Kiss! Kiss! Bang! Bang! (The James Bond Mix)

Date November 9, 2012

James Bond has long been one of my favorite film heroes. Growing up I would watch and rewatch my favorite Bond films (mostly taped on VHS from TBS “15 Days of 007″ marathons) and although the franchise’s quality is pretty hit-or-miss, I’ll always have a particular fondness for the suave secret agent. The latest Bond [...]

Boom! Boom boom, cha! (“Be My Baby” Drum Intro) Mix

Date February 15, 2010

The “Be My Baby” intro is possibly the most iconic drum beat in pop music. The Phil Spector-penned “boom, boom boom, cha!” is instantly recognizable and the beat has been been both duplicated and used in a number of variations by artists time and time again. The Jesus and Mary Chain liked the beat enough [...]

Best Albums of 2009

Date December 28, 2009

In a few days a new decade will begin and we’ll have a whole new debate about what to call the decade, but first we must reflect on the final year of the zeroes/naughties. It seems like I talk every year about how surprised I am by the amount of new artists that show up [...]

50 Songs of 2009 (2 of 2)

Date December 18, 2009

Here is the much-anticipated conclusion to my top 50 songs of 2009 list (if you haven’t already, take a look at the first 25 and read the foreword/ground rules). These are my favorite 25 songs of the year. As before, there’s a link by each song where you can download/hear the song or you can [...]

New Songs: Junior Boys, M. Ward, Camera Obscura

Date February 11, 2009

We’re nearly a month and a half into 2009 and my music library has been growing steadily with good tunes.  Today, I have first singles from three highly anticipated upcoming albums, starting with one of my favorite songs of the year so far from electro-pop maestros Junior Boys. MP3 Junior Boys – Hazel Canadian synth-pop duo, Junior Boys have a new album which is [...]

Top 25 Albums of ’06

Date December 19, 2006

2006 is coming to a close and it’s been a very good year for this blog. I’ve listened to countless hours of music and seen dozens of live shows and I’ve stayed up till 2 am discussing music on message boards and reading the comments on Stereogum. After all that I’ve come up with a [...]