A couple of caveats to this list: first, it actually includes more than 10 songs. Since one is sung primarily in English and another isn't technically a "foreign" language, they're considered halfsies, making up one whole.
Also, no songs sung in Spanish are on this list. I'm not saying Spanish isn ... More >>
Better Than: This by 2,000 light years.
"Life is not fucking pretty right now. Believe me, I can testify to that shit." This was Billie Joe Armstrong's call to arms. Shouted in the middle of performing "Letterbomb," he wanted the audience to let go with him for just a couple of Sunday evening hours ... More >>
I've never been happier to be wrong about something. Two weeks ago, the last line of my column read: "Probably won't happen. But wouldn't it be fun if it did?"
The event I didn't think could happen was Adam Lambert scoring a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart with his second disc, Trespas ... More >>
If you don't think Butch Vig's almost singlehandedly invented two decades of alternative rock as we know it, just look at his resumé: Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth, Green Day, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, AFI. That's without mentioning his membership in the still-cool Garbage or the fact he prod ... More >>
by Joshua Kurp
Nadia ChaudhuryGreen Day
The Studio at Webster Hall
Thursday, October 27
Better Than: Hearing blink-182 play "Hybrid Moments" three times.
"We're gonna do an older song," Billie Joe Armstrong, dressed as Jack Skellington, told the packed-tight audience at the Studio at Webst ... More >>
Blue Note's cover art: Also an inspiration. (Original on the left, homage on the right.)Hip-hop artists have never been shy about sampling songs from the vaults of the Blue Note jazz label, and few have pilfered with as much creativity and gusto as A Tribe Called Quest's one-time de facto lea ... More >>
Yesterday Brooklyn Vegan posted a query about about British act playing Mercury Lounge on May 27; the act goes by the name the Modern Weepers, and the Merc site claims that the Mancunian act is "well travelled and well known in their native England" and "thrill[s] audiences and critics alike ... More >>
I used to love those kitschy story songs that filled my youthful eardrums. You know, the elaborate ditties with cheesy, involved narratives--basically shlock short stories set to irresistibly catchy pop music.
Among the classics of the genre are:
"The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" s ... More >>
In honor of 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, we've invited SOTC buddies and pop savants Sean Fennessey and Ryan Dombal to lend a certain wisdom and perspective to these sure-to-be completely dignified proceedings. Gentleman?
Sean: We're coming to you live from one or two or ... More >>
Country cultists will remember that Bobbie Gentry is the sultry Mississippi-born singer of story songs like "Ode To Billie Joe" and "Fancy," a woman of great curves and fabulous notes, even when emitting glorified nonsense syllables. Well, here she is on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour performin ... More >>