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New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/breaking-bad-playlist-top-10-music-moments/Breaking Bad Playlist:  Top 10 Music Moments“Better Call Saul”, the prequel to AMC’s Breaking Bad will be premiering this fall.   Breaking Bad’s story of Walter White, a high school teacher turned meth lab kingpin along with his unpredictable ex-student now sidekick, Jessie, is one of the most gripping and exciting TV shows to come along in years.   Even from the opening episode, the producers recognized the power of a great soundtrack to pump even more energy and drama into the script.   Like Tarantino, some lost treasures and truly obscure songs were added to many of the best Breaking Bad episodes.   When you combine a well written story performed by an incredible cast and add it brilliant editing and music, you can see why Breaking Bad is deserving of so much praise. 
 Here’s an unranked Top 10 list of the best:    (no big spoilers, but I listed the season and episode #)

Season 1, Episode 7 (the finale)    Gnarls Barkley   “Who’s Gonna Save Your Soul”
Jessie, Heisenberg, and Tuco Salamanca in the junk yard.   Gritty, dark, and intense.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nvqiwGCNx0

Season 4, Episode 5           Ana Tijoux   “1977″
Jesse and Mike (the hitman) take a drive out in the desert to take care of some “business”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpFDJNLIjZA

Season 5, Episode 8        Tommy James and the Shondells “Crystal Blue Persuasion”
Essentially the unofficial theme song.   Crystal Blue Persuasion works on so many levels here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI1ULMb4zH0

Season 2, Episode 10      TV On The Radio  “DLZ”
The dark transformation from mild mannered husband to the ruthless kingpin, Heisenberg.   One of the best music moments of blending the live action to the ultimate fitting song.    “Stay Out Of My Territory”  – “Say My Name!”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDIeN02wPOs

The Breaking Bad Theme Song (Extended Version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMt1ILTzCac
Season 5, Episode 8     Nat King Cole  “Pick Yourself Up”
The phone rings…. “It’s Done”…..a beautiful R&B classic set to one of the most brutal scenes of the whole series.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2uLNioVW-M

Season 5, Episode 2     Whitey  “Stay On The Outside”
Remember the Roomba vacuum cleaner and the search for the ricin cigarette?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0g0PB6Y2QU

Season 5, Episode 15 (the finale)   Badfinger   “Baby Blue”

Producer Vince Gilligan saved this 70′s epic for the last Breaking Bad episode.   “I Guess I Got What I Deserved….”    Can you name a show with a better finale that Breaking Bad?   Hard to top perfection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95f7VwXqIw

Season 4, Episode 14    Apparat  “Goodbye”
Walter’s showdown with  drug lord and Los Pollos Hermanos’ owner, Gus Fring   (video is a spoiler)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYVooUE2Rz8

Season 3, Episode 12    The Association   “Windy”
Brilliant editing:  taking a poppy 60′s gem and linking it to a montage of Wendy in the parking lot doing what she does best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXhRoY-Utxo

 

 

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Breaking Bad Playlist: Top 10 Music Moments

Breaking Bad Walter Jesse“Better Call Saul”, the prequel to AMC’s Breaking Bad will be premiering this fall.   Breaking Bad’s story of Walter White, a high school teacher turned meth lab kingpin along with his unpredictable ex-student now sidekick, Jessie, is one of the most gripping and exciting TV shows to come along in years.   Even from the opening episode, the producers recognized the power of a great soundtrack to pump even more energy and drama into the script.   Like Tarantino, some lost treasures and truly obscure songs were added to many of the best Breaking Bad episodes.  When you combine a well written story performed by an incredible cast and add it brilliant editing and music, you can see why Breaking Bad is deserving of so much praise. 
Breaking Bad Cast

Here’s an unranked Top 10 list of the best:    (no big spoilers, but I listed the season and episode #)

Season 1, Episode 7 (the finale)    Gnarls Barkley   “Who’s Gonna Save Your Soul”

Jessie, Heisenberg, and Tuco Salamanca in the junk yard.   Gritty, dark, and intense.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nvqiwGCNx0

Season 4, Episode 5           Ana Tijoux   “1977″

Jesse and Mike (the hitman) take a drive out in the desert to take care of some “business”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpFDJNLIjZA

Season 5, Episode 8        Tommy James and the Shondells “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

Essentially the unofficial theme song.   Crystal Blue Persuasion works on so many levels here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI1ULMb4zH0

Season 2, Episode 10      TV On The Radio  “DLZ”

The dark transformation from mild mannered husband to the ruthless kingpin, Heisenberg.   One of the best music moments of blending the live action to the ultimate fitting song.    “Stay Out Of My Territory”  – “Say My Name!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDIeN02wPOs

The Breaking Bad Theme Song (Extended Version)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMt1ILTzCac

Season 5, Episode 8     Nat King Cole  “Pick Yourself Up”

The phone rings…. “It’s Done”…..a beautiful R&B classic set to one of the most brutal scenes of the whole series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2uLNioVW-M

Season 5, Episode 2     Whitey  “Stay On The Outside”

Remember the Roomba vacuum cleaner and the search for the ricin cigarette?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0g0PB6Y2QU

Season 5, Episode 15 (the finale)   Badfinger   “Baby Blue”

