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Album of the Day
Iggy and The Stooges - Raw Power
CBS - 1973
Raw power indeed!  This album has so much raw power it feels like it is going to blow your speakers no matter how loud you have it playing.  Everything is overdriven and ready to explode. Bowie and Iggy captured the Stooges energy beautifully.  This is “punk rock”!

Album of the Day

Iggy and The Stooges - Raw Power

CBS - 1973

Raw power indeed!  This album has so much raw power it feels like it is going to blow your speakers no matter how loud you have it playing.  Everything is overdriven and ready to explode. Bowie and Iggy captured the Stooges energy beautifully.  This is “punk rock”!

Album of the Day

Morrissey - Your Arsenal

EMI - 1992

I discovered the Smiths and Morrissey through a friend in the beginning of my sophomore year of high school.  I had an instant connection to Morrissey’s voice and his melancholy, often witty and sometimes funny lyrics.   I listened to almost nothing else but the Smiths and Moz for months.  I immersed myself in that music.  This was probably about 6 months before Your Arsenal was released. 

Your Arsenal was the first new release by Morrissey that came out after I had discovered his music.  This was the first album that I got to hear at the same time as everyone else… I wasn’t behind anymore haha.

The production and song writing on this album remains probably some of the best of  his career. The album covers so much ground, from the aggressive album intro of “You’re Gonna Need Someone on Your Side” to  the upbeat borderline rockabilly feel of “Certain People I know” to the sad and lamentful feeling “Seasisck, Yet Still Docked”.  I love every song on this record. Mick Ronson did a brilliant job of producing it!

In October of 92 I went to the Hollywood Bowl to attend my very first concert when he was touring for this album.  It was my first time seeing Morrissey live and it was a brilliant show.

Your Arsenal has a special place in my heart and is still my favorite record Morrissey has released.

Album of the Day

My Bloody Valentine - Ep’s 1988-1991

Sony Music 2012

I recently picked this up.  It is nice to be able to finally find all of these great tracks in one place.  Kevin Sheilds did a great job remastering these Ep’s.

The collection includes a few previously unreleased tracks and the following Ep’s:

"You Made Me Realise"

"Glider"

"Tremolo"

"Feed Me With Your Kiss"

I’m partial to disc one for some reason… well probably because the “You Made Me Relaise” ep has always been one of my favorites.

Album of the Day

Pink Floyd - Meddle

EMI -1971

I remember my Dad buying a box of a couple hundred cassette tapes at a garage sale when I was in Jr. High.  Of course I pillaged the box and went through finding anything that might be good. That box was left out in the shed to collect dust.  I used to go revisit that box from time to time to see if there was anything in it that I might have missed on my previous visits.   My Dad was always finding tapes at garage sales and in the box in the shed they would go.

Pink Floyd is one of those bands that I had never given a chance for a couple of reasons.

1) All the hippies liked them in high school.

2) I had heard Money a million times on the radio growing up and that was what I imagined all of their stuff would sound like.

As my appreciation of music grew I would find that bands I really loved were very influenced by Pink Floyd.  One day when I was 18 or 19 I came across that dust covered box of tapes in the shed again.  While digging through I found Pink Floyd - Meddle.  I grabbed the tape and decided to give Pink Floyd a fair shot.  That night when I left to drive back to college I popped that tape in the the player and could not believe what I had been missing.  As a kid learning to play bass and guitar at that time I was enthralled with how Roger Waters played bass. with weird tremolo effects and David Gilmore’s guitar was so atmospheric and beautiful.   I was struck by what an amazing and perfect song “Fearless” was.  I was entranced by every second of the 23 minutes of “Echoes”.  That tape stayed in my stereo for a long time and I listened to it over and over.

Almost 20 year laters that album is still my favorite Pink Floyd record. Thank God for garage sales and Pink Floyd.

Album of the Day

Them Crooked Vultures

Interscope - 2009

What would happen if Dave Grohl (Nirvana / Foo Fighters) played drums with John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) on Bass and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) playing guitar and singing?  This album answers that question.  When I first heard that the 3 of these guys had recorded an album I thought it would either be super scatterbrained and all over the place or really, really good.  Well it ended up being really, really good!  Some of the grooves and riffs on this album are as good as it gets in rock music.  If you are fan of any of these fellows it is definitely worth giving a chance.  I love the production of the record.  It has a really nice sound.  I hope they get around to making another record someday. 

Album of the day
T.Rex - The Slider
EMI 1972

Marc Bolan was a genius!  This album is absolutely beautiful. One of the best “glam rock” albums to come out of the 1970s.  

Album of the day

T.Rex - The Slider

EMI 1972

Marc Bolan was a genius!  This album is absolutely beautiful. One of the best “glam rock” albums to come out of the 1970s.  

