Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Q Best 50 Albums of 2011


In praise of diversity. Earlier this day I published the Spotify version of Paste Top 50 Albums of 2011. Now it's time to reply with the list compiled by British magazine Q. And, at first count, it seems only eleven albums are in both lists (those by James Blake, Feist, tUnE-yArDs, Radiohead, Gillian Welch, Lykke Li, Real Estate, Kurt Vile, St. Vincent, Bon Iver and Adele). While Paste crowned Bon Iver, Q gives its preference to Florence + The Machine. And it's a little more mainstream, with Lady Gaga and Coldplay (at #5? Cover oblige?). Enjoy!


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Q BEST 50 ALBUMS OF 2011
Source:
Stereogum
Albums available on Spotify: 46/50 (92%)

50. Justice – Audio, Video, Disco
49. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra.
48. Noah And The Whale – Last Night On Earth
47. Mastodon – The Hunter
46. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
45. Miles Kane – The Colour Of The Trap
44. Death In Vegas – Trans-Love Energies
43. King Creosote – Diamond Mine
42. Josh T. Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
41. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
40. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
39. James Blake – James Blake
38. Feist – Metals
37. Washed Out – Within And Without
36. Katy B – On A Mission
35. Cass McCombs – Humour Risk
34. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
33. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
32. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
31. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two
30. Lady Gaga - Born This Way
29. Kasabian – Velociraptor
28. Gillian Welch – The Harrows And The Harvest
27. Ed Sheeran – +
26. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
25. Wild Beasts – Smother
24. Real Estate – Days
23. Björk – Biophilia
22. White Lies – Ritual
21. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
20. The Weeknd – Thursday
19. Cass McCombs – Wit’s End
18. Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
17. Metronomy – The English Riviera
16. Kurt Vile – Smoke Rings For My Halo
15. Baxter Dury – Happy Soup
14. The Weeknd – House Of Balloons
13. Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind Of Fix
12. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
11. The Horrors – Skying
10. Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys
09. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
08. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
07. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
06. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
05. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
04. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
03. Adele – 21 (just 4 songs available)
02. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
01. Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials

Listen to it on Spotify:
lite (3 tracks each album):
HTTP, URI. (SR0760)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0761)

EOY 2011:
Top 50 Albums of 2011 (The Fly)
Top 50 Albums of 2011 (Paste)
Top 50 Albums of 2011 (Q)

Paste's The 50 Best Albums of 2011


Are you ready for the end-of-the-year bonanza? Let's start with Paste Magazine's 50 Best Albums of 2011. America rules with Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and My Morning Jacket. Quite incredibly, no sign of PJ Harvey (who, I guess, will dominate many charts...). Enjoy!


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PASTE's THE 50 BEST ALBUMS OF 2011
Source: Paste
Albums available on Spotify: 47/50 (94%)

50. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones
49. Mates Of State – Mountaintops
48. Drake – Take Care
47. Real Estate – Days
46. Holy Ghost! – Holy Ghost!
45. Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
44. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
43. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
42. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
41. James Blake – James Blake
40. Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain, In The Cloud
39. Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest
38. Over The Rhine – The Long Surrender
37. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
36. Mister Heavenly – Out Of Love
35. Childish Gambino – Camp
34. Seryn – This Is Where We Are
33. The Head And The Heart – The Head And The Heart
32. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
31. Telekinesis – 12 Desperate Straight Lines
30. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
29. Feist – Metals
28. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
27. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
26. The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh
25. The Antlers – Burst Apart
24. TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
23. The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade
22. The Black Keys – El Camino
21. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
20. Beirut – The Rip Tide
19. Cults – Cults
18. Wye Oak – Civilian
17. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
16. Yuck – Yuck
15. Deer Tick – Divine Providence
14. Adele – 21 (just 4 songs available)
13. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
12. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
11. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
10. The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
09. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
08. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
07. Wilco – The Whole Love
06. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World
05. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
04. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
03. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
02. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
01. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Listen to it on Spotify:
lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0758)
mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0759)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Abbey Road 80 (a Spotify tribute to the 80th anniversary of the legendary studios)



Just while EMI is getting split and sold to Universal and Sony, there's a special birthday to celebrate: today, 12th november, 80 years ago, Abbey Road studios were opened by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Edward Elgar (above). So I decided to make a pair of tribute playlists to these legendary studios. Unfortunately, without The Beatles and Pink Floyd. But with all the other big artists who recorded there.

