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Human Highway: Kevin Costner Was A Janitor On The Set Of The Neil Young Film

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Neil Young

Classic rocker and film dabbler recently presented a director’s cut of his rather weird 1982 film Human Highway at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Young, who was in attendance for the premiere, told the audience at the screening about working with Devo for the film as well as a special behind the scenes role played by future star Kevin Costner. To read the story head over to Huffington Post Music Canada by going here.

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Aaron’s Top Albums Of 1996

Tricky's Maxinquaye

Tricky’s Maxinquaye

Back in 1996 I was the Arts & Entertainment Editor of the Centennial College student newspaper, The Siren. I dug into some of those back issues to find my Top Ten album list from that year.

Looking at the list now it’s a pretty clear reaction against grunge in favour of mostly dark, electronic-based music.

Here it is:

1. Tricky Maxinquaye
2. Massive Attack Protection
3. Future Sound of London ISDN
4. Pop Will Eat Itself Dos Dedos Mis Amigos
5. Neil Young Mirror Ball
6. Blue Resistance
7. Portishead Dummy
8. Teenage Fanclub Grand Prix
9. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
10. Cypress Hill Temple Of Boom

Nearly a decade-and-a-half later, Maxinquaye remains infinitely listenable. Besides the tepid cover of Public Enemy’s “Black Steel” it still sound intriguing today. It’s probably no longer the #1 on this list, but it’s still a solid Top Five.

Of the trip-hop big three Massive Attack’s Protection is probably the one I care the least about now. That’s not to say I don’t care, it’s just that it’s the album I go back to the least amongst them. Again, if you listen to this album in the now it could still fool the kids into maybe thinking it’s current. Or, at the very least, you can trick ’em into believing “these are the guys who used to produce The Weekend.”

Holy smokes did I ever listen to Future Sound of London’s ISDN a lot back in the day. It’s why I’m very been-there, done-that about Boards of Canada in the present. This was also kinda my last flashback buzz album as I transitioned from student rascal/five-day-a-week rave ‘n’ club kid into person-with-a-job.

I wouldn’t quite call this a guilty pleasure because there’s no guilt in my enjoyment of Pop Will Eat Itself’s Dos Dedos Mis Amigos, but of the albums on this list it’s probably the easiest to peg in terms of being of a certain time, scene and sound.

Neil Young’s Mirror Ball is the only good album Pearl Jam’s ever been part of.

In hindsight, the inclusion of Blue’s Resistance on this list is kinda embarrassing. An electro-dub record on Sabres of Paradise’s label, this selection was clearly an act of showing off my expensive import record collection. The album doesn’t suck, but it wouldn’t make my Top Ten now and it speaks of hanging around a bit too much in the chill out room.

Portishead are where it’s at. After some time and distance, Dummy is probably my #1 album for 1996. And Beth Gibbons was doing witchcore at least 10 years before everyone else was.

I’m not sure why I put Teenage Fanclub’s Grand Prix on my list. I don’t really like Teenage Fanclub or much power pop and I haven’t actually listened to this album since 1996. This song’s OK, though, so perhaps I need to revisit this one:

Ah, Nine Inch Nails. I had this at #9, which means I probably didn’t like it all that much, but as a superfan of the band I had to put The Downward Spiral
on the list. Maybe it’s because the album’s so familiar. After all, it was the album that anchored a certain big-booted, goth-rivethead scene that year and I would have heard it everywhere I went. It can probably stay on this list… but with a leery eye.

Cypress Hill’s Temple Of Boom? Too much time in the chill out room, for sure.

Other album lists…

2015 Top Ten — SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart is #1
2014 Top Ten — Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There is #1
2013 Top Ten — M.I.A.’s Matangi is #1
2012 Top Ten — Dirty Ghosts’ Metal Moon is #1
2011 Top Ten — Timber Timbre’s Creep On Creepin’ On is #1
2010 Top Ten — The Black Angels’ Phosphene Dream is #1
2009 Top Ten — Gallows’ Grey Britain is #1
2008 Top Ten — Portishead’s Third is #1
2007 Top Ten — Joel Plaskett Emergency’s Ashtray Rock is #1
2006 Top Ten — My Brightest Diamond’s Bring Me The Workhorse is #1
2005 Top Ten — Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Howl is #1
2004 Top Ten — Morrissey’s You Are The Quarry is #1
2003 Top Ten — The Dears’ No Cities Left is #1
2002 Top Ten — Archive’s You All Look The Same To Me is #1
2001 Top Ten — Gord Downie’s Coke Machine Glow is #1
2000 Top Ten — Songs: Ohia’s The Lioness is #1
1999 Top Ten — The Boo Radleys’ Kingsize is #1
1998 Top Ten — Baxter’s Baxter is #1
1996 Top Ten — Tricky’s Maxinquaye is #1

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Father’s Day: Best And Worst Dads In Music

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Neil Young

It’s Father’s Day soon so Sarah was tasked with listing up some of the best and worst dads in music for Huffington Post Music Canada.

In said list you’ll find out why hating on Neil Young‘s Trans album means you’re an asshole and why Eminem‘s, well, bad.

To read the story go here.

 

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Dirty Ghosts Tops Aaron’s Top 10 Albums Of 2012

Dirty Ghosts

Dirty Ghosts

This is my official Top 10 album list for 2012:

1. Dirty Ghosts Metal Moon

Most conventional modern “rock” music is horrible. This is not, and Metal Moon reminds me of all the best moments of gal-fronted rock from the last 30 years (Hole, The Pretenders, Toronto, Pat Benatar, PJ Harvey, etc) and some dudely bands like Thin Lizzy, too.