Album of the Day
My Goodness - (self titled)
Sarathan Records - 2011

In 2011 I sat in on bass in my friend Carlo’s band at a dive bar in Anaheim called the Doll Hut.  As usual the place was pretty much empty. Myself and a couple of the other guys ended up hanging out on the patio for a while and began talking to the drummer from another one of the bands that would be playing later.  He was a super nice guy named Ethan and said he was in My Goodness and they were from Seattle.  We got to talking about Red Fang and other bands from up in the North West.  
A few beers later we played our set, it was late, and I was ready to head home.  I saw Ethan setting up his kit and thought I’d stick around and see what they sounded like.  I really didn’t know what to expect.
They blew me away.
My Goodness is a 2 piece band (drums + guitar/singer).  They have a blues rock sound with a punk rock urgency.  They kind of reminded me what the White Stripes would have been like if Meg had been replaced with a kick ass super talented drummer and of course the vocals sound different than Jack White.  Comparing them to the White Stripes isn’t really fair because they are definitely doing their own thing… and they do it well.
I stuck around for the entire set and picked the CD up before I left. This CD is excellent but it doesn’t capture how much energy these 2 guys produce in a room together.  They kicked so much ass.  I have listened to this album a zillion times since then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wou0VRcnuEs
http://mygoodnessmusic.com

Album of the Day

My Goodness - (self titled)

Sarathan Records - 2011

In 2011 I sat in on bass in my friend Carlo’s band at a dive bar in Anaheim called the Doll Hut.  As usual the place was pretty much empty. Myself and a couple of the other guys ended up hanging out on the patio for a while and began talking to the drummer from another one of the bands that would be playing later.  He was a super nice guy named Ethan and said he was in My Goodness and they were from Seattle.  We got to talking about Red Fang and other bands from up in the North West.  

A few beers later we played our set, it was late, and I was ready to head home.  I saw Ethan setting up his kit and thought I’d stick around and see what they sounded like.  I really didn’t know what to expect.

They blew me away.

My Goodness is a 2 piece band (drums + guitar/singer).  They have a blues rock sound with a punk rock urgency.  They kind of reminded me what the White Stripes would have been like if Meg had been replaced with a kick ass super talented drummer and of course the vocals sound different than Jack White.  Comparing them to the White Stripes isn’t really fair because they are definitely doing their own thing… and they do it well.

I stuck around for the entire set and picked the CD up before I left. This CD is excellent but it doesn’t capture how much energy these 2 guys produce in a room together.  They kicked so much ass.  I have listened to this album a zillion times since then.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wou0VRcnuEs

http://mygoodnessmusic.com

Lush - Spooky

Album of the day

Spooky by Lush

4AD - 1992

This is one of my favorite “shoegaze” albums.  Tons of atmosphere and space blending with beautiful female vocal harmonies. The panning effects on the guitars are brilliant in headphones.  In my opinion this is Lush at their best.  I never could really get into their later stuff after this album…too poppy.

Bauhaus - Swing the Heartache

Album of the day

Bauhaus - Swing the Heartache (BBC Sessions)

Beggars Banquet 1989

This album was my introduction to Bauhaus in my sophomore year of high school.  This album is a collection of great live performances by the band between 1980 and 1983.  After hearing this album I had to go out and buy every one of their albums.  

I still find it odd that Bauhaus is considered “gothic”.  They are in my opinion a great art rock band with some dark imagery.  I don’t think Bauhaus could ever be labeled stylistically… they are just Bauhaus.  

This album is full of some of their best songs and some really weird stuff too.  Great compilation!

Full Album Here

Arab Strap - The Red Thread

Album of the day

Arab Strap - The Red Thread

Matador 2001

File under drunk Scottish sad bastard awesomeness.  

This is my favorite Arab Strap album.  ”Last Orders” is one of the best songs ever recorded.

One Day As A Lion

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One Day As A Lion EP

Anti- 2008

This is what happens when you get 2 amazing musicians in a room together and just see what happens.  Zach De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine on vocals and synth  +  drummer Jon Theodore of Mars Volta.  

Every song has Zach’s familiar rap/vocal style,  fat drum beats and distorted synth bass lines.  The lyrics are evocative, angry and powerful.

Since this EP came out I have been hoping for another release but nothing has seen been released.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to see them play at a small little cultural center in Eagle Rock back in 2011 and they were amazing and full of energy. Here is a photo i took at that show.

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Dinosaur Jr. - Green Mind

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Album of the Day

Dinosaur Jr. – Green Mind

Warner Brothers Records 1991

This is Dinosaur Jr.’s first major label release and it has a much different feel than the early SST stuff.  Lou Barlow’s distorted aggressive bass parts are gone and it feels more like a solo record by J. Mascis.  It isn’t as forceful and noisy or as in your face as “Bug” or “You’re Living All Over Me” but it is really great in its own way and is still one of my favorite Dinosaur Jr. records.

When I listen to this record it reminds me of skateboarding all over town the summer of 1991 and learning kick flips.

Adorable - Against Perfection

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Album of the day

Adorable - Against Perfection

Creation Records 1993

Adorable was a great UK band during the early 90s that didn’t nearly get the attention they deserved.  This is one of my favorite albums released on Creation.

Soak in every moment.

Soak in every moment.