The Best So Far in 2014 …

Well fellow earbuds, we’ve reached the halfway mark of the year. It’s been a great year for music so far in my opinion. There has been plenty of music released that can fit any mood imaginable. It’s a bit overwhelming at times. As I listen to new selections, I start to listen to the construction of a song, not just the lyrics. Not that I don’t love lyrics because I do. But there are some artists out there that can create true music and melodies that stand out from the lyrics. It’s kind of like watching a heavily computer generated movie. It’s the special effects that get you not so much the acting. For me, the music behind the song is just as important as the lyrics. They go hand in hand like a doughnut and coffee are to most of us in the morning. So I thought I’d put together a list of albums I have thoroughly enjoyed so far this year. This is definitely going to make my end of the year list quite a challenge because there is SO much good stuff out there. And I don’t mean the pop stufffluff you hear on the radio. Trust me when I say these albums made the cut. And there is truly something for everyone here. If not, then … you must be an alien.

 

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1. Young the Giant - Mind over Matter

 

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2. GusGus – Mexico

 

 

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3. Bright Light, Bright Light – Life is Easy

 

 

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4. Pennywise – Yesterdays

 

 

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5. Sleeper Agent – About Last Night

 

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6. We are the In Crowd – Weird Kids

 

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7. Ed Sheeran – X

 

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8. Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour

 

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9. DJ Q-Bert – GalaXXXian

 

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10. Horse Meat Disco – Horse Meat Disco Vol. 4

 

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11. Tove Lo – Truth Serum EP

 

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12. Shindoe – Illogical Directions

 

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13. Vacationer – Relief

 

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14. Kongos – Lunatic

These are just a few of my favorite things. Check them out when you can.

 

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Podcast #5 for 2014. Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy …

As I battle this thing called major depression, it’s getting a bit harder for me to do this podcast. But I’m continuing to do it. I’m always hoping music will make me feel a bit better. And this list of folks does make life a bit more bearable. So I thought, as usual, I’d share with the crowd. It’s a lot of bouncy, dance-y, off the wall stuff folks. Usually I like to put together a mixture, but this time I found myself, for the sake of staying sane and stable, drawn to dance tunes or thought provoking tunes. You have been warned. So as I take another pill for the night, sit back, and relax. Thanks for listening.

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Meeker Warm Energy – Lone

Nothing Can Compare – Abi Ryan

Buffalo – Alt-J featuring Mountain Man

Appreciate Me [Trip To Paradise Mix] – Amuka

Mother & Father – BROODS

Until It’s Gone – Linkin Park

Overthinking – Ryan Hemsworth

Pulsing (Feat. Nina K) – Tomas Barfod

Gone And Found – Mø

Artifice – SOHN

Drive – Those Darlins

Page One – Charlatans UK

Crazy Fool – Girls Aloud

Spectre – Tycho

In the Summer (Brookes Brothers Remix) – Crystal Fighters

What Are You Waiting For? – Paradise Fears

Over Your Shoulder – Chromeo

The Passenger – Alison Mosshart & The Forest Rangers

That’s a wrap folks … for now anyway..

 

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PS – Sorry this is late, but happy pride to all my gay, bi, and transgendered buds. Rock on.

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Album of the Day: Nico Vega’s Fury Oh Fury

 

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Every once in a while I miss out on a band. I will admit. I have so much music that it’s hard to keep track of new bands. And they might not even be new to you all but if I haven’t heard of them they are new to me. Such is the case with this band, Nico Vega. Fronted by singer Aja Volkman, this California trio is all rock and shout. It’s the perfect band to listen to on a manic Monday – I don’t care if this is a holiday. I still dread Mondays. They are loud. They are rocky. NV sounds like a cross between Kongos, Imagine Dragons, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs all rolled up into one. They are heavy on the drums and lots of substance in between. Believe you me when I say they are worth the time to invest. I could kick myself for not knowing about this band or album sooner. It was released in February of 2013. So I’m majorly late. But better late than never I say. I love the whole EP. But my favorite song is “Beast,” a killer tune about people coming together and protecting and loving each other. “Suppression is a motherfucker. Stand tall for the people of America. C’mon people. And together we can stand up to the Beast. So I hand you the key to your soul. You got to love your neighbor and let your neighbor love you back.”  The drum breakdown at 2:20 seconds is so fantastic. People I implore you to listen to this ep. They are too good to pass up. They have a new album called Lead to Fight dropping next month. And yours truly will be in line waiting for it. They give me hope in rock music again.

