Music Video of the Day, another 100! (And all from the start!)

Yet another 100 Music Video of the Day videos! The first year, and the next 100. In a few months, year two will be complete!

I have added all the videos prior as well (click at the end of this post), mostly for my benefit, as it makes searching easier. I have accidentally had a couple of duplicates, but fixed them shortly thereafter.

Click the video number to get the original tweet of the video in question. I noticed Snapcase, #353, is now private, that is because since I featured it, VEVO has uploaded numerous Snapcase videos. I definitely have not checked them all, however it is interesting to see their fate. Hopefully if gone, they will have been uploaded by someone else, the record label, or VEVO.

Also, I started a Blogger blog to feature every video individually (starting at #575), the aptly titled Music Video of the Day or the full name to avoid confusion (and to plug my Twitter/blog): Music Video of the Day (via @tmmblog – toomuchmusic.wordpress.com)

#MVOD is now up to #617 as of this posting. To view 566 to 617, of course visit my Twitter, @tmmblog, and for quicker access, just click on ‘favorites.’

On with the list!

#565 Jenn Grant – How I Met You
#564 Grimes – Oblivion
#563 Adele – Chasing Pavements
#562 The Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
#561 Sheryl Crow – Steve McQueen
#560 Joan Osborne – Right Hand Man
#559 Alanis Morissette – Hand In My Pocket
#558 Leona Lewis – Better In Time
#557 Robin Thicke – Magic
#556 Dido – Hunter
#555 St. Vincent – Cheerleader
#554 Pink Floyd – High Hopes
#553 PJ Harvey – Good Fortune
#552 Faith No More – A Small Victory
#551 Goldfrapp – Yellow Halo
#550 Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars – Safe & Sound
#549 The Balconies – Kill Count
#548 The Cure – Just Like Heaven
#547 A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick it?
#546 De La Soul – Eye Know
#545 Enya – Only Time
#544 The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
#543 No Doubt – Bathwater
#542 Whitney Houston – Greatest Love of All
#541 Art of Noise – Close (To The Edit)
#540 Gwen Stefani – What You Waiting For? (Director’s Cut)
#539 Our Lady Peace – Superman’s Dead
#538 Sarah McLachlan – Into the Fire
#537 Kathleen Edwards – In State
#536 Kathleen Edwards – Six O’Clock News
#535 Foo Fighters – These Days
#534 Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Date With The Night
#533 House Of Pain – Shamrocks And Shenanigans
#532 The Presidents of the United States of America – Peaches
#531 Ignite – Bleeding
#530 Imogen Heap – Headlock
#529 Garbage – Breaking Up The Girl
#528 Tina Dico – On The Run
#527 Katy B – Louder
#526 OK Go – Here It Goes Again
#525 Alice In Chains – Man In The Box
#524 Regina Spektor – Samson
#523 Melanie C – Goin’ Down
#522 Descendents – I’m the One
#521 Emeli Sandé – Next To Me
#520 Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There
#519 K-OS (ft. Saukrates) – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman
#518 Lilly Wood and The Prick – This is a Love Song
#517 Sloan – Unkind
#516 Royal Wood – Do You Recall
#515 The Black Keys – Lonely Boy
#514 Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug
#513 Social Distortion – I Was Wrong
#512 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop
#511 Marina and the Diamonds – Oh No!
#510 Gravediggaz – Diary of a Madman
#509 Sarah Brightman – Captain Nemo
#508 Rise Against – Make It Stop (September’s Children)
#507 Chiddy Bang – Ray Charles
#506 Le Tigre – TKO
#505 Bad Religion – Infected
#504 Crash Test Dummies – Keep a Lid on Things
#503 Eric B. & Rakim – Follow The Leader
#502 LL Cool J – I’m Bad
#501 Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name
#500 Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
#499 The Offspring – All I Want
#498 Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On
#497 Dire Straits – Tunnel of Love
#496 Geggy Tah – Whoever You Are
#495 Ariane Moffatt – Montréal
#494 Catatonia – Road Rage
#493 Bing Crosby & David Bowie – The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth
#492 Kathleen Edwards – Change The Sheets
#491 The Be Good Tanyas – It’s Not Happening
#490 Melanie Doane – Happy Homemaker
#489 The Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat
#488 U2 – Get on Your Boots
#487 Rancid – Crane Fist
#486 Jully Black – DJ Play My Song
#485 Caracol – Certitudes
#484 Rihanna – Cheers (Drink To That)
#483 The Cardigans – For What It’s Worth
#482 Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way
#481 Beck – Where It’s At
#480 Kenna – Freetime
#479 Noisettes – Scratch Your Name
#478 Lauryn Hill – Doo Wop (That Thing)
#477 RUN-DMC – Rock Box
#476 The Ramones – Howling at the Moon (Sha-La-La)
#475 The Donnas – Skintight
#474 The Smiths – Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
#473 Charlotte Cornfield – All of the Pretty Mistakes
#472 Sarah Slean – Sweet Ones
#471 t.A.T.u. – All About Us
#470 Raised Fist – Breaking Me Up
#469 Rancid – Red Hot Moon
#468 Sheryl Crow – Leaving Las Vegas
#467 The Cranberries – When You’re Gone
#466 Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why

