Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Better Off Live

Ever been listening to the radio and you here a studio version of a song that is just inferior to the live version? Here are some quick ones that jump out at me.

1. Anything from Waiting For Columbus – Little Feat
2. Midnight Rambler - Rolling Stones
3. Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh
4. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
5. War – Bruce Springsteen
6. Where did our Love Go - J. Geils
7. Statesboro Blues, Whipping Post – Allman Bros
8. Caravan from the Last Waltz – Van Morrison
9. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
10. Under My Thumb – Stones - Still Life
11. 40 – U2
12. Bad – U2
13. Anything from Lay It Down and Love It Live – Sonia Dada
14. Good Work – The BoDeans
15. This Ol’ Cowboy, Ramblin’ or 24 Hours at a Time – Marshall Tucker
16. My Oklahoma Home – Bruce Springsteen
17. Something off of Frampton Comes Alive
18. All Apologies – Nirvana
19. Something off Live Bullet – Bob Seger
20. Those 3 Days – Lucinda Williams

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Top 10 1st Quarter 2007

Well the first quarter of 2007 is behind us, and I give you the

Best of 2007 so far

1) Don't Let Them Take You Down-Jesse Malin
2) #9 Dream-REM
3) Fly Away-Wire Fence(Kurt Neumann)
4) Stick To The Plan-Graham Parker
5) Stuck Between Stations-The Hold Steady
6) Happy-Martin Sexton
7) Valerie-The Zutons
8) No Bad News-Patty Griffin
9) The Picture-Son Volt
10) Keep The Car Running-Arcadia Fire

Check them out.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Our Top 100 List

OK, we took the time to spout off about Time's list of Top 100 Albums and the shortcomings of the typical rock critic's choices that always seem to make those lists. So now it's time for Music Mix Online to put forth our own choices.
You've probably had the discussion of Desert Island Discs of favorite records you'd want with you if you ever wound up stranded like Tom Hanks in Castaway. While we've put together an assortment of classic releases that would last long enough to keep the cast of Lost entertained for 2 more seasons. You'll notice the list is alpha by artist, no we didn't take the time to try to rank them 1 through 100. That would be a whole separate debate.
While groups like The Stones could probably have qualified with 5 or six great discs, we tried to limit the number of entries for any artist to 3 in the interest of having some variety.
Unlike the typical critic's choice lists, we also attached some specific criteria to our choices, which in addition to a collection of great songs were:
--Listenability: Could you avoid the skip button or picking up the needle on the turntable. Press play on track 1 and enjoy all the way through.
--Consistency: Like a good book or movie, great records can feel like a ride that build up along the way. When albums were in their heyday, producers and artists spent a lot of time thinking about what should be the opening track vs. the closing. And it went beyond which had the best chance to be a single or a download.
--Influence: Most great records changed the landscape to some degree. Paving the way for new genres like Run-DMC or by having a clear stamp on the way other music sounds like REM and Nirvana.
Hopefully this list will turn a few folks on to discs they haven't heard in a while, and more likely will spur some debate about choices that were omitted. Either way, please let us know your feedback.

