MP3 Jackpot Winners CD Vol. 1 – Compiled by Matthew King Kaufman

mp3jackpotcd-108More than three decades after putting out the seminal Berserkley Chartbusters Vol. 1 compilation – the album that introduced the world at large to power pop heroes like the Rubinoos, Jonathan Richman and Greg Kihn – the label’s founder Matthew King Kaufman is at it again. Continue reading “MP3 Jackpot Winners CD Vol. 1 – Compiled by Matthew King Kaufman”

Ridiculous – The Uptones

What a monster song! Moose hits the nail on the head. This is the simplest message song I’ve ever heard. It’s soo right on. Scott Tee and his muted trumpet really set up Moose’s vocals, and Scott’s solo is centerfold material in Trumpet Magazine. The entire band plays their asses off. I predict big things for this song.

18. Ridiculous by The Uptones

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Tony Alva – Opal Book Club

Tony Alva and Jay Adams are names synonymous with modern skateboarding. E. Blake Davis’ song about these fearless boarding pioneers is about as irreverent and off the wall as they were. Opal Book Club is one rockin’ trio and they drop in on this track like urethane wheels on a fresh dry southern California pool. This is an instant classic and I’m glad it was picked to be on the first MP3 Jackpot compilation.

19. Tony Alva by Opal Book Club

Penetrating Love Ray – Sex 4 Moderns

This Berkeley band’s guitar rock song about projecting direct love feelings really rocks my world. This track has great musicianship, compelling songwriting, and a raw edginess that I recommend. Thanks in advance.

3. Penetrating Love Ray by Sex 4 Moderns

Radiation Boy – The Uptones

Here’s an insightful rumination on the state of our backyards by one powerhouse of a ska band. This song is the BOMB!! The lyrics are scary but true, and will aid in your character development. I’ve also heard that the singer is very cute.

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4. Radiation Boy by The Uptones
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