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If you're stuck in 1997 like me, the new Third Eye Blind cd came out today. It's available for download on Amazon.com for $3.99.

If you're a fan of the band, this is not a bad album. It's more than worth $3.99.

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I used to find out about new music in Rolling Stone. These days I often find out about new albums in Parade magazine... which I used to read only for Marilyn vos Savant, but these days I find that some of the articles appeal to me, too. What was it The Who said?

Man, the last time I read a music magazine have been Spin in late '99 or early 2000. I get all of mine on-line these days. I used to read the Dallas Observer for news on local acts, but it has been a while since I've picked up an issue of that as well.

My "D" albums:

The DaVinci Code, Hans Zimmer

Damn the Torpedoes, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Dance Naked, John Mellencamp

Danger Days, My Chemical Romance

Dangerous Minds (movie soundtrack)

The Dark Knight, Hans Zimmer

David Cook

Day & Age,The Killers

Day for Night, The Tragically Hip

A Day Without Rain, Enya

Dear Heather, Leonard Cohen

Death of a Ladies' Man, Leonard Cohen

Death to False Metal, Weezer

Debut, Bjork

The Definitive Collection, The Blues Brothers

Demon Days, Gorillaz

Detours, Sheryl Crow

Devils & Dust, Bruce Springsteen

A Different Story, Dead Eye Dick

Dino: The Essential Dean Martin

Dire Straits

The Dirty Boogie, The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Dirty Work, The Rolling Stones

Discography, Pet Shop Boys

Discount Fireworks, Over the Rhine

The Distance, Taylor Hicks

Diva, Annie Lennox

Doctorin' The Tardis, The KLF as the Timelords

Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Bruno Mars

Doolittle, Pixies

Doubt, Jesus Jones

Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog

The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting


Drunkard's Prayer, Over the Rhine

I believe they said "You can go sleep at home tonight, if you can get up and walk away."

Jeff of Earth-J said:

I used to find out about new music in Rolling Stone. These days I often find out about new albums in Parade magazine... which I used to read only for Marilyn vos Savant, but these days I find that some of the articles appeal to me, too. What was it The Who said?

Album with the best memories: Demon Days by the Gorillaz.  It's a really cool album on its own.  Even better, it reminds me that this site can be a really cool place.  Years ago, we had a discussion about the music that defines your life and Jacob Rubin mentioned "Feel Good Inc." as the anthem of his generation.  A bunch of us older farts had never heard of it before (including me).  I listened to it, loved it and bought a copy as a post-Christmas present.  Rich Lane mentioned that he surprised his kids by listening to it because of this board- they were shocked that he had even heard of cool new music like the Gorillaz. 

Most embarrassing: Probably the Dangerous Minds soundtrack.  I bought it for Gangsta's Paradise, the big single by Coolio.  I haven't even bothered to copy the full album onto my iTunes, although I could say that about a few others as well. 

Most recent additions: Danger Days by My Chemical Romance and Death to False Metal by Weezer.  I admit that I'm no longer up-to-date on new music, even from bands that I like.  I picked up copies of these 2010 albums from the library late last fall.  Death to False Metal is a collection of lost tracks and doesn't quite hold up to the standards of recent studio albums like Raditude and Hurley.  Danger Days has some great songs but also some weird announcer tracks that are supposed to set ambiance but mostly cause annoyance.  I've thought about re-burning a shorter version without them. 

"new" CDs just in:

Ringo Starr:  RINGO RAMA  (bordering on awful, which is a shame, as I really like Ringo)

Wings: WILD LIFE   (a nice album that's continued to grow on me for decades)

Billy Joel: THE STRANGER   (a rare item... an album with NO bad songs on it at all!!)


Well that's sad...

The Monkees, of course, have long been my #1 favorite singing group, and one of the VERY FEW popular groups I actually got to see live in person, 3 TIMES.

