Sunday, June 18, 2017

New Countdown: Peak Cold


Rag'n'Bone Man

Hey it's Father's Day! Happy Father's Day to all Fathers out there. And Father Figures. And anyone who feels like this day is a day that's special to them! It is! And you're doing a great job. Being a parent isn't always easy, and I know I'm always wishing I could be a better Dad, but I know that, as long as I keep striving to improve, I'll be ok.

So....how about a new countdown? Sounds good. Enjoy!


Countdown #336

***Featuring***
Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
Bleachers
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Kings of Leon
Portugal. The Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
The Roots
Sir Sly




Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Countdown: Tay Kyerye Guys


Rag'n'Bone Man

This week's title comes from the very last...well, I can't call them words, but sounds that I say on this episode. That's what I hear. What do you hear?

Oh and enjoy the episode :)



Countdown #335

***Featuring***
Bastille
Bleachers
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
DREAMERS
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Portugal. The Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
The Roots
Sir Sly

Top Ten Tuesday: Zedd & Alessia Cara "Stay"

Wow. This video was really engaging. I like the song very much, but the video was an engaging and entertaining thing to watch. I really loved it. Glad this is in the Top Ten!


Thursday, June 8, 2017

New Countdown: The Way The Whole Thing Ends


The Revivalists

Don't panic! The title is a reference to something and also to the end of the month of May (yeah, chart dates are weird. Believe me, I know :) ). I wouldn't put such a clickbaity title if it actually reflected me hanging up my hat. Which I guess is kind of weird. Like, "If you see something like that, know that it's probably me not being serious about it."

Enjoy!


Countdown #334

***Featuring***
Bastille
Bleachers
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Conor Oberst
DREAMERS
Gillian Welch
Imagine Dragons
Portugal. The Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
Sir Sly

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Post Malone featuring Quavo "Congratulations"

This is a very catchy and listenable song! I love TTT because it exposes me to music I wouldn't otherwise give a shot. This one was fun and the video is somehow very sweet

Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Countdown: Three Three's and an 11!


Cage the Elephant

It gets super mathy this week, but what would expect from me when dealing with episode #333? :)

Enjoy!



Countdown #333

***Featuring***
Bastille
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Conor Oberst
DREAMERS
Gillian Welch
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Portugal. The Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
Semisonic
Sir Sly



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Kygo x Selena Gomez "It Ain't Me"

This is a very good song with a very compelling video. It's videos like this that I think of when people talk about the music video being a dead art.


New Countdown: Trivia


Cold War Kids


This episode came together very quickly and it has some excellent bits of trivia. So I think you'll definitely enjoy it. I hope I'm right :)



Countdown #332

***Featuring***
Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch (and Emmylou Harris)
Bastille
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Dreamers
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Missio
Portugal. The Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists


Friday, May 26, 2017

New Countdown: Artists. Plural!


Portugal. The Man

Hey everyone! I just realized that summer is fast approaching and I'm pretty stoked about that. The weather in Northern Virginia has suddenly been amazing so everything's really coming together, including the Alternative Songs Top Ten!!

Enjoy!


Countdown #331

***Featuring***
Bastille
The Beatles
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch
Dreamers
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Portugal. The Man
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
twenty one pilots

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Miley Cyrus "Malibu"

This song rockets from 64->10 this week. It's an ok song, I suppose. It's certainly interesting to see where she is taking her sound. And image. The video feels like it was made in the 90's.

Enjoy!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Countdown: This Podcast Does Not Exist


Busta Rhymes and Lin-Manuel Miranda

We wrap up the last week of April this week with a doozie of an episode! Tune in and hang out!


Countdown #330

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Bastille
Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz, and Nate Ruess
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
DREAMERS
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
Lorde
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
twenty one pilots

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber "Despacito"

So a Justin Bieber feature takes a collaboration to #1 again this week (he's the first artist to ever have two new #1 songs in two consecutive weeks), but the really cool thing about this song being at #1 is that it's the first mostly Spanish language song to go to #1 since "Macarena" in 1996! That is insane.

The remix that features Bieber doesn't have a video (yet) but the non-remix with just Fonsi and Yankee does, so I'll post them both

Remix





Non-Remix



Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Countdown: Wistful Music for Children


Lorde


I was really pleased with how quickly this one came together! I hope you will enjoy it!



