Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Sit back and relax.

Cake- Prolonging the Magic

I'm going out to see some old friends in Atlanta tonight. Cake reminds me of an old friend, you may not listen or talk to them every single day, but when you hear Cake on the radio or get a call from your friend you pick up right where you left off and are immediately reminded why you were such good friends in the first place. I'm also putting this album up because Cake is slated to release their first studio album in seven years on January 11th. Here is Prolonging the Magic.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wool Socks

Wool socks are awesome.  I received a few pairs for Christmas. French House is also awesome.

My Bloody Valentine- Loveless

I'm not a huge fan of My Bloody Valentine, but I do enjoy Loveless and think of it as one of the best albums of the 90's. Others such as Billy Corgan, Robert Smith, and Trey have hailed the album as well (Trey having said it was the best album of the 90's). The album is filled with rushing and swirling guitars. If you enjoy Brian Eno, you will probably enjoy Loveless

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Thom Yorke actually hated this song for a while after he thought fans were just coming to shows to hear "Creep."  The band did not perform the song live for a long stretch of time, however they busted the song out in 2009 after a long hiatus. I'm not a huge Radiohead fan, but this is one of my favorite songs of theirs.

This song is an excellent example of what a devoted and powerful fanbase Pearl Jam has. "Yellow Ledbetter" was a B-side fom Ten (which is one of the best albums of all time imo),but became a radio hit because of fan requests.

some of the best one liners ever in these lyrics.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ghostface Killah- Apollo Kids

Sometimes Christmas comes early, and sometimes I give you albums before they are released.

Apollo Kids

Phosphorescent- Here's To Taking It Easy

Finally back in Chicago and on Christmas break.  Here's a great album from Phosphorescent, a folk singer and songwriter from Athens, GA but now based out of Brooklyn.  I actually just stumbled upon him while I was studying for finals so I don't know too much about him or listened to all of his music, but he has been releasing music since 2003.  Here is his most recent album Here's To Taking It Easy released earlier this year.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pitchfork Staff Lists

Pitchfork has an excellent section on their site called Staff Lists.  These are more  or less  rankings over songs, albums, music videos, etc. picked by Pitchfork writers, usually broken down by year or decade.  I just read this blurb about 1979 and thought it was a perfect description of the song and video.

21. The Smashing Pumpkins
[Virgin; 1996]
It seems very wrong to reduce an important band's highest-charting single to one sound, but sorry, that whooshing progression that repeats through "1979" is amazing enough to hang a whole career on. That floating guitar figure seems to hold all the wistfulness, sadness, hope, and redemption that the Smashing Pumpkins wanted to get across in the 1990s, and everything else-- and they released a ton of great music then, don't let the last 10 years obscure that-- was pretty much gravy. Somehow that riff and the song's title-- '79 was a pivotal year for Corgan's generation, signaling the end of the last decade that would be spent only in childhood-- must have motivated Billy Corgan to speak in straightforward and human terms. Here he wasn't whining, he wasn't throwing a tantrum, he didn't want to be the voice of a generation or be someone's therapist. Instead, he put together a cluster of images that was more about an undefined feeling than a message, and it happened to be the most universal sentiment he'd ever manage. "1979" was Billy Corgan asking, "You know this feeling?" and the second you heard that guitar line the immediate answer was, "I do-- tell me more." --Mark Richardson

Daft Punk- Tron Legacy

As promised here is Daft Punk's Tron Legacy Soundtrack

Calverton & Tim Healey- Back to the Ghetto (Kraft Kuts remix)-  great song and kudos to Rand on the find.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Top 5 Albums of the Year

Alright I know the year is not over yet and some albums have yet to be released, but right now these are my favorite albums of 2010.  Without further ado I will channel my inner John Cusack to present my first top 5 list:

Arcade Fire- The Suburbs:  You can find this album in my last post, which is what actually inspired me to create this list because The Suburbs is such an amazing album.  If you didn't read the last post, go back and download this album immediately.

The Chemical Brothers- Further:  Ed and Tim are back with this one.  I would compare Further to Robot Rock in terms that it is repetitive and not necessarily as good as the classic albums such as Exit Planet Dust and Dig Your Own Hole, but it still quality. Check out SnowEscape Velocity, and Dissolve.

