The 11 Best Songs By Guns N Roses (featuring Slash)

Being the third week of the NFL season, despite all the crazy parody in the games, all anyone can talk about is abuse.  Players in the NFL are no longer just being suspended for games but they are being kicked out of the NFL…indefinitely.  It’s a bold move and draws a giant line in the sand.  The NFL is shouting out loud that they will no longer tolerate players in their league behaving like uncultured cavemen.  If you’re going to play in this league, then you must have an image to uphold on and off the field.  These players only hit each other when they are wearing huge pads and helmets, any of them who thinks it’s okay to hit an unprotected woman is a coward and a disgrace.

But I have a problem with this.  My problem is that this has gone on way too long.  The NFL, NBA, MLB have all turned the other way.  I’m writing this while watching the Pittsburg Steelers play on Sunday night football, led by Ben Roethlisberger.  Why do his “legal” missteps get swept under the rug?  The guy was basically found guilty of rape.  Even the Oscars and Grammys have ignored some of the worst perpetrators.  With Chris Brown releasing a heralded album this week…have we all forgotten that he beat the living shit out Rihanna?  The Grammys did when they gave him the featured spot to perform on their telecast.  Just hope you all remember that when you do music shopping this week and you’re looking for new tunes.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Guns N Roses (featuring Slash):

  1. Civil War (Use Your Illusion II)
  2. Rocket Queen (Appetite For Destruction)
  3. Sweet Child O Mine (Appetite For Destruction)
  4. Mr. Brownstone (Appetite For Destruction)
  5. Estranged (Use Your Illusion II)
  6. You Could Be Mine (Use Your Illusion II)
  7. Paradise City (Appetite For Destruction)
  8. Nightrain (Appetite For Destruction)
  9. Coma (Use Your Illusion I)
  10. Locomotive (Use Your Illusion II)
  11. Patience (Lies)

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The 11 Best Songs By Ryan Adams & The Cardinals

With such a big week of releases and the awesome return for a few big artists…who has the time to write about all of them.   I’m doing my best to catch up…so here’s another post from the book…with one alteration.  In the book, I only rank the best songs by an artist between the years 2000-2009.  But Ryan Adams added a couple more songs to the Cardinals catalog in 2010…so I thought I’d throw them in for fun.

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Obsession with Ryan Adams does not have to do with the music he makes as much as it has to do with the amount of music he makes.  Over the course of the decade, this heartbreaker has released twelve official albums, half a dozen EPs, and over fifty non-album tracks.  He has had six unreleased albums leak to the internet along with a 5-volume, 25-disc, 350-song live bootleg collection.  Listening to Ryan Adams’ music isn’t as exciting as trying to collect it all.  Ryan Adams fans don’t discuss what our favorite album is, we discuss:  what unreleased material do you have?  This list focuses only on his songs with the Cardinals.  I mean, who has time to include all his music?

Fun Fact:  Besides performing solo, Ryan Adams has a glam metal band called Orion, a punk band called The Finger, a death metal band called Werewolph, a hardcore-punk band called The Shit and a hip-hop persona, called DJ Reggie.

 The 11 Best Songs by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals:

  1. If I Am A Stranger (Cold Roses)
  2. Don’t Fail Me Now (Jacksonville City Nights)
  3. How Do You Keep Love Alive (Cold Roses)
  4. Lovely And Blue (III/IV)
  5. Sweet Illusions (Cold Roses)
  6. Always On My Mind (Jacksonville City Nights B-Side)
  7. Majik (Cardinology)
  8. P.S. (III/IV)
  9. These Girls (Easy Tiger)
  10. Let It Ride (Cold Roses)
  11. The Hardest Part (Jacksonville City Nights)

Buy Ryan Adams new album, Ryan Adams…now!!!

 

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The 11 Best Songs By U2 of the 00s

I had originally planned to just do a post using my U2 chapter from my book.  Yet, with all the controversy surrounding the new U2 release, I felt like I needed to comment.  If you don’t know, U2 released their new album this week (Songs of Innoncence) by giving it away to everyone who had an Itunes account.  Certainly, an innovative idea in a world where hearing new music has been fractured and overly complicated.  You would think this would be met with a fanfare from fans…instead…that’s not necessarily the case.  One of the details of getting this new album was that everyone who had an itunes account, had the album automatically added to their accounts, whether they wanted it or not.  This is where the outrage originates.  Critics (meaning anyone who has a Twitter account) have been slamming the band for forcing the album upon them without their permission.  It’s been called an “invasion of privacy” and an extreme example of “corporate harassment” as well as “creepy,” “sinister,” and outright “evil.”  Let’s just start here.

It’s fucking music album…that you get for free.  If you don’t like it…don’t listen to it.  Everyone complains about corporations gouging customers…then when they give something away…people continue to complain.  Stop whining…everyone.  Getting free music on a platform owned by Apple is not an invasion of privacy…go talk to some Holocaust survivors about what real invasion of privacy is.  I don’t want 90% of the terrible TV shows I get via my digital antenna…I’m not going to storm ABC and make them take Grey’s Anatomy off the air (yes, it’s still on).  Grow up…get a backbone…and shut the fuck up.  There are kids in part of this world who have to dodge landmines when walking to school.  Get some fucking perspective.