Producer Vince Gilligan saved this 70′s epic for the last Breaking Bad episode.   “I Guess I Got What I Deserved….”    Can you name a show with a better finale that Breaking Bad?   Hard to top perfection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95f7VwXqIw

Season 4, Episode 14    Apparat  “Goodbye”

Walter’s showdown with  drug lord and Los Pollos Hermanos’ owner, Gus Fring (video is a spoiler)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYVooUE2Rz8

Season 3, Episode 12    The Association   “Windy”

Brilliant editing:  taking a poppy 60′s gem and linking it to a montage of Wendy in the parking lot doing what she does best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXhRoY-Utxo

 

 

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/new-daughtry-ariana-grande-polish-superheroes/New Daughtry, Ariana Grande, & Polish Superheroes?“BATTLESHIPS” Daughtry
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Chris Daughtry had been dominating the rock charts since his expulsion from American Idol almost a decade ago. But his last CD, Baptism, hasn’t produced any big hits and he’s quickly slipping back into becoming just one of those artists who are simply added to the concert lineup instead of headlining. His latest work is less rock and more of the electronic, over-produced music so prevalent today. But listening to “Battleships”, you can still hear what an incredible voice he has and how much potential is there for a strong comeback. The video is a toe-tapper that would probably sound better stripped down and raw without the gimmicks, but regardless it’s still one of the best songs on Baptism.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJxM16wFr7I
“BREAK FREE” Ariana Grande with ZEDD
10 million views in 4 days for the reigning pop princess of the moment. Ariana Grande’s sci-fi themed video, that pays homage to Jane Fonda’s Barbarella, is cheesy and the Auto-Tune is turned up to maximum, but “Break Free” is indulgent summer fluff that you’ll be hearing over and over the next few months. Teaming up with EDM superstar, Zedd, adds such a fun element to the pop hit. On a side note, Ariana’s brother, Frankie is a contestant on this season of CBS’ Big Brother. After keeping his sister’s identity secret for weeks, he finally shared the news of his “big secret”. Fans of the show haven’t been thrilled with Frankie’s gameplay but he’s a strong contender to win the reality show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8eRzOYhLuw
“SOMEDAY” Paula & Karol
The Guardian described the duo of Paula and Karol as Poland’s new superheroes. “Not the tight pants, fluttering cape kind. More like, come to our concert – we’ll break your heart, and then we’ll fix it up kind.” Paula is a Canadian pop/folk singer who went to Warsaw, Poland over a decade ago to study music. After meeting struggling rocker, Karol, their chemistry ignited and they have since become one of alternative music’s rising stars. Playing at festivals worldwide and touring with a revolving band of Polish musicians, their urban folk sound will remind you of bands like Mumford & Sons. Check out their brand new romantic video for “Someday”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ygGhOqvlKM

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New Daughtry, Ariana Grande, & Polish Superheroes?

“BATTLESHIPS” Daughtry

Daughtry BattleshipsOh, how the mighty have fallen. Chris Daughtry had been dominating the rock charts since his expulsion from American Idol almost a decade ago. But his last CD, Baptism, hasn’t produced any big hits and he’s quickly slipping back into becoming just one of those artists who are simply added to the concert lineup instead of headlining. His latest work is less rock and more of the electronic, over-produced music so prevalent today. But listening to “Battleships”, you can still hear what an incredible voice he has and how much potential is there for a strong comeback. The video is a toe-tapper that would probably sound better stripped down and raw without the gimmicks, but regardless it’s still one of the best songs on Baptism.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJxM16wFr7I

“BREAK FREE” Ariana Grande with ZEDD

Ariana Grande Break Free Zedd10 million views in 4 days for the reigning pop princess of the moment. Ariana Grande’s sci-fi themed video, that pays homage to Jane Fonda’s Barbarella, is cheesy and the Auto-Tune is turned up to maximum, but “Break Free” is indulgent summer fluff that you’ll be hearing over and over the next few months. Teaming up with EDM superstar, Zedd, adds such a fun element to the pop hit. On a side note, Ariana’s brother, Frankie is a contestant on this season of CBS’ Big Brother. After keeping his sister’s identity secret for weeks, he finally shared the news of his “big secret”. Fans of the show haven’t been thrilled with Frankie’s gameplay but he’s a strong contender to win the reality show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8eRzOYhLuw

“SOMEDAY” Paula & Karol

Paula and KarolThe Guardian described the duo of Paula and Karol as Poland’s new superheroes. “Not the tight pants, fluttering cape kind. More like, come to our concert – we’ll break your heart, and then we’ll fix it up kind.” Paula is a Canadian pop/folk singer who went to Warsaw, Poland over a decade ago to study music. After meeting struggling rocker, Karol, their chemistry ignited and they have since become one of alternative music’s rising stars. Playing at festivals worldwide and touring with a revolving band of Polish musicians, their urban folk sound will remind you of bands like Mumford & Sons. Check out their brand new romantic video for “Someday”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ygGhOqvlKM

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/lost-ciara-favorites-hotline-tell-name/Lost Ciara Favorites:  Hotline & Tell Me What Your Name Is“TELL ME WHAT YOUR NAME IS”  Ciara

Ciara’s CD, “Fantasy Ride” produced five singles, four featuring special guest stars.  “Love Sex Magic” (Justin Timberlake), “Work” (Missy Elliott), “Never Ever” (Young Jeezy), and “”Go Girl” (T-Pain) all landed on the R&B charts but her label missed a golden opportunity with an great song.   Ciara slowed things down for a sexy slow burner, “Tell Me What Your Name Is” that never received airplay but anyone who’s a Ciara fan probably lists this song as one of her best ballads to date.   Shortly after Ciara released this song, Nicki Minaj dropped her mega-hit “Starships” that sounds eerily similar during the soft chorus part.

 

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l5TeDXZ3z8

“HOTLINE”    Ciara
Ciara burst onto the scene with “Goodies”, a sexy hip hop duet with rapper Petey Pablo that went straight to #1.   “Oh” with Ludacris and “1, 2 Step” with Missy Elliott both reached #2 on the U.S. R&B charts for the Queen of Crunk.   If you’re a fan of any of these three Ciara classics, dig a little deeper on her debut CD.   “Thug Style” highlighted the softer side of Ciara, a ballad reminiscent of Mya.    If you’re looking for Goodies Volume 2, play “Hotline”.     “You say you’re single and ready to mingle…..”, this is one of those heavy bass jams that brings everyone to the dancefloor.   The label probably thought it was too similar to “Goodies” but this one definitely could have been a hit.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2Y-R3BuE0

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Lost Ciara Favorites: Hotline & Tell Me What Your Name Is

“TELL ME WHAT YOUR NAME IS”  Ciara

Ciara Tell Me What Your Name IsCiara’s CD, “Fantasy Ride” produced five singles, four featuring special guest stars.  “Love Sex Magic” (Justin Timberlake), “Work” (Missy Elliott), “Never Ever” (Young Jeezy), and “”Go Girl” (T-Pain) all landed on the R&B charts but her label missed a golden opportunity with an great song.   Ciara slowed things down for a sexy slow burner, “Tell Me What Your Name Is” that never received airplay but anyone who’s a Ciara fan probably lists this song as one of her best ballads to date.   Shortly after Ciara released this song, Nicki Minaj dropped her mega-hit “Starships” that sounds eerily similar during the soft chorus part.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l5TeDXZ3z8

“HOTLINE”    Ciara

Ciara Goodies HotlineCiara burst onto the scene with “Goodies”, a sexy hip hop duet with rapper Petey Pablo that went straight to #1.   “Oh” with Ludacris and “1, 2 Step” with Missy Elliott both reached #2 on the U.S. R&B charts for the Queen of Crunk.   If you’re a fan of any of these three Ciara classics, dig a little deeper on her debut CD.   “Thug Style” highlighted the softer side of Ciara, a ballad reminiscent of Mya.    If you’re looking for Goodies Volume 2, play “Hotline”.     “You say you’re single and ready to mingle…..”, this is one of those heavy bass jams that brings everyone to the dancefloor.   The label probably thought it was too similar to “Goodies” but this one definitely could have been a hit.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF2Y-R3BuE0

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/classic-45-aretha-franklin-chain-fools-prove/Classic 45:  Aretha Franklin “Chain of Fools” “Prove It”Do you own a cherished collection of old 45 records?   For those too young to understand, these were the smaller records that only had two songs on them.   Side 1 was the “big hit” and you flipped it over and found a “lesser song” that was often either an album cut or a song that didn’t even make it on the album.  One of the greatest is Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” backed by “Prove It”.
Ranking #249 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Of All-Time, the rhythm track features Muscle Shoals legends like King Curtis on saxophone, Joe South on guitar, and Spooner Oldham on piano. “Chain Of Fools” has one of those funky grooves that just won’t quit.   It’s impossible to play this record and not get a little feisty attitude going when that chant of “chain…chain…chain” kicks in.   Aretha rips into that big chorus lines like “For five long years, I thought that you were my man, but I found out, I’m just a link in your chain”.     The original recording is a couple minutes longer and slows down the opening to squeeze every ounce of pain from those lyrics.  If radio wasn’t looking for shorter versions for airtime, the extended version is actually the better “Chain Of Fools”.   I’ll let you decide.
“CHAIN OF FOOLS” Aretha Franklin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xroRNBvvF9M
“Chain of Fools – UNEDITED VERSION”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQjVnaC7yt8

“PROVE IT”   Aretha Franklin
Aretha takes you to church on this lost soul treasure.   “Prove It” was never played on the radio, doesn’t show up on any greatest hits CD, you basically needed to have the 45 and be willing to flip it over and take a chance on the unknown song.   Aretha’s so soulful and emotional here.  This is true rhythm and blues by the Queen of Soul.   Midway through the song, Aretha slows it down and challenges her man, “Before you walk out that door, Prove, I won’t love you no more, Prove that I’ll forget your kiss, In your arms, I’ll never miss.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdqzUJenbOs

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Classic 45: Aretha Franklin “Chain of Fools” “Prove It”

Do you own a cherished collection of old 45 records?   For those too young to understand, these were the smaller records that only had two songs on them.   Side 1 was the “big hit” and you flipped it over and found a “lesser song” that was often either an album cut or a song that didn’t even make it on the album.  One of the greatest is Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” backed by “Prove It”.

chain of fools prove itRanking #249 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Of All-Time, the rhythm track features Muscle Shoals legends like King Curtis on saxophone, Joe South on guitar, and Spooner Oldham on piano. “Chain Of Fools” has one of those funky grooves that just won’t quit.   It’s impossible to play this record and not get a little feisty attitude going when that chant of “chain…chain…chain” kicks in.   Aretha rips into that big chorus lines like “For five long years, I thought that you were my man, but I found out, I’m just a link in your chain”.     The original recording is a couple minutes longer and slows down the opening to squeeze every ounce of pain from those lyrics.  If radio wasn’t looking for shorter versions for airtime, the extended version is actually the better “Chain Of Fools”.   I’ll let you decide.

