feel good features

Download Link: Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger 

From the creators of the critically acclaimed and personal favorite album of 2009 Bitte Orca comes a new single from Dirty Projectors titled “Gun Has No Trigger”. The new album is set to be released through Domino this spring so have a first taste and don’t forget to buy the album when it drops. If you’ve never heard of Dirty Projectors before…you are in for a treat. Catch them live if you have a chance, you won’t be disappointed.


When I was in middle school, I will unashamedly admit that i was a huge blink 182 fan, not just because of the catchy teen angst lyrics but mostly because of the insane drumming of Travis Barker. Well Years later, and many musical obsessions later, I found that Travis was not the best drummer known to mankind. A silly thought to begin with, I know… but the drums are the heartbeat of a song, the rhythmic pounding that makes you move your head and air drum on your desk.

Especially that one part in Eric Clapton’s Phil  Collins In The Air Tonight…you know what I’m talking about. I’ve almost wrecked numerous times drumming that one part on my steering wheel :/

Although, I will not pretend that I started out listening to Led Zeppelin and Rush, I came into them on my own (and by that i mean…staying up late nights watching VH1 Classic and Headbangers Ball after my parents had gone to bed) and found that I had only scraped the top of what would be a world of amazing drummers.

So for those of you unfamiliar with John Bonham, Danny Carey, or Ginger Baker..let me just say, your mind is about to be blown. Let’s start with my all time favorite…Neil Peart

Now that you have had your mind blow, here is a playlist of my top 15 favorite classic drum solos/performances in a song (+ my top 10 favorite modern drummers)

*These are MY favorite drummers, love it or hate it, it’s what i enjoy, if you disagree well that’s great. Comment or send me hate mail but i’m not a drummer, just a lover of music and whatever makes me tap my feet*

In no particular order. [to download right click mp3 and save as…]

1. John Bonham Led Zeppelin – Moby Dick [mp3] [video]
2. Neil Peart Rush – YYZ [mp3] [video]
3. Alex Van Halen Van Halen – Hot For Teacher [mp3] [video]
4. Ginger Baker Cream – Toad [mp3] [video]
5. Buddy Rich – Apples [mp3] [video]
6. Ringo Starr The Beatles – The End [mp3] [video]
7. Ron Bushy Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida [mp3] [video]
8. Mel Taylor The Ventures – Wipeout [mp3] [video]
9. Mike Portnoy Dream Theater – 6:00 [mp3] [video]
10. Scott Travis Judas Priest – PainKiller [mp3] [video]
11. Bill Bruford Yes – Heart of Sunrise [mp3] [video]
12.Ian Paice Deep Purple – Burn [mp3] [video]
13. Chuck Ruff The Edgar Winter Group – Frankenstein [mp3] [video]
14. Michael Giles King Crimson – 21st Century Schizoid Man [mp3] [video]
15.Larry Mullen Jr U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday [mp3] [video]

Download Full Playlist via Mediafire (Classic Drum Solos + Performances)

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And now for something a little more modern…

Read on + Listen more including top 10 modern drummers!

If you could create your own music festival with whatever bands you wanted, still around or not, who would be in it? I recently thought about this question while listening to a live version of Trenchtown Rock by Bob Marley & The Wailers and decided it would make an interesting post/playlist. After racking my brain for clever or witty titles i settled on A Feel Good Concert because all of these live songs are basically centered around a theme of feeling better and after all whether you’re sitting in a jazz lounge sipping on a martini or diving into a moshpit…being at a great concert is a great pick me up. Not only do you get to see (and hopefully meet) your favorite band live but you get to meet others who share your same love of music and in those few hours there is always a moment where all your worries and stress disappear and it’s truly just you and the music. I live for those moments.

So in tribute to that, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you …A Feel Good Concert.

[Btw, This list is all over the place genre wise but who ever said good music was genre-specific?]

[Click below on corresponding ticket for desired stream or download ]

Happy Listening!

