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Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.
I love celebrations. I am all about a good party, to be sure, but quiet celebrations can be just as important. They’re a way to enjoy a time of the year recognized by many or to mark a personal rite of passage. Then again, sometimes a celebration is just plain geeky. I happen to enjoy knowing the birthdates of musicians I like. It may not warrant the magnitude of a P-Funk party (George Clinton: July 22nd), but a rock star birthday is a good time to remember that fantastic live show or listen to an album by the artist you haven’t heard for way too long.
We all have them. Those songs that constantly come back to us, sometimes when we least expect it. They’re the ones we ‘re always singing in the shower or humming along to in the car, whether they’re on the radio, on the iPod, or simply in our heads.
They’re the ones that create a soundtrack, anthems to accompany the story that is our lives. No matter how old we are, what we’re doing or where we might be, they always have the power to lift us up or leave us melancholy, embolden us, put us in our place or, sometimes, make us feel on top of the world.
They are songs about us; our loves and hates, our wants and needs, and they always ensure that we’re important enough to act a leading role in the play that is our own life.
Here then, are a few of the songs that make up the soundtrack of this particular writer’s life. Humming along is, of course, mandatory.
If you’re a Paul McCartney fan, you’re likely loving all the publicity the man has been doing around his brand new studio album, NEW (don’t forget to enter to win a copy of the deluxe edition from us). But even before this week, 2013 has certainly been a banner year for Macca. Not only did it see the massive rerelease of the Wings Over America live album (we talked about that here), but around the same time the classic live concert film Paul McCartney and Wings: Rockshow was reissued on DVD and Blu-ray by our pals at Eagle Rock.
Check out the trailer and then get our take on Rockshow after the jump!
Unless you’ve been living under a classic rock…rock…you know that Sir Paul McCartney has released his brand new solo album, not so cryptically titled ‘NEW’. To celebrate McCartney’s first solo album in six years, our pals at Universal Music Canada have given us three copies of the deluxe edition of ‘NEW’ that we want to put in your hands. Here’s what you have to do:
1) Follow us on twitter @biffbampop
3) Tell us via Twitter or on our Facebook page what your favourite Paul song is – it could Beatles, Wings or solo Paul.
That’s it. Contest closes Thursday night at 11:59pm. We’ll choose three random winners on Friday, October 18th. Contest is open to citizens of the world!
Now, check out ‘Queenie Eye’ from Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘NEW’ and enter to win your copy!
It’s a brand new Biff Bam Popcast, featuring Glenn Walker, JP Fallavollita, Jason Shayer, Andy Burns and very special guest panelist, writer Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters, Mini Comics Included, ReincarNATE). In this spoiler filled episode, we take on Man Of Steel and discuss what we thought did and didn’t work, creative choices and much more.
We also celebrate the 71st birthday of Sir Paul McCartney, who recently had his classic live album Wings Over America reissued by Universal Music Canada in a variety of formats. We highlight the limited edition, multi-disc box set that is absolutely gorgeous. If you like what you see, you can order the box set here, or grab the 2 cd remastered original album here. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Enjoy the pop cast!
Add It To The Collection: Canada’s greatest exports since hockey are back with their 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels, which sees the 38-year-old band delivering a new twist on the sound that can only be described as Rush. The 12 tracks on Clockwork Angels form a narrative that tells the story of a young man travelling through a dark fictional world. The album has a very big, cinematic feel to it, but even if a sci-fi/prog-rock concept album isn’t your thing, there’s enough melody and great riffing on Clockwork Angels to make this album as listenable as anything the band has ever done.