Not Just a List… My Top 10 Songs of 2009

Nickel Creek is one of my favorite bands. I have a smart playlist on iTunes set up for them, automatically shuffling and repeating.

Each one of these songs links to TinySong, powered by GrooveShark.

1. Nickel Creek – When You Come Back Down
2. Nickel Creek – Reasons Why
3. Nickel Creek – When In Rome

4. Nickel Creek – Smoothie Song

5. Phish – Fly Famous Mockingbird

I can’t say I’ve been a Phish fan for decades. This song serves as a good introduction into the Phish Universe. Yes, there’s an entire universe. The band has an unmatched range with composition, improvisation and live shows.

6. Nickel Creek – Can’t Complain
7. Nickel Creek – Somebody More Like You

This song is one of the ones that really got me into Nickel Creek. The band has some local ties (Chris Thile lived in Murray and attended Murray State in the 90s) but they also produce some really cool moments.

I remember first listening to this song on my stereo with the bass turned up and nearly falling over when this part came on:

The light solos that decrescendo are a very nice touch.

8. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
9. Nickel Creek – This Side

This song speaks for itself. There’s a little bit of everything: wild picking, homage to Jungle Boogie and some awesome lyrics.

As the last song on this list, I’d be remiss to not include the cover of Radiohead’s Morning Bell done by Nickel Creek singer Chris Thile:

10. Tool – Jambi

After the voice box guitar solo, this song goes from amazing to plain ridiculous!

Try to keep up with the pattern in this part:


From a Tool Tab site:

Crazy part. Learn the pattern from the start and its a piece of cake.
SUBJECT: 3:40 OF JAMBI
Q: “On listening to Jambi, I was perplexed with the counting of the (sort of) transitional part of the song that occurs at 3:40. After mapping out the rhythm and trying to make sense of it, I noticed that it writes out ‘3, 2, 1’ twice in Morse code. Is this just a coincidence, or a sweet find by me?”
A: The whole “Morse code” thing before the album was released was a certain time signature used in “Jambi.” I hope this helps.

Concert Chart

A friend of mine put this on her facebook status:

wishes she had an extra $500 for Elton John/Billy Joel tickets.

$500? Whoa. Then I had a little revelation that I had to put into excel. I couldn’t make a good chart out of it.

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* Exception: Phish.

Style Points in Paramore – Misery Business

I imagine the conversation in the recording studio went down like this:

PRODUCER: The song is hot, but the chorus is really lagging behind. You need to spice it up.

PARAMORE (to her band): Um, GUYS!!! Let’s go!

GUITAR PLAYER IN HER BAND: Oh, I’ve got it. We’ll keep playing the exact same notes, but just change the notes from a legato technique to something much more staccato.

PARAMORE: OK!

PRODUCER: BRILLIANT!

Take a listen for yourself:

Cheap, but effective.

More entries like this on my music tag.

GrooveShark: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I found Grooveshark via following Derek’s Twitter. I was a Pandora addict, but I had two big complaints about Pandora:

  1. Repeating/Duped content (Grooveshark is still guilty of this one)
  2. Not what I want to hear, right at that moment

Grooveshark comes in and blows Pandora away on point #2. I don’t want to be too harsh on them, but grooveshark on Twitter asked me for my thoughts.

The Good

  • Attractive UI. Very pretty UI. I have a lot of mixed feelings on the site’s usability. That doesn’t mean it isn’t pretty:
  • Really cool multiple selection and drag.

The Bad

  • Is it legal? First question almost all of my friends (5-7) that I shared the site with… I still don’t know.
  • How do I use it? There’s no real clear call to action for what a user is supposed to do. “Listen to any song in the world for free” isn’t really a clear call to action. It doesn’t let the user know to search, especially when it’s a nonstandard form element. A few of the users I saw with this just clicked the search button.

  • Style Difference between listen.grooveshark.com and the ‘beta’/other site. Listen.grooveshark is the only site I use regularly. Until the other site is as fluid as listen.grooveshark, I’ll stick with it.
  • Dupes. Painful amount of duplicates for popular music. Which one do I listen to?

