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Episode 173 - Top Ten Songs From 1975 & 1976 w/Ryan Blake
July 03, 2015 08:58 AM PDT
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Everyone knows about the glory years of the early 70's, when The Stones, The Who, and Zeppelin were at their peak. Everyone talks about the late 70's, when punk and new wave ruled the scene. But what about those years in the middle? Like John Lennon, music had a bit of a 'lost weekend' in the mid-70's. However, if you peel back your bead curtain and look through the cocaine haze, you'll find that the mid-70's had some amazing music in it's own right. Ben is joined by the old boy himself Ryan Blake to explore 2 years from this bypassed-amongst-rock-historians period. Why these two years? We try not to get too self-indulgent during these podcasts, but '75/'76 just so happen to be the years of Ben and Ryan's births, one year and three days apart. Go figure. Anyway, enjoy!

Ryan (and Ben) are still cookin' up some classic soul tunes with LA Soul Project. Find out more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lasoulproject

Episode 172 - Top Ten Punk Rock Frontmen/Frontwomen w/Norb Rozek
June 26, 2015 08:00 AM PDT
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Like in any genre, if you want a legendary band, you gotta have a legendary frontperson. In punk rock this could be just about anyone, as long as they bring every ounce of energy, swagger and attitude they possess into their game. Having some serious vocal chops, a sense of humor and a filthy mouth also helps fit the bill. From Iggy and Joey, to Jello and Handsome Dick Manitoba, the greatest front men and women in punk rock all had one thing in common - they could command a stage and cause a riot, the final 2 abilities needed to be a legend in the field. Ben is joined by a punk rock legend in his own right, the one and only Rev. Norb Rozek, frontman to Boris The Sprinkler, Suburban Mutilation and other collections of punkers dating back to the early 1980's. Norb knows a thing or two about this particular subject, and regales with personal stories involving the guys and gals in our countdown. Behold the best of the best in punk!

Norb's current band Rev Norb & The Onions can be seen touring all over God's green earth, especially the Midwest of the USA. Find out more at:
https://www.facebook.com/revnorbonions

Episode 171 - Top Ten Songs About Hard Times w/Maurice Bursztynski
June 19, 2015 09:38 AM PDT
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Throughout history, people who are struggling with poverty, hunger, drug abuse, homelessness and other ills of society have often turned to music as a coping mechanism and a way to find light in the darkness. When you're going through hard times, it's strange but true that sometimes you want to hear music you can relate to, music that reflects the struggle. Somebody DOES know you when you're down and out. There's been hundreds of great songs about hard times and Ben is joined via Skype all the way from Melbourne, Australia by one of our favorite returning guests, the host of the Love That Album Podcast, the mighty Maurice Bursztynski. Ben and Maurice know a thing or two about "doing it tough", as the Aussies say, and we bet a lot of you do too.

Maurice's lovely podcast "Love That Album" is still going strong(and Ben will be a guest on an episode coming out very soon). Subscribe on Itunes here:
https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=lovethatalbum

Maurice is also the co-host of another fabulous podcast called "See Hear", which breaks down the best music-related films of all time:
http://seehear.podbean.com/

Episode 170 - Top Ten Breakup Songs Volume 2 w/Shannon Hurley
June 12, 2015 01:24 AM PDT
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We hope everyone listening stocked up on Kleenex because this s**t's about to get heavy. The great Shannon Hurley is back for her __teenth appearance to help serve up another helping of heartbreak. Behold Volume 2 of Top Ten Breakup Songs. Don't say we didn't warn ya.

For more heartbreak, misery and beautiful tunes about break ups, check out Volume 1 at the ol' archive page:
https://www.mixcloud.com/beneisen/all-time-top-ten-episode-20-top-ten-breakup-songs-whans-dekline/

Shannon Hurley is proudly releasing her 4th studio album 'Switch It On" this week. There's news about a release party in LA this Monday as well as updates and downloads at her website: http://shannonhurley.com/

Episode 169 - Top Ten Rap Songs Of The 80's - Dan Ewen VS Guy Opochinski
June 05, 2015 06:27 AM PDT
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This may sound strange (and gross) but the 1980's was a giant petri dish - an experimental time in music where a completely original American art form was taking shape. The 1980's were the formative years of hip hop culture. In 1980, hip hop culture and rap music were barely learning to crawl. By the end of the decade, they were poised for domination, which as we all know happened in full force in the 90's. It's fascinating to watch and hear the evolution take place and who better to break it down than ATTT's resident hip hop specialist Dan Ewen. Dan matches wits (and beats) with ATTT newcomer Guy Opochinski, who holds his own in this epic battle to see who can play the greatest rap songs of the decade that made rap and hip hop.

