We Were Rocking Out

Some of my friends and I share music with one another to listen to at work. We’re supposed to review/rate whatever’s shared with us, but that doesn’t always happen.

This week marks three years we’ve been playing this game. To commemorate this occasion, we did a “best of” – we shared our favorite albums originally shared by somebody else that we wouldn’t have shared ourselves. Does that make sense?

For example, I could only find five times I gave out a perfect score. Once, Tim shared an album I would have gotten around to sharing, but he beat me to the punch. Another time, Spencer shared an album I had suggested before he joined the game. Of the three other albums, I had never heard of one band (perhaps I would have discovered them eventually and shared them, but who knows), had heard of another but never listened to them, and the last album is from an artist I listened to on the radio in the ’90s/early ’00s, but after getting burned copies of the whole albums, I wasn’t super impressed. So when a new album came out a couple of years ago, I wouldn’t have given it a chance unless (like Chris did), someone suggested we listen to it for this game.

Basically, it means there was a ton of great music shared this week. But before we get there, here’s what my friends thought of as the best things shared in this game over the past three years.

Grouplove – Never Trust a Happy Song (2011)

Spencer went with the album that has most entered his regular listening rotation (though he did say it is probably tied with Toh Kay’s Hand that Thieves, but went with this one). Continue reading

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Nothing is New

For a couple of years some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us, and share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.

The Black Keys – Turn Blue (2014)

After I shared what I did for the week, Tim suggested we all share our favorite album that has come out in the two years since we started playing this game. And it’s a great idea. Except I already shared (and I don’t listen to a ton of new music, so I’d have to think about it a little more). But here’s Tim’s: another Black Keys album. Continue reading

I Never Thought My Life Would End Up Quite this Way

Some of my co-workers and I started sharing some of our favorite music. We’ve been doing it for a while, but now we’re actually reviewing them and sharing those reviews with one another.

One of my coworkers participates in a contest every year called The 48-Hour Film Project. Essentially, you get a team of writers, actors, cinematographers, etc. together and at a designated time, the people running the contest give the team some parameters. The team then has 48 hours (hence the name) to write, shoot and edit a short film, which is then submitted at the end of those 48 hours. They hold a screening festival at some local theaters and the films are judged. Apparently it’s lots of fun. The point of me telling you all that is to explain why this week we all suggested some of our favorite soundtracks (at that one coworker’s suggestion). There was some debate if we were doing “official score” soundtracks or “music from the motion picture” soundtracks. Mostly, we just decided no “music inspired by the motion picture” soundtracks; the music actually had to be IN the movie.

I put a lot of thought into my suggestion.

Most of the soundtracks in my iTunes library are video game soundtracks, and many are from games I’ve never even played. There are some that are great, like Shadow of the Colossus (which is very atmospheric and good for when you have to do work and don’t want to concentrate too much on what you’re listening to) or Red Dead Redemption (which is great, but a lot of it is the same speed and in the same key, so potentially monotonous). I didn’t share them, but you should check them out.

There are others that I’d like to share, but might be too long for easy consumption. Two of my favourites are 3 hours and 10 hours long. So honorable mentions go out to The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Disneyland has a great soundtrack, but like many of the video games, there’s just too much there to practically consume in a short amount of time. So another honorable mention goes to the sounds of Disneyland.

While I could have pull out my favorite tracks from those, I think that would be cheating.

Speaking of cheating, I thought things like Cirque du Soleil‘s Beatles Love would be off-limits, since it’s a show based on already existing songs. And I thought things like That Thing You DoA Mighty Wind and other movies about music were just kind of cheap picks, but you should check them out.

There were quite a few “score”-type soundtracks, but I couldn’t decide which one to do, so I picked the only one I thought about sharing that was different.

First, here are the four soundtracks that were suggested to me this week. Continue reading

We’re gonna take this sweet joy ride

Every once in a while, I remember how awesome the 80’s were.

Over the past few years, I am sure you have heard of the “live action” Transformers movies. I say “live action” because a lot of it was computer generated. But did you ever see the cartoon they released in theaters in 1986? They made a lot of references to it in the new movies. But this is not a movie review blog.

It was good (for a glorified TV Saturday morning cartoon), but I remember it most for its truly awesome soundtrack. Continue reading