Playlist: The 70s – Dazed And Confused

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Just like I made a playlist for the 60s, the good old 1970s gets its own spotify playlist.

I’ve tried to cover as much ground as I could – from disco (Bee Gees, ABBA), Heavy Metal (Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin), R&B, funk, and soul (Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye), lo-fi and punk (Buzzcocks, The Clash, New York Dolls), soft rock (Fleetwood Mac, Elton John), singer-songwriter (Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor), to good old rock & roll (Bowie, Springsteen, Aerosmith). I also tried to throw in some deep tracks, including songs from Ann Peebles, Candi Staton, The Damned, David Essex, Dr. John, Fela Kuti, Freda Payne, Jorge Ben Jor, The Osmonds, Richard Hell, Rodriquez, The Slits, and more.

And yes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Dazed and Confused soundtracks are on here too.

Enjoy!

 

Extra! Extra!: Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 Will Perform At The Grammys…Together?

When I think of bands that would sound great remixed by electronic artist, Foo Fighters is on the bottom of my list.  Apparently the band thought differently.

Deadmau5 and Foo Fighters have confirmed to be playing TOGETHER for this year’s Grammys, and apparently the two will play a remixed version of the Foo’s “Rope”, which is up for a Grammy this year.

For some reason I’m not too excited to hear a remix of an already great song that could end up sounding bad on Grammy night.  I guess we’ll find out what happens this Sunday.

Here is Deadmau5’s remix of “Rope” to give you a little preview.

 

Speaking of unnecessary Grammy collaborations, apparently the Beach Boys will reunited for their 50th anniversary at this year’s show (awesome), with Maroon 5 and Foster the People performing a melody with them (not awesome).

Hey, at least we have Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney to make up for some potentially awkward performances.

Music Journal: Albums To Look Forward To (And To Dread) In 2012

Well 2012 is a go.  Every music publication is now back on the job and looking for the best music of the new year.  To make this hunt a little easier, here are some albums that I’m looking forward to in 2012.  There’s no way to say for sure what albums will succeed and which ones will fizzle, but these are some albums to be on the lookout for.

 

The Big Pink – Future This

This could be the MGMT record of 2012.  Expect good, and trippy, things from this band this year.

 

Lana Del Rey – Born to Die

She made a scene last year with her song “Video Games”, and she was dubbed by Gawker as, “the internet’s most hated singer” for her questionable background.  However, if the new album is anything like “Video Games”, then this will be a contender for album of the year.

 

Dr. Dog – Be The Void

I don’t own any Dr. Dog albums, but this might be the first.  The band sounds like a 60s pop band that was raised in the 90s, and I really like the first single off the new album.  This could be one of the bands I rediscover in 2012.

 

Paul McCartney – TBA

Paul McCartney has the right to release anything he wants – he was a Beatle for goodness sakes!  His solo albums have been an uneven mix (Chaos And Creation In The Backyard was terrific, and so were most of the Wings albums), but like I said, this guy can release whatever he wants.  Fuck yeah indeed Sir McCartney.

 

The Shins – Port of Morrow

Everyone’s favorite Beach Boys sound-a-like indie band (this is a compliment) is back with a new album.  This is a very likable band, and I’m sure this album will be great.

 

Bruce Springsteen – TBA

Judging from the picture above, Bruce Springsteen is really excited for his new album.  Same thing with McCartney, The Boss can release whatever he wants – he’s Bruce Springsteen for goodness sakes!  His work will be cut for him though with the loss of Clarence Clemons, who was a huge part of the E Street Band.  Regardless how the album does, a year with a new Springsteen album is better than a year without one.

 

Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes

The frontman for The Hold Steady has a solo album? Sold.

 

Mumford & Sons – TBA

This isn’t confirmed to be released this year, but be prepared for the sophomore album from the little English band that took the world by storm with their excellent debut.  Hopefully the album is good, or else these lads are in danger of becoming a one-album wonder.  Fingers crossed!

 

John Mayer – Born and Raised

This also isn’t confirmed for this year, but with the way things are looking expect at least a new song from the pop-blues man in 2012.  His throat sugary had many people worried, but I’m sure Mayer has some great things in store for us.  Again, fingers crossed!

 

D’Angelo – James River

I just started to listen to D’Angelo, and if James River is finally released this year, then we are all in for a treat.  Be wary though, this album was supposed to be released years ago but has been pushed back so many times it’s starting to become like Chinese Democracy (and we all know what happened there).  Even if the album doesn’t come out, at least we have Voodoo to comfort us.

 

And here are some albums I will probably not stand in line for on release day…

 

Black Sabbath – TBA

I have a bad feeling about this.  I’m really hoping I’m proven wrong, for their sakes.

 

Adam Lambert – Trespassing

Look at the picture above.  That’s what I thought.

 

Creed – TBA

It’s Creed.  That’s what I thought.

My favorite Beatles Albums!

And here we go!

For Christmas I received the box set of all the Beatles’ albums (remastered!) and I have listened to each album in order of release from start to finish, and I’ve had a blast doing so.  In honor of this I would like to list all thirteen of their albums in order of my favorites from least to greatest.  Now the thing about the this band is that they never released a bad album, but there are some that are better than others.  Please remember this is all my opinion, which is all I can offer.  Some will like this list, some will hate it, but we all like these list, so read on!

