Friday, April 30, 2010

Blood Covers on the Tracks (a tribute version of Bob Dylan's masterpiece Blood on the Tracks)

PopMatters is doing a terrific work in celebrating the 35th anniversary of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, one of the greatest albums of all time, one of the strongest songwriting efforts, one of the very few evidences that an artist can write great tunes even in its 15th studio album.

On Spotify, I haven't found the original work: just a couple of tracks featured in some movie soundtracks. Instead, I could play the record club game, again: cover versions are available for each track of the album. 

Maybe the result is a bit too soft. Folk troubadours and jazz singers, Jeff and Jeff, Joan and Cassandra, they all wore the slow-tempo dress: acoustic guitars, classic rock, wide breadth atmospheres, no time limits, no punk, electro or other experimentations. I hoped to find at least one thing like the Ramones' take of What a Wonderful World. I haven't.

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The Playlist
(12 tracks, 1.1 hours)

Barb Jungr – Tangled Up In Blue
Jeff Tweedy – Simple Twist Of Fate
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions – You're a Big Girl Now
Phil Pritchett – Idiot Wind
Madeleine Peyroux – You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Angel Snow – Meet Me In The Morning
Joan Baez – Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts (live)
Jeff Buckley – If You See Her, Say Hello (live)
Cassandra Wilson – Shelter From The Storm
Muddyboys – Buckets of rain

Bob Dylan – Meet Me In The Morning (from Away We Go movie soundtrack)
Bob Dylan – Buckets Of Rain (from Wonder Boys movie soundtrack)

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Charlotte Gainsbourg's Lullaby (a good night spotiplaylist from a French lady)

A sweet good night playlist, courtesy of Charlotte Gainsbourg. It's taken from Wired, where you can also read comments for each song, listen to a podcast version of it and look at the heartbreaking Jane Birkin  (Charlotte's mommy) on the cover of Serge Gainsbourg (Charlotte's daddy) masterpiece Histoire de Melody Nelson. Enjoy!

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The Playlist
(9 tracks out of 10, 90%, 32.9 minutes)

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Time Of The Assassins
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Lou Reed – Perfect Day

Bob Dylan - Sarah
Cab Calloway – Minnie The Moocher
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – Ballade De Melody Nelson
Gertrud Huber – The Harry Lime Theme
Babyshambles – Back From The Dead
Elizabeth Cotten and Brenda Evans – Shake Sugaree
T. Rex – Cosmic Dancer

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Last Optimo Waltz (a wild goodbye dance under the Scottish electro-stars)

"Founded in 1997, it's almost difficult to overstate the impact Optimo (Espacio) has had on Scottish clubland. Beginning as a Sunday night slot during an atmosphere of techno overkill, Twitch and Wilkes decided to do things their own way. Over the course of a decade or so, their painstaking yet irreverent approach to DJing would become hugely influential. Matching R&S Records to Led Zeppelin, DFA to Madonna the club has stood far ahead of the curve almost since its inception. Optimo was there as electroclash emerged, as the post-punk revival started, as nu-disco got off the ground and as UK Funky reared its head." (read more on Clash Music).

Sunday night, Optimo made their last dj show at Sub Club in Glasgow. Few days before, they published a "very, very, very long list" of the 250 most sounded and relevant tracks of their 13-years long residency: a crowdsourced list, mainly made by people's comments on Facebook. I'm not a strong nightclubber, my dancing skills don't go further than a ridiculous smells-like-teen-spirited head-moving with a beer in one hand, and I never had the pleasure to feel the air of Glasgow (except, maybe, in some B&S and Mogwai songs...). Yet, I loved this story and this list: the way it mixes disco & techno, rock & pop, Rapture & Madonna, electroclash and even some classical, it's a very varied collection. So I spotified it, finding about 65% of the songs. Good for a crazy tribute party-night, for a personal self-guide of nice djcrafting, for a drunk northern-oriented cheer, for whatever use you can make of it...  Enjoy!

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The Playlist
(163 tracks out of 250, 65,2%, 13.1 hours)