Listen. Then thank me later.

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Dearest Justin,

My dearest Justin Timberlake, aka JT,

Let’s take a minute to watch this video:

Great isn’t it? Yup. But I digress.

Let me preface this by saying I’ve always been a fan of yours. You lost a lot of cool points with me leaving Janet Jackson hanging at the Super Bowl (let’s face it and tell the truth. You knew she was going to do all of that..), but overall I still think you’re a great artist and I still listen to your music. I always had a theory about superstars in music like yourself. It starts out with this: You dance your butt off. Everywhere. Anytime. On any tv show. You just break down in a choreographed manner like this.

 

Then as your star rises, you just sing. You don’t do anything else. You show up and sing. Not a lot of dancing. Just sing.

 

Then when you have REALLY reached a level of success, you show up on tv shows and don’t even SING. You just talk. And talk. And talk. No real singing. Just.. talking.

 

And when that isn’t enough for you, you finagle your way into a King of Pop song, such as this lovely gem.. I will just post this again for those who didn’t catch you not shaking your bon bon the first time above..

And you appear in the video and you don’t DANCE AT ALL… The one thing other than singing you are known for – and you don’t do. It’s quite a disappointment. Anyone can do a flick of a jacket dear lake of timbers. Anyone. And a little spin here and there does not a video make. And while the dancers do an excellent job, a kick ass job even, it would be nice to see you Mr. Timblerlake break out the dancing shoes. It’s the King of Pop for Christ’s sake. If he were alive, I bet you’d jump at the chance to dance with him. Oh wait you did that already.

My point is I know you’re not 20 anymore. But you are still young. You are as skinny as a rail. You could pull off some routines with the dancers. I’m not saying you had to dance in EVERY scene but come on man. You’re not 50. You can do it. And you didn’t. I guess you don’t have anything else to prove to anyone, which is good BUT your fans would like to see you move. I’ll just leave this video here as a reminder of what you USED to do. It is dearly missed.

 

The end.

 

 

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Truly Something to Make Me Smile – R.E.M’s Rarities.

I love R.E.M. I’m not going to lie. I do. They’ve gotten me through so much in my life. I always said if I met Michael Stipe, I would cry like a little baby. To try and summarize how much this band means to me would take really way too long. I am still heartbroken at the fact that they broke up. Although I completely understand why they disbanded (different obligations and they got older), I felt like they had so much more to give their fans.

And then this happened:

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Complete Warner Bros. Rarities 1988-2011 (Warner Bros./Rhino, 2014)

When I read they were going to release these rarities the 12 year old me was as giddy as a school girl. I am so glad that REM enthusiasts like myself can complete our collection of rare gems. There’s usually a reason why songs don’t make albums – that being they’re not the greatest – but if you’re really a true fan of a band, you’re still going to invest in whatever they release just so you have it. While R.E.M. has an I.R.S. rarity set, which contains unreleased material while they were on I.R.S. Records back in the day, this one is from their duration at Warner Bros. Records.

Here is what’s included:

