Showing posts with label Jimmy Eat World. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jimmy Eat World. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Musings from the Back 9: Music Edition XVI

To put into perspective just how long it has been since Black Sabbath put out an album with Ozzy Osbourne, I had not even been born yet and I am old enough to remember when Dr. Dre started working on Detox. Really, when I think of Ozzy, I think of his cheesy power ballads from the lat eighties / early nineties. Which I guess is better than the generation or two that came after me who think Ozzy only as a reality star. But their reunion album 13 got me intrigued if only because it was being produced by Rick Rubin who may have the greatest batting average among producers since the band last released an album together. Unfortunately unlucky 13 is a rare swing and a miss as it turns out sounding exactly what a bunch of sixty year olds playing heavy metal would sound like. A Johnny Cash redefining album that Rubin produced, this is not. And it is mostly Ozzy’s fault who sounds phoned in (anyone who saw his reality show probably knows why) even though Tony Iommi’s riff are for the most part still haunting as ever. I just wished Rubin pushed them more. The most intriguing song on the album is Damaged Soul where the harmonica sends the song into a bluesy direction before getting drowned out by Iommi’s guitar. I just wished 13 had more moments like that.

13 gets a Terror Alert Level: Guarded [BLUE] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Back in the late nineties, electronic music became such a big fad even Eric Clapton and R.E.M. were making albums that relied heavily on drum machines. At the same time, Barenaked Ladies were enjoying their biggest success creating music more organically. Fifteen years later we are in the second electronic boon and the Ladies finally jumped on board with the trend on their tenth studio album Grinning Streak (depending how you count them). They never drop the base or any of those other annoying trends in EDM these days, but the album is easily their more electronic embracing to date. Well that is primarily the opening song Limits, after that all the hints of electrics are tempered down. The rest of the album may have been more interesting if it were more like the opening track. And despite the title Grinning Streak, the trademark wit the band usually has is once again downplayed. I always thought the token rapper Ed Robertson was the fun guy in the group, but ever since Steven Paige has left the group, their album as much less fun.

Grinning Streak gets a Terror Alert Level: Guarded [BLUE] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Tom Petty once sang about the ups and downs of being a rock and roll star during Into the Great Wide Open and one line that always stick out to me is when he sings, “their A&R guy said ‘I don’t hear a single.’” That line comes up occasionally when I listen to albums like the last Jimmy Eat World album. Invented was good, but nothing on the album really stood out as being particularly great. Same goes for their latest Damage. You are still getting a solid ten song, which really does not add anything new to their catalogue. But alas I do not hear a single worth downloading and if you already own Bleed American and Furtures, you really do not need to add Damage to your library.

Damage gets a Terror Alert Level: Elevated [YELLOW] on my Terror Alert Scale.

Monday, June 03, 2013

I Want My Music Television: 6/3/13

There have been a couple of videos that have caught my eye lately so I thought I’d give them some love since the death of Musical Television left a void for a forum on the art form. If you are interested in buying the video through iTunes, click the title link (where available). If you are interested in buying the song, look for a link in the analysis.

I Will Steal You Back - Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World have a new album coming out next week. Who knew? I still want to like the new song more than I do.

People Like Us - Kelly Clarkson

I think it is official, Kelly Clarkson is content with cheesy pop songs that range somewhere from boring to crappy. I am beginning to forget that last time she released a song that was any good.

Little Numbers - BOY

Is it too soon to just declare Little Numbers by Boy the catchiest indie pop song of the summer? Seriously, who could have guessed a song about memorizing phone numbers could be so good? Who even memorizes phone numbers anymore?

Boy – Emma Louise

Not to be confused with the duo Boy above, this Boy is a song Emma louise who is jumping on the wave of moody songstresses (Daughter, Cat Power, Bat for Lashes) which I have been getting into a lot lately.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 00's

1. Hurt - Johnny Cash

2. Fell in Love With a Girl - The White Stripes

3. Weapon of Choice - Fatboy Slim Weapon of Choice

4. Keep Fishin’ - Weezer Keep Fishin'

5. Can't Tell Me Nothing (Zach Galifinakas Version) - Kanye West

6. Short Skirt/Long Jacket - Cake Short Skirt / Long Jacket

7. Nothing to Worry About - Peter Bjorn and John Nothing to Worry About

8. Toe Jam - The BPA featureing David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal Toe Jam (feat. David Byrne & Dizzee Rascal)

9. 99 Problems - Jay-Z 99 Problems

10. Who's Gonna Save My Soul - Gnarls Barkley

11. Testify - Common

12. Pork and Beans - Weezer Pork and Beans

13. Days Go By - Dirty Vegas Days Go By

14. The Middle - Jimmy Eat World

15. 1234 - Feist 1234 (Director's Version)

