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Top 5 Haunted Songs for Halloween 2010 October 18, 2010

Filed under: Manic Monday Top 5 — NVMP @ 1:17 PM

Well, it’s that magical, macabre month of October, and that can only mean that things are going to get far scarier before they start to get plentiful and gracious for November, and holly and jolly for December.  So, in honor of all things horrifying and spooky, we present our Top 5 Haunted Songs for Halloween 2010.  Enjoy…if you dare…muah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

TNT’s Top 5
5.  Music from The Shining – I love this movie and the music that goes along with it fits perfectly.
4. “Only The Birds” by Leah Siegel – All of her music is deliciously creepy sounding, but this one takes the cake.  Listen to her music here.
3. “The Battle of Evermore” by Led Zeppelin
2. “Dragula” by Rob Zombie
1. “Black No. 1” by Type O Negative – RIP Peter Steele, we will miss your voice this Halloween.

Hoverbee’s Top 5
5. “Ave Satani” by Jerry Goldsmith – I’ve been afraid of this song since I first saw the 1976 film The Omen.  It scares the pants off me.
4. “Season of the Witch” by Donovan – If there is a spooky psychedelia category, this song is in it.  It starts slowly and builds to an intensity that’s slightly eerie.
3. “Brain Damage” by Pink Floyd – The lunatic is on the grass, in the hall, and in your head.  He’s creepy and he’s coming for you on the dark side of the moon.  It’s true that this is not the most spine-chilling song, but the laughing in the background is what makes it frightening for me.
2. “Diary of a Madman” by Ozzy Osbourne – It has an ominous intro and lyrics about a guy transcribing his journey to madness.  The song ends with a chorus of voices in agony.
1. “Boris the Spider” by The Who – It has a death growl and high-pitched voices chanting “creep, crawly.”  It’s a great song, but it freaks me out a little.

Angela’s Top 5
5.  “Paint it Black” by The Rolling Stones –  The ONE song I like by this group.  It’s just always been kind of a weird, creepy song for me that I’m fascinated with.
4. “Feed My Frankenstein” by Alice Cooper – It’s Alice Cooper, come on now.
3. “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)” by The Doors – I don’t know what it is about this song, but something with it never quite sat well with me.  Don’t ask, but it makes the list.
2. “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath
1. “Pussy Liquor” by Rob Zombie – from the “House of 1000 Corpses Soundtrack”… I hate this movie, I don’t do gore.  So when I hear this song, it scares the crap out of me.  There ya go.

Klone’s Top 5
5. “Black No. 1” by Type O Negative – May Peter Steele rest in peace, as this will be our first Halloween without him, and when we hear this deep and dark song of devotion to love, gothic-style, there will be a moment of near silence cutting through the mist and gloom, where he will be remembered.  “Her perfume smells like…burning leaves…everyday…is Halloween.”
4. “Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)” by David Bowie – Without last fall’s ABC show FlashForward, I would probably have never discovered this song on my own, so don’t always listen when people tell you TV will rot your brains.  This track was the highlight of the Halloween episode of FF, and was definitely fitting.
3. “The Thing That Should Not Be” by Metallica – I defy anyone to not imagine some seriously disturbing creature stalking a world unaware that this thing, that should not be, is waiting for us, just beyond the edge of reason, and over the cliffs of insanity.
2. “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo! – Anyone who has seen the 1980s classic “Back To School” starring the late Rodney Dangerfield, has been treated to a front row performance of this Halloween Party classic track, complete with front-man Danny Elfman, who would later dominate the world of movie scoring, and utilize his vocal prowess to bring the character of Jack Skellington to life in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.  When you listen to the lyrics of this song, Elfman’s future path seems so clear…”It’s a dead man’s party, who could ask for more?  Everybody’s coming, leave your body at the door.  Leave you body and soul at the door.”  AWESOME!
1. “Haunted” by POE – Not only was this song a companion piece to the literary masterpiece House of Leaves, and not only was it composed by author Mark Z. Danielewski’s sister, POE, but it has popped up in all forms of pop-culture horror-fare, most notably as the track that kicks off the closing credits of “Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows”, and the Episode 2 closing track in the 2009 video game “Alan Wake”.  This song is the perfect blend of melody, atmosphere and enticing vocals; POE’s voice draws you in even as the multiple voices of the chorus filling in the background of the track hits you with a sense of foreboding.  Much like the book, this song is a perfect piece of art, and should be respected as such.

Honorable Mention: “Possum Kingdom” by The Toadies – You can’t tell me that this song is NOT about a vampire luring prey.  Literal an interpretation as that might be, it’s still the blatant narrative of the track.  “This is Halloween” by Danny Elfman – opening song of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.  Classic.

Mark’s Top 5
5. “Monster Mash”Bobby “Boris” Pickett– Because someone just had to do it for the sake of Halloween, this 60’s throwback tune isn’t especially creepy or haunting, unless you find “The Munsters” to be a terrifying 30 minute experience. Pure fun by way of a slightly creepy singer.
4. “Ave Satani” (Theme from The Omen)Jerry Goldsmith – The main theme from one of the creepiest child movies ever made reeks of chilling and frightening imagery and notation:  chorus chanting menacingly in Latin, heavy use of brass instruments in minor keys,  off-kilter pacing, and random chimes reminding you of the grim and cold qualities of churches. Give it a listen and see if a creepy demon child doesn’t come to mind.
3. “Moonlight Sonata”Beethoven – The most popular segment from Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor “Quasi una fantasia”, op. 27, No. 2 is also the darkest and most haunting piece ever transcribed to paper. It gives off the vibe that Beethoven might very well have written the piece in Sleepy Hollow, perhaps as a sadness tinged ode to the Headless Horseman.
2. “Telekon”Gary Numan – The opening synth line layered over the spare live drumming, accented with minor-keyed piano stabs make this song especially cold and haunting, almost giving you the feeling that you are existing in some type of a trance like state for all 5 minutes of the song. It wouldn’t be out of place played over a montage of Horror movie killings, or even during the all important revealing of a movie monster’s horrific past.
1. “Everyday is Halloween”Ministry – Although it is more 80’s nostalgia than haunted, this song from the early days of Ministry still carries a monotonous and droning quality to it, making this tunes as fun as it is strangely creepy. What would the world be like if everyday was Halloween?


