Look for the girl in the faded blue Dodgers hat and she's gone...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Behold the Hurricane

Also from the Horrible Crowes, check out "Behold the Hurricane", another real beaut of a track more catchy and poppy than "Ladykiller" This whole album is really deep and layered and every song flows like an Ezra Pound poem, just really heavy, meaningful stuff.

Never seen me a woman, turn a deeper shade of blue

Yeah, I suck at blogging. During the meantime, feast your ears on this: "Ladykiller" by the Horrible Crowes. Really fantastic side project of the Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, beautiful moody stuff that I'm totally addicted to.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Ride the Wild Surf

Some of the coolest art out there is on skateboards and surfboards
Title is from "Ride the Wild Surf" by the Beach Boys

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I Heard It In His Chain Gang Soul, How It Wasn't Just The Same Sad Song

I cannot believe I missed Joe Strummer's birthday, so I'm making up for it now. Happy belated birthday Joe, you are sorely missed by all.

Title is from "I'da Called You Woody, Joe" by the Gaslight Anthem

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I Turn the Music Up, I'm On a Roll This Time, And Heaven is in Sight

Title is from "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" by Coldplay. Now that school is starting, I should be getting back to posting more regularly.

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Greatest Songs EVER. According to Rolling Stone. (89-80)

Don't call it a comeback, I've been here for years! And so have the greatest songs of all time, which we shall revisit now.

89. "California Dreaming"-The Mamas and the Papas

The quintessential song of wintertime depression. On the outside it's a pretty jangly little pop song, but on the inside it's actually a song of deep sadness, or maybe that's just how I see it when I'm listening to it and there is a good foot of snow outside during the winter.

88. "My Girl"-The Temptations

This song has just such a smooth as butter groove that just really takes you to another place. Smokey Robinson is milking it for all it's worth here with just an incredibly saturated vocal, but it's just so sugary sweet in the best way possible. Great summery track for laying in a hammock just relaxing.

87. "Ring of Fire"-Johnny Cash

Now, normally I'm not much of a country music gal. In fact, I loathe country music. However, Johnny Cash just has something universal that transcends genre and appeals to everyone. "Ring of Fire" is no exception, and I think it ranks up there with some of his best work. It's just so menacing and dark lyrically, but it has a peppy mariachi band type of instrumentation that keeps the song from being too dark. Another great summer track!

86. "Thunder Road"-Bruce Springsteen

Oh "Thunder Road". There are times when it seems like this is possibly the greatest song ever recorded by everyone ever in the history of time and space. I love the story element of the lyrics and I think that the feeling of wanting to break free from the town you've spent most of your life in. The piano introduction is just pure euphony and by the time the guitars kick in your already blissed out. An amazing track.

85. "Crazy"-Patsy Cline

Again, I'm normally not a big fan of this type of music. I'm not crazy about this track (no pun intended...) but she does have crazy vocal control and you can tell on this track. I compare it to the Smoky Robinson vocal on "My Girl".

84. "Every Breath You Take"-The Police

I know this is the ultimate stalker song, but I still find it actually kind of romantic in a way. Sting's vocal is almost a whisper and you can just feel the tension oozing from the speakers when you listen to it. Everything from the instrumentation to the vocal is pitch perfect and I just love it. A lot.

83. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)-The Beatles

I've already made it clear that this is probably my favorite Beatles song, and I maintain that. It just screams low light and black turtlenecks, and much like the fore mentioned Police song, it's got a very sort of sexy tone to it. I love the story of the lyrics and the instrumentation accompanies them perfectly. My favorite of all time!

82. "Blueberry Hill"-Fats Domino

I admit that I listened to the Led Zeppelin version first, and I liked it better. They really just accentuated the really bluesy elements that Fats Domino just sort of glanced over with his more piano based track. The Elton John version I listened to next was more faithful to the original, and I realized that this is just one of those tracks that has just lived so many lives in so many different ways that each one is really good in its own way. If I had to recommend a version however, it would be the Led Zeppelin version.

81. "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"-Marvin Gaye

This track has possibly one of the greatest bass riffs of all time and Marvin Gaye just has an astounding voice that sounds better every time you hear it. I just can't say enough about the instrumentation on this track, it might even outshine the lyrics here because it's just so perfectly executed and complimentary. I highly recommend.

80. "You Really Got Me"-The Kinks

And now, we have the birth of punk rock according to many. Everybody who hasn't been living under a rock has heard this song at one time or another, it's that just classic. It's also very classic in the respect that it influenced so many great people to write so many great songs, like Pete Townshend who basically copied this for "I Can't Explain". Ray Davies vocals are just so rock and roll and so "I've just smoked a whole packet of cigarettes before coming to record this". It's short, sweet, and to the point, and it's effective.

My overall favorite? Probably "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)", but "Thunder Road" is a very close second.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Please Don't Wake Me, No Don't Shake Me, Leave Me Where I Am

A mix for when it's 8:00 in the morning and you have no desire to be alive.

Good Morning Good Morning
The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Because it really isn't.
"I've got nothing to say and it's okay."

Get Off of My Cloud (Live)
The Rolling Stones
Got Live if You Want It!

Because this is how I feel most mornings. The live version is better because it's louder and that's what I like in the morning.
"Don't hang around boy, two's a crowd on my cloud."

The Wallflowers

Pretty self-explanatory.
"Sleepwalker what's my line? It's only a matter of time until I/Learn to open up my eyes/When I'm dead asleep dreaming."

Take A Picture
Title of Record

Because the chorus talks about not remembering crap, which is regular in the morning for me.
"Could you take my picture? Cause I won't remember."

Crown of Love
The Arcade Fire

It's so overwrought and dramatic, it just sounds right to my ears in the early morning hours.
"They say it fades, if you let it/Love was made to forget it."

Another Brick in the Wall part 2
Pink Floyd
The Wall

Being a student, this is basically my life. Especially when I'm sitting in my class at 8:00 in the morning.
"All in all your just another brick in the wall."

Title is from I'm Only Sleeping by the Beatles

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What's Love Got to Do With it?

As of late I have been on an eternal quest to make amazing playlists/mixes, so I decided I should share my findings on here starting with a mix of a more romantic persuasion to commemorate prom season and the spring fever most start to experience around this time of year.

Two of Us
The Beatles
Let it Be

This is my idea of the perfect love song: simple with no syrupy stuff. It describes the kind of relationship I think is just perfect.
"Two of us riding nowhere, spending someone's hard earned pay/ You and me Sunday driving, not arriving, on our way back home."

Sweet Child of Mine
The Guns and Roses
Appetite for Destruction

So perfect. Love should be both sweet and still hard core.
"She's got eyes of the bluest skies, as if they thought of rain/ I'd hate to look into those eyes and see an ounce of pain."

I Love You
Lou Reed
Lou Reed

So simple in it's romantic-ness, there aren't many ways to put it better than "I love you", the most simple romantic statement.
"Those smiling faces I, just can't forget 'em/ But for now I love you."

I Melt With You
Modern English
After the Snow

It's a really romantic sentiment when you think about it, I mean he's willing to stop the entire world just to be with a girl for a few minutes. Perfection.
"I'll stop the world and melt with you/ You've seen the difference and it's getting better all the time."

There is a Light That Never Goes Out
The Smiths
The Queen is Dead

Need I say more than this?
"If a double decker bus/crashes into us/to die by your side is such a heavenly way to die."

Catch The Wind
What's Bin Did and What's Bin Hid

In the chilly hours and minutes,
Of uncertainty, I want to be,
In the warm hold of your loving mind."

Title is from "What's Love Got to Do With it" by Tina Turner