004, Around the Sun was the soundtrack to birth of my first child.

In 2008, Accelerate was the soundtrack of my second child.

I can't imagine my life without R.E.M. having some part of it.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By R.E.M. of the 00s:

1.  Final Straw (Around the Sun)
2.  Living Well Is the Best Revenge (Accelerate)
3.  Supernatural Serious (Accelerate)
4.  I'll Take the Rain (Reveal)
5.  Accelerate (Accelerate)
6.  All The Right Friends (In Time)
7.  Horse To Water (Accelerate)
8.  Leaving New York (Around the Sun)
9.  Man Sized Wreath (Accelerate)
10.  Imitation of Life (Reveal)
11.  Disappear (Reveal)

buy R.E.M.'s new album, Collapse Into!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By R.E.M. of the 90s

In 1991, I was a high school senior, and maybe no song had a bigger impact on me than R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion. It takes me back to a time before I started college, before my life changed...which was significant because it came out on the eve of the music world changing, too.

In 1992, Automatic For the People was the album that I slept to while settling into my first apartment.  I can vividly remember watching the lights of the passing cars on the freeway on my ceiling while Drive played.

In 1994, I waited six hours to buy tickets for their Monster tour.  I trekked 3 hours to see R.E.M. play that night...and I sat in the back row for the whole concert.

In 1997, I pushed New Adventures in Hi-Fi on the freshman DJs at my college radio station.  I convinced them that R.E.M. wasn't classic rock and may have a few tricks left.

In 1998, I worked a night job.  I can remember making thousands of copies every night while listening to Up. Oddly, Daysleeper was my least favorite song on the album.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By R.E.M. of the 90s:

1.  Country Feedback (Out of Time)
2.  Leave (New Adventures in Hi-Fi)
3.  Losing My Religion (Out of Time)
4.  Drive (Automatic For the People)
5.  Texarkana (Out of Time)
6.  Departure (New Adventures in Hi-Fi)
7.  Circus Envy (Monster)
8.  Walk Unafraid (Up)
9.  Ignoreland (Automatic For the People)
10.  King of Comedy (Monster)
11.  Lotus (Up)

Buy R.E.M.'s new album, Collapse Into!!

Monday, March 07, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By R.E.M. of the 80s

I won't explain why I break a band like R.E.M.'s career into decades.  If you must know...go look though the blog history.  Here's a history of R.E.M. according to me.

In 1983, I remember first hearing Murmur being played by a neighbor's house when his older sister locked herself in her room in a defiant act of teen rebellion.  Me and my neighbors used to sit outside and listen to the album through the crack in her window.  As a youth I thought Radio Free Europe meant the band was European.

In 1984, I heard Reckoning when a babysitter and her boyfriend came over one night.  They played Pretty Persuasion about 50 times in a row.  I hated the song until college when I finally was able to listen to it again with some passion.

In 1985, I remember visiting Disneyland with my family and hearing Driver 8 on the radio.  It was in heavy rotation during our vacation.  I had just gotten a pair of headphones and I listened to KROQ religiously that trip.  I can distinctly remember waiting in line and bouncing my head along to the song.

In 1986, Life's Rich Pageant might as well be the soundtrack to my life in Junior High School.  I would listen to that album on the way to school, when I got home, and in between class.  I had memorized almost every song on the album so I could zone out when my teacher's droned on and listen to the album in my head.

In 1987, Document made an explosion onto MTV with the half-naked skater boy in the abandoned house.  I can't think back to early days of MTV without that video coming to mind and trying to decioher why such a complex song, It's the End of the World had such a simplistic video.

In 1989, Green became one of my high school staples.  I can't imagine a bus trip that didn't go by when I didn't throw the cassette into my Walkman and zone out to World Leader Pretend or rock out to Orange Crush.  I also remember being pissed off that MTV put black boxes over the half naked women in the Pop Song 89 video...what can I say...I was a teenage boy?

