Playlist Progress

I’m nearly there naming all 26 alphabet playlists. I wanted to share with you my 80’s playlist which isn’t actually part of the alphabet playlist (yet) but spawned from a fun night on facebook with new and old friends throwing out their fav 80’s tunes. The plan for the 80’s playlist is to morph into the N spot – Nine – this is me in Grade Nine, which will me more of an early high school playlist of late 80’s tunes.

But for now here is the playlist that I call ‘Pynx’ after the all-ages night club I went to and heard some of these songs for the first time!

Alphabetical Order of course!!

ABC – Poison Arrow
Alphaville – Forever Young
Animotion – Obsession
Asia – Heat of the Moment
The Bangles – Hazy Shade of Winter
The Beastie Boys – She’s Crafty
The Beastie Boys – Girls
Blondie – One Way or Another
Bonnie Tyler – I need a Hero
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bootsauce – Masterstroke

Bow Wow Wow – I want Candy
Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be a Cowboy
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make you Sweat
The Cars – Drive
The Cars – My Bestfriend’s Girl
The Church – Under the Milky Way
Cindy Lauper – True Colours
Cindy Lauper – Time After Time
Cindy Lauper – Girls just Wanna have Fun
Concrete Blonde – Joey
Corey Hart – Sunglasses at night
Cowboy Junkies – Misguided Angel

Crowded House – Don’t Dream it’s Over
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
The Cure – Pictures of You
The Cure – Just like Heaven
The Cure – Why Can’t I Be You?

Cutting Crew – I Just Died in Your Arms
David Bowie – Heros
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Debbie Deb – When I hear Music
Deee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart

Depeche Mode – Behind the Wheel
Depeche Mode – People are People
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
Devo – whip it
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
Duran Duran – Rio
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Eddie Murphy – Party all the Time
The English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom

Eurythmics – Would I Lie to You?
Flashdance – What A Feeling
Footloose – Let’s Hear it for the Boy
General Public – Tenderness

The Go Go’s – Our Lips are Sealed
The Go Go’s – We Got the Beat
Grandmaster Flash – The Message
The Gruesomes – Hey
Heart – Alone
Heart – What About Love
Howard Jones – No one is to Blame
Huevos Rancheros – Get Outta Dodge
In a Big Country – Big Country
Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills
Jackson Five – I Want you Back
Jane Siberry – Mimi on the Beach

Janet Jackson – Nasty
Jefferson Starship – We Built this City
Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Joan Jett – I Love Rock n’ Roll
John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack and Diane\
John Cougar Mellencamp – Crumblin’ Down
John Waite – Missing You
Kate Bush – Running up that Hill
Kim Wilde – Kids in America
Love & Rockets – Ball of Confusion

Madonna – Crazy for you
Martha & the Muffins – Echo Beach
Men At Work – Who can it Be Now
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Micheal Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something
Midge Ure – If I was
Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning
Modern English – I’ll Melt with You
Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
Nena – 99 Luftballoons
New Order – True Faith
New Order – Bizzare Love Triangle

New Order – Temptation
Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Olivia Newton-John – Physical
Pat Benatar – Love is a Battlefield
Patrick Swayze – She’s Like the Wind
Paula Abdul – Rush, Rush
Pet Shop Boys – Always on my Mind
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
Platinum Blonde – It Doesn’t Really Matter

Platinum Blonde – Not in Love
The Pointer Sisters – Neutron Dance
The Police – Can’t Stand Losing
The Police – Don’t Stand so Close to Me

The Police – Every little Thing She Does is Magic
Prince – Let’s go Crazy
Prince – I would Die 4 U
Prince – Purple Rain
Prince – When Doves Cry
Prince – 1999
Pyschedelic Furs – Heaven
The Pursuit of Happiness – She’s So Young
Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls
REM – Superman
REM – Radio Free Europe

Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Run DMC – It’s Tricky
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – Having an Average Weekend
Sheena Easton – 9 to 5
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F-11
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – 21st Century Boy
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
Sinead O’Connor – Mandinka

Slade – Run Run Away
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
The Smiths – This Charming Man
The Smiths – How Soon is Now?

Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Spandau Ballet – True
The Spoons – Nova Heart
Specials – A Message to Rudy
Split Enz – Romantic Traffic
Sugarcubes – Birthday
Talking Heads – And She Was
Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
Tears for Fears – Change
Technotronic – Pump up the Jam
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me with Science
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Til Tuesday – Voices Carry
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with it
Tone Loc – Wild Thing
Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina
Toto – Africa
Toni Basil – Mickey
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday

U2 – With or Without You
Ultravox – Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
Van Halen – Jump
Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun
Wall of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
Whale – Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe

Wham – Wake Me up Before you Go go
XTC – Dear God
Young MC – Bust a Move


The Alphabet Playlist – in progress and need your help!

I’ve started a monsterous endeavour in the last few weeks. A playlist for every letter of the alphabet. One word to describe the tunes on the list. I’ve had an A for Acute playlist for some time and added songs that I find clever, razor-sharp and intelligent – still a work in progress but examples are Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Gold Lion”, The Neighbourhood “Female Robbery”, and Bon Iver “Skinny Love”. I will share full playlists as they are complete.

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B is for Breaking – and I haven’t actually given this one much thought. I just threw some songs on there with no meaning and need to develop it a bit more. Perhaps Breaking Bad influenced songs? Who knows at this point, I welcome suggestions.

C is for cover. I love a good cover tune and this playlist is developing fast and could be one of the longer ones. I’m open to any suggestions for great cover tunes! I have Arcade Fire doing Peter Gabriel’s ‘Games without Frontiers’ and Ryan Star’s affecting rendition of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and the classic Jimi Hendrix version of Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower. However I would like to develop this playlist with covers from all genres….hit me!

D is Dead. Lou Reed dying this week gave me motivation to start this one and I was able to add 43 songs to this list just from songs on my phone! TuPac to Johnny Cash!

The only other letter to date is I for Indulge and that list is a personal list of songs that are for me indulgent. Again a work-in-progress!!!!!!

So I as of you a few things….help me add to the lists I have going and give me suggestions for the letters I don’t. What the hell will X be? Comment here, email me at beatandlyric@gmail.com or post on the facebook page!

I look forward to your suggestions.

Cheers,
Lila


A pledge for a Star

I’m here, I’m giving you a link.

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/ryanstar

A new way to support the artists you love. Pledge support to keep them going, help them get their music out and connect with them on a personal level.

$10 gets you the new album when it’s released. It gets you access to the pledge site, cool videos and messages from Ryan, links to downloads of unreleased music. Be there and see it all happen!

Click Pledge Enjoy!

Cheers,
Lila


A.N.I.M.A.L.S.

Ryan Star put out a new EP on August 5th, 2013 as you know from my last post here. I made it to NYC to see 2 of 4 shows (phenomenal) that he put on over a four night span at some great venues (Joe’s Pub, Rockwood, Pianos & Mercury Lounge). Here is my unconventional way of summarizing my thoughts on Animals:

