SLS ~ Smells Like Sour


The Most Popular Discussion

The Most Popular DiscussionThe Smells Like Sour website was launched back on September 16, 2003. Since then, I've been maintaining it and my friend Mark Carey has been hosting it. It has become a popular destination for people looking for discussions about the latest rock song on the radio. Of course, some discussions are more popular than others.

Today I decided to check the stats to see which song has generated the most interest based on the number of posts. Much to my dismay, the song with the most posts at 191 and counting is Good Charlotte's "Girls and Boys". My friend Marc Felice submitted this awful, awful song on September 18, 2003 and the rest is history.

I should point out that exactly 13 minutes after Marc submitted "Girls and Boys" (probably because he knows how much I dislike the song) I posted the first comment trashing the band and submission. What gets me is the discussion about this song has 191 posts while the page for The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" is stalled at six replies. When it comes to popularity, mediocrity will win every time.

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SLS Submission

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

I submitted "Vaccination Scar" by The Tragically Hip. This is a great song. It's fantastic. It's vintage Hip. If you haven't heard it yet, there's a 10 second teaser on the Hip's home page. Otherwise, keep your ears open for this tune on your local Hip radio station.

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Potential SLS11

Potential SLS11We won't be unveiling the tunes that made the cut for SLS11 until late June, but I've already got a short list of songs that should make the cut. For the unaware, SLS stands for Smells Like Sour and is a theoretical compilation of the best 80 minutes of new rock from the previous six months. The SLS home page will give you access to the tunes that appeared on the first 10 editions.

It's now been over three months since we closed the books on SLS10, so without futher adieu, here are tunes that are looking good so far and a few others that are on the bubble.

Looking good...

The Strokes - Reptilia
Billy Talent - The Ex
The Offspring - (Can't Get My) Head Around You
The White Stripes - I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
Incubus - Megalomaniac
Brand New - Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
Probot - Shake Your Blood
Audioslave - What You Are
Jet - Cold Hard Bitch
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
Switchfoot - Meant to Live
High Holy Days - All My Real Friends
Thornley - So Far So Good

On the bubble...

Linkin Park - Lying From You
Nickelback - Figured You Out
Blink 182 - I Miss you

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SLS Submission

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

I submitted "So Far So Good" by Thornley. This isn't just because Ian Thornley is a fellow Torontonian but because I think this song is pretty decent and certainly worthy of SLS11 consideration.

Although I didn't submit it, there is another tune I think we should consider. I'm referring to "All My Real Friends" by High Holy Days. I've been listening to the MP3 of this song quite a bit lately and the sound has grown on me.

The fact that Thornley and High Holy Days are both Canadian bands signed to Roadrunner Records is completely coincidental. We're just pumping out a lot of good rock lately. If you look at the great debut from Billy Talent and Three Days Grace and combine that with great new material from Ontario bands like Finger Eleven, Danko Jones, Sum41, Alexisonfire and Jersey, not to mention classic Ontario bands like The Tragically Hip and Our Lady Peace, there's definitely a strong Southern Ontario new rock scene.

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SLS Submission

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

I submitted "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I must say, I really like this song. I know very little about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs but when "Maps" comes on the radio I'm all ears. It's not particularly heavy but cool in an old Pretenders kind of way.

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SLS Submission

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

I submitted "Cold Hard Bitch" by Jet. I've been contemplating the submission of this song for a while now and I finally decided to take the leap and submit the damn thing. It's pretty catchy.

Although I didn't submit it, there is another song I think is worthy of consideration. I'm referring to "Meant to Live" by Switchfoot. This song gets plenty of airplay and I always find myself singing along. I like it.

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Broken Smilies

Broken SmiliesAs regular readers know by now, a friend and I run another site called Smells Like Sour. It's essentially a place for us to maintain SLS submissions and manage the songs that qualify for our SLS complilations. If you want to know more about SLS, I'd start with this entry.

I'm on the site all the time to sort submissions into the appropriate categories and peruse the comments to see what people are digging or dissing. For the past while I've been noticing a number of comments followed by expressions like ":lol:", ":blush:", ":twisted:", ":roll:" or ":evil:". Immediately, I assumed the teens had come up with a new cyper-speak language. I've written in the past about how the SLS site has become a cesspool for cyber-kitties and their IM-speak. Still, I was curious as to what this new code meant and how everyone got on the same page without me hearing or reading a word about it, so I posted the question on the Hole - Celebrity Skin page of all places.

It turns out there is no cyber language being used by the kids that reads like ":lol:", ":blush:", ":twisted:", ":roll:" or ":evil:". The SLS site, which was built by Mark using Movable Type, has a feature now that allows someone posting comments to insert smily icons. Only this feature is busted on our site so the smilies are rendered in plain text that reads ":lol:", ":blush:", ":twisted:", ":roll:" or ":evil:".

I was convinced teenagers were using our site to communicate in some code that nobody over the age of 20 could decipher. Too funny.

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SLS Submission

SLS SubmissionI would have submitted a song via the Smells Like Sour website for SLS11 consideration, only I was beaten to it.

I was going to submit "Shake the Blood" by Probot featuring Lemmy. You can watch the very cool video online.

For the unaware, Probot is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's metal band. Grohl wrote a handful of songs for the project and created a list of "dream vocalists" to guest on each track. It's heavy and heavy is good. Give it three plays and you're hooked.

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SLS Submission

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

I submitted "Ride" by The Vines. If you haven't yet heard this new single by The Vines, you can have a listen on their site. I think it's quite good and worthy of SLS11 consideration.

The Vines were once before represented on SLS. The awesome "Get Free" appeared on SLS8.

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SLS Submission

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

Well, I didn't actually submit this song, but I was on my way to submit it when I saw it was already submitted. I was going to submit "Sic Transit Gloria..Glory Fades" by Brand New. In a nutshell, I like the song. I think it has to be considered when it comes time to pick the best 80 minutes of new rock from the past six months for SLS11. It's also a very cool title for a tune. As always, you'll be able to see the final SLS11 playlist here some time in late June.

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