Thursday, December 15, 2005

Top 200 Singles of 2005


1. John Legend-Ordinary People
2. Ciara F/ Ludacris-Oh
3. Amerie-1 Thing
4. Kylie Minogue-Giving You Up
5. The Game F/ 50 Cent-Hate It Or Love It
6. The Faders-No Sleep Tonight
7. Three 6 Mafia F/ Eightball, MJG and Young Buck-Stay Fly
8. Kelly Clarkson-Since U Been Gone
9. R. Kelly-Trapped In The Closet
10. Snoop Dogg F/ Justin Timberlake-Signs

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Top 100 Albums of 2005





1. Kanye West-Late Registration
2. The Go! Team-Thunder, Lightning, Strike
3. Mannie Fresh-The Mind Of Mannie Fresh
4. M.I.A.-Arular
5. Sufjan Stevens-Illinois
6. Regina Spektor-Soviet Kitsch
7. Lina-The Inner Beauty Movement
8. Fiona Apple-Extraordinary Machine
9. Petracovich-We Are Wyoming
10. Sons & Daughters-The Repulsion Box
11. Dressy Bessy-Electrified
12. Dungen-Ta Det Lungt
13. Stars-Set Yourself On Fire

Friday, December 02, 2005

Eeeek! Year End Lists!





Can you feel the excitement in the air? It's the end of the year and it's list time. I'm working on my albums list right now and I'll be revealing my top 25 on the show this week and posting the full list later on. Tune in this Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM Central at www.uicradio.ws. The week after I'll be revealing my top 25 singles. Keep an eye out for those as well too. TTFN

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

HBE 7-18-05



This is the playlist from the 7-18-05 edition of Hectic But Eclectic (Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM Central, http://www.uicradio.ws) :

The Go! Team-Bottle Rocket
Amerie-1 Thing
Nouvelle Vague-Marian
Sex Pistols-God Save The Queen
Epoxies-Synthesized
Death From Above 1979-Turn It Out
Gwen Stefani-Bubble Pop Electric
The Russian Futurists-Our Pen's Out Of Ink
Fannypack-On My Lap
Esthero-Bad Boy Clyde
Tilly & The Wall-Reckless
Fiona Apple-Red, Red, Red
Arcade Fire-Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Marmalade-I See The Rain
Joi-I Believe
Bebel Gilberto-Ceu Distante (DJ Spinna Remix)
Michael Jackson-Who Is It?
David Garza-Crown Of Thorns
Dressy Bessy-She Likes It
Motley Crue-Girls, Girls, Girls
Lina F/ Anthony Hamilton-Around The World
Giant Panda-With It
The Boys-Dial My Heart
Common-Faithful
Johnny Cash-Ring Of Fire
The Beatles-Sun King, Mean Mr. Mustard, Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window

The artist from this week's show that I'm going to highlight, is the lovely lady pictured above, Toronto's very own Esthero. Fans of her underground 1998 gem, Breath From Another, all collectively rejoiced once it was announced that her follow-up, Wikked Lil Grrrls, would finally be released this summer after a long 7 year absence. Esthero was lucky enough to survive the folding of The Work Group label and find a home with Reprise to deliver one of the best surprises of the year. Wikked Lil Grrrls is more varied in its scope than Breath and expands on the eclecticism that was hinted at in songs like "That Girl" and "Heavensent." There is no way you could get a clear idea of the album with only a few songs, so the ones I'm posting will focus purely on the lounge pop side of the album. "Bad Boy Clyde" is the kind of sad tale that gets told over and over again: nice girl falls for bad boy. Esthero's voice makes all the difference, adding a deep forlorn resonance to the mood that makes you feel sorry for the nice girl in the tale for once. Those horn arrangements get ya blue too. "Everyday Is A Holiday (With You)" features Sean Lennon on guitar and keys along with some of his textbook indie pop flair and some 70's AOR for extra smiles. It will brighten your day instantly.


Esthero-Bady Boy Clyde
Esthero W/ Sean Lennon-Everyday Is A Holiday (With You)

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Friday, July 15, 2005

HBE 7-11-05

No, the show hasn't been on hiatus. My posting has. Usually these playlist posts come with pretty pictures and a few songs, but it's getting late, I have some Whitman to read for class and I'm tired as fuck. Still, I figured I should get back in the habit of updating my blog. Give me time. I'm taking things slowly.

playlist for Hectic But Eclectic (http://www.uicradio.ws, Mondays, 6:00-8:00 PM Central) on 7-11-05

