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A few of my favorite things…from 2010 part 1

Well, after taking a year off from the TNM, I figured I would weigh in for my year-end list. However, I’ll leave the best albums, movies, etc to the professionals. Instead, this week, I’m going to just post about shit I was into. Most of it isn’t necessarily new this year, but new to me. So you can deal with it.

First up….the radio!
With me spending between 20-30 hours a week driving due to my job, that meant I’ve had plenty of time to listen to the radio. Honestly, it’s something I really hadn’t done in a long time. And, with that in mind, I present my top ten radio songs. suck it!

10) “Radioactive” – Kings of Leon

I know it’s really easy to hate on Kings of Leon, but all of their singles that I’ve heard on the radio, I don’t hate ’em. And this one is no different. But the bass player is pretty goofy looking. I hope I never look like that while playing.

9) “Flyin’ Solo” – Jason Derulo

If were one to go out to clubz on the weekend, this would be my jam to which I would get ready.

8) “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry

All of the singles off of Katy Perry’s first album, I really hated. And now every one from this new album, I’ve liked. I don’t get it. I don’t think I’m turning 30 this week, I think I’m actually turning 13. and into a girl.

7) “Animal” – Neon Trees

I’m just going to ignore the video. It makes me want to punch someone. Anyway, this sounds a lot like Phoenix for kids, yet I like this song more than the two Phoenix radio singles this year!

6) “Sweet Disposition” – The Temper Trap

I couldn’t resist posting the diet coke commercial. The idea of it seemed really funny to me. Is that Beyonce at the end? Anyway, I really like that the chorus drum beat is on the off-beat. That’s all.

5) “Club Can’t Handle Me” – Flo-Rida ft David Guetta

There is something really funny about this song be performed for Kathie Lee and Hoda at 8 in the morning.

4) “Dynamite” – Taio Cruz

Wow. I realize the above video is not for the actual song, but I came across this parody on youtube. It’s unbelievably bad. WTF! Be sure to watch the Christmas medley. I couldn’t even make it through the first minute. I guess you can get 400,000 views if you have some hot girl with big boobs act nerdy. Never fails. Perhaps we need to try that.(Sorry Taio, but I can’t even remember what I was going to say about the original song. You can blame Screen Team)

3) “Magic” – B.o.B ft Rivers Cuomo

I’m sure I’ll be accused of including this song simply because my favoritest person in the entire world is on this song, but that is simply not true. I think plenty of what Weezer is doing right now really sucks. This song is just a dope party banger. But it’s really tough to watch Rivers in the video. I feel embarrassed for him.

2) “Your Love is My Drug” – Ke$ha

I’m a pretty big fan of Ke$sha. No joke. Also, she seems to mainly work with Dr. Luke, which after doing this list, I realized he worked on half of the songs, so obviously I like his radio production stylings. Maybe I should break into his house and steal his synths. Oh yeah, I love the line “Do you want to have a slumber party in my basement?”

1) “Bulletproof” – La Roux

This is probably only song on the list where I REALLY like. I just came across their album at the library this week, and though I’ve only given it a listen once, it seems pretty good. A bunch of poppy synth songs.

Well, there you have it. Listening to the radio this year reminded me just how stale/shitty rock radio has gotten.

Singles Club: 7

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THE SPECIAL GOODNESS

“LIFE GOES BY”

b/w “DAY IN THE AUTUMN”/”NATURAL” (DEMO)

Released 10/03

(Patrick Wilson)

You may know Pat Wilson best from his day job, drumming for Weezer. He’s been there since the beginning, Valentine’s Day 1992. But periodically over the course of the last 17 years, during various breaks and Rivers-induced hiatus periods, Pat turned his eyes to his other musical project, The Special Goodness. Acting as both songwriter and instrumentalist, the first Special Goodness record (known as the “Bunny Album”) was released in 1998 in Japan only during the long break between 1996’s Pinkerton and 2001’s The Green Album.

Three years later, At Some Point, Birds And Flowers Became Interesting was self-released and sold only at shows and online. In 2004, venerable punk label Epitaph picked up The Special Goodness (now augmented by former Offspring and future Angels And Airwaves drummer Atom Willard) and re-released their third album, Land Air Sea, which had come out the year before on N.O.S. Records. Prior to the move, N.O.S. issued the track “Life Goes By” as a single to promote their release of the album.

Having previously appeared as a different recording on At Some Point, “Life” appears on Land Air Sea in basically the same arrangement as its previous version, with minor instrumental changes. A song about living your life before it gets away from you, “Life Goes By” is served well by Wilson’s distinct singing voice and slightly off-kilter vocal melody; he also supplies a nice melodic solo that attests to his love of Britpop. Rivers has praised Pat’s guitar ability before, saying his playing on The Red Album‘s “Automatic” (Wilson’s first solo writing credit for Weezer; he is credited with co-writing “My Name Is Jonas”, “The World Has Turned And Left Me Here” & “Surf Wax America”) was the best on the record. It was also, in my humble opinion, the only one of the songs contributed by the non-Rivers Weezer members that actually fit in with the rest of Red, largely because Pat shares Rivers ear for crunchy, melodic pop rock songs. Perhaps in the wake of Red, he’ll contribute more material to his day job. If not, there will surely be another Special Goodness album waiting in the wings.

Video (directed by Weezer right-hand man Karl Koch):

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