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5 Good Songs From 2016

This year my 5 good songs/albums got published by the good people at RMITV – In Review. Check it out here.

I also wrote a 5 Most Overrated Albums of 2016 piece. Check it out here. I must warn you though, it’s pretty harsh.

 

Today is Neil Young’s 61st Birthday

Top 30 Neil Young

1. After The Gold Rush (After The Gold Rush)
2. My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)(Rust Never Sleeps)
3. Tell Me Why (After The Goldrush)
4. Cinnamon Girl (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere)
5. Like A Hurricane (American Stars and Bars)
6. Harvest (Harvest)
7. Fuckin’ Up (Ragged Glory)
8. Needle And The Damage Done (Harvest)
9. Don’t Cry (Freedom)
10. Cortez the Killer (Zuma)
11. Sugar Mountain (Live Rust)
12. A Man Needs A Maid (Harvest)
13. Love to Burn (Ragged Glory)
14. Eldorado (Freedom)
15. Danger Bird (Zuma)
16. Rockin’ In The Free World (pt 1.) (Freedom)
17. Country Home (Ragged Glory)
18. Southern Man (After the Gold Rush)
19. Days That Used to Be (Ragged Glory)
20. Crime In The City (Sixty To Zero Part 1) (Freedom)
21. Harvest Moon (Harvest Moon)
22. One Thing (This Note’s for you)
23. Tonight’s The Night (Tonight’s The Night)
24. White Line (Ragged Glory)
25. Down By The River (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere)
26. This Note’s For You (This Note’s for you)
27. Powderfinger (Rust Never Sleeps)
28. Barstool Blues (Zuma)
29. Downtown (Mirror Ball)
30. Silver and Gold (Silver and Gold)

A review of a Beck concert I saw ages ago

Beck began the evening  with some solo-acoustic  versions  of his songs, along with a Flaming Lips (who toured with him in the States) and Hank Williams cover – “This is the part of the show where I can do what I want.”  The gorgeous  Palais Theatre  suited this part of the night perfectly. 

  Beck has been described  as post-modern, in the sense that his music is a “pastiche” of different  styles – folk, rock, blues, hip-hop, funk, soul etc.  He samples snippets  of other songs, dialogue  and on one occasion, classical music and he does it well.  It’s interesting  and original.  You can’t accuse  him of lacking versatility.

  My favourite  Beck album is “Mellow  Gold” and although the polished sound of this show lacked his debut’s indie, early-nineties rawness, I do (occasionally) realise that it’s not the early nineties anymore. 

  “Odelay” is his sonic magnum opus, his “Sgt Pepper”, and he admitted it was not very good, but a way “of getting somewhere.”  If he wasn’t talking about picking up chicks he was probably saying that the production and arrangements were more interesting and original than the songs (Bob Dylan thought “Sgt Pepper” was very self-indulgent, in terms of it’s production, but he thought the songs were good.)  But if you thought “Odelay” was trying too hard to be clever, there’s the antidotal follow-up, “Mutations” – When Beck wants to make an album of good, simply arranged songs, he can.

  A common gripe (characteristic? problem?) of postmodern art is that it lacks sincerity (The death of truth.).  Beck’s lyrics are abstract, humurous, and he often sings them funny and warped.  But this doesn’t mean his lyrics are bad or meaningless.  Beck says, “I get frustrated when people say, ‘Oh, that’s a bunch of gibberish.’  It’s the way you percieve it.”

  On Wednesday night Beck played folk – but he’s no Bob Dylan.  He tackled soul – but he’s no James Brown.  He did funk (dance moves and all) – but he’s no Prince.  He tried a bit of Hip-hop – but he’s no Tupac.  When I say this I don’t necessarily mean he wasn’t as good as these artists – his songs are great, but with the artists mentioned above, you get a sense that the music is “straight from the heart”, “flowing through their veins” (mileage).  With Beck it seems more of a “performance”, parodic.  Some critics have attacked Beck for lacking soulful expression – his whole “this is cheesy music (best example, his “Midnite Vultures” album) but, it’s ok, because I know it’s cheesy.”)

  Beck has answered these critics with his latest album, the irony-free “Sea Change”, a masterpiece of orchestral heartbreak – it’s his “Blood on the Tracks” (Bob Dylan’s break-up album), his “Five Leaves Left” (Nick Drake).  “You want pathos?” Beck asks, “you got it.”  And it works – on record and in live performance. 

  Beck’s show crescended from just him with an acoustic guitar to a rockin’ out, fully orchestrated, funky-ass affair.  He got everyone up from their seats, shakin’ their booty to hits like “Devil’s Haircut”, “New Pollution” and “Nicotine and Gravy.” But if you thought this was a bit tacky, silly, and insincere, he returned for a second encore by himself, with a giant accordian thingy and did a fantastic, heartfelt version of “Nobody’s fault but my own” from the “Mutations” album, 

  He brought it all back home, brilliantly. 

