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Punk Rock TBT – White Riot

TBT Song of the Day – White Riot, The Clash

In 1977, while the rest of the world was listening to Fleetwood Mac and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, four London punks were about to turn the rock music world upside down.  The angsty debut single, “White Riot” was a ferociously raw track that grabbed rock fans by the balls and screamed for attention.

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Album Review: The Departure – Gateways

2Pop-punk has always been a thing right? It didn’t start with Green Day or Blink 182. Try not to dance to The Sex Pistols, “Anarchy In the UK”, and The Clash’s “Rudy Can’t Fail”, or anything by Husker Du. It really goes back to the likes of the Kinks, who are super underrated as a proto-punk band. But in reality, who doesn’t want to dance while throwing snarky, pouty faces at endearing fans wearing safety pins in their nostrils.

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Album Review: Tumbler – Come to the Edge

untitledSo…. This next band got me thinking about the definition of pop music. It’s a word we throw around, but I believe has many different meanings for different people.

For instance:

Under all the distortion of attitude, and ominous noise of rock, punk, and metal…. There are certain songs that you want to sing out loud, they stay with you, and they are for the most part, fun to sing out loud when you’re by yourself in the shower, or on a solo road trip…

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Make Your iPod the Coolest on the Block


As I’ve often said when it comes to iPods, it’s what is inside that matters.  iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPhone 5… None of it matters if the music inside is lame.  Here are a couple of cool recommendations for you to spruce up that little old thing.  I’ve provided links to iTunes for each in the title to each selection.

“Default” – Django Django – This snappy tune was released earlier this year, but I just stumbled across it.  Check it out for a cool dance rock track that at different times reminds me of surf rock, classic T-Rex and 80’s new wave. Yeah, it’s a crazy mix, but it’s pretty damn fun.

“Ho Hey” – The Lumineers – Another fun tune.  When these guys hit it big, you can easily picture 17,000 arena fans holding their lighters (errr iPhones) on high, swaying to the music and singing along.

“Young Adult Friction” – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – These Indie rockers from The Big Apple are a slick 80’s throwback. If you like old Cure and New Order, you’ll like this track.

“Poisonous Moves” – Young Rival  – Cool track that harkens back to good old fashioned rock and roll. The Canadian trio gives us straight-forward guitar, bass, and drums and a catchy jingly jangly rock tune.  Good stuff.

“There’s Nobody Like You and Me” – The Wildbirds You can add one more rock ‘n roll staple from Milwaukee to PBR,  This quintet reminds me a bit of  Matthew Sweet and The Thorns – this cut is a sappy, sweet, summery melody.

Reboot the Mission (feat. Mick Jones) – Wallflowers – I never would have paired Jacob Dylan and Mick Jones, but damn this works.  Jones of The Clash, shares the vocals on a tune that actually reminds more of Big Audio Dynamite.  It’s a cool reggae rock mash-up.

“In This Moment” – Blood – Screamo music as my kids say, but this one with a great edgy female voice. Maria Brink sounds great in the LA band’s latest heavy metal offering.

And one classic cut:

“Green Grass & High Tides” – Outlaws 9:51 seconds of pure absolute rock ‘n roll genius. These Floridians were known as The Florida Guitar Army.  This classic shows you why. Definitely one of the best Southern Rock songs ever. Whether you agree or think we’re nuts, let us know your Best Southern rock tracks here.

Rock On!
Cretin