First playlist is a 80-songs-for-80-years one. A big one. Chronologically it goes from the first Vaughan Williams' symphony recorded by Sir John Barbirolli in 1943 to the last tune by Florence + the Machine, featuring music by Cliff Richard and The Shadows (they recorded everything there: I had to select just twelve songs by them), The Hollies, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Zombies, The Allan Parsons Project, Buzzcocks, XTC, Kate Bush, Duran Duran, Rush, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Oasis, Elliott Smith, Kanye West, U2, Travis, Il Volo, Sting, The Drums, Lady Gaga, etc. etc. and yes, The Darkness too. I tried to shape it as a kind of comprehensive History of Abbey Road Studios (at least the pop side of it, no movie soundtracks are included). The second playlist is a 80-minutes-for-80-years one. A quick one: just twenty songs, by personal tastes. Enjoy!

P.S. Selections are based on a list of recordings I found on Wikipedia. Any suggestions/corrections are welcomed.


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ABBEY ROAD 80 - A SPOTIFY TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY STUDIOS
Source: Wikipedia.

THE LONG AND WINDING ABBEY ROAD (80 songs)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli – Symphony No. 5 in D: I. Preludio (Moderato - Allegro - Tempo I)
Glenn Miller – In The Mood
Dennis Brain with Dennis Brain Ensemble – Quintet in E flat for Piano and Wind, K452: I.       Largo - Allegro moderato
Cliff Richard & The Drifters – Move It
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Travellin' Light
Joni James – My Heart Tells Me
Connie Francis – White Christmas
Connie Francis – Volare
The Shadows – Apache
The Shadows – Please Don't Tease
The Shadows – Kon-Tiki
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – The Young Ones
Connie Francis – It's Time To Say Goodnight
The Shadows – Wonderful Land
The Shadows – Dance On
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – The Young Ones
The Shadows – Foot Tapper
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Summer Holiday
The Hollies – Stay
Gerry & The Pacemakers – How Do You Do It?
Gerry & The Pacemakers – Ferry Cross The Mersey
The Hollies – The Very Last Day
The Hollies – Tell Me To My Face
The Hollies – The Games We Play
The Zombies – Time of the Season
The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow Is Born
The Hollies – Blowin' In The Wind
The Pretty Things – The Good Mr Square
Raspberries – Go All The Way
Raspberries – I Wanna Be With You
Cliff Richard & The Shadows – Devil Woman
The Alan Parsons Project – The Raven
Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat
The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot
Buzzcocks – Love You More
Buzzcocks – Noise Annoys
XTC – Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Duran Duran – Girls on Film
Camel – Drafted
The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
Al Stewart – The One That Got Away
The Alan Parsons Project – Prime Time
Rush – Marathon
Duran Duran – Notorious
Radiohead – Creep
Adam & The Ants – Wonderful
Radiohead – Just
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy – Rotator
Bush – Swallowed
Depeche Mode – It's No Good
Oasis – Stand By Me
Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Gustavo Cerati – Puente
Alanis Morissette – Still
Elliott Smith – Somebody That I Used To Know
Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place
The Darkness – Christmas Time
Chaka Khan – Hey Big Spender
Tim Christensen – Jump The Gun (live in Abbey Road Studios)
Steven Curtis Chapman – More To This Life (Abbey Road Version)
Linda Eder – Almost Like Being In Love/This Can't Be Love
Kanye West (feat. Lupe Fiasco) – Touch The Sky (live in Abbey Road Studios)
U2 – Window In The Skies
Giorgia Fumanti – Volero
Nightwish – Bye Bye Beautiful
Travis – Closer
Mike Oldfield – Harbinger
Oasis – Bag It Up
Panic! At The Disco – Nine In The Afternoon
The Cesarians – Dethstar
Leona Lewis – I Got You
Il Volo – 'O Sole Mio
Never Shout Never – Can't Stand It
The Drums – Down By The Water
Sting – Roxanne
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Ali Zafar – Jhoom
Instrumenti – Born To Die
Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0752)


WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN ABBEY ROAD? (80 minutes)
Glenn Miller – In The Mood
The Shadows – Apache
Gerry & The Pacemakers – Ferry Cross The Mersey (Stereo Version)
The Hollies - The Very Last Day
The Zombies – Time of the Season
The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow Is Born
Al Stewart – Year Of The Cat
Buzzcocks – Love You More
Kate Bush – Babooshka
Duran Duran – Girls on Film
The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
Depeche Mode – It's No Good
Oasis – Stand By Me
Elliott Smith – Son of Sam
U2 – Window In The Skies
Travis – Closer
The Drums – Down By The Water
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Florence + The Machine – What The Water Gave Me
Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0753)

Previously celebrating recording studios:
Köthener Straße 38 - The Legend of Hansa Studios

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dead Air Spotify vol.3 - Radiohead Office Charts


While making yesterday's playlist, I discovered that Radiohead's The King of Limbs and The King of Limbs Remixed (AKA TKOL RMX 1234567) have been uploaded on Spotify. What a nice surprise! Now there's only one Radiohead album missing: In Rainbows. This made me realize that it's a long time that I don't update the Spotify versions of Office Charts, the playlists the band periodically post on its Dead Air Space blog. So, here it comes again. Dead Air Spotify vol.3 features all Radiohead Office Charts published (mainly by Thom Yorke) since may 2011 to today. It's a huge one, with ninety-one tracks and more than seven hours of extremely bizarre and non-rock music, coming from Glastonbury dj sets, RIP tributes (to Gil Scott-Heron) or global climate fears. Music for contemporary airports on a rainy day. Enjoy!

(and if you're really hungry and you need to suck more young blood, at the end of the post you find the Dead Air Mammoth, with all Dead Air Spotify playlists in one...)


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DEAD AIR SPOTIFY VOL.3 - RADIOHEAD OFFICE CHARTS
Source: Dead Air Space.
Songs available on Spotify: 91/113 (80,53%)

Sat, 07 May
office chart against antimatter (by Thom)
Burial – Stolen Dog
Soft Machine – Carol Ann
BLO – Chant To Mother Earth
Brokenchord – Lowe
Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
Aloe Blacc – Are You Ready
Mono/Poly – Vibrations (Alternate)
Jacques Greene – Another Girl
Billie Holiday – Guilty

Sat, 28 May
RIP Gil Scott-Heron (by Thom)
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – Running
DJ Nate - Free
Anstam – Albert
Abdel Halim Hafez – Allayali
Boris – Ibitsu
Duke Ellington – After All
Caribou – Sun (Altrice's 'Only What You Gave Me' Remix)
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – Ur Soul And Mine
Instra:mental - Memory Implant

Wed, 08 June
M O V InG PLaNet .orgXXX (pretty tunes when you're in your tent in the rain) (by Thom)
Pangea - Why 
Sl2 – Way In My Brain [Remix]
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me
Mark Fell – Acids In The... thin razor, attack noise hat, Linn
Caribou – Bowls - Holden Remix
Sei A – White Rainbow - Original Mix
Matias Aguayo – Rollerskate
Marcello Napoletano – Everyday Madness

Tue, 14 June
Domino Records Radio Week (by Colin)
Rheingold – Dreiklangsdimensionen
Daphni - Mapfumo
South Street Player – (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind (Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox Remix)
Sibylle Baier – Forget About
The Jones Girls – Nights Over Egypt
Nick Straker – Little Bit Of Jazz
Donald Byrd – Places And Spaces
Daphni – Ye Ye
John Luther Adams - 4000 Holes
John Maus – Do Your Best
Four Tet – Angel Echoes (Caribou Remix)
J Dilla aka Jay Dee – Nothing Like This
Rufus Wainwright – Supermayer Lost In Tiergarten
Ween – Your Party
Dominatrixx – Dominatrix Sleeps Tonite
Moodymann - I Can't Kick This Feeling When It Hits
Sheila – Spacer - Version LP
Four Tet – Pockets

Sat, 18 June
post plastic people hopeful office chart (by Thom)
Erykah Badu – The Healer
J Dilla (feat. Busta Rhymes) – Geek Down
J Dilla – Over The Breaks
Owiny Sigoma Band – Doyoi Nyajo Nam
Avus – Real (Nathan Fake Remix)
Luke Abbott – Whitebox
Jai Paul – BTSTU
Deadboy – Ain't Gonna Lie
Siriusmo – Nights Off
Reshma – Lambi Judai