And it’s U2.  One of the greatest rock bands of all time.  You may not like their music…and honesty, that’s okay.  But if Apple is going to give us an album at least they picked a band with a respectable pedigree.  Would you rather it be Mylie Cyrus?

Free U2 album is the ultimate first world problem.

In honor of U2, here is my article from my book.

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When making U2′s best song list for their 2009 release, No Line On The Horizon, I became inspired to compile this book.  I realized that an act like U2, with a career that spans decades, cannot be categorized into one giant list. There is no comparison of U2′s material of the ’80s to the music they are making now. Don’t get me wrong, there is some great material still coming out of the band. You just cannot compare music being made in the ’00s by guys in their forties to music being made in the ’80s by guys in their twenties. The circumstances are different. The societies are different. The trends are different.  The worlds are different.  In the ’80s, they were struggling musicians. Today, they are multi-millionaires, shaping the world.  They are not the same band.

This is what makes U2 so magnificent.  Has there ever been a band that has had as much continued success as the Irish lads? The Rolling Stones? Springsteen? Dylan? It is a short list. Many artists who manage to stay around for multiple decades struggle to sell new albums.  U2 has done something that no one else has ever accomplished… they remain trendy. Most artists cannot remain trendy for three years, let alone thirty.  That in itself is a major accomplishment.

I firmly believed that their work in the 2000s deserved its own list – its own moment of splendor.  From that realization, this book was born.

The 11 Best U2 Songs of the ’00s: 

  1. Walk On (All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
  2. City of Blinding Lights (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)
  3. Magnificent (No Line on the Horizon)
  4. Beautiful Day (All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
  5. Moment of Surrender (No Line on the Horizon)
  6. Miracle Drug (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)
  7. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own (How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)
  8. Stateless (The Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack)
  9. New York (All That You Can’t Leave Behind)
  10. The Ground Beneath Your Feet (The Million Dollar Hotel Soundtrack)
  11. Electrical Storm (Best of 1990 – 2000)

Fun Fact: U2 has had the same line-up for their entire recording career.

 

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The 11 Best Releases This Week

I never do this…but holy crap there’s a ton of great new music coming out this week.  This honestly might the biggest releases of music this year…if not the decade.   Yeah it’s that huge.  Interpol’s best album since their sophomore release, Tricky’s best solo album since his debut, Ryan Adams first album in 3 years, U2′s first album in five years (which came out of nowhere…and is FREE), Death From Above 1979′s reunion, Karen O’s first solo album, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin’s new solo offering, and four lads from Liverpool.  Why are you still reading…get listening.

Here are the 11 Best Releases This Week:

  1. U2 – Songs of Innocence
  2. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
  3. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  4. Interpol - El Pintor
  5. Robert Plant – lullaby
  6. Tricky – Adrian Thaws
  7. Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers
  8. Karen O – Crush Songs
  9. Delta Spirit – Into the Wide
  10. Banks – Goddess
  11. The Beatles – Vinyl Mono Masters

Along with new releases from classic legends: Loudon Wainwright III, Pere Ubu, The Grateful Dead, Gladys Knight, Sergio Mendes, and Chick Corea

 

The 11 Best Songs By The New Pornographers

I’ve been doing these lists for years.  My site has lasted longer than most sites who have tried to follow suit.  Making a good list with quality choices is difficult…and I get my fair share of hate mail.  More people probably tell me I suck then tell me I know what I’m doing.  It’s a very unrewarding past time, but I persevere…and now I have my own book...so I guess I win?

Moving on, I have noticed in the past few months the upswing in music-based “click bait” lists.  These are lists made to purposely drive traffic to your site. Here’s the details on a “click bait” list. A news site or blog might come up with a topic like “most overrated bands” then they create a list with mostly popular bands.  They put the names of the popular bands (which really translates to bands that get searched the most online) onto said list.  Then every time someone searches for the band, they get the list.  They call the bands on the list overrated because (and this is true) negative lists do better than positive ones.  LA Weekly might be the biggest culprit of this sleazy past time.  I won’t link to any of their lists because I don’t want to support them.  This may work in the interim and get an upswing in traffic to your site…but all you do is bottom out your credibility.  LA Weekly used to be the bomb in LA.  They were cooler than the LA Times.  But desperation is ugly and you can smell it all over them.  My prediction:  LA Weekly will crash and burn within two years…and I’ll still be here.  Because in the end…slow and steady wins the race.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By The New Pornographers:

  1. It’s Only Divine Right (Electric Version)
  2. The New Face Of Zero and One (The Electric Version)
  3. The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism (Mass Romantic)
  4. All The Things That Go To Make Heaven And Earth (Challengers)
  5. Adventures In Solitude (Challengers)
  6. Hey, Snow White (Dark Was The Night)
  7. Your Hands (Together)
  8. The Body Says No (Mass Romantic)
  9. The Fake Headlines (Mass Romantic)
  10. High Art Local News (Twin Cinema)
  11. The End Of Medicine (The Electric Version)

Buy The New Pornographers new album, Brill Bruisers…now!

