The Best Music of 2010 – (NOT A Top 10 List!)

Nope. No top 10 list. Pretty sure I’ve seen 45,679 top 10 lists for music and movies already. So… since this is my blog I wanted to share the music that I loved in 2010. Sure, I’ll tell you which one was my #1 (the one I listened to the most) but you’ll have to wait till the end. ( if you want to listen and see if I’m crazy or delusional this list is also on Listmania! on Amazon-  look and listen here–>  Listmania for My Favorite Music of 2010 ) Albums that were great and listened to a lot: Kanye West:   My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy The Black Keys: Brothers Best Coast : Crazy For You Wavves : King of The Beach Against Me! : White Crosses Grace Potter & The Nocturnals : Grace Potter & The Nocturnals Kings Of Leon : Come Around Sundown Black Rebel Motorcycle Club : Beat The Devil’s Tattoo Robyn : Body Talk (Don’t ask- but yes, I love it- since the 90s) Deftones : Diamond Eyes New Politics : New Politics Manic Bloom : In Loving Memory My Chemical Romance: Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys Tom Petty : MOJO Hole : Nobody’s Daughter Lifehouse : Smoke & Mirrors The Dead Weather : Sea Of Cowards (link to video- no embedding. Sorry- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0YI0UUazkU) So I guess it turned into a list either way, huh.  At least I didn’t rank them!  There was a lot of great music this year and a lot of great music that evidently I just didn’t get into (Mumford & Sons, Deerhunter, Arcade...

Work Out Music For People Who Hate Working Out

I need motivation.  Lots of it especially when it comes to working out/exercising or doing anything physical (mowing the yard).  Since I’m so musically ‘driven’ I figured I’d share a 40 minute playlist that really keeps me moving and pushing thru that workout!  What kind of playlists do you create?  Go ahead and share them! If you’d rather here this playlist you can hear all but 2 on this ‘listmania’ Good And Ready  by Anti-Flag (punk never hurt anyone) Lock, Step & Gone by Rancid (punk/ska whatever you want to call it.) Second Skin by The Gits (Grunge lady rock… ) Grammatizator by Rise Against (This one really pushes you when you need it!) Yeah Yeah Yeah by New Politics (just added this one- fun/good groove) Time Bomb by Hollowick (the rock rolls in) Monkey Wrench by Foo Fighters (who doesn’t have this in their rock playlist?!) Bulls On Parade by Rage Against The Machine (just when you think you are getting tired…) Lights and Sounds by Yellowcard (AAAHHHHHH!!! That’s how I feel by now) Angels of the Silence by Counting Crows (steady way to start ending this workout) Kings and Queens by 30 Seconds To Mars (edit intro out- start song @ :34.990! Paris by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (good way to end.  Promise.) I created this list on Amazon- You can preview them all in one place.  All but Grammatizator by Rise Against and Time Bomb by Hollowick.  However both of those are on iTunes!  Hopefully the iMix will be available on iTunes in the next few days as...

Rockumentaries That Rock!

The past few years I’ve been sucked in by so many documentaries.  These are my reality TV.  This really started with Netflix-  then being able to stream on the ipad and Xbox just took it to another level.   When I work I either listen to music or listen/watch documentaries.  I figured I’d start sharing the different documentaries I like, I’ll start with the ‘Rockumentary’. The Rockumentary is usually a documentary that is music focused…  it will follow the rise, fall and in between of a band or artist.   So here are some of my favorites (with a ‘Mockumnetary’ thrown into the mix)… what are yours? ***Just a warning-  many of these contain STRONG language.  Just FYI.  The links are to the actual documentary on Netflix*** I Need That Record! : Really cool doc about the disappearing record stores in the US.  Great numbers and thoughts about ‘why’. The Gits : An influential band in the early Seattle grunge days.  Life of the band was cut short when their lead singer was brutally raped and murdered. LoudQUIETloud : A film about one of my favorite bands The Pixies.  This doc goes inside their reunion tour.  Really good. It Might Get Loud : 3 influential rockers from three different times in music.  Amazing documentary.  Features Jack White, The Edge and Jimmy Page. Kurt & Courtney : A doc that looks into the death of Kurt and ultimately tries to connect Courtney Love to his ‘murder’.  Don’t really agree but it was an interesting doc. Heavy Metal in Baghdad : Documentary of a metal group who put on a sold...

Influence

I’ve had a post in draft mode for months talking about influence in music and how we create what we create—  I deleted it today.  Simple reason.  My friend Matt Stanfield said it in a few short words and nailed it.  So today.  It’s his words: Influences aren’t ideas we copy, they are concepts we assimilate. Those concepts merge and mingle, and the collective result is what sets you apart. It may even push you to do something...