100 Greatest Guitarists

Rolling Stone has a new greatest guitarists list compiled by an impressive number of musicians. A few personal highlights: Keith Richards at #4. Enough said. Take that Scott Wilson. Jonny Greenwood at #48. ‘Radiohead are the consummate 21st-century rock band, and in Jonny Greenwood, they have one of the 21st century’s defining guitarists: an effects-loving wizard whose endlessly mutable style has powered the band’s restless travels – from the interstellar pomp of “The Tourist” to the misty shimmer of “Reckoner.” Like the Edge, only farther out in the art-rock stratosphere, Greenwood is a guitar hero with little apparent connection to the blues and little interest in soloing. He’s been known to attack the strings with a violin bow, and plays so

Continue reading

More Vinyl Recommendations

From the comments of my previous post on vinyl, Gabe Francis adds some great recommendations: Here are a few vinyl records I can’t stop listening to: 1. The Best of Nina Simone 2. Remain in Light by Talking Heads 3. Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan 4. Post War by M Ward 5. Moon Pix by Cat Power Gabe and I met this past summer in Costa Rica while he was working there as a Kiva Fellow. For those who don’t know about Kiva, it’s a community-based micro finance organization that connects potential lenders around the world, such as you and me, to low income individuals and organizations that need small loans. Unlike donating to a charity, when you give money

Continue reading

Top 7 Albums of 2010

All of my favorite bloggers are posting their year end lists, so on day three of this site, I figured I’d post my own. I’ll be honest. My original plan was to put together a full top 10 list, but I just couldn’t come up with 10 albums from this past year that I’m actually excited about. But I really enjoyed these seven (in no particular order): 1. Acrade Fire – The Suburbs 2. LCD Sound System – This is Happening 3. The Black Keys – Brothers 4. Broken Bells (Self Titled) 5. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 6. Monsters of Folk (Self Titled) 7. Ok Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky The best music video

Continue reading