If you missed it, Dan co-hosted Top Ten Hip Hop Songs Of The 90's a while back. Continue the history lesson here: https://www.mixcloud.com/beneisen/episode-126-top-ten-hip-hop-songs-of-the-90s-dan-ewen-vs-aaron-cohen/

Dan and Guy are both hysterical on the Twitter machine. Find them at @VaguelyFunnyDan & @TheGuyDF respectively.

Episode 168 - Top Ten Sophomore Albums w/David Daskal
May 29, 2015 08:51 AM PDT
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What makes a legacy band? A legacy. To be considered an all-time great you have to have an impressive discography that proves over time that you weren't just a fluke or flavor-of-the-month. The legacy-building begins with the difficult-to-pull-off great second album. In many cases, you've had your entire life to write that debut album, now the record company wants new product and they want it now. How you respond will make or break your status as a band that will last. The always enigmatic David Daskal makes his triumphant return to GoodList Studios and helps Ben sort out the cream of the crop, and most great bands and artists throughout pop history have nailed their sophomore album. Behold the best of the best.

David's stellar Eagles tribute band Best Of My Love can be found all over Southern California giving audiences an authentic look at one of the biggest bands in rock history. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/BestOfMyLoveEaglesTribute?fref=ts

Episode 167 - Top Ten Songs About Gambling w/Susan Atkinson
May 22, 2015 09:24 AM PDT
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In this high-stakes game that we call life, there are endless things to wager on. Whether you're speaking metaphorically, figuratively or literally, gambling is a fascinating subject for a song, something that Ben and first-time guest, the lovely Susan Atkinson can attest to. We could spout out endless cliches here in this introduction - you know, how playing with the queen of hearts ain't really smart and the ace of spades is the only card we need, and so forth - but we'd rather just mention this disclaimer: if this episode causes you to sell your car, house and wife and blow everything you have in Vegas, we're not responsible. Just don't do it. Enjoy! smiley

Episode 166 - Top Ten Karaoke Classics Vol. 1 w/Gabe Scalone
May 15, 2015 09:16 AM PDT
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For fans of music and embarrassment, there's nothing like a night of karaoke. What could be better than getting together with friends, having a few drinks, and belting out the most entertaining and/or cheesy songs of all time. Longtime karaoke veteran Gabe Scalone joins Ben (who has been known to throw down some tunes on occasion) to count down the first volume of songs that were made to be annihilated on stage in a alcoholic haze. They also offer pointers, little tricks of the trade to maximize your outing and have a total blast. Take this one to your heart, or at least your liver.

Episode 165 - Top Ten "Weird Al" Yankovic Songs w/Steven Leavitt
May 08, 2015 09:35 AM PDT
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The number of artists in music that have remained vital and relevant for the past 35 years can be counted on one hand. It's a true testament to the genius of the man. Yes, we're talking about the Weird one. All Time Top Ten is over the moon with excitement to finally pay tribute to a true legend in music and comedy. A future member of the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame (if there's any justice), and proud recipient of a Number One album in 2014, "Weird Al" Yankovic has been a part of our lives for longer than we can remember. And there are more than enough amazing parodies, polkas, and original classics to fill 2 episodes, so Ben and special guest Steven Leavitt try their best to bring you the cream of the crop. Behold the majesty of musical comedy - behold his royal Weirdness. We are so not worthy.

This week's guest Steven Leavitt's business I Create Sound is designed to help up-and-coming musicians with advice on studio design, home recording help and more. Go here for deets:
https://www.facebook.com/I.Create.Sound

Episode 164 - Top Ten Songs Based On Works Of Fiction w/Chris Wolffing
May 01, 2015 08:54 AM PDT
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From the works of Shakespeare and Tolkien to comic books, movies and video games; songwriters can take inspiration from fictional stories and turn them into their own sublime creations. This week's podcast digs deep to find some of the most haunting, moving and/or ridiculous musical adaptations to some of the world's most beloved works of fiction. Ben is joined via Skype by 'Professor' Chris Wolffing to tackle this literary topic and hopefully inspire you to be inspired.

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