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Song of the Day 1/25/10

Til the next post, as we do every day the best 666 songs of alltime countdown continues all the way to #1. Monday’s song is #185:

The Rolling Stones – Fool to Cry

Slow, haunting, Curtis Mayfield-inspired ballad from the underrated 1975 Black & Blue album, all those layers of electric piano, organ and synth absolutely gorgeous.

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January 24, 2010 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., music, concert, New York City, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Day 1/18/10

As we do every day, the best 666 songs of alltime countdown continues all the way to #1. Monday’s song is #192:

REM – Cuyahoga

A darkly Wire-inspired tribute to the river that caught fire, arguably bassist Mike Mills’ most beautifully inspired moment in the band with all those chords. Will some good band please cover this and give it the wild intense treatment it screams out for? From the otherwise mediocre Life’s Rich Pageant album, 1987.

January 18, 2010 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Day 1/17/10

More reviews, etc. momentarily. Til then, as we do every day the best 666 songs of alltime countdown continues all the way to #1. Sunday’s song is #193:

The Kinks – Rock n Roll Fantasy

Gorgeously catchy backbeat anthem, and a vivid reminder why sometimes musicians deserve to take themselves seriously. Their fans need them! “Don’t want to spend my life living on the edge of reality!” From the Misfits album, 1976, not to be confused with the Bad Company atrocity of the same title.

January 17, 2010 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Day 1/16/10

Every day we count down the best 666 songs of alltime, all the way to #1. Saturday’s song is #194:

The Electric Light Orchestra – Look At Me Now

Eleanor Rigby done more lucidly and far more macabrely, from the ELO debut lp No Answer, 1972. That’s Roy Wood on all the cello overdubs – a one-man Rasputina.

January 16, 2010 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Day 1/15/10

Every day we count down the best 666 songs of alltime, all the way to #1. Friday’s song is #195:

Bob Dylan – Memphis Blues Again

The best epic on Blonde on Blonde. “And me I sit here patiently, hoping to find out what price/You gotta pay to get out of going through these things twice.”

January 14, 2010 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Day 1/14/10

Every day we count down the best 666 songs of alltime, all the way to #1. Thursday’s song is #196:

The Rolling Stones – Jumping Jack Flash

Trivia question: you know Jagger wrote the words, but who wrote the music? That would be Bill Wyman. And it makes sense, if you listen to how the bass looms out of the chorus, all those haunting, magnificently echoey chords. Pure low-register transcendence.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Day 1/13/10

Every day we count down the best 666 songs of alltime, all the way to #1 (or at least we try to do it every day). Fewer than 200 days to go, enjoy while it lasts! Wednesday’s song is #197:

Radio Birdman – All Alone in the Endzone

This has nothing to do with football, Australian or otherwise – it’s just under two minutes of vicious, chromatic 1979 garage punk driven by one of the catchiest hooks ever written. That’s bassist Warwick Gilbert playing it on the studio version on the Radios Appear lp; the link above, a lightning-fast live take from a recent tour, features Jim Dickson from the New Christs.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the Day 1/11/10

Hang in there with us, as soon as we can get online again for more than a few minutes at a time, we’ll update the concert calendar, we’ll share what we’ve been up to since last Wednesday, and lots more. It’s been a great week for music in NYC. In the meantime, we’re counting down the 666 Best Songs of Alltime, one at a time (scroll down for Saturday’s Song of the Day for the link to the whole list, we’ll never be able to get it in today’s post with the limited signal we have). Monday’s song is #199:

The Church – Myrrh

The Australian art-rock legends’ classic 1986 Heyday album was inspired by the band’s disastrous US tour the previous year, and this is the opening track, pulsing hypnotically as frontman Steve Kilbey deplores what he found. “Privilege on privilege, an unwanted discovery.”

And Sunday’s song was #200:

The Move – Message from the Country

Jeff Lynne’s magnificent 12-string guitar anthem, title track from the 1972 album, is a call for preserving the environment. And would get him labeled an eco-terrorist by the right wing if it was released today. Rick Price’s rumbling, gritty bassline underneath it all is tasty beyond words. “Gotta stop your burning, now!”

January 11, 2010 Posted by | lists, Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music, music, concert, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment