Sunday, March 31, 2013

2063 The Beach Boys - God Only Knows

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From: Pet Sounds; Year: 1966; Genre: Pop/Rock
Getting packed up and heading home and thought I would make my pick before getting on the road.
Anyway, the other day whilst I was starting to play my new video game Bioshock Infinite I happened upon a barbershop quartet in the game called the The Bee Sharps singing this song. It was quite a treat and they did an amazing job; definitely one of those great moments for me in video games.
Anyway, this is an amazing song in so many ways and is one I definitely would've picked at some time in the future.

Hear God Only Knows on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Hawkwind - Living on a Knife Edge

My song pick two years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Graveyard Train

My song pick three years ago today: Sethian - Blood Calling

My song pick four years ago today: Azteca - You Can't Take The Funk Out Of Me

My song pick five years ago today: Bryan Adams - Run To You


Saturday, March 30, 2013

2062 Soundgarden - Bones of Birds

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From: King Animal; Year: 2012; Genre: Alternative Metal/Grunge
Getting my pick out of the way a bit earlier today; it's busy here at the convention.
Anyway, since we're here in Seattle I figured I would pick one from one of the many bands native to the city. This is one of my favourites off of Soundgarden's newest album, although I have to say it took a couple of listens for it to grow on me. That being said I absolutely love the dynamics throughout this track.

Hear Bones of Birds on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nightwish - Know Why the Nightingale Sings

My song pick two years ago today: Stuart Hamm - Black Ice

My song pick three years ago today: Waylander - Brú Na Bóinne

My song pick four years ago today: Rammstein - Klavier

My song pick five years ago today: Johnny Rivers - Summer Rain


Friday, March 29, 2013

2061 Dire Straits - Walk of Life

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From: Brothers in Arms; Year: 1985; Genre: Rock
I've been having fun today hanging out and taking a break in Seattle at Sakura-Con, but I figured I should take a "time out" and tend to my Song a Day blog.
I had Dire Straits on the brain this morning and I discovered that I had not picked this song yet, so I am. You can never have too much Dire Straits in my opinion.

Hear Walk of Life on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Foggy Mountain Boys (Flatt & Scruggs) - Cripple Creek

My song pick two years ago today: Queensrÿche - Fear City Slide

My song pick three years ago today: Dream Theater - Light Fuse and Get Away

My song pick four years ago today: The Doors - Ghost Song

My song pick five years ago today: Badfinger - Day After Day


Thursday, March 28, 2013

2060 Laura Branigan - Self Control

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From: Self Control; Year: 1984; Genre: Pop/Rock
Lately it seems as if I've been picking a lot of progressive rock, so I figured that I would shake things up a bit. I've actually been wanting to pick something from Laura Branigan for a while now; I grew up listening to a lot of her music and it has stayed with me over the years. This is one of her more notable songs and among my favourites of her material.

Watch a music video clip with Self Control on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Yes - Starship Trooper

My song pick two years ago today: Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul

My song pick three years ago today: Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode

My song pick four years ago today: J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers - Last Kiss

My song pick five years ago today: Queensrÿche - Anybody Listening?


Monday, March 25, 2013

2057 Stratovarius - Dreamspace

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From: Dreamspace; Year: 1994; Genre: Progressive Metal
For no real reason whatsoever I listened to Stratovarius' Dreamspace album again; I hadn't played it in a while. I forgot just how good of a disc this was; it still has to be my personal favourite from the band despite their other excellent releases.
Anyway, this is the title track from the record, which is filled to the brim with all of that progressive power metal goodness.

Hear Dreamspace on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Queensrÿche - Promised Land

My song pick two years ago today: Ed Bogas & Merl Saunders - The Riot

My song pick three years ago today: J. S. Bach - BWV 870 - Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C major, from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book No. 2

My song pick four years ago today: Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

My song pick five years ago today: The Spencer Davis Group - Give Me Some Lovin'


Sunday, March 24, 2013

2056 Sky - March to the Scaffold

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From: Sky 4 Forthcoming; Year: 1982; Genre: Progressive Rock
I absolutely had no song in mind for today's pick; the few that I thought of I'd either already picked or just didn't fit. After a bit of pondering I remembered I hadn't picked one from the classical/progressive rock band Sky in a while. This one is their electronic rock rendition of Hector Berlioz's March to the Scaffold from his epic Symphonie Fantastique.
Enjoy!

Hear March to the Scaffold on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Rhapsody of Fire - Holy Thunderforce

My song pick two years ago today: Guided by Voices - Everybody Thinks I’m a Raincloud (When I'm Not Looking)

My song pick three years ago today: Gorō Yamaguchi - Tsuru No Sugomori (Crane's Nest)

My song pick four years ago today: M83 - Don't Save Us From The Flames

My song pick five years ago today: Heart - Dreamboat Annie


Saturday, March 23, 2013

2055 Marillion - Kayleigh

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From: Misplaced Childhood; Year: 1985; Genre: Progressive Rock
It felt like a good day to add another great band to my ever-growing list on my blog, so here's a song from yet another band I have yet to pick a song from: Marillion. They are one of the bands from what is referred to as "the second wave of British prog rock.
Anyway, this is probably one of their most famous tracks, which in my opinion has a wee bit of a Genesis feel to it.

Hear Kayleigh on YouTube.


Also, I have finished labeling my posts from when I was picking songs whose pick numbers coincided with certain years, they can be found here; they can also be found in my theme picks list to the right in the "About" column. I know it has been a while since I did that theme and looking back on it I should have labeled them as I went, but at least I finally got it done.


My song pick a year ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 1062 - Concerto in C-Minor For Two Harpsichords

My song pick two years ago today: Rammstein - Feuerräder

My song pick three year ago today: Igor Stravinsky - Rite of Spring - Sacrificial Dance

My song pick four years ago today: KISS - Detroit Rock City

My song pick five years ago today: Johann Sebastian Bach - BWV 645 - Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme


Friday, March 22, 2013

2054 The Delgados - Mr. Blue Sky

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From: The Complete BBC Peel Sessions; Year: 2006; Genre: Indie Rock
The other day my wife happened to wake me up playing this rather excellent cover of this ELO classic, of course this was before I was having to work a 10 hour shift. After that I had trouble getting back to sleep, so suffice it to say I was quite exhausted and as a bonus I had the song running through my mind all of the day, which was fine; it's a very good song and I absolutely love Emma Pollock's vocals.

Hear The Delgados cover of Mr. Blue Sky on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Muse - Citizen Erased

My song pick two years ago today: The Darkness - Is It Just Me

My song pick three years ago today: Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

My song pick four years ago today: Devo - Come Back Jonee

My song pick five years ago today: Weather Report - A Remark You Made


Thursday, March 21, 2013

2053 Heart - Fanatic

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From: Fanatic; Year: 2012; Genre: Hard Rock
Since waking up this morning I've had a myriad of Heart songs running through my head. After a while I started getting a bit curious as to what their current sound was like, so I looked up their latest work. For more than a few years I haven't really kept up with what Heart was up to. I'm pleased to say that their current sound is somewhat similar to their classic hard rock sound.
Anyway, here's the title track from last year's release: Fanatic; I'm still amazed at the sheer amount of amazing music that came out last year.

Hear Fanatic on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

My song pick two years ago today: Queensrÿche - Roads to Madness

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - Roll Yer Own

My song pick four years ago today: Naturally 7 - Wall of Sound

My song pick five years ago today: Nightwish - Bye Bye Beautiful


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2052 Hawkwind - Wind of Change

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From: Hall of the Mountain Grill; Year: 1974; Genre: Progressive Rock/Space Rock
Earlier today while I was on the road this rather interesting track came on my iPod. This was another one of those times when I thought for sure I had already picked the song, but hadn't.
Again, I have to reiterate that this is a rather interesting track. As with many of their songs it starts out with odd sounds for about the first minute, then as the song begins to take form it is almost like Spaghetti Western music, only with a definite "spacey" flare. You can almost envision two space cowboys on a distant world dueling complete with laser pistols.

Hear Wind of Change on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alestorm - Set Sail to Conquer

My song pick two years ago today: Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys - The Ghost and Honest Joe

My song pick three years ago today: Jerry Reed - Amos Moses

My song pick four years ago today: Santana - All The Love In The Universe

My song pick five years ago today: The Who - My Generation


Monday, March 18, 2013

2050 Styx - Come Sail Away

From: The Grand Illusion; Year: 1977; Genre: Progressive Rock
The other day I heard this song on the radio and it has been stuck in my mind off and on ever since.
Come Sail Away is one of the main songs that Styx will probably be remembered for if for no other reason than its use in popular culture. However, in my opinion, this song's greatness by itself by far out weighs anything in pop culture; it's an excellent song with all of the trappings the band was noted for during this period in their music.

