Thursday, January 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1993

10. Wrecx-N-Effect - Hard or Smooth
9. Pearl Jam - Ten
8. Shai - If I Ever Fall in Love
7. Dr. Dre - The Chronic
6. Michael Bolton - Timeless (The Classics)
5. Garth Brooks - The Chase
4. Billy Ray Cyrus - Some Gave All
3. Eric Clapton - Unplugged

     1. Signe
     2. Before You Accuse Me
     3. Hey Hey
     4. Tears in Heaven

     5. Lonely Stranger
     6. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
     7. Layla

     8. Running on Faith
     9. Walkin' Blues
   10. Alberta
   11.  San Francisco Bay Blues
   12. Malted Milk
   13. Old Love
   14. Rollin' and Tumblin'

Here's the whole thing, if you'd like to see it!

So this is a nice one to take a look at this week. Every song is fantastic and it's no surprise that it went on to win Album of the Year! I would recommend you watch the whole thing. It's pretty fantastic. What a talented dude.

2. Kenny G - Breathless
1. Soundtrack - The Bodyguard

Diet Cig "Harvard"

Just heard this on The Hype Machine's weekly playlist of the most blogged songs, The Stack.
(Here's a link to the specific episode I heard it on. You can subscribe at the bottom. You should.)

I'm super stoked about this song and this band. You can pick up their debut EP RIGHT HERE! It's only 5 bucks (plus shipping) and it's a cassette!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Desaparecidos News!

So, Conor Oberst's punk band Desaparecidos has signed to Epitaph records and will be releasing a new album in 2015. This is fantastic news!

Top Ten Tuesday: Maroon 5 "Sugar"

I love a video with a cool story, even if, when you stop to think about it, it kind of falls apart. I like the idea of this video and it definitely helped improve my enjoyment of the song, which was fine, but it's certainly not my favorite song I've heard from the album. This is fun! Enjoy!

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Countdown: A Voice Before Ice Cream

Modest Mouse
Well this is an interesting one. I've begun the process of losing my voice, and it's documented on this podcast! The really funny thing is that right after I hit "OK" and began to turn the file into an mp3, I had a big bowl of ice cream and now I sound semi-normal. So, maybe I should have had a glass of water to wet my whistle instead of having absolutely nothing at all. Live and learn. And today's lesson learned is: Ice cream solves problems.

So this is one to mostly enjoy for the music. And the music is very enjoyable :)

Countdown #231

Arctic Monkeys
Big Data featuring Joywave
Cage the Elephant
Foo Fighters
Imagine Dragons
Milky Chance
Modest Mouse
Vance Joy
Walk the Moon

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy Fangs - Capricorn

You know those albums that you put on, knowing that you're going to be listening to the whole thing? That's the kind of record Capricorn is. It kicks off with "Raw Nights", a song that gets the listener dancing from the start, and then, just as Michael Cobra's buzzsaw guitar reaches a fever pitch in the middle of the song, everything drops out and lead singer Rebecca Bortman purrs, "Excuse me, sir. Do you have a minute to talk about rock 'n' roll?" and then the song kicks back into gear. It's a thrilling moment that shows no signs of getting old with repeated listens. I asked Rebecca if there was any story behind that section which seems almost like a manifesto for the rest of the album. Here's what she said.

The first time that Mr. Cobra and I played CMJ  when we were just a duo, we wanted to make the most of traveling all the way to the East Coast from San Francisco, so we tried to book gigs on our off-days of the festival in surrounding cities. One of the shows we ended up getting was on ye 'ol Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge on a Tuesday. There was a Red Sox play-off game and a Pearl Jam concert and Janelle Monae concert. Aka: we picked the WORST night of the year to play Boston. Mr. Cobra and I walked down Mass Ave with the sinking feeling that we might be playing for the bar staff and no one else, so I started walking up to people and asking them, "Excuse me, sir. Do you have a minute..." Every single person would look away, try to avoid eye contact " talk about rock & roll?" That got every single person's attention. And we talked to a dozen on our walk. We got to tell every single one of them about Happy Fangs.

And listening to the album, you feel the almost evangelical zeal that this band has for their craft. Look no further than the last minute of the blistering "Hiya Kaw Kaw," a song that led off the band's self-titled EP back in 2013 and which finds itself leaner and meaner with the addition of drummer Jess Gowrie (who is celebrating her one year anniversary as part of the band this month!).

The band is, as I'm writing this, filming a video for "Raw Nights" so I'm going to include the video that they submitted for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest for their song "Ton of Bricks." It's bathed in black and whites and shows that the band can destroy on a slower jam, too.

Capricorn comes out on 1/27. You can get it on iTunes and Bandcamp and Amazon. And remember: Pre-ordering helps the band just as much as waiting for the release date. More, probably.

Throwback Thursday: 1994

10. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits
9. Reba McEntire - Greatest Hits Volume 2
8. Jodeci - Diary of a Mad Band
7. Bryan Adams - So Far So Good
6. Janet Jackson - janet.

     1. Interlude: Morning
     2. That's The Way Love Goes

     3. Interlude: You Know...
     4. You Want This
     5. Interlude: Be a Good Boy...
     6. If
     7. Interlude: Back
     8. This Time (featuring Kathleen Battle)
     9. Interlude: Go On Miss Janet
   10. Throb
   11. What'll I Do
   12. Interlude: The Lounge
   13. Funky Big Band
   14. Interlude: Racism
   15. New Agenda (featuring Chuck D)
   16. Interlude: Love Pt. 2
   17. Because of Love
   18. Interlude: Wind
   19. Again

   20. Interlude: Another Lover
   21. Where Are You Now
   22. Interlude: Hold On Baby
   23. The Body That Loves You
   24. Interlude: Rain
   25. Anytime, Anyplace

   26. Interlude: Are You Still Up
   27. Sweet Dreams/

Man, this album had a lot of interludes! I picked this one because I was surprised by how many songs I knew from it. And also Kendrick Lamar samples "Anytime, Anyplace" on his song "Poetic Justice" (which is a reference to a movie that starred Janet Jackson and had the song "Again" associated with it).

5. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell
4. Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggy Style
3. Michael Bolton - The One Thing
2. Pearl Jam - Vs.
1. Mariah Carey - Music Box