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All in the Family December 11, 2009

My brother is a genius when it comes to music and has introduced me to some amazing bands, so he deserves an entire post dedicated to his influence.  I even have a playlist on my Zune dedicated to music he’s given me.

He loves classic rock, and I have a modern, eclectic taste for punk, dance, and rock.  But we agree completely on one thing:  Muse is the greatest band of all time.  We’ve practically worn out their new album, The Resistance.

If you haven’t seen it, check out the music video for Uprising.  Spoiler alert:  evil teddy bears take over a playdough town.  I still laugh everytime I see it.  But not even teddy bears and playdough can mock Matt Bellamy’s voice and Chris Wolstenholme’s bass that you will never get out of your brain.

Our favorite concert DVD is the Live 8 benefit concert from 2005 featuring the likes of Paul McCartney, U2, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, and many more.  My favorite moments are when Johnny Borrell of Razorlight performs Somewhere Else in his furry plaid hat, and when Bono joins Paul in a Bono-y rendition of Sergeant Pepper.  And I’m not even a huge Beatles fan.

Reggie and the Full Effect now takes up residence in my Zune thanks to Jordan, and I’ve discovered the magic of Dream Theater.  Fatal Tragedy is an epic masterpiece that makes almost 7 minutes fly by that is faintly reminiscent of The Eagles.

He also gave me the Them Crooked Vultures album, heralded as “the greatest super group ever” by Rolling Stone Magazine.  Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, and John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin came together to create an album of pure rock greatness.

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December Playlist

  1. Whatcha Say — Jason Derulo
  2. If We Ever Meet Again — Timbaland feat. Katy Perry
  3. Cinema Italiano — Kate Hudson
  4. The Only Exception — Paramore
  5. Slow Poison — The Bravery
  6. This Tornado Loves You — Neko Case
  7. Alejandro — Lady Gaga
  8. Dance in the Dark — Lady Gaga
  9. Goodbye — Kristinia DeBarge
  10. Keep It Together — Puddle of Mudd
  11. This Is War — 30 Seconds to Mars
  12. Search and Destroy — 30 Seconds to Mars
  13. 1940 (Amplive Remix) — The Submarines
  14. Northern Soul — Darker My Love
  15. Two Ways Out — Darker My Love
  16. Attack of the Ghost Riders — The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  17. Strange Times — The Black Keys
  18. Lies — The Black Keys
  19. Blame You — Wakey! Wakey!
  20. Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want — She & Him
  21. Low — Foo Fighters
  22. Back Down — In Passing
  23. Come Back When You Can — Barcelona
  24. Consoler of the Lonely — The Raconteurs
  25. Running Up That Hill — Placebo
  26. Death — White Lies
  27. To Lose My Life — White Lies
  28. Kids — MGMT
  29. I Get Around — Dragonette
  30. Feel It In My Bones — Tiesto feat. Tegan and Sara
  31. Drumming Song (Jack Beats Remix) – Florence + the Machine
  32. Gravity – Sara Bareilles
  33. Sunshine Coolin’ – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  34. Hero – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  35. Electric Feel – MGMT
  36. Get to You – James Morrison
  37. Menace – Bjorn Baillie
  38. Back in Time – V.V. Brown
  39. The House that Fire Built – Mae
  40. Different (Anything at All) – Green River Ordinance
  41. C’mon (On My Own) – Chester French
  42. Not Over You – Chester French
  43. (m)orning Drive – Mae
  44. Special K – Placebo
  45. Blue Day – Darker My Love
  46. Pale Sun – Darker My Love
  47. Brooklyn (Acoustic Version) – Wakey! Wakey!
  48. You’ve Got Some Nerve – the spies
  49. All Yall – Gringo Star
  50. Warning – Great Northern
  51. The Wolf – Miniature Tigers
  52. I Gotta Run – Everybody Else
  53. Discotech – Young Love
  54. In My Room – The Last Shadow Puppets
  55. Turn Out the Light – The Music
  56. Everyday I Love You Less and Less – Kaiser Chiefs
  57. Ruby – Kaiser Chiefs
  58. Cult Logic – Miike Snow
  59. Take the Long Road and Walk It – The Music
  60. A Little Faster – There for Tomorrow
 

