Saturday, December 22, 2012
I have embedded the first couple, after that, the link will take you to YouTube, usually for some crappy rip that will be taken down at some point (one of these days content suppliers will realize they should put everything on the internet, montinize it, because people are just going to upload it anyway).
1. Losing My Religion – Michael Stipe and Chris Martin (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
2. Ronan – Taylor Swift (Stand Up 2 Cancer)
3. Cut Me Some Slack – Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
4. Hallelujah – The Cast of the Voice
5. Gold on the Ceiling / Lonely Boy – The Black Keys with Johnny Depp (2012 MTV Movie Awards)
6. We Found Love / Princess of China / Paradise – Coldplay and Rihanna (2012 Grammy Awards)
7. Beastie Boys Tribute – The Roots, Kid Rock, and Travie McCoy (2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)
8. Call Me Maybe – The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and Carley Rae Jepsen (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon)
9. Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ron Wood, Slash, Billy Joe Armstrong, and George Clinton (2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony)
10. Rolling in the Deep – Adele (2012 Grammy Awards)
11. Dream On – Amanda Brown (The Voice)
12. Let Yourself Go – Green Day (2012 MTV Video Music Awards)
13. Surfer Girl / Wouldn’t it Be Nice / Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys, Maroon 5, and Foster the People (2012 Grammy Awards)
14. Criminal – Melanie Martinez and Nicholas David (The Voice)
15. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway) – Billy Joel (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
16. Crazy – Daryl Hall and Cee-Lo Green (Live From Daryl’s House)
17. Crossroads – Eric Clapton (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
18. Say Aah – Lindsey Pavao (The Voice)
19. We Are Young – Fun. (2012 MTV Movie Awards)
20. Thinkin’ Bbout You – Frank Ocean (2012 MTV Video Music Awards)
21. Not Even the King – Alicia Keys (Stand Up 2 Cancer)
22. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
23. I’m Yours – Daryl Hall and Jason Mraz (Live From Daryl’s House)
24. Over You – Cassadee Pope (The Voice)
25. Comfortably Numb – Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder (12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief)
Sunday, September 09, 2012
Quote of the Week: Ask Osama bin Laden if he is better off than he was four years ago. (John Kerry, The Democratic National Convention)
Song of the Week: Ronan – Taylor Swift (Stand Up 2 Cancer; proceeds of the song go to cancer research)
Big News of the Week: The Democratic National Convention: It is weird to hear every talk about how great a president Bill Clinton was, even may conservative talking heads considering the guy was so toxic back in 2000 Democratic nominee Al Gore treated his boss like, well, like Mitt Romney treated George W. Bush at his convention. Seriously people, if you have forgotten, go Google Monica Lewinski, Paula Jones, Vince Foster, and / or Marc Rich.
I have a longstanding voting strategy to never vote for incumbents because the longer politicians stay in office, the more corrupt they become. But I would have totally voted for Barack Obama had his convention speech just been him walking up to the front of the stage, say, “I shot Osama bin Laden in the face.” Drop the mic and watch off the stage while Bob Marley’s I Shot the Sheriff played in the background.
Preview Picture of the Week:
Switched at Birth: I actually thought they were going to have Bay forgive Emmitt in less than one episode. That should be unforgiveable, especially for a teenage and ABC Family is not known for its eaklthy relationships (*cough*Aria/Ezra*cough*) so thankfully they have Bay a backbone (for at least one episode). But speaking of unhealthy relationship, that cannot possibly have Daphne hook up with her boss (who I swear is the Kennish’s lawyer with a haircut) can they? Ew.
Grimm: The episode featured a zombie virus that makes you horny. Awesome.
You can stream recent episodes on Hulu. You can also download Grimm on iTunes.
MTV Video Music Awards: This year has to rival the painfully bad Vegas year (the one where Britney Spears laughably started the show) as the worst VMA’s ever. Really the only thing worth talking about is how the botched the MCA tribute. C’mon, last year Amy Winehouse gets a ten minute tribute including a performance even though she released just one great album and no memorable videos and never received a VMA or even performed on the show. But the Beastie Boys were one of the top five video artists ever (arguable number two behind Michael Jackson), gave one of the most memorable VMA performances ever with Sabotage, and was one of only a handful of artists to win the Video Vanguard Award. But all MCA gets is about five seconds of No Sleep to Brooklyn played over the loud speaker. MTV should be ashamed.
