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21 Best Post-Ram Paul McCartney Songs

Crazy Paul McCartneyA while back, Jake asked via Twitter why it was that Paul McCartney hadn’t made an album as good (and weird) as 1971’s Ram, which prompted a forum question for a list of the exceptions. If you’re not familiar with Macca’s first two solo albums, McCartney and Ram, you need to go buy them now. They will surprise you. They are raw, which is a description not often associtaed with Sir Paul’s solo output, but believe me they are.

Skipping the obvious “Greatest Hits” fodder, since you already know that stuff, these are the 21 post-Ram songs you likely don’t know…but should.

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The 21 Best Legal MP3s of 2009

The 21 Best Legal MP3s of 2009These are twenty-one songs available as MP3s that we linked to in 2009. They’re all still available (as of today), so download them now and make yourself a mix as a way to remember what you were listening to last year. Once again, people are whining about how 2009 sucked, but the list below proves there was plenty of good stuff out there, and it wasn’t even that hard to find.

Neko Case – “People Got A Lotta Nerve” from Middle Cyclone (Anti-). Posted Jan 14.

Von Bondies – “Pale Bride” from Love Hate and Then There’s You (Shout Factory). Posted Feb 4.

The Felice Brothers – “Run Chicken Run” from Yonder is the Clock (Team Love). Posted March 25.

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21 Essential Songs from Neil Young's Archives Vol. 1

Neil Young Archives Vol. 1 (1963 - 1972)So let’s say you’re a Neil Young fan who doesn’t care about all the trappings of the Archives. You don’t care about old photos, rare video footage, or hand-written lyric sheets. You just want the music. Let’s assume you already have the first four albums, plus Decade, the Buffalo Springfield albums, and Deja Vu. Of course you already picked up Live At The Fillmore East 1970 and Live At Massey Hall 1971 when they came out. Do you really need the whole Archives?

Thankfullly for you, iTunes and Amazon MP3 both allow you to cherrypick from the Archives‘ sprawling 125 tracks. Here are the 21 tracks (iMix) you should download immediately:

1. (#1) Aurora by The Squires 2:07

2. (#2) The Sultan by The Squires 2:32

3. (#3) I Wonder by The Squires 2:21

4. (#5) I’ll Love You Forever by The Squires 3:22

5. (#6) (I’m A Man And) I Can’t Cry by The Squires 2:30

6. (#8) Casting Me Away From You by Neil Young & Comrie Smith 2:13

7. (#12) Runaround Babe by Neil Young 2:39

8. (#13) The Ballad Of Peggy Grover by Neil Young 2:48

9. (#15) Extra, Extra by Neil Young 2:41

10. (#22) Sell Out by Buffalo Springfield 1:40

11. (#25) Slowly Burning by Neil Young 2:58

12. (#29) Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (promotional single) by Neil Young 2:15

13. (#31) Birds (Previously Unreleased Version) by Neil Young 2:15

14. (#68) Everybody’s Alone by Neil Young with Crazy Horse 2:31

15. (#71) Dance Dance Dance by Neil Young with Crazy Horse 2:24

16. (#74) It Might Have Been by Neil Young with Crazy Horse 4:18

17. (#84) Wonderin’ by Neil Young 2:10

18. (#92) Tell Me Why (Previously Unreleased Live Version) by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 5:41

19. (#114) Bad Fog Of Loneliness by Neil Young with The Stray Gators 1:55

20. (#120) Journey Through The Past by Neil Young with The Stray Gators 2:21

21. (#125) War Song by Neil Young & Graham Nash with The Stray Gators 3:29

Bonus tracks: While you’re at it, you might as well pick up the two Mynah Birds songs on Disc 2 of The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 6: 1966 (Hip-O Select).

After the jump, I break out what’s included in the Archives and why some things are more essential than others…

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21 Free MP3 Label Samplers

Amazon MP3While looking for a Booker T mp3 for the album streams earlier this week, I stumbled across the free Anti Sampler 2009 on Amazon, which also includes tracks by Neko Case, Jason Lytle, Mavis Staples, and others. Turns out Amazon has a bunch of label samplers that you can download for free.

Of course, if you read a lot of mp3 blogs you may have already downloaded most of these songs, since with a few exceptions these are the songs they’ve already made available on their own websites or through their publicists. Still, they’re worth checking out…and you can’t beat the price.

