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10 Best Mark, Tom, and/or Travis songs.

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by kc2

10: Diamonds and Guns – Transplants: The Transplants are the most unlike-the-other-bands. For good reason, different vocal style and guitar playing. Some of Travis’s best stuff though. Diamonds and Guns makes for a great, if unlikely, shampoo commercial soundtrack.

9: Elevator – Boxcar Racer: Mark was pretty pissed about Tom and Travis forming this side project. At least he did guest vocals on this somber track.

8: Not Now – Blink 182: It was the last single to come from Blink 182. It was a very fitting ‘goodbye’ to the fans.

7: When Your Heart Stops Beating – Plus 44: The hit single from the Plus 44 debut. Also, it was during the filming of this video that Travis busted his hand on the snair drum…hence playing a few gigs one-armed.

6: All The Small Things – Blink 182: The song that made Blink 182 mainstream. This combined with “What’s My Age Again?” turned Blink 182 into arguably the biggest pop-punk band ever.

5: Damnit – Blink 182: One of the best songs to come out of the pre-Travis era. I still don’t know why Guitar Hero: World Tour chose this song for Travis’s in-game character. Maybe choose one that oh, I don’t know, he actually recorded? 

Image Preview4: The Adventure – Angels & Airwaves: When this was leaked online, I thought it was one of the most amazing things ever. Still probably my favorite track from this group along side “The War”.

3: No it Isn’t – Plus 44: This song is a complete and total F—You to Tom. It was even “leaked” online – on his birthday.

2: Feeling This – Blink 182: Despite the horrible editing job, its the best song off the Madden ’04 soundtrack. It’s an excellent song about sex. I also really like the way it was recorded. The intro with the drums ‘phasing’ in is pretty cool.

Blink-182 band members Mark Hoppus (L), Travis Barker (C), and Tom DeLonge1: I Miss You – Blink 182: The biggest single for Blink 182. Won an award for “best love song” that year. My favorite Blink songs are the ones when Mark and Tom both sing. This is them at their best vocally. Haunting lyrics and a creepy video…a far cry from their old immature humor and rough production quality.


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10 guitarist frontmen

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2008 by kc2

Ok, so I figured out how I want to go at listing my top guitarists. I have 3 lists. Top Guitarist-Frontmen (they sing lead and play), Top Guitar Duos (neither sing) and Top Solo Guitarists (the only melody maker and doesn’t really sing). So, 7/17/08 will be Frontmen, 7/18/08 will be Duos, and 7/19/08 will be alone-s. And, maybe I will do a “best of” compilation after that…I don’t know yet. So for today enjoy my top 10 guitar playing frontmen. 

10. Tom Delonge (Blink 182, Boxcar Racer, Angels & Airwaves) – He should be higher on my list simply because of my unreasonable love for Blink 182. The guy does not have the greatest voice, plays guitar only kinda-good, and created a whole new fad for comb-overs. But, I like all the work he’s done in Boxcar Racer, Angels and Airwaves, and Blink…even if his pretentiousness broke up the band. [favorite work – Not Now]

9. Matthew Bellamy (Muse) – Ok, in all honesty, I didn’t even know his name until I wikipedia’d it. All I know is, he’s awesome in Muse. He probably has one of the best falsetto voices out there. I think he’s more talented than Coldplay’s Chris Martin. [favorite work – Starlight]

8. Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) – This is one of those guys that doesn’t look like his music. But, I’m definitly into what he does. I haven’t gotten a chance to see them perform live, but I’ve had a few friends say that Breaking Benjamin was an awesome live show. [favorite work – Natural Life]

7. Chad Kroeger (Nickelback, ‘himself’) – Oh my god…I put the guy from Nickelback? Really?? YES. Face it, the guy’s voice sells. He did those singles with Santana, those were popular. He did “Hero” with the guy from Saliva, that was a cool song. And, oh yeah, he fronts the biggest rock band in current music. On top of all that, he seems like a cool guy. I’ve seen YouTube videos of him showing his respect for cool old metal bands. [favorite work – Never Again]

6. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth, Metallica) – Skill-wise, he should be higher on the list. He’s always going to be in Metallica’s shadow. It’s his fault for not being able to handle his drink. Anyway, the music he’s done with Megadeth is great. [favorite work – Use The Man]

5. Wayne Static (Static-X) – I don’t know how this guy isn’t constantly hoarse. The way he screams through all their songs, his vocals have to be torn up. I’ve been a huge fan ever since “Push it” and “I’m With Stupid” came out. The song he does for the “Queen of the Damned” soundtrack is my favorite off that movie. [favorite work – Kill Your Idols]

4. Shaun Morgan (Seether) – Seether always seems to have great music for whatever mood I’m in, whether its angry, depressed, energetic, fun, or somber. Shaun puts on a great live show, and I still say he’s like the 2nd coming of Kurt Cobain. When I saw them do a cover of “You Know You’re Right”, I thought it was Kurt. [favorite work – No Jesus Christ]

