The 11 Best Videos By OkGo

Years ago, MTV ruled the world.  Michael Jackson, Peter Gabriel, and Guns N Roses didn’t just make videos of themselves playing in a room…they made mini-movies.  They made creative pieces of art.  MTV wasn’t just a creative outlet for musicians, it was a visual experience.  You could watch and enjoy as much as you enjoyed listening to the music.  Many times the videos were better than the songs they accompanied.  MTV is not what it used to be.  I’m not even sure what it is anymore.  I’m not sure it knows either.  Youtube and Vevo have taken up the video reigns with lackluster results.  Bands still make videos.  But they have more in common with the early days of MTV than they do with the true creative explosion.  All of them…except one band:  Ok Go.  Ok Go makes videos as if no one ever told them that MTV doesn’t exist anymore.  Their videos are so spectacular that Michael Jackson offed himself because he couldn’t compete with their excellence.  (Too soon?)  Ok Go’s videos are so amazing, they may honestly be the best band at making videos of all time.  If music videos are going to fade away into obscurity, at least Ok Go is going to take us out with a huge bang.

Here are the 11 Best Videos By OkGo:

  1. This Too Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg) -  (Of The Blue Colour of the Sky)
  2. Writing’s On The Wall (Hungry Ghosts)
  3. End Love  (Of The Blue Colour of the Sky)
  4. Here It Goes Again (Oh No)
  5. Needing/Getting  (Of The Blue Colour of the Sky)
  6. Last Leaf  (Of The Blue Colour of the Sky)
  7. All Is Lost  (Of The Blue Colour of the Sky)
  8. Muppet Theme Song (The Green Album)
  9. WTF? (Of The Blue Colour of the Sky)
  10. White Knuckles  (Of The Blue Colour of the Sky)
  11. Primary Colors (Sesame Street)

Buy OKGo’s new album, Hungry Ghosts…now!!!




The 11 Best Songs By The Juan Maclean

When it comes to weeks like this when there are a lot of good releases, I get torn between doing lists for the big artists like the Weezers and the Stevie Nicks…and the smaller lesser known artists like the Juan Macleans and the Caribous.  The big artists draw the biggest audience…but the smaller artists add some diversity to the site.  If you want to see Weezers best songs I’ve already done that multiple times.  Just click on an old list and explore.  If you want to know what Juan’s best songs are, well…you can’t.  Until now.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By The Juan Maclean:

  1. One Day (The Future Will Come)
  2. Give Me Every Little Thing (Less Than Human)
  3. Happy House (The Future Will Come)
  4. Find A Way (Everybody Get Close)
  5. The Station (The Future Will Come)
  6. Deviant Device (Everybody Get Close)
  7. The Future Will Come (The Future Will Come)
  8. Simple Life (The Future Will Come)
  9. Feels So Good (Everybody Get Close)
  10. Crush The Liberation (Less Than Human)
  11. Tonight (The Future Will Come)

Buy The Juan Maclean’s new album, In A Dream…now!!


The 11 Best Stevie Nicks Team-ups

We all have our favorites.  We all have artists who we follow.  We all have artists who we can listen to no matter the album, whether it’s considered their best or their worst.  For me that artist is Tom Petty.  He has been one of my favorites for over 25 years.  He also may be the only artist among my favorites I’ve never seen live.   That changed this week.  After going through a deeply frustrating personal set-back, one of my best friends came through out of the blue with a free ticket to his show in Anaheim.  It could not have come at a better time, and it was exactly what I needed.  Tom Petty…40 years a rock n roll star…put on one of the best rock shows I have ever seen.   It was big, personal, and filled with every riff I ever wanted to hear out of Petty’s mouth or Campbell’s guitar.  Today, I have gratitude that when we get knocked down that our friends are there to pick us up.

One of Petty’s best rock friends is the one and only Stevie Nicks.  Many people don’t know that Nicks almost became a member of the Heartbreakers in the 80s.  Nicks may have had a massive career in dysfunctional family of Fleetwood Mac but her solo outings were ripe with huge duets and guests that made her equally respected on her own.  And with Mike Campbell sneaking into every one of her solo albums, it’s safe to say that she might as well be a Heartbreaker.

Here are the 11 Best Stevie Nicks Team-Ups:

  1. Stand Back w/ Prince (The Wild Heart)
  2. Stop Draggn’ My Heart Around w/ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (Bella Donna)
  3. Whenever I Call You Friend w/ Kenny Loggins (Nightwatch)
  4. I Will Run To You w/ Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (The Wild Heart)
  5. Leather and Lace w/ Don Henley (Bella Donna)
  6. Magnet And Steel w/ Walter Egan (Not Shy)
  7. You Can’t Fix This w/ Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffe (Reel To Reel)
  8. Too Far From Texas w/ Natalie Maines (Trouble in Shangri-La)
  9. Sorcerer w/ Marilyn Martin (Streets of Fire)
  10. Everybody Loves You w/ Dave Stewart (In Your Dreams)
  11. Twisted w/ Lindsey Buckingham (Twister Soundtrack)

Buy Stevie Nicks new album, 24 Karat Gold…now!!