“CHAIN OF FOOLS” Aretha Franklin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xroRNBvvF9M

“Chain of Fools – UNEDITED VERSION”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQjVnaC7yt8

“PROVE IT”   Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Chain of FoolsAretha takes you to church on this lost soul treasure.   “Prove It” was never played on the radio, doesn’t show up on any greatest hits CD, you basically needed to have the 45 and be willing to flip it over and take a chance on the unknown song.   Aretha’s so soulful and emotional here.  This is true rhythm and blues by the Queen of Soul.   Midway through the song, Aretha slows it down and challenges her man, “Before you walk out that door, Prove, I won’t love you no more, Prove that I’ll forget your kiss, In your arms, I’ll never miss.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdqzUJenbOs

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/dmx-master-dichotomy/The Dichotomy of DMXPrince and R. Kelly have each written some of the most down and dirty sexual lyrics of all-time.   Yet, Prince also released spiritual records like “God”, “The Holy River”, and “The Cross” all before becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.   When R. Kelly wasn’t bumpin’ and grindin’, Robert bared his soul on gospel anthems like “Prayers Change”, “U Saved Me”, and “Let Your Light Shine”.   It’s not uncommon for artists to have such divergent personalities  Who hasn’t had completely opposite moods on different days?  But when you’re a high profile musician, these feelings get expressed publicly and amplified to the ultimate degree. Let’s examine rapper DMX and his outrageous dichotomous personality.“GONNA LIVE FOREVER” DMX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPOal_h4YeA
DMX (aka Earl Simmons, aka Dark Man X) is one of most loved and hated rap artists of his time.   Fans of the Yonkers, NY MC loved his hard hitting style and bought 30 million of his CD’s.   But his multiple extramarital affairs, public intoxication, and multiple arrests made DMX a reviled stereotype of everything that rap critics despise.    If you’ve ever purchased a DMX CD, you’ll be sure to hear many aggressive anthems like “Party Up (Up In Here)”, “Get At Me Dog” and “What These Bitches Want From Me”.   But, DMX made it a point to take a moment and thank the Lord each time.  His first 7 CD’s each contained a song called “Prayer I-VII”.    A perfect example of DMX’s split personality is an edited compilation music video of “Where Da Hood At” with “A Yo, Kato”. The song opens with a call to arms for his ‘dogs followed by a touching shout out to a close friend of DMX and Tupac who died far too young.“WHERE DA HOOD AT” with “A YO KATO”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TuS4qCHQ4U

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The Dichotomy of DMX

DMX ruff ryderPrince and R. Kelly have each written some of the most down and dirty sexual lyrics of all-time.   Yet, Prince also released spiritual records like “God”, “The Holy River”, and “The Cross” all before becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.   When R. Kelly wasn’t bumpin’ and grindin’, Robert bared his soul on gospel anthems like “Prayers Change”, “U Saved Me”, and “Let Your Light Shine”.   It’s not uncommon for artists to have such divergent personalities  Who hasn’t had completely opposite moods on different days?  But when you’re a high profile musician, these feelings get expressed publicly and amplified to the ultimate degree. Let’s examine rapper DMX and his outrageous dichotomous personality.
“GONNA LIVE FOREVER” DMX

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPOal_h4YeA

DMX prayerDMX (aka Earl Simmons, aka Dark Man X) is one of most loved and hated rap artists of his time.   Fans of the Yonkers, NY MC loved his hard hitting style and bought 30 million of his CD’s.   But his multiple extramarital affairs, public intoxication, and multiple arrests made DMX a reviled stereotype of everything that rap critics despise.    If you’ve ever purchased a DMX CD, you’ll be sure to hear many aggressive anthems like “Party Up (Up In Here)”, “Get At Me Dog” and “What These Bitches Want From Me”.   But, DMX made it a point to take a moment and thank the Lord each time.  His first 7 CD’s each contained a song called “Prayer I-VII”.    A perfect example of DMX’s split personality is an edited compilation music video of “Where Da Hood At” with “A Yo, Kato”. The song opens with a call to arms for his ‘dogs followed by a touching shout out to a close friend of DMX and Tupac who died far too young.
“WHERE DA HOOD AT” with “A YO KATO”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TuS4qCHQ4U

