My Top 10 Linkin Park Songs

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

Is it weird that I like Tool?

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.

My New Guitar

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.

I Took a Pill in Ibiza

Took a pillI like I Took A Pill in Ibiza by Mike Posner (what is this, 2015?) so I went on Spotify to add it to my playlist, and saw there was the remix AND the original, so I listened to the original.

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”.

Posner’s take:

“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:

My Running Playlist

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.

Artist

Song

1 AFI Miss Murder
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
9 Anberlin Impossible
10 Arctic Monkeys R U Mine?
11 Atmosphere Sunshine
12 Avenged Sevenfold Afterlife
13 Avenged Sevenfold Beast And The Harlot
14 Avril Lavigne When You’re Gone
15 AWOLNATION I Am
16 AWOLNATION Knights Of Shame
17 AWOLNATION Not Your Fault
18 Bare Naked Ladies Pinch Me
19 Bayside Devotion And Desire
20 Bear Hands 2AM
21 The Beatles Golden Slumbers
22 The Beatles Let It Be
23 Ben Folds Losing Lisa
24 Ben Folds Landed
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
31 Billy Joel Zanzibar
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
37 Blink 182 Mutt
38 Blink 182 Adam’s Song
39 Blink 182 After Midnight
40 Blink 182 All The Small Things
41 Blink 182 Boxing Day
42 Blue October Overweight
43 Brand New At The Bottom
44 Butch Walker Synthesizers
45 Cage The Elephant In One Ear
46 Cage The Elephant Shake Me Down
47 Candlebox Far Behind
48 Chvrches The Mother We Share
49 City and Colour Lover Come Back
50 Coleman Hell 2 Heads
51 Collective Soul Run
52 Counting Crows Round Here
53 Dashboard Confessional Heaven Here
54 Dashboard Confessional Vindicated
55 Dido White Flag
56 Donovan Atlantis
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
63 Dream Theater Wither
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
71 Fiona Apple Criminal
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
78 The Fray Heartless
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
86 Imagine Dragons Demons
87 Incubus The Warmth
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
96 Linkin Park Papercut
97 Linkin Park With You
98 Linkin Park Forgotten
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
107 Mika Happy Ending
108 Modest Mouse Float On
109 Modest Mouse The Best Room
110 Muse Hysteria
111 My Morning Jacket Dondante
112 The Neighbourhood Afraid
113 Oasis Live Forever
114 The Offspring You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
115 Papa Roach Scars
116 Papa Roach Last Resort
117 Paramore Decode
118 Pearl Jam Yellow Ledbetter
119 Phish Horn
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
124 Queensryche Silent Lucidity
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
132 Seryn Disappear
133 Shakey Graves Roll The Bones
134 Simon & Garfunkel The Only Living Boy In New York
135 Sir Sly Gold
136 Something Corporate Konstantine
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
140 The Strumbellas Spirits
141 The Struts Could Have Been Me
142 The Struts Kiss This
143 Sum 41 Pieces
144 Supertramp Goodbye Stranger
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
150 The Zutons Valerie

 

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.

Bowie

David Bowie died on Sunday as I’m sure you’ve all heard.

For whatever reason this quote and picture struck me.

Bowie

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.

Back in the USA

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.

Low Played Spotify Secrets

There’s an element of pride when you find a Spotify band or song that has like 100,000 plays on their most played song. Here are some undiscovered Spotify gems.

Nuts, Bolts, and Screws – Humming House

Spotify Plays – 18,000
Most Played Song – 197,000

A relatively unknown band and 18 thousand plays on this song is absolutely nothing. Listen to this if you’re going to listen to any in this post.

Jimmie’s Song – Emanuel and the Fear

Spotify Plays – 98,000
Most Played Song – 98,000

I haven’t listened to much else from them, and I doubt anyone has listened to anything by them. But this song is a gem.

The Keys – Matt Duncan

Spotify Plays – 59,000
Most Played Song – 95,000

Catchy as hell.