Free Download of the Week: Everything Is Embarrassing – Sky Ferreira (Rcrd Lbl)
Deal of the Week: Big DVD and Blu Ray Sale: The Big Bang Theory, New Jack City, Gremlins 2
New Album Release of the Week: Away From The World (Super Deluxe Limited Edition CD/DVD) - Dave Matthews Band
New DVD Release of the Week: The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Fifth Season
Video of the Week: It seems like every couple months a new movie trailer pops up that makes me go, that has to be a fake Funny or Die trailer because no way anyone would actually make that. When I saw the title Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters I assumed it would be a trailer parody of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but then Jeremy Renner pops up and I realize this is an actually serious movie. Alrighty.
Next Week Pick of the Week: Parenthood, Tuesday at 10:00: NBC’s staggered start of the fall season with the debut of its Monday and Tuesday lineups (sans Revolution which gets its premiere next week so they can air The New Normal and Go On pilots which are both currently online if you cannot wait; same with Revolution and Animal Practice). And the best show premiering this week is easily Parenthood. If my memory is correct Crosby and Jasmine got married, Julia and Joel got a kid (but sadly they did not adopt the coffee girl and her baby like I hoped), and Adam thankfully did not fire the absurdly hot secretary even though she kissed him. I am most interested in which Friday Night Lights alum pops up this season following in the footsteps of Lyla Garrity and Vince Howard. What is Becky Sproles up to these days?
Monday, August 27, 2012
1. Fight the Power - Public Enemy
2. Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
3. Mind Playing Tricks On Me - Geto Boys
4. Award Tour - A Tribe Called Quest
5. Passin' Me By - The Pharcyde
6. Nuthin' But A G Thang - Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg
7. Mass Appeal - Gang Starr
8. Crossover - EPMD
9. The Choice Is Yours - Black Sheep
10. Sometimes I Rhyme Slow - Nice & Smooth
11. Regulate - Warren G & Nate Dogg
12. Children's Story - Slick Rick
13. Express Yourself - N.W.A.
14. If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) - Nas featuring Lauryn Hill
15. Paul Revere - Beastie Boys
16. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
17. New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme) - Ice-T
18. Insane In the Brain - Cypress Hill
19. Summertime - DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
20. It Takes Two - Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
21. Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio featuring L.V.