1)AC/DC Back In Black
2)Aerosmith Toys In The Attic
3)Al Green Let's Stay Together
4)Allman Brothers Eat A Peach
5)Beatles Help
6)Beatles Hard Days Night
7)Beatles Meet The Beatles
8)Ben Harper/Blind Boys There Will Be Light
9)Billy Joel The Stranger
10)BoDeans Love, Hope, Sex & Dreams
11)Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
12)Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
13)Bob Dylan Infidels
14)Bob Marley Rastaman Vibration
15)Bob Seger Night Moves
16)Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
17)Bruce Springsteen Born To Run
18)Bruce Springsteen The Rising
19)The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man
20)Carole King Tapestry
21)Coldplay Parachutes
22)Counting Crows August & Everything After
24)Dave Matthews Band Under The Table & Dreaming
25)David Gray White Ladder
26)Derek and the Dominoes Layla
27)Dire Straits Making Movies
28)Doobie Bros. Minute By Minute
29)Eagles Desperado
30)Eagles Hotel California
31)Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
32)Elvis Costello Armed Forces
33)Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball
34)Fleetwood Mac Rumours
35)Greenday Dookie
36)Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction
37)Hootie & The Blowfish Cracked Rear View
38)Jackson Browne The Pretender
39)James Taylor Sweet Baby James
40)Jimmy Cliff Harder They Come
41)John Hiatt Stolen Moments
42)John Mellencamp Rain On The Scarecrow
43)Led Zep Led Zep 2
44)Los Lobos How Will The Wolves Survive?
45)Lucinda Williams Car Wheels On a Gravel Road
46)Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw
47)Marshall Tucker Carolina Dreams
48)Marvin Gaye What's Going On?
49)Michael Jackson Thriller
50)Neil Young Harvest
51)Neil Young After the Gold Rush
52)Nirvana Nevermind
53)Outlaws Outlaws
54)Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin Simon
55)Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet
56)Pearl Jam 10
57)Pretenders Pretenders
58)Prince Sign O the Times
59)Prince "1999"
60)Ramones Ramones
61)REM Out of Time
62)REM Reckoning
63)Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones
64)Rod Stewart Never A Dull Moment
65)Run DMC Run DMC
66)Ryan Adams Gold
67)Sarah McLachlan Surrender
68)Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks
69)Social Distortion Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
70)Soul Asylum Grave Dancer's Union
71)Steeley Dan Aja
72)Steve Earle I Feel Alright
73)Steve Forbert Alive on Arrival
74)Stevie Ray Vaughn Couldn't Stand The Weather
75)Terence Trent D'arby Introducing the Hardline
76)The Band The Band
77)The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker
78)The Clash London Calling
79)The Clash The Clash
80)The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall
81)The Police Outlandos d'Amour
82)The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me
83)The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
84)The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
85)The Wallflowers Bringing Down The Horse
86)The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues
87)The Who Who's Next
88)Tom Petty Hard Promises
89)Tom Waits Heart of Saturday Night
90)Toots and the Maytals Funky Kingston
91)U2 All That You u Can't Leave Behind
92)U2 Joshua Tree
93)Uncle Tupelo Anodyne
94)Van Halen Van Halen
95)Van Morrison Moondance
96)Van Morrison Tupelo Honey
97)Warren Zevon Excitable Boy
98)Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac
99)Wilco A.M.
100) Wilson Pickett The Exciting Wilson Pickett

Friday, December 22, 2006

Rants & Raves: Greatest Hits List?

It’s bad enough that in a year where global warning started to come true, two hostile nations threatened nuclear attack and the U.S. is actively involved in Iraq, our biggest media company selected “You” as the Person of the Year. “You,” we are told, have blogged and co-created your way into a world-changing force. Please.
We’re also going to take issue with Time Magazine’s recent top albums of all-time list. It’s loaded with greatest hits compilations. How that rates a great album, we don’t know. Great artist, yes. It’s also filled with the kind of crap that rockcritics like to call “important” but don’t listen all that well.


Here’s 5 that particularly grated us through their inclusion:

Stories From The City, Stories From Sea: PJ Harvey
Ever listened to a PJ Harvey record? How about three songs in a row? She is occasionally brilliant and very skilled, but she is not exactly nice to the ears. How she gets mentioned in the same list as Dylan and The Beatles is a mystery.

Pet Sounds: The Beach Boys
A few great songs (Caroline, No, God Only Knows) but as a collection of songs this is more of an uneven expression of pretention than a great album. Kind of like kids let loose in an expensive studio. We’d take Brian Wilson’s solo debut over this.

Like A Virgin: Madonna
Maybe best 100 video list. Madonna is pop candy and the master of image invention. Can you even name another song from this?

Live Through This: Hole
Now we’re getting silly. Maybe the most overrated group ever to get a record deal. Married on third, thinks she hit a triple.

Time Out Of Mind: Bob Dylan
He is a deity, but this album isn’t even close to more overlooked work in the 80s or even the 2001 Love and Theft. The songs get a bit lazy and his voice, well…..

5 That Were Left Out (And Always Get Left Out)

Infidels: Bob Dylan
Song for song it’s a bulletproof album with a great theme and one of the best lyrical efforts from the lyrical master. Critics go for his earlier work, which is OK, but this gets short shrift.