Robbie Williams-Let Me Entertain You
The Go-Go's-Head On Heels
Dressy Bessy-Side 2
The Go! Team-Junior Kickstart
The Buzzcocks-Everybody's Happy Nowadays
The Cyanide Valentine-You Are The Focus
Annie-Always Too Late
Usher-Caught Up
Jamie Lidell-Multiply
Natasha Bedingfield-These Words
Kelly Osbourne-One Word
Giant Panda-90's
Goldie Lookin' Chain-Your Mother's Got A Penis
Polyphonic Spree-Five Years
Fiona Apple-Oh Sailor
Bjork-Isobel
The Cranberries-Linger
Lina-Hope Wish & Pray
No Doubt-Underneath It All
Tommy & The Shondells-Crimson & Clover
The White Stripes-Forever For Her (Is Over For Me)
Esthero-Everday Is A Holiday (With You)
Robyn-Do You Know What It Takes
Caribou-A Final Warning

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

I'm Rocky on this new bit...

















Check out the new M.I.A. video for "Bucky Done Gun." It's purty fancy lookin'. Interscope rears its head. Still a horrible choice for a single though.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Friday, January 14, 2005

Beep.....Beep.....Beep......




Oh, I've waited 8 long months to hear the infamous ticking of that clock. One of the greatest shows on television returned this past week in prime form and some of its highest ratings ever. The suspense and the twists never let up on this show, which is why I love it so much. The first four hours have had their fair share, which leads me to put early money on season 4 being the best season of "24" since its first. The action will always be there, but this season has made several great additions to the cast. The most surprising is Aisha Tyler, who's only done comedy previously, but is showcasing a dramatic that could have never saw coming from her days at Talk Soup (then again, Greg Kinnear did start out on that show too). Nester Serrano (the patriarch of the Araz family, Navi) and William Devane (Secretary Heller) among others have helped to get this season off to a great start, but far and away, Shoreh Aghdashloo of House Of Sand And Fog fame has done an amazing job as Dina Araz. Every manipulative glare of hers has given me chills nearly every time. Not to mention how well she maintains an evil side while still seeming like a normal, caring mother. She's headed for an Emmy nomination, I tells ya. HBE broke the news here first! Now if they can just ease off the ridiculous subplots that have plagued seasons past (cougars? Chase's baby at CTU?), 24 is shaping up to have a perfect season.

Top Albums of 2004



#1 Polyphonic Spree-Together We’re Heavy
#2 Loretta Lynn-Van Lear Rose
#3 Kanye West-The College Dropout
#4 Fiery Furnaces-Blueberry Boat
#5 Jill Scott-Beautifully Human: Words And Sounds Vol. 2
#6 Air-Talkie Walkie
#7 The Concretes-The Concretes
#8 The Streets-A Grand Don’t Come For Free
#9 Nellie McKay-Get Away From Me
#10 Amy Winehouse-Frank

Monday, January 03, 2005

Singles Round Up For November and December 2004




Okay, this was supposed to happen a while ago, which is why I'm going to do a combo for both the months of November and December. Hopefully, the blog will be a lot more organized this year. As you know, 1 is the lowest rating and 10 is the highest.


Destiny's Child-Soldier
The beat is hot, but I've come to expect nothing but greatness from DC3 after their great singles run of 1999-2001. I'm disappointed, but slightly. (7)


Linkin Park/Jay-Z-Numb/Encore
Atrocious compared to the original "Encore". Actually, it's just atrocious, period. (3)



Mario-Let Me Love You
Well whaddya know! The lil' fucker's starting to grow on me. The chorus sneaks up on you like a panhandler at an ATM. (8)


Eminem-Mosh
Marshall, your heart is in the right place and I agree with you thematically, but damn, did you have to do it to a beat that sounds like it was made by a 12-year old who just got their first Casio for Christmas? (4)


T.I.-Bring 'Em Out
The more and more I listen to T.I., the more and more I become confident that he will make a classic album. "Bring 'Em Out" doesn't do anything new, but T.I. is building up a pretty nice resume. (7)


Kelly Clarkson-Since You've Gone
I kid you not guys; Clarkson is the only former American Idol contestant, in my opinion, who's making good music right now. I mean, not just okay music, but "whoa-I-just-might-consider-buying-this" good. Instantly better than anything Avril or Ashlee have released all year. (8)


Ashanti-Only U
This must be a typo. I'm actually giving a favorable rating to an Ashanti song. Must be the production. (8)


Green Day-Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
That does it. I need to hear this album in its entirety now. (7)


Jill Scott-Whatever
Hot damn, Jill. I want some fish and grits too! Probably the sexiest she's ever sounded on record, or is it the sultry lyrics about last night's love that's doing the trick for me? (9)


