Continuing in its newfound tradition of questionably chosen, but interestingly written "greatest of all-time lists," Rolling Stone's latest issue includes a line-up of the "100 Greatest Singers of All-Time" with the articles written by other notable musicians, many of whom are on the list themselves. Controversial picks in the top-10 include Elvis Presley (overrated?), John Lennon (are we taking tonal quality into account?), and Bob Dylan (okay, obviously we're not). Below are the top 10, and their corresponding article writers in parenthese. You can read the whole thing in RS here .
1. Aretha Franklin (by Mary J. Blidge)
2. Ray Charles (by Billy Joel)
3. Elvis Presley (by Robert Plant)
4. Sam Cooke (by Van Morrison)
5. John Lennon (by Jackson Browne)
6. Marvin Gaye (by Alicia Keys)
7. Bob Dylan (by Bono)
8. Otis Redding (by Booker T. Jones)
9. Stevie Wonder (by Cee-Lo)
10. James Brown (by Iggy Pop)
Also, rounding out the top 25 are: Paul McCartney, Little Richard, Ray Orbison, Al Green, Robert Plan, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Freddie Mercury, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Cash, Etta James, David Bowie, Van Morrison, and Michael Jackson. The whole LIST.
Alex Dominitz (SY '09) parodies a great Jay-Z/Rick Rubin song with some surprisingly witty (and historically accurate) flows about the ol' Catholic Church.
For those of you who missed the all-Yale DMB Cover Band's show at the Palmer House on Oct. 11, and also for the people who were there, here's a live recording from the show of "Lie in Our Graves." The DMB Cover Band is Pat Dewechter (SY'09), Andy Wagner (SY'09), Daniel Carvahlo (DC'10), Kevin Green (SY'09), Jamar Bromley (SY'12), Matthew Prewitt (SY'12), and Michael Waxman (TD'10).
Beyonce and Adrian Brody star in this Dreamgirls-esque Hollywood production about Chess Records -- the formative, Chicago-based record label that was home to several of rock 'n roll's important pioneers, including Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Beyonce's character, Etta James.
40 years ago today, on November 17, 1968, one James Marshall Hendrix played a rock show at Yale's own Woolsey Hall. Before he almost tore down the place (literally -- the combo of his loud amps and Woolsey's bad acoustics did permanent damage), Hendrix played a mere 3-song set consisting of "Foxey Lady", "Purple Haze", and his famous rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner". Was this the greatest popular music event ever to happen at Yale? Other than Sean Kingston's '08 spring fling performance. Obvs. What do you think?
So excited for this.
Tonight. D-Port Common Room. 7:15. Be there. Here's a heads up: these guys (aka Counters Clockwise) played last week at the Open-Mic... they're really good. Daniel Carvalho (DC '10), who's on vocals and guitar, has a stellar voice that sounds strikingly like, well, that of Damien Rice. MJ Truong, on back-up vocals, has a beautiful, delicate alto that fits well with Carvalho's. Rounding out the acoustic trio is Tess Ryckman on cello. Tess wasn't at the open-mic, but I can only imagine how cool it's going to sound to add strings to the mix. You should stop by.
Sunday's suck, so here's my best advice for improving yours: check out some LCD Soundsystem. Led by seminal indie dance rock producer James Murphy (founder of the NYC-based disco punk rock label DFA), LCD blends catchy, droning dance grooves, with searing, thoughtful lyrics, and lovely and dark analog synths, within the context of song structures that are as listenable as pop music, but as urgent and cliff-hanging as prog rock.
"All My Friends" was voted by indie music mega-blog Pitchfork as the #1 song of 2007. "New York I Love You..." is a laid-back Beatleseque ballad that becomes shockingly relevant when you replace "New York" with "New Haven." Other standouts include "North American Scum" (about our declining world image), "Someone Great," which really captures the feeling of getting over a break-up, and "Losing My Edge," a hilarious bout of irony and introspection from an aging hipster. From inspiring dance beats to thought-provoking soundscapes, LCD is just what you need to fix your Sunday.