It’s December, which means it’s time for the onslaught of best of lists. They’ve been pouring on hot and heavy over the past few days. I will get to my annual best of list this week…including my massive 111 best of list with help from all you pretty people. But I like to wait a couple weeks and scour other “best of” lists in case there’s an album out there I’ve missed. You never know…the new Smashing Pumpkins and Charli XCX are supposedly pretty epic. Here’s the last of my catch-up list
My first introduction to TV on The Radio was on a bachelor party trip about 10 years ago. Strangely, that marriage is over but TVOTR is still rocking stronger than ever. When I first heard the feedback-laden caterwaul that would become TVOTR’s staple sound it made my skin crawl in the way a trailer for an exciting new movie can give you a rush. (think the Millenium Falcon racing onto the screen in the new Star wars trailer) Sadly, I was the only one on the trip who loved what we were listening to. After three songs from Desparate Youth, the guys in the car voted to remove the CD and move onto something more palpable like…Dave Matthews (yes, it was hell). All I wanted to do was get home so I could listen to the album…but I was stuck at the bachelor party enduring fancy dinners, drinking, and strip clubs. Even though Tom Petty may disagree, the waiting isn’t always the hardest part.
Here are the 11 Best Songs By TV On The Radio:
- Dancing Choose (Dear Science)
- Wolf Like Me (Return To Cookie Mountain)
- Staring at the Sun (Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes)
- Crying (Dear Science)
- Second Song (Nine Types of Light)
- Dreams (Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes)
- DLZ (Dear Science)
- Hours (Return To Cookie Mountain)
- No Future Shock (Nine Types of Light)
- Halfway Home (Dear Science)
- Don’t Love You (Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes)
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This evening my kids attended a dance party at their elementary school. When you’re dealing with kids from as little as five up to the age of eleven, you want to be sure the music is as PG-rated as possible. I was blown away by the DJs and their lack of discretion in the music. It’s not the bad language that bothered me as much as the content. I’d rather my kids hear Eddie Vedder grumble a “harmless little fuck” than have them listen to “Blurred Lines.” But the content wasn’t a total back breaker as much as the lack of content was disappointing. Most of their selection was very narrow. A majority of the music fell purely in the rap sector and primarily focused on crunk. It’s fine for a few songs but when 4 out of 5 songs is the same narrow genre, it feels lazy. The most variety was a Meghan Trainer or Taylor Swift song. They played one Michael Jackson song which was the highlight of the night. It made me realize how difficult (and it’s shocking to say this) being a good DJ is. A great DJ can mix rap, pop, rock, and even country. A DJ who knows what their doing can mix Lil Wayne and Nirvana. A DJ is supposed to appeal to everyone in the crowd, even the back row. About half way through the dance, people started leaving. Part of it was bedtimes, the other part was a boredom in the music. That’s the opposite of what a good DJ should do. So tonight, go out, dance, and if there’s a good DJ playing, give them a big hug.
Here are the 11 Best Songs By David Guetta:
- Titanium (Nothing But The Beat)
- She Wolf (Nothing But The Beat)
- Baby When The Light (Pop Life)
- Every Chance We Get We Run (Nothing But The Beat 2.0)
- One Love (One Love)
- Turn Me On (Nothing But The Beat)
- Always (Pop Life)
- Love Don’t Let Me Go (Just A Little More Love)
- In Love With Myself (Guetta Blaster)
- When Love Takes Over (One Love)
- Who’s That Chick? (One More Love)
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A couple weeks ago, I did a comprehensive break down of Wilco’s b-side collection and what were the best tracks from the package. Like Wilco, Soundgarden has released a collection pulling all their b-side and rare tracks from their epic career. Also like Wilco, 90% of these tracks were all previously released and have been readily available on CD singles, soundtracks, and compilations. So here’s a look at the best of the extra songs that Soundgarden has to offer that never made it to a proper album.
Here are the 11 Best B-Sides By Soundgarden:
- Birth Ritual (Singles)
- Bleed Together (Burden In My Hand)
- Cold Bitch (Spoonman)
- Into The Void (Somms)
- Heretic (Louder Than Love)
- She Likes Surprises (International Track)
- Fresh Deadly Flowers (Loud Love)
- Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard (Fell On Black Days)
- Girl U Want (Somms)
- Karaoke (Burden In My Hand)
- I Don’t Care About You (Outshined)
Buy Soundgarden’s new B-Sides album, Echo of Miles…now!!!
In making the perfect Thanksgiving holiday mix, I have realized one very important thing: there are no Thanksgiving songs. How is it possible in the most capitalistic country in the world that the mass marketing propaganda machine never exploited the Thanksgiving holiday (which is America’s own unique holiday) with tunes to celebrate the day? There are more songs celebrating Festivus (which is a fictional holiday created by George Costanza) than there are songs about Thanksgiving. Today, that changes.
Websites have attempted to make Thanksgiving playlists in the past, but there are always glaring issues with them. Because of the lack of overt Thanksgiving songs, songs that potentially encompass the Thanksgiving theme are selected even though they have nothing to do with the mood or feeling of this day. Playlists tend to pick songs with Thanksgiving food in the title but songs like Dee Dee Sharp’s “Mashed Potato” is not about the dinner staple but about a dance. Ray Charles’ “Sweet Potato Pie” is about a girl not a dessert. Also, just because a song has “Thanks” or “thank you” in the title doesn’t instantly make it Thanksgiving worthy. Andrew Gold’s “Thank You for Being a Friend” or Dido’s “Thank You” are nice gratious songs but only borderline set the right mood. Or even Drive-By Truckers “Thanksgiving Filter” is dead-on accurate but not appropriate for a family setting. Some songs have major religious themes but ultimately Thanksgiving isn’t a religious holiday. Too many of them feel out of place. And lastly, some of the Thanksgiving-esque songs just plain suck.
So I have challenged myself to make the best Thanksgiving playlist ever. In making the list, I wanted to encompass what is truly at the core of the holiday. Having gratitude is a major component, but I believe more than anything, Thanksgiving is about family. Thanksgiving is about bringing together the family and celebrating our differences as much as our simularities. And being thankful for having them in our lives.
I have scoured the internet and my personal library to create a playlist that is as ecclectic as a Thanksgiving meal and as diverse as the dinner guests. Enjoy and have a happy Thanksgiving.
Here are the songs from the list and enjoy the mix below:
- Thanksgiving Theme – Vince Guarandi Trio
- Let’s Turkey Trot – Little Eva
- Family Affair – Sly & The Family Stone
- Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie – Jay & The Techniques
- Tday – Jo D. Jonz
- I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For – Bing Crosby
- Home - Jack Johnson
- Kind & Generous – Natalie Merchant
- Be Thankful – Natalie Cole
- Family Time – Ziggy Marley
- Family Man – Fleetwood Mac
- Family Tree – Gerry Rafferty
- Thanksgiving Song – Mary Chapin Carpenter
- Cats in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
- Thank You Too! – My Morning Jacket
- Family Reunion – The O’Jays
- Thanksgiving Prayer – Johnny Cash
- Nothing Beats A Family – Ricky Skaggs
- Home For The Holidays – Perry Como
- Thanksgiving – George Winston
- The Thanksgiving Song – Adam Sandler
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving song?
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Fugazi was/is/will be an anti-band. They sold tickets because they needed to. They charged for CDs because they needed to. And since they didn’t need t-shirts…they didn’t sell them. They didn’t sell hats, keychains, posters or even action figures! I know, right? To be honest, I never thought I’d do a Fugazi or a Pink Floyd list because of a new release. Over the past month, I get to do both. No, this is not a new album, but a reissue of the band’s first demo. Close enough.
Here are the 11 Best Songs By Fugazi:
- Merchandise (Repeater)
- Waiting Room (Fugazi)
- Public Witness Program (In On the Kill Taker)
- Epic Problem (The Arguement)
- Repeater (Repeater)
- Five Corporations (End Hits)
- Song #1 (3 Songs)
- KYEO (Steady Diet of Nothing)
- Bad Mouth (Fugazi)
- Bed For The Scraping (Red Medicine)
- Suggestion (Fugazi)
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One of the original points of this blog was to do a retrospective of a band leading up to their most recent release. Only on a rare occassion would I include a new song, but mostly it was a guide to a band’s material up until this point. The only time, I side-stepped that rule was when a band would release their own retrospective. Material on my list would naturally cross over with the tracklist of the release. This is especially true in the case of Wilco. Having heard 95% of these songs over the past two decades, there’s nothing new to report except to chronicle the contents. The retrospective is the retrospective. A few songs didn’t make it onto Wilco’s 77-track rare songs LP but for the most part, this set is as exhaustive as they come.
Here are the 11 Best Rare Tracks By Wilco:
- Promising (Chelsea Walls Soundtrak)
- Glad It’s Over (Heroes Soundtrack)
- Any Major Dude Will Tell You (Me, Myself, & Irene Soundtrack)
- Panthers (A Ghost Is Born Deluxe Edition)
- Bob Dylan’s 49th Beard (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Bonus CD)
- One Hundred Years From Now (Return of the Grievous Angel)
- Blasting Fonda (Outtasite)
- Thirteen (Big Star, Small World)
- True Love Will Find You In The End (Daniel Johnston Tribute)
- Message From Mid-Bar (The Whole Love Bonus EP)
- A Magazine Called Sunset (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Bonus CD)
Buy Wilco’s new Rare Tracks Set, Alpha Mike Foxtrot…now!
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