Flaming Lips-Spongebob & Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall Of Energy

As colorful as any of the recent Lips output and as much fun as the title incurs. (9)


Lloyd Banks-Karma
Not particularly offensive. Not particularly good. Why must you always straddle the middle, Mr. Banks? You're capable of so much more. (6)


Alicia Keys-Karma

"What goes around comes around? What goes up must come down?" Particularly offensive for acting like no one has ever heard that line before. (5)


Ludacris-Get Back
Something is definitely wrong when you listen to a Ludacris song and you struggle to come up with your favorite line. That crummy generic beat ain't helping either. (5)


Ciara-1, 2 Step
Where in the hell did this girl come from and why is she getting all this great production? Scratch the Missy verse and you have a near great song. (8)


Lindsey Lohan-Rumors

Sounds good the first couple of times until you realize that her voice sucks. (6)


N.O.R.E.-Oye Mi Canto
I'm pretty new to the genre of reggaeton, but please tell me that there is better stuff than this out there. It's so meh and not very exciting. Maybe if Nina Sky sang on the entire track. If only.... (5)


U2-Vertigo

Better than it has any right to be. And where did all this U2 hate come from? Is it because "Walk On" beat "Ms. Jackson" for Record Of The Year back in 2002? I was upset, but that's no reason to hate on Bono & Co., especially if the song is energetic as this. (8)


Ja Rule-Wonderful

Ja is so much better when he's acting all hardcore and shit. It should be against the law for him to work with any other singer besides Lil' Mo ("I Cry" & "Put It On Me" are some of his best). (5)


Ja Rule F/ Fat Joe & Jadakiss-New York

That's more like it! (8)


Nelly-Na NaNa Na
I've learned that the only proper way to rate Nelly is based on the song's danceability and not his skills as an MC. I can dance to this. (7)


Nelly F/ Tim McGraw-Over And Over

I can't dance to this, but I still like it. Who would have ever thought that Nelly was so complex? Some more Tim McGraw might have earned this song a 9, but as it stands, it only gets a (8)


Bonnie McKee-Somebody
I remember reading about her about a year or two ago. She's supposed to be like some bad girl who was living with her boyfriend at like 16 or something. I didn't know that meant she was supposed to write bad songs as well. (3)


Fabolous-Breathe
You would think that an MC such as Fuh-Bo-Lus wouldn't deserve a Just Blaze track as awesome as this. And you're right. Can you think of the damage that someone like Jay-Z could have done? But nonetheless, Fabolous does manage to keep up and not totally let a great beat go to waste. Should have been a classic. (8)


Nitty-Nasty Girl

I have a soft spot for goofy novelty songs with hip-hop beats. (7)


The Game F/ 50 Cent-How We Do
I suppose the track is okay, but gets tiring after you realize that The Game and Fiddy are on auto pilot and not really bringing anything fresh to the song. (6)


Nicole Wray-If I Was Your Girlfriend (pictured above)
Shame on you all for not making this bigger than "Make It Hot". Doesn't anybody love psychedellic funk anymore? (9)



50 Cent-Disco Inferno
Beat's okay. 50's okay. My goodness, G-Unit is becoming boring fast. (6)


Jesse McCartney-Beautiful Soul
Dude, you only have fans because of the way you look. You think people actually like this whiny shit? (1)


Ashlee Simpson-La La
Nope. I still remember the SNL incident. Nice try though. (7)


Gwen Stefani F/ Eve-Rich Girl
I'm surprised that Dr. Dre actually took credit for this beat. One of the most piss-poor attempts I've heard at trying to cash in on the current dancehall craze. (5)


Fantasia-Truth Is
We all know the voice is there, but why must the production play it so safe? Let that girl bust a gut open for crying out loud! (6)


Maroon 5-Sunday Morning
It's hard to hate a band that I should hate when they've got a flair for decent melodies. Catchy little tune this one is. (8)


Eminem-Like Toy Soldiers
Slim Shady takes us deep into the Ja and Benzino beefs. The result is his best single since "Lose Yourself". (9)


John Legend-Ordinary People
I love the way he pours his heart on this song. Just a piano, a voice and his observations on an imperfect relationship. Stunning. (10)


Beastie Boys-Right Right Now Now
That's not fair! They're only releasing the good songs off the album! People may actually think the album is worthwhile if they keep this up. (8)


DJ Reset-Frontin' On Debra
A mash-up between Pharrell's "Frontin'" and Beck's "Debra". Not recommended if you're allergic to falsettos. (8)


Le Tigre-TKO
Sounds like a Target commercial, but it jolts me everytime. (9)