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An Ode to Motown

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An Ode to Motown

Motown is feng shui music.
Haiku in its simplicity,
Zen in its transcendence.

So beautiful my ears have begun to bleed.

Motown is the alpha and omega of pop.
The marriage of lyric and melody.
The introduction of an eternal backbeat.

Our duty is to listen to these complete works.

Motown is three minute perfection.
The emotional nakedness
Lost to our technological revolution.

The new Library of Alexandria.

The Church of Holland-Dozier-Holland
Is these days little more than a pastiche
Of box-office soundtrack and Clear Channel radio.

I should’ve been born in a different age and time.

By Chris Gedos

reviewed by
12-29-10

Beady Eye – Four Letter Word

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Here’s our second glimpse of what’s to come on Beady Eye’s forthcoming Different Gear, Still Speeding debut which drops February 28 on the bands own label, Beady Eye Records Ltd. “Four Letter Word” sounds much more Oasis than it’s predecessor, “Bring The Light”, and minus a fab melody and apocalyptic themed guitar riff, the song’s lyrics are really what Liam’ify this track to the next level. The frontman himself has been quoted, “The tunes are as good as ‘Definitely Maybe’, if not better,” and while we dig the Beady Eye sound, and think Lillywhite has done them some justice, thus far we’re skeptical.

“Four Letter Word” comes in tow with a slick new psych-rock Julian House and Julian Gibbs directed music video that originally debuted on the NME. The track is available in a limited, heavy-weight, numbered 7″ which features the b-side, “World Outside My Room”. Score yours on the Beady Eye website here.

Excpected Different Gear, Still Speeding tracklisting:
Four Letter Word
Millionaire
The Roller
Beatles And Stones
Wind Up Dream
Bring The Light
For Anyone
Kill For A Dream
Standing On The Edge Of The Noise
Wigwam
Three Ring Circus
The Beat Goes On
The Morning Son

Beady Eye – Four Letter Word

Beady Eye info / buy it / Pretty Green

Rating: 8
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reviewed by
12-26-10

B3SCI TOP 50 SONGS OF 2010

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Compiling a year end Best of Songs list is not exactly the easiest ask. There are SO MANY great songs. And ‘the line’ between making one’s list a true Best of list vs. a Favorite songs of the year list can be quite the thin one. Here’s our best go at it. Also, if you’ve yet to check out our Top 50 Albums of 2010 list then you can get familiar HERE. Happy Holidays, and thanks for reading! We’ll see y’all in 2011…

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01. Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Buy It)

02-kanye-west-power
02. Kanye West -Power (Buy It)

03-cee-lo-green-fuck-you
03. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You (Buy It)

04-aloe-blacc-i-need-a-dollar
04. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar (Buy It)

05-tinie-tempah-pass-out
05. Tinie Tempah – Pass Out (Buy It)

06-alicia-keys-unthinkable-im-ready
06. Alicia Keys – Unthinkable (I’m Ready) (Buy It)

07-the-black-keys-tighten-up
07. The Black Keys – Tighten’ Up (Buy It)

08-beach-house-norway
08. Beach House – Norway (Buy It)

09-janelle-monae-tightrope-feat-big-boi
09. Janelle Monae – Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) (Buy It)

10-james-blake-cmyk
10. James Blake – CMYK (Buy It)

11-far-east-movement-like-a-g6-feat-the-cataracts-and-dev
11. Far East Movement – Like a G6 (Feat. The Cataracts & Dev) (Buy It)

12-drake-fireworks-feat-alicia-keys
12. Drake – Fireworks (Feat. Alicia Keys) (Buy It)

13-bob-airplanes-feat-hayley-williams
13. B.o.B. – Airplanes (Feat. Hayley Williams) (Buy It)

14-arcade-fire-ready-to-start
14. Arcade Fire – Ready to Start (Buy It)

15-mia-born-free
15. M.I.A. – Born Free (Buy It)

16-swedish-house-mafia-one-feat-pharrell
16. Swedish House Mafia – One (Feat. Pharrell) (Buy It)

17-jose-james-made-for-love
17. Jose James – Made for Love (Buy It)

18-ski-beatz-cream-of-the-planet-feat-mos-def
18. Ski Beatz – Cream of the Planet (Feat. Mos Def) (Buy It)

19-the-fresh-onlys-waterfall
19. The Fresh and Onlys – Waterfall (Buy It)

20-rick-ross-super-high-feat-ne-yo
20. Rick Ross – Super High (Feat. Ne-Yo) (Buy It)

21-cassius-i-love-you-so
21. Cassius – I Love You So (Buy It)

22-gil-scott-heron-new-york-is-killing-me
22. Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me (Buy It)

23-the-national-terrible-love
23. The National – Terrible Love (Buy It)