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/one-day-robin-williams-rip/One More Day:  Robin Williams RIP  (Diamond Rio Tribute)With the shocking death of Robin Williams, people are genuinely sad.  He was so beloved and part of our culture that many feel like a family member passed away.  For an actor, comedian, and humanitarian that affected so many lives, people want answers and wish Robin could have found the help and answers he desperately needed. If only Robin could live one more day and could see how many lives he affected? During times like these, music can help and even soothe the soul.  Songs like Diamond Rio’s trio of “One More Day”, “I Believe”, and “You’re Gone” are heartbreaking, emotional hymns perfect for these moments. Dedicated to those we love so dearly, they’ve become healing songs for millions worldwide. As you play these songs dedicated to Robin Williams today, let’s look back at whatever happened to this mega-popular country music group?
“ONE MORE DAY” Diamond Rio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiSMi6hyjwg
“You’re Gone”, “Meet Me In The Middle”, and “I Believe” are just three of the five #1 Country hits for Diamond Rio.   After founding their band in 1984, Diamond Rio’s blend of traditional country and modern soft rock earned the group 32 songs that landed on the Country Charts.  But in 2006, lead singer Marty Roe’s voice reached the point of such deterioration that the band questioned their future and discussed closure.  For a group that was named four times as the CMA’s Group Of the Year this was a dramatic announcement. The band members (all Christians but they admitted their actions didn’t always match their beliefs) didn’t know what to do but they turned to prayer and left the band’s future in God’s hands.  They were dropped by Arista Records and their future was in doubt.
“YOU’RE GONE” Diamond Rio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IJiVwE1y3c

 
In the next three years, Marty sought out vocal coaches and therapy.  A Christian vocal coach named Diane Sheets really helped his progress.  Diamond Rio chose to turn their attention to a new music genre, Christian Country Music.  Why make this move?  “Times are tough right now,” says Marty. “People are reassessing what’s really important to them. Money and jobs can’t be it. It’s easy to become self-centered in success. This has affected each of the guys. It was a unified experience, but there were different stages and times of learning God’s lessons. Now everybody is in the same place. This is bigger than us.”   In 2009, “The Reason” was the first Diamond Rio CD released on World Records.  Unfortunately for the group, their career move didn’t result in commercial success although their album won a Dove Award for Country Album of the Year.  They have decided to move forward and in 2014, Diamond Rio left their new label, hoping to release any future music independently.
“I BELIEVE”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vCjzJTw0ag

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One More Day: Robin Williams RIP (Diamond Rio Tribute)

Robin Williams Dairy QueenWith the shocking death of Robin Williams, people are genuinely sad. He was so beloved and part of our culture that many feel like a family member passed away. For an actor, comedian, and humanitarian that affected so many lives, people want answers and wish Robin could have found the help and answers he desperately needed. If only Robin could live one more day and could see how many lives he affected? During times like these, music can help and even soothe the soul. Songs like Diamond Rio’s trio of “One More Day”, “I Believe”, and “You’re Gone” are heartbreaking, emotional hymns perfect for these moments. Dedicated to those we love so dearly, they’ve become healing songs for millions worldwide. As you play these songs dedicated to Robin Williams today, let’s look back at whatever happened to this mega-popular country music group?

“ONE MORE DAY” Diamond Rio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiSMi6hyjwg

diamond rio“You’re Gone”, “Meet Me In The Middle”, and “I Believe” are just three of the five #1 Country hits for Diamond Rio.   After founding their band in 1984, Diamond Rio’s blend of traditional country and modern soft rock earned the group 32 songs that landed on the Country Charts.  But in 2006, lead singer Marty Roe’s voice reached the point of such deterioration that the band questioned their future and discussed closure.  For a group that was named four times as the CMA’s Group Of the Year this was a dramatic announcement. The band members (all Christians but they admitted their actions didn’t always match their beliefs) didn’t know what to do but they turned to prayer and left the band’s future in God’s hands.  They were dropped by Arista Records and their future was in doubt.

“YOU’RE GONE” Diamond Rio

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IJiVwE1y3c

 

diamond rio the reasonIn the next three years, Marty sought out vocal coaches and therapy.  A Christian vocal coach named Diane Sheets really helped his progress.  Diamond Rio chose to turn their attention to a new music genre, Christian Country Music.  Why make this move?  “Times are tough right now,” says Marty. “People are reassessing what’s really important to them. Money and jobs can’t be it. It’s easy to become self-centered in success. This has affected each of the guys. It was a unified experience, but there were different stages and times of learning God’s lessons. Now everybody is in the same place. This is bigger than us.”   In 2009, “The Reason” was the first Diamond Rio CD released on World Records.  Unfortunately for the group, their career move didn’t result in commercial success although their album won a Dove Award for Country Album of the Year.  They have decided to move forward and in 2014, Diamond Rio left their new label, hoping to release any future music independently.

“I BELIEVE”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vCjzJTw0ag

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/five-finger-death-punch/Five Finger Death Punch’s PTSD Video“THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN” Five Finger Death Punch
With pending war in the Middle East, thoughts of our military personnel heading back into battle is a pressing issue for many. But what happens when these American heroes come back to the States after their tour of duty? These patriotic volunteers are often neglected by the country they love so dearly. Vegas rockers, Five Finger Death Punch, tackle the effects of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the impact on these soldiers years later. The powerful music video provides frightening statistics like 300,000 of those homeless in the States are veterans and 1.4 million are on the verge of this plight. FFDP created a webpage where vets can find help and share their plight. Please visit or pass along www.5fdp4Vets.com to anyone in need. A special tour jersey “No One Gets Left Behind” will be offered with proceeds benefiting these veterans. You will see a number of website and links at the end of the video if you’re interested in lending support.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_l4Ab5FRwM
“ONE OF THE BOYS” Down N’ Outz
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott has been an outspoken fan of 70′s Glam Rock. His side project, The Down ‘N’ Outz, is a Mott The Hoople cover band that recorded a CD called My ReGeneration in 2010 of 70′s favorites. Def Leppard did a similar CD in 2005 called “Yeah” where songs by David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, and T. Rex were performed. The latest cover “One Of The Boys” was a sleaze rocker B-Side for Ian Hunter forty years ago. Elliott’s version will take you back in time and you’ve got to get a kick at a drunk Joe Elliott slamming back drink after drink in the pub here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml4sVVdx7ds