Loose Joints – Tell You (Today)
Dinosaur L – Go Bang!
Arthur Russell – This Is How We Walk On The Moon
Arthur Russell – Home Away From Home
Grace Jones – LA Vie En Rose
Divine – Native Love
Mekons – Where Were You?
Q Lazzarus – Goodbye, Horses
The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Khan – Say Goodbye
Madonna – Into The Groove
Madonna – Hung Up
Bumblebee Unlimited – Lady Bug (I Just Wanna Be Your Lady Bug)
Ram Jam – Black Betty
Chris & Cosey – Sweet Surprise
Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix)
Basic Channel – Phylyps Trak II/I
Joakim – I Wish You Were Gone
Tuxedomoon – In A Manner Of Speaking
League Unlimited Orchestra – Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Instrumental) (Remix)
Lindstrøm – I Feel Space
The Ronettes – Baby, I Love You
Karen Young – Hot Shot
Roxy Music – Virginia Plain
Prince – When Doves Cry
James White & The Blacks – Contort Yourself
James Chance & The Contortions – Contort Yourself
Alter Ego – Why Not?!
Gavin Russom – Relevee (Carl Craig Remix)
Edwin Starr – War
Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture Op.49 - Finale
The Only Ones – Another Girl Another Planet
Faze Action – Good Lovin'
The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
Max Romeo – I Chase The Devil
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream
Crème De Menthe – Plastique
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks (Falling) (Theme)
Sun Ra – Space Is The Place
Delta 5 – Mind Your Own Business
Bush Tetras – Snakes Crawl
E.S.G. – Moody
E.S.G. – UFO
E.S.G. – Dance
Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb
Shabba Ranks (feat. Chevelle Franklin) – Mr. Loverman
Jacqueline Taieb – 7 Heures du Matin
Farley Jackmaster Funk – Love Can't Turn Around
Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog remix)
The Rapture – House Of Jealous Lovers
Hercules – 7 Ways To Jack
C Cat Trance – Shake The Mind
Sons And Daughters – Dance Me In
Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots
Faze Action – In The Trees
Sean Paul – Like Glue
Sean Paul – Temperature
Joy Division – Transmission
I-F – Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass
David Bowie – Station To Station
Cristina – Is That All There Is?
The Knife – Silent Shout
Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers – Egyptian Reggae
Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
Hot Chocolate – Heaven Is In The Back Seat Of My Cadillac
Echo Park – Suicide Commando
The Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow's Parties
Frankie Knuckles – Your love
TLC – No Scrubs
Material – Bustin' Out
Herbert – Moving Like A Train (Smith N Hack Remix)
Johnny Wakelin – In Zaire
Man 2 Man – Male Stripper
Whirlpool Productions – From: Disco To: Disco
Console – 14, Zero, Zero
Vitalic – La Rock 01
Den Haan – Release The Beast
Midnight Star – Midas Touch
The Stooges – No Fun
The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog
The B-52's – Planet Claire
Beirut – Nantes
Baccara – Yes Sir, I Can Boogie
Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
Blondie – Atomic
Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds
Blondie – Shayla
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
The Rolling Stones – Under My Thumb
Human Resource – Dominator
This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren
Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause
Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
Bobby O – She Has A Way
Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Shirley & Company – Shame, Shame, Shame
Aaliyah – Try Again
Nitzer Ebb – Join The Chant
Nitzer Ebb – Murderous
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel
Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Gang Of Four – At Home He's A Tourist
Dueling Banjos – Duelling Banjos
John Murphy & David Hughes – Zorba The Greek
The Philadelphia Orchestra – The Blue Danube
Tiefschwarz – Ghostrack (Blackstrobe Remix)
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Raffaella Carrà – Black Cat
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – The Faith Healer
Hot Butter – Popcorn
H. Truman – Underwater
The Flirts – Passion (Canada Re-Mix 1991)
Liquid Liquid – Optimo
Liquid Liquid – Cavern
Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Ninos Del Parque
Amnesia – Ibiza
Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf
Boney M. – Rasputin
Sylvester – Do You Wanna Funk (Italian Boy Remix)
Desire – Don't Call
Colourbox – Baby I Love You So
Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
Nina Simone – Feeling Good
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z – Crazy In Love
Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
Banbarra – Shack Up
Ramones – Baby, I Love You
The Flirtations – Nothing But A Heartache
Foremost Poets – Moonraker
Hot Chip – Over And Over (Naum Gobo Remix)
Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song
Motörhead – Ace Of Spades
Black Sabbath – The Wizard
Sister Sledge – Lost In Music
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
The Juan Maclean – Happy House
The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby
Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life
Doctor Alimantado – Born For A Purpose
Mount Rushmore – You Better
Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus
Audion – Mouth To Mouth
The House Master Boyz & The Rude Boys Of House – House Nation
Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
The Birthday Party – Sonnys Burning
Grinderman – No Pussy Blues
Fela Kuti – Zombie
Tina Turner – Come Together
Cerrone – Supernature
Giorgio Moroder – Chase
Donna Summer – I Feel Love
Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (Holden Remix)
The Sonics – Shot Down
The Cramps – New Kind Of Kick
The White Stripes – Truth Doesn't Make A Noise
Question Mark & The Mysterians – 96 Tears
D.A.F. – Der Mussolini
(for the complete Optimo 250 list, go here)

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Spin's 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years

Do you think that Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list is too much vintage-oriented? Would you like an albums chart more related to recent music? Here it is. To celebrate its first 25 years, Spin just ranked the 125 "most influential releases since the magazine's beginning in 1985". And, to my great surprise, they crowned my favourite album ever, U2's Achtung Baby, as #1. You can find the whole chart here, while you can listen to most of its albums, below, in Spotify playlists. I made two of them: the first one features full albums, while the second one is slimmer, with only some songs each album (two songs for 101-125 positioned albums, three for 76-100, four for 51-75, five for 26-50, six for 1-25). Enjoy!

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The Playlists 
(103 albums of 125, 82.4%)

125. Moby – Play
124. Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves
123. The Hives – Veni, Vidi, Vicious
122. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
121. Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R
120. Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III
119. Green Day – American Idiot
118. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It's Blitz!
117. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
116. Against Me! – New Wave
115. OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
114. Animal Collective – Merryweather Post Pavilion
113. Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
112. Interpol - Turn On the Bright Lights
111. Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
110. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
109. The Chills – Submarine Bells
108. Fugees - The Score
107. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood To The Head
106. Fiona Apple – When the Pawn Hits...
105. Massive Attack – Mezzanine
104. The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
103. M.I.A. - Arular
102. Queen Latifah - All Hail the Queen
101. Blur – Parklife
100. Kanye West – Late Registration
99. PJ Harvey – Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
98. Johnny Cash – American Recordings
97. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
96. The Roots - Things Fall Apart
95. Soundgarden – Superunknown
94. Jane's Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual
93. The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
92. Jay-Z - The Black Album
91. The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
90. Elliott Smith – XO
89. Basement Jaxx – Remedy
88. Jeff Buckley – Grace
87. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
86. TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain
85. Missy Elliott - Supa Dupa Fly
84. LL Cool J – Radio
83. Steve Earle – Guitar Town
82. Dr.Dre - The Chronic
81. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
80. The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
79. The Breeders – Last Splash
78. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
77. Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded
76. OutKast – Aquemini
75. Bjork - Post
74. Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
73. The Pogues – Rum, Sodomy & the Lash
72. Lucinda Williams - Lucinda Williams
71. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
70. Pearl Jam – Ten
69. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
68. Raekwon - Only Built 4 Cuban Lynx...
67. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

