Song Of The Day: 4/16/12 (Payphone)

Today’s song of the day is the just premiered new Maroon 5 song, “Payphone” featuring Wiz Khalifa. It was just performed for the first time on The Voice. The last song, Maroon 5 premiered on The Voice, was the #1 smash hit “Moves Like Jagger”. This song sounds very radio ready and I think it should do very well. What do you think of the new song? I’ve been a big Maroon 5 fan since their first album, “Songs About Jane” so I can’t wait for their new album “Overexposed” due out on June 26th.

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Song Of The Day: 3/24/12 (Safe & Sound)

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the new big thing, “The Hunger Games”. I read all of the books last summer. More like devoured them. They were just so great and addictive!!! The first movie adaptation in the trilogy, “The Hunger Games” came out yesterday and it’s setting all kinds of records. It has the #7 highest grossing midnight showing of all time and the #1 highest grossing midnight showing of all time for a movie that’s not a sequel. All the other top 10 are sequels and the next non-sequel is #18 overall. Grant it, Hunger Games will have sequels and I’m sure they will do even better, now that the cat’s out of the bag on how awesome the story is. I liked the 2nd book, “Catching Fire” even better. It was my favorite of all 3 actually. That will be out, Fall 2013. I haven’t seen “The Hunger Games” yet, but I will tonight. Can’t wait!!! On top of those records, it holds the 5th highest grossing opening day ever and #1 highest grossing opening day ever for a non-sequal. Wow!! I knew it was going to be big, but this is huge!!! All 3 of the books as well as the box set of all 3 books together hold the top 4 spots on the current Amazon top selling books list. With all of this Hunger Games fever going around, I thought it fitting for today’s song of the day to be the the song “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars from the film’s surprisingly, really good soundtrack “The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond”. The soundtrack is made up of songs by of course Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, but also Kid Cudi, Maroon 5, Neko Case, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Miranda Lambert and many others. It’s a very folky album, mostly quite, soothing and haunting tunes, that give me hope for the quality of the film itself. It’s a very grounded album and not quite what I expected from a big blockbuster movie, but very refreshing and bodes well for the film itself, showing that they are willing to take risks and not just shoved mainstream drivel down our throats. Enjoy the song of the day and go and see The Hunger Games, ASAP!!! What are you waiting for!?! Volume 11 will be here when you get back……

My Collection Of Rolling Stones: 2011

I’m a big music collector. I’ve always collected CDs, which is the main reason I still buy CDs and will never buy a digital album (unless, of course, I have free iTunes money from a gift card or something). I received an iTunes gift card once and bought “The Best Of  Hall & Oates” with it. I like them well enough, but would probably never buy the actual CD. I also collect vinyl records. I started collecting in 2006 and currently have a collection of  80. However I haven’t really bought many new records in the past 3 years. Too many bills!!! Eventually I’ll continue my collection.

I’m also a big fan of Rolling Stone magazine. I think they do a terrific job of covering so many facets of the music world and also have great writing. They also cover other areas of entertainment as well as politics, which I enjoy reading about, as well. It is really the only magazine I read other than an occasional Entertainment Weekly. I’ve always wanted to collect Rolling Stones too, but didn’t start till October 2008, because I’m a total completist. Being that I could never collect all the past issues right up to the very first issue, I decided I’d rather have no collection at all if it weren’t complete. In October 2008, Rolling Stone changed the format of the magazine from the larger, more newspaper-y format to a normal magazine format. The  first cover of this new format featured then presidential candidate Barack Obama.

I saw no better time to start collecting than that issue. At least I could have a complete collection of the new format, right!?! Since than I’ve collected every issue, even all the covers of the issues that had multiple covers and the special issues too. The first picture of this post is all the issues, multiple covers and special issues of 2011, as collected by ME. All 30!!! Although I abandoned the dream of owning every issue of Rolling Stone ever printed, I do have every issue of the new format and a replica of the very first Rolling Stone ever printed, featuring John Lennon on the cover. It doesn’t get much better than that for a first issue, does it!?! I was given this replica by a co-worker who knows how much I love music and collection Rolling Stones.

I take a lot of pride in my music collection (CDs, vinyl records, Rolling Stones and other memorabilia). They are by far my prized possessions. I’ve spent A LOT on all of it!!! I can’t even begin to imagine how much. Do any of you out there, collect anything music related or not, that you take a lot of pride in and/or consider your prized possessions?

P.S. I had a little trouble deciding what to title this post. I played around with some cheesy play on word titles. One was “Danny Collected Rolling Stones, Every One Ever Printed He Owned” (a play on a Temptations lyric from “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. Another was “Magazines Like Jagger” (a play on the Maroon 5 song title, “Moves Like Jagger” about Mick Jagger a Rolling Stone. I decided to forego the cheese and went with the simple title of “My Collection Of Rolling Stones: 2011”. Pretty self explanatory.