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Five Finger Death Punch’s PTSD Video

“THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN” Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch Wrong Side Of HeavenWith pending war in the Middle East, thoughts of our military personnel heading back into battle is a pressing issue for many. But what happens when these American heroes come back to the States after their tour of duty? These patriotic volunteers are often neglected by the country they love so dearly. Vegas rockers, Five Finger Death Punch, tackle the effects of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the impact on these soldiers years later. The powerful music video provides frightening statistics like 300,000 of those homeless in the States are veterans and 1.4 million are on the verge of this plight. FFDP created a webpage where vets can find help and share their plight. Please visit or pass along www.5fdp4Vets.com to anyone in need. A special tour jersey “No One Gets Left Behind” will be offered with proceeds benefiting these veterans. You will see a number of website and links at the end of the video if you’re interested in lending support.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_l4Ab5FRwM

“ONE OF THE BOYS” Down N’ Outz

def-leppard-joe-elliot down outzDef Leppard’s Joe Elliott has been an outspoken fan of 70′s Glam Rock. His side project, The Down ‘N’ Outz, is a Mott The Hoople cover band that recorded a CD called My ReGeneration in 2010 of 70′s favorites. Def Leppard did a similar CD in 2005 called “Yeah” where songs by David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, and T. Rex were performed. The latest cover “One Of The Boys” was a sleaze rocker B-Side for Ian Hunter forty years ago. Elliott’s version will take you back in time and you’ve got to get a kick at a drunk Joe Elliott slamming back drink after drink in the pub here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml4sVVdx7ds

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/top-10-uncle-songs/Top 10 Uncle SongsDid you ever wonder where the term “Uncle Sam” came from? Today’s your lucky day! Uncle Sam (notice the initials) was invented by a meat packer during the U.S. War of 1812. When soldiers were given their ration of meat, they asked “who is this from?” The container was labeled U.S., so Samuel Wilson coined the phrase, “It’s from your Uncle Sam”. Before long the name was used in Yankee Doodle Dandy and I Want You posters. The word “Uncle” has been used in phrases like “cry uncle” when wrestling, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, and even found it’s way into popular music. What are the TOP 10 artists or song titles to use world UNCLE?
10. Uncle Lucious   little known Austin, TX jam band with a dash of Southern rock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdvxBxHX2U
9. Uncle Luke (aka Luke Skywalker from the 2 Live Crew)  Currently a high school football coach in his hometown of Miami, Luther Campbell’s song “The U” was dedicated to The University of Miami and used in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MapmxTJ6mvg
8. Uncle Tupelo  An alternative country rock band from the late 80′s to early 90′s, influential style
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppiol9oetOk
7. Uncle Sam  90′s R&B singer who hit the Top 10 with “I Don’t Ever Want To See You Again”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWasrUYMHgo
6. “Uncle Salty” Aerosmith song   The B-Side to Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion”, from their epic 3rd LP, Toys In The Attic)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ubc2Io3HcI
5. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Warrant song  The hardest rock song from 80′s Glam Rockers, Warrant, to ever hit the charts.  An 80′s MTV video on heavy rotation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx6f68Wd9dc
4. “Uncle John’s Band” Grateful Dead song  One of the 500 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songs that shaped rock and roll.  An essential Dead concert staple.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Y6pksouB4
3. Uncle Charlie Wilson   The lead singer of the Gap Band took on the moniker, Uncle Charlie, for his solo career.  He’s been a constant presence on the R&B charts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IPVj8e3G8g
2. “Uncle Albert” Paul McCartney and Wings song  #1 song in September 1971.  The full title is “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and it became Paul’s first #1 hit in the 70′s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI6C7L66zq8
1. Uncle Kracker  From playing turntables for Kid Rock’s early band to his debut CD in 2000, Uncle Kracker has five Top 10 singles includes “Smile”, “In A Little While”, and “When The Sun Goes Down” with Kenny Chesney
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffej15-Dgl0

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/top-10-uncle-songs/

Top 10 Uncle Songs

Uncle SamDid you ever wonder where the term “Uncle Sam” came from? Today’s your lucky day! Uncle Sam (notice the initials) was invented by a meat packer during the U.S. War of 1812. When soldiers were given their ration of meat, they asked “who is this from?” The container was labeled U.S., so Samuel Wilson coined the phrase, “It’s from your Uncle Sam”. Before long the name was used in Yankee Doodle Dandy and I Want You posters. The word “Uncle” has been used in phrases like “cry uncle” when wrestling, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s famous book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, and even found it’s way into popular music. What are the TOP 10 artists or song titles to use world UNCLE?

