Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1967

I mean, there's not much more to say about this album that hasn't already been said.

Here's a link to when I wrote about this album last year

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. With a Little Help From My Friends
3. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
4. Getting Better
5. Fixing a Hole
6. She's Leaving Home
7. Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite
8. Within You Without You
9. When I'm Sixty-Four
10. Lovely Rita
11. Good Morning Good Morning

There weren't any videos from the album, but here's a fun fan-made video

12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13. A Day in the Life

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: The Weeknd "Can't Feel My Face", "The Hills"

Two songs by The Weeknd are in the Top Ten this week. The first, "Can't Feel My Face" has been here for a couple of weeks now, but the second (and actually, I believe the older song), "The Hills" is just entering with the most recent chart. Here they both are!

In fact, I'm sure that "The Hills" is older. It has an actual video, but "Can't Feel My Face" doesn't, yet!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Doomtree Off In the Deep Tour Dates Annoucement!

Very excited to see this tour announcement! If you live near one of these locations, you should go! It's a great show at a great price!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New Countdown: One Take Tiger

This recording happened in one sitting. In fact, I'm still experiencing that sitting. I haven't stood since I sat down to do this recording. What a weird thought.

Anyways. I think we have another great show on our hands. I hope you enjoy it. Hopefully while simultaneously sucking the marrow from this fast-fading summer!

Countdown #256

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Cold War Kids
Elle King
The Hives
James Bay
Mumford & Sons
Of Monsters and Men
twenty one pilots
X Ambassadors

Friday, July 24, 2015

Music Video: Doomtree "Generator"

After hinting at it last night with a series of mysterious Instagram posts, Doomtree released a new music video today. It's for "Generator," one of my favorite songs on All Hands. Watch it below.

Also, they are apparently releasing new tour dates on Monday, so watch to find out when they'll be coming to a town near you.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1968

1. Bookends Theme
2. Save the Life of My Child
3. America
4. Overs
5. Voices of Old People
6. Old Friends

7. Bookends Theme
8. Fakin' It
9. Punky's Dilemma
10. Mrs. Robinson
11. Hazy Shade of Winter
12. At the Zoo

The first half is a concept album about a journey from childhood to old age. And the second half is stuff that wasn't on the Graduate soundtrack. A pretty fantastic album.

The video is from SNL in 1977, 9 years after the album came out and 7 or so years after S&G broke up. It makes the song super poignant.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Countdown: Talking to People I Know About These Songs

Mumford & Sons

This one turned out to be a lot more interesting/easy than I anticipated. These are some great tunes, you guys.


Countdown #255

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Elle King
James Bay
Mumford & Sons
Of Monsters and Men
twenty one pilots
Sugar Ray
X Ambassadors

Top Ten Tuesday: OMI "Cheerleader"

This song came to the Top Ten recently and I thought (and actually, may have commented) "Well, I already did this song for that UK Edition a couple of weeks/months ago" but now this song is at #1 (the 5th #1 of the year so far) and I'm realizing that it was the remix version that was on the UK chart. And this is the original version. And they're both worth hearing! So here you go!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1969

(bolded songs are featured in this performance)

  1. "Aquarius" 2:55
  2. "Donna/Hashish" 2:45
  3. "Sodomy" :50
  4. "Colored Spade" 1:10
  5. "Manchester England" 1:20
  6. "I'm Black/Ain't Got No" 1:10
  7. "I Believe In Love" 1:06
  8. "Ain't Got No (Reprise)" 1:16
  9. "Air" 1:15
  10. "Initials" :55
  11. "I Got Life" 3:05
  12. "Going Down" 2:18
  13. "Hair" 2:55
  14. "My Conviction" 1:36
  15. "Easy To Be Hard" 2:35
  16. "Don't Put It Down" 2:00
  17. "Frank Mills" 2:05
  18. "Be-In" 3:00
  19. "Where Do I go?" 2:40
  20. "Electric Blues" 2:35
  21. "Manchester England (Reprise)" 0:30
  22. "Black Boys/White Boys" 3:35
  23. "Walking In Space" 5:00
  24. "Abie Baby" 2:45
  25. "Three-Five-Zero-Zero/What a Piece of Work is Man" 4:45
  26. "Good Morning Starshine" 2:30
  27. "The Bed" 2:56
  28. "The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)" 3:35

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Rachel Platten "Fight Song"

This is a song in the tradition of Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift and any number of "We Can Make It If We Just Work Really Hard Because We're Strong and Driven and Positive!" singers. I feel like you can never have enough of them.

It really feels like she's making good on some of the motivation that she's singing about in this song by making the Top Ten. I feel, like, proud of her! Way to go, Rach!

Monday, July 13, 2015

New Countdown: Recorded in Two Bursts

Mumford & Sons

Well I made great progress at the beginning of the recording process and it's a good thing because I was still late. Still, I think this might be the best Countdown of the year.