Countdown #329

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Bastille
Busta Rhymes featuring Q-Tip and Chauncey Black
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Missio
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
Rockapella featuring The Persuasions
twenty one pilots

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: DJ Khaled featuring Justin Biever, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne

This very catchy song joins 27 previous songs that have debuted at #1 on the Hot 100. I'll put in the complete list below the video. I don't think it's any surprise that this collaboration was super popular. Bieber and Lil Wayne alone would have done wonders but you also have Quavo from the super popular Migos and also the amazing Chance the Rapper. So this is no surprise to me. The song probably wouldn't even have to be as good as it is to debut at the top, if I'm being honest.



And here's that full list!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Countdown: Diaphaneity


Busta Rhymes

Hello! Want some alternative music? Some bonus songs? Some delightful commentary? Well, step right up and enjoy!



Countdown #328

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Bastille
blink 182
Busta Rhymes
Cage the Elephant
Cold War Kids
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Lorde
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
twenty one pilots

Sunday, April 23, 2017

New Countdown: Here We Go, Yo


Rag'n'Bone Man

I love episodes like this because there are a lot of little factoids that I'd never considered before and that makes for an interesting show to listen back to later!


Countdown #327

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Bastille
Cold War Kids
Diet Cig
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Judah and the Lion
The Lumineers
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
A Tribe Called Quest
twenty one pilots

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Countdown: Hip-Hop Influenced Alternative Hits!


Rag'n'Bone Man

There's a point on this countdown where it becomes clear that hip-hop has a big influence on a lot of the songs on the countdown right now. It's super interesting to see and the Artist of the Month highlights that :)


Countdown #326

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Bastille
Busta Rhymes
Cold War Kids
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Judah & the Lion
Lorde
The Lumineers
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
twenty one pilots

Top Ten Tuesday: Kendrick Lamar "Humble"

Always excited for new Kendrick and this one is great. It debuts on the chart at #2 behind the dominant Ed Sheeran "Shape of You" monolith. Maybe next week, he'll take the top spot. Here's hoping :)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: KYLE featuring Lil Yachty "iSpy"

I love that this guy is just leaning in to his given name and just capitalizing it and getting all in your face about it. Like, KYLE!

This video is so much fun and the song is very fun too, even if there are a couple of questionable parts.

Enjoy!

Monday, April 3, 2017

New Countdown: Just 205 Seconds...




Hello there! We've got a bit of a theme this week, as you'll soon find out! It's a very Jamesey theme, so if you like things that I like, then I think you'll like the theme. Get it? Got it? Good. Let's go!


Countdown #325

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Catfish & the Bottlemen
Cold War Kids
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Judah & the Lion
The Lumineers
Plastic Animals
Rag'n'Bone Man
The Revivalists
twenty one pilots

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1992 (13 Weeks at #1)

Simply a classic. There's basically nothing else to say on the subject, is there?


Boyz II Men - End of the Road (8/15-11/7)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

New Countdown: A Tale of Two Intros


Green Day

It was the best of intros, and it was the worst of intros. I went the full gamut this week. Not that the "worst" one was bad, but it was certainly a groaner! Enjoy!


Countdown #324

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Catfish & the Bottlemen
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Judah & the Lion
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
Muddy Waters
Plastic Animals
Rag'n'Bone Man
twenty one pilots
The 1975


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1998 (13 Weeks at #1)

It never occurred to me until semi-recently that this was a response to Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney's "The Girl is Mine".

I definitely remember when this one was on MTV and VH1 all the time.

Brandy & Monica - The Boy is Mine (6/6-8/29)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk "I Feel It Coming"

This is such a fun video. I think it's definitely meant to look like "Billie Jean" set on another planet. I mean there are some definite plot differences, but the overall look is the same. You see it right?


Sunday, March 19, 2017

New Countdown: Still Lucky


Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Believe it or not, Spring is sorta kinda starting to be somewhat in the air as of the completion of this recording. I, for one, am excited to get to Spring and Summer :)

We've got two pretty big pieces of news in the countdown this week, so i celebrated with an additional Bonus Song!

Enjoy!!


Countdown #323

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Catfish & the Bottlemen
The Cranberries
Green Day
Imagine Dragons
Judah and the Lion
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
Plastic Animals
Rag'n'Bone Man
St. Vincent
twenty one pilots
The 1975


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Kodak Black "Tunnel Vision"

This video and song are very intense and bring up a lot of issues. And then it actually ends on a surprising note. Very interesting.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

New Countdown: Two Shall Fall, So That Two May Rise


Judah and the Lion

These post titles are getting slightly biblical lately, aren't they? Weird. Remember when they were, overall, basically just punny? I sure do :)

This is a fun episode and the start of a new month! Enjoy!