Tue 28, June
fuselage (post-Glastonbury dj set) (by Thom)
Diplo & Blaqstarr – Get Off (DJ Rob 3 Remix)
Felix da Housecat - Madame Hollywood
Madvillain & Medaphor – Raid
Mos Def – Quiet Dog
Major Lazer – Pon De Floor
Sl2 – On A Ragga Tip
Boy 8-Bit – Fog Bank
Radiohead – Feral (Lone RMX)
Moderat – Seamonkey (Untold Remix)
Modeselektor – Kill Bill Vol. 4
Nathan Fake – Undoing The Laces
South Rakkas Crew – Mad Again - Boy 8-Bit
DJ Shadow – Organ Donor
UK Apache with Shy FX - Original Nutter
Untold - I Can't Stop This Feeling (Pangea remix)
Pangea - Why
Public Enemy – Night Of The Living Baseheads

Mon, 08 August
office chart (by Thom)
Ben Frost - O God Protect Me
Zomby – Mozaik
DJ Slugo – Juke Me From The Back Low
Wiley – I Just Woke Up
Machinedrum - Sacred Frequency
Surgeon - Radiance
Hyetal – Phoenix (Fantastic Mr Fox Remix)
Modeselektor - German Clap
Ben Frost - Hibakusja
Chris Clark – The Sun Too Slow
Wiley – 100% Publishing
Zomby – Things Fall Apart

Sun, 18 September
office chart in high winds (by Thom)
The Low Anthem – Hey, All You Hippies!
Baden Powell & Vinicius Moraes – Canto De Ossanha
Samiyam – Sideways
Africa HiTech – Our Luv
Gang Colours - Tissues and Fivers
Untold & James Blake – Stop What Your Doing (James Blake Remix)
Owiny Sigoma Band – Hera
Falty DL - Tronman
Miró Quartet – Black Angels: X. God-Music

Fry, 21 October
Hello Fluffy (by Thom)
Martyn – Popgun
Tinariwen (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) – Walla Illa
DJ Diamond - Digimon
Madvillain – Boulder Holder
Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets
Dabrye – Magic Says
Björk – Cosmogony
Si Begg – Bangin
Sbtrkt – Look At Stars (Machinedrum Remix)
Theo Parrish - Stomp Yo Feet (part 1)

Thu, 03 November
dominoes (by Thom)
Daphni - Ahora
Nathan Fake - Falmer
Dimlite – Kitty Cradle Fog
Aloe Blacc – Dance For Life
Emika – Credit Theme
Strong Arm Steady – Outro
Strong Arm Steady (feat. Planet Asia & Tri-State) – New Love
Clinic – C Q
Anstam - Black Fresian Monoliths
Sleet Walker - Tunnel 3
Actress – Mentor

Listen to it on Spotify:
Dead Air Spotify vol. 3 (may2011 to nov2011): HTTP, URI. (SR0751)

previously:
Dead Air Spotify vol. 2 (nov2010 to feb2011) (songs list): HTTP, URI. (SR0607)
Dead Air Spotify vol. 1 (feb2010 to oct2010) (songs list): HTTP, URI. (SR0236)

the mammoth:
Dead Air Spotify Mammoth (vol. 1 + 2 + 3 = 170 tracks): HTTP, URI. (SR0608)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Fly's The Top 50 Albums of 2011



I know what you're thinking: it's november 9th, is it not a little too early for an end-of-the-year list? Yeah, I think it is. But last year was (almost) the same: the first list I found and spotified, by Rough Trade, was out november 16th. That's life. November is gray. People need to rush and magazines want to be the first. So let's start the big end-of-the-year madness with the top 50 albums of 2011 according to the writers of UK magazine The Fly. You can read a digital version of the full magazine (chart included) here, while you can vote your favourite album (and maybe win some cds) here. About the chart, I think it's a good start and it made me realize how many albums I missed this year. e.g. The Antlers. The greatest thing, though, something that really gave me a positive look towards the future lists, is the percentage of albums available on Spotify. 98%. Just one missing: that strangely named creature by Coldplay. Enjoy!