24-deadmau5-right-this-second
24. Deadmau5 – Right This Second (Buy It)

25-phantogram-as-far-as-i-can-see
25. Phantogram – As Far As I Can See (Buy It)

26-washed-out-you-i-feat-carolyn-polachek
26. Washed Out – You and I (Feat. Carolyn Polachek) (Buy It)

27-deerhunter-helicopter
27. Deerhunter – Helicopter (Buy It)

28-erykah-badu-window-seat
28. Erykah Badu – Window Seat (Buy It)

29-wiz-khalifa-black-yellow
29. Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow (Buy It)

30-big-boi-shutterbugg-feat-cutty
30. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Feat. Cutty) (Buy It)

31-katy-b-katy-on-a-mission
31. Katy B – Katy On A Mission (Prod. by Benga) (Buy It)

32-mount-kimbie-field
32. Mount Kimbie – Field (Buy It)

33-lcd-soundsystem-oh-you-christmas-blues
33. LCD Soundsystem – Oh You (Christmas Blues) (Buy It)

34-jesse-rose-you-know-it
34. Jesse Rose – You Know It (Original Mix) (Buy It)

35-band-of-horses-laredo
35. Band of Horses – Laredo (Buy It)

36-kelis-4th-of-july-fireworks
36. Kelis – 4th of July (Fireworks) (Buy It)

37-funeral-party-just-because
37. Funeral Party – Just Because (Buy It)

38-the-soft-pack-more-or-less
38. The Soft Pack – More or Less (Buy It)

39-jeremy-messersmith-tatooine
39. Jeremy Messersmith – Tatooine (Buy It)

40-klaxons-echoes
40. Klaxons – Echoes (Buy It)

41-chapel-club-o-maybe-i
41. Chapel Club – O Maybe I (Buy It)

42-king-reign-money-feat-saukrates-and-kardinal-offishall
42. King Reign – Money (Feat. Saukrates and Kardinal Offishall) (FREE Download)

43-grinderman-worm-tamer
43. Grinderman- Worm Tamer (Buy It)

44-mona-listen-to-your-love
44. Mona – Listen To Your Love (Buy It)

45-the-sand-band-set-me-free
45. The Sand Band – Set Me Free (Buy It)

46-the-vaccines-blow-it-up
46. The Vaccines – Blow It Up (Buy It)

47-beady-eye-bring-the-light
47. Beady Eye – Bring the Light (Buy It)

48-lykke-li-get-some
48. Lykke Li – Get Some (Buy It)

49-shad-yaa-i-get-it
49. Shad – Yaa I Get It (Buy It)

50-professor-green-just-be-good-to-green-feat-lily-allen
50. Professor Green – Just Be Good To Green (Feat. Lily Allen) (Buy It)

Honorable Mentions:
Corinne Bailey Rae – Are You Here
Fat Joe – Ha Ha (Feat. Young Jeezy)
Chris Turner – Liquid Love
Flying Lotus – And The World Laughs With You (Feat. Thom Yorke)
Lissie – Record Collector
Crookers – Cooler Couleur
Dale Earnhardt jr jr – Simple Girl
J. Cole – Premeditated Murder
Cee Lo Green – I Want You (Demo)
Small Black – Weird Machines
NERD – Hypnotize You
Eliza Doolittle – Skinny Genes
Usher – OMG (Feat. Will.i.am.)
First Aid Kit – Ghost Town
Foals – Spanish Sahara
Nicos Gun – Dirty Girl
Flying Lotus – And the World Laughs With You (Feat. Thom Yorke)
Sia – Clap Your Hands
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Feat. Giselle)
Ciara – Ride the Beat (Feat. Ludacris)
Tinchy Stryder – Game Over (Feat. Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Example, Devlin, Chipmunk)
Crystal Castles – Celestica
Gayngs – The Gaudy Side of Town
Big K.R.I.T. – Country Shit
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
Everest – Let Go
E-Train – Never Love You
Breton – The Well
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Badio – Kiss the Sky
Dylan LeBlanc – If Time Was for Wasting
Flux Pavilion – I Can’t Stop
Freddie Joachim – Transistors
Great Lake Swimmers – Gonna Make It Through This Year
Gorillaz – Empire Ants (Feat. Little Dragon)
Groove Armada – Paper Romance (Feat. Fenech-Soler)
Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks
Manic Street Preachers – I’m Leaving You For Solitude
Mark Ronson & The Business Int’l – Somebody to Love
PS I Love You – Facelove
Menomena – TAOS
Sleigh Bells – Kids
STS – Fuck A Hook (Prod. By Don Cannon)

reviewed by
12-25-10

Oasis – Merry Xmas Everybody

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In fine b3sci tradition… Noel Gallagher covers Slade’s ’73 classic “Merry Xmas Everybody”. This track was recorded exclusively for the 2002 War Child NME charity compilation, 1 Love, which echoed a 1995 War Child benefit album Help. Both albums feature covers from the likes of Oasis, Blur, Suede, Radiohead, Elbow, Muse, Stereophonics, Sinead O’Connor, Portishead and more. They are great collections and you should treat yourself to them Here. If this track doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, then you must not be fond of holidays… and that’s just a pity.

