Posts Tagged ‘rock and roll’

Revenge of The Maddeningly Awesome Mixtape!

November 7, 2014

Pt. II

1. What Would You Do?- Bastille
2. Rather Be- Pentatonix
3. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon- Urge Overkill
4. Do You Want To Know A Secret?- The Beatles
5. Don’t Gotta Work it Out- Fitz and The Tantrums
6. Well Thought Out Twinkles- Silversun Pickups
7. Mahna Mahna- CAKE
8. Blame It On The Girls- MIKA
9. Straw Hat And Old Dirty Hank- Barenaked Ladies
10. Say It Ain’t So- Weezer
11. Everlasting Light- Black Keys
12. Shut Your Mouth- Garbage
13. Savoy Truffle- The Beatles
14. Barton Hollow- The Civil Wars
15. Shameless- Lissie
16. Rain King- The Counting Crows
17. Take It Off- Ke$ha
18. Durban Skies- Bastille
19. 11:59- Michael Franti and Spearhead
20. Perfect World- Broken Bells
21. Hysteria- Muse


New playlist: The Maddeningly Awesome Mixtape!

November 7, 2014

Part I

1. The Driver- Bastille
2. Changes- Bowie
3. Gold Dust Woman- Fleetwood Mac
4. Shiver- Maroon 5
5. Habits(Stay High)- Tove Lo
6. Never As Tired As When I’m Waking Up- LCD Soundsystem
7. Starships- Pentatonix
8. Good Looking Man About Town- Morrissey
9. Marilyn Monroe- Pharrell Williams
10. It’s Thunder and It’s Lightning- We Were Promised Jetpacks
11. No One’s Here To Sleep-Naughty Boy featuring Bastille
12. Glory and Gore- Lorde
13. Out of My League- Fitz and The Tantrums
14. These Things- She Wants Revenge
15. All The Things She Said- T.a.t.u
16. Aubergine- Lady Lamb The Beekeeper
17. Car Crash- Matt Nathanson
18. Decisions-How To Dress Well
19. Latch- Disclosure ft. Sam Smith

My take on U2’s new free album

September 24, 2014

“Songs of Innocence,” is by no means their best album, and in the 20 plus years since the amazingness that is Achtung Baby, they have had their shortcomings album-wise, but have always had a few gems here and there. I had hoped their previous album would be even more a return to form, for these four Irish lads, now middle aged men than many of the tracks on “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb,” were. It wasn’t as good as it could have been, but it did have a few really good songs, like Magnificent. But this album, the songs stay with me, I like most of them a lot, and it feels way less gimmicky than songs like Vertigo, or Elevation. Back is some of the simplicity found in their first album, the maturity of The “Joshua Tree” and the fuzzed out instrumentals of Achtung Baby. The band is as tight as ever on their 30 plus year run. Don’t complain to get an actual decent album for free. Best tracks: The Miracle(of Joey Ramone), Iris(Hold Me Close), the raga tinged songs of Volcano, Raised By Wolves, Cedarwood Road, Sleep Like A Baby Tonight.

Playlist for Easter Weekend

April 19, 2014

1. Feeling Good- Nina Simone

2.  What I’m Fighting For- Matisyahu

3. Crossroads- John Mayer

4. Come Away to The Water- Maroon 5 feat. Rozzi Crane

5. Sweet Soul Sister- The Cult

6. One Engine- The Decemberists

7. Save Me- Muse

8. Kick Drum Heart- The Avett Bros.

9. So Here We Are- Bloc Party

10. Silver and Gold- U2

11. Runnin’ Blues- Color of Mind

12. A Punch Up At A Wedding- Radiohead

13. Crucify- Tori Amos

14. Run Daddy Run- Pistol Annies

15. If I- Flobots

16. Lightning Crashes- Live

17. Don’t Leave My Mind- Azure Ray

18. Fizzy Love- Catherine Wheel

19. Such Great Heights- The Postal Service

Favorite car jams of the past week…

March 24, 2014

“RANK” by The Smiths- If you are a fan of Morrissey or The Smiths and have never given this a listen, you should be ashamed. Just kidding. Don’t be ashamed, just do yourself a favor and listen to it. Not a fan, or never heard of them, listen anyway. This live album really proves to me what is so great about the Smiths with their mostly upbeat sounding depressing music. And listen to Morrissey growl on some of those tracks. What a voice.

Eve 6 by Eve 6- Irreverent lyrics? Check. Teen angst from the 90’s? Check. Punk sensibilities? Certainly. A few big hit songs and then very little attention paid to anything following? Oh yes indeed. The classic 90’s band story. The 90’s had a lot of good music that was so quickly and readily tossed aside after a couple years. Why is that? This album is such a gem to find because it defines the music and the mood of the late 90’s so well. And nostalgia galore. Is this album good for reasons other than nostalgia? Of course. It makes me wonder why Green Day continues to be relevant, when this one release has more punk in it than Green Day’s entire catalog. Ooops! Did I say that out loud?

The Muppets Most Wanted Soundtrack- I bought this as soon as I got out of the movie theatre. It’s infectious and good just the way a Muppet film should be. More music by Bret Mckenzie for those who loved his stuff from the first movie so much, and a good reprieve for those longing for more Flight of The Conchords. Funny and brilliant stuff here.

