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Episode 177 - Top Ten Musical Late Bloomers w/The Fish
July 31, 2015 08:39 AM PDT
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Rock n roll is a young whippersnapper's game, this is the rule. However, as we all know rules are meant to be broken, and this week's podcast is all about those fine ladies and gents who for whatever reason got a late start but were (eventually) smashing successes in the world of music. Some of today's featured artists spent years (or decades) beating their heads against the wall of the music business before they made it to the big time. Others just took a long time to figure out who they were as musicians, and finally cashed in once they became fully-formed artists. Whatever their story, our subjects didn't sniff any taste of real success until age 30 or later. Ben is joined by the one and only Fish Olmos to count down the most worthy of musical late bloomers, and to inspire you to never give up on your dreams. These folks didn't, and look at them now -featured artists on a podcast. Wow.

The Fish is a music junkie. He plays guitar and bass in a myriad of projects that perform all over Southern California. Go bother him on Facebook:

Episode 176 - Top Ten Tom Waits Songs w/Mike Axelsen
July 24, 2015 09:56 AM PDT
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With the possible exception of David Bowie, no artist in the last 40 years has covered as much stylistic and artistic ground as the great Tom Waits. At the drop of a fedora, the man can be a pathetic barfly, a beat poet, a street urchin, a carnival barker, a lunatic in a straight jacket, and a singer of some of the most beautiful and heartbreaking love songs ever written. Throughout his career, which spans 16 studio albums, Tom has always done things a little bit skewed. And we love him for it. Ben is joined in GoodList Studios by fellow Waits fanatic Mike Axelsen to highlight the 20 greatest songs in a sea of incredible output from the man who even today is still vital, still full of piss and vinegar and still howling at the moon like a drunken maniac.

Episode 175 - Top Ten Songs About Summer w/Brandon Schott
July 17, 2015 08:00 AM PDT
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It's the middle of July, and if you're one of us here in the Northern Hemisphere, it's a magical time, at least ideally it should be. When you're young, summers are all about freedom. Freedom from school and winter coats. Freedom to do what you want - go to the beach, start a rock band, and stay out all night. Of course as you become an adult, you see there's another side of summer - sticky, oppressively hot, dangerous. Thankfully there's a multitude of songs to cover all the good, bad and ugly about our favorite season. Singer-songwriter-producer extraordinaire Brandon Schott joins ATTT to help uncover some musical gems that bring the summer to colorful life. Grab yourself some ice cream and float downstream with us.

Brandon's upcoming album Crayons And Angels is in the works and he needs your help. Check out his music at http://brandonschott.com/ for more details and a Kickstarter link.

Episode 174 - Top Ten Inexplicably Odd Songs w/Joe Lavelle
July 10, 2015 06:06 AM PDT
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Sometimes you want to dance and sing. Sometimes you want to chill out. Sometimes you want to hear the weirdest songs ever written. This episode is for those in that third mood. Ben is joined by Sexy Sexy Joe Lavelle to explore the wonderful world of the inexplicably odd. These are songs that by all accounts shouldn't exist, but we're awfully glad they do.

If you haven't liked All Time Top Ten on Facebook yet, do it now ya big weirdo!

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:

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:

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

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:

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

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