Posts tagged ‘music’

I know that it’s very snobby, but I hate it when a song like this (which should feel wonderfully… subversive) becomes mainstream. Not only does it not seem so wrong to be playing it, it also makes me feel a bit like that balding guy in a suit who sings along to Anarchy in the UK on the bus…

By the way, NSFW. Really. Not even with the sound off.

I did warn you…

Sep 2010
1
The Rock 1000 2010

So, my current favourite radio station of all time, EVAR (part 1) has just finished its yearly 100 greatest Rock songs of all time…

  1. Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
  2. Metallica – One
  3. Foo Fighters – Everlong
  4. Tool – Sober
  5. Metallica – Enter Sandman
  6. Shihad – Home Again
  7. AC/DC – Back ‘n’ Black
  8. Guns ‘N’ Roses – November Rain
  9. Pearl Jam – Black
  10. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird (Fixed spelling… you can’t trust anyone in this copy/paste world…)

So, how many surprises do we have in there…?

Well, Rage is currently loved more than usual (even in NZ) following the shafting of Cowell last Christmas. With the exception of Shihad and Tool (neither of whom I’m heard of before) it’s all pretty much as expected. In fact, Freebird is the only one of those tracks that wasn’t in the top 20 for last year’s chart.

How many new entries were there in the top 100? It’s a depressingly short list…

  1. I Am Giant – City Limits
  2. Slash – By The Sword (incredibly forgettable, IMHO)
  3. I am Giant – Neon Sunrise(which I think is a better song than City Limits)
  4. Rise Against – Saviour (another great song)
  5. Disturbed – Inside the Fire (urgh…)
  6. Slipknot – Snuff (It’s slipknot…. that’s all you need to know)
  7. War Machine – AC/DC

Wait… what? War Machine was released 2 years ago. How did the fans of AC/DC take two whole years to get that into the top 1000?

Strangely, one of my favourite tracks on The Rock (American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem) didn’t make it onto the list at all.

Most depressing of all is that U2 managed to get 21 tracks in the top 1000. Still, at least they didn’t manage to get higher than 93…

Nov 2009
4
Turn it up to 11

I’m so sorry. I haven’t posted for nearly a month and then I update with a video post. I don’t deserve you my loyal and loving audience. Either of you.

So, after half deafening myself on the way to work this morning, I started thinking about songs that would (if played back to back) lead to the destruction of my speakers. This update is cunningly being written at 11pm so that I can’t turn the music up for fear of upsetting our neighbour (who just happens to be the landlord’s daughter).

For fairly obvious reasons, this list is a little light on ballads. :)

So… in no particular order…
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Why hasn’t the internet said anything about these two sounding strangely similar? I can’t hear the former without expecting the later…

It’s not just me, is it…?

Jul 2009
31
Annie Mashup

I’m pretty sure that the only Annie Lennox song I know is “Walking on Broken Glass”, but this is seven kinds of cool.

Annie Lennox has given her master tapes over to DJ Earworm and let him go nuts with them. The result is the above linked Backwards Forwards.

It’s a nice little mashup, but it’s much, much cooler that one artist has given another artist the ability to do something cool with her work. Come on musicians – stop hiding behind copyright rules and be creative…!

Jun 2009
15
The Elements

Take two tired people, one long boring road complete with averaging speed cameras, a Tom Lehrer CD, and way to much spare time…

I present to you, The Periodic Table, as arranged by Thomas Andrew Lehrer…

[ a larger version (2000*1000) is available, but Flickr won't show it. Mail me and I'll see what I can do... ]

May 2009
13
Musical adventures

My grandfather said many, many wonderful things over the years. He was an expect with a turn of phrase, and knew exactly how to get people on side.

Which means I’m not entirely sure if I should tell you all that he once described the difference between my musical tastes and my brother’s thus

Your tastes in music are very eclectic. Steven’s are… random.

Anyway, my latest Amazon order arrived today – some from Amazon UK, some from Amazon Jersey and some via a company in Austria. Oh yes…!

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra – Melody Mountain I bought this album for one track really, and that was because of how uncomfortable it made me feel. Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Her singing style is so slow and mournful that it almost hurts. GB and I came to the conclusion that it’s almost like listening to a slightly tearful and slightly drunk widow singing to herself as she tidies away after a wake. It’s that singing that you do when you don’t really know that you’re singing. A beautiful album that I’ll probably only play half a dozen times a year…

Semisonic – Feeling Strangely Fine It’s odd to think that this album came out 10 years ago and yet I only ‘discovered’ it on the radio last week. I’d heard Secret Smile and Closing Time before, but never really connected them to a band. Interestingly, asking Last.FM to build a station round them gets you Blues Traveller, They Might Be Giants, Letters to Cleo and Barenaked Ladies. Looks like I’m actually an American teenager from the 80s…

Tom Lehrer – In Concert There’s nothing to be said about Tom Lehrer that hasn’t already been said. So I’ll just link to the Masochism Tango.

Novika – Tricks of Life This will be the one from Austria, despite the fact that she’s actually Polish. I bought this one after hearing her version of California Dreaming and it has the distinction of being the only album I bought that Gb actively dislikes. How could I not like a re-imagining of an old track with female vocals, a piano and gentle bass rumbling in the background?

No doubt Mike Rayburn will turn out to be another cool guitarist that everyone but me already knows. I just discovered him when Last.fm decided to play me Led Zeppelin plays Dr Seuss

And then, following my apparent obsession with Duelling Banjos, we have Dueling Banjarabia

Apr 2009
18
Fast Cars

I love mashups. I love mixes and interpretations. But it’s rare that I prefer the cover when it’s pretty much a straight lift. Here though, I think that I actually prefer Mutya to Tracy. It’s bloody close though… There’s just that extra little bit of neck tingling on the high notes…

Tracy Chapman

Mutya Buena

Dueling Bhangra

Banjos Dueling?

Oct 2008
28
Nickleback Humptydump

There’s a classic Eddie Izzard sketch where he discusses the fact that Jerry Dorsey changed his name to Engelbert Humperdinck.

I’ve just been reading about the Latin music guy Xavier Cugat and discovered that it’s not his real name. Oh no. His real name is Francisco d’Asis Javier Cugat Mingall De Bru Y Deulofeo. Just imagine how fucking scary his mum must have sounded when she bellowed his full name at him in the street. Fecking hell.

Anyway… He’s got some cool names in there (yes, I’m still saying ‘cool’, deal with it). He could have been Francisco Javier. Or Asis Mingall. Or Francisco Deulofeo (although no fucker could have found him on Amazon). But instead he chose Xavier Cugat?

No-one can make an ‘X’ initial look good. Besides, it makes it look like someone had to show you were to sign your name every time you autographed something…

“A Belgian judge who slapped a €2,500 per day fine on an ISP until it filtered its network for music copyright infringements has reversed the decision after music lawyers conceded it wasn’t technically possible.” – The Register