The 11 Best Songs By Delta Spirit

You can’t have a road trip without a soundtrack.  I have taken plenty of day-long car rides with friends and by myself.  A great soundtrack can make the difference between an adventure and torture.  About a year ago, I headed up the coast to Ojai for the weekend.  I brought over 100 different albums with me because you never know what mood you’ll be in.  Less than 15 minutes into the journey, we ran into horrible traffic.  Living in LA, you get used to the parking lot-like freeways but when you go out of town, you hope that’s one of the main things you can escape.  The problem is every Angeleno leaves LA for the exact same reason, creating the very same perfect storm you’re escaping.  My friend who came with me kept a clear head as we eased down the freeway at a steady 3 mph.  My friend suggested we change up the music.  From the east coast hip-hop we were playing my friend pushed for music with a country vibe.  We settled in on the Delta Spirit.  It was the smartest choice we could have made.  From the first howl of Matthew Vasquez’s raspy voice on Empty House, the mood soften, and my outlook brightened.  The insanely slow crawl became secondary to the atmosphere created by the music.  The road trip once again became a place I wanted to be.  My friend’s suggestion was the right one because once we found the right music our journey became clear.  Within minutes, traffic cleared up and we were on our way.  That’s the power of music.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By The Delta Spirit:

  1. Empty House (Delta Spirit)
  2. Streetwalker (I Think I’ve Found It)
  3. Bushwick Blues (History From Below)
  4. California (Delta Spirit)
  5. Idaho (Delta Spirit)
  6. Ode To Sunshine (Ode To Sunshine)
  7. Ballad of Vitaly (History From Below)
  8. Gimme Some Motivation (I Think I’ve Found It)
  9. Strange Vine (Ode To Sunshine)
  10. Golden State (History From Below)
  11. Tear It Up (Delta Spirit)

Buy Delta Spirit’s new album, Into The Wide…now!!


The 11 Best Death From Above 1979 Hiatus Songs

I’m still in shock and I’m not sure I totally believe it…but the legendary, mythical punk rock band from the 00s, Death From Above 1979, has returned with a new album.  This wasn’t supposed to happen.  It’s been 10 years since their landmark debut in 2004.  Like a bolt lightning when they appeared…they vanished just as suddenly without a trace.  Sort of.  DFA1979, the thundering duo of Sebastien Grainger and  had gone their separate ways.  There were rumors of infighting, creative differences, even Fleetwood Mac like jealousy of sorts.  We knew as much as they wanted to tell us.  The one thing that was certain…new music was not coming anytime soon.  Us fans dealt with the shock of the news like a death.  It was over and it was time to move on.  Though the next album was a full decade away, the two songwriters of the band were still keeping busy making music.  They formed new bands, bringing the undertones of that unique DFA1979 sound with them.  This is a look at the decade between DFA1979′s debut and their sophomore album, selecting the best tunes that came out of that era.

Here are the 11 Best Songs From Death From Above 1979′s hiatus:

  1. Love Can Be So Mean (Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains)
  2. Going With You (Sebastien Grainger – Yours To Discover)
  3. Easy Love (MSTRKRFT – The Looks)
  4. Heartbreaker (MSTRKRFT – Fist of God)
  5. Who Do We Care For? (Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains)
  6. American Names (Sebastien Grainger – American Names)
  7. Renegade Silence (The Rhythm Method – Renegade Silence)
  8. It Ain’t Love (MSTRKRFT – Fist of God)
  9. The Streets Are Still A Mess (Sebastien Grainger – Yours To Discover)
  10. Bangkok Hilton (Bad Tits – Garbage Night)
  11. Ways To Come Home (Sebastien Grainger – American Names)

Buy Death From Above 1979′s comeback album, The Physical World…now!!!


The 11 Best Songs By Prince of the 80s

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate this artist known as Prince.  There are very few artists who have been as prolific as Prince.  This week, he just released his 33rd and 34th albums at the young age of 56.  Surprisingly, the 2000s were the decade with the most Prince album releases, especially if you count two albums for the double release of Lotusflow3r and MPLsound.  Even though the 90s were populated by more albums, it’s the 80s that we are here to go crazy about.  Let’s go back to a time when people partied like the apocalypse, raspberrry was a color, and dance floors rained in purple.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Prince of the 80s:

  1. Let’s Go Crazy (Purple Rain)
  2. When You Were Mine (Dirty Mind)
  3. Little Red Corvette (1999)
  4. 1999 (1999)
  5. I Would Die For U (Purple Rain)
  6. When Doves Cry (Purple Rain)
  7. Controversy (Controversy)
  8. Raspberry Beret (Around The World in a Day)
  9. Darling Nikki (Purple Rain)
  10. Uptown (Dirty Mind)
  11. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Sign ‘O’ The Times)

Buy Prince’s new albums, Plectrumelectrum and Art Official Age…now!!


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)

Buy Slash’s new solo album, World On Fire…now!!!