10 Best Scottish Music Acts (aka The Highest Music From the Highlands)

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With the release of the highly anticipated second Chvrches record, Every Open Eye, we thought we would look at our favorite acts from the Highlands, good old Scotland. When doing the list, we were pleasantly surprised with how teeming Scotland has been with independent talent. So here are our 10 favorite from Scotland Yard.

 

10. Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbitt
Until sitting down to write this list, I had no idea Frightened Rabbit had been around so long (since 2003 or so).  I kind of thought their 2011 ep and subsequent album, State Hospital, were their beginnings, so to speak.  I’m almost less impressed now, as those were some of my favorite listens back then.  Continue reading “10 Best Scottish Music Acts (aka The Highest Music From the Highlands)”

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Aussie Takeover: 10 Best Australian Music Acts

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With Courtney Barnett and Tame Impala quickly sweeping over the music scene like a non-violent version of a tornado, we thought we would give a shout out to our favorite music from the land down under. And yes, obviously Men at Work made the list. Enjoy, and give us your qualms:

10. Dirty Three
dirty_three band, Australian band
Pure Aussie instrumental rock. Warren Ellis is like if the devil stole the boy’s fiddle in “Devil Went Down to Georgia”.

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Top Ten Thursday: The Ten Best Songs Produced by Phil Spector

Phil Spector, Producer, genius, studio

There is no question that a lot of evil is involved in the music industry. And I am not talking about the bands that mothers don’t want their kids to listen too. I am talking about the money grubbing whores of the industry. The ones that head-up labels and produce shitty music while forcing talented artists to take a back seat for a dollar. Or the ones that trick young talent into signing horrendous contracts that leave them broke when their 15-minutes of fame are up. Then there are even more villainous types that, you know, kill people. This is where Phil Spector comes in. Ranked #1 on our “Villains of Music” list, this man perhaps looks the part of evil just about as well as he plays it. Nonetheless, the man knew what he was doing when it came to producing a song. HBO debuts their new movie about the trials and tribulations of the man’s last free days this weekend, which stars the stunningly similar looking Al Pacino. In honor of this sure-fire cinematic

Phil Spector,  Al Pacino, movie, actor, HBO
^ Possibly the greatest casting decision ever made.
treat, we bring you this list of what we consider to be Phil Spector’s finest musical accomplishments. And as an added bonus, I decided to also flood this post with pictures of Spector to show off how terrifying this man is. If you make it through, enjoy the nightmares:
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