  1. Funtime (B-side to “Get Up” – Warner Bros. 22791, 1989)
  2. Ghost Rider (12″ B-side to “Orange Crush – Warner Bros. W2690 T (U.K.), 1989)
  3. Dark Globe (12″ B-side to “Orange Crush – Warner Bros. W2690 T (U.K.), 1989)
  4. Pop Song 89 (Acoustic) (12″ B-side to “Stand” – Warner Bros. W2833 T (U.K.), 1989)
  5. Memphis Train Blues (B-side to “Orange Crush” – Warner Bros. 27652, 1988)
  6. Skin Tight (Live in Orlando – 4/30/1989) (12″ B-side to “Stand” – Warner Bros. W2833 T (U.K.), 1989)
  7. Losing My Religion (Live Acoustic @ KFOG-FM) (from Losing My Religion digital EP – Warner Bros., 2010)
  8. Losing My Religion (Live in Dublin 2005) (from Losing My Religion digital EP – Warner Bros., 2010)
  9. Rotary Eleven (B-side to “Losing My Religion” – Warner Bros. 19392, 1991)
  10. You Are the Everything (Live @ Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC – 11/10/1989) (from Green: 25th Anniversary Edition – Warner Bros. 8122796570, 2013)
  11. Love is All Around (Live on Rockline - 4/1/1991) (B-side to “Radio Song” – Warner Bros. 19246, 1991)
  12. Shiny Happy People (Dance to the Music Mix) (from “Shiny Happy People” 12″ promo – Warner Bros. PRO-A-5060, 1991)
  13. Shiny Happy People (Pop Mix) (from “Shiny Happy People” 12″ promo – Warner Bros. PRO-A-5060, 1991)
  14. Shiny Happy People (Hip Mix) (from “Shiny Happy People” 12″ promo – Warner Bros. PRO-A-5060, 1991)
  15. It’s a Free World Baby (B-side to “Drive” CD single – Warner Bros. W0136 CDX (U.K.), 1992)
  16. Winged Mammal Theme (B-side to “Drive” – Warner Bros. 18729, 1992)
  17. First We Take Manhattan (B-side to “Drive” CD single – Warner Bros. W0136 CD (U.K.), 1992)
  18. Everybody Hurts (Album Fade) (U.K. single A-side – Warner Bros. W0169, 1993)
  19. Mandolin Strum (B-side to “Everybody Hurts” – Warner Bros. 18638, 1993)
  20. Orange Crush (Live on Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV – 4/28/1991) (B-side to “Everybody Hurts” CD single – Warner Bros. 40989, 1993)
  21. Man on the Moon (Album Edit) (U.K. single A-side – Warner Bros. W0143, 1992)
  22. Arms of Love (B-side to “Man on the Moon” CD single – Warner Bros. W0143 CD, 1992)
  23. World Leader Pretend (Live on Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV – 4/28/1991)
  24. Belong (Live on Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV – 4/28/1991) (B-side to “Everybody Hurts” CD single – Warner Bros. 40989, 1993)
  25. Low (Live on Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV – 4/28/1991) (B-side to “Nightswimming” CD single – Warner Bros. W0184 CD (U.K.), 1993)
  26. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (B-side to “The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite” – Warner Bros. 18523, 1993)
  27. Fretless (from Until the End of the World: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack - Warner Bros. 26707, 1991)
  28. Everybody Hurts (Live on the MTV Video Music Awards - 9/2/1993) (B-side to “Find the River” CD single – Warner Bros. W0211 CD, 1993)
  29. Orange Crush (Instrumental) (B-side to “Find the River” CD single – Warner Bros. W0211 CD, 1993)
  30. Fall on Me (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Crush with Eyeliner” CD single – Warner Bros. 41904, 1995)
  31. Me in Honey (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Crush with Eyeliner” CD single – Warner Bros. 41904, 1995)
  32. Finest Worksong (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Crush with Eyeliner” CD single – Warner Bros. 41904, 1995)
  33. Drive (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Strange Currencies” CD single – Warner Bros. 43513, 1995)