Set List

1. Bob Marley and The Wailers – Trenchtown Rock (Live 1975/London)
2. Blind Melon – No Rain (Acoustic Live)
3. Adele – That’s It, I Quit, I’m Movin’ On (Live at Hotel Cafe)
4. Fun. – Walking The Dog (Live at Fingerprints)
5. Regina Spektor – Fidelity (Live in London)
6. Dave Matthews Band – Crash (Live at Wrigley Field)
7. Death Cab For Cutie – 405 (iTunes Session)
8. Incubus – Dig (Recorded Live from the ‘Concert for Miners’, SAntiago, Chile 2010)
9. Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) – Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect/Dreams
10. Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) – Imagine (Live at Pabst Theatre)
11. Maroon 5 – If I Ain’t Got You (live)
12. Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over (Itunes Festival ’10)
13. Bright Eyes – Road To Joy
14. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Live from CA)
15. The Smiths – Big Mouth Strikes Again (Live in London, 1986)
16. The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop (Live in Hyde Park)
17. Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies (Live At The Greek Theatre)
18. Blink 182 – What’s My Age Again
19. Something Corporate – Straw Dog (Live in London)
20. Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
21. The Kooks – Sofa Song (Live @ Abbey Road)
22. Jack’s Mannequin – Holiday From Real (Live from SIR)
23. Weezer – Island in The Sun (Live in Del Mar, CA)
24. The White Stripes – Hotel Yorba (Live at The Hotel Yorba)
25. She & Him – Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? (Live on ‘Late Night’ with Yo La Tenga)
26. City and Colour – Happiness By The Kilowatt
27. Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own (Live at Kalkscheune/Berlin)

From one of my favorite musicians, Regina Spektor, comes a new single from the highly anticipated album, What We Saw From Cheap Seats (to be released May 12, 2012). I’ve been an avid fan since Soviet Kitsch and was lucky enough to see her live in Dallas, not so cheap seats but they were first row and I don’t regret a penny spent…Honestly, It was by far one of the greatest shows I’ve ever been to and I highly recommend seeing her live whenever you get a chance. For me, hearing this new single has helped keep the new album anticipation at bay just for a little while. So without much ado… 

Download here [Right-Click and Save As]: Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats.mp3



Mark your calendars for Feb. 28th. That’s when Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius will be releasing their anticipated project WZRD. In the words of Cudi “… wizard is a rock album, no raps, just singing. brand new thing…” I love it when artists take new directions regardless of what the public thinks and here Kid Cudi proves he’s got what it takes.

So in anticipation of WZRD here is the exclusive feel good track “High off Life”



There are two things that i believe make this life worth living. Music and Humor. The ability to not take life so seriously all the time and just laugh at all it’s little (and sometimes big) quirks. Of course love “makes the world go round” but i believe out of love comes music and happiness. Not just the kind of love you find with  another person but the love of life itself. So in that same vein and all the way from California comes The Octopus Hamstring, a new music blog created by two music fiends like myself, Mike and Tyler. With titles like The Morrissey Paradox and Why You Should Blame the Descendents for Ruining Punk Rock this blog is full of music and humor. The Morrissey Paradox i found to be a real thought provoking article on the man himself. Fans of both the smiths and morrissey would certainly enjoy it..think Morrissey meets Bill Cosby. Need I Say More?

So since this IS a music playlist blog i thought what a better way to get to know someone through their taste in music. Or as Mike put it “Music and Art can be a much better indicator of someone’s psyche than one’s politics or religion.” Agreed. This playlist suggests music ADD, a disorder i am very familiar with myself. From old school hip hop to post hardcore.

So without further ado…

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1.Teenage Fanclub & De La Soul – “Fallin'” (Judgement Night Soundtrack)
2.Converge – Jane Doe (Jane Doe)
3.Propagandhi – “Resisting Tyrannical Government” (Less Talk, More Rock)
4.At The Drive-In – “Lopsided” (In Casino/Out)
5.Geto Boys – “Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me” (We Can’t Be Stopped)
6.Wugazi – “Sleep Rules Everything Around Me” (13 Chambers)
7.Wax – “California” (13 Unlucky Numbers)
8.Townes Van Zandt – “Dead Flowers” (The Big Lebowski Soundtrack)
9.Sonic Youth – “Sugar Cane” (Dirty)
10.Pedro The Lion – “Lullaby” (Whole EP)

If you like what you hear, show some support for your fellow music bloggers and visit The Octopus Hamstring.