66. Arcade Fire - Funeral
65. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
64. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
63. R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction
62. U2 - The Joshua Tree 
61. The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream 
60. Fugazi - 13 Songs
59. Belle and Sebastian – If You're Feeling Sinister
58. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing...
57. The White Stripes – Elephant
56. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
55. Hole - Live Through This
54. Dinosaur Jr. – You're Living All Over Me (not available anymore!)
53. The Cure - The Head on the Door
52. Kanye West – The College Dropout
51. Rage Against The Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles
50. Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
49. D'Angelo – Voodoo
48. Elliott Smith – Either/Or
47. Portishead – Dummy
46. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
45. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
44. Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill
43. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
42. Green Day – Dookie
41. Pulp – Different Class
40. Tricky – Maxinquaye
39. Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
38. RUN-DMC – Raising Hell
37. Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
36. Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy
35. R.E.M. – Automatic For the People 
34. Beck – Odelay
33. Björk – Debut
32. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers)
31. Massive Attack – Blue Lines
30. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
29. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (full album not available anymore)
28. Radiohead – The Bends
27. Nirvana – In Utero
26. Guided by Voices – Bee Thousand
25. Nas – Illmatic 
24. Metallica - Master of Puppets
23. Daft Punk – Discovery
22. Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full
21. Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
20. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
19. Jay-Z – The Blueprint
18. The Strokes – Is This It
17. De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
16. Pixies – Doolittle 
15. Husker Du - New Day Rising
14. Beastie Boys – Paul's Boutique
13. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation 
12. OutKast – Stankonia
11. The Replacements – Tim
10. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
9. Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
8. PJ Harvey – Rid Of Me
7. Guns N' Roses – Appetite For Destruction
6. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
5. Radiohead – Ok Computer
4. Nirvana - Nevermind
3. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
2. Prince - Sign O' the Times

1. U2 - Achtung Baby

The Big One (full albums, 1536 tracks, about 4 days)
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The Little One (few songs per album, 414 tracks, about 1 day)
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Time to exaggerate. First Spotirama post was dedicated to the spotifization of  Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Now it's time to do the same with the 500 Greatest Albums, a chart published by Rolling Stone on the november 2003 issue and re-published online in a rather user-unfriendly shape after the recent restyling of magazine's website. Unfortunately, many of the best albums are not available on Spotify: Beatles, Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Smiths, Ac/Dc, the usual suspects... Btw, the playlist is definitely huge: more than 5500 tracks! And I devilishly decided to make it even huger, selecting deluxe editions of the albums. :o) 

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The Playlist
(374 albums out of 500, 74,8%, 5512 tracks, 2.1 weeks)