10. Uncle Lucious little known Austin, TX jam band with a dash of Southern rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYdvxBxHX2U

9. Uncle Luke (aka Luke Skywalker from the 2 Live Crew) Currently a high school football coach in his hometown of Miami, Luther Campbell’s song “The U” was dedicated to The University of Miami and used in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MapmxTJ6mvg

8. Uncle Tupelo An alternative country rock band from the late 80′s to early 90′s, influential style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppiol9oetOk

7. Uncle Sam 90′s R&B singer who hit the Top 10 with “I Don’t Ever Want To See You Again”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWasrUYMHgo

6. “Uncle Salty” Aerosmith song The B-Side to Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion”, from their epic 3rd LP, Toys In The Attic)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ubc2Io3HcI

5. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Warrant song The hardest rock song from 80′s Glam Rockers, Warrant, to ever hit the charts. An 80′s MTV video on heavy rotation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx6f68Wd9dc

4. “Uncle John’s Band” Grateful Dead song One of the 500 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songs that shaped rock and roll. An essential Dead concert staple.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Y6pksouB4

3. Uncle Charlie Wilson The lead singer of the Gap Band took on the moniker, Uncle Charlie, for his solo career. He’s been a constant presence on the R&B charts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IPVj8e3G8g

2. “Uncle Albert” Paul McCartney and Wings song #1 song in September 1971. The full title is “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and it became Paul’s first #1 hit in the 70′s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI6C7L66zq8

1. Uncle Kracker From playing turntables for Kid Rock’s early band to his debut CD in 2000, Uncle Kracker has five Top 10 singles includes “Smile”, “In A Little While”, and “When The Sun Goes Down” with Kenny Chesney

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffej15-Dgl0

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/awesome-mix-1-guardians-galaxy-ost/Awesome Mix #1:  Guardians Of The Galaxy OSTComic-Con, superhero movies, cosplay, cartoons come to life, big screen extravaganzas have taken over recent pop culture. The #1 movie in the country this week, Guardians Of The Galaxy, features a talking fox, a “tree guy”, and other extraterrestrial misfits who attempt to (yet again) save the universe in this Sci-Fi action/comedy. Their leader, Peter Quill, is a good old-fashioned American guy who’s part Han Solo and part Marty McFly. He brings along a special mixtape of 70′s and 80′s pop favorites to keep him connected to his life and family back on earth. Like any great mixtape, you’ve got cheesy pop, rock, and R&B all together for the perfect blend of nostalgia and a good time! 
1. “Hooked on a Feeling” Blue Swede 2:52
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZKZ_lQ5FWQ
2. “Go All the Way” Raspberries 3:21 3. “Spirit in the Sky” Norman Greenbaum 4:024. “Moonage Daydream” David Bowie 4:41 5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” Elvin Bishop 4:35
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btPKw74GQx0
6. “I’m Not in Love” 10cc 6:03
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_cVCtw7iLA
7. “I Want You Back” The Jackson 5 2:58 8. “Come and Get Your Love” Redbone 3:26 9. “Cherry Bomb” The Runaways 2:17 10. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” Rupert Holmes 4:37 11. “O-o-h Child” Five Stairsteps 3:13
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmK-LwBAJD0
12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 2:29

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Awesome Mix #1: Guardians Of The Galaxy OST

Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-teamComic-Con, superhero movies, cosplay, cartoons come to life, big screen extravaganzas have taken over recent pop culture. The #1 movie in the country this week, Guardians Of The Galaxy, features a talking fox, a “tree guy”, and other extraterrestrial misfits who attempt to (yet again) save the universe in this Sci-Fi action/comedy. Their leader, Peter Quill, is a good old-fashioned American guy who’s part Han Solo and part Marty McFly. He brings along a special mixtape of 70′s and 80′s pop favorites to keep him connected to his life and family back on earth. Like any great mixtape, you’ve got cheesy pop, rock, and R&B all together for the perfect blend of nostalgia and a good time!

1. “Hooked on a Feeling” Blue Swede 2:52

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZKZ_lQ5FWQ

2. “Go All the Way” Raspberries 3:21
3. “Spirit in the Sky” Norman Greenbaum 4:02
4. “Moonage Daydream” David Bowie 4:41
5. “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” Elvin Bishop 4:35

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btPKw74GQx0

6. “I’m Not in Love” 10cc 6:03

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_cVCtw7iLA

7. “I Want You Back” The Jackson 5 2:58
8. “Come and Get Your Love” Redbone 3:26
9. “Cherry Bomb” The Runaways 2:17
10. “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” Rupert Holmes 4:37
11. “O-o-h Child” Five Stairsteps 3:13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmK-LwBAJD0

12. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 2:29

New Post has been published on http://mikesdailyjukebox.com/get-movie-review-james-brown/Get On Up Movie Review:   James BrownLast time Hollywood released a big budget biopic of a 60′s Soul/R&B legend, multiple Oscars were awarded for “Ray”.  Will lightning strike twice with “Get On Up”, the James Brown story?    Jamie Foxx won Best Actor in 2004, but I don’t see the same award being won by Chadwick Boseman, yet a nomination seems VERY likely.    Chadwick is best known for his iconic depiction of Major League Baseball’s first African American player, Jackie Robinson, in the sports film “42″.    Most viewers didn’t know Jackie’s personality, signature moves, and image as vividly as we do the “Godfather of Soul”.   James Brown is such a memorable dancer, singer, and entertainer that any attempt to portray James will be unfairly scrutinized.    Chadwick totally committed to the role and spent months studying Brown’s mannerisms and hours in the gym training his dance moves.   His capture of James’ swagger, intensity, and spirit, plus that crazy pompadour keeps your eyes glued to the screen.GET ON UP Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FLBkvQ72Xw

