7 Mar 2012, 20:33 de darren86
18 May 2011, 15:22 de rwittehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ5vhYtu71s
Like most people, I have guilty pleasures. One of mine is an awful one hit wonder, Sandi Thom - I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair). She is pictured below on the record sleeve, desperately failing to look sexy. It is a twee little ditty, albeit catchy, and the lyrics appear to make no sense: who was having hits perfectly in tune with the mood of both?
Surprisingly there is such a person, his name is Neil Young. My favourite album of his is Harvest from 1972, but when I looked at my Last.fm charts, I find that it is the preceding album that has most plays. This illustrates the difference between a loved album, and an album where I love every track.
Harvest was written after a nearly two years recuperating from a back injury. He had plenty of time to plan it. Yet during the recording, he wasn't fully recovered, so he was in some discomfort. …
10 Dic 2010, 19:36 de thomas10http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/G/gaye_whatsF.jpg
1 Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' on
With What's Going On, Gaye meditated on what had happened to the American dream of the past -- as it related to urban decay, environmental woes, military turbulence, police brutality, unemployment, and poverty. These feelings had been bubbling up between 1967 and 1970, during which he felt increasingly caged by Motown's behind-the-times hit machine and restrained from expressing himself seriously through his music. Finally, late in 1970, Gaye decided to record a song that the Four Tops' Obie Benson had brought him, "What's Going On". When Berry Gordy decided not to issue the single, deeming it uncommercial, Gaye refused to record any more material until he relented. Confirmed by its tremendous commercial success in January 1971, he recorded the rest of the album over ten days in March, and Motown released it in late May. Besides cementing Marvin Gaye as one of the most important artists in pop music…
1 Feb 2010, 9:29 de DeucesAreWild1. How did you get into 29? The Electric Prunes
the Nuggets box set has " I Had Too Much Dream To Last Night" and I went from there
2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? Authority Zero
probably Revolutionfrom the Rock Against Bush Comps
3. What’s your favorite lyric by 33? Jay Reatard
"Swear to god there are people who want to watch me fall, but in mind I will kill them all" Jay Reatard - Rotten Mind
4. What is your favorite album by 49? The Black Crowes
one of those bands I discovered back in the day, I don't really remember how
5. How many albums by 13 do you own?The Byrds
I might have one kicking arond vinyl somewhere....
6. What is your favorite song by 50? Black Sabbath
Killing Yourself to Live
7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? Five Finger Death Punch
Ashesis a rather melancholy song
8. What is your favorite album by 15?Warren Zevon
9. What is your favorite song by 5? Lunachicks
13 Nov 2009, 14:22 de LlorenzaNeil Young – After the Gold Rush
Of course it helps to appreciate an album when you know almost all numbers by heart… I have an infinite admiration for Neil Young, as many others have, and that admiration is based on a lot of songs present on After The Gold Rush. It is easy enough to mark Neil Young as a guitar wonder, but this album proves that even without extended sublime guitar solos Neil Young can make the most fragile and precious music. With his characteristic high voice he creates some very vunerable songs (After the Gold Rush, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Birds), but of course there are exceptions: Southern Man is the real guitar song on this album, and one of Young’s finest.
This album is classic from beginning to end, obvious, timeless, natural, and really just perfect…. Except maybe for the cover Oh Lonesome Me, which reminds me just a bit too often of the more beautiful version on M. Ward’s Hold Time, sung together with Lucinda Williams. …
1 Mar 2009, 20:13 de rwitteSo back in 1972, Neil Young releases Alabama on Harvest. Anyway Lynyrd Skynyrd, who hail from there take umbrage and respond Sweet Home Alabama. Neil Young wants the last word with Southern Man on After the Goldrush.
By the way, I doubt Kurt Weill's Alabama Song was based on any actual experience of the state.
So, by the 1970s, how far had things progressed since Strange Fruit?
6 Sep 2008, 19:32 de sablespecterOn this, my 38th birthday (birthday wishes to Roger Waters here), I thought it would be fun to revisit that great year of 1970 that brought us not only a whole bunch of great people :D but more importantly for the SotD Journal, so much great music!
Credit where it's due: This list of my favorite songs of 1970 was originally sparked by a timely entry earlier this week from the same guy that posted up that idea of using album market statistics and awards to compute a list of Top 20 Albums (a favorite of Grant's!) No worries, Grant, that one is totally subjective!
Below is my own submission to his call for our own favorite songs of 1970, slightly edited and with some additional commentary.
But I don't want to stop there¹! One day for 1970 isn't enough, so I thought it would be good to have a full week celebration of 1970: starting tomorrow and for each of the next 7 days, I will choose seven² of my Top 10 of 1970 as a SotD, and then cap it off with the first of what I have been talking about publishing for…
23 Jul 2008, 18:37 de sinistradI am currently compiling a CD for a friend with Neil Young's best guitar songs, these are the songs i put on the album:
1 Cortez The Killer
2 Change Your Mind
3 Danger Bird
4 Cowgirl in the Sand (with crazy horse)
5 Hey Hey, My My
6 No Hidden Path
7 Like a Hurricane
8 Down By The River
9 Southern Man
While creating the previous lists i started thinking about Neil Young's overall great songs (not in order of greatness):
Cortez The Killer
Hey Hey, My My
Needle And The Damage Done
Cowgirl in the Sand (with crazy horse)
Heart of Gold
Like a Hurricane
Be the Rain
After the Goldrush
A Man Needs a Maid
On the Beach
If you got a song to add to neil's guitar work leave a message, this guy has got so many songs you can't know them all.
5 Ene 2008, 16:12 de JoeIsListeningMy wife and I were in our favorite soda shop last night when we spotted a 10 year-old boy at the juke box. We speculated on what he was going to play, or if he was there at the behest of his parents.
"Well," I said, "If he plays Weird Al Yankovic, we'll know who was in charge of the money."
The first song he played was something by Al Green. Okay, that was probably Dad's choice.
Then came Hound Dog by Elvis Presley. That had to be mom.
But what song would be the boy's choice in the three-for-a-buck universe?
Turned out to be Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
This led to a conversation between my wife and I about how this was an "Answer Song" - a reply to an earlier song, in this case, Neil Young's Southern Man. Skynyrd even name checks Young in the second verse:
Well I heard Neil Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don't need him around anyhow
6 Ago 2007, 23:10 de redhaloI went to my dashboard and was pleasantly surprised to find all 15 of my friends just listened spots occupied with "just listened". First time I'd seen this in the year that I've been here!
They have been chosen as contestants in my 10 Tracks contest.
Fear not there is no physical activity on your part involved. All you have to do is hope the first ten songs played on your radio score enough points to achieve the highest score.
Artists will be rated based on my top 500 artists as such:
Artists that appear between 1 and 100 will be given 10 points
Artists that appear between 101 and 200 will be given 7 points
Artists that appear between 201 and 300 will be given 5 points
Artists that appear between 301 and 400 will be given 3 points
Artists that appear between 401 and 500 will be given 1 points
Artists that do not appear on my list will be disqualified and not eligible for any points whatsoever!
However, I have captured a list of bonus artists/song (by any artist)…