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
3. Revolver, The Beatles
4. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
5. Rubber Soul, The Beatles
6. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye
7. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones
8. London Calling, The Clash
9. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan
10. The Beatles ("The White Album"), The Beatles
11. The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley
12. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
13. Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground
14. Abbey Road, The Beatles
15. Are You Experienced?, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
16. Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan
17. Nevermind, Nirvana
18. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
19. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison
20. Thriller, Michael Jackson
21. The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry
22. Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon
23. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
24. Live at the Apollo (1963), James Brown
25. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
26. The Joshua Tree, U2
27. King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1, Robert Johnson
28. Who's Next, The Who
29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
30. Blue, Joni Mitchell
31. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan
32. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones
33. Ramones, Ramones
34. Music From Big Pink, The Band
35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie
36. Tapestry, Carole King
37. Hotel California, The Eagles
38. The Anthology, 1947 - 1972, Muddy Waters
39. Please Please Me, The Beatles
40. Forever Changes, Love
41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols
42. The Doors, The Doors
43. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
44. Horses, Patti Smith
45. The Band, The Band
46. Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers
47. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane
48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy
49. At Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers Band
50. Here's Little Richard, Little Richard
51. Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Simon and Garfunkel
52. Greatest Hits, Al Green
53. The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings, 1952 - 1959, Ray Charles
54. Electric Ladyland, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55. Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley
56. Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
57. Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones
58. Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
59. Meet the Beatles, The Beatles
60. Greatest Hits, Sly and the Family Stone
61. Appetite for Destruction, Guns n' Roses
62. Achtung Baby, U2
63. Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones
64. Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958 - 1969), Various Artists
65. Moondance, Van Morrison
66. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin
67. The Stranger, Billy Joel
68. Off the Wall, Michael Jackson
69. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
70. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin
71. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young
72. Purple Rain, Prince
73. Back in Black, AC/DC
74. Otis Blue, Otis Redding
75. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin
76. Imagine, John Lennon
77. The Clash, The Clash
78. Harvest, Neil Young
79. Star Time, James Brown
80. Odessey and Oracle, The Zombies
81. Graceland, Paul Simon
82. Axis: Bold as Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
83. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin
84. Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin
85. Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen
86. Let It Be, The Beatles
87. The Wall, Pink Floyd
88. At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash
89. Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield
90. Talking Book, Stevie Wonder
91. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
92. 20 Golden Greats, Buddy Holly
93. Sign 'o' the Times, Prince
94. Bitches Brew, Miles Davis
95. Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival
96. Tommy, The Who
97. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan
98. This Year's Model, Elvis Costello
99. There's a Riot Goin' On, Sly and the Family Stone
100. In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra
101. Fresh Cream, Cream
102. Giant Steps, John Coltrane
103. Sweet Baby James, James Taylor
104. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Ray Charles
105. Rocket to Russia, Ramones
106. Portrait of a Legend 1951 - 1964, Sam Cooke
107. Hunky Dory, David Bowie
108. Aftermath, The Rolling Stones
109. Loaded, The Velvet Underground
110. The Bends, Radiohead
111. Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell
112. Disraeli Gears, Cream
113. The Who Sell Out, The Who
114. Out of Our Heads, The Rolling Stones
115. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek and the Dominos
116. At Last, Etta James
117. Sweetheart of the Rodeo, The Byrds
118. Stand!, Sly and the Family Stone
119. The Harder They Come Original Soundtrack, Various Artists
120. Raising Hell, Run-DMC
121. Moby Grape, Moby Grape
122. Pearl, Big Brother & the Holding Company
123. Catch a Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers
124. Younger Than Yesterday, The Byrds
125. Raw Power, The Stooges
126. Remain in Light, Talking Heads
127. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, The Mamas and the Papas
128. Marquee Moon, Television
129. 40 Greatest Hits, Hank Williams
130. Paranoid, Black Sabbath
131. Saturday Night Fever Original Soundtrack, Various Artists
132. The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen
133. Ready to Die, The Notorious B.I.G.
134. Slanted and Enchanted, Pavement
135. Greatest Hits, Elton John
136. Tim, The Replacements
137. The Chronic, Dr. Dre
138. Rejuvenation, The Meters
139. All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2
140. Parallel Lines, Blondie
141. Live at the Regal, B.B. King
142. Phil Spector, A Christmas Gift for You, Various Artists
143. Gris-Gris, Dr. John
144. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A
145. Aja, Steely Dan
146. Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane
147. Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology, Otis Redding
148. Deja Vu, Crosby Stills Nash and Young
149. Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin
150. Santana, Santana
151. Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen
152. The B-52's, The B-52's
153. Moanin' in the Moonlight, Howlin' Wolf
154. The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest
155. Pretenders, The Pretenders
156. Paul's Boutique, Beastie Boys