16. Drivin’ Me Wild - Common featuring Lily Allen Drivin' Me Wild

17. Wake Me up When September Ends - Green Day Green Day - The Green Day Collection - Wake Me Up When September Ends

18. All Falls Down - Kanye West featuring Syleena Johnson

19. God’s Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash God's Gonna Cut You Down

20. House of Cards - Radiohead Radiohead - In Rainbows - From the Basement - House of Cards

21. Lessons Learned - Matt and Kim Lessons Learned

22. White and Nerdy - "Weird Al" Yankovic White & Nerdy

23. Here it Goes Again - OK Go Ok Go - Video Triple Play - Here It Goes Again

24. Oh My God - Mark Ronson featuring Lily Allen Oh My God

25. Everyday - Dave Matthews Band Everyday

26. D.A.N.C.E. - Justice Justice - D.A.N.C.E. - EP - D.A.N.C.E.

27. World on Fire - Sarah McLachlan World On Fire

28. Honey - Erykah Badu Honey

29. Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz

30. Sitting, Waiting, Wishing - Jack Johnson Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

31. All I Need - Radiohead

32. Run This Town - Jay-Z featuring Rihanna & Kanye West Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (Deluxe Version) - Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)

33. Get Back - Ludacris Get Back

34. Boston - Augustana Boston

35. Daniel - Bat for Lashes Daniel

36. Doesn't Remind Me - Audioslave Doesn't Remind Me

37. Going On - Gnarls Barkley Going On

38. Taylor - Jack Johnson Taylor

39. What's a Girl to Do? - Bat for Lashes What's a Girl to Do?

40. (If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To - Weezer Weezer - The Weezer Raditude Club: iTunes Pass - (If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To

41. Stand Up - Ludacris Stand Up

42. Heartless - The Fray The Fray - The Fray Live: iTunes Pass - Heartless

43. The Scientist - Coldplay The Scientist (Edit)

44. Trouble - Coldplay Trouble

45. Tribute - Tenacious D Tribute

46. Wind it Up - Barenaked Ladies

47. Ms. Jackson - OutKast Ms. Jackson

48. Mr. Brightside - The Killers The Killers - Video Triple Play - Mr. Brightside

49. Hey Ya! - OutKast Hey Ya!

50. True Player for Real - MC Lars featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic and Wheatus True Player for Real (feat. "Weird Al" Yankovic & Wheatus)

51. I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair) - Sandi Thom

52. Treat Me Like Your Mother - The Dead Weather Treat Me Like Your Mother

53. All These Things That I've Done - The Killers All These Things That I've Done

54. Smiley Faces - Gnarls Barkley Smiley Faces

55. Wrong - Depeche Mode

56. My Doorbell - The White Stripes

57. I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week - Mandy Moore I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week

58. Good Morning - Kanye West Good Morning

59. Chasing Pirates - Norah Jones Chasing Pirates

60. Ch-Check It Out - Beastie Boys

61. B.O.B. - OutKast B.O.B.

62. Throw Some D's - Kanye West

63. Low Rising - The Swell Season Low Rising

64. Not About Love - Fiona Apple Not About Love

65. He's Frank - The B.P.A. featuring Iggy Pop He's Frank (feat. Iggy Pop)

66. Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes

67. Rockstar - Nickelback Rockstar

68. Birthday Girl - The Roots and Patrick Stump Birthday Girl

69. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ - Bob Dylan

70. Alfie - Lily Allen Alfie (Radio Edit)

71. Chasing Pavements - Adele Chasing Pavements

72. Cowboy Casanova - Carrie Underwood Cowboy Casanova

73. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal

74. Roses - OutKast

75. Strange Times - The Black Keys

76. We Are All Made of Stars - Moby

77. Just Ain't Gonna Work Out - Mayer Hawthorne Just Ain't Gonna Work Out

78. Steer - Missy Higgins Steer

79. Stronger - Kanye West Stronger

80. Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne Stacy's Mom

81. Stan - Eminem featuring Dido Stan

82. Sinkin’ Soon - Norah Jones Norah Jones - Not Too Late (Deluxe Version) - Sinkin' Soon

83. Jesus Walks - Kanye West

84. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift Taylor Swift - Fearless (Platinum Edition) - You Belong With Me

85. Rollin' With Saget - Stu Stone and Jamie Kennedy Jamie Kennedy & Stu Stone - Blowin' Up, Season 1 - Rollin' With Bob Saget (Music Video)

86. The Underdog - Spoon The Underdog

87. Conquest - The White Stripes Conquest

88. Girls, Girls, Girls - Jay-Z

89. Times Like These - Foo Fighters

90. Sleep Now in the Fire - Rage Against the Machine Sleep Now In the Fire

91. In Too Deep - Sum 41

92. You And Me - Dave Matthews Band You & Me

93. Hash Pipe - Weezer Hash Pipe

94. Maps - Yeah Yeah Yeahs Maps

95. Champion - Kanye West

96. LDN - Lily Allen

97. Death to All But Metal - Steel Panther Death to All But Metal

98. Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie Death Cab for Cutie - Directions - Soul Meets Body

99. Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of - U2 Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of

100. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley Gnarls Barkley - Crazy - Single - Crazy