Hear Come Sail Away on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Alestorm - You Are a Pirate

My song pick two years ago today: Bill Evans Trio - Waltz for Debbie

My song pick three years ago today: The Box Tops - The Letter

My song pick four years ago today: Azteca - Mazatlan

My song pick five years ago today: Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) - Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

2048 Porcupine Tree - Mother & Child Divided

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From: Deadwing (Special Bonus Track); Year: 2005; Genre: Progressive Rock
Strangely enough, yesterday while I was attempting to get to my blog on my wife's computer by internet searching for it I happened upon an archive of some of the more recent posts from Max's old song a day blog that went silent a little over a year ago today, which was made by YouTube of all sites. You can find it here! I find it very odd that I ran across it after Max just discussing with me about getting a hold of a copy of his blog from a few years ago.
Anyway, this is a kick-arse song that he picked a little over a year ago on his blog and also one that he happened to mention a bit ago in comments in a post a few months back.

Hear Mother & Child Divided on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Jimmy Castor Bunch - Space Age

My song pick two years ago today: Bass Extremes - Mocha Soca

My song pick three years ago today: Rush - Fly By Night

My song pick four years ago today: Jon Hendricks - I'll Bet You Thought I'd Never Find You

My song pick five years ago today: Tom Petty - Free Fallin'

Thursday, March 14, 2013

2046 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

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From: A Night at the Opera; Year: 1975; Genre: Rock
The other night whilst I was driving this song came on. For me it is a joy every time this epic track is played; it's one of those songs that you can't help but sing along with.
I decided that it would be my pick today if I hadn't already chosen it at some point in the past. Sure enough, I hadn't, so I am making it my pick today on this otherwise dull Wednesday.

Watch the music video on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Doobie Brothers - Listen to the Music

My song pick two years ago today: Queen - Bijou

My song pick three years ago today: Asia - Heat of the Moment

My song pick four years ago today: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane

My song pick five years ago today: Joni Mitchell - Coyote

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2045 Bud Tutmarc - Hilo March

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From: To You, Sweetheart, Aloha; Year: 2010?; Genre: Hawaiian Music
I've been meaning to pick something from Hawaiian steel guitarist extraordinaire Bud Tutmarc for a while now, and with every day that winter continues to hold on Hawaiian music such as what he played becomes sweeter to listen to. Anyway, this is a tune that I've been meaning to learn on the steel guitar, which is also one of the more difficult, but fun nevertheless.
There is an interesting bit of musical trivia concerning Bud Tutmarc: his father, Paul Tutmarc, who was also an accomplished musician, created what is thought to be the first electric bass guitar

Hear Hilo March on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Soundgarden - No Wrong No Right

My song pick two years ago today: Jethro Tull - Wond'ring Aloud

My song pick three years ago today: Joe Walsh (The Eagles) - In The City

My song pick four years ago today: Pearls Before Swine - (Oh Dear) Miss Morse

My song pick five years ago today: Lou Reed - Walk on the Wildside


Sunday, March 10, 2013

2042 Jethro Tull - Cat's Squirrel

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From: This Was; Year: 1968; Genre: Blues Rock
I've had 'Tull's blusey version of this often covered traditional tune running through my mind the last couple of days, so, as I often do, I am picking it. Jethro Tull's guitarist at the time Mick Abrahams really shines on this one; it's really interesting to hear the band with such a different sound.

Hear Cat's Squirrel on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Amon Amarth - A Beast Am I

My song pick two years ago today: Steve Vai - Little Green Men

My song pick three years ago today: Fairport Convention - Maddy Groves

My song pick four years ago today: Billy Joel - Allentown

My song pick five years ago today: Meg Rock - Clover


Saturday, March 09, 2013

2041 Al Di Meola and Steve Vai - Race with the Devil on Turkish Highway

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From: The Infinite Desire; Year: 1998; Genre: Jazz Fusion/Rock
I'm still in the mood to listen to some badass guitar playing. This one, obviously, is a remake of Al Di Meola's classic Race with the Devil on Spanish Highway in a guitar duet between him and guitar maestro Steve Vai. This one also, as the title insinuates, has more of a middle eastern flavour musically. I love how they mostly kept a lot of the framework of the original whilst having two incredible virtuosos go at it. Yeah, it's enough technical playing to bring joy to a musician's or musical connoisseur's ear and at the same time make a hater types of extreme technical music run for cover.

