Tournament of Rock – Legends: The Police pod

The_PoliceResults: The past week provided ToR fans with about as much drama as the 4th quarter of the Patriots/Titans game, huh? In our most recent match the band currently famous for providing CSI theme music simply poleaxed some pretty good competition, making it four in a row for the favorites. The numbers: #3 The Who 82%; #9 AC/DC 16%; Queensryche 2%.

Maybe we can give voters something to think about this week. Let’s start in the Budokan region, where perhaps the greatest band of the New Wave hosts the Piano Man and arguably the most underappreciated artist in rock history. Continue reading

Tournament of Rock – Legends: The Who pod

It’s been a pretty good week for the top seeds. Despite the upset threat posed by a couple of exceptional challengers, Zep scores early and often to post a decisive win. The numbers: #1 Led Zeppelin 69%; #6 Eric Clapton 25%; #12 Rush 6%. Led Zeppelin advances to the Sweet 16.

Our quest for the greatest band of all time now heads over to the Hollywood Bowl region for our second straight smash-mouth smackdown. Your host: the band that put the “power” into “power pop.” Continue reading

Nota Bene #86: Blog Post Go Boom

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Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Eels pod

Another seed holds serve. We’re not surprised that AC/DC won, but we may have expected a slightly closer battle considering the magnitude of George Harrison’s solo career. The numbers: #7 AC/DC 47%; George Harrison 24%; Midnight Oil 16%; Smashing Pumpkins 11%; Fish 3%; Badfinger 0%. AC/DC moves on to the Great 48.

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Tournament of Rock – Legends: the AC/DC pod

Results: Our latest pod featured yet another upset that wasn’t really a huge upset, as the unseeded but eminently worthy Dire Straits won handily. The numbers: Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler 48%; Jethro Tull 22%; Tom Waits 15%; #7 The Band 7%; The Buzzcocks 4%; Kansas 4%. Knopfler and Company advance to the Great 48.

S&R’s search for the greatest band of all time stays in the Hollywood Bowl region for our next throwdown, which is hosted by the unusual case of a band that lost its lead singer and somehow found a replacement who helped them scale even greater heights. AC/DC is going to be tough to beat, but the Highway to Hell is, in this case, paved with land mines. Continue reading

TunesDay: The best CDs of 2008, pt. 2 – the Platinum LPs

Our Best CDs of 2008 continues today with a review of the super-premium Platinum Award winners for Excellence in rocking and rolling. As with last week’s Gold Awards, these are in alphabetical order. Band Web sites link to the band name, and if the CD is available via eMusic, that links to the CD title. (Mike Smith of Fiction 8, in last week’s comments, recommended that you buy from the band’s Web site or Amazon, if possible, because the artists get a better cut of the proceeds that way. Duly noted.)

Speaking of Fiction 8, let’s get this out of the way first

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I have a rule – I never include in my official ratings CDs that I had something to do with, no matter how great I think they are. And since I co-wrote “Hegemony,” the track that closes this disc, that means that Fiction 8 is officially disqualified. This doesn’t mean I can’t tell you what I think I’d think about the record if I weren’t laboring with a conflict of interest, though. Continue reading

TunesDay: Can music violate the Geneva Conventions (or the 8th Amendment)?

Yow. If you missed the story, US PsyOps personnel are using music as a torture tactic on captives in Iraq. How silly, you say? Torture someone with music? Well, check out the playlist.

  1. “Fuck Your God” – Deicide
  2. “Die MF Die” – Dope
  3. “Take Your Best Shot” – Dope
  4. “White America” – Eminem
  5. “Kim” – Eminem
  6. “Barney Theme Song” – Barney Continue reading