What do you get when you cross an incredible mp3 collection, tweets worth following & the patience of a saint? Self-confessed music geek Drew Shannon, that’s who.
Drew’s one of the forces behind Atlantic Records’ Street Propaganda, street marketing for their Pop/Rock division. If you haven’t checked it out already, head over there to sign up to help promote your favourite Atlantic recording artists and earn cool prizes while you’re at it. (I’ve got my eye on an autographed Paolo Nutini poster. It will be mine. Oh, yes. It will be mine.)
And earning points is soooo easy. Watch this.
Mission: Help spread the video for Robert Francis’ “Before Nightfall”.
Result: We’ve got hot new music on our blog and Paolo is that much closer to my mailbox. Ka. ching. That could’ve been you earning points! Whaddaya waiting for? DoItDoItDoItDoIt!
Drew –thanks for being super cool, for taking the time to send us your shuffle, and for your commentary — which we loved reading as much as we loved listening to the music. And anytime you want to send a “Drew’s Top 5 Songs of All Time”, we’re all ears.
Drew Shannon Shuffle
This Day & Age – Seven-Eighty
A great pop song by one of my favorite bands. They broke up a few years ago, and I’ll always regret not seeing them live more than once. Catchy pop-rock at its best, and I recently heard that the lead singer is planning a solo acoustic tour. Definitely looking forward to that.
Bad Religion – I Want To Conquer The World
These guys have been around for almost 30 years and just headlined this summer’s Warped Tour. As if that’s not impressive enough, lead singer Greg Graffin has a Ph.D and guitarist Brett Gurwitz started Epitaph Records, one of the largest independent record labels in the country. Wow.
Joseph Arthur – In The Sun (Live)
I’m normally a rock guy, but when I want to show my sensitive side, this is what I turn on.
The Offspring – Nitro (Youth Energy)
If not for The Offspring, I probably would not be as big of a music fan as I am. My life completely changed when I heard “Smash” for the first time, and it’s one of my “deserted island” records. Up until that point, I never knew that music existed outside of the radio and could sound like that, and it instilled in me the lifelong desire to find the next new thing. Quite simply the most important band of my entire life.
Gaslight Anthem – 1930
Like a punk-rock version of Bruce Springsteen, this is one of the band’s I’m most looking forward to seeing live someday.
Burial – Untrue
Electronic music that’ll put you in a trance and make your head swim. Great song to listen to while walking around New York City.
Owen – Bed Abuse
Mike Kinsella, the man behind Owen, writes awesome introspective acoustic music. Perfect for when the leaves start changing colors and the weather gets cold.
Jimmy Eat World – 23 (Live)
Jimmy Eat World is one of the most consistent, solid bands out there today. They’ve been around for more than 15 years, and in my opinion, have never written a bad song or album. Another band I’ve never seen live that I’m dying to see someday.
Fail Alert: As you can see, Drew listed a live version of this song. We couldn’t find it, so we’ve used the track from the 2004 album “Futures”.
Innerpartysystem – This Town, Your Grave
Innerpartysystem is one of my favorite new musical discoveries of the last year. I’ve seen them live twice before, and each time is better than the last. One of the best live bands I’ve ever seen (it’s a rave and a rock show all rolled into one), I hope they make music for a long time to come.