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August 26, 2016 07:58 AM PDT

Yes it's true summer is winding down. Soon the air will get colder and the days will get shorter. Eventually your hair will fall out and you'll wither and die. Good times! A while back ATTT presented an episode highlighting some of the saddest and most beautiful songs ever written. It was so much fun we had to do another volume, and this time go even darker. Enter the great Mike Dawson and THAT voice. Mike and Ben go further into the depressing and beautiful to bring you a specific type of pain - Songs To Slit Your Wrist To. Obviously we don't recommend actually doing it and we urge anyone on the brink to seek help and please please listen to this episode when you're in a better place. For everyone else, hold on tight and don't give up. This is a heavy one.

Mike's musings on the world and links to everything he's been working on can be chronicled on his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/DawsAngeles

For further explorations of the depressing and beautiful, here's the link to Top Ten Beautifully Depressing Songs Volume 1:

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August 19, 2016 07:39 AM PDT

The 90's were a glorious time for music and culture. Lines between every style under the sun were being blurred like never before. For the first time in the mainstream, hip hop was front and center, and this meant there was a lot of crossover potential with pop, rock and even metal. Styles were merging and mutating, and the united colors of Benetton were flying proudly. This seems like a good entry point to explore the wide world of duets. Ben is joined by the illustrious hosts of a new podcast that explores black culture, parenting and current events from a decidedly Woke angle. Nyaze and Melissa from the fabulous Woke With Kids podcast are in the studio reminiscing about slow jams, New Jack Swing, the "Alternative Nation" and other music gems from the amazing 1990's.

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August 12, 2016 12:49 AM PDT

Who are we? Why are we here? What does it all mean? Why do we exist? Since the beginning of time, scholars and philosophers have debated the meaning of existence and while we may be no closer to finding the answer to all of these questions, we can put our thoughts on the subject to music. Enter the great ponderer Gabe Scalone. Existentialism is Gabe's pet subject and he and Ben delve deep into the musical landscape to find the best songs that ask these eternal questions. They may not find the answers but maybe that lies in the questioning.

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August 05, 2016 07:46 AM PDT

The album format is where Progressive Rock shines. From it's heyday in the 1970's to today's modern masterpieces, Prog thrives in this mode almost exclusively. Where else can a band with progressive leanings write you a novel, or set an entire film or opera-sized idea to music? It's what they do. Adam Sears and The Fish of LA's premiere prog rock band Lobate Scarp are well steeped in the lore and legends of this mighty genre. So much so that they've taken over the show in this sprawling epic of an episode. Ben is relegated to moderator and the lunatics run the asylum in this super-sized episode dedicated to the bombast and the over-the-top ridiculousness that is progressive rock, in the form it should be appreciated in - the album.

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Speaking of albums, Lobate Scarp is hard at work on their 2nd, and they need your help. They are seeking funding on Kickstarter with lots of great rewards. Find out more here:

July 28, 2016 11:55 PM PDT

To quote Bart Simpson quoting George Burns, "Show business is a hideous bitch goddess." There are a million stories about the trials and tribulations of navigating the entertainment industry, and the music business in particular. Naturally there are plenty of great songs analyzing what it means to be in the profession of making art for a living. Not all of it paints a pretty picture. Ben is joined by songwriter, musician, producer and non-stop-musical-force-of-nature Fernando Perdomo to break down these great songs that discuss contract disputes, crooked A&R reps, the art of selling out, fulfilling rock n roll dreams and becoming an overnight sensation. It truly is a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll, and these songs provide a cautionary tale. Do you have what it takes? Find out.

