Sunday, October 31, 2010
You could listen to the song "Black Coffee" while drinking coffee with cream and sugar, but maybe it's best with nothing added.
I'm drinking it black at the moment, in honor of Black Flag, a hardcore punk band of the '70s and '80s, and their song "Black Coffee" ('1982 Demos' version) which will be on my list of 100 Best Rock Songs, from 1970 to 2010, to be published this year. Congratulations!
Friday, October 29, 2010
I'm just gonna let Alice tell about his beliefs in the video and not write any of my comments. Note: Some comments by other people under the video are not for kids to read, so be careful. Although Alice is helping kids, so listen to the whole video. It's cool!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This isn't a recent announcement so please read all the official information that was with the video. However, it was a good way for SLOT, an alternative-metal band from Russia, to introduce themselves to new listeners. (Double click the video to go to this video the way it appears on YouTube, with additional information and link to contact the band.) I will add more links and contact information later.
In my opinion, SLOT is one of the best bands these days and they are beginning to gain more worldwide attention. Many of their songs are in Russian (although more songs will be in English) and some of their videos as well as other videos featuring their songs are on YouTube, and some have English translations. I've only known about SLOT this year and just for a few months.
Anyone looking for new music, and specifically alternative-metal/alternative-rock should listen to their songs. I'm sure SLOT would like to hear from their listeners and know they are attracting new fans everywhere. I'm looking forward to buying their CDs, both in Russian and English, but hopefully the Russian CD has a copy of the lyrics because I can read some Russian, and look up words in my Russian dictionary, too.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Here's a very nice interview of J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. It's an NME interview and I like it a lot.
I came across this video yesterday on YouTube. It's being mentioned today because Dinosaur Jr., with a great song, just this morning 'smashed' the 100 Best Songs list which I've been working on for more than a year. After I complete the list, I will publish it here.
The interview also can be watched at NME VIDEO on YouTube.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Some things grow on you, but in this case a very heavy (metal) statement makes us grow. It's right-on man, against war, but it's also powerful heavy metal.
With the song "War Pigs", Black Sabbath reaches my list of 100 Best Rock Songs. They are clearly deserving of all the admiration from heavy metal and hard-rock fans.
I haven't published the list but hope to put it on this blog in the next month.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Led Zeppelin is considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time and their song "Kashmir" is among the most beautiful rock songs ever.
How easy it was for me to decide "Kashmir" will be on my list of 100 Best Rock Songs.
Note: My list will have songs from 1970 to 2010, although there will be a few songs from 1969 because some singles released in 1969 would still be on the charts in 1970. However, I am not considering only 'singles' and not limiting my list to songs that received radio airplay.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band broke free from artificial boundaries of what was accepted in music to make songs that were ahead of their time and of lasting significance. "Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish" is a track from their album "Trout Mask Replica", released in 1969. The song features perhaps the best and most beautiful clashing of instruments I've ever heard near the end of song.
The lyrics are strange and the style is spoken more like a poetry reading, and no matter what the song is really about, it does give a very nice jolt to my imagination. I feel like I'm watching one of those nature programs and the narrator lost his script, so he just starts reading some interesting poetry about what he thinks is going on in the animal's mind. Cool!
Well, one thing is for certain, this song is great whether you call it experimental rock, progressive rock, art rock, or something else, and it reaches my list of 100 Best Rock Songs (1970-2010) even though it was from 1969. I decided to allow a few songs from 1969 because some albums are released and then singles later on, or the single was released near the end of the year and continues on the charts the following year. However, I decided that all songs, including all tracks and singles, had the same chance but of course to get on the list the song must be great the way the Beefheart song is.
Note: I do not upload music videos to YouTube and to my knowledge don't know who put those videos on that website. I'm only sharing it here, as with other videos, for the purpose of giving my opinion and entertainment to promote these fine recording artists, their songs and rock music, and be helpful to those trying to find out about music. Please support bands by buying their albums, CDs, and going to concerts.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Soundgarden is right up there with Nirvana in terms of grunge-rock greatness. "Fell On Black Days" is an amazingly beautiful hard rock song. Everything in the song is outstanding, especially the lyrics and Chris Cornell's singing which is among the finest I've ever heard. "Fell On Black Days" will be on my top 100 rock songs list over the last 40 years.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Nirvana is one of the greatest bands in rock music history. "Come As You Are" by Nirvana is among the best songs from the '90s. It's a grunge-rock song that really rocks but also has a nice, clean sound.
"Come As You Are" was an easy choice for my list of 100 best rock songs.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
King Crimson's song "Frame by Frame" is one of the best hard-rocking progressive rock songs ever.
They were one of the top three or four bands of the '80s, in my opinion. A lot of people think the '80s rock music was only about U2 and that all the other bands came in far behind. But I don't see it that way.
U2 deserved the recognition they received, but King Crimson should have gotten more recognition themselves.
"Frame by Frame" will be on my list of 100 Best Rock Songs once I publish the list on this blog. Congratulations to King Crimson!