Saturday, December 30, 2006

Totally Claimin' Top Thirty Tracks Of 2006

Because this list is so damn long, there ain't gunna be any fancy schmancy artwork that accompanies it, alright? OK, so I'm a total claimer, sue me. Here in order, is my list of the top 30 tracks of 2006, my favorite line of dialogue from a movie, and my pick for the worst song of the year. Enjoy, and celebrate the new year by downloading THE TOP 10 in one juicy file! Just click below on the picture of 2006.

Totally Claimin's Top 30 Tracks Of 2006:
30. Little Lover's So Polite - The Silver Sun Pickups

29. Roscoe - Midlake

28. Standing In The Way Of Control - The Gossip

27. Chicago (Adult Contemporary Easy Listening Mix) - Sufjan Stevens

26. The Funeral - B
and Of Horses
25. Mirror Door - The Who
24. Punkrocker (Fet. Iggy Pop) - Teddybears

23. Midday (Avoid The City After Dark) - Yusuf (Cat Stevens)

22. Girl In The War - Josh Ritter

21. Harrowdown Hill - Thom Yorke

20. Three More Days - Ray LaMontagne

19. Sewn - The Feeling

18. Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys

17. Future - Zero 7

16. Tear You Apart - She Wants Revenge

15. When You Were Young - The Killers

14. Young Folks - Peter Bjorn And John

13. Stuck Between Stations -The Hold Steady

12. Steady As She Goes - The Raconteurs

11. The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song - The Flaming Lips

10. Call Me When You're Sober - Evanescence

9. I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters

8. Woman - Wolfmother

7. Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol

6. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley

5. How We Operate - Gomez

4. Cellphone's Dead - Beck

3. Gold Lion - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2. Orange Sky - Alexi Murdoch

1. Starlight - Muse


Haterz - Ron Artest


: "The lips of her vagine hang low like wizard's sleeve. "

Do you agree, disagree? Let me know what you're claimin!
Leave me some feedback, will ya?

Well Hung!


Friday, December 29, 2006

Totally Claimin Top Ten of 2006

So here it is kiddies and list lovers alike! After about twenty minutes (ok. maybe fifteen) of serious consideration, here is the Totally Claimin Top 10 of 2006. Let's hope 2007 rocks just as hard.

10. The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
Key Tracks: The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song, Mr. Ambulance Driver, Free Radicals

Although this album is not as overall solidly tasty as Yoshimi, it still packs quite a punch, and warranted inclusion over those on the bubble.

9. The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls In America
Key Tracks: Stuck Between Stations, Chips Ahoy!

I discovered this album kinda late in the year, and was incredibly thankful for it. They kinda have a cool rock- bar band-thingy goin for it, with Springsteen like music and more impressively, Springsteen like imagery with the lyrics. A real fun rock album to play while you drink with the guys you grew up with.

8. Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam
Key Tracks: Life Wasted, World Wide Suicide, Gone

Ahhh, Eddie. What a wonderful return to RAWK. I guess the band said enough of the ballads already and decided to explore it's more punk roots. The result? A nice combination of those trademark sweeping ballads and good hard rockin. Welcome back boys.

7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
Key Tracks: Gold Lion, Phenomena, Cheated Hearts

What is a good sign of a good album? The songs never get tired. Months later, Gold Lion still gets stuck in my head (and I mean that in a good way).

6. Zero 7 - The Garden
Key Tracks: Future, Throw It All Away, Crosses

Zero 7 up tempos their chill sound by channeling their inner-Fleetwood Mac. This is what Supertramp woulda sounded like had they ever made an electronic album. Guest singers Jose Gonzalez and Sia also add a nice touch.

5. Wolfmother - Wolfmother
Key Tracks: Dimension, Woman, Joker And The Thief

Ok, ok, I get it. They sound like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes and AC/DC. And how is that a bad thing? C'mon don't tell me you didn't headbang just a little bit even as you heard Woman for the millionth time.

4. Beck - The Information
Key Tracks: Think I'm In Love, Cellphone's Dead, Strange Apparition, Nausea

Mr. Hanson? Thank you. Returning to a more "Odelay" sound, Beck has handed us another masterpiece. This album made it to #4 based on the first side of it alone. Had side two been as strong, it woulda been #1.

3. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Key Tracks: I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor, Fake Tales Of San Francisco, Mardy Bum, When The Sun Goes Down

Brit rock with a bar band twenty something twist, this album reminds me of something Oasis would have done back in the early nineties minus their damn Beatles infatuation. Fast paced, and lyrical, if The Hold Steady's drink is Pabst Blue Ribbon, the Monkeys would be Guinness. Solid.

2. The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
Key Tracks: Steady As She Goes, Broken Boy Soldier, Together

Ok, so this is what Jack White sounds like with a full band! More please! Broken Boy Soldiers clocks in at just under forty minutes, and with better songs on it than the already familiar Steady As She Goes, it leaves you craving future releases.

1. My Morning Jacket - Okonokos
Key Tracks: The Way That He Sings, Off The Record, Golden, Anytime

Oh my gawd, a live album at number one? What the fuck this guy's claimin? Yes, I'm totally claimin a live album as my number one album of 2006. But this is just not any live album. Okonokos is a document of a truly great live band, and one that within 3 years you won't be able to see in a smallish theater anymore. The album itself contains all of the bands finest songs, and the recording sounds as good as if they were in a studio. It rocks, it rolls it ebbs and flows. Jim James's voice is a rare one that captures all of the emotion of the moment, and you would be a total claimer not give it a listen.

In no particular order, these five 2006 releases deserve some mention even though they did not make the top ten:

The Secret Machines - Ten Silver Drops
Gomez - How We Operate
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Snow Patrol - Eyes Open
Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche

It's Just Another New Year's Eve

As New Year's Eve approaches, I am taken back to a time in my life when it was a struggle just to stay up to see the ball drop in Times Square and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve (not Ryan or Carson's) ran the show. Inevitably, at around 12:30, just after the lip sinc-ers finished up their one hit wonders, Barry would come on and play this melancholic song: "It's Just Another New Year's Eve."

Here it is for your consideration to enjoy, and Happy New Year's everybody!

Barry Manilow -
It's Just Another New Year's Eve (Mp3)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

A (Urine) Sample In A Jar

Trey was found with a suspended New York driver's license, and allegedly was found with an assortment of prescription medications including hydrocodone, Percocet, Bathtub Gin and Xanax, which were prescribed for another person. That person? Suzy Greenberg.

Monday, December 25, 2006

The Legendary Godfather of Soul Dead at 73

James Brown: May 3, 1933-December 25, 2006
May he rest in peace on the good foot.