|A Sample of DinosaurJones v2.0|
I did this the other day, and work is very slow with the holidays, so I have to make it stretch. Just jamming to whatever comes onto my iPod on shuffle. it's a classic that's almost full, but there's a lot of stuff on here I skip or just don't really listen to anymore. Here's a list of what comes on, and my thoughts on most of them.
Images and Words
Wait For Sleep
Boy, this just doesn't do much for me. As a whole, Dream Theater doesn't do much for me anymore. I used to be way more into them about 10 years ago, but it just seems so overblown now.
|2||Reel Big Fish|
Monkeys for Nothin' and The Chimps...
Hey, another band that I was super into back in High School! My first band was a ska band, and RBF was a huge influence. They're a band that really needs to hang up the boots though, IMO. They've been decent to average for a long time now, starting with this album, in fact.
|3||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
F♯ A♯ ∞
The Dead Flag Blues
Boy, this song sure seems topical, what with the state of the world in general right now. I also never really thought of this as a winter album, but I'm feeling it right now. What a great album.
One Man Revolution
Tom Morello should really stick to things that are not this project. He doesn't have a bad voice, and he's certainly a good guitarist, but this entire album feels extremely lackluster
We Are Broken
I still really enjoy Paramore. Granted, I gave up on them after the Farro brothers left, but they had a pretty solid run before that. I do think Hayley is gorgeous, so that helps, but they really released some strong material.
Rhythm and Booze
Jason DeVore is a great singer. He's got a great voice, and it really works well with Authority Zero's surf/ska/reggae feel. This isn't a band that Iw ould have expected to ever release a live album, much less an acoustic one, but this album is actually pretty great.
|7||Broken Social Scene|
Forgiveness Rock Record
Romance to the Grave
Good band. Good song. Decent jams. Haven't listened to this one as much. Though I have to say that anytime I hear anything with Emily Haines in it, I just get distracted by how much of a babe she is.
|8||Five Iron Frenzy|
Five Iron Frenzy 2: Electric Boogaloo
Far, Far, Away
JESUS. This band really, really loves Jesus. But I can get over it, because they write some good music. And in all actuality, not too many of their songs are that preachy.
Damn, Brann Dailor is a beast. This song is great, but holy shit, those drums.
I was a big fan of No Doubt back in the day. And then this album came out. And it all went to shit. Thanks a lot, Gwen.
Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock
Mehhhhh.... Definitely not as into this stuff as I used to be. Satriani is a great guitar player, but this just doesn't do much for me.
|12||Five Iron Frenzy|
The End Is Here
You Probably Shouldn't Move Here
This band somehow manages to make watch should be extremely corny somewhat funny and catchy. This song isn't amazing, but I don't hate it either.
Brand New Eyes
I definitely prefer Paramore's more upbeat, punchier material than their ballads. I'm unsure if I prefer this album or All We Know is Falling, but they're both great albums.
|14||Voices from the Fuselage|
Odyssey: The Destroyer of Worlds
This is a pretty cool album. This is Ashe O'Hara's (formerly of Tesseract) first project that he went back to after Tesseract. It's kind of prog/metal, with some spacey elements. Far less wanky though, with much more of a purpose, and his voice suits it perfectly.
|15||A Day to Remember|
For Those Who Have Heart
This band catches a lot of shit, but they're still pretty good, IMO. There are a lot worse bands out there, and Jeremy has got some pipes, which I can definitely appreciate. Plus I really do like some of their lyrics.
"Twenty bucks says you'll remember me when you see me on your TV screen
It may be the first time, but it won't be the last time."
|16||Red Hot Chili Peppers|
This song would be beautiful if it wasn't fucking peaking all the time. Goddammit, Rick Rubin. I really have to find the vinyl rip of this. Or a remaster. Or something.
Bury Me Deep Inside Your Heart
Boy, this is a band that I think most people in my generation were into thanks to Bam Margera. Honestly, they're not terrible. They're not great either. Valo has a pretty good voice though. As one of my friends once told me, it's a "panty-dropper." I can see that.
Chrono Cross Original Soundtrack
Termina - Another
This game had some great music! Not quite as good as Chrono Trigger, but still. This is not one of the better tracks. It's still decent though.
Beating a Dead Horse
Bite the Curb
If someone is so good at mimicking the music they're making fun of, does that make them good at what they do or bad at it? This guy gets a lot of shit, but his parodies are spot on. Whether that's good or bad is up for debate though.