  34. Funtime (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Strange Currencies” CD single – Warner Bros. 43513, 1995)
  35. Radio Free Europe (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Strange Currencies” CD single – Warner Bros. 43513, 1995)
  36. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (Live on Saturday Night Live - 11/12/1994) (B-side to “Tongue” CD single – Warner Bros. W0308 CD (U.K.), 1995)
  37. Bang and Blame (Live on Saturday Night Live - 11/12/1994) (B-side to “Tongue” CD single – Warner Bros. W0308 CD (U.K.), 1995)
  38. I Don’t Sleep, I Dream (Live on Saturday Night Live - 11/12/1994) (B-side to “Tongue” CD single – Warner Bros. W0308 CD (U.K.), 1995)
  39. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? (Radio Version) (CD single A-side – Warner Bros. 41760, 1994)
  40. Monty Got a Raw Deal (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” CD single – Warner Bros. 41760, 1994)
  41. Everybody Hurts (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” CD single - Warner Bros. 41760, 1994)
  42. Man on the Moon (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” CD single - Warner Bros. 41760, 1994)
  43. Bang and Blame (Single Version) (CD single A-side – Warner Bros. 41857, 1995)
  44. Losing My Religion (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Bang and Blame” CD single - Warner Bros. 41857, 1995)
  45. Country Feedback (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Bang and Blame” CD single - Warner Bros. 41857, 1995)
  46. Begin the Begin (Live in Athens, GA – 11/19/1992) (B-side to “Bang and Blame” CD single - Warner Bros. 41857, 1995)
  47. Undertow (Live in Atlanta – 11/18/1995) (B-side to “Bittersweet Me” CD single – Warner Bros. 43790, 1996)
  48. Wichita Lineman (Live in Houston – 9/15/1995) (B-side to “Bittersweet Me” CD single – Warner Bros. 43790, 1996)
  49. New Test Leper (Live Acoustic in Seattle – 4/19/1996) (B-side to “Bittersweet Me” CD single – Warner Bros. 43790, 1996)
  50. Tricycle (B-side to “E-Bow the Letter” – Warner Bros. 17529, 1996)
  51. Departure (Rome Soundcheck) (B-side to “E-Bow the Letter” CD single – Warner Bros. 43763, 1996)
  52. Wall of Death (from Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson - Capitol 72438 31482 2 6, 1994)
  53. The Wake Up Bomb (Live in Atlanta – 11/18/1995) (B-side to “Electrolite” CD single – Warner Bros. 43810, 1997)
  54. Binky the Doormat (Live in Atlanta – 11/18/1995) (B-side to “Electrolite” CD single – Warner Bros. 43810, 1997)
  55. King of Comedy (808 State Remix) (B-side to “Electrolite” CD single – Warner Bros. 43810, 1997)
  56. Be Mine (Mike on the Bus Version) (B-side to “How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us” CD single – Warner Bros. 43851 (U.K.), 1997)
  57. Love is All Around (from I Shot Andy Warhol: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture - TAG Recordigns 92690, 1996)
  58. Sponge (from Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation (The Songs of Vic Chestnutt) – Columbia CK 67573, 1996)
  59. Emphysema (B-side to “Daysleeper” – Warner Bros. 17129, 1998)
  60. Sad Professor (Live in Studio) (B-side to “Daysleeper” CD mini single – Warner Bros. W0455 CDX (U.K.), 1998)
  61. Why Not Smile (Oxford American Version) (B-side to “Daysleeper” CD single – Warner Bros. W0455 CD (U.K.), 1998)
  62. Surfing the Ganges (B-side to “Lotus” CD single – Warner Bros. W466 CD (U.K.), 1998)
  63. Suspicion (Live in Studio) (B-side to “Lotus” CD single – Warner Bros. W466 CD (U.K.), 1998)
  64. Lotus (Weird Mix) (B-side to “Lotus” CD single – Warner Bros. W466 CD (U.K.), 1998)
  65. Electrolite (Live on Later…with Jools Holland) (B-side to “Suspicion” CD single – Warner Bros. W488 CD (U.K.), 1999)