13. Yellow Submarine

Pretty much crap.  The best songs were already released on different albums and the music is too trippy for its own good.  This is the only album of the band that I don’t recommend anyone looking into.

12. With The Beatles

Don’t think this album is bad because it is so low on this list, every album including this and after are all worth listening to.  This is so low because this was the band’s second album, and they still had a lot of learning to do.  It follows the formula of its predecessor Please Please Me, but without as much impact.  Still a solid album.

Essentials: “All I’ve Got To Do”, “Please Mister Postman”, “All My Loving”

11. A Hard Day’s Night

The movie is great and so is its soundtrack. Contains some of the band’s best love ballads.

Essentials: “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “And I Love Her”

10. Please Please Me

The Beatles’ debut album, and what a great start.

Essentials: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Love Me Do”, “Misery”

9. Beatles For Sale

Before this album, John and Paul were only singing about holding hands and loving girls.  However this album has a noticeably darker tone, and the songs are a little less happy.  But hey, they’re still singing about loving girls.

Essentials: “No Reply”, “I’ll Follow The Sun”, “Every Little Thing”

8. Magical Mystery Tour

The movie sucked, but at least the music was good.  The overall flow of the album is uneven at best, but it contains the Beatles’ best psychedelic music (Sorry Sgt. Peppers).  Just to prove my point, there’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”, and “I Am The Walrus.”  But there are still many good cheery pop songs, including “Hello Goodbye”, “Penny Lane”, and “All You Need Is Love.”

Essentials: “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Penny Lane”, “Hello Goodbye”

7. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Rolling Stone calls this the greatest album ever made, really?  Maybe it was when it was released, but looking back I find this album to be overrated.  But I’d still say this is one of their best albums and one of the best of any band, but just not their finest.

Essentials: “She’s Leaving Home”, “A Day In The Life”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”

6. The Beatles (aka The White Album)

This album could have been their best if it wasn’t filled with so many so-so songs, which is the case with most double albums.  Some songs are just awful (I don’t care if it’s intentionally bad, “Piggies” is crap).  However the strong tracks here are some of the band’s most beloved songs, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Back In The USSR”, “Helter Skelter”, and the underrated “Savory Truffle.”  This is also the band’s best acoustic album, it has “Blackbird”, “Rocky Racoon”, “I Will”, and “Julia.”  An album bloated with good and bad songs.

Essentials: “Blackbird”, “Rocky Racoon”, “Birthday”

5. Rubber Soul

By this album’s release, the band was sick of writing silly love songs (that’s for all you Paul McCartney fans out there) and they wanted to push the boundaries, write better songs, and experiment with what the studio could offer.  Rubber Soul is the first album to really show how serious they were in their goal to be a great studio band, and it is one of their most essential albums.

Essentials: “In My Life”, “Nowhere Man”, “I’m Looking Through You”

4. Let It Be

The band’s last release and a great ending for the fab four.  There are two versions of this album, The original Phil Spector produced one and Let It Be Naked, which is more stripped-down.  Some songs sound better on one version over the other, but either is still great.

Essentials (original): “Across The Universe”, “Let It Be”, “One After 909”

Essentials (Naked): “Two Of Us”, “The Long and Winding Road”, “Get Back”

3. Abbey Road

Let It Be was their last release, but Abbey Road was the band’s last recorded album, and they went out in style.  This was meant to be their ‘back to basics’ album, with the songs coming upfront and the psychedelics toned down.  For all you vinyl listeners out there, the second side – starting with “Here Comes The Sun” for all CD users – is incredible, and has the greatest album closer of any album of any band (and Ringo’s only drum solo!).  Probably their easiest album to listen to and an easy one to appreciate.

Essentials: “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End”, “You Never Give Me Your Money”, “Here Comes The Sun”

2. Help!

The most underrated album of the band, this is the best “pop” record of the band.  Let me explain.  Everything before this album was apart of Beatlemania, and everything after was their string of masterpieces that pushed the boundaries of what popular music could be.  This album was the perfect mix; the band was still a pop band but they were starting to get sick of their work and wanted to make truly great music, and it shows in the songs.  Plus “Ticket To Ride” is my favorite Beatles song.

Essentials: “Ticket To Ride”, “Yesterday”, “Help!”

1. Revolver

From the moment “Taxman” starts I don’t want to stop the record, the whole thing is perfect.  The band is at its creative peak for this album, creating something that transcends everything they had and will produce.  This also has one of the coolest, and trippiest, album covers.  But I don’t love this album for how it looks, I love it for how it sounds.  Paul writes some of his most powerful songs – I still get chills when I hear “Eleanor Rigby.”  John writes some of his most creative music (“Tomorrow Never Knows” still sounds far ahead of its time 45 years after it was made).  George begins to write songs for the band, and even Ringo sings on the record!  This is their most complete album, one that I can listen to from start to finish and not change one thing.  Not only would I argue this to be the band’s best album, I would argue this to be one the greatest album of all time.

Essentials: The whole thing

So how did I do?  Feel free to comment on the list, and also name your favorite Beatles’ album by the fab four and why!