Archive | December, 2007

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30 Dec

Sadly, a year cannot pass without their being some significant losses in the music world. This year’s passing included Ike Turner, Pimp C (of UGK), Casey Calvert (of Hawthorne Heights), Dan Fogelberg, Kevin DuBrow (of Quiet Riot), Robert Goulet, Luciano Pavarotti, Boris Pickett, Don Ho, and Bobby Byrd, among many others.

But instead of talking about death (as I already do too much), let’s talk about rebirth. This was a year where a lot of bands got back together. 2007 saw the return of Spice Girls, Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, My Bloody Valentine, The Police, Crowded House, Trust Company and others. It’s been quite a year for reunions. One of the reunions that was the biggest for me was hearing the Portishead was performing live again (the first time in a decade!) and making a new album. Though it can be said that they never really broke up, just went on extended hiatuses; Portishead’s comeback means the return of some incredible music. Here’s one of my favorites:

Song 431- “All Mine” by Portishead

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29 Dec

The year is nearly over and I couldn’t go without making another mention of the Zinkline album, “Bending the Worlds”. It’s my #1 album of the year. Though I am a bit biased because I wrote 10 of the 14 songs on the album but I also have to state that I’m not the type of guy to sit around listening to my own music. I often shy away from my own music because I’m way too critical. The work of the Zinkline made me change my tune. They asked me to write them some lyrics and I gave them tales of a coming apocalypse and instead of looking at them like the scribblings of a psychopath, they ran with them. They made Bending the Worlds, which is full of amazing performances and made an album I was willing to hear again and again since it’s release on March 1st. Thanks to Glennny and the guys for letting me help create this. Here’s another song from the album:

Song 430- “Evergreen” by Zinkline
http://www.broadjam.com/artists/artist_playlist_view_song.asp?artistID=44387&song_id=318013&page=1

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28 Dec

Time to give out the award for best song of 2007 by someone that I actually know aka That Song by That Songfighter. This definitely wasn’t my year to enjoy Songfight’s main fight. The year was full of Melvin (which I can only take in small doses) but lacked a fair amount of music from bands that I’m into. I’m supposed to be doing a top 200 songs of Songfight 2007 soon but I’m having second thoughts because I really didn’t like a lot of the stuff I heard. But that doesn’t mean that the artists of Songfight weren’t making good songs. They just weren’t making them for the big fight. For instance, Glenn Case teamed up with Shael Riley, Adam!, Beefy and DJ Snyder to become the Grammar Club and made a great album. There was a lot of good sidefight Songfight work as well plus a lot of awesome SF contributions to the FAWM (which I spoke of in this blog at the beginning of March, go check the archives). But my favorite song from someone I know 2007 came during the event that I run every year- the Nur Ein. The yearly songfighter elimination tournament produced incredible music and my fave came in the round where we took the guitars away. The jury and I thought that we were essentially castrating the contestants by taking away their weapon of choice. They came back by proving that even without guitars, they could make great music. The best being this song:

Song 429- “No One Else” by Abominominous

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27 Dec

It would be wrong to talk about the songs of 2007 without mentioning the goliath that Amy Winehouse created. Yes, I’m talking about “Rehab”. The song was good and it was entertaining and then she ended up everywhere on the planet. And the song was unavoidable. Hell, in NYC, there were commercials for Family Guy that featured the song. And of course, it brought with it the unavoidable cover. This one was done by Seether. Then there’s the remix which featured Jay-Z. And then came the mash-ups. They included a mix with Britney Spears’ “Toxic” that became known as “Detox”. Another big time mashup was Party Ben’s version that mixed it with the Four Tops’ “Can’t Help Myself” (Get it, “Rehab (I Can’t Help Myself)”). It even got mixed with another overplayed song of 2007- “Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn and John. So, the song was absolutely everywhere. Amy Winehouse, you earn this year’s Brainwashing Award. Here’s another interesting mashup of the song, done by the brilliant ToTom.

Song 428- “Mr. Rehabside” by ToTom (Amy Winehouse vs. The Killers)

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26 Dec

Happy holidays to everyone. I took two days off from the blogosphere to enjoy the holiday and now I’m back and still talking about some of the best music of the year. One band that made a big impact with me this year is Psapp. The UK electronica duo who plays much of their music with toys was one of the most added groups to my jukebox this year. But like everything else, I was behind the times. I started checking out Psapp this year but their albums came out in 2004 & 2006. Their most notable song came out in 2005 (The Grey’s Anatomy theme “Cozy in the Rocket”). Even the song that most attracted me to the band (Psapp’s cover of the Aristocats’ “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”) came out in 2006 (on Ubiquity Records’ Rewind No. 5). So, they are the winner of this year’s award for Late to the Party (me that is). Here’s the only thing that I know of that the band released in 2007. Off of the 2006 “The Only Thing I Ever Wanted” album, here’s the song they released as a single in January of 2007 (see, it still counts!). It’s a fun example of what I love about Psapp as it’s got sounds that I can’t even explain what they are. 🙂

Song 427-“Hi” by Psapp

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23 Dec

There’s very little time on the clock. What else is new. It should be no surprise to a long time 10kdays reader to see me having to rush and put together a last minute post. Blame it all on a show about John Wilkes Booth and Heroes repeats. Anyways, I have little time so here is the song that I listened to the most during the year. Well actually it’s the 2007 release I listened to most during the year. The song I listened to most over the year was “Farewell Myth” by Made In Mexico. I must have listened to that song about a million times. But that song is a bit older. The 2007 song I listened to most (about a half million times) is a song by the Hold Steady. I haven’t really dug anything else by the Hold Steady. I’ve seen their performances at the Gibson studios a bunch of times and it never really struck me. But I found this song and was attracted to the title. The vocal harmonies drew me in and now the song has become a mainstay of my jukebox and has added the word hoodrat to my vocabulary.

Song 426- “Your Little Hoodrat Friend” by the Hold Steady

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22 Dec

I’m split on which I was more surprised by in 2007. The beginning of the year brought Kelly Clarkson’s “My December” album. The hints of a rock side were already there in Kelly. “My December” went full brunt. The record company hated it. I loved it. Songs like “Judas” and “Hole” are some of the best I’ve heard out of the American Idol winner. The album was a big surprise. The other big musical surprise for me is how head over heels I went for Paramore’s “Riot” album. I never took Paramore seriously before. I initially looked at them as just another cookie cutter pop-rock band, who happened to have had a couple of catchy tunes. Then I heard their cover of the Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” from the most recent Superman movie soundtrack. That rose my opinion of them some more. “Riot” came out and they skyrocketed in my opinion. It was a very pleasant surprise.

Song 425- “Crushcrushcrush” by Paramore

And don’t forget to check out the other 10kdays journals! Glenn! Rachael! Andy! Heuristics Inc!, Troy!, Albatross! , Alex!, Lord of Oats!, Susana! and Rabid!