  66. Man on the Moon (Live on Later…with Jools Holland) (B-side to “Suspicion” CD single – Warner Bros. W488 CD (U.K.), 1999)
  67. Suspicion (Live At Ealing Studios) (B-side to “Suspicion” CD single – Warner Bros. 44717 (EU), 1999)
  68. At My Most Beautiful (Radio Remix) (CD single A-side – Warner Bros. W477 CD (U.K.), 1998)
  69. Passenger (Live on Later…with Jools Holland) (B-side to “At My Most Beautiful” CD single – Warner Bros. W477 CD (U.K.), 1998)
  70. Country Feedback (Live on Later…with Jools Holland) (B-side to “At My Most Beautiful” CD single – Warner Bros. W477 CD (U.K.), 1998)
  71. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry) (Live on Later…with Jools Holland) (B-side to “At My Most Beautiful” CD mini single – Warner Bros. W477 CDX (U.K.), 1998)
  72. The Great Beyond (from Man on the Moon: Music from the Motion Picture - Warner Bros. 47483, 1999)
  73. The One I Love (Live at Glastonbury – 6/25/1999) (B-side to “The Great Beyond” CD single – Warner Bros. 44816, 1999)
  74. Everybody Hurts (Live at Glastonbury – 6/25/1999) (B-side to “The Great Beyond” CD single – Warner Bros. 44816, 1999)
  75. Man on the Moon (Live at Glastonbury – 6/25/1999) (B-side to “The Great Beyond” CD single – Warner Bros. 44816, 1999)
  76. Yellow River (B-side to “All the Way to Reno” CD single – Warner Bros. W568 CDX (U.K.), 2001)
  77. 165 Hillcrest (B-side to “All the Way to Reno” CD single – Warner Bros. W568 CDX (U.K.), 2001)
  78. Imitation of Life (Live from Trafalgar Square) (B-side to “All the Way to Reno” CD single – Warner Bros. W568 CDX (U.K.), 2001)
  79. Summer Turns to High (32 Chord Demo) (B-side to “I’ll Take the Rain” CD single – Warner Bros. W573 CDX (U.K.), 2001)
  80. I’ve Been High (Live Video Version) (B-side to “I’ll Take the Rain” CD single – Warner Bros. W573 CDX (U.K.), 2001)
  81. The Lifting (Original Version) (B-side to “Imitation of Life” CD single – Warner Bros. 42363, 2001)
  82. Beat a Drum (Dalkey Demo) (B-side to “Imitation of Life” CD single – Warner Bros. 42363, 2001)
  83. 2JN (B-side to “Imitation of Life” CD single – Warner Bros. 42363, 2001)
  84. Favorite Writer (B-side to “Bad Day” CD single – Warner Bros. W624CD1 (U.K.), 2003)
  85. Out in the Country (B-side to “Bad Day” CD single – Warner Bros. W624CD2 (U.K.), 2003)
  86. Adagio (Unused Tune) (B-side to “Bad Day” CD single – Warner Bros. W624CD2 (U.K.), 2003)
  87. Turn You Inside-Out (Live 1989) (B-side to “Losing My Religion” CD single – Warner Bros. W0015 CDX (U.K.), 1991)
  88. Chance (Dub) (B-side to “Everybody Hurts” CD single – Warner Bros. W0169 CD2 (U.K.), 1993)
  89. Drive (Live 1994) (from Alternative NRG – Hollywood Records HR-61449-2, 1994)
  90. Star Me Kitten (feat. W.S. Burroughs) (from The X-Files: Songs in the Key of X - Warner Bros. 46079, 1996)
  91. Revolution (from Batman and Robin: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture - Warner Bros. 46620, 1997)
  92. Leave (Alternate Version) (from A Life Less Ordinary: Original Soundtrack - Inner-State/London 314 540 809-2, 1997)
  93. The Lifting (Demo) *
  94. The One I Love (Live – MMM Sydney – 6/1/2001) (from Not Bad for No Tour EP – Warner Bros. PRO-CD-100727, 2001)
  95. Maps and Legends (Live Rehearsal) (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes digital EP – Warner Bros., 2003)
  96. Tongue (Live Rehearsal) (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes digital EP – Warner Bros., 2003)
  97. Little America (Live Rehearsal) (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes digital EP – Warner Bros., 2003)
  98. So. Central Rain (Live Rehearsal) (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes digital EP – Warner Bros., 2003)