Introducing The Hardline: Terence Trent D’arby
One of the best debut albums ever and a vocal tour de force. The production could have used a bit more funk, but TTD come out firing from nowhere on this record stealing from James Brown, Michael Jackson and the heights of his soul. Problem is, he left it all on the track. Still waiting for another decent record from TTD.

Making Movies: Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler borrowed Springsteen’s engineer (Jimmy Iovine) and keyboard player (Roy Bittan) on the way to putting himself on the map with this record. The production took Knopfler from a flashy lead guitarist to an efficient one and let the songwriting move up front. Tunnel of Love, Romeo and Juliet and Skateway are one of the best leadoff orders ever.

Gold: Ryan Adams
In his second solo release after leaving Whiskeytown, Adams treated fans to a good mix of pop rock (New York New York, Firecracker) and folk acoustic tunes (La Cienga Just Smiled) with some nice background vocals contributed by Adam Duritz. Another record that gets off to a furious start with five great songs right out of the gate and maintains a nice balance throughout the 16 tracks.

Darkness on the Edge of Town: Bruce Springsteen
Song for song it rains all over Born to Run. Much more concise and powerful than its more legendary predecessor with sharper musicianship and a solid dose of rage that blasts through the speakers.
--Submitted by John G.
Look out in the New Year for Music Mix's own Top 100 Albums, which will NOT include any greatest hits collections.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Center Stage -- Featured Artist

Known by music fans as the front man for The Push Stars, Chris Trapper has stepped out on his own again for the release of his third solo project, titled Hey You.
Fortunately for fans of the Stars, this new record features a lot of the pop sensibilities that helped land the group on several different soundtracks and build a devoted following over the past 10 years, particularly in their home base of New England.
A few of our favorite tracks from Hey You include the playful Wish I Was Cool and the acoustic Everytime I See You.
The rich and diverse sound on Hey You features contributions from Trapper's bandmates in The Push Stars, as well as Martin Sexton and Great Big Sea.
For those folks that are not familiar with The Push Stars, we suggest you get caught up with their catalog. The group has five discs, and one of our favorites is After The Party, which features some great tracks including Everything Shines, Any Little Town and Minnesota.

Where To Find It: Hey You is available for download on both iTunes and Rhapsody.

Links: http://www.christrapper.com

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Best of 2006-Old Dogs with New Tricks

For the Music Mix Online Compilation Area. With the end of the year approaching, the 2006 Best of lists will be surfacing. Here is a best of compilation of those old artists who recorded some good stuff this year.

2006-Old Dogs with New Tricks Compilation

1) Thunder on the Mountain-Bob Dylan (65 years old. Modern Times will be tops on all lists)
2) Pay Me My Money Down-Bruce Springsteen (57 years old)
3) Saving Grace-Tom Petty (56 years old)
4) Just Like Noah's Ark-Elton John (59 years old)
5) It's Not Enough-The Who (Roger and Pete 62 and 61 respectively)
6) Sam I Am-Sammy Hagar (59 years old)
7) Rainy Day Blues-Willie Nelson (73 years old)
8) Face The Promise-Bob Seger (61 years old)
9) Better To Have and Not Need-Sam Moore w/Bruce (71 years old)
10) Ride The River-JJ Cale & Eric Clapton (68 and 61 respectively)
11) Someday Baby-Bob Dylan
12) How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live-Bruce Springsteen
13) This Is Us-Mark Knopfler & Emmy Lou Harris (57 and 59 respectively)
14) Pay The Devil-Van Morrison (61 years old)
15) Boulevard of Broken Dreams-Tony Bennett & Sting (80 and 55 respectively)
16) The Best of My Love-Rod Stewart (61 years old)
17) Travelin' Band-Jerry Lee Lewis & John Fogerty (71 and 61 respectively)
18) Devil's Got a New Disguise-Aerosmith (old!!!!)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Center Stage -- Artist of the Week

If you missed his debut release in 2004--Somone To Tell--now is a good time to start paying attention to this New York-bred boy. The Green Room Sessions, a self-produced EP which was released earlier this year, features some solid original material as well as a few interesting covers, including an acoustic version of Fleetwood Mac's Little Lies.
While you are checking out his new release, get caught up on his first from Columbia, which featured such radio-friendly tunes as They're On To Me and Holding On.


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