There is nothing better than personal music recommendations from people you trust- unless of course that person happens to be a famous musician.
Our new series “I Am the DJ” gives a glimpse into the music collection of some of our favorite artists as they showcase their favorite songs, biggest influences and specialized playlists. To debut the series, Slacker sat down with Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz to build an entire radio station comprised of his favorite songs.
Adam put together an audio journey through his influences and the emerging acts that he so passionately embraces on his Outlaw Roadshow project. From Phoenix and Delta Kids to Pixies classics and even Naughty by Nature – the station is, much like Adam, an eclectic mix of various styles that mesh together perfectly.
Hellllllloooo pop music fans! Live from the city of San Francisco where EDM lives and breathes. I’m Ms. Jackson…music head, DJ and pop music monster. I wanted to pull together a few of the hottest House, Electro, Hip-Hop and Pop remixes from the best DJ / Producers right now.
From the king of the remix, Diddy putting his magic touch on “Scream And Shout” to powerhouse producers and DJs, Sick Individuals, adding hard hitting electro sounds to Icona Pop’s dance anthem – the talent in remixing is alive and well.
David Guetta featuring Ne-Yo and Akon “Play Hard (R3hab Remix)”
Maybe Mr. Guetta didn’t mean to straight pull the hook from Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” but dang R3hab (that’s the number 3 instead of an ‘e’ for all that don’t know) kills it as always with this electro banger.
Ellie Goulding “Anything Could Happen (Alex Metric Remix)”
Her voice is undeniable as is her blonde, half shaved head…I wish I had the balls to do that btw. Fellow Brit, Alex Metric created this lush and pulsating song and made it into an electro dance jem.
There is no doubt about it- At Slacker, we love making lists. We have fun making themed mixtapes and we thrive on “Best Ofs.” Most of all, we love picking favorites and taking our listeners on a tour through genres and movements in music that showcase the best as well as introduce the obscure.
Slacker’s new station, 101 Greatest Classic Rock Songs, is the perfect example of everything we love about making these types of lists. It is not your ordinary list (hint “”Stairway to Heaven” is NOT #1). These 101 songs are a journey through the greatest, the biggest, but also the game-changers – those artists that Classic Rock radio usually ignores but helped define the 70’s and alter the course of rock-n-roll in every decade thereafter. In short, Slacker’s experts have created the ultimate list of the 101 most important Classic Rock songs. Period.
To host the countdown, Slacker has called upon Redbeard, the internationally recognized rock expert and host of the celebrated “In The Studio” radio series and website, to provide his unique insights and exclusive interview highlights from the likes of Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Pete Townshend, and many more.
Describing the list- Redbeard exclaims, “Slacker’s 101 Greatest Classic Rock Songs list is refreshingly bold, entertaining, thought-provoking and historically accurate in its choices by including highly influential songs by the Velvet Underground, The Clash, and the Sex Pistols rightfully alongside the universally popular titans such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and the Eagles.”
Redbeard, a true rock radio guru, has had a career that has spanned over four decades. If the song was made, he has heard it. If there was a concert, he has seen it. His knowledge and expertise of classic rock music goes deeper than most encyclopedias and as a result, his insight into what truly makes a classic rock song worthy of being called “The Greatest” was not necessarily defined by charts or popular sales.
“We need to realize that the rock music pioneers with the creative vision and courage to change the course of popular music over these last fifty years are not necessarily the ones who later popularized and cashed in on it,” Redbeard points out.
“Everybody knows that Elvis Presley was a game-changer, but David Bowie wanted to play saxophone in Little Richard’s band, not Presley’s. Without the Holy Trinity of British hard rock, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, Heavy Metal simply would not exist. Without John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline, and Neil Young’s Harvest, would Country music or Americana sound like this in 2013?”
We couldn’t agree more.
As we explore all of these classic rock tunes, we can’t help but notice that the sound of some of these artists are, more than any other genre of music, known and loved by everyone. Classic rock is one of those genres of music that has stood fast through the decades- and continues to recruit fans both young and old, of all races, genders and demographics. What makes it so universally cherished remains a mystery. But, our host sums it up perfectly:
“To quote what Pete Townshend of The Who told me, ‘This isn’t ‘Art’ with a capital ‘A’, man. This is magic!’
If you only think of Molly Ringwald as the iconic teen actress in the films Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty In Pink, think again!
Before Molly was making movies in Hollywood, she was making music in Sacramento. Molly began performing at age six with her father, jazz pianist Bob Ringwald. Molly now stars in the ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She’s also penned her first novel and is busy raising twins. But Molly’s never forgotten her jazz roots and credits her father for instilling in her a love of swing and on-stage pacing.
Molly’s new CD on Concord is called Except Sometimes. On standards such as “Sooner Or Later,” “The Very Thought of You,” and “Exactly Like You,” Molly shows both a reverence for the Great American Songbook and an awareness of and appreciation for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, and Peggy Lee.
Check out Molly Ringwald on Slacker Jazz for a refreshing take on jazz standards and more!
We have a few new additions to our weekly spotlights here at Slacker that we are extremely excited about. Our Artist of the Week station has been such a big hit that we decided to also spotlight an album as well as a few songs we have on heavy rotation each week.