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The 11 Best Songs By JJ

With the mixtape becoming a dedicated part of hip-hop today, no rapper worth his ilk hasn’t released one.  I think even Obama has a mixtape coming out soon, I hear DJ Green Lantern is producing.  The mixtape craze has even bled into the rock world and JJ may have put out the best one so far.   Their 2010 tongue-in-cheek mixtape embraces everything a good mixtape is supposed to be.  Most hip-hop mixtapes borrow tracks from rock bands…while JJ borrows music from hip-hop artists.  It’s fun, clever, and trailblazing.  Even with a serious tone, the band is as playful as their hip-hop influences. With a full album finally hitting, we get to enjoy them in full stride.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By JJ:

  1. Things Will Never Be The Same Again (JJ No. 2)
  2. Let Them (let them)
  3. Still (Kills)
  4. You Know (jj No 3)
  5. My Hopes And Dreams (JJ No. 2)
  6. New Work (Kills)
  7. 10 (High Summer)
  8. And Now (jj No 3)
  9. Big Hearts, Big Dreams (High Summer)
  10. Ecstacy (JJ No. 2)
  11. I’m The One / Money On My Mind (let them)

Buy JJ’s new album, V…now!!

The 11 Best New & Unknown Bands of 2014

 

We’re on the verge of the big fall release season for music.  Leading up to that, let’s take a quick look at some of the new musical entries from this year.  For a band to be eligible for one of my usual lists, they need to have at least two full length albums out (or one album and two EPs).  So for this list, I’ve only included bands releasing their first full length album (or EP) this year.  This list goes to 12 because the last two bands only released EPs this year. Enjoy!

Here are the 11 Best New & Unknown Bands of 2014:

  1. Antemasque (Antemasque) - This is the greatest album that At the Drive-In never made.  With Omar and Cedric from ATDI and Mars Volta on board, it’s tight, neat punk that delivers with all the force of their angriest moments.  Having Flea as your bassist never hurts either.
  2. Eagulls (Eagulls) – This band is as punk as they are 80s. It’s hard not to listen to the band and not hear Robert Smith’s guitar influence supporting the raspy vocal explosion.  Ian Curtis would be proud.
  3. White Sea (In Cold Blood) – Morgan Kibby of M83 branches out with a solo project that is as much M83 sounding as it is her own.  The lyrics can be surprisingly vulgar for such an innocent sounding voice.
  4. Cheetahs (Cheetahs) – While a lot of critics are quick to call this band the second coming of My Bloody Valentine, there’s equal parts Jesus and The Mary Chain & Echo and the Bunnymen trickling from under the fuzzy guitars and droning vocals.
  5. Ought (Ought) – While we patiently wait for Fugazi to release some new material (or old material) we have Ought to fill in the gap.
  6. The Sunshine Underground (The Sunshine Underground) - Don’t call them the Killers part 2, though hints of the Nevada lads may be in there, you can also hear the best parts of other dance rock bands from VHS or Beta, Bloc Party, the Editors to The Bravery.
  7. Protomartyr (Under Color of Official Right) – Remember the Libertines?  Well, the Libertines were never cool enough to sing about Judge Mathis.  Protomartyr sings and plays like they grew up in a working class neighborhood in Brixton, UK…that said, they’re from Detroit.
  8. CLAIRE (The Great of the Escape) – With no M83 album this year, the softening of the Naked and Famous, and Ellie Goulding shedding her indie skin for the pop chanteuse crown, an alt EDM void has formed; CLAIRE is here to fill that void.
  9. Oh My! (Slow Moves) – Sometimes it’s okay to be a generic rock back.  You don’t have to be emo, grunge, punk, nu metal, or brit pop.  You can just bust out a guitar and dominate with good old fashion riffs and fist pumping songs.  Just ask U2 how it worked out for them.
  10. Temples (Sun Structures) – What is most compelling about Temples new album is how much fun they sound like they’re having.  They draw on influences from almost every decade, creating music so layered with melodies, you can’t help but be drawn in to their festive atmosphere.
  11. Wolf Alice (Creature Songs EP) – If Tegan & Sara were angry, angst-filled rockers they may sound something like this.  It’s also the closest thing we may hear that sounds like the band lush for awhile.
  12. Movement (Movement EP)- This band is so overtly sexual, you feel like you need a cigarette after each song.  Taking the sensuality of the xx and combining it with R. Kelly at his dirtiest, you begin to crack the surface of what Movement brings to the dance.

Honorable Mention: This is one of the best new bands out there, but this being their second album, I didn’t want to include them in the above list.

  1. Garden & Villa (Dunes) - Their song Colony Glen is blowing up the scene but their entire album has just as many great songs sprinkled through-out.  The music is so 80s, I have to double check check if I’m listening to G&V or Talk Talk.

 

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