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TOP 100 ROCK & ROLL SINGLES OF ALL TIME: #16



16. "Bring It On Home to Me" / Sam Cooke
Although "A Change is Gonna Come" and "You Send Me" are both important, influencial songs for very individual reasons, it's the genuine yearning on "Bring It On Home to Me" that really tugs the heart strings. It's the classic don't-know-what-you-got-'til-it's-gone story, but Cooke's croons an undeniably convincing plea on the timeless 1961 hit.

See also:
#100 - #81
#80 - #61
#60 - #41
#40 - #21
#20 | #19 | #18 | #17


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posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: TOM WAITS



"You Can Never Hold Back Spring"
"Road to Peace"
(Anti-)
Two more tracks from Tom Waits' upcoming 3-disc box set Orphans.

See also: MP3: TOM WAITS: "Bottom of the World"

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posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: THE PUNKS



"Untitled (Part 1)" (Kill Rock Stars)
Don't let their name fool you. The Punks are not a raucous three-chord trio of Ramones wannabes. This experimental track of feedback and abstract rhythms from their upcoming album Unanimous Bangers is your proof.

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posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: THE WALKMEN



"Too Many Rivers to Cross" (Insound)
The John Lennon-produced Harry Nilsson record Pussy Cats from 1974 was studio buddy session that featured a collection originals and classics sung by a sick and vocally impaired Nilsson. The Walkmen have recreated the album track by track -- boozy, gravelly sound and all.

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posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: SIMON JOYNER



"Medicine Blues" (Jagjaguwar)
Omaha's Simon Joyner releases his tenth album, Skeleton Blues, on Nov. 12. The CD is supposedly somewhat of an homage to rock legends of the past. Whether emulations interest you or not, "Medicine Blues" is a sharp duplication of Velvet Underground.

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posted on Sunday, October 29, 2006 | [permalink]


TOP 100 ROCK & ROLL SINGLES OF ALL TIME: #17



17. "You Really Got Me" / The Kinks
The loud, simple guitar riff of The Kinks' number one single remains one of the most recognizable five chords in rock history. Still strikingly sexy today, "You Really Got Me" not only became one of the most successful hits of The British Invasion, but it also influenced every hard rock band to follow.

See also:
#100 - #81
#80 - #61
#60 - #41
#40 - #21
#20 | #19 | #18


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posted on Monday, October 23, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: MALAJUBE



"Fille a Plumes" (Insound)
Montreal-based Malajube marries punk metal and indie pop in a ceremony of loud guitars and sugary hooks. Their sophomore album Trompe-L'oeil is out on Ninja Tune on Oct. 31.

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posted on Monday, October 23, 2006 | [permalink]


MP3: JOSEF K



"Sorry for Laughing" (Domino)
Domino Records attempts to resurrect the quirky post-punk sound of Scotland's Josef K, in much of the same fashion that the label gave new life to the band's homeland cohorts Orange Juice. This remarkably fresh sounding track from the their forthcoming collection Entomology proves that this band was ahead of its time.

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posted on Friday, October 20, 2006 | [permalink]


TOP 100 ROCK & ROLL SINGLES OF ALL TIME: #18



18. "Superstition" / Stevie Wonder
Stepping away from the traditional Motown sound for the first time, Stevie Wonder's chart topping funk explosion from Talking Book finally put Little Stevie to rest and ushered in an era R&B innovation that would make him a legend.

See also:
#100 - #81
#80 - #61
#60 - #41
#40 - #21
#20 | #19


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posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: MIHO HATORI



"Barracuda" (Toolshed)
Cibo Matto's Miho Hatori goes solo with her debut album Ecdysis. This quirky carnival ride of a track leads the quite certainly eclectic CD.

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posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006 | [permalink]


MP3: WHITE MAGIC



"The Light" (Drag City)
Brooklyn's White Magic will soon release their second full-length CD Dat Rosa Mel Apibus, which features accessible avant garde indie folk like this opening track of the album.

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posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: DAVE FISCHOFF



"Ghost of an Afternoon" (Secretly Canadian)
Dave Fischoff uses his box of computer tricks to guide this lushly orchestrated electronic pop track from his new album The Crawl, available to buy Nov. 21.

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posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 | [permalink]


TOP 100 ROCK & ROLL SINGLES OF ALL TIME: #19



19. "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" / Marvin Gaye
No other song from Marvin Gaye's classic album What's Going On? embodied urban struggle quite as fully as "Inner City Blues". The song simmers with feelings of frustration and hardship from beginning to end and proved that soul music could produce intense mood way beyond the bedroom slow jam.

See also:
#100 - #81
#80 - #61
#60 - #41
#40 - #21
#20


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posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 | [permalink]

VIDEO: BOB DYLAN

BOB DYLAN
"When the Deal Goes Down"


Suddenly, it seems like Scarlett Johannson isn't satisfied with her super-stardom only being centered around Hollywood. The young actress not only centerpieced this Dylan video directed by Capote's Bennett Miller, but it was announced today that she may be releasing her own album...of Tom Waits covers. Lesson to all those other music-minded starlets out there: why spend so much time pretending to co-write pop songs when you can seduce aging rock legends into working with you?

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posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: MIXEL PIXEL



"You're the Kind of Girl" (Mixel Pixel)
This spacey electronic funk track appears on Mixel Pixel's new album Music for Plants (in stores on Halloween). It's pleasantly reminiscent of the Gorillaz, only less animated.

