SLS ~ Smells Like Sour


Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS19 consideration. I'm submitting "Jigsaw Falling Into Place" by Radiohead.

Those who celebrate the supposed demise of Radiohead should give this track from In Rainbows another listen. It's a fantastic single, and like "Bodysnatchers", it's SLS-worthy.

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Foo Fighters - Long Way To Ruin

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS19 consideration. I'm submitting "Long Way To Ruin" by the Foo Fighters.

Hey kids, you're not going to believe this, but Mr. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters fame used to play drums in that band your dad keeps talking about. That's right, lead singer rock star Dave Grohl was the drummer for Nirvana. No foolin'...

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Serj Tankian - Sky Is Over

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS19 consideration. I'm submitting "Sky Is Over" by Serj Tankian.

I'm a sucker for Serj's delivery. I'm a big System of a Down fan who always preferred the tracks with Serj on vocals. This is yet another Serj winner. This isn't the official video but some fan thing I found on the 'Tube.

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Is SLS Dead?

slsI remember when we launched the Smells Like Sour website. Mark and I were quite enthusiastic. Smells Like Sour, or SLS if you prefer, was our Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. If we dug a tune, it was SLS-worthy and this site would act as a tremendous forum where people could openly debate what song was or wasn't up to snuff.

The site is quite popular, and there's lots of traffic and discussions, but neither Mark nor I have the time or interest in maintaining it. That doesn't mean SLS is dead, it just means the official SLS site has been running on auto-pilot for a while now and will probably do so for a while longer. We didn't even add a page for SLS18 which was unveiled a few weeks ago.

Most of you don't know or care about SLS, but I still believe in the SLS spirit and I've been using this blog to keep her going. Here are my SLS links of importance.

SLS ain't dead, it's just camping out here for a while until its parents get their shit together.

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Queens of the Stone Age - Make It Wit Chu

slsI'm submitting a song for SLS19 consideration. I'm submitting "Make It Wit Chu" by Queens of the Stone Age.

It totally dig this bluesy QOTSA number. It's quite unlike any QOTSA song I've ever heard, and I own the entire catalogue. This sucker plods along and when it ends you're forced to play it again. Go ahead, try and play it just once.

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Deconstructing SLS18

SLSNow that SLS18 is in the bag, it's time to deconstruct the 20 tunes that made the final cut. How much of SLS18 is CanCon? How many artists are making their first appearance on SLS? Find out the answers to these questions and more below.

  • Canadian Content - 6 (Arcade Fire, Kevin Drew, Matthew Good, illScarlett, Stars & The Weakerthans)
  • Making Their SLS Debut - 9 (Against Me!, Band of Horses, Kevin Drew, Matthew Good, Interpol, The Raveonettes, Serj Tankian, Eddie Vedder & The Weakerthans) (of course, we've heard from Kevin, Matt, Serj and Eddie on SLS before...)
  • Artists That Also Appeared On SLS17 - 7 (Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, IllScarlett, Linkin Park, Queens of the Stone Age, Silversun Pickups & The White Stripes)
  • Providing a Female Voice - 2 (Stars & The Raveonettes)
  • Longest Current SLS Streak - 4 (Arctic Monkeys)
  • Longest SLS Drought Ended - 9 (Radiohead)

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SLS18 Unveiled

slsIt is with great privilege and honour that I unveil to you the final song list for SLS18. For an SLS primer, go here and to see what appeared on SLS17, go here.

We listened to hours and hours of new rock before deciding upon these 20 tracks. Without further ado, I give you SLS18.

  1. Stars - Take Me To The Riot
  2. Serj Tankian - Empty Walls
  3. Band of Horses - Is There A Ghost
  4. Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
  5. Kevin Drew - Backed Out On The...
  6. The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight
  7. Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun
  8. Foo Fighters - The Pretender
  9. The Raveonettes - Aly, Walk With Me
  10. The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)
  11. Velvet Revolver - The Last Fight
  12. Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver
  13. Queens of the Stone Age - 3's and 7's
  14. Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker
  15. Ill Scarlett - Nothing Special
  16. Linkin Park - Bleed it Out
  17. Matthew Good - Born Losers
  18. Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
  19. Silversun Pickups - Well Thought Out Twinkles
  20. Against Me! - Thrash Unreal

I just updated The Complete SLS Database. Look for SLS19 in late June, 2008.

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The SLS18 Home Stretch

slsWe're about to put the 18th edition of SLS to bed and for the first time since we started throwing SLS together I've taken my eye off the prize. The past three months have been insanely busy... I haven't even looked at smellslikesour.com let alone maintained the sucker. Still, the show must go on and SLS18 is due at the end of the month.

If you're wondering what the hell this SLS thing is, this guide answers your FAQs. In a nutshell, we (and we is essentially me, although I let one other dude think he's part of the process) pick 20 songs every six months and bless them as SLS-worthy.

Here are the twenty I'm looking at for SLS18. I'll lay down the final tracks in a few weeks.

  • Against Me! - Thrash Unreal
  • Arcade Fire - No Cars Go
  • Arctic Monkeys - Teddy Picker
  • Attack in Black - Young Leaves
  • Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun
  • Foo Fighters - The Pretender
  • Ill Scarlett - Nothing Special
  • Interpol - The Heinrich Maneuver
  • Linkin Park - Bleed it Out
  • Matthew Good - Born Losers
  • Queens of the Stone Age - 3's and 7's
  • Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
  • Serj Tankian - Empty Walls
  • Silverchair - Straight Lines
  • Silversun Pickups - Well Thought Out Twinkles
  • Stars - Take Me To The Riot
  • The Weakerthans - Civil Twilight
  • The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You're Told)
  • Velvet Revolver - The Last Fight

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Serj Tankian's Empty Walls

slsI just submitted a song for SLS18 consideration. I submitted "Empty Walls" by Serj Tankian.

A big System of a Down fan, I wanted more Serj. His solo effort, Elect the Dead, gives me what I asked for, and this single rocks. It's a slam dunk for SLS18 which we'll put to bed in a few weeks.

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Arctic Monkeys' Teddy Picker

slsI just submitted a song for SLS18 consideration. I submitted "Teddy Picker" by Arctic Monkeys.

I've been neglecting my SLS duties lately. I apologize. I'll be giving SLS TLC ASAP, K?

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