1. Anti Sampler 2009

2. Sub Pop Amazon Sampler (Blitzen Trapper [MP3], Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, et al.)

3. Jagjaguwar 2008 / 2009 Sampler (Bon Iver [MP3], Okkervil River, et al.)

4. Barsuk Records: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler (Death Cab, Mates of State [MP3], Ra Ra Riot, et al.)

5. Saddle Creek sampler 2008-2009 (Tokyo Police Club [MP3], Cursive, et al.)

6. Chess Records Black History Month (Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf)

7. Stax Sampler for Amazon (Isaac Hayes, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Albert King)

8. This is Daptone Records… (Sharon Jones [MP3], Budos Band, et al.)

9. Badman, Has It Really Been 10 Years? (Mark Kozelek, My Morning Jacket, Hayden [MP3], et al.)

10. Best of Nuclear Blast: 20th Anniversary Compilation (Meshuggah, Testament, et al.)

A bunch more after the jump, including free samplers from Secretly Canadian, Slumberland, Victory, Arts & Crafts, Bar/None, and more…

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21 Best SXSW 2009 MP3s

SXSW 2009 South by Southwest does a great job of letting attendees (and everybody else) do some homework before the shows and preview tracks by showcased bands. Here are a bunch of our faves.

The Asteroid #4 – “These Flowers of Ours” (web, sxsw)

Black Lips – “O Katrina!” (web, sxsw)

The Dollyrots – “My Best Friend’s Hot” (web, sxsw)

Earlimart – “Face Down In The Right Town” (web, sxsw)

The Evaporators – “You Got Me Into This, Now You Get Me Out!” (web, sxsw)

Listen to the rest after the jump…

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21 Reasons Why Jay Bennett Should Be Back In Wilco

Jay BennettGLONO has a long history with Wilco. We used to be so obsessed with this band that we actually got teased by other bloggers and commenters. We used to be featured in the band’s links section of their website (until, mysteriously, we were removed just DAYS after running GLONO’s exclusive interview with Jay Bennett after he was sacked).

We miss those days, we miss THAT band. The missing ingredient is Jay Bennett, of course. No slight on current Wilco lead guitarist Nels Cline, but we miss Jay. So we’ve compiled 21 reasons why he should be brought back to the band. We do this out of love so don’t be mad, Jeff.

21. Dreadlocks – Dude had some freaky dreads back in the day. Helps balance Tweedy’s inherent honky-ness

20. Bendy notes – Jay Bennett’s solos always feature lots of bends, which just sound cool.

19. Wilco is too serious now – Jay Bennett is a top-notch goof making him the premier candidate to bridge art and fun.

18. Mellotron – Dude’s got some crazy-rare gear.

17. It’s good for the economy – With Jay comes JP. Those guys need good jobs. Do it for Obama!

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The 21 Best Legal MP3s of 2008

The 21 Best Legal MP3s of 2008These are twenty-one songs available as MP3s that we linked to in 2008. They’re all still available (as of today), so download them now and make yourself a mix as a way to remember what you were listening to last year. I hear a lot of people moaning about how 2008 was a terrible year for music, but the list below proves there was plenty of good stuff, and it wasn’t even that hard to find.

The Mountain Goats – “Sax Rohmer #1” from Heretic Pride. Posted Jan 3.

Jack Penate – “Second, Minute or Hour” from Matinee. Posted Jan 8.

Iron and Wine – “Innocent Bones” from The Shepherd’s Dog. Posted Feb 1.

Vampire Weekend – “Oxford Comma” from Vampire Weekend. Posted Feb 5.

MGMT – “Time To Pretend” from Oracular Spectacular. Posted March 26.

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The 21 Best Beatles Songs Not on One, Red, or Blue

Twickenham Film Studios, London, Sept. 1968Everybody knows the Beatles. But believe it or not, there are still some people out there who’ve only heard the hits. When 1 was released in 2000, it sold 12 million in copies in three weeks, making it the fastest selling album ever. But it only contained 27 songs.

Prior to 1, back in 1973, all four Beatles participated in compiling their two double-album, “best-of” collections, 1962-1966 (the Red album) and 1967-1970 (the Blue album). Together, these gathered 54 songs, including all 27 of the songs that would end up on 1.

This, of course, is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to officially released Beatles studio recordings. The catalog can be overwhelming, so to assist the newbies, Glorious Noise has compiled an accessible collection of album tracks and a couple of b-sides.

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