Let me know what you think!

Countdown #254

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Elle King
James Bay
Mumford & Sons
Of Monsters and Men
twenty one pilots
X Ambassadors

Thursday, July 9, 2015

New Diet Cig Song! - 7" Preorder

Here's a new song from Diet Cig. It's great. You should preorder their 7" with this and a song called "Dinner Date" on the other side, which I've heard on a live video and it's also very good.

Here's the pre-order link

and here's the song!

Throwback Thursday: 1970

1. John Sebastian - I Had a Dream
2. Canned Heat - Going Up the Country
3. Richie Havens - Freedom
4. Country Joe & the Fish - Rock and Soul Music
5. Arlo Guthrie - Coming Into Los Angeles
6. Sha-Na-Na - At the Hop
7. Country Joe McDonald - The "Fish" Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag

8. Joan Baez & Jeffrey Shurtleff - Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
9. Joan Baez - Joe Hill
10. Crosby, Stills & Nash - Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

11. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Sea of Madness
12. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Wooden Ships
13. The Who - We're Not Gonna Take It (See Me, Feel Me section)
14. Joe Cocker - With a Little Help From My Friends
15. Santana - Soul Sacrifice

16. Ten Years After - I'm Going Home
17. Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
18. Sly & the Family Stone - Medley: Dance to the Music/Music Lover/I Want to Take You Higher
19. John Sebastian - Rainbows All Over Your Blues
20. Butterfield Blues Band - Love March
21. Jimi Hendrix - Medley: Star Spangled Banner/Purple Haze/Instrumental Solo

This album fascinates me because of the LACK of some of the huge names. It's a lot of lesser-known acts. Which is kind of really cool.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Off the Charts #9: Birthday 2014 (Part 2)

WELL, this was quite under the wire, wasn't it? But we got it done and we hopefully learned our lesson for next year.


Off the Charts #9: Birthday 2014 (Part 2)

Against Me!
Drop Out Orchestra
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Green Day
Sufjan Stevens
Sun Culture
'Weird' Al Yankovich
Wild Flag

And here are the posts/blogs that I refer to in this episode:

Panda Head
Sirens of Decay
Shorpy Historical Photo Archive
I Sing In The Kitchen
Not a Fancier of Cats
Garfield Minus Garfield

Yuck "Hold Me Closer" and Tour Dates!

Yuck released a new single for an album that they're working on. I really like it and I am realizing that I need to catch up on my Yuck discography. I didn't listen to their second album and I really should have!

They're also doing a little bit of touring. Here are those dates:

8/05 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny's Brenda
8/06 - New York, NY - River Rocks / Pier 84
8/07 - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
8/08 - Raleigh, NC - Kings
8/09 - Atlanta, GA - The Wrecking Ball

And here's the track! Very exciting stuff!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Silentó "Watch Me"

Just in case you thought the dance video a la "Land of 1000 Dances" was dead. Here is a song that has scores of people doing these dances on YouTube.

And to close things out...

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Countdown: WE DID IT!

Third Eye Blind

Well, here we are. At 10 am on Sunday morning (actually it's only 845 when I'm writing. Hello from the distant past!) It took a 3-day weekend, but it finally happened.

I'd like to thank my family for all their support, my manager and production team for all their hard work, and most of all you, the loyal listener. :)

This is a good one. And next week's will be even better!

Countdown #253

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Mumford & Sons
Of Monsters and Men
Saint Motel
Third Eye Blind
twenty one pilots
Vance Joy
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1971

1. I Feel the Earth Move

2. So Far Away
3. It's Too Late
4. Home Again
5. Beautiful
6. Way Over Yonder
7. You've Got a Friend
8. Where You Lead
9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
10. Smackwater Jack
11. Tapestry
12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

I wrote about this album for my "1 Year, 100 Albums" Series. You can find that by clicking HERE

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

July 2015 Media Update

Last Thing I Watched: I'm catching up on the most recent season of The Simpsons. So the last one I watched was one called "Waiting for Duffman". It was very good. An interesting look at the popularity of alcohol consumption and what it means to advertise beer and stuff.

Last Thing I Read: Last month this section was a piece from the New Yorker by Oliver Sacks. This month, the last thing I read was from his book The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat. It's a very good, interesting read. It's not a quick read, which can be frustrating, but I'm enjoying it quite a lot.

Last Thing I Listened To: The ACTUAL last thing I listened to was something on the Comedy Central SiriusXM station where Emily Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani, and Jonah Ray talking about their tv show that is based on their comedy night that they do. It was interesting.

But I can't play a clip of that or whatever, so we'll listen to what I heard right before I started listening to them talk: Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women" which is a fun song and also plays a key role in Stephen King's 11/22/63.

Things I'm Seeing on the Internet: People are still talking about the Supreme Court ruling on Same-Sex Marriage and also about the Confederate flag controversy.