Today is Beck’s 36th Birthday

Simon W. Stockdale’s Top 30 Beck Songs

1. Nobody’s Fault But My Own (Mutations)
2. Guess I’m Doing Fine (Sea Change)
3. The New Pollution (Odelay)
4. The Golden Age (Sea Change)
5. Pay No Mind (Snoozer) (Mellow Gold)
6. Derelict (Odelay)
7. Steal My Body Home (Mellow Gold)
8. Devils Haircut (Odelay)
9. Loser (Mellow Gold)
10. Where It’s At (Odelay)
11. Nitemare Hippy Girl (Mellow Gold)
12. Bottle Of Blues (Mutations)
13. Beercan (Mellow Gold)
14. Runners Dial Zero (Mutations)
15. Blackhole (Mellow Gold)
16. Lost Cause (Sea Change) 
17. Scarecrow (Guero)
18. All In Your Mind (Sea Change)
19. E-Pro (Guero)
20. Round the Bend (Sea Change)
21. Tropicalia (Mutations)
22. Already Dead (Sea Change)
23. Asshole (One Foot in the Grave) 
24. Sexx Laws (Midnite Vultures)
25. We Live Again (Mutations)
26. Mixed Bizness (Midnite Vultures)
27. Cold Brains (Mutations)
28. Jack-Ass (Odelay)
29. Rowboat (Stereopathetic Soulmanure)
30. Go It Alone (Guero)

Today is Bob Dylan’s 65th Birthday

Simon W. Stockdale’s Top 30 Bob Dylan Songs

1. “Desolation Row” (Highway 61 Revisited)
2. “Mr Tambourine Man” (Bringing It All Back Home)
3. “Queen Jane Approximately” (Highway 61 Revisited)
4. “Like A Rolling Stone” (Highway 61 Revisited)
5. “Ballad Of A Thin Man” (Highway 61 Revisited)
6. “Tangled Up In Blue” (Blood On The Tracks)
7. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” (Bringing It All Back Home)
8. “If You See Her, Say Hello” (Blood On The Tracks)
9. “It’s Allright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” (Bringing It All Back Home)
10. “It Aint Me Babe” (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)
11. “Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands” (Blonde On Blonde)
12. “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carol” (The Times they are a changin’)
13. “Visions Of Johanna” (Blonde on Blonde)
14. “My Back Pages” (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)
15. “The Times They Are A’ Changin'” (The Times They Are A Changin’)
16. “Ballad in D” (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)
17. “Just Like A Woman” (Blonde On Blonde)
18. “Girl From the North Country” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
19. “Not Dark Yet” (Time Out Mind)
20. “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
21. “Love sick” (Time Out Of Mind)
22. “Blowin’ In The Wind” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
23. “Tombstone Blues” (Highway 61 Revisited)
24. “Don’t think twice, it’s all right” (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan)
25. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Bringing It All Back Home)
26. “Positively 4th Street” (Single)
27. “Gotta Serve Somebody” (Slow Train Coming)
28. “Chimes Of Freedom” (Another Side Of Bob Dylan)
29. “Talkin’ Bear Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues” (The Bootleg Series Vol. 1)
30. “Simple Twist of Fate” (Blood on the Tracks)

Today is Kim Gordon’s 53rd Birthday

Simon W. Stockdale's Top 30 Sonic Youth Songs

1.  "Dirty Boots" (Goo) – T. Moore
2.  "Theresa's Sound-World" (Dirty) – T. Moore
3.  "Kool Thing" (Goo) – K. Gordon
4.  "Teenage Riot" (Daydream Nation) – T. Moore
5.  "Tunic (Song For Karen)" (Goo) – T. Moore
6.  "Diamond Sea" (Washing Machine) – T. Moore
7.  "Disappearer" (Goo) – T. Moore
8.  "Bull In The Heather"  (Experimental, Jet Set, Trash, and No Star) – K. Gordon
9.  "Expressway To Yr Skull" (Evol) – T. Moore
10. "Becuz" (Washing Machine) – K. Gordon
11. "Swimsuit Issue" (Dirty) – K. Gordon
12. "Sunday" (A Thousand Leaves) – T. Moore
13. “Schizophrenia" (Sister) – T. Moore
14. "Sugar Kane" (Dirty) – T. Moore
15. "Shadow Of Doubt" (Evol) – K. Gordon
16. "Youth Against Fascism"  (Dirty) – T. Moore
17. "Mote" (Goo) – L. Ranaldo
18. "Silver Rocket"  (Daydream Nation) – T. Moore
19. "Angrogynous Mind"  (Experimental, Jet Set, Trash and No Star) – T. Moore)
20. "100%" (Dirty)- T. Moore
21. "Hits Of Sunshine (For Allen Ginsberg)" (A Thousand Leaves)  – T. Moore
22. "Orange Rolls, Angels Spit"  (Dirty) – K. Gordon
23. “Snare, Girl" (A Thousand Leaves) – T. Moore
24. "Hey Joni" (Daydream Nation) – L. Ranaldo
25. "Beauty Lies in the Eye" (Sister) – K. Gordon
26. “The Empty Page” (Murray Street) – T. Moore
27.  "Skink"  (Experimental, Jet Set, Trash and No Star) – K. Gordon
28. “Disconnection Notice” (Murray Street) – T. Moore
29. “I Love You Golden Blue”  (Sonic Nurse) – K. Gordon
30. “Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style” (Murray Street)- T. Moore