Top 5 TV Theme Songs October 11, 2010

Filed under: Manic Monday Top 5 — NVMP @ 11:44 PM

You know the glowing box of magical images that regularly captures our minds with an unexplainable charisma…well, that brainwashing wouldn’t be possible without the theme songs that introduce and setup the programs that we hold so near and dear…BECAUSE WE NEED TO!!!!  Enjoy our exploration of our favorite TV Theme Songs, and don’t forget to add yours in the comments section…

TNT’s Top 5
5. The Nanny – Haha, I can’t help but laugh every time I hear it.
4. Friends – You either loved or hated it, but I loved it.
3. WEEDS (the original song by Melvina Reynolds) – I miss this song!  Everyone who watches the show hated this theme song while all along, I’ve been in love.
2. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – C’mon, how could this not make my list?
1. JEM – She’s excitement, adventure, glamor and glitter, fashion and fame.  What’s not to love?!

Honorable Mention: Sponge Bob Square Pants and Pepper Ann (much too cool for 7th grade)

Angela’s Top 5
5. Mr. Ed – Yup, I watched it when I was little at my Nanny’s house a lot, in her basement when I was somewhere from 5 years old to like 10-ish or so.  I don’t know, I just enjoyed it and have the theme song memorized.
4. The Munsters – Classic.  You know exactly what to expect when you hear it.  I feel like if I ever came across someone who didn’t recognize this theme song, my jaw would drop and I might twitch a little.
3. The Andy Griffith Show – Yea, I know it’s really old school but I watched it as a kid on Nickelodeon and I still catch myself whistling the theme song from time to time.
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – You know you know it.  You know you’re singing it.  Enough said.
1. Power Rangers – In 4th grade, I was obsessed with the Power Rangers and tried to make my babysitter floor it home so I wouldn’t miss so much as the intro.  Mind you, I’m talking the ORIGINAL rangers- Billy, Zach, Jason, Trini, Kimberly…and eventually Tommy (oh Tommy!) the most amazing Green Ranger, who I hated when he went White.  Just sayin’.

Klone’s Top 5
5. The Sopranos “Woke Up This Morning (Got Yourself a Gun)” by A3 – Whether you like the band on their own, whether you didn’t know it was a band that did music other than this show’s theme song, this track was synonymous with driving the NJ Turnpike, and thinking about where to dump the body in your trunk.  Forever, this song will be Tony’s arrival home in the AM from nights of crime and debauchery in the big, scary NYC.
4. Twin Peaks “Twin Peaks Theme” by Angelo Bandelamenti – The great thing about this theme is that it perfectly sets up the dichotomy of the show…rural, small-town life vs. the ugliness of politics, corruption, greed and murder.  This witty, film noir-ish murder mystery with bizzare, avant-guard twists was best served by taking our traditional views of life and the world we live in and dosing them with super-charged insanity.  Do you know who killed Laura Palmer?
3. CarnivaleMain Title by Jeff Beal – I don’t know how to describe why I like this one so much, other than that just thinking of the tune/melody lets me completely re-visualize the opening of that show…which was a piece of TV history that will forever be lost in obscurity due to HBO’s incredibly short-sighted notions and early cancellation…The Time Has Come, Brothers and Sisters…
2. DeadwoodMain Theme by David Schwartz – Also responsible for the quirky and fun theme for Northern Exposure, Schwartz’s enticing title sequence theme was full of light and hope and the majesty of the untamed west…the perfect vehicle to draw you in and get you ready for the seedy, dark underbelly of American Capitalism in its infancy.
1. LOST Opening Title by J. J. Abrams – Nothing if not memorable in its minimalist presentation…more of a sound-effect than a theme song, these thirteen seconds have earned their place in the Pantheon of TV Themes.  Though the rest of the show’s score really was more the theme music, the opening was something completely new…an anti-theme as it were.  This would of course be nothing if not more often than not followed by a variation of “Credit Where Credit Is Due” by Michael Giacchino.

Honorable Mention: Battlestar GalacticaMain Theme by Bear McCreary – rarely do TV show theme songs evolve with the progression of the seasons of the show…but this one did…and it was awesome.  FRINGEMain Theme by J. J. Abrams – I know, two J. J. Abrams selections on the same list, and one a far greater attempt at music than the other…but still…all bows down to LOST…no matter what it is.

Daniel Edward’s Top 5
5. Sealab 2021 Theme by Calamine
4. Rocko’s Modern Life Theme by The B-52s
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
2. Captain Planet
1. JEM theme by Jem and the Holograms

Mark’s Top 5
5. Theme from ‘The Flashby Danny Elfman– Is there an amazing superhero theme that the great Danny Elfman has not laid his twisted touch to?  This 1990 TV show only lasted for one glorious season, and yet the theme is still a strong and memorable one, somehow helping to emphasize the comic book nature of the show without ever making it hokey.  Badass!
4. Theme from ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’– A slightly silly, yet oddly creepy composition that is actually effective in giving you the chills, while preparing you for the latest story to unfold.  The vocal humming that occurs during the title card still gives me the creeps.
3. “Temptation Sensation” by Heinz Kiessling – The now instantly recognizable theme for It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.  A cheery and light-hearted composition that was originally used for stock music and temporary scoring purposes, became a sickly sweet and dandy theme song that leads into a show about self-absorbed and amoral assholes…perfect!
2. Theme from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Heroes in a half shell…TURTLE POWER!  You know it, you love it, now get some pizza.
1. Theme from Voltron: Defender of the Universe – One of the greatest Anime cartoons of all time, featuring a sweeping and epic theme laced with futuristic synth accompaniment, to further emphasize that Voltron is not of Earth’s realm.  Its pure awesomeness rings in my ears to this day.  Who doesn’t wish they could run to a cylinder turbine, and have an electronic swing lower you into a tunnel that will take you to your robot lion so that you can battle Evil King Zarkon and his Robeasts with your best buds?