Countdown #322

***Featuring***
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Blink-182
Fastball
Green Day
Judah & the Lion
K.Flay
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
Plastic Animals
Rag'n'Bone Man
twenty one pilots
The 1975

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1999 (12 Weeks at #1)

A classic. Simply a classic. We are getting into the rarefied air now, folks. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: The Chainsmokers & Coldplay "Something Just Like This"

This song moved 56 -> 5 this week and I have to imagine it's because of this performance which has racked up nearly 5 million views in 11 days. Insane. Good song, though. A nice combination of both of their sounds

Saturday, March 4, 2017

New Countdown: I'm Still Alive!


Green Day
I don't know what it is, but as I was listening to "Still Breathing" tonight, it really hit me. I'm still here, doing my thing almost 7 years in. And it still feels pretty pure. I don't have a lot of listeners, but I have fun making these and the people that do listen seem to enjoy them and that's really all I can ask for. I love making these shows and I'm just going to keep on doing them for as long as I can. Thanks for listening :)

Now let's get to the music, SHALL WE?!???


Countdown #321

***Featuring***
Blink-182
Catfish and the Bottlemen
David Bowie
Green Day
Judah & the Lion
K.Flay
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
Ned's Atomic Dustbin
Rag'n'Bone Man
twenty one pilots
The 1975

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1994 (11 Weeks at #1)

I love this song and "I Can Love You Like That" so much. They remind me of riding my bike home from school in Annapolis in 1994.

All-4-One - I Swear (5/21/7/30)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Bruno Mars "That's What I Like"

I can only find live performances of this song, but that may be for the best because I think Bruno Mars is so so SO entertaining to watch live. He OWNS that stage

Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Countdown: Some Grammys and Mostly Not a Lot of Grammys


The 1975

Hey there! I've got some Alternative Music for you! You ready? Then let's not dilly-dally, shall we?

I'm cold free and the Grammys were last weekend so I talk about them for a little while!

Enjoy!


Countdown #320

***Featuring***
Blink 182
Cage the Elephant
David Bowie
Green Day
Judah & the Lion
K.Flay
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
Rag'n'Bone Man
twenty one pilots
The 1975

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1996 (11 Weeks at #1)

Missed last week, but we're getting into the homestretch, so maybe it's ok!

This video will ALWAYS remind me of VH1.

Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart (12/4-2/15/97)


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday (Part Two: All Tomorrow's Tuesdays): Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley "Chained to the Rhythm"

Here's a song that entered the top ten THIS week!

What a cool, fun concept :) And a pretty catchy song, to boot!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Lady Gaga "Million Reasons"

This song came on my Pandora the other day and I was like "Wow this is amazing! Who is it?" and I looked and was delighted that it was Lady Gaga. I love this kind of departure! Enjoy!

Oh...I guess this is from last week's Top Ten. I forgot that yesterday was a holiday. Maybe I'll do another Top Ten tomorrow!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Countdown: Who Would YOU Tickle?


P.O.S

Well, I think the sick voice is finally gone! And there's some new music on the countdown! So everything is looking way way up! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I enjoy putting these countdowns together. It's a fun way to spend an hour!


Countdown #319

***Featuring***
Blink-182
Cage the Elephant
Green Day
Judah and the Lion
K.Flay
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
P.O.S
Rag'n'Bone Man
Stinking Polecats
twenty one pilots
The 1975


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Big Sean "Bounce Back"

Big Sean performed this on SNL and, though I tend to be kind of interested in his stuff, it completely lost me in the intro. One of these days, I'll get around to listening to the whole thing.

...Enjoy!

But for real, let me know what you think of this!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1997 (11 Weeks at #1)

How crazy is it that no song spent only 9 or 10 weeks at #1 in the entirety of the 90's? That is insane.

This was ALL OVER the radio in the summer of 97. I have come back around on it and I can kind of like it again, but it was definitely one of those "played out" songs. One of the best examples, actually.

I think this was the #1 song in the Billboard magazine I have from that year. I would imagine I got it at some point during the summer, so probably, right?

Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 - I'll Be Missing You (6/14-8/23)

New Countdown: Spectrum of a Sickness


Judah and the Lion
Over the course of this recording, I got sick and then got better. The sickness seems to happen every spring but you don't always get to hear the progression. Think of it as something of a bonus as a reward for your patience :)


Countdown #318

***Featuring***
Blink-182
Cage the Elephant
COIN
Green Day
Judah & the Lion
K.Flay
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
The Roches
Stinking Polecats
twenty one pilots
The 1975


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Alessia Cara "Scars to Your Beautiful"

This is a lovely song and a lovely video with a lovely message!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Drake "Fake Love"

This is a 9.5 minute video. It's mostly not the song. But the song is in there. It's like two full scenes and then the song plays for the rest. But half of the song plays over credits. So I mean, it's like on some albums where there are Skits between songs. Only the skits are several minutes long in this case.


Enjoy!


Friday, January 27, 2017

New Countdown: In Sickness and In Health


Judah and the Lion


Hello! It's a new episode that has taken me a little bit to get out to you, because I got sick in the middle of recording. Not as gross as it sounds. My voice just changes around #3. So look forward to that!


Countdown #317

***Featuring***
The 1975
Blink 182
Cage the Elephant
COIN
Green Day
Judah and the Lion
K.Flay
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
Speedy Ortiz
twenty one pilots

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1992 (8 Weeks at #1)

I had this album (Totally Krossed Out) and the follow-up (Da Bomb) on cassette and I listen to them. A LOT. So this one is near and dear to me.

Also, it looks like this was the first song of the 90's to spend more than 7 weeks at #1!

Kris Kross - Jump (4/25-6/13)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: The Chainsmokers "Paris"

The Chainsmokers continue their assault on the Top Ten with, I think, their 4th appearance in the past 9 months!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1993 (8 Weeks at #1)

Two more songs by the heavyweights of these 90's Throwback Thursdays: Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson, who are ALL OVER the 90's Number Ones.


Mariah Carey - Dreamlover (9/11-10/30)


Janet Jackson - That's The Way Love Goes (5/15-7/3)


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ed Sheeran "Shape of You"

This one DEBUTS at #1. And with good reason. This song is catchy as hell. I hope it is a huge hit and people associate it with 2017 for years to come!


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Countdown: Do I Call You Distractionites? AFDBFF's?


Judah and the Lion

It's another countdown and this week I couldn't help myself. I put in a THIRD bonus song. I hope you enjoy the episode!


Countdown #316

***Featuring***
Blink 182
Cage the Elephant
COIN
Diet Cig
Green Day
Judah and the Lion
K Flay
Kaleo
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
The National
P.O.S
twenty one pilots

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1995 (8 Weeks at #1)

Man I love this song. Also, it samples "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club, which is a cool song to have sampled

Mariah Carey - Fantasy (9/30-11/18)

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Countdown: Yeah, that's right. It's BACK, baby!


K. Flay

Guess who's back. Back again. The Appetite For Distraction Alternative Top Ten Countdown's Back. Tell a friend!

That's right. We're back with an all-new countdown, with a bunch of all-new songs, plus some songs you've heard before. Two bonus songs! Ahhh! It's good to be back :)


Countdown #315

***Featuring***
Ben Kweller
Blink-182
Cage the Elephant
COIN
Green Day
Judah & the Lion
K. Flay
Kaleo
Kings of Leon
The Lumineers
The National
twenty one pilots




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday: 1996 (8 Weeks at #1)

 We're getting into the area where it's going to be all over the place in terms of years (which means that we're semi-sorta nearing the end!)

Also: Bonebonebone bone bone bone

Enjoy! :)

2016 Artists of the Year


Red Hot Chili Peppers

So here we are in 2017 and it's time for another Artists of the Year countdown. A LOT of familiar faces that got shoved into the bottom 10 of the Top 20. So it makes for a very interesting list. I hope you enjoy it and I'll see you very soon for our RSP (Reg. Sched. Prog.)


2016 Artists of the Year

***Featuring***
Barenaked Ladies
Blink-182
Bob Dylan
Leslie Odom Jr.
Modern Baseball
New Found Glory
NOFX
P.O.S
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Ruth B.
The White Stripes

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert "Bad and Boujee"

A coworker was singing the hook to this song at work the other night and now here it is going from 13->2! Good job Alexa! Way to keep up on these things :)

This song doesn't do much for me, but I think it might be interesting to look at in 5 years as sign of the times.