Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Peace: Angel (Track of the Week)

Worcester's shining star, Peace, released their third full length album, Kindness is the New Rock and Roll last month and I've been soaking it in every day since. They were start of the latest and greatest wave of Brit rockers though not as well known as Catfish and the Bottlemen, Viola Beach or Blossoms. These Midlands lads spin some amazing tales of Holy Land wonder. Take the time to drench yourself in it this summer for a nice cool down.

Here's my favorite song on the 10 track album...for lovers everywhere...

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Song of the Summer 2018: Hollie Cook-"Turn It Around"

Today is the first official day of summer and with that we must have the song that should be heard out of blue tooth speakers, car stereos and earbuds all across the sun splashed lands of our great earth.

Hollie Cook, daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and god daughter of Boy George, has released her third full length album entitled Vessel of Love. Though it was released earlier this year, it honestly gave me a breath of summer breeze in the middle of a cold, North Woods winter.

The seventh track on the disc, "Turn It Around," feels like it could have come out in the 80's with its dreamy and playful bounce and lyrics describing mysterioso love strangers. Where's the video I can watch on MTV? I can easily imagine it in the body of my 16 year old self.

Take a long walk around Lake of the Isles, listen to this track, and perhaps you might meet a future lover...

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Johnny Marr: Rise (Track of the Week)

Johnny Marr is a god...a brit rock god. He was born in Manchester. He was in one of the greatest bands of all time (The Smiths) that made one of the greatest albums of all time (The Queen is Dead). He was awarded NME's god like genius award in 2013. He's on a corker of a solo career with this third full length release, Call of the Comet, dropping last week. This guy continues to top himself in a now four decade career.

Here is the opening track. Dig it!!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Top 101 Albums of All Time

After careful consideration, here are my top 101 albums of all time. As lists go, this one is more personal than professional. This is truly MY list and not at all an objective list. For example, I'm not going to include a Wilco album just because it should be on the list. These are albums that have meant and still mean a great deal to me. They have been the soundtrack to my 51 years on this planet and I consider them essential listening for any serious music devotee.

I will be adding to this list in terms of hyperlinks which dive deeper into each album. Note that #7 (Dreamboat Annie by Heart) already has such a link. I will also be adding #102-200 at some point as well. My goal is to get to the 500 best albums of all time IMHO.

Here is the list, starting at #1.

  1. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys 
  2. Abbey Road by The Beatles 
  3. Love Is Hell (2 EP UK Edition) by Ryan Adams 
  4. Just Enough Education To Perform by Stereophonics
  5. Paul Weller (Japanese Edition) by Paul Weller 
  6. Costello Music by The Fratellis 
  7. Dreamboat Annie by Heart
  8. All or Nothing by The Subways
  9. Skylarking by XTC
  10. Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not by The Arctic Monkeys
  11. Aja by Steely Dan
  12. The Beatles (White Album) by The Beatles 
  13. Confessions of a Pop Group by the Style Council 
  14. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
  15. The Nightfly by Donald Fagan
  16. Revolver by The Beatles 
  17. Inside In/Inside Out by The Kooks
  18. Healing by Todd Rundgren
  19. Diamonds and Pearls by Prince
  20. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
  21. Stone Roses by Stones Roses 
  22. Definitely Maybe by Oasis 
  23. Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
  24. What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
  25. Blood Sugar Sex Magic by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  26. Quadrophenia by The Who 
  27. Chips From The Chocolate Fireball by The Dukes of Stratosphear 
  28. Smile by Brian Wilson 
  29. The Man Who by Travis 
  30. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory by Oasis 
  31. Urban Hymns by The Verve
  32. You Gotta Go There To Come Back by Stereophonics 
  33. The Yes Album by Yes 
  34. October by U2
  35. Pink World by Planet P Project 
  36. Let’s Dance by David Bowie 
  37. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
  38. How Dare You! By 10cc
  39. The Secret Migration by Mercury Rev
  40. Let It Be (Phil Spector Mix) by The Beatles
  41. Something/Anything by Todd Rundgren
  42. Rubber Soul by The Beatles
  43. Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams 
  44. Purple Rain by Prince
  45. Who’s Next by The Who
  46. Achtung Baby by U2
  47. A Hundred Million Suns by Snow Patrol 
  48. Language Sex Violence Other by Stereophonics 
  49. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
  50. Pandemonium by The Time 
  51. The Balcony by Catfish and the Bottlemen 
  52. Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 
  53. Hopes and Fears by Keane
  54. Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan 
  55. The Gift by The Jam
  56. The Joshua Tree by U2
  57. Help by The Beatles
  58. Young for Eternity by The Subways
  59. I Just Can’t Stop It by The English Beat 
  60. Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
  61. Final Straw by Snow Patrol 
  62. Crowded House by Crowded House
  63. Cafe Bleu by The Style Council
  64. Best Crazy by Joe Jackson 
  65. Fish Out of Water By Chris Squire 
  66. A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles 
  67. Utopia (1982) by Utopia 
  68. Purple by Stone Temple Pilots
  69. Up The Bracket by The Libertines
  70. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears for Fears
  71. Jordan The Comeback by Prefab Sprout 
  72. The La’s by The La’s 
  73. Stronger Than Pride by Sade
  74. Is This It? By The Strokes
  75. Getz Au Go Go by Stan Getz
  76. Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell
  77. Tim by The Replacements 
  78. Fisherman’s Blues by The Waterboys
  79. Past Masters by The Beatles 
  80. Another Live by Utopia 
  81. Time Out by Dave Brubeck 
  82. Odelay by Beck
  83. War by U2 
  84. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
  85. Tonight by David Bowie
  86. Zooropa by U2
  87. 1999 by Prince
  88. Sound Affects by The Jam
  89. Rumors by Fleetwood Mac 
  90. Look Sharp! By Joe Jackson 
  91. Murmur by REM
  92. Beatles For Sale by The Beatles
  93. Finisterre by Saint Etienne
  94. Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn
  95. Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  96. Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police 
  97. Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots
  98. If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues
  99. HARRP Live by Muse
  100. In Thru the Out Door by Led Zeppelin
  101. The Age of the Understatement by The Last Shadow Puppets 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson: Bad Dreams (Track of the Week)

The year 2009 saw an interesting musical pairing of indie darling Pete Yorn with Hollywood A Lister Scarlett Johansson. They released a tres emo record called Break Up. I thought it was pretty cool though most critics did not. I guess I've always gone in for the melancholy stuff.

This year they are back with more of it on an EP entitled After. Here is the first track, "Iguana Bird."

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Wooden Shjips: Eclipse (Track of the Week)

Spacey, psychedelic rock always interests me and I'm glad there are bands still around that are making it. One of them is San Francisco's own Wooden Shjips. They just release their fifth full length record and it's quite wonderful. V has seven mind bending tracks that are sure to activate old trips buried deep within the recesses of you mind.

Here's the first track...