Fernando Perdomo's new solo album Voyeurs is on sale now. Find out more here:

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July 22, 2016 09:53 AM PDT

To quote this week's guest Thad Wawro, rock n roll is the bastard child of a thousand fathers. When it burst onto the mainstream with the rise of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, the year was 1956. It seemed to have sprung up overnight and much to the chagrin of the uptight parents of America, it was everywhere - dominating radio and in advertising. The kids had taken over. Little did they know, rock n roll had been incubating for a long time. The roots of this purely American art form pull from the rich soil of other American music - blues, r&b, country, rockabilly, and more. Ben and special guest, author Thad Wawro delve deep to find the songs that over time brought on the unholy birth of rock n roll, changing youth culture forever. The traditional Top Ten structure gets thrown out the window for this episode - this playlist is 33 songs long, and presented in chronological order, dating back decades to show the slow build that led up to 1956, which for our purposes is the year rock n roll broke through to the mainstream of pop culture. Get on your historian hat and travel back in time with us in this super-sized episode.

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July 08, 2016 10:10 AM PDT

Once in a while, All Time Top Ten likes to get in the old time machine, which we made out of a DeLorean (patent pending). This device can take us to any year in music we like and we just so happen to have a hankering for the 90's, 1994 to be exact. Ah, 1994, when a young David Schwimmer won over our hearts as did a young (and old) Forrest Gump. '94 was also a pivotal year for music. It's the year where the word "alternative" was no longer the alternative when it came to rock music. It was the mainstream and in many ways peaked at this time. At the same time, hip hop was enjoying its biggest success to date, and while it would continue to rise in popularity, the creativity behind it was at its apex around this time. It was an exciting time to be a young music fan, and Ben and his special guest Chrissy Olsen fit that bill to a tee in '94. They reminisce and swap stories of the glory days, and play some awesome music in the process.

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Here's the link to the Tori Amos podcast Chrissy was talking about:

July 01, 2016 10:18 AM PDT

This July 4th, America turns 240 years old. They said it wouldn't last, but here we are, warts and all. Like any true Patriot, we here at ATTT love everything about America - the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ridiculous. We love the fact that we have freedom of speech. It's an inalienable right that allows us to say what's on our minds as well as listen to whatever music we want and enjoy whatever art moves us. We don't take it for granted. We reserve the right to say that your typical shit-kicker song about America wallows in cheesiness and we reserve the right to reject such songs as lame, trite and not worthy of this great land of ours. Ben is joined by singer/songwriter/producer and fellow mega-patriot Paul Larson to count down the best non-cheesy songs about our home. Happy Birthday, 'Murica!

Paul's most recent musical endeavor, The Georgia Sand has a stellar EP that can be heard many places, including here:

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June 24, 2016 09:16 AM PDT

In another era, in what seems like 500 years ago, the golden age of American songwriting flourished. Imagine a time where the most revered people in the music business were songwriters! Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington and the Gershwin boys wrote hundreds of enduring classics that we know today as That Great Dipping Pool Of Songs That Exists Solely For Rod Stewart When He Wants To Put Out A New Album, or as it's commonly known, The Great American Songbook. These are songs that time and again will always have a place as a monument to American contributions to popular culture and the history of the art of songwriting. Ben is joined by a man who knows a thing or two about songs and songwriting, our old pal Joe Lavelle for a second volume of these enduring classics.

Joe's project Joe Lavelle's Brandy Sidecar is his ode to this era of songwriting, using top-notch musicians and singers, and era-appropriate arrangements. Listen in here:

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If you haven't already, check out Ben and Joe busting out more greats from the GAS in Volume 1: https://www.mixcloud.com/beneisen/episode-148-top-ten-songs-from-the-great-american-songbook-vol-1-wjoe-lavelle/

June 17, 2016 08:19 AM PDT

Fathers are the steady hand that keeps us strong and lifts us up in time of need. Or not. Once in a while a father will be a scoundrel, a thief, a drunk or even worse, an absentee. There are more than enough songs about good dads, bad dads, deadbeat dads and stepdads to go around; and this week's podcast covers all the greats. Ben is joined by singer, songwriter, producer and dad-extraordinaire Brandon Schott along with two very special co-guests, Brandon's own sons Tyler and Harper. The lads dig into some great songs about that special dude in everyone's life.

Brandon's most recent album Crayons & Angels can be heard, enjoyed and purchased here:

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