157. Closer, Joy Division
158. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Elton John
159. Alive, Kiss
160. Electric Warrior, T. Rex
161. The Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
162. OK Computer, Radiohead
163. 1999, Prince
164. Heart Like a Wheel, Linda Ronstadt
165. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
166. Imperial Bedroom, Elvis Costello
167. Master of Puppets, Metallica
168. My Aim Is True, Elvis Costello
169. Exodus, Bob Marley
170. Live at Leeds, The Who
171. The Notorious Byrd Brothers, The Byrds
172. Every Picture Tells a Story, Rod Stewart
173. Something/Anything?, Todd Rundgren
174. Desire, Bob Dylan
175. Close to You, The Carpenters
176. Rocks, Aerosmith
177. One Nation Under a Groove, Parliament/Funkadelic
178. Greatest Hits, The Byrds
179. The Anthology 1961 - 1977, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
180. The Definitive Collection, Abba
181. The Rolling Stones, Now!, The Rolling Stones
182. Natty Dread, Bob Marley and the Wailers
183. Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac
184. Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson
185. The Stooges, The Stooges
186. Fresh, Sly and the Family Stone
187. So, Peter Gabriel
188. Buffalo Springfield Again, Buffalo Springfield
189. Happy Trails, Quicksilver Messenger Service
190. From Elvis in Memphis, Elvis Presley
191. Funhouse, The Stooges
192. The Gilded Palace of Sin, The Flying Burrito Brothers
193. Dookie, Green Day
194. Transformer, Lou Reed
195. Bluesbreakers, John Mayall With Eric Clapton
196. Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965 - 1968, Various Artists
197. Murmur, R.E.M.
198. The Best of, Little Walter
199. Highway to Hell, AC/DC
200. The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails
201. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Simon and Garfunkel
202. Bad, Michael Jackson
203. Wheels of Fire, Cream
204. Dirty Mind, Prince
205. Abraxas, Santana
206. Tea for the Tillerman, Cat Stevens
207. Ten, Pearl Jam
208. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young With Crazy Horse
209. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
210. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, Pavement
211. Tattoo You, The Rolling Stones
212. Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner, Ike and Tina Turner
213. New York Dolls, New York Dolls
214. Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
215. Two Steps From the Blues, Bobby Bland
216. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths
217. Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys
218. Look-Ka Py Py, The Meters
219. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine
220. New Orleans Piano, Professor Longhair
221. War, U2
222. The Neil Diamond Collection, Neil Diamond
223. Howlin' Wolf, Howlin' Wolf
224. Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen
225. The Complete Hank Williams, Hank Williams
226. Doolittle, Pixies
227. Paid in Full, Eric B. and Rakim
228. Toys in the Attic, Aerosmith
229. Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt
230. A Night at the Opera, Queen
231. The Kink Kronikles, The Kinks
232. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds
233. Bookends, Simon and Garfunkel
234. The Ultimate Collection, Patsy Cline
235. Mr. Excitement!, Jackie Wilson
236. The Who Sings My Generation, The Who
237. Like a Prayer, Madonna
238. Can't Buy a Thrill, Steely Dan
239. Let It Be, The Replacements
240. Run-DMC, Run-DMC
241. Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath
242. The Jerry Lee Lewis Anthology: All Killer No Filler!, Jerry Lee Lewis
243. Freak Out!, The Mothers of Invention
244. Live Dead, Grateful Dead
245. Bryter Layter, Nick Drake
246. The Shape of Jazz to Come, Ornette Coleman
247. Automatic for the People, R.E.M.
248. Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z
249. Low, David Bowie
250. The River, Bruce Springsteen
251. The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul, Otis Redding
252. Metallica, Metallica
253. Trans-Europe Express, Kraftwerk
254. Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston
255. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, The Kinks
256. The Velvet Rope, Janet Jackson
257. Stardust, Willie Nelson
258. American Beauty, Grateful Dead
259. Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills and Nash
260. Buena Vista Social Club , Buena Vista Social Club
261. Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman
262. Workingman's Dead, Grateful Dead
263. The Genius of Ray Charles, Ray Charles
264. Child Is Father to the Man, Blood, Sweat and Tears
265. Cosmo's Factory, Creedence Clearwater Revival
266. Quadrophenia, The Who
267. There Goes Rhymin' Simon, Paul Simon
268. Psycho Candy, The Jesus and Mary Chain
269. Some Girls, The Rolling Stones
270. The Beach Boys Today!, The Beach Boys
271. Going to a Go-Go, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
272. Nightbirds, Labelle
273. The Slim Shady LP, Eminem
274. Mothership Connection, Parliament
275. Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson
276. Anthology of American Folk Music, Harry Smith, ed.
277. Aladdin Sane, David Bowie
278. The Immaculate Collection, Madonna
279. My Life, Mary J. Blige
280. Folk Singer, Muddy Waters
281. Can't Get Enough, Barry White
282. The Cars, The Cars
283. Five Leaves Left, Nick Drake
284. Music of My Mind, Stevie Wonder
285. I'm Still in Love With You, Al Green
286. Los Angeles, X
287. Anthem of the Sun, Grateful Dead
288. Something Else by the Kinks, The Kinks
289. Call Me, Al Green
290. Talking Heads: 77, Talking Heads
291. The Basement Tapes, Bob Dylan and the Band
292. White Light / White Heat, The Velvet Underground
293. Greatest Hits, Simon and Garfunkel
294. Kick Out the Jams, MC5
295. Meat Is Murder, The Smiths
296. We're Only In It For the Money, The Mothers of Invention
297. Weezer (Blue Album), Weezer
298. Master of Reality, Black Sabbath
299. Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton
300. Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy
301. John Wesley Harding, Bob Dylan
302. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
303. Grace, Jeff Buckley
304. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams
305. Odelay, Beck
306. Songs for Swingin' Lovers, Frank Sinatra
307. Avalon, Roxy Music
308. The Sun Records Collection, Various Artists
309. Nothing's Shocking, Jane's Addiction
310. BloodSugarSexMagik, Red Hot Chili Peppers
311. MTV Unplugged in New York, Nirvana
312. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill
313. Damn the Torpedoes, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
314. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
315. Surfer Rosa, Pixies
316. Rock Steady, No Doubt
317. The Eminem Show, Eminem
318. Back Stabbers, The O'Jays
319. Burnin', Bob Marley and the Wailers
320. Pink Moon, Nick Drake
321. Sail Away, Randy Newman
322. Ghost in the Machine, The Police
