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Mixed Tape Monday: Numbers

Welcome to another installment of Mixed Tape Monday, where I will WOW you with my whimsical list of wonderful music which is brought to you by the wonder of the World Wide Web. 

Today’s topic is Numbers:

Song:             One

Artist:              U2

Album:            Achtung Baby

Song:              16 Days

Artist:              Whiskeytown

Album:            Strangers Almanac

Song:              Seven Nation Army

Artist:              The White Stripes

Album:            Elephant

Song:              Angel Dream (No. 2)

Artist:              Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Album:            She’s the One

Song:              Say Hello 2 Heaven

Artist:              Temple of the Dog

Album:            Temple of the Dog

Song:              40 Oz. To Freedom

Artist:              Sublime

Album:            40 Oz. To Freedom

Song:              Seven Bridges Road

Artist:              Steve Young (Popularly covered by the Eagles)

Album:            Rock Salt & Nails

Song:              One for the Cutters

Artist:              the Hold Steady

Album:            Stay Positive

Song:              99 Problems

Artist:              Jay-Z

Album:            The Black Album

Song:              Dash 7

Artist:              Wilco

Album:            A.M.

Song:              Nine Bullets

Artists:            Drive-By Truckers

Album:            Pizza Deliverance

Song:              Little One

Artist:              Elliott Smith

Album:            From A Basement On the Hill

Song:              60 Feet Tall

Artist:              Dead Weather

Album:            Horehound

Song:              9 Crimes

Artist:              Damien Rice

Album:            9

Song:              40 Dogs

Artist:              Bob Schneider

Album:            Lovely Creatures

Song:              One Road to Freedom

Artist:              Ben Harper

Album:            Fight for Your Mind

Song:              1000 Bpm

Artist:              Beck

Album:            The Information

Song:              One Last Dance

Artist:              Badly Drawn Boy

Album:            Born in the U.K.

Song:              Ten Thousand Words

Artist:              The Avett Brothers

Album:            I and Love and You

 Song:              17

Artist:              Cross Canadian Ragweed

Album:            The Purple Album

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You should be listening to Silversun Pickups!

Silversun Pickups is the alt/rock band from California that broke on to the music scene with the release of their sophomore effort “Swoon”.  The bands genesis can be traced to Los Angeles’s premier club scene, most notably Silverlake Lounge.  The Silverlake scene was also home to such artists as Elliott Smith and Rilo Kiley. 

In 2005, Silversun Pickups released their EP Pikul which contains twenty-three tracks.  Seventeen of those tracks are untitled and 44 sec. long.  Not sure the reasoning behind this but it is not uncommon for artists to get creative with the CD tracks, spacing, and hidden tracks.

In 2006 they released their full length debut Carnavas that spawned two Top 10 hits “Lazy Eye” and Well Thought Out Twinkles”.  The latter made it on the soundtrack for “Tony Hawks Proving Ground” In 2007 they opened for Foo Fighters a few times during their European tour. 

Swoon was their sonically diverse follow up that was released in 2009.  It was a critical and commercial success with their first single “Panic Switch” getting heavy rotation on the radio as well as MTV and VH1.  The success of the album resulted in a five song performance on MTV’s Unplugged as well as some of their songs finding their way in to television shows like The O.C. and The Vampire Diaries.  2009 ended with a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist which elicited some controversy due to the reasonable success of their previous work and their standing in musical realm. 

Silversun Pickups Discography

  • Pikul (EP)
  • Carnavas
  • Swoon

Top 5 Silversun Pickups Songs:

  1. Panic Switch (Swoon)
  2. Well Thought Out Twinkles (Carnavas)
  3. There’s No Secrets This Year (Swoon)
  4. Lazy Eye (Carnavas)
  5. The Royal We (Swoon)

The band has a certain, familiar sound that is likened to the grunge sound of the 90’s but with melody and a sense of structure.  Comparisons to The Smashing Pumpkins seem a bit premature given their comparatively small body of work but are reasonable due to their use of overdub and distortion on guitar. 

Check out Silversun Pickups at www.silversunpickups.com

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25 albums you should own!

Over time, there have many great musical artists and from each artist comes an assortment of songs that become an album. In theory the sum of an album should be equal or greater than its parts (songs).  If only this were true.  Today, with streaming audio, and the ability to buy/download single songs, the allure and importance of the album has waned.  Artists might release several EP’s before they release a full length album. 

Growing up, I had to roll the dice and hope that each album I saved for would be as good as the song I heard on the radio.  Sadly, that was not always the case.  Domo arigato Mr. Roboto!

However, some artists do indeed get it right and below is a list of 25 albums you might not know but you should own.  This collection does not include live albums or greatest hits. 

Also, I do not include any type of review for the below artists/albums.  This is in an effort to allow you to form you own opinion, keep the blog reading to an acceptable time, and selfishly save me time writing the blog itself. 

Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequences
Animal Liberation Orchestra Fly Between Falls
Arcade Fire Funeral
Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World
The Black Keys Attack and Release
Citizen Cope   The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Chris Whitley Living with the Law
The Dead Weather Horehound
Drive-By Truckers Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Jason Isbell Sirens of the Ditch
Jeffrey Foucault Stripping Cane
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
Joseph Arthur Come To Where I’m From
My Morning Jacket The Tennessee Fire
A Perfect Circle Mer De Noms
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
Slaid Cleaves Broke Down
Tom Petty She’s the One
The Tragically Hip Fully Completely
Joe Purdy Only Four Seasons
Son Volt Trace
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days

 Great music awaits!