My "E" albums

The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies), Black-Eyed Peas

The Early Years, Volume One, Tom Waits

The Early Years, Volume Two, Tom Waits

Easy (EP), Barenaked Ladies

Echo, Tom Petty

Edges of Twilight, The Tea Party


Elegantly Wasted, INXS

Elephant, The White Stripes

Elephunk, Black Eyed Peas

The Else, They Might Be Giants

Elvis 30 #1 Hits

Emotional Rescue, Rolling Stones

Emperors of Soul (box set), The Temptations

Empire, Queensryche

Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin, various artists

End of the Summer, Dar Williams

England's Newest Hitmakers, Rolling Stones

Eponymous, REM

The Essential Bob Dylan (2 discs)

The Essential Janis Joplin (2 discs)

The Essential Johnny Cash (3 discs)

The Essential Kris Kristofferson (2 discs)

The Esssential Michael Jackson (2 discs)

The Essential Willie Nelson

Eve, Over the Rhine

Every Breath You Take, The Police

Everybody Else Is Doing It, The Cranberries

Everything to Everyone, Barenaked Ladies

Exile On Main Street, Rolling Stones

Exile on Mainstream, Matchbox Twenty

Exit, k-os

Album with the best memories: Easily Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones.  It's been one of my favorite albums as long as I've liked music.  I also remember having a great conversation with Andrew Smith (aka Captain Comics) at his house in which we agreed that "Exile" is the best Stones album ever.  Cap then pulled a CD player out to the porch so he could play the album for everyone even though they didn't have the context of the conversation.  I haven't picked up the new re-release though.  I think it would be interesting to hear some of the cuts that didn't make the album.

Most recent addition: Another Stones entry, Emotional Rescue.  My wife, anacoqui, took a weekend trip without me last fall and I went on a library borrowing binge which included a couple of Stones albums that I didn't yet have in my collection.

Most embarrassing entry: With apologies to Alan M., I think I'd have to go with Queensryche's Empire.  This album came out while I was in high school and I remember liking it at the time.  I even bought the cassette.  But I didn't bother upgrading to CD when I made the transition a few years later.  A little while ago, I found a library copy and discovered that the album does not hold up well at all.  The songs seem a little long and pretentious now.  But, hey, Silent Lucidity is at least hauntingly beautiful.  

You should buy the Exile re-release, Chris. The disc of out-takes is worth it, and seeing as you're such a fan of the album itself, you owe it to yourself to check it out. More recently the Stones re-released Some Girls with a similar additional disc of out-takes. That ones worth it, too.

Don't know what brought it to mind, but last night I was thinking about the SOME GIRLS album. It was the 1st RS album I bought new when it came out. And I have strong memories of the RS interview with Mick Jagger at the time. That album came under a lot of fire, particularly from feminists, who felt it contained "something to offend EVERYBODY".  Jagger countered simply by saying he's got a sense of humor, and more people need one. I liked about half the songs on the album, the other half were either "just noise" or on the boring side. But it did have some high points. Like their foray into (GASP!) disco, "Miss You", or their hilarious country song about radio preachers, "Far Away Eyes". And then of course the album's title track, which is almnost like a borderline-obscene Coasters-style song. THE line in the song that always stands out for me is "Black girls just wanna get ****** all night!"

By the way, I actually have all 3 versions of "Miss You"-- the LP version, the edited 45, and the extended 12" "disco" version.

It was right around this time that Eric Idle's MAD-magazine-style history of The Beatles was made, THE RUTLES: ALL YOU NEED IS CASH.  Jagger appears briefly in the film AS himself. He describes the origin of the RS as a result of seeing The Rutles.  "We were livin' in squalor, no money, no talent, and we saw The Rutles on the telly, playing loud, getting lots of birds everywhere, and we thought, well, this can't be too difficult, so we thought we'd give it a go." Later, when asked, "Why do you think The Rutles broke up?" he replied, "Women. Just women. Gettin' in the way." When asked "Do you think The Rutles will ever get back together?", he smiled and said, "I HOPE not!"

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