Three Days Grace - I Hate Everything About You
Three Days Grace - Pain
Three Days Grace - The Good Life

I don't know what to say about these guys except to call them uninspired butt-rockers.
Everclear - Santa Monica+
Good Charlotte - The Anthem
Mastodon - Curl of the Burl

Huey Lewis & the News - Do You Believe in Love? [V]
Huey Lewis & the News - The Heart of Rock N Roll
Huey Lewis & the News - I Want a New Drug+

These songs are genuinely fun, but that's not enough these days...
Megadeth - Symphony of Destruction+
Megadeth - A Tout le Monde
Megadeth - Public Enemy No. 1

Yawn. Also, who knew that Dave Mustaine, Satanist extraordinaire, is now a virulently conservative born-again Christian?
Heart - Alone
Mr. Big - To Be With You+ [VO]
Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn+ [O]
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up [VO]

A Valentine's Day pack full of cheesy love songs, but somehow not as exuberantly cheesy as last year's -- the choices seem more ironic than heartfelt, particularly with the inclusion of "Never Gonna Give You Up".
Bush - Everything Zen
Bush - Comedown [V]
Bush - Machinehead+

Generic butt-rock. Firmly forgettable.
Sum 41 - Fat Lip+ [VO]
Sum 41 - Still Waiting [VO]
*Tears For Fears - Head Over Heels [O]

I hate bratty punk. Hate hate hate it.

But hooray Tears for Fears! I've always liked them, but I'm starting to think I've been seriously underestimating them.
CCR - Lodi [V]
CCR - Have You Ever Seen the Rain+
CCR - Susie Q

CCR is one of those bands that I consider firmly OK. Never unpleasant, but I'd never actually seek out their music. Plus, for some reason, the more I hear John Fogerty's voice, the less I like it.
Edgar Winter Group - Free Ride [O]
Edgar Winter Group - Frankenstein+ [O]
KoRn - Freak on a Leash [VO]
KoRn - Falling Away From Me

KoRn. How...sad.

These Edgar Winter Group songs are classic-rock standards. Winter was a keyboard virtuoso, but his music doesn't really bingle my bongle.
*Hall & Oates - Private Eyes+ [O]
*Hall & Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) [KO]
*Hall & Oates - Maneater [V]

A coworker is in a Hall & Oates cover band. One of their rejected names was "Nobody Wants to be Oates".

I'm a bit embarrassed at how fun I find these tunes.
Rush - 2112: Overature, The Temples of Syrinx+ [O]
Rush - 2112: Discovery, Presentation+ [VO]
Rush - 2112: Oracle: The Dream, Soliloquy, Grand Finale+ [O]

Available as one long 20-minute song if you buy the pack, a la Abbey Road.

This is the very last thing I worked on in DLC-land.
Cobra Starship - You Make Me Feel (ft. Sabi) [O]
Gym Class Heroes - Stereo Hearts (ft. Adam Levine) [O]
*Panic at the Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies [O]
*Paramore - Pressure
Sublime With Rome - Panic [V]
Travie McCoy - Billionaire (ft. Bruno Mars) [O]

I guess it's become a thing these days to have crappy guest singers duet with crappy hip-hop artists to square the crappiness? If you hate yourself deeply, I recommend listening to "Billionaire" as a maximally egregious example.

I have a soft spot for Paramore's energetic pop-punk, and I like the chamber-pop sensibility of Panic at the Disco's "I Write Sins...".
sen_no_ongaku: (Rant)
Tom Holland - Persian Fire
Kazuo Ishiguro - The Unconsoled
Patrick Rothfuss - The Wise Man's Fear
China Miéville - Kraken
Juliet Barker - Agincourt
Alex Ross - The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
N. K. Jemisin - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
N. K. Jemisin - The Broken Kingdoms
Lev Grossman - The Magicians
George R. R. Martin - A Dance With Dragons
Michael Ruhlman - Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
*Jimi Hendrix - Long Hot Summer Night [VO]
*Jimi Hendrix - Gypsy Eyes [VO]
*Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower [O]
*Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Child (Slight Return) (live) [VO]
*Jimi Hendrix - Dolly Dagger [O]
*Jimi Hendrix - Freedom [O]
*Jimi Hendrix - Angel [O]
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze (ProG/B only)
Jimi Hendrix - Little Wing (ProG/B only)

How can you say no to more Hendrix?
Rush - Fly by Night+ [V]
Rush - Caravan [O]
Rush - The Spirit of Radio (live)+
Black Veil Brides - Rebel Love Song [V]
Volbeat - A Warrior's Call

I'm not into Rush, but I know some of you are.

Despite looking like a modern-day KISS, Black Veil Brides' music is pretty conventional rock.

Volbeat is a Danish metal band; "A Warrior's Call" was specifically written to laud Danish boxer Mikkel Kessler. It's kind of gloriously stupid.
Queen - Seven Seas of Rhye [V]
Queen - Stone Cold Crazy+ [VO]
Queen - I'm in Love With My Car [VO]
*Queen - You're My Best Friend [VO]
*Queen - Long Away [VO]
*Queen - Bicycle Race+ [VO]
*Queen - Don't Stop Me Now [O]
*Queen - Radio Ga Ga [V]
*Queen - The Show Must Go On [VO]

Even more Queen! So hard on vocals. So hard.
Dream Theater - On the Backs of Angels+ [kVO]
Opeth - Ghost of Perdition [VO]
Trivium - In Waves [K]
Starship - We Built This City [K]

A technical metal three-pack, plus what's universally acknowledged as one of the worst pop songs ever recorded. Hmm.

And if you have the time, please listen to the keyboard part I had to transcribe for Dream Theater, or at least skip to 5:52. Because goddamn.
Nickelback - How You Remind Me+ [O]
Nickelback - Someday
Nickelback - Animals [VO]
Nickelback - If Today Was Your Last Day [O]
Nickelback - This Means War [O]

What's most depressing about Nickelback isn't the band themselves – there are plenty of douchey, derivative sleaze-rock bands out there. What's most depressing is how many people (apparently) love their music.
*Stevie Wonder - Superstition [VO]
*Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground [VO]
*Stevie Wonder - Living For the City [O]
*Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke+ [O]
*Stevie Wonder - I Wish+ [KO]

Our fifth year of DLC kicks off with total 100% awesome. Before I worked on this pack, I didn't really have a visceral sense of how amazing a musician Stevie Wonder is. But dude.



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