In summer 2010, I made a new DJ mix called Rock ‘N’ Roller Derby. As a special gift for New Year’s, I’m letting everyone have it for free – click here to download!
Track listing for DeafGeoff’s Rock ‘N’ Roller Derby:
DJ Earworm’s annual mix of the Top 25 Billboard songs of the year is out for 2010, here’s his “United State Of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop The Pop)” mix:
I’m disappointed in this year’s mix, but maybe I should be more disappointed in America for making these songs the Top 25 on the Billboard charts. There was surely much better music this year, but in fact these were the Top 25 of 2010: Continue reading
I’m a firm believer in Top 5 lists. It’s a great snapshot of not only what a person likes, but what a person is like. Here’s what I liked in 2010:
Top 5 People to Follow on Twitter in 2010 (that you might not already be following)
1. Tracey Thorn (@Tracey_Thorn)
2. BT (@BT)
3. Kelly Lux (@KellyLux, @SyracuseU)
4. Chris Pinckney (@cpinck)
5. The Kirkegaards (@andCKsays, @RexyMamaK and @BabyRex)
Thorn is the voice behind Everything But The Girl (“Missing”) and still does solo albums, but her tweets are the cutest/funniest things you could expect from a 50-year old woman who loves posting about her kids, TV shows, her DJ husband (formerly the other half of EBTG) and how weird it is to hear remixes of her old songs played during group classes at the local gym. BT tweets about music, his beautiful daughter Kaia, spirituality and genuine positivity. Kelly Lux is the wisest lady in Central New York’s social media clique, and she balances sharing wisdom, interesting stories and local information (she also runs Syracuse University’s Twitter account). Chris Pinckney usually doesn’t post more than 2 or 3 times a day, but he’s always cracking me up with observations like “I wonder if bi-curious cats have to pay double for life insurance.” The Kirkegaards are the proud parents of the too-cute-for-words BabyRex and his Look Who’s Talking-esque inner monologue, but I get a kick out of what mom and dad add to my daily conversation, too.
Top 5 Albums of 2010
1. The Black Keys – Brothers
2. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
3. Scissor Sisters – Night Work
4. Tracey Thorn – Love & Its Opposite
5. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
Eels put out two great albums this year, and I also loved the latest releases from BT, David Gray, Robyn, Bettye Lavette, and Ben Folds’ ambitious co-writing project with Nick Hornby. The most interesting music of 2010 had to be David Byrne & Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love, a double-disc mega-collaborative dancefloor-musical ode to Imelda Marcos.
I’m going to tell you something shocking. If you don’t read this, it could kill you. You must stay tuned to this blog, the safety of your children could depend on it. Are you ready for it? Brace yourself.
The… media… exaggerates. Continue reading
The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear (unless it’s Deaf The Halls, good grief). Every year there’s new music for the season, and here are the 30 best holiday songs that came out this year:
AHMIR – “Pray / Let It Snow” (video)
Andrew WK & Rodney the Mailman – “Silent Night” (video)
Asleep At The Wheel – “Santa Loves To Boogie” (mp3)
Beach House – “I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun” (mp3)
The Boy Least Likely To – “Christmas Isn’t Christmas” (mp3)
Cary Brothers – “Father Christmas” (mp3)
Cavo – “Home For Christmas” (stream)
Coldplay – “Christmas Lights” (video)
Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal” (mp3)
The Futureheads – “Christmas Was Better In The 80’s” (video)
Glee Cast – “Deck The Rooftop” / “Jingle Bells” / “O Christmas Tree” (video)
Jack Black & Jason Segal – “Little Drummer Boy 2010” (video)
Kanye West – “Christmas In Harlem” (mp3)
The Killers – “Boots” (video)
The Magnetic Fields – “Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree” (mp3)
Mariah Carey – “Oh! Santa / All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Mashup) (stream)
Maroon 5 w/ Sara Bareilles – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (video)
NOTA – “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (video) <– for the a cappella/"Sing-Off" fans!
Rihanna – "A Child Is Born" (stream)
Sean Kingston – “Little Drummer Boy” (stream)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Ain’t No Chimney In The Projects” (mp3)
She & Him w/ Conan O’Brien – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (video)
The Spill Canvas – “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” (stream)
The Streets – “Scrooge & Marley (I Don’t Want It To Be Me)” (video)
Sufjan Stevens w/ The National – “Silent Night” (stream)
Summer Camp – “Christmas Wrapping” (mp3) <– Waitresses’ Cover
Train – “Shake Up Christmas” (video)
The Walkmen – “Holiday Road” (video) <– from National Lampoon’s Vacation!
Merry Christmas, you filthy animals.
From 2005-2008, I recorded three holiday albums titled Deaf The Halls for HOT 107.9’s Marty & Shannon in the Morning, plus a best-of collection with bonus tracks. Best of? Despite shout-outs from Dr. Elmo (“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”) and Weird Al Yankovic (the king of parodies), it was truly some terrible music. But it was funny.
I can’t sing. I can barely rap. Yes, I’m hard-of-hearing, and sometimes I can’t tell just how off-pitch, off-key and off-beat I am… but I know it’s bad. So bad it’s funny. I’m well aware of how ridiculous this is/was, but I thought it’d be fun to revisit and share with anyone in the mood for a chuckle this holiday season:
DEAF THE HALLS, REVISITED: Holiday Songs by DeafGeoff
1. “Deaf The Halls, Part Deux” (parody of Mystikal’s “Shake Ya Ass”)
2. “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
3. “Ho Ho Ho” feat. Marty & Sugarcane (parody of Hurricane Chris’ “Ay Bay Bay”)
4. “Jingle Bell Rock”
5. “Last Christmas”
6. “Party Like Santa Claus” (parody of Shop Boyz’ “Party Like A Rockstar”)
7. “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”
8. “Silent Night”
9. “The Chipmunk Song” feat. Marty & Shannon
10. “Toy Lockdown” (parody of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown”)
[ Click here to download all 10 songs in mp3 format ]
Oh, and there were also a few music videos: Continue reading
Today is the busiest shipping day of the year for Christmas mail, but you’ve still got a little bit of time to send holiday packages out and make sure they get to your loved ones before December 24th. If you haven’t gotten something for the music lover in your life yet, here’s some suggestions:
You’ve already seen the USB Turntable ($160) that lets you record your favorite vinyl into mp3s on your computer, but did you know that you can easily do the same with your old mixtapes and early Boyz II Men cassettes? Get the Tape Express ($80) at Urban Outfitters and you can capture every hiss and pop on that mix your junior high girlfriend gave you.