SLS ~ Smells Like Sour


SLS11 Unveiled!

SLS11 Unveiled!It's official! SLS11 is in the can. SLS, of course, represents the finest 80 minutes of rock from the previous six months. Here are the tunes that made the final cut. These songs, without a pause between the tracks, equal exactly 79:42.

  1. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
  2. Modest Mouse - Float On
  3. Velvet Revolver - Slither
  4. Korn - Y'all Want a Single
  5. The Killers - Somebody Told Me
  6. The Strokes - Reptilia
  7. Slipknot - Duality
  8. Audioslave - What You Are
  9. Beastie Boys - Ch-Check It Out
  10. Billy Talent - The Ex
  11. Linkin Park - Lying From You
  12. Brand New - Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
  13. The Vines - Ride
  14. The Distillers - Beat Your Heart Out
  15. Incubus - Megalomaniac
  16. Jet - Cold Hard Bitch
  17. Probot - Shake Your Blood
  18. The Offspring - Can't Get My Head Around You
  19. Switchfoot - Meant To Live
  20. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
  21. Broken Social Scene - Cause=Time
  22. The Tragically Hip - Vaccination Scar
  23. The White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

Discuss "SLS11 Unveiled!" (0 comments so far)


Good Charlotte is Very Popular

Good Charlotte is Very PopularI was looking over the statistics for our Smells Like Sour website when I noticed a disturbing trend I had to write about on the Smells Like Sour Blog. Good Charlotte is very popular.

Quick, name the song that has generated the most interest on this site. If you answered Good Charlotte - Girls And Boys, you're absolutely right. That tune has been discussed 376 at the time of this entry.

Quick, name the song that has generated the second most interest on this site. If you answered Good Charlotte - Bloody Valentine, you're on quite the roll. This tune has been discussed 230 times thus far.

And finally, name the song that has generated the third most interest on this site. If you answered Good Charlotte - Hold On, you're right yet again. That tune has been discussed 226 times as of seconds ago.

Do you notice the trend? Good Charlotte is remarkably popular. This is all the more surprising considering they're simply awful.

In my most humble opinion, Good Charlotte is a wanna-be-punk, nauseatingly mediocre band that can't possibly appeal to anyone over the age of 16. It's safe pop-rock completely void of any soul or integrity. It's horrible.

Horrible, but very popular!

Discuss "Good Charlotte is Very Popular" (0 comments so far)


What is The Reason?

What is The Reason?I wrote another entry on the Smells Like Sour Blog last night. After hearing Hoobastank's "The Reason" for the six billionth time on CFNY Edge102 I needed to vent.

When "The Reason" comes on, I dive to the tuner faster than you can say Hoobastank. In that brief moment this song enters my ears I find solace in the fact soccer moms everywhere are buying this disc, putting it on in their SUVs and getting shocked by the far better and far heavier "Out of Control".

"The Reason" is not SLS11 bound. The reason? Because it sucks.

Discuss "What is The Reason?" (1 comment so far)


Sour Talk

Sour TalkYesterday I extolled the virtues of the Smells Like Sour Blog and today I'm going to share with you yet another enhancement to our Smells Like Sour site. We've just launched Sour Talk.

SLS has always been a great place to discuss a particular tune but every once in a while I've noticed visitors have had other subjects on your mind. Who could forget this discussion started by Living Doll 29? Then, the Blink 182 - Adam's Song and Good Charlotte - Hold On discussions became forums for those contemplating suicide. And the straw that broke the camel's back, Kelley started her very own I Hate Avril Lavigne page.

So, if anyone wants a place to discuss other matters, there's now Sour Talk, an open forum for all to discuss....whatever.

Discuss "Sour Talk" (0 comments so far)


The Smells Like Sour Blog

The Smells Like Sour BlogThe SLS Homepage was launched in September 2003 but earlier tonight we launched a new addition to this site, the Smells Like Sour Blog.

I will be maintaining this new Blog, the purpose of which is to share new rock news, comment on trends detected on the SLS site and keep people in the loop as far as the selection process for SLS is concerned. SLS11 is due at the end of the month so there will be much to say.

Visit the new Smells Like Sour Blog and post a comment or two to show your support. For readers of this site, I'll make your life easier by repeating posts I make over there here and if you're interested in reading or posting comments on the subject I'll post the link for you as well.

Aren't I generous?

Discuss "The Smells Like Sour Blog" (1 comment so far)


SLS11 Shortlist

SLS11 ShortlistIt's June, and that means we'll soon be making the final decision on songs that will comprise SLS11. SLS stands for Smells Like Sour and every six months we "release" the latest version which consists of 80 minutes of what we deem to be the best music released in the previous six months. No artist can be represented more than once on each SLS and we "release" the compilation just before Christmas and Canada Day. We take SLS pretty seriously around here and Mark and I even created an SLS Homepage so the general public can submit and discuss potential songs. You can also peruse previous SLS "releases" and see what made the cut and what didn't.