Click to view all the rest from the beginning (unless you are reading from the direct link to this post!)

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Punk Rock Wisdom – Earth Day 2012 special edition

NOW is definitely the time to act in favour of the environment. Really, ‘now’ has been the keyword for years now.

With Earth Day 2012 upon us, it is once again time to draw attention to the environment. Although this should be a given in today’s day and age. This blog post is my second Punk Rock Wisdom post here, and will identify three punk rock songs that have brought attention to climate change (and one bonus video at the end)

I truly wonder what the Earth will be like 50 years from now. Even 25 years is a concern, seeing as that is the approximate time frame until we run out of oil, and potentially clean water. Using resources wisely will be unbelievably important from here on in for the survival of the human race. As the population rises, the demand for resources will be very high (clean water especially) potentially causing conflict we cannot imagine. I remain optimistic. Many governments, and especially corporations are slow to adapt environmental policies not being able to see the positives of environmentally friendly ways. If the people demand change, it will have to come. Just like the Occupy movement, we are the 99%. However, I digress.

I will start off with the oldest song, that being No Use for a Name’s “Until It’s Gone.” No Use for a Name formed back in 1987 in San Jose, California. “Until It’s Gone” is the first track from their third release, from 1993! The first verse sums up the pollution well:

Buildings will replace the trees
Pollution will replace the air we breathe
I’m close to the mountain, just miles away
But I can’t see the hills from here today

It continues, perhaps a bit more grim, and a little off, at least as far as the next few decades go, but it definitely brings attention to the issue:

We can’t just let it pass us by
And as I look into the sky
Something in the atmosphere is telling me it won’t be here for long

Take a picture of this place cos extinction is not so far away
Our skin will fry like a steak well done
When there’s nothing between us and the sun

A later line, “we’ll have to learn from all our big mistakes” rings true today for sure.

Next is a local punk rock band that would later become a worldwide pop-punk phenomenon, Reset (eventually a couple of members would form Simple Plan).

Reset’s debut, No Worries (1996), was a local punk rock hit, and province wide for that matter! The first track, “Everyday” is the one of note now.

The first line speaks volumes:

Everyday unconsciously we throw away what could be saved

I believe we still unfortunately live in a throwaway society. So much still gets tossed into the garbage, and much unintentionally ends up in our waterways (for instance the mercury we ingest from eating fish — mercury we tossed in the first place). From Swiffer cleaning cloths to disposable razors to disposable coffee cups with plastic lids to shampoo loaded with chemicals (including the body products with those cleaning beads, which are in fact plastic!), and the list could go on, unfortunately!

The old saying, “reduce, reuse, recycle,” very much still applies. With the emphasis in that order. Cut down on bringing new stuff into our lives. Then what we can, reuse it as much as possible, and when tossing stuff, recycle. And in the latter case, recycle responsibly, bring electronics and hazardous materials to recycling stations where they will be handled responsibly.

A big guilty party is the oil industry and all the associated products and by-products. Do I think plastic has made our lives easier? Yes! Could I live without plastic nowadays, well, yes, but not living with all of our modern comforts. Am I against excessive use of plastics that eventually ends up being ingested by animals, and clogging our waterways, and whatever more detrimental effects? Yes.

