As you might imagine this list of Timbaland's greatest productions includes hits by Missy Elliott, Aaliyah and Justin Timberlake. See what other artists have been lucky enough to benefit from his beat-making talents.
"Breaker" (Sub Pop) Low makes it look easy. They are one of those rare bands that are able to maintain a strong identity while constantly surprising listeners with new sounds. Drums and Guns, the latest link in the band's controlled evolution, will be released in March.
"Once Upon a Time" (Toolshed) The French duo of Nicolas Godin and JB Dunckel are back with a new album on March 6 that features gorgeously glowing electonic pop tracks like this one. Pocket Symphony just might be the album that meets the brilliance of their groundbreaking Moon Safari.
8. "California Dreamin'" / The Mamas and the Papas John and Michelle Philips capture a longing for sunny California days during a harsh New York winter on this definitive Mamas and the Papas hit. The hauntingly somber harmonies are still startingly beautiful today, even after hearing it a thousand times on film and television as a primary nostalgia-inducing song for the '60s.
"Tator Tots and Robots" "Fire Puppy" (Fanatic) Thomas Lunch's high energy indie pop incorparates everything from hard rock guitars to minimalist electronic beats to fun (at times, goofy) lyrics. His debut full-length Diagrams without Instructions is available Feb. 27.
"Beyond the Beyond" "Get It" (Beggars) Perhaps it's not a surprise that post-Def-Jux RJD2 is not quite as constrained to hip-hop as he was on 2002's Dead Ringer. These two tracks from his upcoming album The Third Hand shows that he's even more of a brilliant genre masher than we knew.
"Fuck and Run" (Dope Lotus) Jason Drake of Cassettes Won't Listen covers the Liz Phair Exile in Guyville favorite. A deliciously fun remake that's quite different than the original, but doesn't obliterate it.
9. "River Deep, Mountain High" / Ike & Tina Turner Despite Ike's name being listed in the credits for the song, it's really all about Tina -- and Phil Spector's dazzling pop orchestration, of course. Tina's performance effortlessly balances pure innocence and raw soul, all backed by Spector's lush arrangements. It's one of those rare shout-it-to-the-sky love songs that (call me a sap) captures that sweet emotion.
"I.C.E." (Anti-) Indie rock producer John McEntire (Stereolab, Tortoise) combined creative talents with renowned Brooklyn-based afrobeat orchestra Antibalas on this unique blend of world music and post-rock. I'm prepared to be fully impressed when the album, Security, comes out on March 6.
"Dictionary" (Toolshed) Frontman Dieter Sermeus construct mellow indie pop songs like this mid-Tempo tune that sounds a bit like a Postal Service outtake. The Go Find's latest CD Stars on the Wall lands in stores on April 24.
"Working to Work" (Insound) British experimental indie pop trio Field Music's Tones of Town is one of the year's highest rated albums. Their angular songwriting is unconventional but always a treat for the ears, on this track and throughout the entire CD.
"Advice for Young Mothers to Be" (World's Fair) Oft compared to crooning singer/songwriters like Jeff Buckley and Morrissey, New-Zealand-via-London band The Veils look to take their timelessly cool sound stateside with their album Nux Vomica, out April 4.
10. "Paint It, Black" / Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards helmed this dark, sexy 1966 #1 hit, but it was sitar-rocking Brian Jones and the Klezmer style keyboard of Bill Wyman that really makes the song a standout favorite.
Apologies to anyone who might have been following this countdown. (Anyone? Anyone?) It's been two months since I revealed #11, I know.
"Mr. Violin and Dancing Bear" (Spin) Page France has hardly been ignored by the blog world over last couple of years, but they certainly haven't exploded to stardom like other bands have either. This track from their upcoming ...and the Family Telephone kind of pops out at you like a child jumping up and down for attention. The big difference is that I'd probably be annoyed by a needy little kid, but Page France, well, I'm finding hard not to love.
"Hock It (YACHT Remix)" (Team YACHT) The success of The Blow's fall release Paper Television has prompted the re-release of the duo's debut EP Poor Aim: Love Songs. The CD will include six new remixes, including this one mixed by Blow member Jona Bechtolt himself.
THE LARRY PAGE HALL OF FAME: PRINCE, THE CLASH & MORE
Hall of Fame - Gold Inductees Hall of Fame - Silver Inductees Hall of Fame - Bronze Inductees So, I recently realized that it has been nearly a year-and-a-half since I last added any artists to The LARRY Page Hall of Fame -- my opinion of who should really be inducted into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The latest roster of inductees includes some of many favorite artists who began their careers in the late 70s and early 80s. The new class brings the Hall of Fame to a total of 60 artists.
February 2007 Inductee Black Sabbath Blondie The Clash Elvis Costello Joy Division Kraftwerk The Police Prince R.E.M. Patti Smith
Hardly a controversial list, but I should note that Joy Division and Kraftwerk are not currently members of Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"Candy Wrapper" "California Sun" (Fanatic) Using retro freakbeats and catchy harmonies, San Francisco's The Makes Nice are a fountain power pop. Their record Candy Wrapper and Twelve Other Songs will be in stores Tuesday on Frenetic.
"Scorch" (Kill Rock Stars) If you're not completely sick of white girl rappers from overseas, give the Macromantics (aka Romy Hoffman) a chance. The Aussie balances the attitude of Lady Sovereign and the cutesyness of Lily Allen on this track from her just-release self-titled CD.
At Thursday's Miss Sixty fashion week after party Eve performed about half a dozen hits like "Satisfaction" and "Let Me Blow Your Mind". She also gave us a taste of a track from her new CD, currently scheduled for May release, which featured the familiar riff from The White Stripes "Seven Nation Army". She really only spat for about 25 seconds and oddly sounded like something that could have easily been on The Eminem Show. We'll see if Jack White can help out the oft-collaborating rapper remain one of the only successful females in the business.
The old Listening Room was kind of silly. We at The LARRY Page have concluded the kids will like this better.
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