LCD Soundsystem- This is Happening: Supposedly the last LCD Soundsystem album as James Murphy has stated that he wishes to no longer create music under the LCD Soundsystem moniker.  If this is true, then what a shame for music.  Like Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem has  only released 3 albums, but each has been a significant contribution to music.  While my personal favorite All My Friends is not on this album, this is the best LCD Soundsystem album from top to bottom.  Way to go out with a bang James.

The Black Keys- Brothers:  The Black Keys are blowing up this year and I have heard them on about 3 different commercials (which I have mixed feelings about).  While in my opinion Brothers is not as good as Chulahoma, Thickfreakness, of Rubber Factory, it is still a great album and probably one of their more accessible albums.  Case in point Everlasting Light (Brothers) vs. Thickfreakness (Thickfreakness).

Fang Island- Fang Island:  I posted this album a few months ago and I still find myself enjoying this album

Honorable Mention:

Daft Punk-Tron Legacy Soundtrack:  I'll be honest, I have only listened to it once and I wasn't blown away,  but  I am just excited that they have put out some new music.  Plus, it's not even available yet, I'll throw it up here tomorrow, but I have to get back to this paper.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Arcade Fire

Sorry I have not been updating the site, no excuses, I have been just been lazy.  So to make up for my lack of interest in the site lately I present the entire Arcade Fire catalog.  Arcade Fire is a band out of Montreal led by a husband and wife.  They have only released 3 albums, but I would argue that they are three of the most important albums of the last 20 years.  Most recently they released The Suburbs this summer and it is one of my top 5 albums of the year.  In addition to creating phenomenal music in the studio Arcade Fire put on a fantastic, spirited live show.  I saw them this past summer at Lollapalooza and I must say that it was a transcendental experience.

Arcade Fire & David Bowie- Wake Up


Neighborhoods #3 (Power Out)

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Neil Young- Tonights The Night

There is no artist that I associate more with fall than Neil Young. While for many people the feeling of winter is creeping in and fall is ending; here in Virginia it is in full swing.  Tonight's The Night is a classic album from Neil Young.  While it may be not on the same commercial recognition level as Harvest, it has significant personal relevance for Young as it is somewhat of a tribute to two people lost from the Crazy Horse crew.  This also features my favorite Neil Young song in Lookout Joe.  This album will get significant play on my trip up to Canton for Thanksgiving.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Halloween Recap

Well it feels good to finally be 21, but I am kind of sad because I have no birthday milestones to look forward to in the future.  Here are some videos relating to Halloween shows/events from last weekend.

Little Feat- Fat Man in the Bathtub- as with every Phish Halloween show since 94 the show consisted of three sets of music.  The first and third set comprise of original or standard covers that Phish performs.  The middle set since 1994 has consisted of a "musical costume" of  a famous album.  1994 they covered The Beatles "The White Album", 1995 was The Who's "Quadrophenia", 1996 was The Talking Heads "Remain in Light", 1998 was The Velvet Underground's "Loaded", 2009 was The Rolling Stones' "Exile on Main St", and this year Phish covered their first live album in Little Feat's "Waiting for Columbus."  My favorite song from this album is Fat Man in the Bathtub, but rather than give you the version from the album, the above video is a better version from the 1976 Pinkpop festival.

Dee-Lite-Groove is in the Heart-  A few of my friends made the trek over to Hampton to see The String Cheese Incident perform at the Hampton Coliseum.  While Cheese does not perform a musical costume such as Phish,they usually bust out some interesting covers.  Their cover of "Groove is in the Heart" was less than overwhelming, I still really love this piece of early 90's house/pop.

House Lights set to Thriller- every year people put up videos of their Christmas lights set to music, but this guy set his Halloween lights to Thriller.  The result is very cool.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vanilla Sky Soundtrack

Some people think Vanilla Sky is a fantastic movie, I on the other hand think that it's just ok and the fact that Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz are in it make it tolerable to watch. Either way most agree that it has an absolutely fantastic soundtrack, and it's no surprise being a Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Almost Famous) film.  The movie is definitely worth a watch just to see how Crowe expertly uses this great soundtrack in his film.

