Posts Tagged ‘NME’

Someone Published A List on the Internet, It Must Be Critiqued!

October 23, 2011

As I mentioned in my last Spotify post, NME, English indie music mag, celebrated the 15 year anniversary of its website with an ambitious 150 best songs of the past 15 years list.  And as the very astute MeadowMuffins pointed out to me once, lists are Internet gold because anyone who cares about the subject of the list is going to have an opinion about it.  So, a couple thoughts from this music lover:

  • A good chunk of the time period for the list was a dark ages of finding new music in the “indie rock” world as I generally had other stuff going on in my life and what new music I was into was mostly in the East Coast independent hip-hop scene and electronic music.  So, there’s some stuff from this list that I definitely want to check out.  The Foals and the Libertines each have a song in the top 20 and I don’t really know anything about them, much less have heard these two songs in particular.
  • Radiohead clocks in with 5 songs, including #1 Paranoid Android.  My thinking is that over a time period of 15 years, there’s so much music getting put out that any one band getting more than 2 songs in a list like this leaves me skeptical.  As for Paranoid Android, I can think of several songs on OK Computer that I would have put ahead of that song, so obviously it wouldn’t be my #1.
  • I’m a big Blur fan, so while I understand the inclusion of Song #2, it’s not really representative of some of the really good music in their post-1996 output.  Coffee & TV, if I had to choose one song, would be it.
  • I’d flip-flop White Stripes’ Fell In Love With a Girl and Seven Nation Army.  Seven Nation definitely would be in the top 10 for me, I can’t get enough of that beat.
  • Nothing from DangerMouse’s Grey Album?  The king of mashups didn’t have a song better than Crystal Castles?  I don’t think so.
  • Also no love for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.  I could think of a few tracks that could easily make the list.  From their last album, say Money?
  • And probably the biggest omission, no Black Keys.  What?!  Their last album is an absolute classic, and opener Everlasting Light would be a top 20 track for me.
  • Glad that Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony got such a high rank.  Such a good song and kudos such is this is pretty much all the band gets from the song, thanks to Allen Klein.
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Spotify My Soul – October 17

October 17, 2011

Found some good stuff this week and rediscovered a few old albums I hadn’t listened to in a long time.

  • Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold As Love.  The second album the Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded, and put out less than a year before their debut Are You Experienced.  Given the iconic status of that first album, that this second album is so solid is pretty amazing.  The biggest hit to come from this album would be “Little Wing”, but my personal favorite is “If 6 was 9.”
  • Mayer Hawthorne, Do As You Do.  Stones Throw and Mayer do it again.  Another solid album from the soulful crooner with some great music to back him up.  Favorite track right now is “Dreaming,” which starts off with some orchestral music that makes it sound like the beginning of a classic Frank Sinatra track, and then shifts gears with a jaunty piano for Mayer to sing along to.
  • Icebird, The Abandoned Lullaby.  The newest project from RJD2, this time pairing with a singer from Philly named Aaron Livingston who did vocals on a track on D2’s last album.  Livingston’s got a good voice, and RJD2 puts down some happy beats for him to sing to.  I’ve been listening to this a lot this week.  Standouts are “Gun For Hire” and “Going and Going. And Going.”
  • 65daysofstatic, We Were Exploding Anyway.  Some very good instrumental rock/noise.  Only one song features any vocals, though the band did recruit one Robert Smith to sing on “Come to Me.”  Fans of Explosions in the Sky and other similar acts should definitely want to check this record out.

One other thing I’ve been listening to on Spotify is an NME playlist of the British music mag’s selection of their top 150 songs of the past 15 years.  A lot of good songs and some new discoveries to be had with this list.  I’ll be writing more about this list soon.

Leave you with some Icebird: