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Our Own Erik Villaseñor’s Top 10 Albums of All Time, Comic-style

February 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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10 Hilariously Misunderstood Song Lyrics

February 5, 2015 Leave a comment

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Ever misunderstood a song lyric? Ever sing a song for years only to find out later you’ve got the words wrong? Yeah, it happens.

Kissthisguy.com has rounded up the best of the best misunderstood song lyrics. Here are our top 10:

1. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody: The algebra has a devil for a sidekick eeee

2. Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back: I like big butts in a can of limes

3. Fifth Dimension – Aquarius: This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus, Asparagus

4. R.E.M. – Losing My Religion: Let’s pee in the corner, Let’s pee in the spotlight

5. Rolling Stones – Beast Of Burden: I’ll never leave your pizza burnin’

6. Elvis Presley – Hound Dog: You ain’t never pornographic and you ain’t no friend of mine

7. Three Dog Night – Joy to the World: Joy to the visions that the people see

8. Clash – Rock The Casbah: Drop the pasta, drop the pasta

9. Eagles – Hotel California: Warm smell of collegiates, rising up through the air

10. Prince – Little Red Corvette: Miracle whip – baby you’re much too fast

10 Bands for the New Reggae Fan

January 28, 2015 Leave a comment

by Nick Calvino

1. Damien “Jr Gong” Marley
Son of Bob Marley, Damien Marley has a very rootsy-rap feel. There are very powerful lyrics and great beats to this young man’s music.

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2. Midnite
Whether you love reggae or not, this band brings a great message. The vocals of Vaughn Benjamin and the rootsy sound make them one mighty popular band.

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3. Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters
Lee Scratch Perry and the Upsetters appeared on some of the most legendary records in reggae history, including the early hits of the Wailers. Perry is truly a legend in reggae music.

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4. S.O.J.A.
This band explodes with energy and positivity. With a huge following, S.O.J.A. has headlined in over 20 countries.

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5. Nahko and Medicine for the People
Native American-Hawaiian, Nahko and Medicine for the People will make you wanna dance, with a rock and roll reggae vibe. Beautifully inspirational and positive with a little bit of bad-ass.

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6. Pato Banton
Pato Banton delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. He has a very spiritual feel with a lot of hip-hop and reggae thrown in.

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7. Rebelution
Rebelution has become a giant rock-reggae-world band in the last ten years. In 2014 Count Me In was Billboard’s best selling reggae album of the year.

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8. Tribal Seeds
Tribal Seeds is a San Diego-based rock-reggae group that has won multiple world music awards and has a fan-base that ranges all ages. Fun-loving and very catchy songs. And E.N. Young, the keyboardist, is awesome.

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9. Stick Figure
Stick Figure is the one man band—or so they say— of Scott Woodruff who plays all instruments when recording. An amazing blend of upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub. He is a personal favorite of mine.

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10.Steel Pulse
A roots-reggae band developed in 1975 at Handsworth Wood Boys School in Birmingham London. This band has a very rootsy feel with a very powerful political message. They are a reggae music staple.

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Best Doom Albums of 2014

November 24, 2014 Leave a comment

by Kyle Kessler

“Doom” is one of the vaguest sub-genres of metal. So many extremely different bands exist under that umbrella term that I find it almost impossible to describe without delineating sub-sub-genres. In the name of fairness for this list I have chosen a selection from each of a wide variety of styles that could all be considered “Doom.”

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BONG – Stoner Rock

How could I not mention the mighty drone warriors, BONG? Jesus H. Christ is this album heavy and totally not stoner rock. I mean, beyond the fact that it technically qualifies as “rock” and is best enjoyed with a steady dose of THC. In their own words:

“It is a tongue-in-cheek dig at our usual classification as stoner rock and what the term has come to represent. The idea is to create our own definition of ‘stoner rock’ by creating an album so utterly stoned and repetitive to be a million miles away from the usual definition…”

This is only the latest offering from these incredibly prolific British doom-lords, and a worthy addition to their dense discography of disgustingly heavy LPs.

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BONGRIPPER – Miserable

BONGRIPPER is a staple of American heavy music. Their newest offering, Miserable, continues their trend of bleak instrumental doom with three tracks “Endless,” “Descent” and “Into Ruin,” totaling out at 66 minutes of excruciating pain. This is not an album for everyone. This is an album intended for those who can handle it!

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USNEA – Random Cosmic Violence

I have to admit, Portland’s USNEA are some of the friendliest folks in the West Coast metal scene. They deserve all the attention they are getting for their Relapse Records debut, Random Cosmic Violence. Psychedelic and doomed to the gills, USNEA is a must listen and brings a lot to the table. Buy this album and go see them live! You won’t be disappointed.

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CULTED – Oblique To All Paths

CULTED is something of an enigma. Most of the band’s members have never met and live on different continents. Oblique To All Paths is a menacing release with elements of claustrophobic harsh noise and crushing doom with black metal flavor from their Swedish vocalist Daniel Jansson. This is a challenging and powerful album – a proper complement to CULTED’s first two LPs.

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THOU – The Sacrifice

This album was recorded at the same time and intended to be a companion EP to THOU’s other excellent 2014 LP Heathen but in my opinion it excels beyond the scope of that 72 minute long beast of an album. The Sacrifice shows Thou at their tightest and its more accessible length, faster tempo, and more focused scope makes it the stronger of the two releases.

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PALLBEARER – Foundations Of Burden

PALLBEARER is a big name these days. Having destroyed the competition in 2012 with their fantastic debut LP Sorrow and Extinction, the hype over this year’s follow-up was met and exceeded with Foundations of Burden. This band has brought a slew of new doom fanatics into the fold with their combination of beautiful songwriting, incredible guitar work, and powerful vocal leads. PALLBEARER is a band to keep your eye on as they continue to carve out a name for themselves in the halls of the Doom elite.

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FLOOR – Oblation

Arguably the least doom album in this list (except that guitar tone!) FLOOR brings their signature sound found on their 2002 debut back to life for this 2014 release. Fans of FU MANCHU and upbeat punk will find lots to love here. You’ll be asking yourself how a band with no bassist could possibly be this heavy.

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MENACE RUINE – Venus Armata

Montreal has a serious gem of a band in MENACE RUINE. Their powerful blackened drone is a testament to grim Canadian weather, a melancholy pulsation of dread and foreboding augmented by shockingly tasteful operatic vocals vaguely reminiscent of WARDRUNA. This album has dark magicks woven into its compositions that cut through the soul indirect and dissipated like a sunbeam through fog,

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FÓRN – The Departure Of Consciousness

I had the pleasure of playing a show alongside FÓRN deep inside a cave outside of San Francisco earlier this year and can think of no more perfect setting for such a powerful band. The Departure Of Consciousness is a fantastic debut that unfortunately went out of print almost instantaneously after it’s release, and for good reason too. This is a strong contender for doom album of the year.

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THE WOUNDED KINGS – Consolamentum

If you thought the ELECTRIC WIZARD sound was the thickest a riff could get, you haven’t heard THE WOUNDED KINGS. Consolamentum is as riff laden as it gets, with vocals like a combination of CANDLEMASS and BLOOD CEREMONY – which is just about perfect for this traditional stoner doom sound.

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SLOMATICS – Estron

Good grief, this band is a subwoofer destroyer. The low-end crush coming from SLOMATICS is brutal and punishing the whole way through. Get ready to get your monitors re-coned if you dare to turn this sucker up. This Bristol doom act is heavy, heavy, and heavier the whole way through. For serious doom heads only.

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WITCH CHARMER – The Great Depression

JEX THOTH released an album last year, but it’s nowhere near as good as WITCH CHARMER’s The Great Depression, a release that I would believe was JEX if I never saw the album cover or the gruff GOATSNAKE-esque male vocals behind the leads. Stoner riffs prevail throughout this badass exploration of roots doom metal. The guitar screams MOUNTAIN WITCH and the tandem vocal style is the perfect cheese frosting on top. Though I really must admit I’m a sucker for clean vocals in doom.

Spotlight: Riding Easy Records

This fledgling label, formerly known as Easy Rider (before they got a cease and desist from whoever owns the rights to the film) has been making waves in the doom metal scene in 2014, and they are responsible for unleashing some of the absolute heaviest albums of the year. They deserve nothing less than their own section in this list.

These are my favorites from this year’s releases:

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WINDHAND/SALEM’S POT – Split 10″

WINDHAND is the Electric Wizard of the United States. Many bands aspire to that title but none have come as close. This split with Sweden’s SALEM’S POT is uncompromising occult doom front to back.

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MONOLORD – Empress Rising

Another killer doom release from Sweden, MONOLORD brings the UFOMAMMUT psych/doom sound to a whole new level on Empress Rising. For fans of fuzz run through phaser pedals and crushing riffs.

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THE WELL – Samsara

Austin, TX brings us THE WELL, occult blues rock in the vein of KADAVAR but with that ’70s proto-metal influence turned up to 11. This is a fuzzed out psyched blues jam meant to be played at 4:20 PM. If you love GRAVEYARD and heavy psych like PURPLE MERCY or ALL THEM WITCHES you will not be disappointed. This is possibly Riding Easy’s best release to date.