Here are some of the songs included  on the soundtrack.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Phish Amherst, MA 10/24/2010


Amherst Concert Poster

Set 1
AC/DC Bag>
Camel Walk
The Divided Sky
Ride Captain Ride*
Time Turns Elastic
Run Like an Antelope

Set 2
Seven Below>
Wolfman's Brother
Backwards Down the Number Line>
The Lizards
David Bowie

Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo), Chalk Dust Torture

*Last "Ride Captain Ride" 12/10/99

This Sounds Terrifying and Awesome

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Some Youtube

Utah Saints- Something Good 08- a rework of their  classic Something Good

Electric 6/ The Wildbunch- Danger! High Voltage-  yes thats Jack White on backup vocals

Dolly Parton- 9 to 5

Ernie- I Don't Want to Live on the Moon

2010 Illinois State Hog Calling Contest- Saw this on BarstoolSports a while back. I am not sure yet whether I am embarrassed or proud this is from my home state.

Bill Withers- Still Bill

It's been a busy past two weeks for me  and that's why I haven't been keeping up with posts.  Between homecoming, driving home last weekend, mid-terms, and Nellie chewing through my laptop charger, I haven't had a lot of free time to post, but I'm back now.

Bill Withers is an American soul musician that has had success with songs such as Lean on Me and Just The Two of Us.  Here is his iconic album, Still Bill.  I'd like to thank Harder for constantly playing this on the porch during September.  Credit also goes to the guy selling the Trey/Blackhawk shirts at the Toyota Park show this past summer.  Post-show we were  hanging out at my car and listening to Use Me when he recommended the whole Still Bill album.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Getting Ready for the Weekend

So the other night I finished watching the 10th Inning.  I must say the documentary was fantastic and the music was splendid.  The Chemical Brothers were used twice and Chalk Dust Torture was played during the segment on the Bosox/Yankees brawl in 2004.  Also I think that Dirty Water is the best song played after a win/goal/touchdown/homerun etc.

Here are some songs that I am playing in my car right now.

Paper Planes (DFA remix)

The Strokes- I'll Try Anything Once- This song is used in Sofia Coppola's new film, Somewhere, and is a demo version of You Only Live Once

Canned Heat- Going Up the Country

Faithless- Insomnia

The Rolling Stones- Slave

Beach House- Zebra

Erol Alkan and Boys Noize- Lemonade

Kleerup- Hero- from the 2009 Yacht Week trailer

Dan Deacon- Crystal Cat- the man who brought you Drinking out of Cups

Laurent Wolf- No Stress

Dizzee Rascal- Bad Behavior (Tiesto Remix)

Faith No More- Easy Like Sunday Morning

Delorean- Seasun

Monday, October 4, 2010

Smashing Pumpkins- Siamese Dream

After a successful debut album in Gish, the Pumpkins came back with Siamese Dream.  Gish sort of got lost in mix after the grunge explosion, but Siamese Dream cemented the Smashing Pumpkins as one of the most important bands of the 1990's.  The Smashing Pumpkins are a band out of Chicago and frontman, Billy Corgan, actually grew up about 15 minutes from my house in Elk Grove.  Corgan was the driving force behind the Pumpkins both creatively and physically.  Stories later leaked of Corgan overdubbing the guitar  and bass track of James Iha and D'arcy Wretzky on Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  Such control over the band and its music partially led to the departure of Iha and Wretzky from the band in 2000.  Siamese Dream also features the last of Billy's long hair.

The tracks for Siamese Dream were not uploaded in the correct order into my Mediafire account, so just be careful in which order to add them to iTunes.

Cherub Rock- the best opening song to any album ever



I know this song does not appear on Siamese Dream, but this is my absolute favorite song and I didn't know when I will get a chance to post some Smashing Pumpkins again so here is 1979.  It is also one of my favorite music videos of all time as well.

and for good measure here is Billy singing Morning Dew

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Morphine- Like Swimming

Morphine is a jazz/rock band out of Boston.  I don't have much to say here, I don't know too much about them other than the bassist plays a two string slide bass and the saxophonist sometimes plays two saxophones at once, which is pretty cool in my opinion.  Here's their album Like Swimming.

Morphine- I Know You (Pt. 3)

Morphine- Murder For the Money

Morphine- Empty Box

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Boardwalk Empire and The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Boardwalk Empire is a sick show and made even better by the song that plays in the opening credits, Straight Up and Down by The Brian Jonestown Massacre.  They're basically the creation of Anton Newcombe, who is a musical genius and crazy asshole (they seem to go hand in hand generally), and have had a revolving lineup since their inception.