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THE FLY's THE TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2011
Source: The Fly
Albums available on Spotify: 49/50 (98%)

50. The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
49. The Naked and the Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You
48. British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall
47. Slow Club - Paradise
46. The Strokes - Angles
45. Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!
44. Cerebral Ballzy - Cerebral Ballzy
43. Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
42. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
41. The War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
40. SBTRKT - SBTRKT
39. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic
38. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
37. EMA - Past-Life Martyred Saints
36. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See
35. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
34. Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
33. Noah & The Whale - Last Night On Earth
32. Dutch Uncles - Cadenza
31. Mazes - A Thousand Heys
30. Gardens & Villa - Gardens & Villa
29. Braids - Native Speaker
28. Wu Lyf - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
27. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
26. Baxter Dury - Happy Soup
25. White Denim - D
24. Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
23. Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
22. Real Estate - Days
21. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
20. Florence & The Machine - Ceremonials
19. Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
18. James Blake - James Blake
17. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
16. Washed Out - Within and Without
15. Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
14. Friendly Fires - Pala
13. Yuck - Yuck
12. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
11. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
10. Battles - Gloss Drop
09. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
08. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
07. Wild Beasts - Smother
06. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
05. Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind of Fix
04. Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
03. The Horrors - Skying
02. Metronomy - The English Riviera
01. The Antlers - Burst Apart

Listen to it on Spotify:
Mammoth (full albums): HTTP, URI. (SR0749)
Lite (3 tracks each album): HTTP, URI. (SR0750)

Previously on Spotirama:
End of the Year 2010 charts

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Acclaimed Music Top 20 Songs of 1966

When you search "Good Vibrations" on Google, 
it can happen you to find this nice thing 

A playlist with Good Vibrations, God Only Knows, Paint It Black and Hey Joe cannot be wrong. Especially if it features some great soul goodies, too, by Ike & Tina Tuner, Four Tops, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, James Brown, The Supremes... along with a couple of those gigantic tunes that we all have in our deepest memory, even if we don't remember who wrote them (Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth, Lovin' Spoonful's Summer in the City). Just four songs missing from Spotify: surprisingly, by The Beatles. Enjoy!

(This is a kind of "history of music" project, based on aggregated charts found on Acclaimed Music. It features Top 20 playlists for decades 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and yearly Top 20 playlists (both songs and albums) for each year from 1960 to 2010. In a perfect world, it should be a weekly project...)



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TOP 20 SONGS OF 1966
Source: Acclaimed Music
(legenda: the number preceding the artist name is the ranking in Acclaimed Music Top 3000 chart)

1 (3) The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
2 (22) Ike and Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High
3 (36) Four Tops - Reach Out (I'll Be There)
4 (51) The Beach Boys - God Only Knows
5 (73) Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman
6 (99) Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
7 (124) The Byrds - Eight Miles High
8 (168) The Troggs - Wild Thing
9 (186) The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer in the City
10 (191) Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'
11 (195) The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black
12 (213) Question Mark and the Mysterians - 96 Tears
13 (229) Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe
-- (230) The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows
14 (232) Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness
15 (234) James Brown - It's a Man's Man's Man's World
-- (276) The Beatles - Paperback Writer
-- (347) The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby

16 (377) The Monkees - I'm a Believer
17 (415) The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love
18 (565) Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought the Law
-- (568) The Beatles - Rain
19 (576) The Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
20 (584) The Left Banke - Walk Away Renée

Listen to it on SpotifyHTTP, URI. (SR0748)

The Complete Acclaimed Music Series

Thursday, November 3, 2011

MusicRadar's The 25 Best Basslines of All Time


This chart is null: as clearly shown in the video above, Chris Wolstenholme is actually Muse guitar & synth player

Friday, 28th October, MusicRadar wrote: "This week has been all about bass on MusicRadar. In celebration, we asked you to nominate your favourite basslines of all time in an effort to crown the greatest bass performance in history. With approximately 10,000 of you voting in our poll, we can now present the top 25 rundown in full. The rules were simple - as long as the part in question was played by human hands on an electric or acoustic bass guitar or an upright bass then it counted. Electronic or synthesized basslines weren't eligible; we'll be looking at those at a later date