Oasis – Merry Xmas Everybody

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rating: 10
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reviewed by
12-24-10

PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose

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“The Last Living Rose” is new today from PJ Harvey. The track plays like paean to its singer’s home nation. Weaving imagery of England that winds through the tune’s sing-songy instrumental; an instrumental that acts as a screen for the motion picture reel projecting through the eye of PJ Harvey’s mind. The video’s not half bad either. Get into it below.

PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose

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Rating: 8.0

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reviewed by
12-20-10

The Jackson 5 – Dancing Machine (Polow Da Don Soft Touch Remix) / Drake – Fireworks (Tom Wrecks Remix) (Feat. Alicia Keys)

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Thank you, Thank you. You’re far to kind. You know we had to flip this on a Sunday Night. J5/Polow A. Keys/A. Graham, lets do it!

The Jackson 5 – Dancing Machine (Polow Da Don Soft Touch Remix)
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Drake – Fireworks (Tom Wrecks Remix) (Feat. Alicia Keys)
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reviewed by
12-19-10

B3SCI Top 50 Albums of 2010

2010 made of sparks and fireworks

2010! What a year! We laughed, we cried, we got into it! It’s mid to late December, so you know what time it is, the presents are being wrapped, the tree is being trimmed, and all the world’s music writers are popping champagne and slapping each other fives, cause it’s Best of list season! So here goes the b3sci staff’s picks for the Top 50 LPs of the year. P.S. Many thanks to our readers for a super cool 2010, the blog has grown in ways we never could’ve imagined really. 2011 is going to be massive (unveiling the now under-construction site redesign!) so stay tuned to b3sci in the new year!

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Kanye West – All of The Lights (Feat. Elton John, Alicia Keys, Fergie, The-Dream, Tony Williams, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Charlie Wilson, Ryan Leslie, Elly Jackson)

02-gorillaz-plastic-beach
Gorillaz – Stylo (Feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)

03-flying-lotus-cosmogramma
Flying Lotus – Mmmhmm (Feat. Thundercat)

04-arcade-fire-the-suburbs
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

05-erykah-badu-new-amerykah-part-2-the-return-of-the-ankh
Erykah Badu – Fall in Love (Your Funeral)

06-cee-lo-green-the-lady-killer
Cee-Lo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City

07-foals-total-life-forever
Foals – Spanish Sahara

08-sade-soldier-of-love
Sade – The Moon and the Sky

09-tame-impala-innerspeaker
Tame Impala – Alter Ego

10-the-national-high-violet
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

11-the-black-keys-brothers
The Black Keys – The Next Girl

12-aloe-blacc-good-things
Aloe Blacc – You Make Me Smile

13-deadmau5-4-x-4-12
Deadmau5 – A City in Florida

14-the-tallest-man-on-earth-the-wild-hunt
The Tallest Man on Earth – A Lion’s Heart

15-janelle-monae-the-archandroid
Janelle Monae – Neon Valley Street

16-bonobo-black-sands
Bonobo – Stay the Same (Feat. Andreya Triana)

17-gil-scott-heron-im-new-here
Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil

18-agalloch-marrow-of-the-spirit
Agalloch – They Escaped the Weight of Darkness

19-beach-house-teen-dream
Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo

20-big-boi-sir-lucious-left-foot-the-son-of-chico-dusty
Big Boi – General Patton

21-jose-james-blackmagic
Jose James – Lay You Down

22-first-aid-kit-the-big-black-and-the-blue
First Aid Kit – Hard Believer

23-salem-king-night
Salem – Frost

24-the-walkmen-lisbon
The Walkmen – Lisbon

25-band-of-horses-infinite-arms
Band of Horses – Infinite Arms

26-deerhunter-halcyon-digest
Deerhunter – Desire Lines

27-big-krit-wuz-here
Big K.R.I.T. – Hometown Hero

28-the-roots-how-i-got-over
The Roots – Dear God 2.0 (Feat. Monsters of Folk)

