The Live Music Show: Asian Dan
Gonzales and Thomas Bangalter (daft punk)
Steely Dan - Reelin' In The Years
Steely Dan is the intersection of amazing musicianship and songwriting. These are my favorite and most deep Steely Dan lyrics. I also love the harmonized guitar noodling. FYI the guitarist on the left, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter is now a Defense Expert for the US government.
James Brown Miso
Death From Above 1979 - Do It!
DFA1979 made it OK for Indie kids to like dance music. Besides coming up with some of the best bass riffs of the past 10 years, they were also the gateway drug for many kids into the electro-house-dance world.
Colin Hodgkinson - Live Bass Solo
Colin Hodgkinson is a virtuoso bassist that not many people know about. He is a man from the UK that channeled America's blues through his 4-string bass creating a sound that no one has recreated in the past century.
The Police - Next To You
This is one of the most pop punk tracks the Police have created. Watching Sting sing this incredibly catchy hook in a totally Mad Max outfit is amazing. The bridge of this live version of the track proves that they are all amazing musicians masquerading in a pop rock band.
Jaco Pastorius - Third Stone from The Sun
Jaco is the greatest bassist to ever. Period. He elevated every element of the bass guitar to a level where it could shine on its on. Most of all he did it so effortlessly and with so much swagger.
Johnny Cash Money Machine Canada Trust Commercial
Paul Simon - 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
A bizarrely introspective Pop song by Paul Simon where you get lost in the melancholy lyrics and chords of the verse. but then are suddenly awakened by the bluesy and borderline cheesy lyrics of the chorus. Plus that marching drum part by Steve Gadd is just so hypnotic.
At The Drive-In - Arc Arsenal
The most volatile band of the past 10 years, At The Drive-In makes me want to tear the world apart. You can see everyone's jaws drop during this performance at Big Day Out 2001. They are a band that you want to see fall apart onstage but somehow they are so tight and in control.
Todd Rundgren - Couldn't I Just Tell You
As Todd says, This is an example of a latest musical trend called "Power POP" proving that Todd Rundgren is a musical chameleon and musical barometer. Heis able move between genres and musical time periods with ease leave a lasting influence on everyone that hears his music. Little known fact, he wrote music for the Pee Wee Herman TV show as well scoring "Dumb and Dumber".
Ambrose Slade - Martha My Dear
Before the glam rock band Slade wrote "Cum Feel the Noize" they were, Ambrose Slade, a group of skinhead punks that enjoyed covering Beatles tunes. I love the instrumentation of this cover especially with that drum part during the verse.
John Frusciante - For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
John Frusciante was the soul and driving force of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Please do yourself a favor and get your hands on all of his solo albums. This is beautiful cover of a Simon & Garfunkel tune gets me every time.
Daniel de Lara runs Asian Dan and COLT+RANE. Daniel is also a session bassist that has toured with Jamaica, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtzlKlNyZSQ as well as working on other musical projects.