  99. Imitation of Life (Live Rehearsal) (from Vancouver Rehearsal Tapes digital EP – Warner Bros., 2003)
  100. So Fast, So Numb (Athens Rehearsal) (B-side to “Aftermath” CD single – Warner Bros. W658 CD2 (U.K.), 2004)
  101. All the Right Friends (Athens Rehearsal) (B-side to “Aftermath” CD single – Warner Bros. W658 CD2 (U.K.), 2004)
  102. Animal (New Mix) (single A-side – Warner Bros. 42699 (U.K.), 2003)
  103. Pretty Persuasion (Live in NYC 2003) (B-side to “Animal” CD single - Warner Bros. 42699 (EU), 2003)
  104. Welcome to the Occupation (Live in NYC 2003) (B-side to “Animal” CD single - Warner Bros. 42699 (EU), 2003)
  105. You Are the Everything (Live in Raleigh, NC – 10/10/2003) (B-side to “Leaving New York” CD single – Warner Bros. 42755 (EU), 2004)
  106. These Days (Live in Toronto – 9/30/2003) (B-side to “Leaving New York” CD single – Warner Bros. 42755 (EU), 2004)
  107. (Don’t Go Back to) Rockville (Live in Oslo – 10/25/2003) (B-side to “Leaving New York” – Warner Bros. W654 (U.K.), 2004)
  108. Wanderlust (Live in Santa Barbara, CA – 2004) (B-side to “Wanderlust” digital single – Warner Bros. (U.K.), 2005)
  109. Sweetness Follows (Live in Cincinnati – 10/27/2004) (B-side to “Electron Blue” CD single – Warner Bros. W665 CD2 (U.K.), 2005)
  110. Horse to Water (Live in Vancouver) (B-side to “Hollow Man” CD single – Warner Bros. W804 CD1 (U.K.), 2008)
  111. Indian Summer (B-side to “Hollow Man” CD single – Warner Bros. 49854 (EU), 2008)
  112. Living Well is the Best Revenge (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  113. Auctioneer (Another Engine) (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  114. Hollow Man (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  115. Supernatural Superserious (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  116. Fall on Me (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  117. West of the Fields (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  118. Horse to Water (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  119. Man-Sized Wreath (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  120. Man on the Moon (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from iTunes Live from London digital EP – Warner Bros., 2008)
  121. Mr. Richards (Vancouver) (B-side to “Man-Sized Wreath” – Warner Bros. W807 (U.K.), 2008)
  122. Living Well Jesus Dog (B-side to “Man-Sized Wreath” digital single  - Warner Bros. (U.K.), 2008)
  123. Airliner (B-side to “Supernatural Superserious” – Warner Bros. 481468, 2008)
  124. Redhead Walking (B-side to “Supernatural Superserious” CD single – Warner Bros. W798 CDX (U.K.), 2008)
  125. Houston (Live in London – 3/26/2008) (from “Until the Day is Done” digital single – Warner Bros. (U.K.), 2009)
  126. Harborcoat (Live @ The Olympia, Dublin – 6/30-7/5/2007) (from Reckoning Live At The Olympia digital EP and Live At The Olympia in Dublin - Warner Bros. 520872, 2009)
  127. Letter Never Sent (Live @ The Olympia, Dublin – 6/30-7/5/2007) (from Reckoning Live At The Olympia digital EP and Live At The Olympia in Dublin - Warner Bros. 520872, 2009)
  128. Second Guessing (Live @ The Olympia, Dublin – 6/30-7/5/2007) (from Reckoning Live At The Olympia digital EP and Live At The Olympia in Dublin - Warner Bros. 520872, 2009)
  129. Pretty Persuasion (Live @ The Olympia, Dublin – 6/30-7/5/2007) (from Reckoning Live At The Olympia digital EP and Live At The Olympia in Dublin - Warner Bros. 520872, 2009)
  130. Nola-4/26/10 (B-side to “Oh My Heart” CD single – Warner Bros. 19808 (EU), 2011)
  131. That Someone is You (Live in Studio) (B-side to “Oh My Heart” CD single – Warner Bros. 19808 (EU), 2011)

