Written by Erika Owen
There's no question that Chad Taylor has a voice (complete with an opinion, to boot) on Band Bombshell. In his write-up on one disgraceful interview with Iggy Azalea, he made it clear from the very beginning that you won't catch him humming away to any of her catchy summer hits.
He’s brought an entirely new readership to the site and helped expand the genres that we cover as a music resource. Get to know him, and you’ll quickly realize he’s great for a rousing conversation over a couple of beers. In fact, give his playlist a listen, buy him a beer the next time you see him, and share your thoughts on his tastes—you can expect everything from local hits featuring Trouble Lights to throwbacks from The Muffs. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
The Dollyrots // "Brand New Key"
"This is a fairly unnecessary, bubblegum cover of a song that was pretty bubblegum and unnecessary the first time around. But god damn if it isn't a bunch of fun anyway."
Viva Montesa // "Could You Turn My Lights On?"
"Viva Montesa have always been one of my local favorites. Ted and Gary are a couple of great guys, and I have a genuine affinity for their brand of dirty, two piece rock. The album actually does the band a bit of a disservice, as the levels are a mess, but it's still damn listenable."
Carl Perkins // "Matchbox"
"There's nothing I don't love about this song. Perkins is the founding father of Rockabilly, and one of the great American guitarists. "Matchbox" was Perkins' 1957 follow-up to "Blue Suede Shoes", and I've always preferred it."
Bright Giant // "Jake & The Gunslinger"
"Bright Giant are one of those local bands that you listen to and wonder how everyone in the world doesn't know about them by now. They're so talented, and frontman Josh Davis is such a great song writer, that it's a little ridiculous. Their best work to date is their album "Kings & Queens of Air", and this is the best track off that, and is easily the greatest song ever based off a Stephen King story."
Maxilla Blue // "Lego Blocks"
"Des Moines has a solid if under represented hip hop community, and Maxilla Blue is the cream of that crop. Asphate Woodhavet's flow reminds me a lot of Asheru, and Aeon Grey and DJ Touchnice combine to put together some of the slickest, sexiest beats you'll hear in the state."
Ani DiFranco // "Both Hands (Live)"
"Ani Difranco is my generation's John Lennon. She's a brilliant writer and I could have made an entire 8 Tracks just from her work, but "Both Hands" has always been my favorite of her songs. However, this version, taken from her 1997 live album "Living in Clip", kicks an already great song up a notch. Ani's one of a kind vocals and acoustic guitar are backed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the results are sublime."
Trouble Lights // "Safe With Me"
"This is the first thing I'd ever heard from the Ames electropop duo, and it remains my favorite. Adrien Daller and Philip Rabalais work together so well, it's like they were born to it."
The Muffs // "Oh Nina"
"The Muffs are nothing more than the best California pop punk going. Never really given their due in mainstream circles, I've always had a soft spot for their lightening fast melodies and Roy McDonald's killer drum work. Also, Kim Shattuck has one of the best primal screams in music."