5/24/18

Some old bad-ass tracks that I have just recently grokked

One of the greatest things about music and music fandom is that every single day new songs and new recordings are released into the world's ear-holes and there is just no way to catch it all, or to even sample most of it.  This allows for rediscovery!  Sometimes I hear a track and think, "Oh shit this track is awesome," only to find it is 30+ years old and I just never got a chance to listen to it.  This post is a collection of ten of these oldie discoveries that I have been loving BIG TIME.

Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric?
 
(Tubeway Army is the name of the first project by Gary Numan, the pioneer who brought the extremely unnerving and awesome song Cars to our consciousness.  This track is from 1979)

The Congos - Fisherman

(Jamaican music in the 70's was just so prolific, with so many acts and so many great tracks. I never got around to enjoying this classic group, The Congos, although I had heard mention of them. This is an amazing track.)

The Nashville Teens - Tobacco Road

(I first heard this song when it was on David Lee Roth's solo debut, "Eat 'Em and Smile." I thought it was great. The OG though? so HEAVY! I love it.)

The Rockin' Rebels - Wild Weekend

(One of the greatest joys must be the early rock instrumental. They are just bad-ass. This classic, from 1962(!!!), makes me feel like I am having the greatest time of my life just because it is playing.)

Josef K - Sorry for Laughing

(I know nothing about this act. I ran across this track very recently and it hit me good.)

Orange Juice - Rip It Up

(This perfect song, from 1982, is, like many of my favorites, a bouncy tune paired with cynical and upset lyrics. Glasgow natives.)














5/3/18

Ten More Hip Hop Tracks. Turn up the Bass and lay low on the Treble!

YEAH. I cannot get enough!  The hot tracks keep coming and I keep blasting them in my foreign whip on the way home.  May the beats and rhymes help you out as much as they do me.  Let's get this next batch started! Some are fresh, and some are old. Enjoy.

Rae Sremmurd - Powerglide



Jhené Aiko - Sativa feat. Rae Sremmurd
 


Young Thug - Digits
 


Future & Young Thug - All Da Smoke
 


2 Chainz feat. Travis Scott - 4 AM
 


Young Thug - Tomorrow til Infinity
 


Future - Rent Money
 


Migos - Stir Fry
 


Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk It
 


Post Malone feat. Ty $ - Psycho
 

3/20/18

Some REM Tracks that Rock.....so hard!

          Before they bored the world with their devolution into adult-contempo mope-folk-balladry in the mid-1990's, Athens Georgia's REM were a band that refreshed what rock music could sound like.  Their first 15 years as a band saw them expand on a sonic vocabulary that took the then out-of-date pastoral sounds of the Byrds and similar acts and created a new brand of rock music. They were the original "college rock" band, called that by music press people who did not understand what to make of them.  Many of their songs were straight-ahead, powerful rockers, contrary to their image as a folksy, country-music act.  These songs were what first drew me into REM, allowing me to explore the rest of their music, and deepening my love for their classic albums.

          Here are some of the most ROCKING REM SONGS EVER!

REM - I Believe
(This song from the amazing LP "Life's Rich Pageant" starts off with a funny little Banjo line, a musical joke to distract from the hard-hitting song that follows.  "Change is what I believe in.")


          

REM - Pretty Persuasion
(This is my favorite REM track, and to this day, after listening to it hundreds of times, I have no idea what Stipe is singing for about 3/4 of the track.  No matter.  This is so GREAT.)



REM - Get Up
(From the album "Green," which was at the time their most "rockinest" album, comes this roarer.)



REM - Radio Free Europe 
(Off of their first full-length, Murmur, this one always makes me turn it up LOUD)



REM - Auctioneer (Another Engine) 
 (This one builds and builds and is so awesome)

 


REM - Driver 8
(I love songs about trains and REM sang a lot of songs about trains) 



REM - Begin the Begin
(The album Life's Rich Pageant begins with the best 1-2 punch of any REM album.  First, this track, which starts off with a heavy groove and builds, and then the next track, which rocks me out every time)

 

REM - These Days
(I love this song.  I LOVE THIS SONG.)


