Thursday, October 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1954

1. Once in a While
2. I Can't Get Started
3. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
4. My Ideal
5. Yesterdays
6. I Love You (Je T'Aime!)
7. Unforgettable
8. How High the Moon
9. I'll Be Seeing You
10. Shangri-La
11. I Remember You
12. It Could Happen to You
13. Somebody Loves Me
14. Time On My Hands
15. The Nearness of You
16. The Song is Ended

Here's the whole thing! Hope it sends you straight "to da moon"!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: One Direction "Perfect"

Only the 6th Top Ten song for the British pop titans, it debuts at #10. I guess I thought they had a stronger singles discography than that. Weird.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bonus Countdown: All-Time Top Alternative Songs (ca 2013) (Part 2)

Well ladies and gents, it's the episode you've been waiting for all your...week. The thrilling conclusion to the two-part, nail-biting, down-to-the-wire, All-Time Top Alternative Songs countdown... according to Billboard more than 2 years ago...

It's just a time to reflect on some choice cuts of decade-spanning Alternative goodness, so sink your teeth in and enjoy!

All-Time Alternative Songs (Part 2) (ca 2013)

Foo Fighters
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Marcy Playground
Neon Trees
Peter Murphy
Rise Against

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1955 (Disney Edition!)

Since we're in Disney this week, and since there was a feature-length Disney movie released in 1955, let's throw back to that!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (UK Edition): Naughty Boy feat Beyonce and Arrow Benjamin "Runnin' (Lose It All)"

It feels like maybe the top ten has a lot of movement within it, but not a lot of songs entering that we haven't covered before. So it's back to the UK charts.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bonus Countdown: All-Time Top Alternative Songs (ca 2013) (Part 1)

As you read this, I am in a van driving to Disney, Florida. I hope you are having a great Saturday so far and I hope this episode makes it better! You should go for a drive, too. Let's sync up our experiences! I'll try to put this on around noon (when it posts) as long as I think of it.

So in 2013 Billboard celebrated 25 years of our beloved Alternative Songs (nee Hot Modern Rock Tracks) chart. We celebrated by listening to the first Top Ten. Now we're going to spend the next two weeks counting down the Top 20 on this list that is just over 2 years old. I don't know how the past two years have affected things and I guess we won't know until 2038, when the chart celebrates 50 years ;-) (jk. I'm sure that there'll be something to commemorate the 30th anniversary)

So enjoy Part 1 of 2 Bonus Countdowns!

All-Time Top Alternative Songs (ca 2013) (Part 1)

Green Day
Love and Rockets

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1956

 I was in a thrift store this weekend and came across this album on vinyl for $9. It seemed a little steep for something that I'd never heard before, but it felt cool to find it so close to posting about it.

1. To Love Again

2. Manhattan
3. Shine on Harvest Moon
4. It Must Be True
5. Whispering
6. Dizzy Fingers
7. You're My Everything
8. Chopsticks
9. On the Sunny Side of the Street
10. Brazil
11. La Vie En Rose
12. To Love Again (Finale)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (UK Edition): Sam Smith "Writing's on the Wall"

This is #3 on the UK Charts and I'm excited to hear it because I think he was an interesting choice for a Bond theme. I'm also hoping the video has lots of Bond stuff in it!

Ok, good amount of Bond stuff, enjoyable song, and a fun way to end the video. Well done Mr. Smith!

Monday, October 12, 2015

New Countdown: Lazy Contrarians

Cold War Kids

Last countdown for the next two weeks! It goes out with a bang, though! And stay tuned till the end to see how I'm going to fill the next two weeks! I think it's pretty exciting!

Countdown #267

Cold War Kids
Coleman Hell
Death Cab For Cutie
Elle King
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
New Found Glory
New Order
The Struts
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1957

1. Mean Woman Blues
2. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear

3. Loving You
4. Got a Lot o' Livin' To Do
5. Lonesome Cowboy
6. Hot Dog
7. Party
8. Blueberry Hill
9. True Love
10. Don't Leave Me Now
11. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
12. I Need You So

This was Elvis's 3rd Album!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Shawn Mendes "Stitches"

A new rags-to-riches story where a guy uploads covers of songs on Vine (which, as you'll remember, are 6 second, looping videos), gets signed to a label and eventually makes the Top Ten. I think we're going to be seeing more and more of this kind of thing.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

New Countdown: Welcome to October!

Walk the Moon

Well here we are in the 10th month. This year is just flying by and the air is getting colder. My thoughts are turning to the Festive Fifty and that email will go out at the end of the month.

For now, enjoy the Alternative goodness :)

Countdown #266

Bleachers featuring Elle King
Cold War Kids
Coleman Hell
Elle King
Florence + the Machine
Neon Trees
The Struts
twenty one pilots
Walk the Moon
X Ambassadors

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October 2015 Media Update

How can it be October already?? The year is flying by, you guys. TV is back in full swing. My oldest is finishing her 3rd week of Pre-K. The leaves are going to start turning in earnest very soon. It's crazy how quickly Fall becomes Winter.

Last Thing I Watched: Well, I knew that this was coming up, so I made sure I noted what show I was watching when it struck midnight. I have my hands full of shows to watch, so I wasn't at a loss for things to include in this category.

I happened to be watching the second episode of the second season of a show called Scorpion. It's about a group of certified geniuses who save the world. It can be pretty silly and it doesn't get a lot of love on the internet, but I really enjoy watching it, and I think that that's good enough!

The episode was called "Cuba Libre" and involved the gang going to Cuba to track down a war criminal. Solid episode

Last Thing I Read: I'm reading a book called Personal Days which is sort of like maybe if you wrote an episode of The Office in prose form, but you wanted it to appear in The New Yorker. It's fun. But the weird thing is the narrative voice it's written in. It's almost, like, collective 1st person? The narrator says "we" and "us", but the narrator isn't one particular person, so there will also be "he" and "she". It's very odd to wrap my brain around. Especially for such a light read.

Last Thing I Listened To: The last song I listened to was a new song by Walk the Moon called "Different Colors" and I really like it a lot. I really like the whole Talking is Hard album. These guys are having a pretty terrific year!

Things I'm Seeing on the Internet: Lots of news items. There have been flash floods in our area the past couple days, including the college I went to being quite a bit more underwater than it ever was when I was there.

We also had a supermoon full lunar eclipse on Sunday, so there were lots of pictures of that.

Plus, the Pope was here this week! I know that the Catholic church has issues. And I maybe have some issues with organized religion in general. But this Pope seems like a solid dude.

When we next meet, my whole family and I will have been to DisneyWorld! Have a great month!

Throwback Thursday: 1958

This was the first classical album to go Platinum. It's amazing to think of a classical album at #1, but this guy had just defected from the Soviet Union, been on Steve Allen. He was pretty hot news. So it makes sense.