Most people would be against big oil, yet we continue to very much help them out financially. If we thought about it that way, and tried to use less plastic just so they would get less of our money, that alone would be speaking volumes!

The next line in the song nails it as well:

Our natural resources are getting wasted everyday

There is so many precious metals that go into our everyday electronics, including cell phones, one can wonder how long this can go on for! I am very much pro-technology (that is how you are reading this!), and I would like future generations to be able to enjoy the ever improving technology in a nice clean world.

Lastly, Bad Religion’s “Kyoto Now!”. This was from their 2002 album The Process of Belief. Of course, named after the Kyoto Protocol

The entire song is quite good, with numerous great lines.

we can’t do nothing and think someone else will make it right

We are all in this, we all have to act. It won’t magically get better on its own!

But the way it is cannot persist for long

As I referred to above, the number of years till everything takes a drastic turn for the worse could be quite soon!

And in relation to all our clutter stuff:

It’s never really what you own but what you threw away
And how much did you pay?

Imagine how much better the world would be presently without our addiction to stuff? And I am guilty too, especially in the days of ‘yore, but I try to simplify now, less truly is more!

And lastly, very much true:

The arid torpor of inaction will be our demise

The Earth will still exist, it will recover, but who knows about the human race.

Every action has a reaction. We’ve got one planet one chance.

Click for full lyrics to all songs, including Rise Against’s “Ready to Fall.”

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New music preview, Metric – Synthetica

Well, I was originally was going to reblog the blog post I first saw about the new Metric (not quite as easy as retweeting!), but his post is fairly personal, so I will just ‘borrow’ from it! Original post can be found here: New Music 2012 – Part 14 – Metric ‘Synthetica’

So the new Metric, Synthetica, is due for release June 12, and the first single, “Youth Without Youth”, will be released on May 1, 2012.

According to Emily Haines, Synthetica “is about forcing yourself to confront what you see in the mirror when you finally stand still long enough to catch a reflection. Synthetica is about being able to identify the original in a long line of reproductions. It’s about what is real vs what is artificial.”

Perhaps it is just me, but I find the cover art would feel at home on a Rush album, and Emily’s comments could easily have come from Geddy Lee referring to a Rush album!

Click the above image for a massive JPEG of the album cover. And below, the album cover upside down to save you the trouble of standing on your head, or turning your monitor upside down…

Full tracklisting:

1. “Artificial Nocturne”
2. “Youth Without Youth”
3. “Speed the Collapse”
4. “Breathing Underwater”
5. “Dreams So Real”
6. “Lost Kitten”
7. “The Void”
8. “Synthetica”
9. “Clone”
10. “The Wanderlust”
11. “Nothing But Time”

Head on over to the official Metric website, ilovemetric.com for plenty of tidits on the new album, and “when the lyrics are where they belong, a secret little prize will be unlocked. And so it begins…”

More Metric: Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud.

Follow me on Twitter, where I tweet everything about music, including new music releases (watch for hashtag #FutureMusic)!

Edit (June 9, 2012): The album can now be streamed online at Metric’s Soundcloud page!

Edit (June 13, 2012): Music video real soon!

Edit (June 15, 2012) Out now!

Spring cleaning post #2: Music podcasts I’m listening to

Second spring cleaning post! A few podcasts and radio shows. I just added a few words to this to fix it up.


Huey Morgan, frontman of the band Fun Lovin’ Criminals, has a show over at BBC 6 Music. I only just discovered it.

The Huey Show (listen online)

I see Don Letts (I don’t know him too well, but I will call him the John Peel of punk/reggae) also has a show on 6 Music:

Don Letts (listen online)

A good old Nellie McKay podcast @ Maximum Fun blog

I listened to this in May of 2010, not a bad podcast from CBC Radio 3. CBC Radio 3 Extended Play: Interviews and Ideas, EP #10 – Is Music a Universal Language? (scroll down and click the MP3 link)

Propagandhi (awesome Canadian punk rock band) started a new podcast that to date lasted all of two episodes!

Propagandhi podcast

More Propagandhi, and similar (old) podcasts over at G7 Welcoming Committee Records