Today’s “Best Song Ever”: The Smashing Pumpkins “1979″

By Tim Duffy
The Smashing Pumpkins album Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness is about hour plus too long to even be mostly good. It was a monster success when it was released and I owned it and enjoyed much of it.

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: The Velvet Underground “There She Goes Again”

By Tim Duffy
I might have mentioned this before, but I was given the Velvet Underground’s Peel Slowly And See box-set for my 13th birthday.

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: The Records “Starry Eyes”

By Tim Duffy
If you have never heard the song “Starry Eyes” by the Records I envy you. There are only a certain amount of songs that attack power pop with this kind of authority.

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: Green Day “Geek Stink Breath”

By Tim Duffy

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: Portishead “The Magic Door”

By Tim Duffy
Portishead were always a band full of interesting atmosphere that served stellar songwriting.

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: New Edition “Cool It Now”

By Tim Duffy
A look at the video for New Edition’s “Cool It Down” is a strange experience. These kids look a little bit badass, in an 80′s way, but they sound like weird effeminate robot kids. The song itself is expertly crafted. It will literally cool you down. If you have a warm can of Coca-Cola and you put it next to the speakers playing this song it will turn out cool. It’s just that great.

In fact, it is so good that it makes the Velvet Underground’s “Cool It Down” into the second best song where you are implored to “Cool It.” These kids might have turned into has-beens, drug addicts and whatever else, but they really got it right here. Maybe it was worth it.

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: Bat For Lashes “All Your Gold”

By Tim Duffy
This year I would love to resurrect the Lilith Fair Tour that was home to such weirdly diverse lineups of musical ladies in the late 90′s.

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: Stevie Wonder “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

By Tim Duffy
The opening sound of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered(I’m Your’s)” is the kind of implicitly infectious and instantly recognizable pop brilliance that inspires people of all ages to dance at weddings.

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: Joe Walsh “Life’s Been Good”

By Tim Duffy
After a weekend where I was able to observe the destruction of hurricane Sandy on members of my own community in Staten Island I feel rather blessed to have been spared the worst of all of this.

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Today’s “Best Song Ever”: Mastodon “Sea Beast”

By Tim Duffy
After about 1992 and prior to the aughts I mostly avoided heavy-metal. It was meathead music for people who wanted to call me homophobic things because I loved Yo La Tengo. I did not need that shit. At some point though, the smart folks in the metal kingdom began to take the genre back and I could appreciate the blown out structures and loopy subject matter of the music.

Mastodon’s Leviathan was the record that made all of this true. I am sure I was not alone in being brought back by these guys. The band was(and remains) across the board an exemplary example of their chosen musical mode. Classical in many ways but forward looking in others. Smart as hell but applying those brains to the dumb and brutish world of metal, they made an album about Moby Dick.

“Sea Beast” is a stand out but the album is really all standouts. Each song is a monster collection of riffs with the sort of songwriting chops that many of us do not ask of our heavy music. If you haven’t already given Leviathan a listen get on that.

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