22. Gin and Juice - Snoop Dogg
23. La Di Da Di (Live) - Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick
24. Scenario - A Tribe Called Quest featuring Leaders of the New School
25. Down With the King - Run-D.M.C. featuring Pete Rock and CL Smooth
26. Paid In Full - Eric B. & Rakim
27. Drop - The Pharcyde
28. Jump Around - House of Pain
29. Slam - Bacdafucup - Onyx
30. Peter Piper - Run-D.M.C.
31. C.R.E.A.M. - Wu-Tang Clan
32. Big Poppa - The Notorious B.I.G.
33. They Want EFX - Das EFX
34. Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta F' Wit - Wu-Tang Clan
35. Around the Way Girl - LL Cool J
36. It Was a Good Day - Ice Cube
37. Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
38. King of Rock - Run-D.M.C.
39. Follow the Leader - Eric B. & Rakim
40. Bring the Noise - Public Enemy
41. Getto Jam - Domino
42. California Love - 2Pac and Dr. Dre
43. No Sleep Till Brooklyn - Beastie Boys
44. Now That We Found Love - Heavy D & the Boyz
45. Bonita Applebum - A Tribe Called Quest
46. Runnin' - The Pharcyde
47. I Know You Got Soul - Eric B. & Rakim
48. Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty By Nature
49. Hey Ladies - Beastie Boys
50. I'll Be There for You / You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige
51. Pop Goes the Weasel - 3rd Bass
52. Shake Your Rump - Beastie Boys
53. Check Yo Self ('The Message' Remix) - Ice Cube featuring Das Efx
54. Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta - Geto Boys
55. Mistadobalina - Del tha Funkee Homosapien
56. Just a Friend - Biz Markie
57. Funky For You - Nice & Smooth
58. Loungin' - Guru Featuring Donald Byrd
59. Case of the P.T.A. - Leaders of the New School
60. So What'cha Want - Beastie Boys
61. I Used to Love H.E.R. - Common Sense
62. Bring the Pain - Method Man
63. Eric B. Is President - Eric B. & Rakim
64. Let Me Clear My Throat (Old School Reunion Remix '96) - DJ Kool, Biz Markie & Doug E. Fresh
65. It's Tricky - Run-D.M.C.
66. I Get Around - 2Pac featuring Digital Underground
67. I Left My Wallet In El Segundo - A Tribe Called Quest
68. Dwyck - Gang Starr Featuring Nice and Smooth
69. Fight for Your Right - Beastie Boys
70. The Symphony - Marley Marl Master Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane
71. The Gas Face - 3rd Bass
72. Wild Wild West - Kool Moe Dee
73. South Bronx - Boogie Down Productions
74. Electric Relaxation - A Tribe Called Quest
75. Me Myself & I - De La Soul
76. Because I Got It Like That - Jungle Brothers
77. Wild Thing - Tone-Loc
78. Method Man - Wu-Tang Clan
79. Potholes in My Lawn - De La Soul
80. Check the Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest
81. You Had Too Much To Drink - EPMD
82. Same Song - Digital Underground and 2Pac
83. Vapors - Biz Markie
84. Juicy - The Notorious B.I.G.
85. Going Back to Cali - LL Cool J
86. Ain't No Half-Steppin' - Big Daddy Kane
87. 911 Is a Joke - Public Enemy
88. I Wish - Skee-Lo
89. Fallin' - De La Soul and Teenage Fanclub
90. My Hooptie - Sir Mix-A-Lot
91. B Girls - Young & Restless
92. Sweet Potatoe Pie - Domino
93. Pass the Mic - Beastie Boys
94. Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check - Busta Rhymes & Rampage
95. How I Could Just Kill a Man - Cypress Hill
96. Shamrocks and Shenanigans - House of Pain
97. Nuttin' But Love - Heavy D & the Boyz
98. F**k Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin') - Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg
99. Wicked - Ice Cube
100. Give the People - EPMD
Honorable Mention: Christmas In Hollis – Run-D.M.C.
For more on this list, check out Breaking Down the 100 Greatest Songs from the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.
Friday, June 01, 2012
Like most people, I came to Paul’ Boutique late and let face it, as great as it was, License to Ill was a novelty album for sophomoric guys. Really, Check Your Head is when I became a true fan of the Beastie Boys and that is why it is this month’s induction into the Scooter Hall of Fame. Released just eight months after Nevermind, the Beastie Boys rode the wave of alternative music mixing live instrumentation, the first time they played on the majority of the songs since their punk beginnings while keeping their hip-hop esthetics. Check Your Head pushed the boundaries of rap as far as Paul’s Boutique did but was assessable right off the bat.
Pass the Mic was a great introduction to the Boys new sound as the first single from the album, the passing of the mic would satisfy the hip-hop purists while attracting the new alternative crowd with the fuzzed out guitars. Later in the album they would go full out rock stars with Gratitude (setting the stage for one of their biggest hits Sabotage off their next album). And much like Sabotage, the song is built around a killer bass groove courtesy of MCA.
Even though they plugged in for the album, there are plenty of clever samples that made Paul’s Boutique revolutionary. So What-Cha Want is built off of When the Levee Breaks. And like a few songs on Paul’s Boutique, Finger Lickin’ Good drops the track and just lets a couple seconds of Bob Dylan’s Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues before going back to the weird mix of Aquarius and Dance to the Music. The Biz vs. The Nuge lives up to the name as it is just Biz Markie singing over Ted Nugent’s Homebound. And what would Pass the Mic be without the Jimmie Walker famous “Dynamite!”
They push their sound even further in the second half of the album when they go back to their punk roots with punky version of Sly Stone’s Time for Livin'. Something’s Got to Give is a trippy ride. They even throw in some funky instrumentals for good measure. We may have lost a true legend a couple weeks ago in MCA, but his work with the Beastie Boys will live on forever with the great albums he left behind.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
We lost a true legend last week when Adam Yauch lost his battle with cancer. MCA along with his brothers in the Beastie Boys made the most innovative music over their three decade. The trio also made some of the most memorable music videos from the golden age of MTV even though they inexplicably only won two VMA’s: Best Hip Hop Video for Intergalactic and Best Director for last year’s Make Some Noise. They did pick up the Video Vanguard Award and some made up award from 2009 called Best Video (That Should Have Won a Moonman) for Sabotage (to save you a Google search, it lost to Cryin’ for Video of the Year, Viewer’s Choice and Best Group Video; you could not touch Alicia Silverstone in 1994). So to honor MCA I thought I would compile a list of the greatest Beastie Boys music videos, most of which were directed by Yauch’s alter ego Nathanial Hörnblowér, who is most famous for storming the stage when Spike Jones lost out to Everybody Hurts by R.E.M. for Best Director in 1994 (R.E.M. also blocked Sabotage for Breakthrough Video that year). I have marked the videos directed or co-directed by Nathanial Hörnblowér with a *.
