Eagles – Opinions Vindicated

So, the asshole thing in the source article makes this meaner than something I would write but I find this article to be pretty spot on when it comes to the band I love to hate.

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“Hotel California” – Eagles

Why it sucks: The lyrics are a load of metaphorical bullshit that a freshman English major would be ashamed to write. Then there’s that horrible opening riff. It sounds like the house mariachi band playing for their dinner at your favorite local Mexican spot. All of which leads into the wank off dueling guitar solos. This is a six and a half minute song with zero and a half minutes of listenable music.

Why you suck for liking it: If you liked the Eagles in the ’70s, I can’t totally blame you because there were only three radio stations back then and they probably all played “Hotel California” every 30 minutes for a year straight. But if you like them now, it means you are most likely a dumbshit investment banker who keeps the band’s touring schedule going by renting out $7,000 suites for their shows so you can snack on shrimp cocktail while watching a bunch of old men with long gray hair noodle on their guitars and take three intermissions to get through an hour and a half set.

Read More – I’m not familiar with a few of these but it’s an amusing read in any case.

Honestly, I really don’t mind what other people listen to so much. I mean, if you want to listen to shitty music, feel free. Personally I prefer the non-shitty stuff but whatever.

2014 – A Musical Review

It’s January 1st (Happy New Year) so it’s time to wrap up 2014 with a musical review. Let’s start with most listened to artists (courtesy of my last.fm statistics)

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Beck at #1 is no surprise as his 2014 release Morning Phase was in super heavy rotation for me. That along with an early year release make his appearance at the top of my chart a sure thing. The Barr Brothers Sleeping Operator had an October release so slid in at #2 despite heavy play. These two are the top contenders for my album of the year, hopefully I’ll be able to choose one by the end of this post.

The Head and the Heart are still running strong on their prior releases to finish third this year while High on Stress finishes at #4.  You may remember they were a twitter / kickstarter find who I discovered this year and well worth giving a listen if you are unfamiliar. They broke up (sad) but front guy Nick Leet has formed a new band so looking forward to hearing more from him / then in 2015.

Genesis rounds out the top five, surprisingly enough. I guess even just a couple of listens to Lamb Lies Down on Broadway will dump some volume in to their counts.

Not too many surprises in the rest of the 20. The Greenberry Woods / Splitsville are newer finds for me, also well worth digging in to if you’re looking for something new.

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Well – you’ve essentially got Morning Phase here for top tracks but “Gone” by The Head and the Heart snuck in there, and deservedly so. Not much to discuss here.

For Top Albums I guess I’m just going to list the releases this year that have fallen in to my regular listening bucket. Lots of stuff came out this year but very little made a big impact on me. Here are the ones I remember.

1) Beck – Morning Phase / I just adore this album. It’s moody, melancholy, textured, layered and gorgeous. I loved Sea Change and this is even better than that.

2) The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator / I was eagerly anticipating this one based on the strength of their debut and wasn’t disappointed by the follow-up. “Come in the Water” is surely my song of the year. Great stuff.

3) Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams / He just keeps getting better and better and this eponymous release is tremendous.

4) High On Stress – Leaving Mpls / Straight ahead Rock & Roll from Nick and the gang. Their final release, a wonderful cap on a really great set of albums.

5) Jenny Lewis – The Voyager / Catchy pop with a lot under the surface. Not sure how to explain it, just feels good to listen to it.

Honestly, that’s about all that I can think of for the year. If I am forgetting something it could be that it just didn’t stay on my radar, maybe enjoyable but not enough to keep me returning to it.

Like most years, there were things that were new to me even if not new, flip through the archives for those things, I tend to put up clips as I find them.

Here’s to 2015 – looking forward to seeing what it has in store for us on the musical front.

Confrontation – Tangerine Dream

Wow, I hadn’t thought of this song in years but it popped in to my head today for an unknown reason. After first hearing it in the movie “Thief” I bought the soundtrack and used to put this on mix tapes and other compilations because it’s such a great song. Tangerine Dream has done a bunch of movie music in addition to their other regular recordings and if you’re not familiar with their work I highly recommend checking them out.

The song is very Floydian for sure, the guitar tone reminiscent of “Comfortably Numb” but there’s something unique and soaring about the song which made it a favorite.

I was reading that this song wasn’t included on some reissues of the soundtrack so be mindful if you pick up a copy. I still have my original vinyl – must dig it out and give this a proper spin soon.

Top Albums – End of November

Here are my end of month Rdio Top Albums. Some holdovers but lots of new stuff as well. Sleeping Operator from The Barr Brothers is now my lead candidate for Album of the Year. I recommend all of these.

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The Barr Brothers – Sleeping Operator
The Greenberry Woods – Rapple Dapple
Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session
The Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels
The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still
Wilco – What’s Your 20? Essential Tracks 1994 – 2014
The Derek Trucks Band – Songlines
Warren Haynes – Man in Motion
Beck – Sea Change
Warren Haynes Band – Live at the Moody Theater
M.Ward – A Wasteland Companion
Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Here is the whole series.