Here are the 11 Best Songs By R.E.M. of the 80s:

1.  Pretty Persuasion (Reckoning)
2.  These Days (Life's Rich Pageant)
3.  Talk About The Passion (Murmur)
4.  Harborcoat (Reckoning)
5.  Orange Crush (Green)
6.  The One I Love (Document)
7.  Carnival of Sorts (Chronic Town)
8.  Begin The Begin (Life's Rich Pageant)
9.  So. Central Rain (Reckoning)
10.  Pop Song 89 (Green)
11.  Driver 8 (Fables of Reconstruction)

Buy R.E.M.'s new album, Collapse Into!!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Free Music Friday: Gayngs Remix EP

Les Claypool once said that "weekends don't mean as much when you're unemployed except you get to hang out with your working friends."  Now, that I'm working I miss the downtimes of being unemployed.  The drawbacks of being at home with young kids doesn't seem so bad as the time you don't get to spend with them.

It was a weekly ritual with me and my kids to play new music and get their opinion on what they liked.  I was trying to educate them about the right music to like and what music to ignore.  So far no Hannah Montana has made it into our house.

Last year, the Gayngs debut album was a big hit in our house.  Anything with a piece of Bon Iver in it has found a steady rotation in our home radio. It'll be a bit of bummer that this new EP along with future releases won't receive the same attention.  I guess I'll have to start slipping them music while they sleep.

Get Gayngs new remix EP "Affiliyated" free here.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (of the 00s)

Today, is a bit of clean-up day.  I started a new job recently, so I haven't been able to keep a steady update now I'm playing catch-up with a lot of releases all of y'all may have missed.  First up, a new EP by the Me First and Gimme Gimmes.  Their first new material in over five years.  It's an all Australian EP, in celebration of their Australian tour...let's hope there's more international tours and more EPs to celebrate.

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Here are the 11 Best Songs by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes:

1.      Crazy (Take A Break)
2.      Wild World (Blow The Wind)
3.      Goodbye Earl (Love Their Country)
4.      Jolene (Love Their Country)
5.      Hello (Take A Break)
6.      Oh Girl (Take A Break)
7.      Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Blow The Wind)
8.      Heart Of Glass (Ruin Johnny’s Bar Mitzvah)
9.      On The Road Again (Love Their Country)
10.  Lookin’ For Love (Love Their Country)

Buy MFGG's new album, Go Down Under, now!!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The 11 Best Songs By Deer Tick

I had an argument with a young friend of mine about the state of music.  He just graduated college and spent many years absorbing a plethora of indie rock bands...many who even I have never heard of.  Our argument was about whether great music was being made today.  Maybe it's a sign of me getting older, but we both had wildly varying opinions of when the best music was being made.  We both agreed that in the late 60s/early 70s there was a clump of excellent original music.  But after that, that's where we differed.  I believe that from the years 87-94, we saw some of the most original creative artists that have shaped the last 25 years...still to this day.  In that era you saw big bands like Guns N Roses, Nirvana, NIN, Radiohead, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, Jane's Addiction, Pavement, Fugazi all get their start.  You saw the explosion of rap music.  You saw the beginning of all electronica music.  You saw the roots of emo.  There was even the first inkling of a boy band revolution in the NKOTB.  Since then, there have been very few epic bands to come around...even Wilco started in the early 90s in Uncle Tupelo.

His argument wasn't that those weren't great artists or great creators...but they were really just fine tuning sounds that had already been there.  He said in the 2000s, he had the best rappers of all time in Eminem, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye.  That electronica music became legit in his time.  That bands started truly innovating what popular music could Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Burial, Bon Iver, the xx, Girl Talk and Danger Mouse.  Now not all these were popular, but they were groundbreaking.  He also saw the DIY bands that self-published via the internet like Clap Your Hands, Tapes N Tapes, and Deer Tick.  he believes that when history is written, these artists will be considered more important than mine.  Interesting theory?  Maybe...maybe our generations are important to us.  The only way to know which one of us is to wait.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Deer Tick:

1.  Baltimore Blues No. 1 (War Elephant)
2.  Friday XIII (Born On Flag Day)
3.  Easy (Born On Flag Day)
4.  Twenty Miles (Black Dirt Sessions)
5.  Art Isn't Real (War Elephant)
6.  Blood Moon (Black Dirt Sessions) 
7.  Long Time (War Elephant)
8.  Houston, TX (Born On Flag Day)
9.  Still Crazy After All These Years (B-Side)
10.  Goodbye Dear Friend (Black Dirt Sessions) 
11.  Beautiful Girls (B-Side)

Buy Deer Tick's lead singer's (John McCauley) new side project, Middle!!