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Last August I wrote a post about some of the singles I had purchased online. In that comment thread there were some great song suggestions. For instance I first learned about Miike Snow from BTD Greg in that thread and I’m a big fan of that band now. So I figured I would go for a follow up post in hopes of getting some good suggestions again this Summer. I’ve titled this sequel post “Recent Music Purchases” because I am finding myself buying whole albums on iTunes and Amazon pretty regularly too and I didn’t want to miss highlights from those albums.
Anyhow, here are some highlights from the music I have purchased since last August.
Rogue Wave — Lake Michigan — A Pandora find that I think is really cool.
Sugar and Gold — Sometimes — One of those obscure Pandora finds that stays with you.
I have been listening to my Pandora.com account tonight and two songs I love came on in succession: “Burial” by Miike Snow and “The Funeral” by Band of Horses. I figured I’d share them here with you. Go ahead and vote on the one you like best in the comments.
If you have another good funeral-related song you’d like share just add a link in the comments as well. I often love the songs KBers suggest.
Have you seen Regular Show yet? If not you are missing out. I rate it as one of the funniest shows on TV. Do yourself a favor and start recording it. New episodes air Monday nights on Cartoon Network.
Here is the pilot for your viewing pleasure. Trust me, this will be 11 minutes well spent. (Update: Unless you hate it I guess…)
Like many of you, I am a big fan of the Best Singles series of posts here at Kulturblog. However, some bands have so many good songs that it seems a shame to have to pick just one. So in this post I thought we could mix that Best Singles series with the old Top 5 series Rusty used to run and list the top 5 songs from some great bands. In the comments you can list your top 5 favorite song in countdown order and include your reasons for liking the songs as well as the reasons for the order your chose. Also, if a link to the song is available please include that as well so we can all listen (if it hasn’t been linked to already). Last, if you can’t think of 5 songs for your list feel free to just count down your top 3 or whatever.
First band up: The Clash
Here are my top 5:
#5 — I Fought The Law.
This was my toughest choice — mostly because choosing it meant a lot of songs didn’t make the cut at all. It is a cover, but a cover done right. That means it is different than the original but not worse.
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About a week ago someone mentioned the classic Beach Boys album “Pet Sounds” and I thought to myself: Oh yeah, I have been meaning to get my hands on a copy of that. So a few clicks and $9.50 later I had downloaded a copy.
I think I’ve listened to the entire album about 25 times since then. I just can’t get enough of the hypnoticky goodness of Pet Sounds.
Here are some interesting tidbits from the Pet Sounds wiki:
Pet Sounds is the eleventh studio album by the American rock band The Beach Boys, released May 16, 1966, on Capitol Records. It has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released in popular music and has been ranked at number #1 in several music magazines’ lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine. In 2003, it was ranked #2 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
Spin Magazine recently published their list of the top 125 albums of the last 25 years. No doubt you would rank things differently (as would I). But you have to admit there are some friggin’ awesome albums on that list.
If you own just one Bob Marley album chances are high that it is the 1984 greatest hits album Legend. Legend was released the year after Marley’s death and is the highest selling reggae album of all time (by a wide margin). And with good reason. Legend is an aptly named masterpiece that combines 14 of the greatest songs of the truly legendary Marley. The album is as good today as it was 26 years ago.
But of course the Marley catalog is much larger than the 14 songs on this one greatest hits album. In this post I want to discuss the best of the rest. Here are some of my favorite non Legend Marley songs:
“Trenchtown Rock”. The first line in this one can’t be beat. “One good thing about music; when it hits, you feel no pain.”
If you have already read the first two books in the The Hunger Games trilogy, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, you will still want to read Mockingjay to get answers to all of your questions. But don’t expect to love the book. Mockingjay is no The Hunger Games.
When I was young and poor I never purchased singles. I mean who really did when vinyl went away and tapes and CDs were the dominant format for music? But now that I have an iPod I find myself purchasing single songs all of the time. Sure, I purchase albums at iTunes or Amazon still but it sure is nice to just get that song you gotta have for 99 cents. Anyway, here are a few of the singles I have purchased recently:
Broken Bells – The High Road (I caught this collaboration band on Jimmy Kimmel one night and had to get the song)
Carolina Liar — I’m Not Over (This band may be a one hit wonder but I like this one hit.)
Have you been watching NBC’s “Community”? If not you are missing some of the best comedy on TV right now. The writing shows flashes of brilliance, the ensemble is filled with likeable oddballs, and it has even give Chevy Chase a terrific vehicle to remind us that he is a funny, funny man.
The show has been solid all season but it reached stunning heights near the end of the season with its spoofs on movie genres. First there was the Goodfellas/Mafia movie flick (already expired at Hulu — sorry), and then that excellent episode was topped by the apocalypse/action flick spoof seen here:
(Watch it now before it expires)
As much as I love 30 Rock (and to a lesser degree Parks and Rec) I have to say that Community has been my favorite comedy on TV this season.