The Ugly

  • Sharing playlists. Not easy enough. Not seamless enough. I still don’t really know how to do it. I had to give my girlfriend my login/password so she could make me some playlists. That’s not good enough.
  • Annoying download popup on every login. Enough already! I just want to listen to music.
  • Sometimes music just doesn’t play.

    Can we have a fault tolerance where if the song doesn’t load in X seconds, go to the next one in the queue?

Overall: I use Grooveshark daily. I recommend it to my friends.

It’s too late to enunciate

Now to ruin another song due to poor enunciation.

Exhibit A: Timbaland – Apologize (feat. One Republic)

If you want, skip to the chorus around 1:07.

From answers.com:
apologize
(ə-pŏl’ə-jīz’) – To make excuse for or regretful acknowledgment of a fault or offense.

The word is apologize. Not “pologize”. Agh.

I’ve got my ticket.

And it’s going to be awesome.

  • DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
  • WIDESPREAD PANIC
  • JOHN MAYER
  • 311
  • PHIL LESH AND FRIENDS
  • PRIMUS
  • THIEVERY CORPORATION
  • SNOOP DOGG
  • MODEST MOUSE
  • MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD
  • GOV’T MULE
  • SLIGHTLY STOOPID
  • STS9
  • COLBIE CAILLAT
  • RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
  • THE BLACK KEYS
  • KELLER WILLIAMS WITH MOSELEY, DROLL & SIPE
  • YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND FEATURING JON FISHMAN
  • GOGOL BORDELLO
  • CITIZEN COPE
  • THE DISCO BISCUITS
  • MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD
  • DEREK TRUCKS AND SUSAN TEDESCHI SOUL STEW REVIVAL
  • SAM BEAM OF IRON AND WINE
  • DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS
  • MICKEY HART BAND FEATURING STEVE KIMOCK AND GEORGE PORTER JR.
  • OF MONTREAL
  • ETOWN RADIO SHOW
  • THE DRESDEN DOLLS
  • GOMEZ
  • ATMOSPHERE
  • BRETT DENNEN
  • TAJ MAHAL
  • MIKE GORDON
  • ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA
  • CRYSTAL METHOD DJ SET
  • STATE RADIO
  • JJ GREY & MOFRO
  • THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS
  • THE SECRET MACHINES
  • RAILROAD EARTH
  • STEEL PULSE
  • BETH ORTON
  • THE WAILERS FEATURING ELAN
  • PERPETUAL GROOVE
  • JAKOB DYLAN AND THE GOLD MOUNTAIN REBELS
  • A3
  • BETTYE LAVETTE
  • EMMITT-NERSHI BAND
  • INGRID MICHAELSON
  • LOTUS
  • KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH BAND
  • EOTO
  • PANJEA WITH MICHAEL KANG
  • YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW
  • THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS
  • SAGE FRANCIS
  • TEA LEAF GREEN
  • BASSNECTAR
  • PNUMA TRIO
  • BROTHER ALI
  • DIPLO
  • BOOMBOX
  • FLOSSTRADAMUS
  • THE JUAN MACLEAN
  • THE DYNAMITES FEATURING CHARLES WALKER
  • GREENSKY BLUEGRASS
  • DJ REKHA
  • DEAD CONFEDERATE
  • TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
  • FOUR FINGER FIVE
  • MOTION POTION
  • DJ ROOTZ
  • SOJORN
  • BUSDRIVER

2007 Billboard #1s were 3% Introduction

I’ve been doing WAY too much thinking about the Intro music analysis.

With Last.FM and Youtube, I got the numbers for the 2007 Hot 100 Number-One Hits

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2007’s average introduction length was 3%.

Notable information:

  • Average song length was 4 minutes and 25 seconds
  • Kanye West – Stronger had a negative introduction
  • Maroon 5 – Makes me Wonder had the longest intro

I’ll be running several more years. My prediction: this experiment will show society’s attention span has gone way down, and further prove that popular music sucks. =)