Thursday, January 29, 2015

"32" Songs

As of today, my wife is 32 weeks pregnant with our daughter. So here's a collection of songs with the number "32" (or "Thirty-Two") in their titles or somewhere in their lyrics. I've finally reached the point where I can no longer find enough suitable songs to match the number of weeks, and that's okay. That I made it this far is pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. Enjoy!  ~  JH



1)  Alana Davis  ~  "32 Flavors"  (An absolutely superb cover of Ani DiFranco's hit song.)




2)  Genesis  ~  "The Chamber Of 32 Doors"




3)  "Weird" Al Yankovic  ~  "It's All About The Pentiums"




4)  Trisha Yearwood  ~  "Everybody Knows"




5)  Sum 41  ~  "What We're All About"




6)  Carpark North ft. Stine Bramsen  ~  "32"




7)  Lecrae ft. No Malice  ~  "Darkest Hour"




8)  SHeDAISY ~   "Lucky 4 You (Tonight I'm Just Me)"




9)  Ringo Starr  ~  "I'm The Greatest"




10)  Sheryl Crow  ~  "Home"




11)  Spin Doctors  ~  "Shinbone Alley" / "More Than She Knows"




12)  Cursive  ~  "Drunken Birds"




13)  No Secrets  ~  "That's What Girls Do"




14)  Alestorm  ~  "Death Throes Of The Terrorsquid"




15)  Bruce Hornsby  ~  "Stander On The Mountain"




16)  Bruce Springsteen  ~  "Murder Incorporated"




17)  Fitz And The Tantrums  ~  "Tell Me What Ya Here For"




18)  Ani DiFranco  ~  "32 Flavors"  (Ani's original song...which is different enough from Alana's version to merit its inclusion here.)


A Rigorous Retrospective Of Remarkable Reggae Songs, Vol. 2


For those of you who enjoyed yesterday's collection of reggae music, here's another set of 25 songs. I haven't planned on a Vol. 3, unless any of my reggae-loving friends want to suggest another batch of their favorite songs/artists I haven't featured yet. Which you're certainly welcome to do in the comments below.  ~  JH



1)  Horace Andy  ~  "You Are My Angel"




2)  Hugh Mundell & Augustus Pablo  ~  "In The Hills (Clean Up Your Heart)" / "Nature Provides"




3)  Steel Pulse  ~  "Taxi Driver"




4)  Lucky Dube  ~  "Prisoner"




5)  Gyptian  ~  "Serious Times"




6)  Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley  ~  "Affairs Of The Heart"




7)  SOJA  ~  "Rest Of My Life"




8)  Toots & The Maytals  ~  "Reggae Got Soul"




9)  Yellowman  ~  "Zungguzungguguzungguzeng"  (Weirdest song title ever to ever graces the pages of my blog: This song wins.)




10)  Israel Vibration  ~  "My Master's Will"




11)  Culture  ~  "Addis Adabba"




12)  Ziggy Marley  ~  "Lighthouse"  (Not really all that reggae, but it's kinda beautiful nonetheless.)




13)  Junior Kelly  ~  "Love So Nice"




14)  Morgan Heritage  ~  "Tell Me How Come"




15)  Beres Hammond  ~  "I Feel Good"




16)  Black Uhuru  ~  "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner"  (I wouldn't normally expect this level of guitar solo in a reggae song, but it's fantastic!)




17)  Tony Rebel  ~  "Fire"




18)  Anthony B  ~  "My Yes & My No"




19)  Benjah ft. Dillavou  ~  "Fly Away"




20)  Shelly Thunder  ~  "Break Up"




21)   Bunny Wailer  ~  "Cool Runnings"




22)  Signal Fire  ~  "Another Day"




23)  Don Carlos  ~  "Time"




24)  Dawn Penn  ~  "No, No, No"




25)  Shaggy  ~  "Boombastic"  (Okay, so it's reggae fusion, but it was a still big hit back in the day, so here it is...)


