Glacially Musical Metal Giveaway!

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The Wolf Council

Fellow music lover and blogger, Nik Cameron, over at Glacially Musical, has the enviable task of reviewing albums sent to him by bands and record labels. His musical taste is varied, and spans a wide range of genres over the last 30 years of listening. In addition to reviewing albums, Nik also has opportunities to interview bands, occasionally as they come through town as well as via phone and Internet. He’ll even review your band’s stuff! Just follow the submission guidelines on his blog.

Given that he will sometimes receive packages from record labels is stands to figure that Nik might come across freebies, and who doesn’t love free music? Starting Monday, June 15, 2015, Nik is sharing the wealth by offering a free copy of:

“The Wolf Council” by The Wolf Council

Beginning Monday, anyone can enter to win by Tweeting to Nik. Tweet to @13blog  and include “ @TWCMN@statictension” somewhere in your 140-characters-or-less message!

Spread the word, GO TO HIS BLOG and read his reviews & interviews- I’ve discovered a TON of new-to-me music there, and next Monday, Tweet to win. Nik will sort it out in the end and pick a winner, but you must include the text above in your Tweet to be eligible. You can also find and follow Glacially Musical on Facebook.

Check out The Wolf Council:

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The Daily Soundtrack, a Last Hurrah

Well, this wasn’t really received as well as I’d hoped, and as with many recurring features it’s already seeming more like work than it should. I love music and would be willing to discuss it with you any time, but I think this will be the last playlist. Unless you want me to keep posting them, in which case just let me know in the comments. Thanks!

  1. The Eagles – Take It To The Limit
  2. Pink Floyd – One Of These Days
  3. The Shins – Girl Inform Me
  4. Phish – Reba
  5. Blues Traveler – Crystal Flame
  6. R.E.M. – Finest Worksong
  7. The Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider
  8. Young The Giant – My Body
  9. Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me With Science
  10. The Smiths – I Know It’s Over
  11. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah
  12. A Tribe Called Quest – Rock Rock Y’all
  13. Billy Bragg w/Wilco – California Stars
  14. Breathe – Hands To Heaven
  15. Coldplay – The Scientist
  16. Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
  17. Ben Harper – Gold To Me

The Daily Soundtrack November 20, 2014

Today’s playlist didn’t get deleted so I’m able to share it with you. Thanks for listening and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments!

  1. Blues Traveler – The Best Part
  2. Two Gallants – Winter’s Youth
  3. R.E.M. – Welcome To The Occupation
  4. The Decemberists – January Hymn
  5. Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
  6. Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You
  7. Phish – Train Song
  8. The Roots – Web
  9. Wolfmother – Witchcraft
  10. U2 – New Year’s Day
  11. Beastie Boys – She’s Crafty
  12. Dave Matthews Band – Where Are You Going
  13. Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven
  14. The Sundays – Summertime
  15. Cage The Elephant – It’s Just Forever

Daily Soundtrack November 18, 2014

the_eagle___pink_floydThe jukebox seemed to be feeling mostly mellow today, and I can see after only three installments that it’s time to add or maybe even change the records in there. You might already be getting tired of the same artists over and over again. Maybe you like them as much as I do so it’s not an issue. Guess we’ll find out.

  1. Pink Floyd – Hey You
  2. Coldplay – Yellow
  3. Phish – Billy Breathes
  4. Beastie Boys – Posse in Effect
  5. The Shins – New Slang
  6. Beck – Devil’s Haircut
  7. Blues Traveller – Alone
  8. The Smiths – Reel Around The Fountain
  9. R.E.M. – The Flowers Of Guatemala
  10. Tim Easton – Burgundy Red
  11. Pistol Annies – I Feel A Sin Comin’ On
  12. Van Morrison – Crazy Love
  13. White Stripes – Icky Thump
  14. Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life
  15. Electric Light Orchestra – Do Ya

The Daily Soundtrack November 17, 2014

It’s Monday, again, as time move inexorably forward, and this new Feature returns (I don’t blog much on weekends.) Hope you enjoy the playlist.

