The 10 best Beatles tracks

Since Mr. Trickle Down has kindly mentioned The Beatles in recent posts, I figured that now was the time to share my list:

1. A Day in the Life

Pure brilliance. Psych bliss.

2. We Can Work It Out

Packs an amazing amount of ideas into a short song. A very manic depressive verse/chorus/verse. Lennon’s vocals are especially cool.

3. Paperback Writer

Very catchy with a great main riff

4. Tomorrow Never Knows

Refer to Mr. Trickle Down

5. Help!

Doom pop

6. Day Tripper

Lennon and McCartney sing about drugs or girls that don’t put out, or both. Great riffs.

7. I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

Wonderfully intricate.

8. Eleanor Rigby

Doom pop again

9. Rain

Beautifully stoned track with a cool video.

10. Hold Me Tight

So Paul missed a few notes…who cares! This is so damn catchy.

Mr. Trickle Down and FiestaRed – let’s see your lists!


Ace–How Long

Awesome–you know the song, “How long has this been going on?”  I always figured it might be Steely Dan, Hall and Oates, or the Doobie Brothers or something, but turns out it’s the band Ace fronted by Paul Carrack.  Smooth for sure.  Should be a Yacht Rock episode about this.

Contested Streets: Cars, Community, and Urban Planning

A thought-provoking documentary on cars and community, traffic congestion and productivity, using New York City as an example, and contrasting it with public transportation and pedestrian-oriented city planning in some European cities such as Copenhagen: Contested Streets. Would be interesting to look at Los Angeles of course, (also see Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which was all about a real-life alleged automobile industry conspiracy to shut down public transportation in favor of automobiles in Los Angeles and perhaps even nationwide in the mid-20th century, see the General Motors streetcar conspiracy).

CONTESTED STREETS explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to the present. This examination allows for an understanding of how the city – though the most well served by mass transit in the United States – has slowly relinquished what was a rich, multi-dimensional conception of the street as public space to a mindset that prioritizes the rapid movement of cars and trucks over all other functions.
Central to the story is a comparison of New York to what is experienced in London, Paris and Copenhagen. Interviews and footage shot in these cities showcase how limiting automobile use in recent years has improved air quality, minimized noise pollution and enriched commercial, recreational and community interaction.

Also see:

Kind of ironic right after a post about learning to drive stick, of course.

The Best Song Ever Made–Guns and Roses–My Michelle???

Just kidding, not the best song ever…but the best 1980s LA metal song, that’s for sure.  Guns and Roses–My Michelle–I could do without the backup singer on the chorus, but…

And then…

Welcome to the Jungle–

Could be the best post-Beatles album ever made IMHO 😉

Pissed Jeans- I’ve Still Got You (Ice Cream)

Kind of like Black Flag singing about ice cream…?

Drive Like Jehu–Hand Over Fist, Don Caballero–Slice Where You Live Like Pie, Germbox–Frankie Mayorga live videos!

Here are some more videos I posted on YouTube: 90s post-punk prog-rock goodness! Also see the Fucking Champs/C4AM95 video I posted above–Flawless Victory!

You should get Germbox’s Fraction of Exaggeration CD if you don’t have it–it’s amazing, sort of like Voivod’s Nothingface meets the Bastro and the Jesus Lizard and Drive Like Jehu.

Drive Like Jehu – Hand Over Fist – Al’s Bar

Don Caballero – Slice Where You Live Like Pie-Fireside Bowl

Germbox -Frankie Mayorga and unreleased intro

Meshuggah – Obzen, Combustion and Voivod

Obzen–the soundtrack to floating abandoned in space (“Forgotten in Space”) , or the soundtrack to the construction of the Death Star. Like Voivod’s Nothingface on steroids. Seemingly impossibly, it’s like the best parts of Voivod, Fucking Champs, Tool, King Crimson, Godflesh, etc. Possibly the most sci-fi thing I’ve ever heard. This is heavy metal/prog metal…but the secret is that with all of the crazy polyrhythms, this is really dance music…

Meshuggah – Combustion (Couldn’t find a real video, this is a fan-play along, but is still great)

Meshuggah – Rational Gaze

Meshuggah guitarist and other drummer–medley

Their new album Obzen is very good. Some parts are as compelling to me as Voivod’s Nothingface. They’ve got lots more winding technical riffs than on some of their other stuff, as if they’ve taken in lots of Fucking Champs and Red and Larks Tongue era King Crimson and Voivod. The bass and incredible tight double bass-filled drumming especially remind me of a lot of the drumming in Voivod’s Nothingface album, as well as some of the discordant riffs, along with some Dimension Hatross, Killing Technology-like parts. Some of it is even like Voivod’s Phobos album.

Can’t wait to see Meshuggah on tour!

And yes, Voivod rule (for their seminal prog-metal/math-metal trilogy Killing Technology, Dimension Hatross, and Nothingface, as well as the 17-minute long prog opus “Jack Luminous”!!!

Obzen review, Decibel Magazine:

““This Spiteful Snake” doesn’t only nod to the stage name of Voivod’s frontman, but perhaps unsurprisingly recalls the Canadian legends as well, beginning as a perfect mid-point between Dimension Hätross and Nothingface, before slamming on the bass-brakes, to the point where you’re reminded more of Swans or Neurosis than anything within thrash metal’s legacy. “Pineal Optic Glands” continues the Voivod space-thrash mood, before “Pravus” explodes to bring this particular phase of the album to an end.”

To counterbalance all this harsh music you might want to listen to some oldies music!