The Devil May Care


Going to Hell

In My Life

Whoever You Are

Dropping Bombs on The White House (Bring Me the Head of Heather Mills on a Wooden Peg)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Movie Soundtracks

I love movies almost as much as I love music and part of what makes great movies so good is the music that is set to the best scenes in the movie.  The jury is still out for me on whether or not a score or a carefully crafted soundtrack are the way to go with a movie, but i enjoy either if they are quality.  Here are some of my favorite songs used in movies.

ELO-Showdown (Kingpin)

Bob Dylan- The Man in Me (The Big Lebowski)- sorry this is a shitty live version, the studio version used in the film is not up on YouTube

Kenny Rogers- Just Dropped In (The Big Lebowski)

KC and the Sunshine Band- Boogie Shoes (Boogie Nights)

Tom Jones- You Can Leave Your Hat On (The Full Monty)

Hot Chocolate- You Sexy Thing (The Full Monty)

The Champs- Tequila (The Sandlot)

The Band- The Weight (Easy Rider)-  this version is from The Last Waltz and the only version I will listen to now, when you hear it you will understand why I only listen to this version.

Zero 7- In the Waiting Line (Garden State)

Sigur Ros- Staralfur (The Life Aquatic)

Dusty Springfield- Son of a Preacher Man (Pulp Fiction)

Aerosmith- Sweet Emotion (Dazed and Confused)-  I will argue to my death that Aerosmith is a shitty, overrated band, but the combination of the first 10 seconds of this song and Kevin Pickford rolling into Lee HS parking lot in his Grand Am combine to make this the best opening scene to a movie ever.

Richard Wagner- Ride of the Valkyries (Apocalypse Now)- Charlie don't surf!

Smokey Robinson and The Miracles- Tracks of My Tears (Platoon)

The Rascals- Good Lovin (The Big Chill)

The Rolling Stones- Can't You Hear Me Knocking? (Blow)

Elton John- Tiny Dancer (Almost Famous)

Underworld- Born Slippy (Trainspotting)

Q Lazarus- Goodbye Horses (Silence of the Lambs)

Peter Gabriel- In Your Eyes (Say Anything)

Wayne Newton- Danke Schoen (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

Phil Collins- Sussidio (American Psycho)

The Beta Band- Dry The Rain (High Fidelity)

Groove Armada and Richie Havens- Hands of Time (Collateral)

Kenny Loggins- Danger Zone (Top Gun)- Kenny Loggins was created to write perfect songs for movie soundtracks.

Joe Espositio- You're The Best (Karate Kid)- Johnny, sweep the leg.

Dueling Banjos (Deliverance)- Truly a WTF scene in a WTF movie.  Be careful in Appalachia folks.

Chuck Berry- You Never Can Tell (Pulp Fiction)

Steelers Wheel- Stuck in the Middle With You (Reservoir Dogs) - C'mon, you didn't think I was going to leave this off, did you?

EDIT:  Gary Jules- Mad World (Donnie Darko) I can't believe I forgot this gem.

and to Tim who commented on this post, you are right, "Where is My Mind" in Fight Club is a great song in a great movie.  I was just posting my personal favorite uses of songs in movies.  This was probably my longest post thus far, I could have given you guys about 30 more songs, but I had to cut it off somewhere.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Some Diplo

I've been on a Diplo kick today.  My introduction to Diplo was seeing him open for Justice at The Riv back in 2008 and at the time I didn't know he was the producer behind M.I.A, but he is/was the producer behind her hit album(I am not sure if they are still collaborating).  Anyway he's a producer from Philly and teamed up with Switch to form Major Lazer last year.  Here's some Diplo.

Diplo- Smash a Kangaroo

M.I.A.- Paper Planes (Diplo Mix)-  I don't know who that guy who lays down the first rap verse is, but he is sick.

Major Lazer- Pon de Floor

Mini Diplo Doc- this a short little documentary on Diplo recording down in Jamaica with Switch on the new Major Lazer album.

Diplo- Must Be a Devil- tell me if you think this sounds like "Hey" by The Pixies because I think I may be going crazy in my Holocaust oven of a house.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Beach Boys- Pet Sounds

Best American made album of all time, enough said.