A – Anomalous is what this ep is to fans who only know 11:59, this deviation from what they likely expected as follow-up hopefully gives them a face-palm as they pledge their allegiance to the rstar army. The smack right in the head isn’t because they prefer 11:59 over Animals, it’s because they knew Ryan had passion and they knew Ryan had talent, the ‘doh’ moment is because they now hear it on a new level and feel it in their gut they way those of us feel it who had been on the rstar train a nano-second or a decade pre-11:59. Welcome aboard.
N – Nostalgia is the vibe that the new rstar ep has – all while being current and honest and so very real.
I – Intensity is what Ryan brings to every damn live show I’ve seen. It builds and builds and explodes, the shows, the songs (give bullet a listen) and then spooges all over the audience and they squeal with delight.
M – Marketable is what we long-haul rstar/stage fans don’t give a fucking shit about and glad that Ryan is on the path that reads ‘here I am love me or fuck off’ and if there was an E in animal I’d use the words enlightenment or epiphany. He didn’t need them, nor did we fans, but in some ways the world needs them because to see real artistry we need to see truth, the stark shaven head of it all which isn’t always pretty, but almost always beautiful.
A – Authenticity in who we are and what we give to the world means more than pleasing the masses. It’s hard as a people-pleaser myself to not get caught up in what everyone else wants from you, the struggle to remain steadfast (mostly to yourself) when you are pulled in every direction. I feel that steadfast authenticity in Animals, especially in f*ck’n up & my life with you.
L – and on a Light-hearted note – everyone should LIKE this post, Beat & Lyric on Facebook and of course Ryan Star. Just do it now.
S – Seat – in a recent interview Ryan talks of not enough seats at the party. You feel the on-edge, the I’m right here, let me come in vibe he speaks of with everything he’s done to date. Who the hell wants a seat at a party anyways? Keep moving, touch everything and everyone (in a non-creepy way of course) and put yourself out there. Seats are for subway rides and road-trips, not parties and Ryan I’d save you seat on my train and/or in my car – I’d even give you shotgun as long as you promised to keep making the music you want to make.

Not a conventional review of new music, but for me it’s real.

Cheers,
Lila

Watch

Animals EP by Ryan Star on iTunes – get it now https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/animals-ep/id677958252

http://www.rstar.net

http://twitter.com/RyanStar


What kind of fan would I be…..

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If I didn’t blog the release of Ryan Star’s new music? The Animals EP is set to release on August 5, 2013. Pre-order available on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/animals-ep/id677958252

I’ve been slacking on blogging and I apologize.

Ryan uploaded what I gather will be the next single “Impossible” to YouTube for a full listen click below!

And a Billboard article to boot! http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/4439958/ryan-star-impossible-exclusive-single-premiere

So here we go again – new music, new hair do (or lack there of on Ryan’s part) and a new trip to NYC in August for the ‘release shows’. Unfortunately this time around Betty can’t attend. An RStar virgin is in for a treat – she’s going to have to bite the ‘bullet’ and enter a ‘world I used to know’ and hope that I am not ‘f*ckn up’ the train schedule to get is in the city on time for the shows, those schedules are ‘impossible’ to decipher and clearly ‘my life with you’ blog readers is important so I promise to blog more.

Enough with the CHEESE….now go listen and pre-order….and if you are going to Joe’s Pub or the Rockwood please introduce yourself. I’m Lila and my sidekick this time will be a tall blonde.

Cheers,
Lila


40 Songs of Lila Lyric

When hitting a milestone like 40-years-old it can either consume you with thoughts of getting old or it is just another day in your life. I am Team ’73 and this is our year. I won’t say that I’m consumed with the fact that I’m turning the big 4-0, but I’m also not letting it be just.another.day. I want to recognize the years I’ve lived through and what better way to do it than with music!
These are songs that shaped me, songs that had impact on my 40 years of life. They are certainly not my favourite songs and some I even despise *cough*manilow*cough*, but when researching songs released in each year I chose the one that jumped out at me. I went through the songs from each year when I was younger and selected songs that I may not remember in that year, but perhaps later discovered. They were songs my parents were listening to on 8-track in the big gold Thunderbird, they were on the turntable in the basement rec room, they were songs my mother would play on the piano and sing horribly out of tune too.

So here they are in chronological order. Enjoy my 40 songs in all shades

1973 – Elton John “Crocodile Rock” – this song was on a children’s LP that I had later in years and I adored this and would constant play this over and over again.

1974 – Barbara Striesand “The Way We Were” – one of few songs I learned on the piano, because my mother made me!
1975 – Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” – I blame all country songs that I know on my grandfather! He was not a glittery cowboy but I think he influenced my mother who then in turn influenced me.