Hoverbee’s Top 5
5. Gilligan’s Island – It’s dated and a little corny, but it’s still a winner.  I liked how originally the song didn’t name all the castaways (and the rest), but then changed to name all those stuck on that isle.
4.  Fraggle Rock – Colorful singing puppets urge you to dance your cares away and save those worries for another day.  What could be better?
3. Freaks and Geeks – The theme to this show is “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.  Normally I don’t take too kindly to actual songs co-opted for television, but it’s a great song for the show, so I don’t mind.
2. Life on Mars – The theme to this British television show composed by Edmund Butt gets stuck in my head on the regular.
1. The Dead Zone – I found I really liked the theme song for this show so I did a little research.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s a Jeff Buckley tune called “New Year’s Prayer.”  Another co-opted song, but I may never have known of it otherwise and I’m happy the show helped me to discover it.


Top 5 Artists You Love to Hate October 4, 2010

Filed under: Manic Monday Top 5 — NVMP @ 11:06 PM

TNT’s Top 5
5. Katy Perry – Didn’t want to put her on here, we all know she’s my #1, but that would just be too easy.  Katy Perry ruined Sesame Street.  What’s next?
4. The Mighty Regis – Ever watch a band and just have every element rub you the wrong way?  That’s what The Mighty Regis felt like, one big wedgie.
3. U2 – Screw you Bono.  Just screw you.  I have never liked your music and if I was as rich as you are, I would spend a good chunk of it on charities and saving the rain forests too.  You’re not the only one who cares about the environment AND loves music Bono.
2. Bjork – God, is she still making music?  I’ve disliked Bjork forever, since childhood.  I still laugh at the truthful childish joke “Bjork? More like big dork.”

1. Creed – OH man, I used to make fun of Creed like it was nobody’s business.  I hated their music as much as I hated their music videos.  I counted, Scott Stapp did that ‘slowly-lower-my-forearms-in-front-of-my-face-while-singing-to-make-me-look-like-I’m-passionate-about-something’ look 23 TIMES in the video for “My Sacrifice”…yeah…passionate about sucking ass.  Are you officially broken up Creed?  You are the reason South Park made episode 709 Christian Rock Hard.  Did you finally learn your lesson that no one cares about you?Stigz’s Top 5
5. Any winner of American Idol – Seriously, this has to stop.  You put out maybe three talented singers since the show started.  Everyone else just makes me want toss my cookies, especially that flamboyant guy-liner wearing dude (I don’t know if he won or made it to the finals, but who gives a shit).
4. Bon Jovi – My sister is a huge fan, sorry Steph, but I just can’t get into it.  And everybody is like “But he’s from Jersey!” which reiterates my disgust with one of his songs, the theme song from Deadliest Catch.  You know it.  “I’m a cowboy/On a steel horse I ride/I’m wanted/Dead or alive.”  My response: You’re from Jersey not Texas, so stop referring to your IROC Z as a “steel horse.”
3. T.I. – Autotune called, they want their shit back.  P.S. Stop buying your way into movies.  Quit while your ahead.
2. Lil. Wayne – aka The Scourge of Modern Hip Hop.
1. Kanye WestPaging no-talent, autotuned, sampling-addicted douchebags…Oh Kanye there you are, you responded quick.

Hoverbee’s Top 5
It would be so easy to pick Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, or any other artist that is currently the most popular, but I decided to pick bands that have been getting under my skin for what feels like ages.
5. Three Days Grace – This post-grunge band from Canada kills me with such tunes as “Animal I Have Become” and “Just Like You.”
4. Puddle of Mudd – Forever to be known by me as that “smack my ass band” with the single “Control,” this American post-grunge band makes me clutch my head and scream “why?”  Grunge is over and there is no need to keep trying to evoke the spirit of Kurt Cobain.  “She Hates Me” is one such example that makes me weep with disdain.
3. Godsmack – Pick any song by this American post-grunge, nu metal hot mess and I dislike it.  Hits like “Whatever,” “Speak,” and “I Stand Alone” bring redundancy to an entirely new level.
2. Linkin Park – I admit I was a huge supporter of rap rock when it was a new concept and hadn’t gained wide acceptance or popularity as a genre.  Although considered nu metal and alternative rock as well, this band single-handedly killed my rap rock support.  My least favorite song by the band being “Numb.”
1. Nickelback – Yet another post-grunge band from Canada that makes my ears bleed and not in a good way.  I’ve never owned or cared enough to listen to an entire album, but every single they release is a stinker.  From “Photograph” to “How You Remind Me” and “Something In Your Mouth,”  I can’t help but hear a recycled sound that has been pimped-out and popped-up for mass consumption.

Angela’s Top 5
Top 5 artists I love to hate is probably the easiest list I’ve ever met.  These major acts that so many people go crazy for often make me feel like punching babies when they come on air.*  To say they turned me off completely in disgust is something of an understatement.  Anyway, enjoy this list and love to hate me for hating them.
*I do not condone baby punching.
5. Creed – Fuck Scott Stapp and his many Jesus like poses.  I got an idea, if you want to be Jesus so fucking badly let’s get some people together and publicly crucify you.  Man up.  Sounds like a party to me.
4. Lenny Kravitz – He drives me insane.  When I hear “American Woman” I get angry all over again like it’s a brand new discovery of hate.  I’d rather turn the radio off and sit in complete silence.  Kinda like how my uncle feels about watching Met games, “I’d rather watch grass grow than watch the fucking Mets.”
3. Dave Matthews Band – “Omg, I saw Dave last night,” “Yo, how many times have you seen Dave?”  “Dude, this one time at a Dave concert. . . . ”  Fuck.  Dave.  And Fuck Your first name basis.  Every single one.  I do not see what is appealing about his music. . .to me, it’s just a really drunk guy blathering into a microphone.  I just fucking hate jam bands.  I passionately despise the “Jam Band.”  If you all want to make real music sit down and write an actual song instead of wandering aimlessly until no one can tell which song of the set you’re on anymore.
2. U2 I can not stand Bono.  I just can’t listen to him preach.  I can’t do it.  The songs have never pulled me anywhere into their music and I would like to keep it that way.
1. Red Hot Chili Peppers/ The Rolling Stones – A tie for first, let me break this down.  I really do hate the Chili Peppers.  Though this is one of those things you KNOW is fundamentally wrong because just look at what they’ve done for music in their longevity.  I turn the station every time.  But, “how can you hate the Chili Peppers?!?!?!”  Listen, in my youth I found myself thinking that I liked them and I would listen when it came on.  HOLY SHIT – can I just tell you that AS I write this the RHCP came on…life is fucking funny.  Karma ladies and gentlemen, karma.  As for the Stones…I got nothing.  Nothing at all.  Sitting through one of their songs is slow torture in which the car becomes more of a hellish locked chamber I must endure until another song comes on, coaching  myself all the while.  It’s like the panic of trying to hold your breath in the face of a gas explosion; you know if you let go and breathe it in, even for one second, it’s going to feel like death…but your lungs burn so bad…