 

 

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Podcast #34. For Those Who Care to Listen..

Welcome kids,

Here’s another one for the record books. Hope you likey. Sorry I didn’t get to a podcast last month. I explain why in the show. It’s finally nice outside. So I thought I’d play some upbeat stuff for a change. And loud. Why? Because something has to keep you awake while you do mind numbing work at a cubicle. Or a desk. Or in a study hall. Or a library.

Have fun.

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Love Never Felt So Good -Michael Jackson

Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) – Ariana Grande

Bodylifting – Spring Offensive

Jealous (I Ain’t With It) – Chromeo

Parked Outside – The Afghan Whigs

Demon Stuck in Your Eye – Le Butcherettes

Fever – The Black Keys

Underworld – Brody Dalle

Take It Off – Sleeper Agent

Seasons of the Wire – Deleted Scenes

Start Again – Blake Lewis

Empire – Shakira

Need To Be – Memphis May Fire

I Want It All – Arctic Monkeys

Food For Soul – Mr Day

In A Feeling Like This – Blouse

Summer of Love – La Sera

Magic – Coldplay

 

 

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Coldplay’s Ghost Stories.

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I admit. I’m a Coldplay fan. In doses, but I do like them. Do I love them? No. Do I think they’re going to save music? Of course not. But I guarantee when I hear Yellow or Fix You on the radio, I do sing along. Can’t help it. The tracks are catchy. And Chris Martin knows how to write a good radio song. Their last album wasn’t the greatest to me but that’s just me. So when I heard Ghost Stories was going to be released I had hopes this was going to be better than the last. What I got was a diary it seems into Chris Martin’s life and his feelings towards his impending divorce with Gwyneth Paltrow. All of Coldplay’s albums are reflections of what is going on with band members’ lives at the time. But this album overall has a sense of sadness and regret. The funny thing about the album is that he never really sounds convincing vocally. You usually hear emotion in voices when they sing about their issues in their lives. But his voice just remained constant for the most part.

Most of the songs on this album are either mid tempo or just plain slow. I would play this album if I’m having problems sleeping but if I’m just relaxing this isn’t the music to listen to. It IS the album to listen to after a breakup – preferably huddled in the fetal position with a box of kleenex beside you.  He loves the love of his life (presuming it’s Paltrow) and he misses her and remembers the good in the relationship.  In the beginning he is obsessed with her and she’s always in his thoughts, as stated in “Always in My Head.”  But by the end of the album, on a song called “O” he is reflective and wishes to fly with the former love at some point. I take it he’s saying maybe after time they will find each other again.

I won’t go into each song as I thought about doing because I didn’t want to interpret completely the whole work. There is only ONE real fast song that doesn’t fit the overall theme of the album. “A Sky Full of Stars” is a beautiful dance song. It is. I’m sure it will be remixed countless times. The point of the song is that his love is so bright, she could light up the sky. Again, Martin, you know how to write a good song. You won’t be single for too long.

My particular favorite song is “Magic.” It’s an r&b song. It’s comprised of a sparse beat and easy going lyrics. No interpretation needed. It’s a winner. A no brainer. And I hope this song makes the album a success.

Overall, it’s an ok album. The music itself is gorgeous arrangement wise. And I do believe if you listen to it enough you will finally see the light after a breakup. It’s a therapy headphone record. Better than the Mylo album. But not as good as Viva La Vida.

 

 

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The King of Pop Returns … From Six Feet Under

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I’ve never been a fan of labels releasing music from people after they pass away. To me, it’s a way for them all to cash in and make a quick buck. And chances are, B-sides, and never released material are never released for a reason. They’re never really up to par with what we fans are used to hearing. Tupac Shakur is a prime example. At one point, his company released a new album of his rejected songs at least once a year. It was overflowing, and usually, the tracks were underwhelming. But hey anything for money right? So I was on the fence when I heard Michael Jackson’s label released a new album called “Xscape.” But I will say, this album is good. It’s very good. I enjoyed this album a lot more than his previous album, Michael, which was pretty much a compilation of unfinished tracks salvaged and reworked by people such as Akon. Not a good one. In fact, proceed to go if you ever see that album. This album, Xscape, brings the King of Pop back to original form. I can completely imagine him spinning and sliding on the stage with every “Woooooooo” he sings.