  1. Phish – Character Zero
  2. Jason Nevins Feat. Greg Nice – Candyman (Original Mix)
  3. The Smiths – Back To The Old House
  4. Two Gallants – Sunday Souvenirs
  5. Pink Floyd – Dogs of War
  6. The Shins – Caring is Creepy
  7. Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
  8. Alien Ant Farm – Courage
  9. AC/DC – Back In Black
  10. R.E.M. – So. Central Rain
  11. Beastie Boys – No Sleep Til Brooklyn
  12. Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
  13. Tim Easton – Poor, Poor LA
  14. Scorpions – No One Like You
  15. Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel
  16. The Samples – Feel Us Shaking
  17. The Police – Message In A Bottle
  18. Vampire Weekend – Finger Back

The Daily Soundtrack November 14, 2014

Toying with the idea of yet another recurring post, this time musically inclined. I listen to music while I’m working and this is the playlist for today:

  1. Tim Easton – Get Some Lonesome
  2. Snow Patrol – Hands Open
  3. Toad the Wet Sprocket – All I Want
  4. Crowded House – Something So Strong
  5. Eagles of Death Metal – Cherry Cola
  6. Phish – Birds of a Feather
  7. Collective Soul – Heavy
  8. The Strokes – Juicebox
  9. Depeche Mode – I Want You Now
  10. Coldplay – In My Place
  11. Two Gallants – Song of Songs
  12. Young The Giant – Apartment
  13. R.E.M. – What If We Give It Away?
  14. Van Halen – Panama

How many songs should a good playlist have? 15? 20? Fewer?

Which one is Pink?

I’ve been in a music listening frenzy lately, following the release (and my discovery, which is usually much later than the actual release) of Rolling Stone’s list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013. The #1 was, incidentally, Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City,’ which I think is a fantastic album.

I made it a point to listen to as many of them as I could and discovered a plethora of new ear-candy, new to me anyway. I love music and I love lists, so this was a little slice of heaven for me. It definitely played a part in my creation of the soundtrack I mentioned in my last post, the one that I can hear accompanying my unwritten screenplay. That music in turn prompted me to sift through my own collection of music which brings me to today’s topic. My favorite band of all-time, hands-down: Pink Floyd.

I’m 41, I didn’t grow up listening to Floyd, per se, though I did experience a LOT of music from the 1960’s & ’70’s as a kid thanks to my dad, who at one time possessed an enormous collection of vinyl stretching across about 4-decades of music, mostly Rock-n-Roll, but generously peppered with all genres. I remember him playing albums in the house, often downstairs when he and his buddies would get together to shoot pool and hang out, something I was lucky enough to repeat when I was in high school.

I don’t think he played them overly much but something about Pink Floyd stuck with me and once I hit my late teens and then later in college, their music became my go-to, chill-out standard. I’ve listened to and own most of their albums, the ones that’ve been remastered onto CD’s anyway, from the early Syd Barrett days of The Piper at the Gates of Dawnthrough the addition of David Gilmour, the rift with and departure of Roger Waters, all the way to The Division Bell, their last studio album, released in 1994.

My favorite period of Floyd music came from around the time I was born, the early 1970’s. I never was enamored of the heavy-psychedelics of their earlier works, though I’ve certainly indulged in that sort of entertainment, ahem, but that’s probably for another story. Maybe it’s why my dreams are always in color? Kidding, digression. Listening to Floyd last night made me ask myself about the “best” of all their albums, and while it’s a close call, my post today is to voice my opinion that the best, most definitive Pink Floyd album, the one I would play for someone who’d (gasp!) never heard them before, would be Wish You Were Here.

Wish was the follow-up to what might actually be my favorite Floyd album, Dark Side of the Moon. The two could very easily be interchanged in my personal 1-2 classification here, and probably will be depending on which I’ve most recently listened to. Wish happens to be what’s playing in the car right now, so I’m rather high on it. Figure of speech, but who wouldn’t want to be actually high and listening to it in the comfort of their own home, am I right?

The rolling, spine-tingling, goose-bump generating ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond‘ is the highlight of the album, framing the middle tracks perfectly in a tribute to Syd, creating a full composition of sound, much like Dark Side did, rather than simply a playlist of songs. That’s something that we lost from music, to a degree, with the advent of digital distribution, whether on CD or via the internet.

Single’s dominate downloads, and I know I have TONS of CDs that I bought because of one, maybe two songs, but the rest are always skipped through. I had a very brief moment with vinyl, but the idea of stories being told through an album is very appealing to me. Consider classics like The Who’s Tommy, or even contemporary releases such as Wincing the Night Away by The Shins.

There wasn’t any deep underlying purpose to this post, other than to share some of my favorite music with anyone who comes along to read it. Seriously, if you’re not familiar with Pink Floyd, give either of those two albums a listen, and let me know what you think. Totally disagree with me about the “best” of their work? Let me know in the comments below what your choice would be and why. Thanks again for reading.