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Rigorous Retrospective Of Remarkable Reggae Songs, Vol. 1


Being an omnivore in regards to the consumption of music, I found myself craving some island flavor. And the best way I could figure to do that would be to listen to some good reggae music. I also noticed an appalling lack of representation of the genre on this blog over the past...well, forever, actually. So I enlisted the help of my friend Eric Murphy, a diehard reggae fan, to pick some of his favorite tunes/artists (which are included in this set), and added a lot more on my own that I liked and/or discovered along the way. The result is a 50-song collection (split up into two posts) of smooth jams that was a lot of fun to compile – I hope you will enjoy them as well!  ~  JH




1)  Chronixx  ~  "Smile Jamaica"




2)  New Kingston  ~  "Life"




3)  Tribal Seeds  ~  "Moonlight"




4)  Stephen Marley ft. Capleton & Sizzla  ~  "Rock Stone"




5)  Sister Nancy  ~  "Bam Bam"




6)  Tarrus Riley  ~  "She's Royal"




7)  Peter Tosh  ~  "Downpressor Man"




8)  Eek-A-Mouse  ~  "Rude Boy Jamaican"




9)  Buju Banton  ~  "Murderer"




10)  Kabaka Pyramid  ~  "Worldwide Love"




11)  Protoje ft. Chronixx  ~  "Who Knows"




12)  Freddie McGregor  ~  "Push Comes To Shove"




13)  The Abyssinians  ~  "Satta Massagana"




14)  Johnny Clarke  ~  "Warrior"




15)  Bob Marley  ~  "No Woman, No Cry"




16)  Sara Lugo ft. Protoje  ~  "Really Like You"  (This is a fairly "poppy" reggae song, but it technically qualifies and I like it, so it's here.)




17)  Burning Spear  ~  "Slavery Days"




18)  Dennis Brown  ~  "Rocking Time"




19)  Max Romeo  ~  "Chase The Devil"




20)  Tanya Stephens ft. Sanjay  ~  "Corners Of My Mind"




21)   Gregory Isaacs  ~  "Tune In"




22)  Lady G  ~  "'Nuff Respect"




23)  Inner Circle ft. Junior Reid  ~  "Blood-A-Run"




24)  Chaka Demus & Pliers  ~  "Murder She Wrote"




25)  Shabba Ranks  ~  "Ting-A-Ling"


Monday, January 26, 2015

"Deny" & "Admit" Songs


Oh, look...more "Opposites" songs. Yes, indeedy! Here's a bunch of songs with either the word "Deny" or "Admit" in their titles. Enjoy!  ~  JH



1)  Default  ~  "Deny"




2)  Esmée Denters  ~  "Admit It"




3)  Salty Beats  ~  "Deny Them Pain"




4)  The Flaming Lips  ~  "Okay, I'll Admit That I Really Don't Understand"




5)  Think Again  ~  "Deny You"




6)  Kristi Salas  ~  "Admit It"




7)  Quintino ft. Mitch Crown  ~   "You Can't Deny"




8)  Mike Viola  ~  "You're Alright, But You Never Admit When You're Wrong"




9)  Sly Foxx  ~  "I'll Never Deny You"




10)  Lily & Madeleine  ~  "Can't Admit It"




11)  Half Chance Heroes  ~  "Deny"




12)  Breaking Even  ~  "You Won't Admit"




13)  Kayser  ~  "I'll Deny You"




14)  Myka Relocate  ~  "Admitting The Truth"




15)  Lyrycyst  ~  "Deny Him"




16)  Winnie Hsin  ~  "Admitting"




17)  Pelican  ~  "Deny The Absolute"




18)  Cabinet  ~  "Admitting"




19)  J. Monty  ~  "Can't Deny"




20)  Paolo Albertazzi  ~  "I Hate To Admit It"




21)   Yasmine Hamdan  ~  "Deny"




22)  Bonnie Loo  ~  "Don't Want To Admit"




23)  Nothing Without  ~  "Can't Deny"




24)  Sixto Rodgriguez  ~  "You'd Like To Admit It"




25)  The Dear Hunter ft. Andy Hull  ~  "Deny It All"




26)  Eggs Laid By Tigers  ~  "Admit The Sun"