FT5: Underrated Guitar Solos

No countdown is more contested among guitar geeks than the list of the top guitar solos of all time. Heavily dominated by Metal and Classic Rock bands, top 100 lists have spawned all over music media outlets everywhere. Comfortably Numb, Stairway to Heaven, All Along the WatchtowerFreebird. We know the usual suspects. Today we pay homage to some the lesser known solos that, we believe, deserve more attention than they have gotten in the past.

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New Frightened Rabbit Tune

Frightened Rabbit have a new song that we found on the old interweb yesterday.  The song is called “Last Tango in Brooklyn” and appears on a new fake book compilation called The Lifted Brow.  You might be surprised by the different sound from the band, but the tune is still quite tasty.

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Download: Frightened Rabbit – Last Tango in Brooklyn [MP3]

Stream Paul McCartney’s Latest

Paul McCartney’s latest project, The Firemen, have a new album out called Electric Arguments and you can stream the whole thing now on the NPR websiteThe Firemen is an electronic duo started in 1993 by McCartney and Killing Joke founding member, Youth (Martin Glover). This new album is the first time the duo has utilized vocals and apparently has a more “traditional” sound. Is the new project worth our time?

Nada Surf @ Emo’s (11/22)

Nada Surf will be bringing their brand of pop-rock to Emo’s on Saturday evening.  Buy your tickets now for the low low price of $15.  Catch a preview of the show with “See These Bones” from the band’s latest effort Lucky.  In other Nada Surf news, the guys have a new limited edition vinyl box set coming out next week.  The price may sound high at $100 but you get all 5 Nada Surf LPS, digital downloads of each and a few other random goodies.  Sound good?  Pre-order your copy now.

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Download: Nada Surf – See These Bones [MP3]

Shearwater On The Tiny Desk

Austin’s own, Shearwater, recently made an appearance on the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series.  The intimate in house set features 4 songs played with nothing but acoustic instruments and some really random/awesome home made instruments by the band’s drummer Thor HarrisWatch the whole thing now.  In other Sheartwater news, the band has a new digital EP entitled Snow Leopard EP that you can download from the Matador Records website.  Heres title track from the album “Snow Leopard”.

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Download: ShearWater – The Snow Leopard [MP3]

Stream Scott Weiland

In an attempt to stay true to our favorite 90s front men, today we’re bringing you some news about Scott Weiland’s solo album due out Nov. 25th.  If you just can’t wait for that release date, you can stream the new album Happy from Weiland’s myspace page.  So faithful readers, is this new venture worth a listen?  The former Stone Temple Pilots front man will also be playing a date at La Zona Rosa in Austin on January 16th, but we’ll remind you about that closer to the date.

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