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Baadasssss’ Top 10 Albums Of 2015
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The Simpsons - Albums of 2015

I’ve been writing for Geeks of Doom since April 2008. In that time I have written about the occasional soundtrack release, but never before in my time or anywhere else have I attempted to write a list of the best new music I heard over the course of a year. Please bear with me, dear readers as I get into my picks for my Top 10 Albums of 2015.

Two years before I joined the Geeks writing staff, I was employed by my local Tower Records and Video. From the summer of 1999 to just a few days shy of Christmas 2006 when the nationwide chain shut down forever, I worked full time at Tower and loved almost every minute of my time there. Each day I was exposed to music from countless genres, and having that job deepened my appreciation of music I either dabbled in previously or was never exposed to at all. I was listening to a lot more rap, jazz, opera, bluegrass, gospel, and indie rock than ever before and developing a deeply emotional and intellectual appreciation for how each album was lovingly crafted and the unique history behind every song.

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The Drill Down 308: Lessons Learned and The Road Ahead
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We ring in the New Year with our first new show of 2014! This week we discuss a new Pebble watch, cloud gaming on Sony PlayStation, T-Mobile wants to pay you to switch, Facebook is dead to teens, are digital music downloads already obsolete?…the legacy of the Snowden NSA leaks, and a cube that balances on its edge.

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Edgar Wright Discusses The Importance Of Each Song On ‘The World’s End’ Soundtrack
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The World's End Soundtrack

The World’s End has arrived; not the actual one (that was back in December 2012, so we were told), but the third and final movie in writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg‘s genre-bending and blending “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy – read my review here – that also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

This past Tuesday, the soundtrack was made available was released on CD and MP3. As with his filmmaking contemporaries Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson, Edgar Wright plans out the various songs he intends to feature in his movies early in the pre-production stage and uses them to express the inner thoughts and emotions of his characters when dialogue simply won’t do the trick. In a recent interview with Indiewire, Wright went track by track on the World’s End O.S.T. and discussed the role each selected tune plays in the film’s narrative.

According to the director the songs that comprise the soundtrack were chosen specifically as a means of linking the character Gary, played by Pegg, to his fruitless pursuit of good times all the time in the face of middle age.

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$5 MP3 Album Deal: Patton Oswalt’s ‘Werewolves and Lollipops’
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Werewolves and Lollipops

In the summer of 2004 Patton Oswalt‘s career in comedy went supernova almost overnight when his first stand-up CD Feelin’ Kinda Patton was released. In that instant he evolved from a moderately well-known comedian and King of Queens co-star to one of the universe’s funniest and imaginative personalities. Three years after the release of his first CD, Oswalt made a blazing return to record stores with his brilliantly titled follow-up album Werewolves and Lollipops; its unheralded genius, coupled with the successful theatrical release that summer of the Pixar animated delight Ratatouille, confirmed Oswalt as a force to be reckoned with in the world of comedy.

This month, Patton Oswalt’s epic second comedy album is on sale at Amazon as part of their monthly $5 MP3 deal. You can also check out more of these deals at the main sale page and order Werewolves and Lollipops on CD here.

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$5 MP3 Deal: Green Day – Insomniac
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Green Day - Insomniac

Green Day’s fourth album, Insomniac, was a darker affair than its predecessors but is considered by some as the album the Californian trio has never bettered. Right now you can download the brilliant Insomniac for $5 on Amazon.com.

Before they got all political and tried to stick it to “The Man,” Green Day wrote impossibly catchy punk rock. Songs like “Geek Stink Breath” and “Walking Contradiction” for a long time defined their sound and were hugely influential to the genre in the mid-90s.

Every month Amazon reduces the price of 100 MP3 albums to only $5. The deals run out at the end of the month, so if you want an MP3 copy of Insomniac at this price order before December 31, 2011,11:59 PST.

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Free MP3: ‘Alright (Live)’ By King’s X
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King's X Live Love In LondonThe FREE MP3 song of the day over at Amazon today is “Alright (Live)” by King’s X.

Note, this freebie is only for today, Thursday November 18, until midnight PST.

Another note: FREE.

“Alright (Live)” is from the double live album Live Love In London, which is available now in MP3 format for $9.49, and comes with 19 songs, plus a downloadable PDF of the CD booklet.

The Live Love In London CD version is available now for $14.38; there’s also a Deluxe CD/DVD coming out on November 22, 2010, which is a 2-disc CD set, along with a live concert DVD.

Live Love In London was taped during the band’s live concert on January 22nd, 2009 at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London.

Noteworthy songs on the album are “Black Flag,” “It’s Love,” “Over My Head,” and “Goldilox.”

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MP3 Deal: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’
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pink floyd dark side of the moonThe MP3 album deal of the day over at Amazon today is the Pink Floyd classic Dark Side Of The Moon for only $1.99.

First of all, if you don’t already own this Pink Floyd album, you really need to, like now. Second, it’s $2, I can’t stress enough how crazy insane it would be to pass up grabbing it now if you won’t already own it (see previous sentence).

There’s a reason Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best-selling albums of all time: the 1973 release has 9 songs and you’d be hard-pressed to find one even mediocre song, let alone one that’s bad. In my opinion, this is the band’s best album (even topping The Wall, which I love too).

Just trust me on this one, people, snag this baby for a mere $2 and have a lifetime of enjoyment (or at least while MP3 format lasts). This deal might end at the end of today (though, there’s a chance it will continue through the weekend). Don’t miss out!

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MP3 Deal: ‘Singin’ In The Rain – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’
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Today’s MP3 deal of the day over at Amazon today is the soundtrack to the movie Singin’ In The Rain for only $2.99.

I know, some of you are kneeling over in shock that I’m writing about music that isn’t metal (hey, that’s not even rock!), but I am still a movie lover, and let me tell you, I LOVE movie soundtracks and scores, especially if they’re from a musical.

This one is a true classic movie and one of the greatest musicals ever. I’m planning on listening to the soundtrack all night and think about my dearly departed loved ones who introduced me to classic movies like Singin’ In The Rain as a child (excuse me, I’m getting verklempt just thinking about it).

The 1952 musical comedy starred the singing and dancing talents of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds — that’s Princess Leia’s mom for all you geeks out there, and that was enough for me to watch the movie when I was little.

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MP3 Deal: The New Phish Album ‘Joy’
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The MP3 deal of the day over at Amazon today is Joy, the new album by the band Phish, for only $3.99.

Joy, which is also available audio CD for only $7.99, is the rock band’s fourteenth studio album and their first after their break-up and subsequent reunion shows.

From what I’ve read, the songs on this albums have been played out live already; Joy has 10 new songs, along with a live version of one of them — “Backwards Down The Number Line.”

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MP3 Deal: Black Crowes ‘Before The Frost…Until The Freeze’
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The MP3 deal of the day over at Amazon today is the new double album from The Black Crowes Before The Frost…Until The Freeze for only $3.99.

If you purchase the MP3 version, you instantly receive all 20 songs; the CD version comes with the first 11 songs, along with a code to download the rest of the songs for free; there will also be a limited-edition vinyl release.

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