Saturday, November 20, 2004

Tone Burst: a Stereolab retrospective

Stereolab is one of my all-time favorite bands. Since forming in the early 1990s, they've released a continuous stream of amazing singles and albums that have consistently pushed the sonic envelope. While we're missing some key releases (especially "Switched On" and their other singles comps), many of the Groop's albums *are* available through Rhapsody. Here is a sampler of some of the Stereolab songs that are my personal favorites. Enjoy the music.

The Best of 2003

The absolute best of 2003. Who says they don't make music like they used to?

(via: Rhapsody Radish)

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Japan goes pop!

Listening to Cornelius yesterday got me listening again to some of the great Japanese pop in Pizzicato Five, Takako Minekawa and newer stuff like Puffy Ami Yumi. Check out this playlist for a taste of stuff that had me rocking out tonight.

Songs about songs

Click here for a playlist of songs about songs. Music from all over the map, from Donovan and Joni Mitchell to Built to Spill, R.E.M. and Greg Kihn.

Rolling Stone Originals

Over the past year, a bunch of artists have been dropping by the Rolling Stone studios to record stripped-down versions of their songs. This playlist pulls those performances together in one place, including sets from Ted Leo, Maroon 5, The Libertines, Bowling for Soup, Ben Kweller, and a special 2-song set from the young men who gave the world this song. Try might like it.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Laetitia says "keep it mellow"

Mellow and Atmospheric....

If your tastes run toward chilled-out, laid-back music with female vocals and looped drums, then this playlist is probably right up your alley. Music from Beth Orton, The Chemical Brothers, Stereolab, Saint Etienne, Morcheeba, Portishead, Sneaker Pimps and more. Enjoy.

Gone phishin'

Before I discovered indie rock, I was into Phish, following them around the East coast in a haze (hey, it was college). I don't listen to them much anymore, but every once in a while I get a hankering for some music from Trey, Mike, Page and Fishman.

Keep on Truckin'

Truck drivin' songs for truck drivin' men.

(via: Rhapsody Radish)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Good vibes

Change out of your work clothes, slip into something more comfortable, pour yourself a strong mixed drink, and click here for a sampling of music that will appeal to the vibraphone-inclined, including songs from Lionel Hampton, Bobby Hutcherson, Cal Tjader, and more. Enjoy the music.

Good vibes, indeed

Cat Stevens Covers

Cat Stevens Covers If you've been having trouble getting your Cat Stevens through airport security take this playlist with you. It's 100% Cat Stevens songs, but with absolutely no links to terrorism! Mandy Moore, Mr. Big, 10,000 Maniacs, Rod Stewart, The Chieftains, Johnny Cash with Fiona Apple, The Angels of Venice, Aaron Neville, Catherine Reed, Tim Russ and The Braids.
(via: Rhapsody Radish)

Monday, November 15, 2004

Miss the All Tomorrow's Parties event in LA...?

Well, so did I. This one was curated by the boys in Modest Mouse, with a lineup that ranged from crowd pleasers Lou Reed, Flaming Lips and Built to Spill to more obscure bands like White Hassle and Love as Laughter. Check out this playlist to see some of the bands who played. My musical find of the day is the song "Miss Direction" by Love as Laughter. Yum.

BTW, the next ATP event takes place in the UK in February.

O.D.B. R.I.P. C.R.E.A.M.

He helped put Shaolin on the map.
Peace in the next world.

5 ill ODB tracks

New & notable in Rhapsody

This is a mix of songs we've added to Rhapsody over the past few weeks (mostly, anyway) that have each caught my ear in one way or another, including music from Autolux, Mosquitos, Komeda, and Handsome Boy Modeling School. I threw in a few older tunes as well, including a Wu-Tang Clan single (R.I.P, ODB) and a Liz Phair song that's been on heavy rotation on my stereo this week. Enjoy!