Best part? ALL Slacker users have on-demand access to our Album of the Week and Song stuck in my Head for the entire week. Hit play- hear the song. Listen to the entire album from beginning to end. Press repeat as much as you want – for the entire week!
Album of the Week and Song Stuck in my Head kick off today along with a new Artist of the Week – who is definitely an icon in the making. Take a look:
The time to listen to these on demand has passed, but make sure to check out the artist’s stations below.
Nobody can ever accuse will.i.am of being unmotivated. In addition to his many guest appearances (11 in the last 2 years), his numerous production credits (21 over the last 2 years), and his work with Black Eyed Peas, he somehow found time to put together one of the most star-studded albums in recent memory, which was released this week,” and to celebrate- will.i.am is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.
“#willpower” features appearances from Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Scherzinger, Skylar Grey, and he even found room for his fellow Black Eyed Pea—apl.de.ap.
His track “Scream and Shout” with Britney Spears is already an international hit, and on this station you’ll hear that song and more new tracks from “#willpower”, his biggest hits, collaborations, and songs from his biggest influences and contemporaries.
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Slacker’s Hip Hop March Madness that is. All month long, Slacker is pitting Hip Hop’s greatest MC’s against each other in four regional brackets: East Coast, West Coast, North and South, and the winner in each match-up will be determined by your votes on our March Madness page.
Every day head over to our March Madness page to vote for your favorite artists for a chance to win a $500 StubHub gift certificate + year of Slacker Premium.
Will the top seeds in each region make it to the final four, or will they be upset along the way by one the tournament’s cagey upstarts? It will all boil down to one final battle, to be waged on the same day as the NCAA Basketball Championship.
March Madness ends April 8th so keep voting! Don’t let your favorite hip hop artists get bumped from the next round. Make sure to also check out our March Hip Hop Madness station on Slacker to hear music from all our contenders
Slacker’s Artist Of The Week is Justin Timberlake. From his boy-band beginnings to rocking both SNL and the hipsters at SXSW in the last week- JT has done a remarkable job of trading his frosted tips for a suit and tie.
His new album- The 20/20 Experience– dropped this week, and a co-headlining tour with Jay-Z will follow. On this station, Slacker explores his beginnings with NSYNC, his biggest hits as a solo artist, his collabs with artists like Timbaland, his influences, and his musical peers.
So here we are. Deep in the heart of awards season, with the Academy getting ready to pass out their golden statuettes this weekend.
As Slacker’s (arguably) most pop-culture obsessed curator, I want to talk to you about this year’s Academy Award nominated songs (best original song), and who I think will (probably)(maybe)(most likely) win.
Let’s start at the top, alphabetically speaking:
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
This song features Scarlett Johansson & Joshua Bell – the latter, in case you don’t recognize the name, is a grammy award winning violinist. Scarlett sings this haunting track that plays over the credits of the documentary about climate change in Greenland, which was expected to earn a nomination for Best Documentary Feature, but was left off of that list. The academy might want to throw it a bone in this category, but more likely this just wasn’t high profile enough to win this year. You never know. Could be a dark horse.
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
Can I be honest here and say that if Seth MacFarlane wins an oscar I’m probably going to boycott these awards for the rest of my life? That being said, this is a sweet throwback to the 40’s sung by Norah Jones. Despite the fact that he’s hosting this year, I just feel like the Academy knows better than to RECOGNIZE SETH MACFARLANE. EVER. Or I hope so, at least.
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
Everyone I know who read this book (including myself) got super excited about the movie, and then came out of it feeling… OK? Not amazing, not entirely disappointed, just… I think at that point we all finally recognized the challenges of making a story almost entirely set in a boat in the middle of the ocean interesting for 2 hours. Anyway, this song is ok, but it’s nothing compared to the final contenders.
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Listen, nobody ever likes the new song added to these productions, especially one as tried and true as Les Mis. I’ve been a fan of the musical since 8th grade and there’s no way this song was going to stir me in the way “I Dreamed A Dream” or “On My Own” would. It’s not even exhilarating in the way “Do You Hear The People Sing” is. But they had to nominate something in this category from the film (or look kind of silly) and this is the only new, original song in it. Probably added explicitly for the purpose of getting nominated for this exact award. This song could win – it’s got the star power and the promotion behind it, but my bet is safely on…
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Awards shows love Adele. They don’t just love her, they luuuuuuuuve her. They want to marry her. And not only do we have a big ol’ crush on Adele, we have a societal obligation to love James Bond films. This was an amazing flick, with a perfect, old school sounding theme song. It’s *almost* too obvious, but I think Adele is going to win it (as usual.) It’s not so hard to imagine Adele going on to perform on Broadway at some point, where she’ll win a Tony. Then just throw a television appearance or two into the mix, and Adele is certain to be the world’s next EGOT winner.
But before I get ahead of myself, let’s review.
Will win: “Skyfall”
Could win: “Suddenly”
Should win: “Skyfall”
Obviously I could be wrong about all of this, so feel free to speak up and share your predictions – plus your arguments for or against – in the comments! Also make sure to check out the new Oscar Movie Music Station on Slacker Radio for more scores, themes and songs of the greatest cinematic masterpieces