Hear Race with the Devil on Turkish Highway on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Nightwish - Beauty of the Beast

My song pick two years ago today: L'Arc~en~Ciel - Spirit Dreams Inside

My song pick three years ago today: Led Zeppelin - The Battle Of Evermore

My song pick four years ago today: Jethro Tull - Black Satin Dancer

My song pick five years ago today: Rush - Limelight


Friday, March 08, 2013

2040 Steve Vai - For the Love of God

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From: Passion and Warfare; Year: 1990; Genre: Rock
It's kind of odd, but the other night I dreamed I was listening to Steve Vai, so that got me listening to more of his stuff.
Anyway, this instrumental is considered by many to be one of his best, and I have to say I agree. It's wonderful to hear a musician take his instrument and music to its limits like this.

Hear For the Love of God on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: Mastodon - Seabeast

My song pick two years ago today: Vangelis - Blade Runner (End Titles)

My song pick three years ago today: Karussell - Wer Die Rose Ehrt

My song pick four years ago today: The Delgados - Accused of Stealing

My song pick five years ago today: Bon Jovi - Always


Thursday, March 07, 2013

2039 Aerosmith - Make It

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From: Aerosmith; Year: 1972; Genre: Rock
The other day my dad and I were talking about some of the concerts he attended back in the day. One of which was back in the early '70s where Aerosmith actually open for the group Three Dog Night; apparently the was prior to the band making it really big. He said the two things in particular that he distinctly remembers was how tight the band was and how ridiculously far back guitarist Joe Perry could bend whilst playing.
Anyway, here's one off of their first album, and it is a pretty good one.

Hear Make It on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden

My song pick two years ago today: Modest Mouse - Float On

My song pick three years ago today: Eric Burdon & The Animals - When I Was Young

My song pick four years ago today: Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen

My song pick five years ago today: Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin - Polovtsian Dances


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

2037 George Strait - Ocean Front Property

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From: Ocean Front Property; Year: 1987; Genre: Country
The other night this song came to mind after a co-worker told a story as to why a piece of equipment was malfunctioning. Later another worker said, "If you believe his story, then I've got some seaside property in Montana to sell you dirt cheap." i.e. if you believe that then you'll believe anything.
Anyway, off and on ever since then I've had this song on my mind, so I'm going ahead and making it my pick for today.

Hear Ocean Front Property on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: April Wine - Future Tense

My song pick two years ago today: The Darkness - Hazel Eyes

My song pick three years ago today: The O'Jays - Back Stabbers

My song pick four years ago today: Tarja Turunen - Enough

My song pick five years ago today: Modest Petrovitch Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain


Friday, March 01, 2013

2033 Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses

From: Heavy Horses; Year: 1978; Genre: Progressive Rock
I was thinking about picking some Jethro Tull today; at one point this 9 minute long centerpiece of the album's namesake was my favourite of their songs. It's not that I like it any less, I actually have trouble assigning labels to which are my favourite songs anymore; there are just too many that I like.
It's interesting, but with this being, I believe, my 78th song I've picked from Jethro Tull I still have yet to pick the vast majority of Ian and the band's material.
Anyway, as I stated earlier this song and album are among my favourites from Jethro Tull. When I first bought this album I played it constantly and even to this day love almost every second of it. While some people might roll their eyes at a song about husbandry and large work horses, if those people would sit down and give it a listen, it is an amazing track. For the most part the song is a metaphor for Ian's overall concept of mans' changing relationship with the Earth and nature, if you will. I love how he describes these titanic beasts of burden being chained to the Earth literally moving the land only to one day become displaced by machinery. My favourite part of the song comes about halfway through when the song becomes more upbeat, heralding the return of the heavy horses to once again to do the work when "the oil baron's drip dry." I love how Barrie Barlow uses the double kick drum during this section; Good Lord was he an amazing drummer!
Anyhow, there you go, yet another big, bombastic prog rock song added to my blog.

Hear Heavy Horses on YouTube.



My song pick a year ago today: The Monkees - Daydream Believer

My song pick two years ago today: Muse - Resistance

My song pick three years ago today: Jethro Tull - From A Deadbeat To An Old Greaser

My song pick four years ago today: Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well

My song pick five years ago today: Aerosmith - Janie's Got A Gun