With less than a month to go, here are the tunes that very well may make up SLS11, listed in alphabetical order. These songs, without a pause between the tracks, equal exactly 79:42. This morning, I realized I didn't include Metric's "Combat Baby" which is a tune that has grown on me quite a bit in recent weeks. As a result, something below will have to go to get us under 80:00.

  1. Audioslave - What You Are
  2. Beastie Boys - Ch-Check It Out
  3. Billy Talent - The Ex
  4. Brand New - Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
  5. Broken Social Scene - Cause=Time
  6. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
  7. Incubus - Megalomaniac
  8. Jet - Cold Hard Bitch
  9. Korn - Y'all Want a Single
  10. Linkin Park - Lying From You
  11. Modest Mouse - Float On
  12. Probot - Shake Your Blood
  13. Slipknot - Duality
  14. Switchfoot - Meant To Live
  15. The Distillers - Beat Your Heart Out
  16. The Killers - Somebody Told Me
  17. The Offspring - Can't Get My Head Around You
  18. The Strokes - Reptilia
  19. The Tragically Hip - Vaccination Scar
  20. The Vines - Ride
  21. The White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
  22. Velvet Revolver - Slither
  23. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Discuss "SLS11 Shortlist" (0 comments so far)


SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI submitted a song via the Smells Like Sour website for SLS11 consideration.

I submitted "Slither" by Velvet Revolver. "Slither" is a cool blend of STP and Guns N' Roses, two of my favourite bands of all time. Scott Weiland offers the STP-style vocals we all know and love while Slash and the others give you that taste of the Gunners. This is a very cool tune that gets better and better with every listen.

Velvet Revolver and Audioslave have a lot of similarities. Both are fronted by lead singers from very popular grunge-era bands. Audioslave's Chris Cornell was lead singer of Soundgarden while Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland fronted the Stone Temple Pilots. The remainder of Audioslave were members of Rage Against the Machine while the remainder of Velvet Revolver were members of Guns N' Roses. The name Audioslave is rather similar to the name Soundgarden. Audio=Sound. Velvet Revolver's name is similar to the name Guns N' Roses. A revolver is a gun and it's juxtaposed with velvet much like gun was juxtaposed with roses. And finally, a song from each band will most likely appear on SLS11. Both Audioslave's "What You Are" and Velvet Revolver's "Slither" will make the cut. You can bet on it.

Discuss "SLS Submission" (0 comments so far)


SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI was on my way to submit a song via the Smells Like Sour website for SLS11 consideration, but somebody beat me to it.

I was going to submit "Ch-Check It Out" by The Beastie Boys. I was driving in my car yesterday and it was hot and sunny and my windows were down and that's when I heard it. "Ch-Check It Out" came on and I jacked it. Nothing says summer to me like a tune from the Beasties on a hot sunny day.

Let's rock this joint in the old school way...

Discuss "SLS Submission" (0 comments so far)


SLS Feedback

SLS FeedbackOver on another page I maintain, Smells Like Sour, there are numerous discussions taking place on the latest tunes. Every once in a while I throw my two cents in the pot and comment on what I think of a particular song or band. This has interesting consequences.

I've made a few negative comments about Good Charlotte and as a result I get nasty little one line comments via my Contact Mike page telling me what an idiot I must be for not thinking Good Charlotte is the greatest band in the world. The other day I made a brief comment on the page for Hoobastank's "The Reason". I wrote the following. "This song is really whiny. It's just annoying." I wrote that because it's how I feel. I've liked Hoobastank songs in the past, but this one is a sappy, corny, syropy mess.

The folllowing was sent via the Contact Mike form as a result. I'm copying it as it was received, complete with grammatical and spelling errors, just so you can see the kind of stuff I have to deal with.

Hoobistank, does not stink!!!! They rock and send positive message!!!!! My parentts like them, what kind of genra are they directing too> KristinAshley

Who can argue with that logic?

Discuss "SLS Feedback" (0 comments so far)


SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI submitted a song via the Smells Like Sour website for SLS11 consideration.

I submitted "Vaccination Scar" by The Tragically Hip. When I hear the intro to Vaccination Scar, I'm jacking up the volume. It's vintage Hip and it's great.

Although I didn't submit it, there is another tune I think we should consider. I'm referring to "Duality" by Slipknot. I've been listening to the MP3 of this song quite a bit lately and I'm digging it.

Discuss "SLS Submission" (0 comments so far)


Previous 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Next

Want more Toronto Mike blog entries? Visit the archives.