Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Some Songs and Some Reasons

Hey Friends,

I gotta say - right now is yet another amazing time in music. There's so many great things happening and so many genres crossing over one another. The best part is being able to listen to them on the same playlist - knowing that they somehow all work.

I'll keep this one quick to let you check out the tunes instead of me talk too much about them. Please do at least try one out if you've come this far.

The first one is a massive chart topper in the UK right now - currently sitting at #2 on their National charts between Gaga and Bieber. It's a bloody banger...and I'm lovin it.
Tinie Tempah - 'Pass Out'

The next one is the current theme song to HBO's 'How to Make it in America'. It embodies the feel of the 70's yet fits perfect for NYC today.Aloe Blacc - 'I Need A Dollar'

This next track is a bit older now - but I recently heard it in the background of a scene from the TV series 'Parenthood'. Mike Snow - 'Animal' What a track.

'Nothin On You' is just a beautiful track and feel good hit for the season. It came on as I walked into a sneaker shop (said in an American accent) on Canal Street last Monday in New York. It's just a perfect pop song. B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars - 'Nothin' On You'

April came fast this year. Months ago I marked Friday April 2nd on my calendar as the date to see Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas' Toronto show. Well it's almost here and what better way to prepare that crank this bad boy on headphones. Julian Casablancas - '11th Dimension'

Those who know me will know that I can't write a list without the inclusion of at least one Oasis track. This is true - and so here's a beauty for you. I was given a stunning live recording entitled 'The Dreams We Have As Children' and it's a flawless Noel solo gig. I couldn't find the exact recording online to do it justice - but here's a version of 'Listen Up'.
Noel Gallahager - 'Listen Up' Thanks Rob

Thanks for reading and hopefully listening.

Gregg Stewart

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St. Paddy's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day,

I've never been to this green land they call Ireland - but do have some blood ties from way back. The one thing I know is that the people are friendly and hard as nails. This toughness comes from a deeply routed will to survive from way back in the day. They are very much like the Scottish (or is it that the Scottish are like the Irish:)

Today is the patron Saint of Ireland's day - St. Patrick's Day. This means green is worn and Guinness is drank. The origins of this date are best left explained by wikipedia (I'm lazy today).

To mark the occasion - here's a quick 10 tunes to get you in the mood (some not actually Irish - but in that direction).

  1. U2 -'The Sweetest Thing'
  2. The Cranberries - 'Ode to My Family'
  3. Snow Patrol - 'Chocolate'
  4. The Pogues - 'Fiesta'
  5. Thin Lizzy - 'The Boys are Back in Town'
  6. Sinead O'Connor - 'The Emperor's New Clothes'
  7. House of Pain - 'Who's the Man'
  8. Ash -'There's a Star'
  9. Ronan Keating - 'Rollercoaster'
  10. Damian Rice - 'Cannonball'
Honorary Irish for today
  1. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - 'The Impression That I Get'
  2. Spirit of the West - 'Venice is Sinking'

Have a safe night!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Running Requires Music

Hello Friends,

Not only does running require music - it needs to be carefully selected for each individual run you do. I personally cannot run without it.

I'm honoured, excited and nervous to be running in next week's New York City 1/2 marathon. It's going to be a special day for me as I get to run through the streets of Manhattan alongside 16,000 other runners.

This one's going to require some amazing music - and I've been carefully crafting a play list for the past couple of weeks. I'm almost there but will need to fine tune it this week.
As most of you are aware - NYC is one hell of a place to walk through on a normal day - so to have the streets to run on I may very well take my time to soak it in.
I'm clearly not going for gold. The play list needs some monster jams, bangers, anthems and some New York flavour. It's gotta have some rock, pop, hip hop and perhaps some cheese for the occasion.
Anyway - here's what I got so far. I'm hoping to come in under 1:50 - but you need some buffers and of course some additional options for bangers:)
  1. Paid in Full - Eric B & Rakim
  2. Forever - Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne and Eminem
  3. Daytona 500 - Ghostface Killah
  4. Empire State of Mind 1 - Jay Z feat Alicia Keys *has to be on there
  5. Stay Too Long - Plan B
  6. Bonified Lovin - Chromeo
  7. Closer - Kings of Leon
  8. Flowers and Football Tops - Glasvegas
  9. Fire - Kasabian
  10. D'You Know What I Mean - Oasis
  11. Everlong - Foo Fighters
  12. Supersonic - Oasis
  13. Columbia - Oasis
  14. Santa Monica - Jay Malinowski
  15. Heavy Cross - Gossip
  16. Tomorrow - Silverchair
  17. The Next Episode - Dr. Dre
  18. Bitch Please II - Eminem
  19. Ana's Song (Open Fire) - Silverchair
  20. Time to Pretend - MGMT
  21. Wavin Flag - Young Artists for Haiti *goosebumps (even when Bieber sings)
  22. 1901 - Phoenix
  23. Rude Boy - Rihanna
  24. Dragon Queen - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  25. Starlight - Muse
  26. The Masterplan - Oasis
  27. The Lightening Strike - Snow Patrol
  28. Empire State of Mind II - Alicia Keys *need a little bit of momentum at this point
  29. Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) - U2, Jay Z + Rihanna
  30. Live your Life - T.I. feat Rihanna
  31. Geraldine - Glasvegas
  32. Pass the Mic - Beastie Boys
Fingers crossed that this works. I can't wait.
Thanks for reading.
*formatting is messed - sorry.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Coupla Great Tracks to Get You Through

Hey Friends,

It's been a little while since I posted something on here - but not to worry - the time lapse has given us some beauty new tracks to talk about.

I don't know what has happened but in recent weeks I find myself listening to so really chill tracks and loving them. It reminds me of a few year's ago when I was hooked on the likes of Zero 7, Sia, Res, The Avalanches and Beck. Yes, I find beck to be very chill especially my favourite album of his entitled 'Sea Change'.

Whatever the case may be - this time around I've got a few beauties to share with you including...

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Take care.

Gregg Stewart