Pretty awesome. I know Tom will be a fan.
Pretty awesome. I know Tom will be a fan.
As most of you probably know, Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, committed suicide this morning. Linkin Park was my all-time #1 band for about 8 straight years. In his honor, I’m going to rank my top 10 Linkin Park songs.
10. Lying From You (Meteora)
An underrated song of theirs from Meteora. Too hard-rock-ish to get any mainstream love.
9. Shadow of the Day (Minutes to Midnight)
Probably a surprise to make my top 10 but I’m actually a fan of this one.
8. In the End (Hybrid Theory)
The first real hit. I’ve heard it so many times that I actually prefer The Untitled instead, but a must-have.
7. Breaking the Habit (Meteora)
This won best music video at some stupid awards show in like 2004. I remember being on the computer voting for it over and over again.
6. A Place for my Head (Hybrid Theory)
I always think of Ben and Alex at the “You, try to take the best of me.” part. A rager.
5. Pushing Me Away (Hybrid Theory)
Last song on the first album. On the softer side for them and I like this live version.
4. Waiting for the End (A Thousand Suns)
This was stuck in my head the first time I broke 16:00 in the 5k. It was at Frank Colden, I ran 15:55.33 and Jatin ran 15:55.30. The only real song of their “later” stuff that I like a lot.
3. Don’t Stay (Meteora)
A totally underrated song of their’s to lead off the second album and they rock the fuck out of it.
2. One Step Closer (Hybrid Theory)
An absolute fucking RAGER! The original GO HAM song for me.
1. Papercut (Hybrid Theory)
The first song of the first album. Set the tone for their entire career. A masterpiece.
Honorable Mention: Bleed it Out, Numb, Crawling, High Voltage, Faint
For the last two weeks I’ve been listening to almost exclusively the band Tool.
Tool goes back to the early 90s and I’ve known about them prior to this, but heard one of their songs on the radio recently and decided to go into them more.
They have a cult following and typically play long hard-rock songs in weird time signatures with really deep meaning and lyrics. They also have these wild music videos (see below).
Some people think they’re awful but I think they’re awesome. Here are some of their songs I like (don’t make fun).
This is Sober and it’s about heroin addiction. This was their first music video which got a ton of attention.
This is 46 & 2, my current favorite. The song is about adding two chromosomes to the human DNA. I can’t explain it well but click here if you’re interested.
Lake Street Dive has been around for a bit but I just found out about them.
I’m crushin’ on the lead singer (we have the same birthday). Here are some of the good ones that I’ve found so far.
Here’s my vote.
Yesterday I went to Guitar Center and said I want to buy an electric guitar and I have no idea where to start. After 15 minutes I walked out with a new guitar, amp, strap, case, $500 less than I started with, and I am ready to ROCK!
I’m not that good at guitar. I don’t really know what I’m doing. I “mess around” more than anything just looking up tabs and making up shitty stuff. But regardless, after having this electric guitar for like 30 hours, it is really fun to play.
I doubt this will spur a huge growth in my musical ability, but I’m happy with my investment thus far.
I screw up like 35 seconds in.
Wow are they different.
The vibe from the remix is basically let’s get fucked up and dance. I assume the meaning of the lyrics are lost in translation to most of its listeners.
The vibe from the original is what was obviously intended – living the famous life is kind of a drag, not for everyone, and can make you question a lot of things in life.
As Mike Posner, is this frustrating? You write this song with some great lyrics and everything and it’s “good”. Then some DJs remix it make it a global “hit”.
“I wrote this sad thing, and it was me processing some dark and heavy emotion, and now people seem to be having their own joyous memories out of my sadness. That’s a very beautiful thing as an artist.”
It’s hard to decide if he’s being sincere. I feel like this would bother him.
Listen to the original, I like it a lot:
I’m interested in what other people listen to while they run / workout, so I figured I’d share my running playlist. This is updated as of last night, 5/24/16.
The songs highlighted in green are the songs I really like running to.
