Monthly Archive for May, 2007

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Top 10 Favorite Tokio Hotel Songs

Tokio Hotel - Bill or Joan Jett!

 

The time has come again. Tokio Hotel is almost 2 years more mature than last we checked in with them. So Schrei dropped in 2005. It was #1 in Germany and Austria. Due to its rapid success, it was re-released in 2006. Sadly many of the songs had to be re-recorded for this re-release. Once Bill’s balls dropped, the record execs realized that his newly found vocals had to catch up to his touring voice. 2007 brought us Zimmer 483. This record has been said (via wikipedia) to have “more deep and more serious lyrics [compared to their debut, Schrei, of course]”. I can believe it. Zimmer 483 has already sold almost 400,000 units in 2 months. But the exciting news is that later this year there will be a breakthrough in the language barrier for many of us. 2007 will also give us the soon-to-be-legendary Scream. This will be a compilation of songs from Zimmer 483 and Schrei but sung exclusively in English. It will be released in the UK first and, if it fares well, we Americans might have a shot at some Tokio Hotel domestically. I think this is what the recording industry has been waiting for all these years.

  1. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  2. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  3. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  4. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  5. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  6. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  7. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  8. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  9. Durch Den Monsun (Schrei)
  10. Instant Karma! (John Lennon cover from Come Together)

You may notice one song song is repeated more than once. The reason is that this one song from their debut album was so moving and powerful that the list would only be accurate in this order.

To feel the pain of a thousand Bills listen to “Durch Den Monsun” here:

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You can pre-order Scream below. It drops in the UK on June 5th. International shipping available!

Top 10 Favorite Bassists

Typically overlooked to the guitarists or other melody leader of groups/bands. To me they are the propellant to the bomb of sound.

  1. Jim Glennie (James)
  2. Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Neil & Tim Finn, Marc Ribot) – Sebastian, in an old interview, once said, “I try and emulate the [NYC] subway.” And if you know his playing style, his description is spot on.
  3. Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings)
  4. Carole Kaye (Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Simon & Garfunkel) – It might be better to delineate what Carol didn’t play on in the 50s, 60s and 70s. It certainly would be easier.
  5. Dave Holland (Miles Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Thelonious Monk) – His work on In A Silent Way brings me to tears every time.
  6. Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Free Kitten, Lydia Lunch)
  7. Peter Hook (New Order)
  8. Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club) – If you don’t start shaking your booty to one of her bass-lines there is something intrinsically wrong with you.
  9. Charles Mingus (Charles Mingus) – Gospel jazz. Yeh-yeh.
  10. Me’shell Ndegéocello (John Cougar, Rolling Stones, Indigo Girls)

And I couldn’t have this list without mentioning the powers of Kira Roessler or Mike Watt. They are exceptional. And I know their power, but I just don’t know enough of their material to include them on my Top 10 list.

One Hot Pussy Cat

One Hot (Lulu) Pussy Cat

The temperature reading says 83°F on the fan. But it’s now after 7pm. It was up to 88°F here in the nook earlier today when the sun was beating down on the house. Needless to say, it’s hot with out turning on the A/C. So yeah, Lulu really likes laying under the fan.