The opening scenes flash back and forth between 1988 just before James Brown’s police chase and the 1940′s with James’ dirt poor family.    Director Tate Taylor did not follow a linear pattern here, lots of decade jumping, but always keeping our attention.    No matter which decade of funk we witness, Chadwick captured the look and mannerisms, but more importantly the “spirit of James Brown”.    The supporting cast is top notch.   Viola Davis (his mother), Dan Aykroyd (his manager), Octavia Spencer (aunt), Craig Robinson (Maceo Parker), and Jill Scott (his second wife).  But the stand out performance came from Nelsan Ellis, better known as Lafayette on HBO’s True Blood, as James’ best friend, Bobby Byrd.    One ultimate scene was James in the recording studio for “Please Please Please”.  The stodgy older Jewish record executive kept hearing James repeating that same line and thought it was garbage.   His manager said, “no, don’t just listen, FEEL what James is saying.”    Like a man possessed, Chadwick oozes all of the emotion out of that scene.
CALEDONIA (Scene) – Yes, that’s Little Richard in the background!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe6XGRd6GWE

Running at 138 minutes, “Get On Up” somehow managed to feel too long and too short at the same time.   Such a big life to depict in one movie, you could almost spend the entire movie on the 60′s with James rise to fame, his Apollo concerts, and the aftermath of Martin Luther King’s death.    But you’ve got to cover his 70′s Funk years, his church choir background, and the later years too.   Sadly, only about 15 minutes is spent on the 80′s (no “Living In America”).   We don’t learn much about spousal abuse, drugs, or James’ political views, as these are primarily hinted at but never developed.  But why complain over the negatives,  “Get On Up” will make you FEEL GOOD.   It’s a well acted story of a true American icon who influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones to Michael Jackson.
“PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE”   Through the years
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4w454Lape8
SOUL POWER – James Brown 1974
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N-NrucQcB8

OVERALL GRADE       9/10
FUN       10/10

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Get On Up Movie Review: James Brown

Get On Up PosterLast time Hollywood released a big budget biopic of a 60′s Soul/R&B legend, multiple Oscars were awarded for “Ray”.  Will lightning strike twice with “Get On Up”, the James Brown story?    Jamie Foxx won Best Actor in 2004, but I don’t see the same award being won by Chadwick Boseman, yet a nomination seems VERY likely.    Chadwick is best known for his iconic depiction of Major League Baseball’s first African American player, Jackie Robinson, in the sports film “42″.    Most viewers didn’t know Jackie’s personality, signature moves, and image as vividly as we do the “Godfather of Soul”.   James Brown is such a memorable dancer, singer, and entertainer that any attempt to portray James will be unfairly scrutinized.    Chadwick totally committed to the role and spent months studying Brown’s mannerisms and hours in the gym training his dance moves.   His capture of James’ swagger, intensity, and spirit, plus that crazy pompadour keeps your eyes glued to the screen.
GET ON UP Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FLBkvQ72Xw

GET on up imagesThe opening scenes flash back and forth between 1988 just before James Brown’s police chase and the 1940′s with James’ dirt poor family.    Director Tate Taylor did not follow a linear pattern here, lots of decade jumping, but always keeping our attention.    No matter which decade of funk we witness, Chadwick captured the look and mannerisms, but more importantly the “spirit of James Brown”.    The supporting cast is top notch.   Viola Davis (his mother), Dan Aykroyd (his manager), Octavia Spencer (aunt), Craig Robinson (Maceo Parker), and Jill Scott (his second wife).  But the stand out performance came from Nelsan Ellis, better known as Lafayette on HBO’s True Blood, as James’ best friend, Bobby Byrd.    One ultimate scene was James in the recording studio for “Please Please Please”.  The stodgy older Jewish record executive kept hearing James repeating that same line and thought it was garbage.   His manager said, “no, don’t just listen, FEEL what James is saying.”    Like a man possessed, Chadwick oozes all of the emotion out of that scene.

CALEDONIA (Scene) – Yes, that’s Little Richard in the background!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe6XGRd6GWE

Get On UpRunning at 138 minutes, “Get On Up” somehow managed to feel too long and too short at the same time.   Such a big life to depict in one movie, you could almost spend the entire movie on the 60′s with James rise to fame, his Apollo concerts, and the aftermath of Martin Luther King’s death.    But you’ve got to cover his 70′s Funk years, his church choir background, and the later years too.   Sadly, only about 15 minutes is spent on the 80′s (no “Living In America”).   We don’t learn much about spousal abuse, drugs, or James’ political views, as these are primarily hinted at but never developed.  But why complain over the negatives,  “Get On Up” will make you FEEL GOOD.   It’s a well acted story of a true American icon who influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones to Michael Jackson.

“PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE”   Through the years

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4w454Lape8

SOUL POWER – James Brown 1974

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N-NrucQcB8

OVERALL GRADE       9/10

FUN       10/10