Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Byrds pod

Results: Surprisingly, the anticipated controversy never developed, as Janis Joplin dispatched one of the strongest pods of competitors we’ve seen so far. The numbers: #8 Janis Joplin 47%; Stevie Ray Vaughan 34%; Bob Seger/Silver Bullet Band 6%; Paul McCartney/Wings 6%; Catherine Wheel 3%; MC5/Wayne Kramer 3%. Janis moves on to the Great 48.

Up next in our quest for the greatest band of all time, a band of jangle-pop innovators faces off with a couple of the most popular bands ever (and a couple of the most influential bands ever). Continue reading

Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Janis Joplin pod

Results: This was one of those pods where the seed never had a chance. It was nip and tuck the whole way, and in the end ZZ Top eased away for a narrow victory. The numbers: ZZ Top 39%; Pearl Jam 30%; Genesis 16%; #11 Oasis 7%; Garbage 7%; Sheryl Crow 2%. The lil’ ol’ band from Tejas advances to the Great 48.

Our tournament to determine the greatest band of all time now moves to the Budokan region, where one of the most dynamic female rock vocalists in history defends against a pack of competitors that seems guaranteed to spark outrage among the voters. Let the conniptions commence. 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