|2||Air Supply||Making Love Out Of Nothing At All|
|3||Alabama Shakes||Always Alright|
|4||Alabama Shakes||Hold On|
|5||Alanis Morissette||Hand In My Pocket|
|6||Alanis Morissette||You Oughta Know|
|7||The All-American Rejects||It Ends Tonight|
|8||ALO||Walls Of Jericho|
|10||Arctic Monkeys||R U Mine?|
|13||Avenged Sevenfold||Beast And The Harlot|
|14||Avril Lavigne||When You’re Gone|
|16||AWOLNATION||Knights Of Shame|
|17||AWOLNATION||Not Your Fault|
|18||Bare Naked Ladies||Pinch Me|
|19||Bayside||Devotion And Desire|
|21||The Beatles||Golden Slumbers|
|22||The Beatles||Let It Be|
|23||Ben Folds||Losing Lisa|
|25||Ben Folds||Song For The Dumped|
|26||Ben Folds & Regina Spector||You Don’t Know Me|
|27||Ben Kweller||In Other Words|
|28||Better Than Ezra||Desperately Wanting|
|29||Big Data ft. Joywave||Dangerous|
|30||Billy Joel||Goodnight Saigon|
|32||Billy Joel||The Entertainer|
|33||The Black Crowes||She Talks To Angels|
|34||The Black Keys||Little Black Submarine|
|35||Black Sabbath||War Pigs|
|36||Bleachers||I Wanna Get Better|
|38||Blink 182||Adam’s Song|
|39||Blink 182||After Midnight|
|40||Blink 182||All The Small Things|
|41||Blink 182||Boxing Day|
|43||Brand New||At The Bottom|
|45||Cage The Elephant||In One Ear|
|46||Cage The Elephant||Shake Me Down|
|48||Chvrches||The Mother We Share|
|49||City and Colour||Lover Come Back|
|50||Coleman Hell||2 Heads|
|52||Counting Crows||Round Here|
|53||Dashboard Confessional||Heaven Here|
|57||Dr. Dog||Do The Trick|
|58||Dr. Dog||How Long Must I Wait|
|59||Dr. Dog||Shadow People|
|60||Dr. Dog||Where’d All The Time Go|
|61||Dr. Dog||Jackie Wants A Black Eye|
|62||Dr. Dog||Humble Passenger|
|64||Dream Theater||Pull Me Under|
|65||Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes||Man On Fire|
|66||Eminem||Sing For The Moment|
|67||Eminem||Till I Collapse|
|68||Eminem||The Way I Am|
|69||Eric Hutchinson||Rock & Roll|
|70||Filter||Take A Picture|
|72||Florence and the Machine||Delilah|
|73||Foster the People||Broken Jaw|
|74||Foster the People||Houdini|
|75||Foster the People||Warrant|
|76||The Fray||Never Say Never|
|77||The Fray||How To Save A Life|
|79||The Fray||You Found Me|
|80||The Front Bottoms||Cough It Out|
|81||Fuel||Falls On Me|
|82||Golden Earring||Twilight Zone|
|83||The Goo Goo Dolls||Iris|
|84||Houndmouth||Come On, Illinois|
|85||IllScarlett||Life Of A Soldier|
|88||J Roddy Walston and the Business||Brave Man’s Death|
|89||Jimmy Eat World||23|
|90||John Butler Trio||Ocean|
|91||John Mayer||Dreaming With A Broken Heart|
|92||John Mayer||Why Georgia|
|93||Ju-Taun||By The River|
|94||The Killers||All These Things That I’Ve Done|
|95||The Killers||Read My Mind|
|97||Linkin Park||With You|
|99||Linkin Park||Pushing Me Away|
|100||Linkin Park||Don’t Stay|
|101||Linkin Park||Lying From You|
|102||Linkin Park||Breaking The Habit|
|103||Linkin Park||The Untitled|
|104||Linkin Park||Waiting For The End|
|105||Matchbox 20||Bright Lights|
|106||MGMT||Time To Pretend|
|108||Modest Mouse||Float On|
|109||Modest Mouse||The Best Room|
|111||My Morning Jacket||Dondante|
|114||The Offspring||You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid|
|116||Papa Roach||Last Resort|
|118||Pearl Jam||Yellow Ledbetter|
|120||Phish||Sample In A Jar|
|121||Pink Floyd||Brain Damage And Eclipse|
|122||Portugal. The Man||Sleep Forever|
|123||Queens of the Stone Age||The Vampyre Of Time And Memory|
|125||Rachel Platten||Fight Song|
|126||Rage Against the Machine||Killing In The Name|
|127||REO Speedwagon||Roll With The Changes|
|128||The Revivalists||It Was A Sin|
|129||The Revivalists||Keep Going|
|130||Rob Thomas||Her Diamonds|
|131||Royal Blood||Figure It Out|
|133||Shakey Graves||Roll The Bones|
|134||Simon & Garfunkel||The Only Living Boy In New York|
|137||Soundgarden||Burden In My Hand|
|138||State Radio||Fall Of The American Empire|
|139||Stone Temple Pilots||Trippin On A Hole In A Paper Heart|
|141||The Struts||Could Have Been Me|
|142||The Struts||Kiss This|
|145||Third Eye Blind||My Hit And Run|
|146||Third Eye Blind||Motorcycle Drive By|
|147||Twenty One Pilots||Holding On To You|
|148||Twenty One Pilots||Glowing Eyes|
|149||Twenty One Pilots||Screen|
I was going to highlight in red the songs that I was embarrassed to say were on my list, but it only would have been the two Papa Roach songs.
David Bowie died on Sunday as I’m sure you’ve all heard.
For whatever reason this quote and picture struck me.
I feel like that picture captures that quote perfectly. He’s just thinking of all the amazing things he’s capable of. There’s not a doubt in his mind as to whether he can do something awesome or not, it’s just whether he will do it – he’s the one making that decision.
I was never a huge fan of Bowie, but I liked some of his music, and can appreciate his way of thinking.
He released the album Blackstar days before he died which I’m going to listen to today. Bye bye David Bowie.
A brief post to say that I’m back. The trip was great. I’ll have a few blog posts about it by the end of the year I’m sure.
In the meantime, have a great holiday season.
I generally hate Christmas music, but Jingle Bell Rock is the one song that I actually like. I don’t know what separates it from the others, but here ya go.