2. Intergalactic *
3. Fight for Your Right (To Party)
4. Make Some Noise *
5. Ch-Check it Out *
6. Shadrach *
7. Hey Ladies
8. Body Movin’ *
9. No Sleep ‘till Brooklyn
10. Triple Trouble *
11. So What’cha Want *
12. Pass the Mic *
13. Right Right Now Now *
14. Alive *
15. Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win
16. Sure Shot *
17. Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun *
18. Jimmy James *
19. Shake Your Rump *
20. Shazam! *
22. Root Down
23. Three MC’s and One DJ *
24. An Open Letter to NYC *
25. Netty’s Girl
Saturday, May 05, 2012
Quote of the Week: You can’t escape it, Don. Soon your little girl will spread her legs and fly. (Megan’s dad, Mad Men)
Song of the Week: You Oughta Know – Alanis Morrissette (as sung by June, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23)
Scene of the Week:
Big News of the Week: A Melancholy Happy Trails to Adam Yauch: I grew up with the Beastie Boys. Quite literally. I was a childish elementary school student when the sophomoric License to Ill came out. I was going through my alternative phase as they got weird on Check Your Head. I was heading out to the club when the released their most danceable Hello, Nasty. And I was getting political when they released their pro-New York, anti-Bush To the the 5 Boroughs. Where most groups have a standout performer, no one have a favorite Beastie Boy, they were all equally great and at their best when they were trading lines. I can count the number of artist whose whole catalogue I own on one hand and the Beastie Boys were one of them. MCA’s diagnosis of cancer pushed back the release of Hot Sauce Committee, part 1 in 2009 which did not get released until a year later (renamed part 2) but his illness kept him from promoting the album and recently had to miss his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month (which will be premiering on HBO tonight).
Free Download of the Week: China Girl – David Bowie (Google Play)
Deal of the Week: 100 Album for $5 on Amazon MP3: This month’s $5 albums include Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Dawes, and Rosie Thomas.
New Album Release of the Week: Strangeland - Keane
New DVD Release of the Week: Chuck: The Complete Fifth Season
Video of the Week: I have been worshiping at the altar of Apatow for about a decade now, but something is just not working with the first trailer to his four movie that he wrote and directed This Is Forty, a sequel of sorts to Knocked Up (which was probably done so he didn’t have to work with Katharine Heigl again which is understandable). At one point Leslie Mann tells Paul Rudd his eyes are glazing over an that is actually what he looks like throughout the whole trailer when he is fully clothed. And the only part I actually laughed was the “No technology” line. Hopefully this is just a case of a bad trailer and movie ends up being much better.
Next Week Pick of the Week: 2 Broke Girls, Monday at 8:00 on CBS: Sure the show ranks number one on my list of the most disappointing show of the season but Kat Dennings still carries the show fairly well even if all the other characters are one dimensional and the second lead has an annoying voice. But Caroline is less annoying than The Voices of other people that will be airing during the same timeslot on Monday.
Monday, December 26, 2011
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1. In Your Arms - Kina Grannis
2. Howlin’ for You - The Black Keys
3. Make Some Noise - Beastie Boys
4. Muppet Show Theme Song - The Muppets and OK Go
5. Walk - Foo Fighters
6. Hello - Martin Solveig & Dragonette
7. Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
8. Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win - Beastie Boys and Santigold
9. All Is Not Lost - OK Go
10. The Shrine / An Argument - Fleet Foxes
11. Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith
12. Good Man - Raphael Saadiq
13. ‘Til the End of Time - Timothy Bloom featuring V
14. Gonna Get Over You - Sara Bareilles
15. Cry Baby - Cee-Lo Green
16. All Of The Lights - Kanye West
17. Camera - Matt and Kim
18. Uncharted - Sara Bareilles
19. Sadness Is a Blessing - Lykke Li
20. Don't Stop (Color on the Walls) - Foster the People
21. We All Go Back to Where We Belong (John Version) - R.E.M.
22. Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
23. Paradise - Coldplay
24. Day Dreams - Raphael Saadiq
25. Monster - Kanye West featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj
26. Go Outside - Cults
27. Free My Mind - Katie Herzig
28. Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn
29. Michael Jackson - Das Racist
30. Someone Like You - Adele
31. Bizness - tUnE-yArDs
32. From The Clouds - Jack Johnson
33. The Lazy Song - Bruno Mars
34. The Walk - Mayer Hawthorne
35. Invisible - Skylar Grey
36. Block After Block - Matt and Kim
37. Settle Down - Kimbra
38. Otis - Kanye West & Jay-Z
39. Called Out of the Dark - Snow Patrol
40. Long Time - Cake
41. Even if I Don’t - Rachael Yamagata
42. Single Girls – Laura Jansen
43. Sing Your Own Song - John Wesley Harding
44. Say You Like Me - We The Kings
45. The Last Huzzah - Mr. (Expletive Deleted) eXquire featuring Despot, Das Racist, Danny Brown, and El-P
46. ÜBerlin - R.E.M.
47. Girl Panic - Duran Duran
48. Holy Holy - Wye Oak
49. Young Blood - The Naked and Famous
50. Rolling in the Deep - Adele