Honorable Mentions: The Killers, NickelBack, Tom Petty, and Neil Young

Klone’s Top 5
5. Lady GaGa – I don’t care if I find a song or two catchy, and I claim “Guilty Pleasures” like scared witnesses plead the 5th, but still…she’s a ridiculous spectacle, and I don’t mean ridiculous in the opposite day sense of trying to say super cool…she’s a nut bag…hopefully one day EVERYONE realizes it.
4. Katy Perry – I didn’t even know I realized I knew who this notorious shock-value airhead was, but leave it to SNL to confirm as much.  I hate this chick so much I’ve actually started finding some of her songs in the “Guilty Pleasure” category.
3. Soulja Boy – a.k.a. DeAndre Cortez Way…Do I need to explain this?  Can we please stop rewarding mediocrity?  PLEASE?!
2. Lindsey Lohan – Thank God she’s technically also a singer, so she can make this list.  I mean, talent?  NO!  Hilarity at what a failure at life she is?  Oh, HELL YES!!
1. Paris Hilton – She makes the list under the same LiLo exception to the rule…but this chick is the single person that instantly comes to mind when I think, “Who would the world NOT give a fuck about if she drove her brand new car into an active volcano?”  I mean, seriously?  A socialite?  Does anyone else find it disturbing that these rich idiots are so out of touch that they consider that an occupation?


Top 5 Artists You Haven’t Seen Live, But Want To September 27, 2010

Filed under: Manic Monday Top 5 — NVMP @ 11:10 AM

TNT’s Top 5
5. Modest Mouse – I often question what it’d be like seeing these guys live, so they had to make the list.
4. Little Jackie (Imani Coppola) – I am always singing her songs, she’s just phenomenal and I need to catch her live asap.
3. Local Natives – As soon as I find out that Local Natives are in town and attempt to buy tickets, the show is already sold out.  I will see you soon, mark my words!
2. Ida Maria – She’s another artist whose concerts sell out at a drop of a hat.  I absolutely love her and have been hip to her jive for a few years now.  Her music is making her way around hit movies, tv shows and commercials…and “Queen of the Night” has been my ring tone for the last year and a half.
1. AWOLNATION – When are you coming to NYC??!  I have a disease and the only cure is AWOLNATION…and more cowbell of course.

Angela’s Top 5
This list made me think, due to the fact that I make it a point to see as many bands live as humanly possible.  As a result, there are few I have yet to conquer and I’m now sitting here going, “Who HAVEN’T I seen live?”  After combing through my CD collection and finding those few gems, here are the bands that have escaped me thus far.
5. The Aqua Bats – The music is filled with silly fun, mixed with a blend of ska perfection.  Though I haven’t seen them yet, I believe I’m going to be changing that within the next month or two.
4. The Offspring – Growing up, I was a huge fan of The Offspring.  I’m not quite sure WTF happened with the Americana album but hey, we all make mistakes.  (Seriously, how do you go from a song like “Bad Habit” to “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)”?  Other than that, I’ve always wanted to see them and test whether Dexter’s voice can hold up live, as I’ve heard it doesn’t.
3. No Doubt – I like their music and I hear good things about them live.  They would be a nice addition to my “seen ’em!” list.
2. System of a Down – I’ve been told they tear it up live, and as a fan of their music, I can only imagine the crazy intense energy that exudes from the stage into the audience.
1. Tool – I’ve seen A Perfect Circle and gotten some of my Maynard fix, but I’ve heard such amazing things about the mind fuck that is Tool live; the darkened stage, a ceiling that looks like crawling bodies…definitely something I would love to experience.

Hoverbee’s Top 5
5. U2 – I’ve heard that U2 shows have tons of eye candy in addition to the wonderful tunes.  Although I’m not the biggest fan of the last few albums, I’d love a chance to catch a show and hear some of the classics.
4. Franz Ferdinand – This Glasgow foursome is said to have started the band to create songs that are fun and make people want to dance.  Well, they succeeded!  I’d enjoy a chance to dance at a show.
3. The Killers – I admit I disliked the single “Somebody Told Me,” but upon the insistence of a good friend, I listened to the rest of Hot Fuss and was hooked.  Although Sam’s Town was a departure from Hot Fuss, I was still intrigued enough to listen.  I loved Day & Age and would kill (pun intended) to see them live.
2. The Pixies – Need I say more?
1. The White Stripes – Here lies proof that a big sound need not arise from a large number.  This dynamic duo packs an awesome punch and I’d love to be socked in the ear.  Pow!  Blam!

Mark’s Top 5
5. Asian Dub Foundation – An electronic cluster fuck of punk, jungle, reggae, dub, surf, rock and hip-hop, drawn together with culture conscious lyrics and rhythmic protests, making them Europe’s answer to Rage Against the Machine, minus the shittiness and self-righteous lyrics.  What’s not to love?  They find the time to tour all over the world, including some third-world countries, and yet have never found a reason to tour the U.S., at least not since they toured with the Beastie Boys in the mid-nineties.  TOUR THE U.S. FOR FUCK’S SAKE!
4. Pet Shop Boys – From what I have seen on past tour videos and heard from various fans, they put on a grand and theatrical live show.  And being that they are 80’s new wave/synth-pop icons, that makes them all the more appealing to me.
3. Failure – Though they are now just a distant memory, part of the often overlooked side of the grunge movement, namely the actual talented and experimental sect, not to mention less shitty and self-important bands, they are still quite influential and a great listen.  One could only imagine how amazing their live shows would have been, as they ceased playing in 1997.
2. Boston – Although the original line-up has been broken up since the late 70’s, founder and guitarist Tom Scholz is still touring the world with one of the first rock bands that I have ever heard, and for two decades of admiration, I must satisfy the urge to catch one of their live rock-outs.
1. Kraftwerk – The electronic pioneers of the late 60’s are still alive and kicking, and playing capacity shows all over the world.  Although as of 2010 the group has only one original member (co-founder Ralf Hutter) they are still worth seeing, if not for the electronic multi-media experience, then for the ability to say that I got to see them live.

