Category: That’s What I Like

16 Musical Moments to Die For

If only Hüsker Dü could have followed their advice about hangin' on.Welcome back my friends, to the blog post series that never ends. Of course, it’s moving more slowly than I’d like, as well. But here we are.

So, really quickly, the ground rules. These aren’t about artists, or albums, or even songs, but rather, moments: that piece of a song that draws you into it; that piece of a song that you wait to happen again; that piece of a song that is running in your head when you can’t sleep; that piece of a song that you find yourself humming at inopportune times.

That piece of a song that you can’t live without.

This is the tenth in a series: The first one had 25; the second one had 24; the third one had 23; the fourth one had 22; the fifth one had 21; the sixth had 20; the seventh had 19; the the eighth had 18 and the ninth had 17.

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17 Musical Moments to Die For

Camper Van Beethoven play a house party in Fresno, CA in 1985.It has been four months since I’ve done one of these, a far cry from my original plan of doing one a month, and I can’t promise when the next one will be, or even if there will be a next one.

So, really quickly, the ground rules. These aren’t about artists, or albums, or even songs, but rather, moments: that piece of a song that draws you into it; that piece of a song that you wait to happen again; that piece of a song that is running in your head when you can’t sleep; that piece of a song that you find yourself humming at inopportune times.

That piece of a song that you can’t live without.

This is the ninth in a series: The first one had 25; the second one had 24; the third one had 23; the fourth one had 22; the fifth one had 21; and the sixth had 20; the seventh had 19 and the eighth had 18.

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18 Musical Moments to Die For

The Hold Steady, Wiltern, Los Angeles, Nov. 25, 2008

It’s been a couple of months since I’ve done one of these, but I’m back!! In black. (Which is a terrible choice, because it’s, like, 150 degrees today.)

This time, on Musical Moments to Die For, we have two of the greatest cover versions of two of the greatest songs ever recorded; druggy people writing songs about their drug problems, and casual rockstar sexism.

We also have the usual 80′s indie obscurity, and run the gamut from catchy artsy sophistication to catchy dumb-ass stomping crapola.

This is the eighth in a series: The first one had 25, the second one had 24, the third one had 23, the fourth one had 22, the fifth one had 21, and the sixth had 20, and the seventh had 19.

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50 Songs I’ve Never Gotten Sick Of

This is one of those lists that’s currently going around Facebook, and since I haven’t posted around these parts that much — turns out that writing 3,000 – 4,000 words a week about Battlestar Galactica takes it out of you — and because Will Betheboy referenced my list on his blog, I figured that I’d post it here. Content!

It started with 25, but I kept remembering other songs to put on it, and surprise, surprise, it got way way way out of hand. It’s not a list of my favorite songs (though it certainly includes those); or a list of best songs by each artist (though it certainly includes those, too); or even a list of songs that changed my life (and man, does it ever have a lot of those).

Nope, this is a list of songs that at some point started kicking my ass, and pretty much never stopped. Even though I’ve heard some of these songs zillions of times, I still love them every time they come on.

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19 Musical Moments To Die For

Mick & Keith SingingThis month, in honor of St. Hallmark’s Valentine’s day, it’s a special theme version of Musical Moments To Die For.

Love songs! Nothing but love songs!

Well, that’s not exactly right: not so much love songs, but songs about love, which is a totally different head. Totally.

However, just because I’ve applied a theme to this month’s post, it isn’t meant to be a definitive list of greatest songs about love or anything like that. It just happens that all of the songs this month are about it, that’s all. Which means, not uncoincidentally, a lot of these songs were huge hit singles or are incredibly familiar or obvious. Which, of course, doesn’t make them any less to die for.

This is the seventh in a series: The first one had 25, the second one had 24, the third one had 23, the fourth one had 22, the fifth one had 21, and the sixth had 20.

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