November Playlist

  1. All the Right Moves — OneRepublic
  2. Superhuman Touch — Athlete
  3. Starstrukk — 3Oh!3
  4. I Could Rob You — The Plasticines
  5. Barcelona — The Plasticines
  6. Black & Gold — Sam Sparro
  7. If It’s Love — Train
  8. Trippin’ Down the Freeway — Weezer
  9. The Girl Got Hot — Weezer
  10. Kids/Poker Face — Weezer
  11. The Ocean — Tegan and Sara
  12. Whatever You Like — Anya Marina
  13. Secrets — OneRepublic
  14. Maybe — Everly
  15. WTF? — Ok Go
  16. Arrow — Tegan and Sara
  17. Hell — Tegan and Sara
  18. Back to the Start — Razorlight
  19. Bulletproof — La Roux
  20. Bad Romance — Lady Gaga
  21. Switched On — Islands
  22. Come Back When You Can — Barcelona
  23. Watch You Sleeping — Blue Foundation
  24. Precious Metals — The Russian Futurists
  25. Houses — Great Northern
  26. Snakes — Great Northern
  27. My Love is Better — Annie
  28. Chasing Pirates — Norah Jones
  29. It’s Gonna Be — Norah Jones
  30. Where Do We Go? — Bear Lake
  31. Brave — Leona Lewis
  32. Lost Then Found — Leona Lewis feat. OneRepublic
  33. Think I Need It Too — Echo & the Bunnymen
  34. The Drawing Board — The Features
  35. Lions — The Features
  36. Off Track — The Features
  37. Spaceship — Puddle of Mudd
  38. La Di Da — Jet
  39. Pick Up the Phone — Dragonette
  40. Come On — Green River Ordinance
  41. I Wanna Go Crazy — David Guetta feat. Will.i.am
 

September Playlist

  1. Drumming Song — Florence + the Machine
  2. I Belong to You — Muse
  3. Bourgeois Shangri-La — Miss Li
  4. Odyle — Heloise & the Savoire Faire
  5. Black Champagne — The Starlight Mints
  6. Undisclosed Desires — Muse
  7. Hang Me Up to Dry — Cold War Kids
  8. Unnatural Selection — Muse
  9. Elements — A Fine Frenzy
  10. Tin Man — Animal Kingdom
  11. Money — Lissy Trullie
  12. She’s Got Me Dancing — Tommy Sparks
  13. Doorway — Io Echo
  14. Tell Me In the Morning — Cold War Kids
  15. Howl — Florence + the Machine
  16. Covered — Uh Huh Her
  17. Quicksand — Everly
  18. Stoop Up — A Fine Frenzy
  19. Cosmic Love — Florence + the Machine
  20. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) — Florence + the Machine
  21. Hey Hey — Brakesbrakesbrakes
  22. Uprising — Muse
  23. Be There — Howie Day
  24. Not a Love Song — Uh Huh Her
  25. Common Reaction — Uh Huh Her
  26. Happier — A Fine Frenzy
  27. New Heights — A Fine Frenzy
  28. Electric Twist — A Fine Frenzy
  29. True Love Stalker — Miss Li
  30. Dancing the Whole Way Home — Miss Li
  31. Oh! Forever — Brakesbrakesbrakes
  32. Fold Your Hands Child — Cobra Starship
  33. In One Ear — Cage the Elephant
 

October Playlist

  1. With This Ship — The Basics
  2. Percussion Gun — White Rabbits
  3. The Missionary — The Brothers Martin
  4. Into Your Dream — Foreign Born
  5. I Got You — Train
  6. Welcome All Again — Collective Soul
  7. Ready for the Floor — Lissy Trullie
  8. Solar Midnite — Lupe Fiasco
  9. Shooting the Moon — OK Go
  10. Communication — The Brothers Martin
  11. A White Demon Love Song — The Killers
  12. Satellite Heart — Anya Marina
  13. The Golden Age — The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  14. Edith — The Hot Melts
  15. Wake Up — Arcade Fire
  16. Back Against the Wall — Cage the Elephant
  17. Wild Young Hearts — The Noisettes
  18. Never Forget You — The Noisettes
  19. I Want You To — Weezer
  20. Fireflies — Owl City
  21. Being Bad — Bitter:Sweet
  22. Ooh La La — Goldfrapp
  23. The Scene is Dead; Long Live the Scene — Cobra Starship
  24. Bad Fever — The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  25. Don’t Upset the Rhythm — The Noisettes
  26. Drones in the Valley — Cage the Elephant
  27. When They Fight, They Fight — The Generationals