Mono and Stereo Versions

 Although not a big seller for the band originally, Pet Sounds has been influential since the day it was released. Rapturously received in Britain, it was lauded in the music press and championed by many top pop stars. The Beatles, for example, have said that Pet Sounds was a major influence on their album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Paul McCartney has repeatedly named it as one of his favorite albums (with "God Only Knows" as his favorite song) — completing a circle begun by The Beatles' influence on Wilson. McCartney stated that:

It was Pet Sounds that blew me out of the water. I love the album so much. I've just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life ... I figure no one is educated musically 'til they've heard that album ... I love the orchestra, the arrangements ... it may be going overboard to say it's the classic of the century ... but to me, it certainly is a total, classic record that is unbeatable in many ways ... I've often played Pet Sounds and cried. I played it to John [Lennon] so much that it would be difficult for him to escape the influence ... it was the record of the time. The thing that really made me sit up and take notice was the bass lines ... and also, putting melodies in the bass line. That I think was probably the big influence that set me thinking when we recorded Pepper, it set me off on a period I had then for a couple of years of nearly always writing quite melodic bass lines. "God Only Knows" is a big favourite of mine ... very emotional, always a bit of a choker for me, that one. On "You Still Believe in Me", I love that melody - that kills me ... that's my favourite, I think ... it's so beautiful right at the end ... comes surging back in these multi-coloured harmonies ... sends shivers up my spine.[26]

Other artists have also cited Pet Sounds as one of the all time classic albums. Eric Clapton stated that "I consider Pet Sounds to be one of the greatest pop LPs to ever be released. It encompasses everything that's ever knocked me out and rolled it all into one."[27]
Elton John has said of the album, "For me to say that I was enthralled would be an understatement. I had never heard such magical sounds, so amazingly recorded. It undoubtedly changed the way that I, and countless others, approached recording. It is a timeless and amazing recording of incredible genius and beauty."[24]
Beatles producer George Martin stated that "Without Pet SoundsSgt. Pepper wouldn't have happened... Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds."[28]
Bob Dylan has said of Brian Wilson's talents, "That ear — I mean, Jesus, he's got to will that to the Smithsonian."[29]
In 1995, nearly thirty years after its release, a panel of top musicians, songwriters and producers assembled by MOJO magazine voted it "The Greatest Album Ever Made." It was number one in New Musical Express's list "The 100 Best Albums". In 1997,Pet Sounds was named the 26th greatest album of all time in a Music of the Millennium poll conducted in the United Kingdom by HMVChannel 4The Guardian and Classic FM. In 2006 Q magazine readers voted it the 18th greatest album of all time; critics of German magazine Spex voted it the best album of the 20th Century; in 2001 the TV channel VH1 placed it at #3. The Times magazine ranked it the greatest album of all time. It also placed #2 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time behind only Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
In 2006, the album was chosen by TIME as one of the 100 best albums of all time.[30]
The album was named as one of Classic Rock magazine's "50 Albums That Built Prog Rock".[31]

Thursday, September 16, 2010


So I've been having pretty much as bad as the last 7 days as possible.  Actually, there are people out there having much worse weeks, but it feels pretty bad to me, some very unfortunate things have happened to me personally.  In that vein, I am going to post some songs that are less than light and joyful music, but nevertheless some amazing songs.  Maybe they'll help you sometime you're bummed too.

Elliott Smith- Needle in The Hay - If you're a fan of Wes Anderson you should recognize this one.

Beck- Golden Age-  This comes from his album Sea Change which is a pretty depressing yet another genius          Beck album.

The Grateful Dead- Standing on the Moon- Probably my favorite Dead song (say what you want, there a lot of great ones), but never have I heard a man make just 2 chords so tender and emotional.

Lou Reed- Perfect Day- From one the Trainspotting soundtrack (which is maybe my favorite soundtrack ever), it fits so well with the overdose scene.

Cat Stevens- Father and Son

Modest Mouse- The World at Large- This song holds special meaning to me for its role in very cathartic moment in my life.

Neil Young- A Man Needs a Maid

James Taylor- Fire and Rain

The Black Crowes- Oh Sweet Nuthin'-  This may be the best cover of another song I have ever heard. Nailed it.