Klone’s Top 5
So, does this ever happen to anyone else?  I totally fail to realize just how many bands/artists I’ve seen until I finally si
t down to try to think of the ones I still haven’t.  On the one hand I’m glad to know I’ve made so much progress as a fan of music, but on the other, it’s hard to narrow down the already narrow list…but here goes…
5. Disturbed – Probably the greatest gift to new metal from the early millennial change-over.  Other than the veterans of the days of rock gone-by, like Metallica, there’s not much left in the metal world that I feel would be worth spending my cash to see.  Disturbed rocks, hands-down, period.

4. Smashing Pumpkins – Sometimes you just gotta say, ‘Thank God some bands get back together.’

3. Nine Inch Nails – Trent Reznor is Nine Inch Nails…and watching them on Blu-Ray DVD has only made me realize how much I need to see NIN live before I die.

2. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hey, oh…want to see their show, oh-oh-oh.  I got to go, oh, see RHCP’s show, oh, oh.1.
1. Tenacious D – I feel like this would be something of a religious experience.  After all the DVDs and internet videos I’ve seen of these guys, live would almost be too much to handle, but I’ll risk my musical sanity to test that theory.

Honorable Mention: Phil Collins – Technically I saw him over this summer, but he wasn’t performing his own material…it was a controversy since he advertised the show as his own, but it was supporting a 60s soul cover album he had just released.  The show was an epic fail.

Stigz’s Top 5
Disclaimer: This was super tough because I’ve seen a ton of bands live (working in radio is awesome – free tickets to almost anything)
5. Bayside – Never saw them live, but they are in the same vein (excuse the pun) as Alkaline Trio, but I have never caught them live.  I’ve had tickets, but just never made it there, and one of these days, I have to.
4. R.E.M. – I don’t know why, but I wish I could see these guys live.  I’m only a mild fan, but think it would be a great live show to see.
3. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic – Yet again, someone had an extra ticket, but I couldn’t make it.  It would be an immense pleasure to see P-Funk and Clinton rock out in their legendary fashion, which cut them into the American music landscape forever.  Horn sections, funky bass lines, flamboyant garb and a dude in a diaper?  Come on!  That’s entertainment.
2. Reel Big Fish – I’m still pissed about not seeing them at Warped Tour, but who the hell goes on at 2:30??  Lol.  Joking aside I’ve always wanted to see them live, as many of their tunes just exude a feel-good, dance-like-nobody-is-watching attitude, and I would love to experience it live.
1. Nine Inch Nails – From what I hear, one of the wildest live shows you can catch (save for the obvious giant, crowd pleasing acts, like Gwar or in my sister’s case, Bon Jovi), and I wish I could have seen them on the NINJA tour – Nine Inchs Nails and Jane’s Addiction.  Additionally, I hear they pull out all the stops, and even use crazy gadgets like 15-foot-high, touch screen drum machines which would make an audiophile like me pop one in their trousers.


Top 5 Songs To Wake Up To September 20, 2010

Filed under: Manic Monday Top 5 — NVMP @ 8:59 PM

TNT’s Top 5
5. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham! – Oh yeah, I went there.
4. “Colors” by April Smith and the Great Picture Show – This song has a beat that makes me want to wake up and sing while I strut my way to the shower.  It makes me feel full of love, which is a great way to start the day.
3. “Wake Up” by The Living End – The context of the words ‘wake up’  in this song makes me want to fight the system.  “Suicidal education / it got sold to our generation. / Wake up to the manipulation. / Wake up to the situation, suicidal education.”  At the end, voices of children join in with the chorus, my favorite part.
2. “She’s A Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones – When I hear this song, as soon as the tambourine joins in, I know it’s only a matter of seconds until the covers fly off and I’m dancing my way to the coffee machine.  “Ruby Tuesday” could be tied for #2.
1. “Don’t Shake My Tree” by The Hard Lessons – I love how the song progresses with volume and power, it’s the perfect snooze button.  The line ‘don’t shake my tree’ should get the point across that I don’t like to be messed with in the morning.  I will wake up on my own when I need to.

Hoverbee’s Top 5
5. “Hold On I’m Comin’ “ by Sam & Dave – This songs helps me to get on my way.  It keeps you moving like a locomotive.  It has awesome horns and a whole lot of soul.
4. “Green Onions” by Booker T. & The MGs – This song has no lyrics or vocals, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling the reeling.  It moves me and shakes me into a new day.
3. “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown – As this song begins Mr. Brown squeals and then shouts “I’m back” several times.  This is how I feel returning to the waking world.  I got up offa the bed and returned from dreamland.
2. “Shotgun” by Jr. Walker & The All Stars – Waking up to this song in the morning pushes me out of bed and gets me ready to go.  The song starts with a gun firing.  It signals the start of the race so I’m off and running.
1. “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye – This song starts off with the sounds of a party.  It has an excellent energy.  Magically, I’m transported to a lovely shindig where there is much fun to be had.  Not a bad way to start the day.

Angela’s Top 5
The top five songs that wake me up…now, this doesn’t particularly mean the first thing in the morning in every case, just songs powerful enough to surge life through my body and bring me back to life.
5. “Love Addict” by Family Force 5
4. “Oh Yeah” by The Cliks
3. “This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race” by Fall Out Boy
2. “What I Got” by Sublime – I can’t come across this song and not instantly be in a good mood, ready to face the day.
1. “Straight Lines” by Silverchair – I can not even begin to explain how amazing this song is.  It runs through me and brings me so high…love it.

