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Dreamsicle Bomb – Best Songs Of 2012

Dreamsicle Bomb – Best Of 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

Here’s a mix of some of my favorite 2012 songs. A lot of overlap with my top album list, obviously, but there’s some other things too.

Also I’ll note, I’m pretty sure Big Boi’s album would have made my list and near the top, it’s awesome, but it didn’t come out in time. Artists, release your albums before mid-December, thanks.

Anyway, year over, now it’s 2013.

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Life In Mixtape Form #77

Life In Mixtape Form #77 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

RIP Ravi Shankar.

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May 2012

May 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

A big pile of new music accumulated this month, so here it is!

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Life In Mixtape Form #50

Life In Mixtape Form #50 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

50! In case you’re new here and haven’t seen my explanation: every night I pick a sort of “song of the day,” and after eight days, I can share it on 8tracks (and here). It turns my life into a mixtape. 🙂

Also, RIP MCA.

I was never a huge Beastie Boys fan, to be honest, for various reasons, but I have grown to dig them quite a bit, and I can let all the touching memorials around the web speak to him. But as a music fan, I know how artists like him can touch people, and seeing the outpouring of emotion for MCA was quite moving.

The good thing: your favorite musicians last forever.

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February 2012 mix

February 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

Happy Leap Year Day! Also, it’s the end of the month, so here’s some of the new music I’ve found and liked enough to share! Still haven’t found all that many albums I love yet this year, but there’s a couple and the rest here are from singles or compilations.

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Life In Mixtape Form #37

Life In Mixtape Form #37 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

Songs!

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October 2011 mix

My monthly mix of all new 2011 tracks is ready to go. I had a ton of tracks lined up for this one, almost 2 hours of music, but I ended up cutting it back to the usual length for these mixes (around an hour). Lost some good stuff, but that’s how it goes sometimes. 🙂 (Also, that’s a picture of Alexander Hamilton; I used it because I’ve been reading his biography.)

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AlmostAGhost’s Best Albums Of 2010 – #5. The Dead Weather – Sea Of Cowards

Sea Of Cowards

I can smell the gasoline

#5. The Dead Weather – Sea Of Cowards

The Dead Weather were the best live band I saw this year. I saw them twice, and each time, one thought was left with me: damn, they are rock stars. Just bad-ass, don’t-mess-with-us rock stars, full of charisma and intensity. But this isn’t a countdown of who had the most killer stage presence of the year. I mention it because their new album, Sea Of Cowards, is a bad-ass, don’t-mess-with-us album, full of charisma and intensity.

Sea Of Cowards is relatively short, but the compactness does nothing but make The Dead Weather’s nasty streak nastier. The nastiness is relentless, breathless. All good rock stars take no prisoners, and that’s what they tap into. On “Blue Blood Blues,” Jack White starts the madness off (“All the neighbors get pissed when I come home / I make ’em nervous / All the white girls trip / When I sing at Sunday service”). From there, Alison Mosshart takes over. She’s an amazing singer, versatile, and always with intensity. The band follows her, basically. Jack Lawrence’s bass often kicks off the songs, his spazzy rhythms climbing out of the crashing embers of the prior song. (The album is more or less set up like a long medley of songs, loosely connected by theme.) The keyboard/guitar riffs by Dean Fertita (and White sometimes) are at times thrilling (“Gasoline,” “The Difference Between Us”).

I feel like I may be making this sound more extreme than it is. It is intense and relentless, but like good rock stars, The Dead Weather know how to make it listenable. That charisma is what makes them special, and what kicks their songs up another notch. Any one of these four could be stars of any band. Together, they are a real force. If you like your rock dirty and bluesy and not watered down, Sea Of Cowards is the first place to start.

The Dead Weather “Blue Blood Blues”

The Dead Weather “I’m Mad”

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