Fleet Foxes- White Winter Hymnal

Talking Heads- Heaven (Stop Making Sense version)

Flipsyde- Trumpets

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Chemical Brothers- Dig Your Own Hole

Since this is primarily an electronic music blog (hence the name), I thought that I would put up an duo that has been hugely influential and popular in the electronic music scene.  The Chemical Brothers are Tom Rowlands and Ed Simmons and they hail from England.  They started working together in the early 90's and went by The Dust Brothers.  They eventually changed their name to The Chemical Brothers due to a lawsuit from the other Dust Brothers (the guys who produced Paul's Boutique).  Anyways, they released their first album, Exit Planet Dust, in '95 and followed up with a masterpiece in Dig Your Own Hole.  Not much to say about this album really than in some places its smooth and funky like in Lost in The K-Hole, others songs on the album they can be high energy and in your face like their Big Beat counterparts The Prodigy, such as Block Rockin Beats, and with some songs their can showcase their melodic and tender mixing skills like in Where Do I Begin? (if you have seen Vanilla Sky, you'll recognize it).  All in all, this album is classic for anyone who loves the music of the 90's or electronic music in general.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


It's been a little rough not having any internet at my house yet, but today is a great day because college football is back and I am going to throw some Breakbot up on here for you guys.  Breakbot is a French dj/producer.  His music is smooth and funky and reminds me a bit of Discovery.  Anyway, here are some of his remixes and his EP through Ed Banger Records who continuously pump out great house (they brought you Justice, Mr. Oizo, etc.).  Nobody creates house better than the French, absolutely no one.  I would like to say thanks to Mikayla for introducing me to Breakbot and you can also check out her great music blog here.

Breakbot- Baby I'm Yours

Breakbot- Make You Mine

Yuksek- Extraball (Breakbot remix)

and because its also good heres the original Yuksek- Extraball

EDIT: Forgot to give you guys this Biggie/The Grateful Dead mash-up album.http://www.siteofsound.com/uncategorized/sundaze-16/

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

In The Beginning There Was Jack...

Heading down to lexington early tomorrow so here's the best house track of all time, something I'll be listening to at least once on my trip. SUCK IT ALUMS.

Supermen Lovers- Starlight(Luca Agnelli Sax Mix)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I Don't Even Know

Fat Jew Nude on Shrooms in New Mexico

EDIT:  I do not advocate giving guns to anyone who has ingested psilocybin.

Pressing your ashes into a vinyl record after your death?  In which album would you put your ashes to make a record?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Arcade Fire Music Video

Woah, just found this new video to go along with Arcade Fire's "We Used to Wait".  It is a pretty cool interactive video featuring familiar sights, no matter who you are or where you're from. You do need Google Chrome to view it, but if you don't already have Chrome you're probably a loser anyway and not reading this site (seriously though, if you do not have Google Chrome, download it immediately, its the fastest and best browser, sorry Apple fans).

Fang Island

I really don't know much about this band other than they're from Providence and they just released their self-titled debut album back in the spring.  They describe their music as "a bunch of people high-fiving each other."  They're a little bit indie, a little bit progressive, and have a tad of 80's hair metal in their sound.  With three guitarists Fang Island delivers an original rock show on their debut album.

Daisy video from Fang Island.

EDIT: Didn't catch on til just now, but the music video above is a big Patrick Swayze tribute (Dirty Dancing t-shirts, dead President masks and Vaya Con Dios flag from Point Break)

Just Woke Up

I found this video this morning Steve Martin- Oh What a Night- two things this is not a cover of The Four Seasons and more surprisingly, it is not sung by the comedian Steve Martin.  It is very funky though

Buckethead- Jordan- this was the best song on Guitar Hero.  Blob I will still kick your ass any day of the week in  that game.

Gary Busey in Surviving the Game- OK I have never seen this movie but just from this clip I can tell it is awesome.  First you have Gary Busey telling a story of how his dad trained him to be a ruthless, cold blooded killer and then you have Ice-T playing a homeless guy with dreads (what Law & Order wasn't calling yet?).  The movie is based on the short story "The Most Dangerous Game," which is a great story.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

More YouTube Gems

Marcus Miller- Burning Down the House- this is just dirty

WTF is a Disco Swimming Pool Party-  also that is the dirtiest water I have ever seen.  Nice sweater on that guy with the kid on his shoulders, wait no, yeah that's his back hair.

