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So fresh — 10 Billy Joel songs that will never get old

So fresh — 10 Billy Joel songs that will never get old

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If you came here expecting or hoping to find an article bashing Billy Joel as an overrated, mediocre pop songwriter, you've come to the wrong place friend. I happen to love the man's music -- most of it anyway -- and think he takes an unfair slagging from hipper-than-thou music critics and fans. Sure, he hasn't exactly helped his case with his less-than-stellar later material and his troubled personal life. But buried in 13 studio releases are some of the best pop music of the '70s and '80s. I've gone through those albums -- having listened to them for years -- and picked ten songs that represent Joel at his best. I've tried to avoid including his biggest hits, although in some cases those are his best songs. Enjoy! 1 -- "Don't Ask Me Why" (from Glass Houses, 1980) This is the tune...
Retrotisement – Peter Gabriel III

Retrotisement – Peter Gabriel III

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Tucked away on a bootleg Genesis concert recording from 1980 is this little gem I want to share with you.  The concert was aired on BBC Radio in June 1980 and this commercial is for former bandmate Peter Gabriel's third self-titled album - retroactively referred to as Peter Gabriel III or Melt.  The record was Gabriel's strangest and darkest effort to date, and this radio ad brilliantly plays that up.  It intersperses song clips with snippets of people talking about how they use the music to scare pigeons or to put their baby to sleep. God I love British humor.  Sorry, humour. As a bonus I've included the rest of the commercial break.  In it you get ads for a rental Ford Fiesta, a concert (featuring Bob Marley & The Wailers, Average White Band, Q-Tips, and the Joe Jackson Band), ...
2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

2008 – The Year in Recorded Musical Performances

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A few months into this year I couldn't shake the feeling that 2008 just wasn't going to be the great year for new music that 2007 was.  And so here I am, about a week away from 2009, and I still feel the same way.  It wasn't a total wash mind you, as there was definitely some quality to be enjoyed.  So here's my take on the 2008 music year - good, bad, and ugly. The Best of the Best (Albums) Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop) Yeah, this seems like an obvious choice, but it's also a damn good one.  I'm always up for listening to good vocal harmonies, and this band has them in spades.  The music is gorgeous to boot, and is a highly engaging blend of folk titans like CSNY, America, and early '70s Fleetwood Mac.  The vocal round of "White Winter Hymnal" is worth the price of admission ...
Album review mega-roundup: R.E.M., Black Mountain, Joe Jackson, and more…

Album review mega-roundup: R.E.M., Black Mountain, Joe Jackson, and more…

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There's no two ways about it: 2008 has been a bit of a letdown as far as new music goes, at least compared to last year. There have been some excellent releases to be certain (School of Language, Goldfrapp, and the Raconteurs among them), just not a lot that have hit the heights of '07. I'm going to play a little catchup with my reviews here, so let's dig in... R.E.M. - Accelerate (Warner Bros.) I've managed to be exposed to R.E.M.'s music for many years and yet never became a fan. In fact I couldn't name five of their songs if I tried. But I heard a lot of positive buzz around Accelerate so I thought I'd take a shot. I'm glad I did, as it's quickly become one of my favorite albums of 2008. The production is meaty, the melodies are catchy, and the album just plain rocks out. ...
The best (at least in terms of my iPod)

The best (at least in terms of my iPod)

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Creating and maintaining an iPod playlist with my favorite songs has been an interesting experience for me. I call the playlist "The Best" not because I really think these are the best songs ever, but because they are the ones that resonate the most with me. As the playlist has grown (it's now at 46 songs) some items of note have emerged. The first is that two of my all-time favorite bands, Kiss and Rush, are not represented once on the list. The second is that although I'm a pretty upbeat guy most of the time, I seem to respond the most to songs that are more subdued or melancholy. The third is that if a song has strong vocal harmonies it automatically wins points with me.So with that, here is the current list of The Best, with some commentary. As a side note, at least a few of these c...