323. Station to Station, David Bowie
324. The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt, Linda Ronstadt
325. Slowhand, Eric Clapton
326. Disintegration, The Cure
327. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette
328. Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair
329. Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth
330. In the Jungle Groove, James Brown
331. Tonight's the Night, Neil Young
332. Help!, The Beatles
333. Shoot Out the Lights, Richard and Linda Thompson
334. Wild Gift, X
335. Squeezing Out Sparks, Graham Parker
336. Superunknown, Soundgarden
337. Aqualung, Jethro Tull
338. Cheap Thrills, Big Brother and the Holding Company
339. The Heart of Saturday Night, Tom Waits
340. Damaged, Black Flag
341. Play, Moby
342. Violator, Depeche Mode
343. Bat Out of Hell, Meat Loaf
344. Berlin, Lou Reed
345. Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads
346. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul
347. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd
348. At Newport 1960, Muddy Waters
349. Roger the Engineer (a.k.a. Over Under Sideways Down), The Yardbirds
350. Rust Never Sleeps, Neil Young and Crazy Horse
351. Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits
352. 52nd Street, Billy Joel
353. Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds, The Yardbirds
354. 12 Songs, Randy Newman
355. Between the Buttons, The Rolling Stones
356. Sketches of Spain, Miles Davis
357. Honky Chateau, Elton John
358. Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks
359. Stankonia, Outkast
360. Siamese Dream, The Smashing Pumpkins
361. Substance, New Order
362. L.A. Woman, The Doors
363. Ray of Light, Madonna
364. American Recordings, Johnny Cash
365. Louder Than Bombs, The Smiths
366. Mott, Mott the Hoople
367. Is This It, The Strokes
368. Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
369. Reggatta de Blanc, The Police
370. Volunteers, Jefferson Airplane
371. Siren, Roxy Music
372. Late for the Sky, Jackson Browne
373. Post, Bjork
374. The Eagles, The Eagles
375. The Ultimate Collection (1948 - 1990), John Lee Hooker
376. (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis
377. CrazySexyCool, TLC
378. Funky Kingston, Toots and the Maytals
379. Greetings from Asbury Park, Bruce Springsteen
380. Sunflower, The Beach Boys
381. Modern Lovers, Modern Lovers
382. More Songs About Buildings and Food, Talking Heads
383. A Quick One (Happy Jack), The Who
384. Pyromania, Def Leppard
385. Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan
386. Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Wu-Tang Clan
387. Country Life, Roxy Music
388. A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles
389. The End of the Innocence, Don Henley
390. Elephant, The White Stripes
391. The Pretender, Jackson Browne
392. Willy and the Poor Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival
393. Good Old Boys, Randy Newman
394. For Your Pleasure, Roxy Music
395. Blue Lines, Massive Attack
396. Eliminator, ZZ Top
397. Rain Dogs, Tom Waits
398. Anthology, The Temptations
399. Californication, Red Hot Chili Peppers
400. Illmatic, Nas
401. (Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd), Lynyrd Skynyrd
402. Dr. John's Gumbo, Dr. John
403. Radio City, Big Star
404. Sandinista!, The Clash
405. Rid of Me, PJ Harvey
406. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, Sinead O' Connor
407. Strange Days, The Doors
408. Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan
409. 461 Ocean Boulevard, Eric Clapton
410. Pink Flag, Wire
411. Double Nickels on the Dime, Minutemen
412. Mezzanine, Massive Attack
413. Beauty and the Beat, Go-Go's
414. Greatest Hits, James Brown
415. Van Halen , Van Halen
416. Mule Variations, Tom Waits
417. Boy, U2
418. Band on the Run, Wings
419. Dummy, Portishead
420. With the Beatles, The Beatles
421. The "Chirping" Crickets, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
422. The Best of the Girl Groups, Volumes 1 and 2 , Various Artists
423. Greatest Hits, The Mamas and the Papas
424. King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 2, Robert Johnson
425. Changesone, David Bowie
426. The Battle of Los Angeles, Rage Against the Machine
427. Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, The Ronettes
428. Kid A, Radiohead
429. Grievous Angel, Gram Parsons
430. At Budokan, Cheap Trick
431. Anthology, Diana Ross and the Supremes
432. Sleepless, Peter Wolf
433. Another Green World, Brian Eno
434. Outlandos D'Amour, The Police
435. To Bring You My Love, PJ Harvey
436. Here Come the Warm Jets, Brian Eno
437. All Things Must Pass, George Harrison
438. #1 Record, Big Star
439. In Utero, Nirvana
440. Sea Change, Beck
441. Tragic Kingdom, No Doubt
442. Boys Don't Cry, The Cure
443. Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, Sam Cooke
444. Criminal Minded, Boogie Down Productions
445. Rum Sodomy and the Lash, The Pogues
446. Suicide, Suicide
447. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Devo
448. In Color, Cheap Trick
449. The World Is a Ghetto, War
450. Fly Like an Eagle, Steve Miller Band
451. Back in the USA, MC5
452. Music, Madonna
453. Ritual de lo Habitual, Jane's Addiction
454. Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim
455. Synchronicity, The Police
456. Third/Sister Lovers, Big Star
457. For Everyman, Jackson Browne
458. John Prine, John Prine
459. Strictly Business, EPMD
460. Love It to Death, Alice Cooper
461. How Will the Wolf Survive?, Los Lobos
462. Here, My Dear, Marvin Gaye
463. Tumbleweed Connection, Elton John
464. The Blueprint, Jay-Z
465. Golden Hits, The Drifters
466. Live Through This, Hole
467. Love and Theft, Bob Dylan
468. Elton John, Elton John
469. Metal Box, Public Image Ltd.
470. Document, R.E.M.
471. Heaven Up Here, Echo and the Bunnymen
472. Hysteria, Def Leppard
473. A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay
474. Live in Europe, Otis Redding
475. Tunnel of Love, Bruce Springsteen
476. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
477. The Score, Fugees
478. Radio, LL Cool J
479. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight, Richard and Linda Thompson
480. Faith, George Michael
481. The Smiths, The Smiths
482. Armed Forces, Elvis Costello and the Attractions
483. Life After Death, The Notorious B.I.G.
484. Branded Man, Merle Haggard
485. All Time Greatest Hits, Loretta Lynn
486. Maggot Brain, Funkadelic
487. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, The Smashing Pumpkins
488. Voodoo, D'Angelo
489. Guitar Town, Steve Earle
490. Entertainment!, Gang of Four
491. All the Young Dudes, Mott the Hoople
492. Vitalogy, Pearl Jam
493. That's the Way of the World, Earth, Wind and Fire
494. She's So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper
495. New Day Rising, Husker Du
496. Destroyer, Kiss
497. Yo! Bum Rush the Show, Public Enemy
498. Tres Hombres, ZZ Top
499. Born Under a Bad Sign, Albert King
500. Touch, Eurythmics