Richie Havens and Groove Armada- Hands of Time

NIN and David Bowie- Hurt- this is a live version that differs from the studio version on The Downward Spiral.  And don't tell me that Johnny Cash's version is better.

Where the Hell is Matt?

The Rolling Stones- You Cant Always Get What You Want (Soulwax Remix)

Youtube Assortment

Alice Cooper- Only Women Bleed

Jeremy Roenick   <--- this video was filmed at Stanleys in Lincoln Park.  It's a great hockey bar that features a       live karaoke band on Sundays.  People audition during the week to sing on Sunday, so you're getting some good  entertainment.

Phish and Neil Young @Farm Aid '98- Down By The River - The first Phish post, you didn't think it would take long did you?

Etienne de Crecy- Welcome- put this on full screen and plug in your headphones


If I were to ask someone my age to name the best bands to come from Great Britain they would probably spout off some of the greats such as The Beatles, Zeppelin, or The Stones then they would probably move on to bands from our generation, Oasis and Radiohead (dare i say Spice Girls?).  Not many would say Blur (the band that sings Song 2).  Blur was part of a resurgence of Brit-pop/rock that emerged during the 90's.  The Verve, Blur, Oasis, and Radiohead all emerged from Britain in the early to mid 90's with some amazing music.  It really is astounding the amount of great music that Britain produced in such a short span, not to mention artists such as The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, and John Digweed.  You could make an argument that if you ignored grunge, British bands owned 90's music.  Blur is overlooked when it comes to this great time in music as Oasis and Radiohead still get most of the airplay on the radio.  Parklife is their crowning achievement.

Boys and Girls from Parklife

Warren Zevon- Excitable Boy

Alright well i can't fall asleep so I might as well get this blog rolling.  You probably know Warren Zevon as the man who wrote and sung "Werewolves of London," but the man had a long career of writing many great songs.  Still, his strongest album is Excitable Boy, which includes some of his greats such as "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner", "Werewolves of London", "Excitable Boy", and "Lawyers, Guns, and Money."   Fans of Dylan, Bruce, and Paul Simon take note as Warren Zevon was one of the greatest songwriters of his era.  Warren Zevon was diagnosed with inoperable mesothelioma in 2003.  His last album was The Wind which featured appearances by Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.  The album went on to win two Grammys one of which for the best rock performance for "Disorder in the House" on which Bruce Springsteen sung and played electric guitar.  Zevon passed away on 9/7/2003, he was 56.

Links to youtube videos because I still cant figure out embedding videos.

Disorder in the House

Warren and his band rocking out live on Excitable Boy

Intergalactic Planetary Remix (Gentlemen Thieves)

The Beastie Boys are three coked up Jewish guys from Brooklyn that started as a punk band.  Given their start in music it's interesting that they would go on to become one of the greatest rap artists/groups of all time.  I personally think they made the best rap album of all time in Paul's Boutique (with a little help from the Dust Brothers, well actually a lot of help from the Dust Brothers).  With Licensed to Ill they introduced themselves as the corny white kids that could pump out some hits you would expect to hear at a high school house party a la Tone Loc.  In a genius move they had The Dust Brothers (who actually produced an album for Tone Loc) produce their second album, Paul's Boutique.  The album was a flop commercially but has been critically acclaimed ever since its release.  Chuck D said that the "dirty secret" of the black rap community was that Paul's Boutique had the best beats around.  It was a landmark for both The Beastie Boys and The Dust Brothers as the former went on to pump out hits throughout the 90's and 00's, while the Dust Brothers went on to produce albums for the likes of Beck, Tenacious D, and the score for Fight Club.

Anyway, here is a great remix by Gentlemen's Thieves of the Beastie's classic Intergalactic Planetary. I couldn't get the video to embed so here's a link  Intergalactic Planetary (Gentlemen's Thieves)

Music and More

I started this page to share music and videos that I like with anybody who is interested.  I thin this will be the easiest/best medium to reach the most people.  If you like something you see let me know and if you don't enjoy something I put up let me know as well.  Also let me know if there is something I haven't seen or heard that you think I should throw up on the blog.  Thanks and enjoy.