Category: 00s

Transatlantic “The Whirlwind”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#572 in the Series) is Transatlantic, Whirlwind My kids used to be amazed when I told them about how Yes put out a record with only three songs (Relayer), with each song lasting 10 minutes or more. They were more amazed when I told them about Tales From Topographic Oceans, a double album with only one song per side, they didn’t believe me. Well they are older now and interested in their own music, so they would probably yawn at the idea of a disc containing one 77 plus minute song, as this massive, colossal epic has. It is the 3rd offering from the supergroup of prog rock music all-stars. (Metal v....

The Low Anthem “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin”

      Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#552 in the Series) is The Low Anthem, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (Nonesuch (US), Bella Union(UK)) For this , their 3rd album (but first to be widely available), The Low Anthem really surpassed themselves, conjuring up a magical album, full of ghostly otherworldly ambience, with the odd wonderfully raucous detour thrown in for good measure! The sleeve states that it was “recorded in the solace of a Block Island winter” and that’s entirely fitting, there’s a distinct chilly, spectral feel to the full thing. I suppose it’s a folk album really, just not the kind you’ll have heard before. Probably. They’ve taken some well-worn ingredients, given them a good...

The Little Willies “The Little Willies”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#533 in the Series) is the self-titled debut album from The Little Willies (Milking Bull/Parlophone Records) Have you ever heard an album well after it was released and wondered “How did I miss this one? This is right in my wheel-house.”  No, I’m not talking about an artist that does not get any recognition. It happens all the time with them, some of them are even new acts. It’s easy to get turned onto them the first time years later. I’m talking about an artist that gets a nice amount of play, is on radio and in this case, even performed one of these tracks on late night TV. Well, the “better late...

The 100 Best Albums Since 2000 (well at least according to Rolling Stone Magazine)

Posted 21 Oct 2011 in 00s, Music + TV News

  Rolling Stone Magazine has released, what they feel, are the 100 best albums released since the year 2000. Here’s their list..           —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 100-75// 74-50 //49-25 //24-1 100: Leonard Cohen, ‘Ten New Songs’ 99: The Hold Steady, ‘Almost Killed Me’ 98: TV on the Radio, ‘Return to Cookie Mountain’ 97: Wilco, ‘Sky Blue Sky’ 96: The Streets, ‘Original Pirate Material’ 95: Alicia Keys, ‘Songs in a Minor’ 94: The Libertines, ‘Up the Bracket’ 93: Johnny Cash, ‘Unearthed’ 92: Bon Iver, ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ 91: The Hives, ‘Veni Vidi Vicious’ 90: Amadou & Mariam, ‘Dimanche a Bamako’ 89: Radiohead, ‘Hail to the Thief’ 88: Brian Wilson, ‘Smile’ 87: Gnarls Barkley, ‘St. Elsewhere’ 86: The...

The 100 Best Albums Since 2000 (well at least according to Rolling Stone Magazine)

Posted 21 Oct 2011 in 00s, Music + TV News

  Rolling Stone Magazine has released, what they feel, are the 100 best albums released since the year 2000. Here’s the next part of their list..         ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————– 100-75// 74-50 //49-25 //24-1 74: Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘Stadium Arcadium’ 73: Coldplay, ‘Parachutes’ 72: Sleater-Kinney, ‘The Woods’ 71: Franz Ferdinand, ‘Franz Ferdinand’ 70: Missy Elliott, ‘Under Construction’ 69: Bright Eyes, ‘Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground’ 68: U2, ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’ 67: Bjork, ‘Vespertine’ 66: Antony & the Johnsons, ‘I Am a Bird Now’ 65: Manu Chao, ‘Próxima Estación: Esperanza’ 64: Gillian Welch, ‘Time the Revelator’ 63: Kanye West, ’808s and Heartbreak’ 62: Johnny Cash, ‘American III: Solitary Man’ 61:...