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posted on Monday, October 16, 2006 | [permalink]


MP3: +/-



"Fadeout" (Insound)
Another track from the indie pop punk band +/-'s upcoming album Let's Build a Fire.

See also: MP3: +/-: "Steal the Blueprints".

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posted on Sunday, October 15, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: WALKING BICYCLES



"Desperate"
"Car Crash"
"Killing Time"
"King of the Mountain"
(WalkingBicycles.com)
Promising Chicago-based alt band Walking Bicycles recently released their latest EP Disconnected on their own label Highwheel Records. Inspired by upbeat '80s new wave and post-punk, the band melds familiar sounds from past eras. But their mesh is so refreshingly different than today's other retro revivers that the regurgitation is welcome.

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posted on Sunday, October 15, 2006 | [permalink]


TOP 100 ROCK & ROLL SINGLES OF ALL TIME: #20



20. "Pump It Up" / Elvis Costello
The anthemic single from This Year's Model may not exemplify Elvis Costello's complete work as a musician, but the song is certainly his most fun and unforgettable. A pivotal point in the transition from punk rock to post-punk, the song had become a staple in both football stadiums and Williamsburg dance parties.

See also:
#100 - #81
#80 - #61
#60 - #41
#40 - #21


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posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: CHAD VanGAALEN



"Graveyard" (Sub Pop)
Another track from Skelliconnection that proves there's no such thing as a signature Chad VanGaalen sound.

See also: MP3: CHAD VanGAALEN: "Flower Gardens".

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posted on Saturday, October 14, 2006 | [permalink]


MP3: PIT ER PAT



"Solstice" (Thrill Jockey)
Chicago trio Pit Er Pat prides itself on its eclecticism. This song from their new album Pyramids reinterprets jazzy electronic lounge and adds Suzanne Vega-esque vocals, all verging on a sweet, siren-like seduction.

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posted on Friday, October 13, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: THE CURTAINS



"Go Lucky" (Asthmatic Kitty)
The Curtains unveil their first disc as Sufjan Steven's labelmates on Oct. 24, when Calamity hits independent record store racks. Bask in the bliss of this track, which reaches a new level of twee that would even cause Belle and Sebastian to let loose a few agreeable sighs.

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posted on Friday, October 13, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: CALIFONE



"Spring House" (Insound)
Califone's slow, steady climb toward recognition in the music world continues as their latest, Roots and Crowns, receives the best reviews of their career. On this track, they sound like a minimalist orchestra, achieving a lush sound with only rudimentary instrument play.

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posted on Friday, October 13, 2006 | [permalink]


MP3: BITCH



"Unstick" (Kill Rock Stars)
Bitch makes her first album sans Animal and if you feared she might create something other than politically-minded alternative folk for strong females, than worry no more. Her new album Make This/Break This offers just what we expected.

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posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: DAVID VANDERVELDE



"Jacket" (Secretly Canadian)
Apparently, Secretly Canadian is so eager to get the word out about their recently signed young artist David Vandervelde that they are rushing out a single next month. And making that single free to download in the meantime. On this snarky little ditty, the Chicago musician models his sound from late '60s British pop.

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posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2006 | [permalink]


MP3: COLD WAR KIDS



"Hang You Up to Dry"
"Hospital Beds"
"Tell Me in the Morning"
(Insound / ColdWarKids.com)
Released today, Robbers and Cowards, the debut album from California's Cold War Kids, mostly contains tracks that appeared on EPs put out earlier this year, plus a couple of new songs. The pure rock and roll attitude of Cold War Kids constantly veers into unexpected places, making them the kind of indie art rock band that could stay in the scene for a long, long while.

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posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 | [permalink]


MP3: NELLIE MCKAY



"There You Are in Me" (Toolshed)
After troubles at her old label Columbia, everyone's favorite uncategorizable piano songstress is finally releasing the anticipated Pretty Little Head on her own label Hungry Mouse (with distribution by SpinArt). This track from the double-disc is a good sign that the wait just might have been worth it.

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posted on Thursday, October 05, 2006 | [permalink]

VIDEO BUFFET: THE KNIFE, ED HARCOURT, EMILY HAINES, JAMIE T

The latest must-see YouTube music video discoveries.

THE KNIFE
"Like a Pen"


EMILY HAINES & THE SOFT SKELETON
"Doctor Blind"


ED HARCOURT
"Revolution in My Heart"


JAMIE T
"If You Got the Money"


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posted on Thursday, October 05, 2006 | [permalink]


MP3: SKYGREEN LEOPARDS



"Disciples of California" (Jagjaguwar)
Sway gently to this porch swing indie pop song from San Francisco's Skygreen Leopards. The band releases the album of the same name later this month.

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posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: PARTYLINE



"Trophy Wifey" (Insound)
Former Bratmobiler Allison Wolfe is back with a new band and ready to bring the world more unladylike political punk. Zombie Terrorist, the band's debut LP, is available Oct. 24.

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posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 | [permalink]

MP3: CHIN UP CHIN UP



"This Harness Can't Ride Anything" (Suicide Squeeze)
The title track from Chicago act Chin Up Chin Up's latest album shows off their sharp, stylish pop. The CD goes public Oct. 10.

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posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 | [permalink]


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