Daniel Edward’s Top 5
5. Family Guy Theme Song – Family Guy is my daily breakfast programing.
4. “1901” by Phoenix
3. “Bitch” by Rinocerose
2. “Gay Bar” by Electric Six
1. “The Church of Hot Addiction” by Cobra Starship – This is my wake-up alarm tone, so it literally gets me out of bed in the morning.

Klone’s Top 5
I always tend to think about the start of my day like the opening sequence of a movie, so when thinking about the Top 5 Songs to Wake-Up To, I tend to imagine songs that not only help me start my day, but would also be great soundtrack-to-the-movie-of-my-life songs.
5. “Sober” by Tool – Why can I not be sober?  Why can’t this Monday be over?  Why can’t we sleep forever?  I know my hangover would feel much better now…
4. “Symphonies” by Dan Black (featuring Kid Cudi) – I know this was in one of my recent Top 5s, so it’s not like this song has had much time to make my mornings, but I gotta say, when waiting for my commuter train over the last few weeks where we’ve realized that summer is pretty much officially over, this song has perfectly captured my emotional state and helped me step up and get onto the train instead of calling out and avoiding responsibility and adulthood.  Wow…that might be the saddest endorsement of a song I’ve ever heard…
3. “Wild Side” by Mötley Crüe – Just the way this song kicks in, like a motorcycle being kick-started (metaphorically, not literally like in “Kick-Start My Heart” or “Girls, Girls, Girls”…before anyone starts ranting about Klone not knowing his stuff), I can’t help but get moving in the morning, even if my eyes aren’t completely opened.
2. “Umbrella” by Rhianna (featuring Jay-Z) – The beat, the tone, the uplifting progression…it’s a great song when you’re trying to half-wake-up and half-catch-a-nap on the train to work in the morning.

Honorable Mentions: “Man In The Box” by Alice In Chains, “Bug Eyes” by Dredge, and “I Got You, Babe” by Sonny and Cher – It’s GROUNDHOG DAY!

Mark’s Top 5
5. “Dream On” by Depeche Mode – The breathy vocals and down tempo electronics beat wakes you up, while Martin Gore’s acoustic guitar picking gets you moving with a subtle urgency.
4. “Dog Eat Dog” by Adam and the Ants – If you need a song to utterly startle and annoy you out of a peaceful slumber, than this irritating morning tune is what you need.  It’s great any other time of the day, though.
3. “Spirits in the Material World” by the Police – The opening drum roll is more than enough to yank your eyelids open immediately.  Nothing like synths and political lyrics to help start your day.  Thanks Sting.
2. “Dawn Chorus” by Boards of Canada – The title isn’t just accurate, it’s an indicator of the perfect time to listen to it.  It’s the type of song that you could imagine listening to as you and friends or a loved one are sitting on a hill, watching the world wake up as the sun rises after a great night, deciding to take in the beauty of it before drifting into slumber.
1. “Roygbiv” by Boards of Canada – For some reason unbeknownst to me, this is perfect and low-key, but strangely moving tune to awaken to; one of the few songs that doesn’t enrage me out of a sound sleep.  Swirling blips and simple synth lines on top of a slightly sleepy and clumsy beat helps to make the first few minutes of being awake that much less aggravating.  It’s basically the soundtrack to the morning mental fog.

Stigz’s Top 5
5. “Caffeine” by Psychostick – So, umm, yea.  A heavy song about caffeine.  Need I say more?
4. “Sanctified” by Nine Inch Nails – A serious house-influenced beat with industrial elements and explicit lyrics, this track always gets my blood pumping.
3. “Armageddon” by Alkaline Trio – From the initial grinding of the intro, to the bite of the vocals, verse by verse, this song makes me edgy and on my feet.  Heir go, just the fuel I need to shuffle out of bed.
2. “Wake Up” by Rage Against The Machine – Do I really need to explain this?
1. “My Own Summer” by Deftones – Just a driving and angry song to get your blood pumping.

Honerable Mention – “The Razor” by Head Automatica – I don’t know why, but I find this jam to be super funky.  Maybe I just have a weak spot for Glassjaw, and that’s transferred into Daryl’s other side projects.


Top 5 Songs of Summer 2010, Happy Labor Day…Even Though it’s a Non-Labor Day…Discuss. September 6, 2010

Filed under: Manic Monday Top 5 — NVMP @ 5:41 PM

TNT’s Top 5
5. “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train – I know that this song is over played and has been a hit since 2009, but I still love it; it definitely defined most of my summer soundtracks.
4. “Black Crows by HoneyHoney – What a song, what a band!  This was my favorite HoneyHoney song of the summer.
3. “Camera Talk” by Local Natives – “It’s alright, the camera’s talking / Oh / And even though I can’t be sure / Memory tells me that these times are worth working for.” =  🙂
2. “Daisy” by Fang Island – YES!  Fang Island is another amazing Brooklyn-based band that everyone needs to get addicted to.  Take a road trip and blast this song.  Yes, there are lyrics, they do make sense, but you don’t need them.  Your only responsibility is to have fun and whip out the air guitar every now and then.
1. “Burn It Down” by AWOLNATION – This chick has definitely gone AWOL.  Motherfucker, burn it down!  This song fits into any and every second of the summer, therefore, you need to blast it.

Daniel Edward’s Top 5
5) “Ghost” by Fefe Dobson – I was ambivalent about her music until I heard her sing an acoustic version of “Ghost” and then heard the album version.  It’s fun, sassy and a great song to jump around to.
4) “DJ Got Us Fallin in Love Again” by Usher – Usher is another artist I neither loved nor hated, but I can’t get this song off repeat.
3) “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant – I just love this song.
2) “Karate” by Kennedy – The song may be a few years old, but I just discovered it this summer.  The funky disco beat and tongue-in-cheek lyrics are ridiculously catchy.
1) “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn – Robyn’s first single from her latest album Body Talk Part 1 is one of her best yet.  Dancey yet melancholic.