The 100 Best Albums Since 2000 (well at least according to Rolling Stone Magazine)

Posted 21 Oct 2011 in 00s, Music + TV News

  Rolling Stone Magazine has released, what they feel, are the 100 best albums released since the year 2000. Here’s the next part of their list..         —————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 100-75// 74-50 //49-25 //24-1 49: Fiona Apple, ‘Extraordinary Machine’ 48: TV on the Radio, ‘Dear Science’ 47: Fleet Foxes, ‘Fleet Foxes’ 46: Justin Timberlake, ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ 45: Kanye West, ‘Graduation’ 44: System of a Down, ‘Toxicity’ 43: The Killers, ‘Hot Fuss’ 42: Elliott Smith, ‘Figure 8′ 41: Arctic Monkeys, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ 40: Kanye West, ‘Late Registration’ 39: Kings of Leon, ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ 38: Ryan Adams, ‘Heartbreaker’ 37: 50 Cent, ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin” 36: U2, ‘No Line on the Horizon’ 35: PJ Harvey,...

The 100 Best Albums Since 2000 (well at least according to Rolling Stone Magazine)

Posted 21 Oct 2011 in 00s, Music + TV News

  Rolling Stone Magazine has released, what they feel, are the 100 best albums released since the year 2000. Here’s the last part of their list..       ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 100-75// 74-50 //49-25 //24-1 24: Bruce Springsteen, ‘Magic’ 23: D’Angelo, ‘Voodoo’ 22: Green Day, ‘American Idiot’ 21: Coldplay, ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ 20: Amy Winehouse, ‘Back to Black’ 19: The White Stripes, ‘White Blood Cells’ 18: MGMT, ‘Oracular Spectacular’ 17: Beck, ‘Sea Change’ 16: OutKast, ‘Stankonia’ 15: Bruce Springsteen, ‘The Rising’ 14: Jay-Z, ‘The Black Album’ 13: U2, ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ 12: LCD Soundsystem, ‘Sound of Silver’ 11: Bob Dylan, ‘Love and Theft’ 10: Kanye West, ‘The College Dropout’ 9: M.I.A., ‘Kala’ 8: Bob Dylan, ‘Modern Times’...

Patricia Barber “Nightclub”

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#504 in the Series) is Patricia Barber,  Nightclub A dark , delicious delight of an album. Take a look through Patricia Barber’s career and you’ll quickly see that she likes to be adventurous and do her own thing, rarely the safe option for her. Most people blessed with a voice and talent like hers would settle for a nice, comfortable career, the easy money. It’s to her credit that she tries not to go down that road too often and it’s her questing spirit which results in wonderful releases like this. It may also be the reason that you might not have heard of her! The aim on this recording was to...

Colin Hay “Are You Looking At Me”

Posted 22 Sep 2011 in 00s, Albums of 2006, Albums of the 00s, Pop, Rock + Roll

  Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#502 in the Series) is Colin Hay, Are You Looking At Me? One of the cool things about being a music fan is having good friends with whom you can play the “Trust me on this one” game. You know it; you probably played it and never even realized it.  A good friend comes up to you and either hands you a CD, or a cassette or even good ol’ vinyl and says “Check this out” I think you’ll like it.  You look at the title and try and hide your surprise when he or she hands you a title that you would never listen to on your own. In fact, you...

Procol Harum “Procol Harum”

Posted 14 Sep 2011 in 00s, Albums of 1967, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#495 in the Series) is the debut album from Procol Harum. This was Procol Harum’s debut album and it was released in 1967.  I’ll go and say it. I think it contains two of the best songs of the decade. One for sure, the other, maybe it’s more of a personal favorite. I don’t think there’s any doubt that I’m referring to “Whiter Shade of Pale.” This is an absolute 100% masterpiece of a song.  It was written by the band’s lead vocalist Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid. (Or was it? More on that later) And Yes, I did say lyricist.  Keith Reid was considered a full-fledged band member even though; he...

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