3. Billie Joe Armstrong (Greenday, The Network, Foxboro Hottubs) – This guy created “pop-punk”. You couldn’t get away from his voice on the radio in the 90’s. Ten years later, he does it again, this time with more maturity. [favorite work – Time of Your Life]

2. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Probot, Queens of the Stone Age) – I really wanted to put him on my “drummer” list, but I knew I wanted to save him for this one. They guy is awesome, he’s got a great personality, and he plays great music – whether its drums, guitars, or singing. He was even voted “Best Rock Guitarist” in Guitar World magazine. I wonder if Kurt had stayed alive, would it have robbed us of the fighters of foo? [favorite work – All My Life]

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1. James Hetfield (Metallica) – This guy is a badass. His voice is rough, angry, larger than life, and not pretty. And, it used to be better before he blew out his vocal chords. He’s got easily the best picking hand out of long lists of guitar players. [favorite work – Master of Puppets]

10 Drummers

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2008 by kc2

Well…keeping with my latest theme, I’m going to go ahead and name 10 drummers. Again, this is favorites, not neccessarily “the best”. Some may question why I don’t have one name on here…Joey Jordison, from Slipknot. I like and respect his music and playing ability, but I don’t think of him as one of my favorite musicians. If you’ve ever seen the Slipknot DVD where they are interviewed unmasked, you might know what I’m talking about. He comes off as very pretentious. But, that’s a different story. Anyway, hope you enjoy this list…

Tommy Lee

10. Nick Oshiro (Static-X/Seether) – Gotta love drummer with sweet dreadlocks. I liked Nick’s work with Seether’s first album. Then he moved onto Static-X, which was already one of my favorite bands. He doesn’t really play anything ungodly amazing, but he’s very solid and I enjoyed watching him play and meeting him at Ozzfest. [favorite work – Cannibal]

9. Josh Freese (the Vandals/a perfect circle/guns-n-roses/ashes divide/offspring/lost prophets/Nine Inch Nails/Black Light Burns/seether/Rob Zombie) Ok, in all honesty…I could have listed more, a lot more. This guy has contributed drum tracks to a ton of albums. He’s been a part of some of my favorite bands. Besides, look at all the front-men he’s had to put up with (mainly axl). [favorite work – APC – Passive]

8. Jeff Fabb (In This Moment) – I love the female-fronted band In This Monent. Jeff is a big reason why, he lays down some sweet metal beats, and he’s got pretty quick feet. He also was a pretty nice guy when I met him at a show. [favorite work – Daddy’s Falling Angel]

7. Tre Cool (Green Day) -This guy is just fun. He plays these big beats and he’s always fun to watch play. He can also be credited for playing in Green Day’s “Spinoff” bands. [favorite work – Holiday]

6. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue/Methods of Meyhem/solo) – One word: Rockstar. The resident “old guy” on my list fits the mold of rockstar in everyway. Enormously successful band, lots of tattoos, a criminal record, a drug problem, and oh yeah…married Pamela Anderson and Heather Locklear. He was also one of the first drummers to do the whole rotating drumset thing. [favorite work – Home Sweet Home] 

5. Alex Rodriguez (Saosin) – One listen to any Saosin song and you’ll realize that this guy’s hands fly. I imagine he must just destroy high-hats. He does some very subtle fills that are very cool. And, although his playing is busy, it never seems like he’s over doing it. [favorite work – Voices]

4. Matthew McDonough (Mudvayne) – Mudvayne has arguably the best rhythem section in metal today. Matt and Ryan Martinie are just nuts. They play brutal and do it with unusual time signatures on top of it all. I’m glad they ditched the make-up for now though. [favorite work – Forget to Remember]

3. Chris Adler (Lamb of God) – Yeah, I’ll probably include everyone from Lamb of God on my lists. I think they are great musicians. He’s so good, he’s almost not fun to watch. He doesn’t even look like he’s moving sometimes. But, I still love listening to his rhythms. [favorite work – Hourglass]

2. The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold) – This guy combines fun with skill. He does the whole spinning sticks thing – who doesn’t love that. Definitly another guy you wanna watch play. He also handles the backing vocals for the band. [favorite word – Almost Easy]

1. Travis Barker (Blink 182, Boxcar Racer, Transplants, +44) – Travis rules. When he was added to the line-up, Blink 182 became 1000 times better. Everything he does is gold to me. It’s not just that I like his rhythems and beats, but also his playing style. He is easily one of the most fun drummers to watch play. After having his leg put in a cast, he proclaims…”Well, for the up coming tour, I’ll just have to play everything with my left foot” and he did! Then he broke his hand during the shooting of “When Your Heart Stops Beating” – no problem, he just played the tour one handed! For more fun, check out these videos of his “remixes” to popular rap tunes.