Hoverbee’s Top 5
5. “Two Weeks” by Grizzly Bear – It’s not the typical kick off your shoes and party summer song, but still so beautiful.  Picture yourself relaxing on the beach or catching some rays by the lake.
4. “Paisley Pattern Ground” by Black Hollies – What better time for psychedelia than summer?
3. “What We Do” by Devo – It’s a great song to listen to while you do what you do at the beach or with good friends.
2. “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – I love this song so much I’ve nearly played it to death over the last couple months.
1. “Got Nuffin'” by Spoon – This song is off an album that came out way before the summer but got crazy radio play so I can’t help but associate with the good times I’ve had.

Angela’s Top 5
These are all songs I’ve been bumpin’ in the car all summer.  It’s most of what I heard on the radio the most and when it was on, I was like, “yea, that’s good.”
5. “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner
4. “My Chick Bad” by Ludacris
3. “Bottoms Up” by Trey songz
2. “Find Your Love” by Drake
1. “Lil Freak” by Usher

Klone’s Top 5
Just a heads up, not all of my tracks will be new or even from this summer, but the tracks that I’ve been rockin’ steadily on my iPod and in my car all summer long.  These are effectively the top 5 tracks of my summer soundtrack for 2010.  (Goodbye summer, we will miss you.)
5. “City of Hate” by The Toadies – Got to check out a preview copy of their new, yet old (See Hoverbee’s review for full details) album Feeler (2010) and this was the ONLY track worth even listening to.
4. “Symphonies (Remix)” by Dan Black (featuring Kid Cudi) – A lovely blend of hip-hop and low-fi/pop goodness from Dan Black and Kid Cudi.  I love Dan Black’s Radiohead quality, and anyone looking for some of his earlier work that you might not realize you’ve probably already heard, check out his former project The Servant and their track “Cells”.  The instrumental version of the song was used in the Sin City movie trailer.
3. “Alejandro” by Lady GaGa – I know, guilty pleasures be damned, but I definitely was rocking this one to the point of memorizing the lyrics.  Shit happens.  😉
2. “Time” by Hans Zimmer – An instrumental track off of the Inception Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Awesome meditative quality, this song has definitely been inspiring some real creativity for me lately.
1. (TIE) “Burn It Down” & “Guilty Filthy Soul” by AWOLNATION – I was introduced to these guys very late in the summer here, but they both became instant repeat play tracks for me.  They have great party-atmosphere appeal and incredible energy, it’s hard to not get instantly addicted to their sound.

Honorable Mentions (I have no real rationale for why these didn’t make the list, but they did get significant play-time on planet Klone): “The Clincher,” “Jars” and “Letter From a Thief” by Chevelle, “I Will Not Bow,” “Give Me A Sign” and “Follow Me “ by Breaking Benjamin, “You and Your Heart” by Jack Johnson, “I’m Not Over” by Carolina Liar and “Sweet Soul Sister” by The Cult.

Mark’s Top 5
5. “Head Over Heals” by Tears for Fears – The last real favorite tune of the summer, thanks to the recent amazing show put on by TFF in Montclair.  A reminder of how great and underrated some of the new wave acts of the 80s were, and of the few acts of the era that really transcended the new wave label and became much more, like TFF.
4. “Ascension” by Dead Can Dance – A very simple, but dark and melodic piece that echoes the sounds of knights and the renaissance. Listen and imagine two knights of the round table squaring off in an abandoned castle… kick ass.
3. “Allelujah (Noisy Church mix)” by Recoil – Deep, dark and breathy hip-hop beats that accompanied me on many late-nite drives, acting as my soundtrack to the sights of dawn.
2. Utopia” by Brendan Perry – The first single to be released from Dead Can Dance co-conspirator Perry, features a beautiful mixture of drum machines, building strings and melodic harpsichords laying the groundwork for lyrics of self-discovery tinged with sadness.  One of the best tracks of not just the summer, but the year.
1. “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit – The poppiest, happiest and by far the best danceable song of 2010.  The breakout star of my summer long multiple mood music playlists.

Honorable Mentions“Blue Skies” by BT ft. Tori Amos – I rediscovered this amazing dance/rock tune during a long, late night drive down the shore mid-summer.  I forgot how much you can mosh, as well as dance to this track.  B to tha T never fails to surprise me sonically, even after all of these years.  “Burial (DJ Mehdi Mix)” by Miike Snow – Thanks to the incessant commercials from Palm’s Pre phone, this inescapable tune became pretty much an immediate favorite of mine, especially during DJ sets.  Luckily, it happens to be good, and an improvement over the original version both in mood and beauty, at least to me.


Top 5 Artists You’d Like to Share A Drink With August 30, 2010

Filed under: Manic Monday Top 5 — NVMP @ 3:08 PM

TNT’s Top 5
5. NOFX – I just want to party with these guys and play some drinking games, maybe spit some beer in their faces for once.
4. Tim Armstrong – I’d love to share a drink with this man to find out how he started Hellcat Records, you know, pick his brain a bit and maybe help map out a plan for my future label.
3. Willie Nelson – Okay, Nelson makes my list because a good friend of mine who is a security guard has told me some wild stories about hanging out with this man on his tour bus.  Drinks were not the main focus on that bus.  I’m interested to find out why he chopped off his braid and where it is now.
2. Chuck Berry – I think it’s important to know where your music comes from, therefore, I knew Berry had to make my list.  “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.” – John Lennon
1. Jerry Garcia – I regret never hearing this man’s voice live, therefore, a conversation would just be sublime.  Sure, I’ve read many books about the GD culture and the time period, but hearing it from this man would be the biggest mind-fuck ever!  I miss Jerry.

Angela’s Top 5
This list is composed of musicians who I would love to sit down and have a conversation with because their presence on stage and in their music is so much larger than life, I just have to know the thought process behind it all.  I feel like I could sit down with these guys, drink all night and have a great time.
5. The Amish Outlaws – They are a cover band, who are all in fact, legitimately Amish.  But they rock the hell out something fierce and I did in fact share a drink with them.  They were gentlemen and bought me shots all night as we interviewed.  I later stumbled home drunk as anything and it was awesome.
4. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys – He’s Brian Wilson.  He’s a legend and genius.  GENIUS.  Definitely a brain I would love to get inside of over some booze.
3. Joey Ramone of the Ramones – I feel like if I could have had the chance to sit down and have a beer with this guy, the wealth of things I could learn about music would be infinite.  Just like the Ramones music, I feel in his simplicity of living, there is brillance.
2. Freddie Mercury of Queen (he’s only in the number 2 spot because he’s dead and I can’t ACTUALLY do this) – I love Queen.  I love Freddie Mercury.  Yet another brilliant, brilliant musician.  He’s just amazing.
1. Jack Terricloth of the World/Infenro Friendship Society – Because if you’ve learned anything about this band from me by now, it’s that each show is basically a giant punk rock party in three-piece suits bearing the theme Drink, Dance, Destroy.  Being the frontman and leader of such chaos, Jack is an awesome guy.  Having a drink with him is only natural and right.  And I bet if I got a hold of him, he might actually agree and meet me at a bar in Brooklyn somewhere.

