The Needle Drop’s Top 10 Misfits Songs

Anthony Fantano over at The Needle Drop weighs in with a band that has become inseparable from October and Halloween: The Misfits. With their catchy punk hooks and absurdist, sci-fi/horror themes, The Misfits have definitely left their unique mark on punk rock.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0tyB8tkmU8]

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Les Claypool Slapping His Bass To “Master Of Puppets”

In this clip from a Primus live-show, lead singer and bass-player extraordinaire, Les Claypool, takes this Metallica classic and adds his own brand of Slap-Bass to it in that very special way that only a band like Primus can.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZDdrUi1HzI]

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The Black Keys Reveal Details About New Album

El Camino will be out December 6 and features a promotional campaign with a fake website as well as a fake car commercial starring Bob Odenkirk. It was co-produced by the Black Keys and Danger Mouse (as per their last album, Brothers). First single and leadoff track “Lonely Boy” is out October 26.

El Camino:

01 Lonely Boy
02 Dead and Gone
03 Gold on the Ceiling
04 Little Black Submarines
05 Money Maker
06 Run Right Back
07 Sister
08 Hell of a Season
09 Stop Stop
10 Nova Baby
11 Mind Eraser

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Q9fskIosM]

Via Pitchfork

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The Watchmakers Make Music Less Misanthropic, More Catchy

The Watchmakers latest release, The Misanthrope, is a cordial piece of pop-rock as scatterbrained as it is instrumentally- catchy. This isn’t a bad thing, necessarily.

The very first track, “Re: Split My Side,” front-loads the entire affair with the albums best track. It’s a catchy, sharp song with hooks to spare and every member on-point and tight. The album remains tight up to about the halfway mark when you can feel the band loosening up. For some bands this could be a good thing; but in this instance them getting loose means they start getting a bit sloppy.

Instrumentation is still tight, but you get the feeling that this would have made a better EP than a full-album. The whole middle of the album feels like filler between an excellent front and book-end.

But good news for you is the album is FREE to download over at Bandcamp, so even if you like one song, The Watchmakers win.

 

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PLAYLISTS for 10/09/11 on the Peak and WDHA

107.1 THE PEAK
Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Steve Jobs Speaks
I can only give you everything AMBERTONES
I want you BOB DYLAN
I shall be released ELVIS PRESLEY
I ain’t ever satisfied JOHN MELLENCAMP (happy bday John)
I could have stood you up KEITH RICHARDS
I call your name BEATLES (happy bday John Lennon)
I wanna be sedated JOHN HIATT
I don’t want to grow up RAMONES (happy bday Johnny and CJ Ramone)
I love you LONDON LEE
I love you love me JOAN JETT and BLACKHEARTS
I play drums THE DEL LORDS (happy bday Del Lord)
I am your radio BOSS MARTIANS
I can’t stand up for falling down ELVIS COSTELLO & BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (happy bday Sam Moore)
I can’t let go CONTINENTAL DRIFTERS
I can’t get you off of my mind WILLIE NILE
I can’t help it if i’m still in love with you HANK WILLIAMS
I am alive (live peak) GARLAND JEFFREYS
I wish i was your mother (live tarrytown 08) ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO & IAN HUNTER
I can tell when you’re telling lies JOHN WESLEY HARDING
I feel weird STEEL TRAIN
I just want to touch you UTOPIA
I bet it stung TEGAN AND SARA
I won’t back down PEARL JAM
I thought i was a child JACKSON BROWNE (happy bday Jackson)
I need you PAUL CARRACK
I saved the world today EURYTHMICS
I don’t want the night to end NICK LOWE


105.5 WDHA
Anything Anything DRAMARAMA
Steve Jobs Speaks
I can only give you everything THEM
I shall be released BOB DYLAN & ROLLING THUNDER REVUE
I wanna be remembered EMILY’S ARMY
I wanna be alone GREEN DAY
I don’t want to face it JOHN LENNON (happy bday John)
I don’t like your face THE HEATS
I want your love TRANSVISION VAMP
I know what boys like THE WAITRESSES
I love little pussy NURSERY RHYME
I like girls THE KNOW
I am woman HELEN REDDY
I want to want you JULIANA HATFIELD (RIP Mikey Welsh)
I liked you better THEODORE GRIMM (RIP Jason Metzinger)
I said a prayer THE RED HOUSE
I O U THE REPLACEMENTS
I don’t want to know if you are lonely HUSKER DU
I may not be your kind (live dha) GARLAND JEFFREYS
I came here to swim JIMMY DURANTE
I never was a beach boy THE JAGS
I can’t wait PLASTIQ PASSION
I woke up in love this morning PARTRIDGE FAMILY
I believe (paritial due to tech difficulty) REM
I want ya THE KNACK
I want you back THE CHARMS
I want you back (alive) GRAHAM PARKER
I hate my job HONAH LEE
I don’t want to be the one LUCERO
I started something i couldn’t finish THE SMITHS
I don’t want to go home SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY, LITTLE STEVEN, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, JON BON JOVI

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The CMJ Music Marathon Is Almost Here

Each year in October, College Music Journal puts on a days-long marathon of shows, musical acts, seminars, and films as a showcase for new talent and eagle-eyed labels seeking fresh, exciting talent.