The album is broken into two parts – the first 8 songs are completely new and enhanced with updated beats and vocals and the last 8 are how they songs originally sounded, with the last track being a duet with Justin Timberalake. Oh the magic of technology. These 8 songs were fully produced over the years from 1983 to 2001. He sounds more upbeat, and full of joy for the most part, the way I care to remember him truth be told. They sound as fresh and wonderful as he was from back in the day. The lead single, Love Never Felt So Good, which was co-written by Paul Anka, is a throwback to his Off The Wall days even though it was recorded in 1983. And it also wraps up the album with Justin Timberlake’s vocals, just re-worked. It’s smooth, it’s dance-y, it’s pop gold. Timbaland threw his hand in as producer. Tim stayed true to the original but still put in a bit of disco flare. It works. And I didn’t have to hear that annoying “I’m Timbo I have to be heard on EVERY track I produce.” He let the music do the talking – which is what ALL producers should do – for him. I always thought JT was another MJ wannabe but this track just solidifies my theory. But I digress. One standout, “A Place With No Name,” which partially samples the instrumental to “Horse with No Name” by America includes a powerful sound of drums and percussion. It reminds me of his hit “Leave Me Alone.” “Slave to the Rhythm”, the original version, sounds like another single from the Bad era.

“Loving You” displays a playful Michael who is just over the moon in love. I always enjoyed that version of him. He puts his love on a pedestal no matter what the day is, he wants to stay in and take care of her. Ain’t that sweet? He wants to dance in the heavens and fly and take her away from here. Oh if love was really that grand lol. We’d all be accepting of it. “Do You Know Where Your Children Are” is so heavily synthesized and industrial sounding you could swear Trent Reznor was behind the console. “Blue Gangsta” definitely sounds like something from his “Invisible” time period. The sped up and slow down melody and syncopated rhythms makes me think Rodney Jerkins had something to do with this. Just sayin’.. The title track, Xscape, is a Rodney Jerkins produced track. This is the only original I didn’t care for too much. It just gets to a point where a song sounds like a machine and not a song if that makes sense. The music is so loud it takes away from the vocals. It’s heavy on the percussion and it’s a return to MJ’s complaining about how he can’t be himself, which over the years got a bit annoying to hear. But overall I thoroughly enjoyed this album and MJ fans should as well. It’s done right.

I took time out to write this because MJ has a special place in my heart. Say what you want about the man – yes he was out there let’s face it – but musically, he will forever be a genius. It saddens me greatly after I listened to this album, how much music we will miss out on because of his untimely departure. Xscape is the album we’ve been waiting for and it’s worth the wait.

Thanks Michael. Wherever you may be.

PS- How long til we see a hologram of Michael onstage like we did Tupac? You know it’s coming.

 

 

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Veruca Salt Returns!

Well I never thought I’d see this happen. I’ve heard it was going to happen. Then not. Then maybe. But they’re back!! YES!!

 

 

“Jubilation,” indeed. You all have absolutely been missed.

 

And yes, it is a keeper.

 

 

 

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New Podcast!! #33 Music … Makes the People

Hello fellow earbudders,

I decided to do a little something different with this podcast. I decided to split the show up into three parts. First part is just dance, second moreso uptempo r&b stuff, and the last part is a cosmic slop of goodness and randomness. Just sit back, listen, and enjoy.

Stream here: Podcast #33

Download here: Podcast #33

 

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Exercise – Jagwar Ma
Feeling is Gone – Active Child
Daydream – massivan
Lucid Dreams – Mat Zo
Recess ft. Kill The Noise & Fatman Scoop – Skrillex
After Effect – Client
Missy Doubt – Ledisi
Where We Should Be – Cherub
Talk Dirty (Feat. 2 Chainz) – Jason Derulo
Acapella – Karmin
Kiss Me Once – Kylie Minogue
Walk This Way – Mø No
Are You What You Want To Be – Foster the People
No Ordinary Love – Memphis May Fire
I Believe – Christina Perri
Sure As Spring – La Luz
Spiders – Lovedrug
The City – The 1975

 

Until next time….

 

 

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