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Any album “list” is going to be incomplete. It’s going to be filled with albums you agree with, artists you hate and some sort of commentary that you probably disagree with. This list is no different. However, rather than ranking these in order of importance or influence, we decided to pick 30 Albums that Define Cool.
A British band and a group of scientists have made the most relaxing tune in the history of man, an Mp3 of which is at the bottom of this article. Sound therapists and Manchester band Marconi Union compiled the song. Scientists played it to 40 women and found it to be more effective at helping them relax than songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay. Weightless works by using specific rhythms, tones, frequencies and intervals to relax the listener.
Pussy Riot isn't the first band to suffer consequences after expressing dissent. Take a look at some other musical acts who have also drawn the ire of political and religious leaders. Members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot try to perform at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. (AP Images)
So. I know it’s Wednesday, but in light of my going AWOL last Friday I’m releasing two playlists this week. The first is very near and dear to my heart: freaking cover songs. I can’t get enough of cover songs, they are my musical weakness. This week more than ever, I want you commenting if your favorite is missing. About the list: Of course, there are multiple covers of the same song.
In November 2011, Howler promised to make “a dirty rock’n’roll” album, which is exactly what they’ve done, without any fluff. All 11 songs are full of energy, wit, fun, fuzz, fizz, sugar, spice and all things nice. The two songs from ‘This One’s Different’ (the title track and the still glorious ‘I Told You Once’) have been re-recorded and made even more high-octane; there’s another superlative pop song, complete with “woo-woo-woo-woooo”s, in the shape of ‘Back Of Your Neck’.
This month’s Q features a story on “The Nevermind Era,” which is defined by a scientifically precise timeline, beginning 10/29/90 (“Dave Grohl settles in”) and ending 8/30/92 (“The Reading Festival,” Nirvana’s final UK concert). The article on this Anglo-centric 672 days of influence has behind the scenes anecdotes documenting the highs and the lows; it also has this list of songs “that inspired Kurt Cobain,” which the mag’s staff put together based on Cobain quotes and their editorial expertise. Here it is, with a recap of their reasoning for inclusion. 01.
Thanks to non-linear editing software and various forms of piracy, we don’t have to rely on our favorite artists to create great music videos for the songs we love. We can do it ourselves, and that’s what the Internet has been doing in abundance for years. CHART’s got such an appreciation for these labours of love that we scoured the Internet for the best examples and posted them here. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments. Ratatat – “Drugs”