  
REM - Strange
(This is a cover of a song from Wire's LP, Pink Flag.  I did not know this until I heard Pink Flag a decade later.  Turns out many 80's college rock and alternative bands covered Wire songs, cuz Wire is the greatest.)

 

REM - Turn You Inside Out
(Another gem from Green, this one rocks....so hard.)  
 
  

12/15/17

Ten More Hip Hop BANGERS for your Ears!

It has been a while since I put up a new list of ten hip hop tracks that have been melting my melon, man. There was a bit of a lull there in the tail end of 2017, and I had to go back and check out tracks I had missed through the year. Here we go.

FUTURE - Fresh Air


TY DOLLA $IGN - Don't Judge Me (feat. Future & Sway Lee)


MIGUEL - Skywalker


PEE WEE LONGWAY - Mega Bus


FUTURE & YOUNG THUG - 200


LIL UZI VERT - XO TOUR Llif3


PLAYBOY CARTI - Magnolia


FUTURE - Mask Off


HOOD RICH PABLO & LIL UZI VERT - Zambamafoo


FUTURE - Feed Me Dope


9/12/17

Ten More Delicious Hip Hop Tracks for my Ears

Man, there is nothing better at the end of the day than blasting some amazing new tunes as you drive home from work. That long commute really benefits from some bangers. Here are ten more to make your commute worth it. Some are new, some are older, but all are awesome.

Big Boi - Chocolate


Travis Scott - Butterfly Effect


Rich Homie Quan - Heart Cold


Kadiata - The Surface


Lil' Yachty - X Men


2 Chainz - OG Kush Diet


Post Malone - Congratulations (Future Re-mix)


iLoveMakonnen - Love


Luke James - Drip


Rae Sremmurd - Perplexing Pegasus


Young Thug - Check

7/3/17

Top Ten Baby Dayliner tracks

"Baby Dayliner, another hit baby..." 

Baby Dayliner, the sobriquet of one Ethan Marunas, has been an RXTT favorite ever since the good ladies of the Alley Theatre Costume Shop introduced my ex-wife to his first album, High Heart & Low Estate, which was brought back from NYC by one Andrea Lauer, designer extraordinaire.  I loved the tunes and would play his records at our weekly poker nights.  It has been over a decade since Baby Dayliner's last album release, Critics Pass Away.  He is back soon with a new 4-song EP titled You Push I'll Go.  Awesome.


In tribute to my main man Baby Dayliner, here are my ten favorite Baby Dayliner tracks.


BABY DAYLINER - Raid!


BABY DAYLINER - Silent Places


 BABY DAYLINER - The Triumph of Sarah's Past
 

BABY DAYLINER - The Way You Look Tonight
 

BABY DAYLINER - Through These Hills
 

BABY DAYLINER - At Least


 BABY DAYLINER - Party Scenes
 

BABY DAYLINER - Critics Pass Away
 

BABY DAYLINER - Hoodlums In The Hit Parade
 

BABY DAYLINER - Shah With That

6/14/17

RXTT's Top Ten Neil Young Tracks

I do not remember when it was that I actually started to like Neil Young's music. As a youngster I thought everyone associated with his early era, the folk rockers, the Crosby Stills and Nashies of the musical world,  were so fucking boring.  I needed to hear chaos and aggression and most of all energy.  Around my sophomore year in college my friend Barnaby Struve (former VP at Three Floyds Brewery, and currently working at Stigberget in Gothenburg, Sweden) left me in his room chillin' with Neil Young's Harvest Moon playing.  Around the time Neil started singing about a lonely night spent with his dog I was swept up.  I could not believe it.  Since then I have explored Neil Young's records and found so much skronk, so much distorted, angry rock n roll, in equal parts to his soft and wise and funny folk and country tunes. I love hearing the man play guitar. He brings it all Live.


Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cortez The Killer (Live 2001)


Neil Young - Like a Hurricane (Live 1982)


Neil Young - Harvest Moon (Live 2010)


Neil Young - The Needle & The Damage Done (Live 1971)


Neil Young - On The Beach (Live 1999)


Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cinnamon Girl (Live 1991)


Neil Young - The Loner (Live 2002)


Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) (Live 1991)


Neil Young - Ambulance Blues (Live 1998)


Neil Young - Cowgirl In The Sand (Live 1971)