(achtung: in the spotiplaylist, albums appear in countdown order, from #500 to #1)
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Paste's The 80 Best Workout Songs (a Spotify collection that will help you accomplish the hardest mission ever: exercise)

Need some songs to jog with? Are you a beer-loving guy starting to feel the weight of your homerish silhouette? Or a sweet lady who just failed the "prova costume"? ("swimming suit test", one of the most feared spring nightmares for italian girls). Well, Music Radar got a useful gift for you: a list of 80 workout songs. I found 74 of them on Spotify, that I collected in one playlist, approved by the WWAAA (World  Wide Association of Amateurial Athletes, I founded it yesterday). All the music that's fitness to listen to. Enjoy!

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The Playlist
(74 tracks out of 80, 92,5%, 4.4 hours)

Scatman John – Scatmambo
Mute Math – Typical

The Call - Let the Day Begin
Refused – New Noise
The Black Crowes – Go Faster
Jem – They
Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank
TV on the Radio – Dancing Choose

The Muffs - Agony
Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
The Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
Devo – Whip It
The National – Apartment Story
Vampire Weekend – A-Punk
Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
Sigur Ros – Inní mér syngur vitleysingur
Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move
OutKast – Rosa Parks
Joe Strummer – Coma Girl
Constantines – Hard Feelings
Beyoncé – Get Me Bodied

Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up
The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go

Janelle Monaé featuring Big Boi - Tightrope
Delta Spirit – Trashcan
Switchfoot – The Sound [John M. Perkins' Blues]
Fischerspooner – Happy
Liars – Plaster Casts Of Everything
Lupe Fiasco – Go Go Gadget Flow
Basement Jaxx – Good Luck (feat. Lisa Kekaula)
White Rabbits – Percussion Gun
Bloc Party – Helicopter
OK Go – Here It Goes Again

Crystal Method - Busy Child
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Rage Against The Machine – Renegades Of Funk
Eagles Of Death Metal – Don't Speak
Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies
Electric Six – Dance Commander
Blackalicious – Chemical Calisthenics
Thunderheist – Jerk It
Phoenix – Lisztomania
Talking Heads – Thank You For Sending Me An Angel
Method Man – Bring The Pain
Beck – Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Spoon – I Turn My Camera On
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
Black Kids – I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
Cake – The Distance
Muse – Uprising
The Fratellis – Flathead
The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer

Girl Talk - Here's the Things
Beastie Boys – Sabotage
Ramones – Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
Ida Maria – Oh My God
Metric – Monster Hospital
Elvis Costello – Radio, Radio
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – In This Home On Ice
Lyrics Born – Callin' Out
The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
Cut Copy – Lights & Music
Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
Pixies – Debaser
The Pink Spiders – Busy Signals
Wilco – I'm a Wheel
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Quiet Little Voices
U2 – Elevation
Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Passion Pit – Little Secrets
Andrew W.K. – Party Til You Puke
James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thing
Gnarls Barkley – Run [I'm A Natural Disaster]

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Music Radar A-Z of Ska

Hey dude boys, it's Kingston time.
Music Radar organized an alphabetic voyage in skaville. It's a A to Z feature, with pictures, video-links, trivia, stories and much more. You can read it here. And while reading it, as usual, take a listen to this playlist. Since Music Radar developed its trip in a double-way (each letter two songs/artists/ideas), I did the same, with 26 songs in side A and 26 more in side B. Most of time, I found the tracks selected by Music Radar. Sometimes I had to work with a bit of fantasy (which song to choose for Dr.Martens or Kingston town or skanking dance?). Anyway, the beardful and skaless last band, is not a choice of mine. They wanted it: "ZZ Top! Okay, this is a bit tenuous but finding another ska related ‘Z’ was a tough call. So, here goes… Billy Gibbons of the ‘Top is a big fan of 2 Tone band The Selecter. Fact".
Madness, Specials, Wailers, Skatalites, Desmond Dekker, Judge Dread. Almost everybody is here. Enjoy the party! 

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The Playlist
(52 tracks, 2.8 hours)

Side A
A: Judge Dread – Al Capone
B: Laurel Aiken – Boogie Rock
C: Horace Andy – Skylarking
D: Max Romeo – I Chase The Devil
E: Millie – My Boy Lollipop
F: The Selecter – On My Radio
G: Special AKA – Gangsters
H: Jackie Mittoo – Big Bad Organ
I: Desmond Dekker – Israelites
J: Special AKA – Nelson Mandela
K: King Tubby – Original Dub
L: Harry J Allstars – Liquidator
M: Madness – Forever Young
N: The Selecter – Three Minute Hero
O: Operation Ivy – Sound System
P: The Pioneers – Long Shot Kick De Bucket
Q: The Who – The Real Me
R: The Specials – Doesn't Make It Alright
S: Madness – Swan Lake (live)
T: Tommy McCook & The Skatalites – Silver Dollar
U: The Upsetters – Return Of Django
V: Alton Ellis – Breaking Up
W: Bob Marley & The Wailers – Simmer Down
X: Judge Dread – Big Six
Y: Bob & Marcia – To Be Young, Gifted & Black

Z:Mr. Symarip – The Skinheads Dem A Come

Side B
A: The Aggrolites – Reggae Hit L.A.
B: The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
C: Folks Bros – Oh Carolina
D: Bad Manners - Mambo/Ska n.8
E: The Specials – A Message To You Rudy

F: Madness – Night Boat To Cairo
G: The Skatalites – Guns of Navarone
H: Rancid – Hooligans
I: Lord Tanamo with Dr. Ring-Ding & The Senior Allstars – In the Mood For Ska
J: Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rude Boys Back In Town
K: UB40 – Kingston Town
L: The Upsetters – Soul Rebel (Version 4)
M: Toots & The Maytals – Monkey Man - Original
N: The Specials & Rico – Nite Klub
O: The Bedrocks – Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
P: The Silencers – Policeman
Q: Junior Murvin – Police & Thieves
R: Jeremy Oates & The Music Makers – Sunshine Reggae
S: Ernest Ranglin – Easy Skanking
T: Transplants – Diamonds And Guns
U: The Untouchables – Free Yourself
V: Val Bennet – Val Is Back

W: Max Romeo – Wet Dream
X: Damon Brown – Christmas Ska
Y: Toots & The Maytals – You Make Me Feel The Way I Do
Z: ZZ Top – Viva Las Vegas

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

11-22-33: Eels

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One of the greatest dilemmas in musical exploration is how to start listening to a new band or artist. "New" meaning "that you don't know, that you listen to for the first time". For example, how to start with Bob Dylan? With the Beatles? With U2? With Radiohead? With Arcade Fire? If you're lucky, you have a good friend telling you which is the best album or providing you the perfect mixtape. Sometimes, you can use the "official greatest hits" way, hoping to find a good anthology, not too much old, not too commercially biased, possibly unique (from which Rolling Stones greatest hits is better to start?).

