How can you say something about Steve Jobs that has not already been said? The man has been written about more than any business leader in the history of the world, bar none. He was one of those rare individuals who seemed to have been born into his destiny. At least we like to think of him that way, since his accomplishments appear superhuman. Jobs will probably be the greatest inventor, designer, marketer, and business man we will see in our lifetime, and he's gone at the young age of 56. The road was not easy for Steve Jobs, but if you use an Apple product, you understand that because of the road Steve took, our roads are easier. In the last part of his career, Jobs was able to transform every business he touched. The products he brought to market have been so far ahead, it's as if they came from the future. Sadly, it was clear that Steve's health was not doing well, and many suspected the end was near, but no one except his closest friends, family and doctors knew for sure -- justRead More »from Ode To Steve Jobs: A Playlist
had a chance to check out the new Feist album Metals today, and a hauntingly sublime song called "Bittersweet" caught my ear. Later in the day, I listened to a friend's show on Gaston college radio station WSGE -- he played another tune called "Bittersweet", this time it was the popular song by Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Two more "bittersweet" songs instantly popped into my head, "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve, and a personal favorite of mine, "Bittersweet" buy Australia's own Hoodoo Gurus. This of course, instantly sealed the deal on what I would be doing for my Y! Music playlist tonight. I was able to find a dozen more songs, in addition to these four, that all contain the word "bittersweet" in the title, and it makes a surprisingly fine listen.
What "bittersweet" songs would be on your list?
Bittersweet SongsRead More »from Bittersweet Songs
There is arguably no soul singer more beloved than Marvin Gaye, "The Prince of Soul". It's heartbreaking to think about Marvin's troubled life, but his music transcended his life, and it will be something that inspires humankind for eons to come. And if we had to pick a single album to represent the best of Marvin Gaye, his 1971 release "What's Going On" would be at the top of the list. Voted the "Best Album of All Time" by NME, and ranking #6 on Rolling Stone's "Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", "What's Going On" has been one of the most influential and beloved albums to ever be created in America. For this playlist we've selected a single cover song for each track that appears on "What's Going On", and have listed them in the same order as the original. You can revisit the album, and get a different perspective all at the same time.
Classic Albums Remade: What's Going OnRead More »from Classic Albums Remade: What’s Going On
It's no secret that rock and roll has long standing issues with the police. Rock has always been the music of rebellion, and the police are the ultimate symbol of authority. If you're trying to gain some rocker cred, you can't really embrace law enforcement personal, even though they put their lives on the line to protect us, for very little money. There are thousands of songs that paint negative images of the police, and this is not so much a playlist of these, but a playlist of different types of cops. To create it I looked for songs that use the words "police", or "cops", but also add a unique and descriptive word(s) in the song title. You'll find "Dream Police", "Karma Police", "Fashion Police", "Ganja Police" and "Fat Police", among others.
What would you add?
Types Of Police
7. Fashion Police -Read More »from Types Of Police
There have been a lot of great new albums released lately, and I've been pretty slack about keeping up with listening to new releases. So it was definitely time for me to call upon old faithful, and dig into some seriously good tunage. I'm talking about Metacritic of course. It's a simple site that has no fancy algorithms, no snooty editors, no secret formula -- just a simple aggregator that looks across a wide range of critical reviews and averages the scores. The end result is a list of new albums that's usually right on the money. There's always something killer to be found, and I can get lost for hours quickly, so I try to limit my use. This playlist includes a single song from the current top albums as listed by Metacritic.com.
Playlist: Songs From Current Top Rated Albums
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Musicians dig magic. You can find thousands of songs about the mystical arts, whether it be of the pull-a-rabbit-out-of-the-hat variety, or the mystical, Gandolf type. When I think of "magic" songs I think of classic rock, mostly because I get an image of a 1970s model conversion van with an airbrushed wizard on the side -- the windows are down and an 8-track player blasting some classic Electric Light Orchestra. I've already done a playlist of "Wizard Songs", so for this playlist I've expanded the parameters from "wizard" to "magic", while constraining the list to classic rock, instead of being open ended in regard to genre. This 14 song playlist is the result. So get your magic wand and crank it up man!
What would you add?
HeartClassic Rock MagicRead More »from Classic Rock Magic
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has issued their list of nominees for the year 2012. Like many, I have serious reservations about the Hall Of Fame. When you compare artists who are still being criminally overlooked to some who have made the cut it can seem... well... ridiculous. Ok, it doesn't just seem ridiculous, it is ridiculous. There, I said it. But I have to be honest -- when the list comes out each year I'm one of the first who goes scrambling to see who was nominated. I just can't help myself. This year, it made me especially happy to see The Beastie Boys and The Cure make the cut. I was never a big fan of Guns N' Roses, and I think Joan Jett's body of work is a bit thin for a Hall of Fame, but I can accept the fact that they're on the list - their influence is undeniable. So while we won't loose any sleep over the choices, it would be nice if the Hall put a bit more transparency and objectivity into their selection process.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame usually inducts 5 to 7Read More »from 2012 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees Playlist
Physicists are currently in a state of stunned awe, and Albert Einstein is rolling over in his grave with the recent news that neutrinos fired from CERN, in Geneva, ended up at the Gran Sasso Laboratory, in Italy, 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. This is a really big deal. Without a cosmic rule that dictates the speed of light as tops, we can pretty much throw out relativity as we know it. It means we know a heck of a lot less than we thought we did about the universe. Some say it proves the existence of God, and others say it means time travel is indeed possible. It will be awhile until the experiment is verified and accepted as fact, but if true, it opens up a whole new chapter of man's intellectual evolution and understanding of the universe.
In celebration of this historic scientific breakthrough, I've pulled together 20 songs that have something to do with time travel.
What would you add?
Time Travel Songs
2. IronRead More »from Time Travel Songs
- Robert of the Radish | The Y! Music Playlist Blog – Sat, Sep 24, 2011 4:27 PM EDT
FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios rightly calls itself "The Heartbeat Of The Muscle Shoals Sound". If you're not familiar, "the Muscle Shoals Sound" is a distinctly Southern soul sound that came out of the Muscle Shoals, Alabama area, and is just as important as other regional movements that may be more well-known to the modern masses. Artists connected to Muscles Shoals reads like a music legends list.
FAME Studios was founded in the late 1950s, and is still going strong today, fueled by its deeply influential history and reputation for quality. FAME is a veritable hit factory, and for this playlist I've selected 20 songs that were recorded at, or published by FAME. This list only scratches the surface, so if you like what you hear I would highly suggest a deep dive.
FAME Recording Studio Sampler - Muscle Shoals, AlabamaRead More »from FAME Recording Studio Sampler – Muscle Shoals, Alabama
I've been listening to the new Henning Ohlenbusch album Henning Goes To The Movies. The record contains nine songs, each written to correspond with nine different movies. Ohlenbusch said this about the project, "Like everything in life, movies are experienced differently by each viewer. On this record, I tried to express in music how these nine films impacted me personally. At the outset, I established one rule: I was not allowed to revisit a film until I composed and recorded the song that it inspired me to write. In this way, I hope that each piece genuinely conveys the ways in which each movie has stuck with me throughout the years." Well, it should be no surprise to anyone who follows this blog that I'm a fan of Henning's approach. So for this list I've lifted the first song off Henning's new album, "Joe Versus The Volcano" and then selected nine more tracks that were directly inspired by, or share the name of a film starring Tom Hanks.
So, what would you add?
Tom Hanks Movies:Read More »from Tom Hanks Movies: A Playlist
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