Archive | November, 2009

Visual Music #10

30 Nov

I told you I was back in action. Here’s another combo-picture, and I think it’s rather funny.

Song Title and Artist

Visual Music #10

Hint ( You want to get this answer right. You want to get it right )

Answer ( Bicycle Race by Queen )

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Court Links: Beach Boys, Beach Boys, Alicia Keys

30 Nov

Does this look weird to you?

There was something weird about the Beach Boys and no, it wasn’t the looming insanity of Brian Wilson (well maybe it was). Their music is incredibly well-known, well-respected, creative and quite catchy. I am sure every music fan can name at least one Beach Boys song that they like, whether it be songs about coupes, the sun, surfing, or electro-theremin inspired good vibrations. Pet Sounds is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time (it is ranked #2 on Rolling Stones 500 greatest albums of all time) and Paul McCartney praises it as being his favorite album and the inspiration for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which coincidentally is ranked #1 on the Rolling Stones list. McCartney and the Beatles were and will always be the only band to trump Pet Sounds.

Anyway, this link is not about the great Beach Boys songs, favoring some of the more peculiar songs that they recorded. On the A.V. Club’s 17-song list includes one of my favorite Beach Boys songs, “Vegetables,” which is off the chart in weirdness. Look, the song is odd. It was written by Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks (which you would think to be a band but he is not) for the album Smiley Smile. Beyond the fact that the song is an excellent portrayal of the detachment of Brian Wilson from reality, none other than Paul McCartney provides the percussion with vegetable chewing noises in the background.

Check out the rest of the list: http://www.avclub.com/articles/give-me-some-root-beer-17-particularly-peculiar-be,35789/

So, on that note, recordings from the Beach Boys, The Doors, Bob Marley and others have been named as 2010 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame. “This year’s Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees highlight a diverse array of masterpiece recordings that have had a profound impact on our musical history,” Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. Great list of some very worthy songs including “California Girls” by the Beach Boys. Personally I believe I am most happy for “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano because I believe it may be the most timeless song on the list. If you have not heard it thirty times already since we are post-Thanksgiving then I believe you may live in a radioless box.

Check out the rest of the list: http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2009/11/25/beach-boys-doors-recordings-join-grammy-hall-of-fame/

The Element of Freedom

Moving on, and away from the boys of the beach (I promise), let’s take a quick peak at the album releases for tomorrow, December 1. It looks like various diseases have made the list. Rock band Yellow Fever and Deer Tick (which may cause Lyme Disease with a bite) are both releasing an album and EP respectively. I hope they both do not leave you down with any sickness. Also, the healthy Alicia Keys is releasing her fourth studio album.

Album Release for December 1

The Element of Freedom by Alicia Keys

– In an interview with Billboard magazine Keys described her new album as an album that, “eliminated all of the boundaries and all the limitations, so that you can feel your freedom and express your freedom in every way you possibly can.” The fourteen track album’s anticipated release should bring good sales for the already succesful R&B performer.

Court Links: Skynyrd, Young, Hendrix

28 Nov

       This is a promising edition of court links. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil Young, and Jimi Hendrix; a very interesting combination.

       Let’s start with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Neil Young, the famous musical feud that best alludes to Shakespeare’s Capulets and Montagues. The supposed feud I should say. For those who do not know, Skynyrd in their most famous song “Sweet Home Alabama” which has been taken solely as a conservative masterpiece speaks directly to Neil Young, “Well I hope Neil Young will remember, a southern man don’t need him around anyhow.”  Young, whose anger towards southern segregationist policies seeped through his music was not very much liked among those committing these heinous injustices. They hid behind the words of the so-called conservative response from Skynyrd. The song and band are both widely misunderstood according to a thought-provoking argument provided by thrasherswheat.org. Skynyrd, especially lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, looked up to Neil Young and recorded the song as a wide joke just to play to southern ignorance. The messiah for conservative policies may have turned over to the other side but I guess no one will ever truly know.

Check out the article: http://www.thrasherswheat.org/jammin/lynyrd.htm

And…

      In a big surprise a recent musicradar.com poll shows that Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child” has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time. Wow, I never would have guessed. “Nearly 40 years after his untimely death, Jimi Hendrix is still the undisputed heavyweight champion of rock guitar,” said Musicradar.com editor Mike Goldsmith. True now and probably true another 40 years down the road. In 40 years I’ll run a poll and we will see what the consensus is then.

Check out the rest of the list: http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/jimi-hendrix-has-greatest-riff_1123881

Lyric #19

27 Nov

Hey guys,

Sorry this post is late. I got caught up in Thanksgiving and the immense food coma that overcame me. But hey…it feels good to be home.  I hope everyone had a good holiday, and with that said, here is today’s lyric.

“I went as far as I could, I tried to find a new face
There isn’t one of these lines that I would erase
I lived a million miles of memories on that road
With every step I take I know that I’m not alone
You can take the home from the boy, but not the boy from his home”

hint: you should probably know this without a hint: but the first half of the artist’s name means “good”

Answer: Who Says You Can’t Go Home, by Bon Jovi

Visual Music #9 (The Triumphant Return)

27 Nov

Good news everyone! My old, old laptop that had all the old pictures I made on it, that crashed completely and all the files on it were lost to the ages? Remember that one? IT’S BEEN FIXED! Halleluiah, praise Jebus. (Actually, praise Scott, my brother-in-law, but hey, they look similar enough)

Now back to where we left off. Ah yes, this one’s a good one..

Song Title and Artist

Visual Music #9

Hint ( I don’t ever want to feel like I did without my old laptop )

Answer ( “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers )

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