How many bands have you heard? I think I have a fairly wide taste in bands thanks to my parents eclectic tastes, but know there are so many bands I haven’t heard that I’m always on the look out for lists and articles that point me towards more.
I know a lot of them won’t be my thing – I’m not a Death Metal fan, for example – but to have them pop up every now and again while the list plays on random isn’t a problem. And I hadn’t ever listened to Nick Drake, and Hazey Jane II is brilliant, so already I’m happily hearing songs that I love.
As there’s still money to be made re-releasing Rock albums on cd with an extra demo version or alternate take or live version, so some bands aren’t on Spotify yet, but a surprisingly large number are as record companies become less internet paranoid.
Others released albums pre-internet that weren’t successful enough for them to be still available are MIA from the playlist. And others are missing altogether, like the original Mr Big’sPhotographic Smile – not on the list, but an album worth seeking out second hand.
*It’s a work in progress, it’s a lot of albums to search and find and add…
November 14, 2012 by wetwebworkComments Off on Near pefect Zappa playlist
Had a look at my Last.fm Frank Zappa “most played“, and stuck them in Media Monkey. Of course being my most played they are my favourite Zappa tracks, but they fit together so well as a playlist that they make a pretty decent introduction to Zappa – from a rock guitar playing listener’s point of view. Every Zaqppa fan will have their own take on what is and are his best tracks, and since he played so many different styles you could easily approach his music from a load of different angles. As he did.
Highlights: Guitar solo on Inca Roads, guitar solo on Ya Hozna, and Planet Of My Dreams for just being what it is.
Society Pages – You Are What You Is
Harder Than Your Husband – You Are What You Is
Ya Hozna – Them or Us
Suicide Chump – You Are What You Is
Camarillo Brillo – Overnite Sensation
You Are What You Is – You Are What You Is
Sharleena – You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore Sampler
Can’t Afford No Shoes – One Size Fits All
Planet of My Dreams – Them or Us
Stinkfoot – Apostrophe
Dirty Love – Overnite Sensation
Inca Roads – One Size Fits All
Cosmik Debris – Apostrophe
Jewish Princess – Sheik Yerbouti
Jones Crusher – Sheik Yerbouti
Dumb All Over – You Are What You Is
Father O’Blivion – Apostrophe
Cheepnis – Roxy & Elsewhere
Favourite album? Tricky… Tinseltown Rebellion was the first I bought, so special for that reason, Roxy and Elsewhere is a brilliant live album, and Sheik Yerbouti has the widest range of Zappa Zappa tracks from his rockiest period. And has Jewish Princess, which I love for too many reasons.
Wilson and Alroy describe Zappa’s different styles well:
“Zappa had at least six distinct musical personalities or facets: the Psychedelic Satirist, the Serious Avant-Garde Composer, the Fusion Bandleader, the Potty-Mouthed Reactionary, the History-Minded Obsessive and the Just Plain Rock And Roller. One personality usually dominates any given record, and the typical listener will love one or more facets, hate at least one, and be indifferent to the rest” – Wilson & Alroy, Frank Zappa (and The Mothers Of Invention)
Guess from this list I’m a Frank “Just Plain Rock And Roller” Zappa fan.
“There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we’d all love one another.” – Frank Zappa
August 1, 2012 by wetwebworkComments Off on Top 4 AC/DC tracks
At some point you might have come across Zergnet. If you haven’t, you will. Like those old linked sites or rings, where sites with similar content linked to each other so you could surf like minded content, Zergnet has a nice page with content described as “interesting articles actually worth reading.”
Zergnet landing page
And when you click on something, you go to the original site. And on that site is a content box with stories on the same theme that link you back to Zergnet. This is fine. The problem is that every click opens in a new tab. So click in Zergnet, open content in new tab, click the embedded Zergnet content links, go to Zergnet in new tab, click to open content and it opens a new tab. Why? Would be so much nicer to stay within a single window. There are no ads on the Zergnet site, so I don’t see what is gained by pulling users back there each time.
Another more minor gripe is that the content seems to be mainly “A list of…” or “Ten things…” They get boring quite quickly.
June 6, 2012 by wetwebworkComments Off on A handful of nicknames I’ve called my sons