Streetlight Staff’s Favorite Albums of 2013

December 24, 2013 Leave a comment

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Johnny Copeland – It’s Me: Classic Texas Soul 1965-72
Lady – Lady
Magic Sam – Live at the Avant Garde
Mavis Staples – One True Vine
Charles Bradley – Victim of Love
Elvis Costello & the Roots – Wise Up Ghost
Dan Penn – Fame Recordings

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Tomb Weavers – Andrew 7″
Dark – Round the Edges
Damon – Song of a Gypsy
Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 1-4
Various Artists – Kontroversial Kovers (’60s tribute to the Kinks)
Kurt Vile – Walkin’ on a Pretty Daze
A$AP Rocky – Long. Live. A$AP.
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Roky Erickson at Don Quixote’s
Flamin’ Groovies at the Chapel

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Jason Isbell – Southeastern
Patty Griffin – American Kid
Mavis Staples – One True Vine
Holly Williams – the Highway
Tift Merritt – Traveling Alone
Avett Brothers – Magpie & the Dandelion
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Made Up Mind
Mary Gauthier – Live at Blue Rock
Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu – I Wonder 7″
Steve Earle – Low Highway

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Washed Out – Paracosm
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
Girls Names – The New Life
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
Bonobo – North Borders
Zomby – With Love
David Lynch – the Big Dream

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ZOMBY – With Love
A$AP FERG – Trap Lord
PRURIENT – Through the Window
BLACK SABBATH – 13
LADY GAGA – Artpop
MILEY CYRUS – Bangerz
RON MORELLI – Spit
FUNCTION – Incubation
E.M.M.A. – Blue Gardens
FACTORY FLOOR – S/T

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Youth Code – Youth Code
Cold Cave – God Made the World 7″
Ecstasy of Gold Vol. 1-4
National – Trouble Will Find Me
Damon – Song of a Gypsy (reissue)
Minks – Tides End
Weekend – Jinx
Vatican Shadow – Remember Your Black Day
Horisont – Time Warriors
Uncle Acid – Mind Control

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A$AP FERG – Trap Lord
Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
Black Sabbath – 13
Occultist – Death Sigils
Church of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum
King Tuff – Live at Third Man
Bl’ast – Blood!

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Devil Makes Three – I’m a Stranger Here
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – the Heist
Bad Religion – True North

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Lycus – Tempest
Primitive Man – Scorn
Scott Miller/Lee Camfield/Merzbow (collaboration) – No Closure
Windhand – Soma
Melvins – Tres Cabrones
Fell Voices – Reginum Saturni
Lake of Blood – Omnipotens Tyrannus
Lluvia – Premonicion de Guerra
Iron Lung – White Glove Test
Bl’ast – Blood!

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Your Favorite Non-Traditional Christmas Songs of All Time

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

Yesterday on our Facebook page, we asked the question, What’s your favorite non-traditional Christmas song of all time? We got some great answers and decided to share them. So, here you go:

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Have any others to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

4 Bands for that Fan of the ’80s Derivative Sound

December 23, 2013 Leave a comment

by Mari

1. Girls Names
From Ireland, this band has plenty of dreamy reverb and echoey vocals to offer. Their latest release, The New Life brings you back to early Cure (think Seventeen Seconds), adds a touch of Joy Division (prominent, catchy basslines), and brings back some of that melancholic grandeur we saw from, say, Echo And The Bunnymen. Yes, it might remind you of a lot of bands you heard in the 1980s but Girls Names have established their own newer sound, with lots of instrumentation and not relying much on the vocals themselves. This is one of my favorite new bands with that post-punk/dream-pop sound.

2. Washed Out
If you want a synth-pop sound that pulls the best of that ’80s style of dreamy new wave up to the surface, check out Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene, from Georgia,USA). The latest release, Paracosm, is a lush sonic landscape of dreamy and feel-good samples with a few mellow beats in the background. It definitely earns Washed Out a solid place in the chillwave category. The first album, Within and Without, is on the edge of chillwave, and more firmly planted in the category of synth-pop. It is dreamy, don’t get me wrong, but the beats and samples are a tad more upbeat and might be best defined as dreamy synth-pop. Both releases are worth checking out for anyone who likes get spaced out with the help of lots of echoey, layered synth-y goodness.

3. Wild Nothing
From Virginia, USA, Wild Nothing is, in my humble opinion, the quintessential contemporary dream-pop band. Their latest release, Nocturne, brings a supremely crafted sound to the dream-pop genre, as Jack Tatum is a gifted songwriter. Wild Nothing is an excellent example of a band whose sound can capture the yearning feelings of adolescence and mix that with a very adult sound of skilled musical craftsmanship, yet it doesn’t feel pretentious, as some acts in this genre might sound. This band is an absolute must for any fan of that jangly sound.

4. Beach Fossils
This band is from New York, USA. Upon my first listen of their most recent album, Clash The Truth, I heard vestiges of early New Order (it’s that mixture of lo-fi and jangly guitar sound). They have that dreamy streak that runs throughout the album, but it’s punctuated with more brisk drumming than others in this genre. I was lucky enough to see them live in an intimate venu and the show was solid. The vocals are fairly ethereal, which is a nice compliment to the, at times, manic drumming and relentless jangle of guitar chords. This is a band for the fan of the more lo-fi post-punk sound of the 1980s. But, they’re also bound to catch the ear of the shoegaze fan as well.