Hoverbee’s Top 5
5. Bjork –  I’d like to sit down with this Icelandic goddess and ask her where she gets the inspiration for her outrageous music video styles and album covers.  She always has some new, strange costume jewels glued to her head, or fantastic CGI that transforms her into something else.
4. Echo & The Bunnymen – Of all the albums released by this band, Flowers is by far my favorite.  I do love the classic sound and style of the band, but Flowers was a bit different for them.  Last year, the band released Fountain and I was hoping it would be like Flowers instead of their classic sound.  I liked the album, but was disappointed that they chose to return to their roots.  I’d like to ask them if they plan on releasing another album that is less like the original sound.
3. John Lennon – I’m sure there are many things that music lovers would like to discuss with Mr. Lennon, but I’d like to ask him the true meaning behind the song Come Together.  This song has such cryptically strange lyrics that it makes me rack my brain.  Phrases like “toe-jam football,” “monkey finger,” and “mojo filter” need to be elaborated on.  I’d also like to ask him if he likes Aerosmith’s version of the song.
2. Eric Burdon – I love his voice so much that I sometimes try to imitate him when I sing.  It’s such a deep, burly, and robust voice.  I’d like to ask him if he developed his singing voice by basing it on other artists he loved or if he just opened his mouth and that’s the way it came out.  Any answer he gives is fine by me.
1. James Brown – I’d like to ask “The Godfather of Soul” what it feels like to be a bandleader.  He directs the other musicians in the band on many of his songs.  He is known to say things such as “horns,” “bring it to the bridge,” and “hit it and quit.”  I’d like to know if he made these decisions purely on instinct, musical composition, or a little of both.  I’m curious if there is a sense of power that accompanies these commands.  I’d also like to ask him how he feels about his influence on rap music and what are his favorite hip-hop artists.

Mark’s Top 5
5. Dave Brubeck – There would be nothing like sitting in a half empty jazz club, discussing music, history, life, piano technique and asking endless “Take Five” questions over gin and tonics.  He is walking musical history.
4. Charlotte Martin – Her warm and friendly demeanor made me feel like we were old friends getting reacquainted, and that was just  from interviewing her.  All that’s needed is a few bottles of good wine for some lively and meaningful conversation.
3. Alan Wilder – We both share a love for some of the finer things in life: cinema, travels, restaurants and art.  It’s always nice to enjoy the company of a like-minded individual.
2. The Police –  I could just picture knocking back a few with Sting, Steward and Andy, listening to everything from old tales of the road, to artistic influences, to what it feels like waking up ridiculously wealthy.
1. BT – If you’ve ever read his blogs or twitter posts, you would see that not only is he a psychically talented audiophile, but also a highly observant philosopher, positive thinker, poet, film scorer and adventurer, all in the body of a punk rock genius.  It would be nothing but multiple rounds of imported beers with a true renaissance man.

Klone’s Top 5
5. Courtney Love of Hole – Seriously, even if she’s not everyone’s cup of tea, this starlet has literally been through hell.  Fate seems to have been on overdrive when Hole’s early 90s album was titled “Live Through This”.  Recently, on a business trip to California, I wound up watching the “VH1 Behind The Music” episode on Hole and I had a new-found respect for Courtney Love.  I can imagine catching a drink with her would be quite an eye-opening experience…provided my drink doesn’t get mickied or anything.
4. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins – I have a feeling after catching a drink (or a few) with Courtney Love, I’m going to have some serious questions for Billy Corgan.  Not only do I love The Smashing Pumpkins and find myself curious as to what the 90s phenomenon was like from the artist side of things, but also to get his side on the rumors and stories that come from camp Courtney.
3. Jack Black of Tenacious D – I love Tenacious D.  They are hilarious.  Especially since they are the “working class heroes” for overweight white guy guitar players who are into sex and drugs (there are dozens of us…DOZENS!!!), and for those reasons alone, I’d love to not only grab a drink with Mr. Black, but tear up the Jersey Shore boardwalk in search of guidos and guidettes to demolish…WITH OUR ROCK!!!!!
2. Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails – Nine Inch Nails is Trent Reznor…enough said.  Who wouldn’t want to get a drink with this guy?
1. Maynard James Keenan of Tool – In what could very well be the last act of a desperate fan, I think the ultimate mind-fuck would be imbibing some witch’s brew with one of the most twisted minds in rock and roll history.  Something tells me this would be more likely to be the moment where you find yourself saying, “Well, I always wondered what a week-long peyote trip would be like,” knowing full well that this is Maynard’s typical Friday night.  (NO, this is not a known fact, just an assumption by someone who has spent close to two decades trying to figure out what Tool is really all about, and coming up with “drug experience” as the only possible explanation.  Seriously…these guys are probably huge FRINGE fans…)
Honorable Mentions:
Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains – The reason he didn’t make the list is because this would be a conflicted encounter.  Something tells me I’d spend most of my time asking questions about Layne Staley, instead of focusing on Jerry Cantrell himself, and that would just be unfair.  Cantrell is awesome and amazingly talented, so I wouldn’t want to embarrass myself or insult one of my heroes, or ask him about something he doesn’t want to talk about so much;
– Might be the only opportunity to poison this bitch and end the nightmare that is her voice broadcast over the airwaves;
(Posthumously) Peter Steele – Short of Ozzy Osbourne, I can’t think of a better artist to ask about death (especially now that he’s been to the other side.)  Rest in peace, Peter Steele.