Crime Slunk Scene
Electronic Sleight of Hand
ZOMG 4 FINGER TAPPING TAPTAPTAPTAPTAP KILLBUTTONKILLBUTTON FUNKY RIFF SPEED PICKING DECENT BREAKDOWN RIFF CHILL SOLO CRAZY RIFF
A play-by-play of Electronic Sleight of Hand by Buckethead
This band was ruined for me because everyone was all "WHOA, THEY'RE JUST LIKE GLASSJAW" but they're not. They're pretty good, actually. But lease stop comparing them to Glassjaw.
|22||Panic! At the Disco|
The Piano Knows Something I Don't Know
Brendon Urie and Brandon Flowers are like the same person, just in different genres.
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Mystery Of da Chessboxin'
Infiltrate Destroy Rebuild
This band gets overlooked a lot. They're not extremely heavy, but they bring the riffs for sure. Underrated.
I used to not think this album was that great, but returning to it, it's got some pretty deep cuts. This song is awesome. A nice mix of the old and new. I love the bridge in this one.
By the way, am I the only one that thinks that Brandon Boyd looks kind of like Pauly Shore?
So this album made it onto my best of 2016 list. I adore it. This song, in particular, is my favorite. The beautiful piano mixing with the singer's voice, then busting out with the jazzy drums and bass as the song builds... it's such a satisfying song that's written very well, dynamically.
...And the Battle Begun
On a Lonely Screen
GOD, WHAT AN AMAZING ALBUM.
"There's a blue eyed pretty woman saying things that she don't mean
Come on baby, don't you listen lock your doors up tight tonight
'Cause there's a million people dying and there's bound to be more
Learned its just from listening to a faithful, faithful imitation
'Cause we breathe in everything
It's in our eyes and it's in our skin speaks a holy replication
With her cheeks all sunken in, bloody nose and a plastic grin
He needs a pill just to feel her insides, she needs a crutch just to wake her up
Ghost-eyed man and the walking dead, what does feeling really feel like?
Digging up a body from a burial ground, wipe the bones off nice and clean
Mother don't breast feed your children with a plastic mouse and a crystal screen
Now there's more white people talking about a war that's make believe
Doctor spins a word like freedom we pretend to know just what it means "
Back to Black
He Can Only Hold Her
Oh Amy, why did you have to be such a wreck? You were such an amazing artist... I guess the two go hand in hand, sadly.
|29||Weird Al Yankovic|
Bad Hair Day
Callin' In Sick
Weird Al is actually a goddamn genius. He's a master at parodies, but the other cool part about him is that his originals are actually extremely well written, as silly as they are.
|30||Goonies Never Say Die|
In a Forest Without Trees
I Know, I Know, I Know
A relatively unknown post-rock album. If you like 65daysofstatic or God is an Astronaut, this should be right up your alley.
The Diary of Jane (Acoustic)
These dudes are from around where I live. And they release some decent, if somewhat plain alt-rock. I'd be a bigger fan if Ben Burnley wasn't a massive dick. I understand he's got some problems, but he seems like a control freak, and awfully power-hungry at that. I know you're supposed to separate the art from the artist, but this hits close to home, being a former local band.
How is this album so groovy? So good.
|33||Alien Ant Farm|
These guys got such a raw deal by having their first big hit being a cover. They play an awesome brand of alt rock/metal, but were never really given a chance because everyone things of them as the "Smooth Criminal" band. This album is great, you should check it out.
Enema of the State
Don't Leave Me
Oh, classic Blink, how I miss you.
All We Know Is Falling
Oh hey, we're hitting up all 3 Paramore albums today, I guess. This really might be my favorite Paramore album. It's a little rougher around the edges, and has a little more aggression. I think I like that little bit of raw feeling it's got.
Sounding A Mosaic
Rude Boy Don't Cry
CANADIAN WHITE BOY REGGAE. Bedouin Soundclash were doing it WAY before Magic! hit it bug with Rude.
In Love and Death
The Used are a way underrated band, IMO. They wrote some amazing music. I wonder if Dean Ambrose is/was a fan of the Used... "Lunatic Fringe" "Lunacy Fringe" Hmm...
I'm sure it was just someone in creative that saddled him with that nickname anyways. I wonder if THEY'RE a fan of the Used though...