29-four-tet-there-is-love-in-you
Four Tet – Plastic People

30-the-morning-benders-big-echo
The Morning Benders – Excuses

31-mount-kimbie-crooks-and-lovers
Mount Kimbie – Adriatic

32-phantogram-eyelid-movies
Phantogram – When I’m Small

33-raheem-devaughn-the-love-war-masterpeace
Raheem DeVaughn – I Don’t Care

34-broken-bells-broken-bells
Broken Bells – The High Road

35-currensy-pilot-talk
Curren$y – Breakfast

36-corinne-bailey-rae-the-sea
Corinne Bailey Rae – I’d Do It All Again

37-tinie-tempah-disc-overy
Tinie Tempah – Snap

38-bob-the-adventures-of-bobby-ray
B.o.B. – Past My Shades (Feat. Lupe Fiasco)

39-grinderman-grinderman-2
Grinderman – Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man

40-the-soft-pack-the-soft-pack
The Soft Pack – Answer to Yourself

41-rick-ross-teflon-don
Rick Ross – Maybach Music III (Feat. T.I., Jadakiss, and Erykah Badu)

42-surfer-blood-astro-coast
Surfer Blood – Harmonix

43-massive-attack-heligoland
Massive Attack – Splitting the Atom (Feat. Horace Andy)

44-seu-jorge-seu-jorge-and-almaz
Seu Jorge – The Model

45-example-wont-go-quietly
Example – Kickstarts

46-delphic-acolyte
Delphic – Clarion Call

47-laura-marling-i-speak-because-i-can
Laura Marling – Blackberry Stone

48-futurebirds-hamptons-lullaby
Futurebirds – Johnny Utah

49-mia-maya
M.I.A. – XXXO

50-best-coast-crazy-for-you
Best Coast – Crazy For You

Honorable Mention:
TOKiMONSTA – Midnight Menu
UNKLE – Where Did the Night Fall
Crookers – Tons of Friends
Neil Young – Le Noise
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Darker My Love – Alive As You Are
Lissie – Catching a Tiger
Ty Segall – Melted
Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
Summer Fiction – Summer Fiction
Small Black – New Chain
Freddie Joachim – Midway
Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute
Warpaint – The Fool
Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives
Magnetic Man – Magnetic Man
Sleigh Bells – Treats
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love
Gayngs – Relayted
Professor Green – Alive Til I’m Dead
Deftones- Diamond Eyes
Ellie Goulding – Lights

reviewed by
12-17-10

Jamie Woon – Night Air (Deadboy Remix)

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Deadboy is on some kind of run right now. The South London producer serves up another heater on this flip of the oft-remixed (seriously!) “Night Air” Jamie Woon tune. Interesting flip of the track here as the sound is sort of morphed into a 2010’d Craig David/Daniel Bedingfield kind of feel. Tell us you hear that too (We ain’t crazy!). Regardless, we’re digging it and are eagerly anticipate Deadboy’s next blend.

Jamie Woon – Night Air (Deadboy Remix)

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Rating: 8.3

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reviewed by
12-16-10

Casey Veggies – Get Through (Feat. Dom Kennedy)

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A welcome slice of summer in L.A. on this C.A.F. (cold as fuck) New England evening. Dom Kennedy with a brief feature on the track. Let that summer shine in.

Casey Veggies – Get Through (Feat. Dom Kennedy)

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Rating: 8.0

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reviewed by
12-16-10

Omarion – Morning (Feat. J. Cole)

MTV Studios, Times Square

The ex-B2K crooner grabs Cole for this smooth burner. Sure, Omarion sounds like Drake here (especially in the verses) but the song is good enough to still stand on its own (Aubrey Graham aping or not). Cole on point as usual.

Omarion – Morning (Feat. J. Cole) via Hip Hop Is Dream

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Rating: 8.0

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reviewed by
12-16-10

Flux Pavillion x Biggie Smalls – I Can’t Stop (DJ Robin Banks Mash) / Flux Pavillion – Bass Cannon

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It’s. the. motherfucking. Flux. Expected to drop official sometime early 2011, “Bass Cannon” is both massive and filthy in all the right ways. Plus.. DJ Robin Banks adds a little Biggie to “I Can’t Stop” making for some knock out moments courtesy of a pleasant yet raw vocal mix.

Flux Pavillion x Biggie Smalls – I Can’t Stop (DJ Robin Banks Mash)

Flux Pavillion – Bass Cannon

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Rating: 8.5

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12-15-10

Soulja Boy – Pretty Boy Swag (Shlohmo Remix)

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We original caught this mix during Sholhmo’s set opening for Mount Kimbie in September. It was sick then, and it’s sick now. On another level, literally. Listening to track feels like floating; floating on some sort of Soulja Boy-piloted cosmic MARTA bus bound for Fulton County’s swaggiest interstellar regions. (Bitch u ride it.)

Soulja Boy – Pretty Boy Swag (Shlohmo Remix)

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Rating: 8.3

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reviewed by
12-14-10