I thought it’d be very fitting to wrap up this year with one of the best tracks by one of the best bands of all time. The fact that the title is The End is just an added bonus. The track was recorded in a single take, which with today’s standard is an amazing accomplishment. Is this the end? I’m not sure yet. I might continue in 2015 with in a slight tweak. For now though, this is The End.
There are a lot of great tracks by The Smashing Pumpkins, and even tho this is likely the most commercially successful, it’s still the one I have to include as track of the week simply because of when it was released and what it meant to me at the time. I think a lot of people who were the same age as me when this track was released have the same relationship to it. Billy Corgan’s somewhat unpolished vocals coupled with heavy guitars and really grungy drums is such a fantastic combination.
Ah, Christmas time is upon us! Maybe you love it, maybe you don’t, but there’s no denying the fact that it’s that time of year again. I debated, with myself as I tend to do, if I should include any holiday themed tracks. After a lot of internal deliberation, I decided that I had no choice but to include a track by the amazing Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This is the title track from their fourth album, and while not as energetic as some of their other tracks it delivers a great vocal performance and tells an interesting story.
I recently started listening to Tenacious D more frequently again, and this track in particular. It’s fun, well written and performed with a lot of energy which makes it stand out. Kyle Gass is a very talented guitar player and the acoustic guitar parts are simply amazing.