CMJ fills more than 80 of the [NYC's] greatest venues, nightclubs and theaters with over 120,000 fans, music industry professionals, college radio tastemakers, bloggers, press, filmmakers and musicians.

Attendees have access to over 70 panels, seminars, Q&As, nighttime parties, meet and greets, mixers, film premieres, special events and exclusive areas like the Exhibitors’ Loft and Artist Lounge.

This year’s events will take place from October 18 – 22 and will feature over 1,300 acts performing, so go check out the schedule and get your tickets now for this taste-making event de’jour.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itU02BRmGWw]

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Flaming Lips To Release Collaboration LP On Record Store Day

Hot off their insane six hour song and news of an even more-insane 24 hour song in a human skull (!) comes the news that they’ll finally be collecting all of the collaborations they’ve been working on this year and assembling them for a special Record Store Day LP early next year.

It will gather their work with Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt, and Prefuse 73, with whom they have released collaborative EPs this year, along with in-the-works collabs with Nick Cave, Death Cab for Cutie, Ghostland Observatory, and Cloudland Canyon.

This is as close to a straightforward release as you’re likely to get from The Flaming Lips these days. Details on if the LP will be JUST a special limited edition RSD item or if that’s just the general release date have not been released.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by14EZEGfnM]

Via Pitchfork

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Download The Dualies’ “Handclaps And Zaps EP” For FREE

A few weeks ago I featured The Dualies’ recent EP, Handclaps And Zaps, on an episode of the podcast and it’s no wonder why I wanted to give them every little bit of exposure I could. This EP is a slice of synthpop levity sent to give you a casual respite from what you’re probably used to listening to on your lunchbreak.

These three songs hearken back to the height of mid-90s synthpop. A niche reference to be sure, but one that has it’s place and shines with a luster better than most for those in the mood for it.

The sound of dusty synth and breathy vocals do blend each song together well. While this would be terribly repetitive on a full LP, the fact that it’s only three tracks serves this set well as it is wonderfully charming; it hits fast, gives you something fresh, then leaves you wanting more.

Download Handclaps and Zaps

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Gorillaz To Release Greatest Hits Collection

While the Gorillaz have grown to be, to some, just as important as Damon Albarn’s original band, Blur, they haven’t been quite as consistent. An upcoming Greatest Hits set could be just what the doctor ordered.

According to Pitchfork:

On November 29 in the U.S. and November 28 in the UK, Virgin/Parlophone will release a greatest hits collection from Gorillaz, including singles, videos, and remixes from the entire career of Damon Albarn’s animated group. The Singles Collection: 2001-2011 will include fifteen tracks and be released on CD, CD/DVD, and vinyl. A limited edition 7″ box set will also be released.

The tracklisting is as follows:

01 Tomorrow Comes Today
02 Clint Eastwood
03 19-2000
04 Rock the House
05 Feel Good Inc
06 DARE
07 Dirty Harry
08 Kids With Guns
09 El Manana
10 Stylo
11 Superfast Jellyfish
12 On Melancholy Hill
13 Doncamatic
14 Clint Eastwood (Ed Case & Sweetie Irie Refix)
15 19-2000 (Soulchild Remix)

Via Pitchfork

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Bright Eyes Cover The White Stripes For Charity

According to Pitchfork:

As part of a collaborative charity effort, the Gift Horse Project and Manimal Vinyl Records have enlisted a group of musicians to record school-friendly cover songs for a compilation called Cool for School: For the Benefit of the Lunchbox Fund. Bright Eyes appear on the collection alongside Swedish duo First Aid Kit with a school-themed take on the White Stripes‘ “We’re Going to be Friends.”

Proceeds from sales of the compilation go toward the Lunchbox Fund, which provides meals in South African high schools. After the tracklist, stream the Bright Eyes/First Aid Kit track.

So it’s all for a good cause. Even though I’ve never been a huge Bright Eyes fan, it looks as though if this kind of goodwill-ery keeps up, we’re going to be friends after all.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRAIIHKkH5I]

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