1976 – Barry Manilow “I Write The Songs” – pure torture. I hate this song, but I had to hear it when all I wanted to listen to was Sesame Street Fever. My mother was evil 😉
1977 – Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night” – Rod was a staple growing up. I still like his raspy voice.
1978 – The Bee Gees “How Deep is Your Love” – the be all end all of music according to my father. Ask me anything Bee Gees related. Barry Gibb to my father is Ryan Star to me. Nuff said.
1979 – Billy Joel “My Life” – lip sync duo with Kevin, my older brother from a K-Tel album that had this song …it was the first song on the second side of the LP…..the album cover was green. I’m such a visual person!
1980 – Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – I wanted to put ‘Another Bites the Dust’ but that would be the Queen song for my brother’s list. This isn’t my favourite Queen song but I do like it’s groove.

1981 – Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” – Yep. I was born at the perfect time to be one of those Rick Springfield lovers. I thought he was soooo cute, but I was more drawn to Bull Terrier on the cover of the ‘Working Class Dog’ LP.
1982 – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” – so many to choose from this year, but I had the headband, my mother refused to buy me the leotard. Smart woman.

1983 – Musical Youth “Pass the Dutchie” – don’t judge me….81, 82 and 83 were me discovering music on my own with no parental or brotherly influence. Honestly though, I think this was the beginnings of my diversity in music. Such a rap/reggae influence right? 😉

1984 – Van Halen “Jump” – the beginning of the metal years, thanks to my bro. We were just like every other kid jumping from the couch to couch playing this song, swinging out arms playing air guitar.
1985 – Metallica “Fade to Black” – I’m still not over Cliff Burton and still angry that Jason Newstead left the band. Love the bass players, no longer care about the rest of the band!
1986 – Run DMC “Walk this Way” – I was deep in Metallica at this point but intrigued and fascinated by rap, and when Aerosmith did this song with Run DMC it took my breath away.

1987 – Beastie Boys “Fight for your Right to Party” – nuff’ said.
1988 – Leonard Cohen “First we Take Manhattan” – I remember watching the video for this song on Much Music. I wasn’t sure I like the song at that age, wasn’t sure what is was, who he was, but I remember it vividly and came back to it years later.

1989 – The Cure “Pictures of You” – The Cure hold a special place in my heart. My first concert – CNE Grandstand – 8th row center – I could see Robert Smith’s sweat drip from his brow.
1990 – Jane’s Addiction “Three Days” – The 90’s were a great era for Team ‘73ers. A time of self-discovery. Perry Farrell had much much influence over me. Ritual De Lo Habitual is still part of me.

1991 – REM “Losing My Religion” – Again, the age of video. I can visualize this entire video in my head. The song is still great. I am not a fan of REM post Out-Of-Time though. Automatic For the People did so well and people love it, but it bores me.

1992 – Pearl Jam “Jeremy” – Eddie Vedder what a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man. He booted me in the head once – he was crowd surfing and Steph (another Team ’73) and I bounced around the mosh pit.
1993 – The The “Love is Stronger than Death” – god I love this song. If you haven’t heard it go listen. Hell listen to the entire Dusk album.
1994 – Tori Amos “Cornflake Girl” – Girl Power.
1995 – Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” – oh Thom thanks for coming out. Thanks for being a staple in my life for 20 years.

1996 – The Wallflowers “One Headlight” – this is likely not the best song Jakob Dylan has ever recorded, but I still throw this one on my running playlist. It still has a hold on me.

1997 – Hanson “mmmmBop” – i put this in to see if you are still reading….actually it’s Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” but I didn’t want to repeat a band 😉
1998 – Matthew Good Band “Apparitions” – this is my CRTC Canadian Content. No, I do love Matt Good and thankfully he continues to put out great music!
1999 – Moby “Natural Blues” – how can you not crank this tune and drive fast?
2000 – Coldplay “Yellow” – I’ve always had a thing for Brit Pop. Coldplay are like U2, they are consistent and well loved by the masses. This song reminds me of the favourite yellow t-shirt I once had.
2001– Nickelback “This is how you remind me” – this is only here for the pure fact that it showed that 2001 and was a terrible year in the history of music. Ick.
2002 – Damien Rice “Cannonball” – and we recover with Mr. Rice. “O” is a fantastic album, and it needs to be listened to from beginning to end.
2003 – The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” – this is where I begin my love affair with a weirdo.
2004 – The Killers “Mr. Brightside” – I don’t care what you say this is the best running song ever.