2. Lee Fields Faithful Man

There’ve been some great moments in this post-Amy Winehouse, post-Sharon Jones old soul revival, but few match the ascension of an actual old soul guy, Lee Fields. You know how when you hear a classic, like say James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” and you go, “Damn, I wish there was more music like that”? This, is that music.

3. Lana Del Rey Born To Die

People hate on Lana for her live performance and lips and gimmick-ness, but damn if this isn’t a conceptually perfect album with its broken Lolita lounge singer vibe.

4. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats Blood Lust

There are many bands — mostly really bad metal bands — who claim they’re making really evil sounding music. Unfortunately, most of the time what they’re making isn’t evil so much as it’s extreme noise poop with unintelligible vocals. Uncle Acid, though, he’s one bad dude and you can tell straight away when you hear him.

5. D-Sisive Jonestown 3: The Dream Is Over

It took me awhile to give in and admit I really liked this album. Mostly this was because I’m friends with D-Sisive and didn’t want to appear too homer. But the truth is it’s a brilliant, moving album and the bummer singalong “When We Die We Die Together” is one of the hardest hitting songs I’ve ever heard.

6. Hooded Fang Tosta Mista

Imagine a bunch of Weezer nerds trying to pretend they’re a Cramps cover band. That’s what this is and it’s great.

7. Christopher Douglas Smith Earning Keep

Every year I seem to have one unexpected late-year creeper that slowly makes its way into my life and this year it’s Earning Keep. This is a subtle, haunting record that yields new finds with each listen.

8. The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends

I generally have low expectations for weird collaborative projects like this, but there’s something so perfectly off-kilter about this album that it won me over. The combination of Ke$ha, Biz Markie and Flaming Lips on the opening track can’t be underestimated in helping turn the tide.

9. Neil Young Psychedelic Pill

Psychedelic Pill isn’t so much an amazing Neil Young album so much as it’s an amazing Neil Young echo. This record, anchored by three mega-guitar jams, reminds me of all the things I really like about Neil Young records and that’s why it makes this list.

10. A Tribe Called Red A Tribe Called Red

I love the idea of this album, but I’m just a touch less hot on the actual record. That’s not meant to be a backhand compliment so much as it’s the expression of some sort of cosmic desire to see ATCR’s electric powwow vibe get articulated in some perfect world-conquering way. This album isn’t quite there, but it’s close enough to make the list.

Other album lists…

2015 Top Ten — SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart SUUNS + Jerusalem In My Heart is #1
2014 Top Ten — Sharon Van Etten’s Are We There is #1
2013 Top Ten — M.I.A.’s Matangi is #1
2012 Top Ten — Dirty Ghosts’ Metal Moon is #1
2011 Top Ten — Timber Timbre’s Creep On Creepin’ On is #1
2010 Top Ten — The Black Angels’ Phosphene Dream is #1
2009 Top Ten — Gallows’ Grey Britain is #1
2008 Top Ten — Portishead’s Third is #1
2007 Top Ten — Joel Plaskett Emergency’s Ashtray Rock is #1
2006 Top Ten — My Brightest Diamond’s Bring Me The Workhorse is #1
2005 Top Ten — Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Howl is #1
2004 Top Ten — Morrissey’s You Are The Quarry is #1
2003 Top Ten — The Dears’ No Cities Left is #1
2002 Top Ten — Archive’s You All Look The Same To Me is #1
2001 Top Ten — Gord Downie’s Coke Machine Glow is #1
2000 Top Ten — Songs: Ohia’s The Lioness is #1
1999 Top Ten — The Boo Radleys’ Kingsize is #1
1998 Top Ten — Baxter’s Baxter is #1
1996 Top Ten — Tricky’s Maxinquaye is #1

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Spinner’s Top 50 Albums & Songs Of 2012

Top Album And Songs Of 2012

Top Album And Songs Of 2012

The overlords at my day job Spinner.ca went into to their data mines and determined the top 50 albums and songs of 2012.

I ended up writing about a number of the artists included in these lists, like Flaming Lips, Lana Del Rey, Lee Fields, Dirty Ghosts, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Patrick Watson, A Tribe Called Red and D-Sisive.

To read the Top 50 album list go here.

To read the Top 50 song list go here.

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10 Great Psychedelic Neil Young Moments

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Neil Young

Neil Young recently put out an album called Psychedelic Pill which, as the name suggests, is a bit of a bug out, maaaan.

With that in mind we were inspired to track down some of the most psychedelic things Neil’s done in his life — including onstage Jawas, Charles Manson songs and the ending to Journey Through The Past.

The result: 10 Great Psychedelic Neil Young Moments. Which you can find on Spinner by clicking here.

Enjoy the trip, dude.

 

 

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Spinner News Mega Pack: Thanksgiving Songs, ECHO Prize, Neil Young, Arcade Fire & Celine Dion Together

Neil Young

Neil Young

Here’s the latest batch of news stories I’ve done for the Spinner AOL Huffington Post empire:

Japandroids were among the nominees for the ECHO Prize.

Neil Young has totally gone straight edge.

The tastiest songs for Canadian Thanksgiving.

Arcade Fire and Celine Dion team up to help shooting victim’s family.

 

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