In the digital age, I often prefer using the power of community recommendations. The power of numbers. It's not poetical, not magical, maybe even not musical. But it works, especially when I need just a little bite, in order to decide if going on with the big meal or moving to something else. charts can be very helpful. Each artist has her/his own page, with song charts based on the scrobbling of hundreds, thousands, sometimes even millions of fans. It's a kind of community-driven living greatest hits, daily updated.

11-22-33 is a new Spotirama feature that will follow this idea, giving you a possible first approach to acts you don't know, through the community recommendations. Some simple rules:
- tracks are in descending order, starting from the #1
- tracks are taken from the "last six months chart" (I think it's a more reliable source than the "last week" one).
- you'll find three different playlist, according to the time you have to spend, the depth you wanna get, the kilometers you wanna run while jogging with the iPod Touch*... (mammoth=33 songs, regular=22 songs, lite=11 songs)
- I don't like the idea of a greatest hits playlist full of songs from just one or two albums; I prefer to get a more varied idea of all the artist's career. So, as I already do in The 69, I put some limits: no more than five (mammoth), four (regular) or three (lite) songs from each album. This means 11-22-33 playlists are meant for long-running artists.
- Why the number 11 and its multiples? No philosophical reasons. I like football and we're getting closer to the South Africa World Cup. :o)

First 11-22-33 playlists are about Eels. Not only good for starters. I used the lite one as a soundtrack while reading an interview with Mark Oliver Everett on Mojo and it worked pretty well.


* Advice: Eels are not fit for jogging.

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The Playlists
(source: Eels charts)

Lite (11 tracks, 34.9 minutes)

Novocaine For The Soul (from album Beautiful Freak)
Fresh Feeling (Souljacker)
My Beloved Monster (Beautiful Freak)
Susan's House (Beautiful Freak)
I Like Birds (Daisies of the Galaxy)
I Need Some Sleep (Shrek 2 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
That Look You Give That Guy (Hombre Lobo)
Flyswatter (Daisies of the Galaxy)
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues (Daisies of the Galaxy)
Gone Man (End Times)
The Beginning (End Times)

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Regular (22 tracks, 1.2 hours)

Novocaine For The Soul (from album Beautiful Freak)
Fresh Feeling (Souljacker)
My Beloved Monster (Beautiful Freak)
Susan's House (Beautiful Freak)
I Like Birds (Daisies of the Galaxy)
I Need Some Sleep (Shrek 2 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
That Look You Give That Guy (Hombre Lobo)
Flyswatter (Daisies of the Galaxy)
Your Lucky Day In Hell (Beautiful Freak)
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues (Daisies of the Galaxy)
Gone Man (End Times)
The Beginning (End Times)
Saturday Morning (Shootenanny!)
A Line In The Dirt (End Times)
Last Stop: This Town (Electro-Shock Blues)
Mansions Of Los Feliz (End Times)
Fresh Blood (Hombre Lobo)
Love Of The Loveless (Shootenanny!)
It's A Motherfucker (Daisies of the Galaxy)
Hey Man (Now You're Really Living) (Blinking Lights and Other Revelations)
In My Dreams (Hombre Lobo)
My Timing Is Off (Hombre Lobo)

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Mammoth (33 tracks, 1.9 hours)

Novocaine For The Soul (from album Beautiful Freak)
Fresh Feeling (Souljacker)
My Beloved Monster (Beautiful Freak)
Susan's House (Beautiful Freak)
I Like Birds (Daisies of the Galaxy)
I Need Some Sleep (Shrek 2 - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
That Look You Give That Guy (Hombre Lobo)
Flyswatter (Daisies of the Galaxy)
Your Lucky Day In Hell (Beautiful Freak)
Mr. E's Beautiful Blues (Daisies of the Galaxy)
Beautiful Freak (Beautiful Freak)
Gone Man (End Times)
The Beginning (End Times)
Saturday Morning (Shootenanny!)
A Line In The Dirt (End Times)
Last Stop: This Town (Electro-Shock Blues)
Mansions Of Los Feliz (End Times)
In My Younger Days (End Times)
Fresh Blood (Hombre Lobo)
Love Of The Loveless (Shootenanny!)
It's A Motherfucker (Daisies of the Galaxy)
Hey Man (Now You're Really Living) (Blinking Lights and Other Revelations)
In My Dreams (Hombre Lobo)
My Timing Is Off (Hombre Lobo)
Prizefighter (Hombre Lobo)
Trouble With Dreams (Blinking Lights and Other Revelations)
3 Speed (Electro-Shock Blues)
The Sound Of Fear (Daisies of the Galaxy)
That's Not Really Funny (Souljacker)
Cancer For The Cure (Electro-Shock Blues)
Losing Streak (Blinking Lights and Other Revelations)
Railroad Man (Blinking Lights and Other Revelations)
I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart (Blinking Lights and Other Revelations)

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