2005 – Imogen Heap “Hide & Seek” – Oh the song from The OC (as show I never watched). I love Imogen and her weird hats. Especially love her collaborations with Jeff Beck.
2006 – Ryan Star “Back of Your Car” – and so it begins. Rockstar Supernova airs and I fell hard. I know that BOYC isn’t a 2006 song, but it is for me. I don’t think it was Ryan’s first original I had heard, I looked him up previously to him rockin’ it out on the show – but I chose it here because I love every form of this song I have heard. I adore Ryan acoustic, on the piano and being all mellow – but I love love love when he gets all nasty and rocks it out.
2007 – Radiohead “Reckoner” – Radiohead swooped in and stole my soul in 2007 with this song, this album.
2008 – Portishead “Magic Doors” – brilliance comes around again! I chose this song because the beeping at the beginning. Every time it came on in my car I thought my car was alerting me to something wrong. Every.Time.
2009 – Florence + The Machine “Rabbit Heart” – Lungs is a great album and this song is my favourite. The lyrics are fabulous.
2010 – Ryan Star “Breathe” – A worthy repeat of an artist wouldn’t you say? 11:59 was released in this year and I may have listened to it a wee bit.

2011 – Bon Iver “Flume” – I know Bon Iver puts people to sleep. I was being put to sleep from early on in the release of this album. I also adore Peter Gabriel’s cover.
2012 – Jack White “Love Interruption” – This song makes me appreciate a different sound out of Jack, also makes me want to have love bite me, and slam my fingers in a doorway. Kinky.

2013 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Sacrilege” – can’t get enough of this song so far this year and anticipate the album release later this month!!! Woohoo new music!

There were so many songs I could have chosen, so many that had impact in certain years and then there were years where pickings were slim! So odd. There are artists that didn’t even make the list, like Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Love and Rockets, Iron Maiden to name few. I wouldn’t call this my Top 40 songs, as there are many songs that were made pre-1973 that I adore, and there are likely many songs released in one year that would fill spots.

So as I prepare to turn 40 in 2 days….I do hope to remain young at heart in my music tastes. Is that possible or am I delusional?

Cheers,
Lila


Hump Day Six!!!!

What better day than a hump day for sharing music!!!!!!!!!! I will not post the humpdee song, Betty would but I draw the line, in the sand, and on the pavement. My Shazam is full of tags and I narrowed it down to ones that a current, 2012 and newer because pre-2012 aren’t really finds are they? Six is a good number, so here they are….

1) Kitten – an LA band http://www.kittentheband.com/music with ‘Cut it Out’

2) The Neighbourhood – another California Band http://thenbhd.com/letitgo/ (sidenote: I love that they have a ‘u’ in their name) with ‘Female Robbery’ – also check out ‘Sweater Weather’ and ‘Let it Go’

3) Robert DeLong – the one-man electro band from LA with ‘Global Concepts’ http://robertdelong.com/ from his appearance on Letterman.

4) Paramore – http://www.paramore.net/ with ‘Now’, don’t judge me, I like it.

5) Imagine Dragons – http://www.imaginedragonsmusic.com/default.aspx#!news Las Vegas based and catchy as hell, again don’t judge me! with ‘Radioactive’

6) The Lighthouse & The Whaler – http://thelighthouseandthewhaler.com/ and Ohio melodic folk band with ‘Venice’

And there are six songs for you to give a listen. Feedback? Am I out to lunch here or what?

Cheers,
Lisa


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