My little girl is a Brownie in the Girl Scouts this year and she loves it. I spent the day helping her sell cookies door to door in our neighborhood and I had to spend some time explaining to her that sales don't come so easily in the real world. Not many people can resist helping a child raising money for such a good organization and it doesn't hurt that you can't get Thin Mints or Caramel DeLites from anywhere except a local Girl Scout. The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls develop five essential skills --Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics and I tried to help my daughter on all of these points as she set goals, made sales pitches, counted money and kept everything organized. It really can help a girl learn some valuable lessons and I'm looking forward to getting the 800 boxes I ordered for myself . Anyway, since it was a day filled with cookies I thought I would create a playlist to help solidify the memory of a some wonderful timeRead More »from Cookie Songs
As long as valuable cargo has been shipped across bodies of water, pirates have existed. The first documented pirates are the Sea Peoples, who plundered on the Mediterranean in the 13th century B.C. Although pirates have existed all over the world the most romanticised version are the pirates who did their worst in the Caribbean from the late 1500s until the mid 1700s. People are still entranced by the pirate mystique as has been seen by the blockbuster success of Disney's Pirates Of The Caribbean film series. We love the clothes, the adventure and the pirate dialect has even inspired an annual International Speak Like A Pirate day.
If you love pirates be sure to check out this playlist of pirate songs.
2010 is now in the rearview mirror, so I thought I'd reach back and pull out all the lucky songs that were able to reach the very top of the charts. Only 17 songs made it to the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 2010. Of these 17, it was Katy Perry and Rihanna who had the most #1s with six between them. Other pop divas to make the cut included Ke$ha and P!nk, so woman pretty much ruled 2010. It's also clear that there's not too much diversity in the list. No country and no rock singles were able to break through to the #1 spot, so if that bothers you this is not the list for you. But if you want to check out the most popular songs of 2010, dig in.
The Number One Hits of 2010
My kids are old enough now that I can let them watch some of the movies I enjoyed when I was a kid. The one we Netflixed tonight was the 1981 Terry Gilliam film Time Bandits, which featured an amazing cast that included John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm and Michael Palin. The kids loved it. One of the scenes in the film was a battle between Agamemnon (played by Sean Connery) and the Minotaur. The scene inspired me to come up with a playlist. The Minotaur is a creature from Greek mythology that had the body of a man and the head of a bull -- it was eventually slain by Theseus, the founder of Athens. This playlist includes 10 tracks titled after this mythological beast. What would you add?
Journey has been a guilty pleasure of mine for a long time. It's actually kind of funny. I had a label send me a ton of reissues a couple of years ago and I ended up receiving some duplicates. I tried to GIVE them away and none of my friends would take them. I kid you not. It was a bit upsetting, but somehow this band's cheesy reputation has made people afraid to admit they like the music. Well, I won't be afraid! I will stand up, confident in my masculinity, and say it loud, "I like Journey". Steve Perry has a technically brilliant voice, the band can play and the melodies stick with you for a lifetime. I think it's just the incessant sappy love stuff that has given them a bad wrap. And... well... just look at those pants. If you're like me and have a soft spot for sensitive chick bands you may enjoy this playlist. It includes every song, in order, that appears on Journey's Greatest Hits album, but as performed by other artists. Artists who are not only unafraid to admit Journey as anRead More »from Journey Covers: The Greatest Hits
Roger Troutman was part of the influential 80s funk outfit Zapp, which was made up of five brothers. The band scored some big hits including "Computer Love" and "More Bounce to the Ounce" -- you could create a playlist that contains hundreds of songs that have sampled just these two tracks. Roger was the lead singer for Zapp and was known for running his voice through a synthesizer with the use of a talk box creating a cool robotic sound. Roger was tragically murdered by his brother Larry in a 1999 murder/suicide. For this playlist I wanted to focus on the music of Roger as a solo artist and his influence in hip-hop. This playlist features 10 hip-hop tracks that sample the music of Roger Troutman.
Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Roger Troutman
8. Hit The Floor -Read More »from Hip-Hop Songs That Sample Roger Troutman
Jumping and music go together like chocolate and Valentine's day. There's just something about a good beat that makes people want to get up and jump around. Musicians have incorporated jumping into their stage shows for generations and when an audience is feeling it, the joint is said to be "jumping". This playlist includes the first 20 jumping songs that came to my mind. Some of them, like Van Halen's "Jump" and House Of Pain's "Jump Around" are instantly recognizable by the masses. Others are classic jump songs from the swing era, and some are less known, but jump-worthy nonetheless. While not all will agree with every selection, many of the songs in this list are the greateast "jump songs" ever written. Tell me what I've missed in the comments.
Songs To Jump To
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm gearing up for a long overdue vacation with my wife. Just the two of us. Both sets of grandparents are coming up to take shifts watching the kids while we're gone (believe me, I know how lucky I am). We'll be touring 8 cities -- some are favorites we are returning to and others will brand new experiences. I thought I would see what kind of playlist I could put together by selecting a single song named for each of the eight cities on our itinerary. Just like the vacation itself, some of these are old friends and some are new to me. And by all means, if you have any tourist suggestions for these cities, let me know!
An 8 City Eurafrican Vacation Playlist
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Another year is almost over and I've been spending many hours putting together this list of the very best albums released in 2010. After much deliberation I've selected what I feel are the top 100. I freely admit that I've probably missed some that deserve to be here. As is true for all people, I have a finite amount of time available. So even with listening to upwards of 400 new albums each year, I simply can't hear them all. So please add your own favorites to the comments if you feel I have overlooked something deserving. All I ask is that you review the whole list first and tell us WHY your favorite album should have made the cut. A comment like, "What! No Eminem!" or "Arcade Fire sucks!" is not an valid argument and will promptly be laughed at and ignored. Additionally, pointing out that you have not heard something automatically disqualifies you from having an opinion about it.
I've provided the highest chart positions and Metacritic score for each of my selections. Obviously,Read More »from The Best Albums of 2010: #1 through #10
These are selections #11 through #20 in our Best Albums of 2010 countdown series.
Released: September 14, 2010
Label: Dirt Anti
Metacritic Score: 83
Album Charts: European Top 100 albums, #8 Top Independent albums, #14 Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums, #17 Top Rock Albums
Power, catharsis and domination are three words that come to mind when trying to describe the music found on Nick Cave's second Grinderman release. Cave has created a lot of fantastic and important music over the years, but Grinderman 2 stands right up there with the best of them. This is bound for classic album status and it must be owned and listened to repeatedly.
Released: January 26, 2010
Label: Sub Pop
Metacritic Score: 82
Charts: #43 The Billboard 200, #21 Top Digital albums, #6 Top Independent albums, #6 Top Modern Rock/Alternative albums, #9 Top Rock albums
The hypnotic beauty that is the music of Beach House has reached a newRead More »from The Best Albums of 2010: #11 through #20
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