Playlist: Sassy Assed

March 6, 2014

I was feeling sassy and saucy and all manner of other fun adjectives at work tonight, and this playlist is my means to blow off steam and just share some great music, with those who may also feel overly sassy with their situation in life.

1. The Mirror Of The Signs- BUSH

2. James Brown- Cage The Elephant

3. Kangaroo Court- Capital Cities

4. Out of My League- Fitz and The Tantrums

5. Good Thing- Fine Young Cannibals

6. Stuck Between Stations- The Hold Steady

7. Long Ride Home- Michael Franti and Spearhead

8. Fort Hood- Mike Doughty

9. Oasis- Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

10. I Almost Killed You- Billy Bragg

11. Round Here- Counting Crows

12. Everlong- Foo Fighters

13. Queer- Garbage

14. Buttercups- Fran Healy

15. Gone Gone Gone(Done Moved On)- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

16, Casiotone Nation- Soul Coughing

17. In The Waiting Line- Zero 7

18. Ottoman- Vampire Weekend

19, My Body- Young The Giant


Fun Playlists This Week: Boston Calling!!

February 24, 2014

At the end of May I am going to see a number of really awesome bands and artists at Boston Calling Music Festival.  And as preparation have put together a few playlists of some notable tracks by a number of these amazing artists such as:  Warpaint, Tegan and Sara, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Bastille, and The Neighbourhood.  

1. Keep It Healthy- Warpaint

2. Bixby Canyon Bridge- Death Cab For Cutie

3. No Grey- The Neighbourhood

4. Things We Lost In The Fire- Bastille

5. Acid Tongue- Jenny Lewis

6. Love Is To Die- Warpaint

7. Knife Going In- Tegan And Sara

8. The View- Modest Mouse

9. Bad Blood- Bastille

10. West Coast- The Neighbourhood

11. Float On- Modest Mouse

12. Up From Below- Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes

13. Some Boys- Death Cab For Cutie

14. $ting- The Neighbourhood

15. Icarus- Bastille

16. I Know I Know I Know- Tegan and Sara

17. Carpetbaggers- Jenny Lewis ft. Elvis Costello

18. What Sarah Said- Death Cab For Cutie

19. Gravity Rides Everything- Modest Mouse

Why I love.. Queens of The Stone Age

November 28, 2013

Fuzzed out stoner rock with a retro feel that exemplifies everything from early psychedelia, to blues, to metal, to soaring pop hooks.  Josh Homme and co. have such a tight sound too. All in all a very peculiar and amazing band. Not all of the albums feel that solid to me, but they have so many good songs.  And the albums that hold up well on the whole are some of the best albums i have ever had the pleasure of listening to. 

Albums I Love: Sleeps With Angels

November 17, 2013

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s masterpiece, Sleeps With Angels is a tour de force, of which by it’s release in 1994 we were already accustomed to expect from Neil and co.  The Godfather of grunge delivers a tour de force, that mixes the best of the old and of the new, his first real grunge album I guess, you could say.  Or maybe you couldn’t, it’s all up for debate.  But hard rocking tracks like Prime of Life, and Sleeps With Angels, as well as soft tinged emotional tracks, like Driveby and Change Your Mind, make this a well rounded album that is a mix of everything we love about Neil Young: great lyrics, soaring instrumentations, and raw emotional power.  There are also a few humble nods to the late Kurt Cobain who died that year. So not only is it a great Neil Young and Crazy Horse album, but a great timepiece to the rise and all too early fall of one of grunge’s most talented children. Take a listen, you won’t regret it, regardless of how you feel about Neil Young, or music from the 90’s. 

The network is growing…

October 22, 2013

surely not by leaps and bounds, but by steps and steps and steps.  But like the old holiday special says, “put one foot in front of the other.”  And repeat.  What can go wrong?  Sure you’ll hit some snags along the way, but after hitting almost nothing but snags for the past while, it is a relief that there is finally some momentum behind the movement that I am building.  My eyes are open to the truth and the love and the opportunities blossoming in some of the surrounding communities.  The rediscovery of haunts in my college town, the bustling burg of Keene, New Hampshire, has made me more friends, acquaintances, and a great number of more open-minded free thinking individuals, within a month, then I have found in Brattleboro within the last year.  I think that’s saying something.  Brattleboro has sort of become a closed system with the exception of prominent night spot, Arkham and a few others.  Yeah business is bad everywhere and all that, but no bars have closed in Keene due to lack of community interest, and sure it’s a college town, but people also know that it may not seem like there’s much to do, but being an adult is about making your own fun instead of waiting for people to hand it to you or invite you out places.  My network: Eyes Open, Project Skybreak, Phoenix, End of The World, or whatever I decide to call it any given day, is on the rise, and maybe that day where we can turn this into the pure mixture of business and pleasure and create something truly incredible in this world is closer than I think.  Some new people and some long lost near and dear friends that have resurfaced really inspire me to get back on this train and deliver the goods.  I still don’t know how to convert this artsy fartsy, revolutionary dream into a business model, but that will come soon enough I’m sure.