Archive for the ‘Top Ten Lists’ Category

Already? No, Really… Already!?

March 18, 2008

While I’m very well aware that many of you hate it when I step up onto the soapbox and prattle on for hours about music, you just have to face facts… I’m a guy who likes records. Since Brinton gave birth to Tweak the EQ, I’ve not only become more interested in albums, I’ve taken an obsessive interest in reviewing them, so in preparation for my final top 20 of the year, I thought it would be fun to check in at every quarter to let you know what records were in the running. After all, what’s fun about a top 20 list of albums if you haven’t heard them!?

Why am I doing this? Well, for strictly personal and ornery reasons… have you heard the music released this year? I’m making this list with apologies to Glass Candy, Ghostface, Gnarls Barkley, Erykah Badu, Evangelicals, Flogging Molly, British Sea Power, Crystal Castles, Atlas Sound, Hercules & Love Affair and a few other forgotten bands. Seriously, this year is THAT good. Do you expect me to remember all of this when I make the definitive list of 2008?

So, brace yourself for the very first installment of four top ten lists to be thrust upon you quarterly… 20 of which will most likely be the best of the year (unless there’s some sort of mathematical/time-space oddity that changes the entire face of mankind… wait, they’re trying that with Lost, I’ll need a new plot development for my blog):

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Tonight, On A Very Special Cory-Graham.com…

August 1, 2007

We’re going to try something brand-spankin’ new today, so brace yourself for the very first Cory-Graham.com/So There I Was… collaborative effort! This was born out of a Gmail chat with Kevin earlier in the day, one thing led to another and blogging history was born (at least, my as far as our respective blogs go). The following is a paraphrasing of the aforementioned conversation:

Cory: Seriously, is there any band in history less attractive than Supergrass?

Kevin: Not even close. In fact, a supergroup comprised of four Mick Mars clones still couldn’t top them.

Cory: Very true, however, any band that features Mick Mars is surely in contention.

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Of course, this isn’t to take away from Supergrass. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re a absolutely fantastic rock band from the UK, mostly known in The States for an appearance on the Clueless soundtrack and the video for Pumpin’ On Your Stereo (which MTV2 played relentlessly around 1999). Neither of us have a single negative comment about their music, their talent or their general rockstarness, it’s just that they’re, well, rather “unfortunate looking.”

Still not sure about it?

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… I rest my case.

 

 

 

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At The Mercy of my Mental Jukebox

July 18, 2007

It’s always unfortunate to find yourself in the situation where a song that you haven’t heard in a while makes its way into your head, refusing to leave. We’ve all been there, you’re walking through the grocery store, debating on whether to spend the extra fifty cents on the fresh basil, when suddenly your mind turns into a boombox, tuned to a station from hell. One minute you’re ducking the mister in the produce aisle, the next you’re trying hopelessly to get Love Is A Battlefield out of your skull.

Lately my brain has been the number 1 fan of the devil’s radio station, alternating every genre and long forgotten artists with current pop hits and the occasional children’s song. I’m left to wonder if this may be a warning sign of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease… how else could one explain my recent infatuation with The Doors’ Peace Frog (trust me, once that organ gets in there, there’s no getting it out)? Unfortunately, in the last few days I’ve been lucky to have a few Doors jams in my head, as my current top 40 is far worse. If you were to run wires out of my ears and into a pair of speakers, you could solve nearly any world conflict in roughly 24 hours… after the 30th spin of Bennie & The Jets (not the whole song, just the annoying section with Elton screaming “BENNIE!” in that high-pitched, stammering massacre of sound) all parties would surrender their demands, joining forces to kill me.

So, since misery loves company, I thought I might share a few of the tunes that are causing me such agony of late. A variety of songs, in which “good” or “bad” is irrelevant. Even your favorite song grows incredibly tiresome after about the 5,000th spin of the chorus, and your least favorite song makes you want to hang yourself. It’s my theory that Kurt Cobain wasn’t actually suicidal, he’d just had the misfortune of walking around Seattle with I Want A New Drug stuck in his head for weeks, at a certain point there’s only one way out. So, I’d like to present the top ten songs that have been mercilessly stuck in my head for the last month… prepare yourselves to become very, very angry with me.

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Top Ten Night Ripper Moments

June 6, 2007

Note: I’ve added a brand new section devoted to meaningless top ten lists. I like ’em, I hope you do too. This shall be the first entry into that brave new world.

Earlier this year Jeff Stiles was kind enough to provide me with a copy of the latest Girl Talk release, Night Ripper. Granted, I was late to that party. The album was released some time in late 2006, but since I’m a little behind the times it took it a while to actually find its way into my Ipod. Now, two months later, it has become my favorite album of the year, playing on a near constant loop in my car/office/home/brain.

If you’re not familiar with the record, let me give you a little background information. The album is a mash-up/dj mix (even though Girl Talk (aka Greg Gillis) insists that he isn’t a dj) comprised of 150 + samples, spanning genres and crossing musical boundaries while still shaking your booty. Night Ripper is divided into 16 individual tracks, but flows seamlessly into the next sample or groove… unless you’re watching the tracks skip, you’ll never notice that it’s happening. It clocks in at around 42 minutes, leaving you breathless and clamoring for more.

Since the album, by its very nature, is sprawling and epic it becomes rather difficult to isolate a “favorite track.” Conversations about Night Ripper tend to focus more on the use of a particular sample, as opposed to naming an individual cut as being better or worse than another. So, as an initiation to those that may not have heard the record (and for historical record), I’d like to share with you my top ten moments of Girl Talk’s Night Ripper. I’ve included audio samples of exactly what I’m talking about, just to make it a little easier to follow (and to save myself the trouble of describing every detail).

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