My Best of 2012 Playlist

on December 20, 2012

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After being inspired by some friends, for the past few years I’ve been really into documenting my musical exploration with year-end mixes. I realize this is not a particularly novel thing to do, but hey, who has original ideas any more? — more

Tagged: ben folds five, best coast, billy joel, bob mould, bowerbirds, brandi carlile, bruce springsteen, childish gambino, foxy shazam, grace potter and the nocturnals, heartless bastards, japandroids, jimmy fallon, passion pit, scorpions, the darkness, the gaslight anthem, the mountain goats, the shins, the ting tings, van halen
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All 22 James Bond Themes RANKED and RATED

on November 07, 2012

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Analyzing James Bond theme music is kind of like a study in the law of diminishing returns. It’s so fascinating, in this film franchise with now 50 years of history, to see the way each film’s producers decide to present their music. It wouldn’t exactly be fair to say Bond themes have “evolved” since 1962, at least not in any organic way–there’ve been lots of stops, starts, and looks to the past for inspiration. In fact, every time the Bond franchise seems to want to push forward musically, something pulls it back a bit. That’s part of what makes this analysis so interesting. — more

Tagged: james bond
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The Best of ‘Chimes of Freedom’: A Spotify Playlist

on February 13, 2012

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A few weeks ago Amnesty International released the massive 4-disc tribute album Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. This record, which contains new or new-ish recordings of Dylan classics by artists as diverse as Adele, Ke$ha, Johnny Cash and My Chemical Romance, certainly does not skimp on talent. It also doesn’t skimp on time; this whole thing clocks in at over five hours long! And even though the artists represented here are varied enough to sustain your interest, it’s tough to slog through five hours straight of any one thing. — more

Tagged: amnesty international, bob dylan, chimes of freedom, spotify
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Top 5 Songs of 2011


on December 21, 2011


2011. Aren’t we supposed to be colonizing space and flying around in hover cars? But instead we’re still down here on lowly Earth making top 5 lists. I know, I know, less chin-wag more tunes: here are each of the staff’s top 5 tunes of the year. Let us know what we missed in the comments below. If you’re a Spotify lover like us, here is a handy dandy playlist (minus a few that aren’t up there) here. — more

Tagged: ...and you will know us by the trail of dead, adele, alice cooper, bon iver, britney spears, Dananananaykroyd, fleet foxes, foo fighters, foster the people, jay-z, kanye west, lady gaga, lisa hannigan, lmfao, lupe fiasco, mannequin men, mastodon, radiohead, the vaccines
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Gig Posters: Volume 2

Gig Posters volume 2

on November 26, 2011

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I must confess that before I sat down to read Gig Posters: Volume 2, that particular art form confounded me a bit. I didn’t really understand the idea behind most gig posters I saw, which seemed to be total non-sequiturs when compared with the band being promoted by the work (“what does this picture of a drunk man in a canoe have to do with Okkervil River?”). I was hoping Gig Posters would elucidate the creativity behind these pieces and give me a window into this ever-growing niche at the intersection of art, design and music. — more

Tagged: clay hayes, gig posters
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The Doors covering Reading Rainbow


on November 15, 2011

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Jimmy Fallon is an absolute wizard at impersonating singing voices. We posted him doing Dylan and now he tackles Mr. Mojo Risin. Absolutely amazeballs all the way. Hit the jump to stream. — more

Tagged: jimmy fallon, the doors
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Beirut on Fallon


on November 01, 2011

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Last week, Beirut played a track off their album ‘The Rip Tide‘ on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. If you haven’t heard the new album yet, you must. It’s just as amalgamated and eccentric as the previous 2 albums. If you have a hankering for some eastern euro stylings with an electronic flair, you will not be disappointed. Hit the jump to watch them play ‘Santa Fe’. — more

Tagged: beirut, jimmy fallon, santa fe, the rip tide
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Garbage covers U2


on October 24, 2011

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Remember these guys? I used to rip my buddy John for being into them so much, then I actually listened to them, and turns out they’re pretty damn good. Shirley and Butch have reformed and their first delivery is a cover of U2′s “Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses.” It’s a damn good cover. Hit the jump to have a listen. — more

Tagged: butch vig, garbage, shirley manson, u2
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Michael Winslow (Police Academy) – Whole Lotta Love


on October 20, 2011

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This just absolutely blew my mind! Who doesn’t remember Michael Winslow from the ‘Police Academy’ movies? Not me, I loved that guy as a kid. But this, this is something else. The solo at the end left me catching flies. — more

Tagged: beatbox, led zeppelin, michael winslow, whole lotta love
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Mastodon rip it up on Jools Holland


on October 19, 2011

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When the end of the world arrives on 11-11-11, I’ll at least have a great soundtrack to the destruction. I’ll be watching favorite metal-meisters Mastodon bring down the stage at The Riviera in Chiccy-G. To tide me over, this clip of them performing ‘Black Tongue’ on Jools Holland does the trick. I particularly like the ode to Rhandy Rhoads on the bass drum.

Tagged: jools holland, mastodon
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