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MUSICRADAR'S THE 25 BEST BASSLINES OF ALL TIME
Source: MusicRadar
Songs available on Spotify: 19/25 (76%)
(bass players enclosed in brackets)

1. Hysteria - Muse (Chris Wolstenholme)
2. YYZ - Rush (Geddy Lee)
3. Another One Bites The Dust - Queen (John Deacon)
4. Under Pressure - David Bowie and Queen (John Deacon)
5. Money - Pink Floyd (Roger Waters)
6. Orion - Metallica (Cliff Burton)
7. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (Louis Johnson)
8. Roundabout - Yes (Chis Squire)
9. My Generation - The Who (John Entwhistle)
10. Schism - Tool (Justin Chancellor)
11. Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea)
12. The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones)
13. Taxman - The Beatles (Paul McCartney)
14. Good Times - Chic (Bernard Edwards)
15. The Chicken - Jaco Pastorius
16. Walk on the Wild Side - Lou Reed (Herbie Flowers)
17. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye (James Jamerson)
18. Stand By Me - Ben E. King (Wendell Marshall)
19. The Guns of Brixton - The Clash (Paul Simonon)
20. Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith (Tom Hamilton)
21. Super Freak - Rick James (Oscar Alston)
22. Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield (Joseph 'Lucky' Scott)
23. These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra (Carol Kaye/Chuck Berghofer)
24. In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett (Donald 'Duck' Dunn)
25. Make it Funky - James Brown (Fred Thomas)

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI. (SR0747)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pitchfork Best New Music of 2011 (november update)

Anthony M83 Gonzalez: waitin' for someone to buy him a real iPad

A tiny EP by Trash Talk, a monumental double album by M83 and a regularly sized record by Real Estate (plus older The Field and Wolves in the Throne Room albums, finally added on Spotify) are october new entries on this playlist based on best rated albums by Pitchfork. Enjoy! 


PITCHFORK BEST NEW MUSIC OF 2011
Source: Pitchfork Best New Music
Albums available on Spotify: 38 out of 41 (92,68%)

(links lead to Pitchfork reviews,  Pitchfork-like votes are Pitchfork votes, new entries/additions are in bold)

Dye It Blonde (Smith Westerns, 8.4)
Kaputt (Destroyer, 8.8)
Zonoscope (Cut Copy, 8.6)
James Blake (James Blake, 9.0)
Let England Shake (PJ Harvey, 8.8)
Space Is Only Noise (Nicolas Jaar, 8.4)
Ravedeath, 1972 (Tim Hecker, 8.6)
The Magic Place (Julianna Barwick, 8.5)
Underneath the Pine (Toro Y Moi, 8.4)
Wounded Rhymes (Lykke Li, 8.3)
Smoke Ring For My Halo (Kurt Vile, 8.4)
House of Balloons (The Weeknd, 8.5)
Belong (The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, 8.2)
Tomboy (Panda Bear, 8.5)
w h o k i l l (tUnE-yArDs, 8.8)
Return of 4Eva (Big K.R.I.T., 8.2)
Wit's End (Cass McCombs, 8.4)
The Book of David (Dj Quik, 8.4)
Helplessness Blues (Fleet Foxes, 8.8)
Eye Contact (Gang Gang Dance, 8.5)
Past Life Martyred Saints (EMA, 8.5)
Burst Apart (The Antlers, 8.2)
Cults (Cults, 8.5)
David Comes To Life (Fucked Up, 8.6)
Bon Iver (Bon Iver, 9.5)
Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (WU LYF, 8.4)
Black Up (Shabazz Palaces, 8.8)
New Brigade (Iceage, 8.4)
Electronic Dream (AraabMuzik, 8.2)
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (John Maus, 8.4)
Within and Without (Washed Out, 8.3)
Watch the Throne (Jay-Z / Kanye West, 8.5)
Slave Ambient (The War on Drugs, 8.3)
Looping State of Mind (The Field, 8.5)
Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Girls, 9.3)
Strange Mercy (St. Vincent, 9.0)
Celestial Lineage (Wolves in the Throne Room, 8.6)
The Year of Hibernation (Youth Lagoon, 8.4)
Awake (Trash Talk, 8.2)
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (M83, 9.1)
Days (Real Estate, 8.7)


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