Set It Off
I still have mixed feelings about Skindred. Ragga-Metal is just... weird. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Benji Webbe is awesome though.
|39||Box Car Racer|
Box Car Racer
The End With You
THis is a great album, and you'd be a fool if you don't think it played a role in influencing Blink's self-titled album. And that's not a bad thing.
I just wish this is the direction that AVA had gone in, rather than trying to make Arena Rock or whatever the fuck.
The Doomstar Requiem
This is actually extremely well-written and beautifully sung. It's sung by Composer Bear McCreary's (The Walking Dead, the Doomstar Requiem) wife. She has a beautiful voice.
Born in the U.S.A.
This is just a classic. I've heard this song probably thousands of times, and I still love it.
|42||Big D and the Kids Table|
How it Goes
This album is almost a classic to me. I remember discovering this band, and then learning that they were going to play at a small local venue. It was sold out, and there were tons of people that couldn't get in (myself included), so the band said fuck it, and played an acoustic set outside. Super cool memory.
Sound of Silver
Slow builds = best builds.
Beep beep boop. This is too catchy for it's own good.
HIP HIP HOORAY, YOU'RE OUR SAVING GRACE
HERE'S TO YOU AND YOUR POKER FACE
|45||Reel Big Fish|
Turn the Radio Off
I'll Never Be
It's no wonder I liked this band as a disillusioned teenager. I was the weird one and listened to music that was angsty without sounding angsty though.
As much as I do moss Thrice's post-hardcore sound, I really like the groove heavy alt-rock sound they seem to have settled into later in their career. It's interesting to listen to how much more gruff Dustin's voice has gotten though.
Frozen Brains Tell No Tales
In a list of what can mostly be describe as sub-par, Buckethead really does have some great tracks. This is one of them. My only gripe is that I wish the song didn't fade out on the solo, which is actually a very good one.
HE'S GOT A BUCKET ON HIS HEAAAAADDD!!!
This is one I slept on from this year, but it's actually very good. Very aggressive and at times, chaotic
"Awaken, My Love!"
This made it onto my best of '16 list as well. This song is just the pinnacle of the album, which is extremely well done. I love the direction he went in, and I'm intrigued to see what comes after this.
|50||Coheed and Cambria|
The Color Before The Sun
You Got Spirit, Kid
This album got a lot of shit, but I honestly prefer it to both of the Afterman albums. It's very honest, and something I think they needed to do to get it out of their systems. That said, they're planning to go back in a more prog direction on their next outing, and I'm definitely excited to see what comes form that.
|51||Blue Sky Black Death|
A Heap Of Broken Images
BSBD got their start as hip-hop producers, and as such, their earlier works feature a lot of rappers. I'm all about the beats though, so the rap doesn't do much for me. Still some good stuff though.
Shadows Collide with People
23 Go Into End
Froosh. This song is very spacey.
The White Album
King of the World
Hey, more reason for Doof to disdain this list! Whatever, I love this album. This song, especially, is one of my favorites.
40 Oz. to Freedom
NO MEANS NO.
Can we get a Mr. Hahn side project or solo album or something, please?
When one of my best friends got married, her first dance was to this song. It's a beautiful song, to be fair. Tracy Chapman is a great artist.
The Illusion Of Democracy
Thoughts Dictate Reality
TOSIN ABASI AND STUFF.
You Had It Coming
While I've said before that I'm not into the whole "virtuoso" style of music anymore, Jeff Beck is an exception. I find his take on guitar playing to be unique and quirky, as compared to a lot of the other players I would consider "virtuosos." Jeff Beck is always finding something new and interesting, while the other dudes just take a melody, and shred a bunch.
Silent Hill 2
Theme of Laura
The first 4 (yes, 4) Silent Hill games were stone-cold classics. And part of what helped them attain that status were the soundtracks composed by Akira Yamaoka.
Okay, so I'm definitely intrigued to hear Peter Silberman's solo album. I'm wondering if the man can do any wrong at this point.
This is just a solid, solid ska album. A definite improvement over 2007's "Keep it Going."
Stuck With Me
This is good Green Day.
The Godfather: The Very Best of...
Get On The Good Foot
|64||Box Car Racer|
Box Car Racer
Watch the World
I was impressed when at the last show we played, this song came over the house speaker between sets. And then my bassist and I sang along to it, and was more impressed that we both remembered all the words.
Life's Not Out To Get You
Citizens of Earth
This is probably my least favorite track off of this good album. I didn't even like it at all at first, and it turned me off to listening to the entire thing. I stuck it out eventually though, and this is a gem of pop-punk.