16 Songs for the End of the World

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16. Justice – “Genesis”

Is there anything more epic than the first 60 seconds of this song? The booming horns are of Biblical proportions. Bring forth the flood!

15. The Vandals – “We’ll All Get Laid”

Leave it to party-punk kings, The Vandals, to encapsulate what we all hope the Rapture is really going to be. Because when the world finally comes to an end, I’d like to thing everyone will bust out into a giant orgy.

14. Electric Six – “The Band In Hell”

Though more of a love song, frontman Dick Valentine describes Hell as a seedy night club, and the house band consists of Hitler, The Devil and himself.

13. Van Halen – “Runnin’ With The Devil”

Honestly, I would go out bangin’ my head with the best of them if this Halen jam ushered in the fire and brimstone.

12. Daft Punk – “One More Time”

“One More Time” is a New Year’s Eve classic from the French techno legends, but I could see the “glass if half full” kind of people dancing their way into oblivion.

11. Goldfinger – “99 Red Balloons”

A song about children’s balloons mixed with military paranoia bringing about a nuclear holocaust, how fun! Though German new wave act, Nena, originally wrote the song, I feel punk band Goldfinger delivers a better “we are all screwed” version.

10. Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills”

“Run To The Hills” is actually about the genocide of Native Americans, but the driving bassline and Bruce Dickinson’s ear-piercing wail would fit right in with the End of Days.

9. Muse – “Apocalypse Please”

I feel like Muse would gladly accept the Apocalypse, given their disdain for virtually everything in the world (except for their music, of course).

8. Blondie – “The Rapture”

Though this song is called “The Rapture,” I feel it’s even more appropriate for this list because no one should EVER have to hear Debbie Harry rap. Also, what the hell is with that dude in the white suit’s dancing?

7. Blue Öyster Cult – “Don’t Fear The Reaper”

We will all have an image of Will Ferrel in our heads as this song plays and we are burnt to a crisp, but at least it would be the end of the “I need more cowbell!” jokes.

6. Iron Maiden – “The Number of the Beast”

Of course Iron Maiden is going to be on here twice. In fact, I’m sure almost every song in Iron Maiden’s catalog would be appropriate for this list. At least this one is actually about the Devil.

5. Prince – “1999”

I imagine even Satan is in awe of Prince’s sexual prowess, and would hire Prince as a pick-up artist after the world ends.

4. Europe – “The Final Countdown”

You had to know this would be on the list. Nothing would be more appropriate to kill us all than an 80s synth-laden track that is played at every sporting event, ever.

3. AC/DC – “Highway To Hell”

Bonn Scott will definitely be waiting for us at the gates of Hades, belting out every note, whiskey bottle in hand, as we all walk into the fire.

2. R.E.M. – “It’s The End of the World As We Know It”

I bet you all expected this to be number 1, huh? I may be cliche, but don’t underestimate my desire to spite you all (which is why I’ll probably be one of the first to go when the world ends). Regardless of the fact that no one can possibly sing every lyric in this song (if you say you can, you’re a liar and will join me in the Hell-fire), you will still go out with a huge grin on your face, singing along to the chorus.

1. Los Del Rio – “Macarena”

Threw you for a curveball, didn’t I? Hear me out. There is a special place in Hell for this friggin’ song. If life as we know it comes to an abrupt and torturous end on Friday, this song will be playing. On repeat. Until we can do nothing but beg for the sweet release of death.

Honorable mentions:

The Doors – “The End”

Bone Thugs N Harmony – “Crossroads”

Richard Vagner – “Ride of the Valkyries”

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JUSTICE “New Lands” Video & Track

We can’t believe it. One of the original inspirations for the BC & Merch radio show from way back when…is coming to our city. Better yet, playing the night before Halloween. We’re talking about JUSTICE.

101X present Justice live at Austin Music Hall on 10/30 in support of last year’s awesome album Audio, Video, Disco. This show is going to be insane. You can buy tickets right here. You best hurry.

Check out this collab:  A-Trak remix of “New Lands”

Check out their latest video for “New Lands”. Even you sports fans will take a liking to it.

Coachella Line-Up Announced: Radiohead, Black Keys, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, At The Drive-In & More!

Hot on the heels of At The Drive-In announcing a comeback after 11 years of silence, they are listed among the artists playing this year’s Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California.

I’m extremely pumped about this year’s line-up, not only because of my love for At The Drive-In, but Justice, Radiohead, Avicii, Calvin Harris, Arctic Monkeys, a Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg collab set, and Santigold will all be there. Not to mention Madness and Jimmy Cliff (some favorites from my rude-boy days).

And I wouldn’t put it passed Coachella to announce some huge surprise headliner the closer we get to the festival in April (i.e. Prince a few years ago). My predictions? Daft Punk, My Morning Jacket, Kanye West/Jay-Z collab.

EDIT: This is a TWO-WEEKEND event. I have no idea what the schedule of bands will look like, or if each band will perform each weekend. This does complicate things for those who won’t be able to stay in California at the end of April for a full week.

Skrillex | “Right Here (Studio Version)”

Skrillex is one of those artists that has taken me quite a while to get into. I’m not a big dubstep fan, but Skrillex is definitely the easiest to listen to. In his latest, “Right Here,” he incorporates a lot more than your typical “Whom-whom-whom-whom” sound I feel most dubstep artists rely on. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of grinding and wobbling bass, but there’s also that Justice/Daft Punk electro influence throughout.

Skrillex | “Right Here (Studio Version)” [mp3]

BC & Merch Fall 2010 Party Sampler

We’ve compiled our favorite dance and hip hop tracks to bump like crazy at your next party. From beginning to end, our Fall 2010 sampler has the music that’ll have you hittin’ the shots and grindin’ up on that special someone you won’t (want to) remember in the morning. Holla!

BC & Merch Fall 2010 Sampler

Download .zip here

Tracklist:

The Hood Internet | “Ignition (R. Kelly vs. Majer Lazer)”

Yuksek feat. Amanda Blank | “Extraball (B-Ju Remix)”

The Cool Kids | “Pump Up The Volume (Flosstradamus Remix)”

Mashup-Germany | “Replay Kids (Chiddy Bang & MGMT vs. Iyaz)”

Kid Sister feat. David Banner | “Family Reunion”

Kanye West feat. Common | “Throw Some (Cousin Cole Remix)”

Major Lazer & La Roux | “Independent Kill”

Big Boi feat. Cutty | “Shutterbug”

The Beatards | “Get Lite”

Murs feat. Will.I.Am | “Lookin’ Fly”

Wale feat. Justice | “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.”

Kidz In The Hall feat. Pusha T, Bun B & The Cool Kids | “Drivin’ Down The Block (Remix)”

Flosstradamus | “Act A Fool (Lil Jon vs. Zombie Nation)”