Songs Everyone Should Know - Concerts Which Nearly Killed Gamecat…

20 years ago yesterday, I nearly died at a concert. By being crushed at the front of a crowd in a venue which used to be a movie theater. In the same venue which I saw Nine Inch Nails perform to a sold out crowd on The Downward Spiral pretour (and was in the same place - front and center). Prior to this show I had… » 1/28/15 9:30pm Yesterday 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Placebo's Exit Wounds and Purify

At times the most difficult part of writing these is choosing a song which, while technically proficient and wonderful, falls into one or several of the following categories: 1. overlooked 2. long forgotten 3. never technically released 4. from an artist that never quite reached the press. While many Placebo songs… » 1/27/15 9:30pm Tuesday 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Thievery Corporation's Until The Morning

A lot of folks know Thievery Corporation, and many times more have heard them. The same is true of the singer featured on this track, Emiliana Torrini. Thievery Corporation are a band which serves as proof positive that such a thing as Gamecat-bait exists. Combining chill, bossa nova, electronica, and a whole host of… » 1/26/15 9:30pm Monday 9:30pm

Of all the airports to be stuck at for a few hours. I choose DEN

Literally. I volunteered to accept a four hour layover in exchange for a travel voucher and the chance to get a beer and food at Denver international. And though I've said so before, I will continue to recommend Root Down in terminal C. Great food, great beer, slightly pricy, but it's an airport, and if you are going… » 1/26/15 1:26pm Monday 1:26pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Nine Inch Nails' While I'm Still Here /…

Nine Inch Nails last album Hesitation Marks was one of the most unexpected releases to come out in years. Previously Trent Reznor had stated that NIN was effectively done for the time being, and in all of his public movement and appearances, it certainly seemed as though NIN was, at least for the foreseeable future, a… » 1/23/15 9:00pm Friday 9:00pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Blaqk Audio's Stiff Kittens

I'm a huge fan of Synthpop, in any of it's modern or historical incarnations. Gary Numan, Yazoo, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Covenant, Iris, De/Vision, And One, La Roux... and on... but among all of the synthpop releases within the last decade, the one that stands out, and amazed me the most is Blaqk Audio's Cex Cells » 1/22/15 9:30pm 1/22/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Coil's Windowpane

Coil were a band with very long reaching tendrils into many many different areas of the world. With Peter Christopherson and Jhon Balance (not a misspelling) coming to form Coil after both were in Psychic TV (and Peter being one of the members of Throbbing Gristle). The art and video design and direction of Peter… » 1/21/15 9:30pm 1/21/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Zero 7's Spinning

There were two tracks from Zero 7's first US release that I didn't discover for years. Because my copy of Simple Things was an import purchased before the US edition came out. Because of this, it took me years to finally hear Salt Water Sound and Spinning. In fact, what it took was hearing Salt Water Sound on my local… » 1/20/15 9:30pm 1/20/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Ministry Side Projects Edition

Regardless of what you think of Al Jourgensen, he was behind some of the best aggressive industrial music of the late 80's and early 90's. And the man was everywhere. And while I have few doubts that most of you are familiar with Ministry proper, I want to take a few minutes to introduce you to some of the finer… » 1/19/15 9:30pm 1/19/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Wailin' Jennys' Old Man

I was raised by a pair of hippies, my father had a beautiful framed letter from Jackson Browne hanging in the living room, I knew the lyrics to the entirety of the No Nukes album when I was 5, believed that Tom Lehrer was clearly writing songs for the amusement of children, and was extremely acquainted with bluegrass… » 1/15/15 9:30pm 1/15/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Fight's Little Crazy

Rewind back to 1993, Rob Halford had recently left Judas Priest, and reappeared with a new band and lineup. At this point in time, I am completely in a state of musical taste flux, and am absorbing everything that comes my way. And oddly enough, first noticed this band because of a promo shot in which one of the band… » 1/14/15 9:30pm 1/14/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Sneaker Pimps'(?) Girl In A Box

In keeping with the spirit of the theme week, I'll participate a bit. For those of you who never followed the disintegration of the Sneaker Pimps, I will spare you the details. But there were potentially two aborted attempts to release albums after the release of Bloodsport. The first, which goes by the simple name of » 1/13/15 9:30pm 1/13/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Gary Numan's We Take Mystery To Bed

Bonus songs everyone should know: THEME EDITION! I don't know why I didn't think of this one before. But as long as we have Mystery, and we have Gary Numan, we should definitely have this song. » 1/12/15 11:30pm 1/12/15 11:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Gary Numan's Metal and M.E. (and more)

In Gamecat's world, these two songs hold the particularly impressive position of being the songs which were released on the same album with Cars, but are better. The Pleasure Principle was a truly impressive album (actually, let's be fair here, Gary Numan's career, which btw, is still going strong, is impressive), but » 1/12/15 9:30pm 1/12/15 9:30pm

Albums (almost) Everyone Should Know - Slowdive's Pygmalion

First off, if the following words or phrases are turn offs for you musically, stop here. Experimental, psychedelic, dream-pop, studio wizardry, post-rock, ambient, heavily processed. This album encompasses all of these and more. It comes from a legendary shoegaze / dream-pop band from the early 90's who are currently… » 1/09/15 8:00pm 1/09/15 8:00pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Deltron 3030's Positive Contact

Very few amazing hip hop songs have had beers named them which have involved the artists in the brewing process. This song is one of those songs, with Dogfish Head having brewed a beer in their Music series named Positive Contact which was made with Dan The Automator's inputs on favorite ingredients. But that tells… » 1/08/15 9:30pm 1/08/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - UNKLE's Wash The Love Away

Some tracks just reach out and grab you from the first notes of the first listen. UNKLE's Wash The Love Away was absolutely one of those songs for me. Wash... came from the second CD of the double CD set which was released after the initial success of Where Did The Night Fall. Disc 2 (Another Night Out) is an amazing… » 1/07/15 9:30pm 1/07/15 9:30pm

Songs Everyone Should Know - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's Salvation

I have a serious affinity for closing tracks. Specifically I am referring to the last song on an album, or, technically, the coda. These tracks are typically more reserved and usually introspective, and in many cases they tie the rest of the album together. I could create a list of my favorite closing tracks, and in… » 1/06/15 9:30pm 1/06/15 9:30pm