Listed: Jeff Hanson + Panico
Minneapolis-based singer/songwriter Jeff Hanson has one of the most uniquely surprising and comfortingly gentle voices around. His songwriting and arranging immediately calls to mind luminaries such as Elliott Smith and Nick Drake and is sufficiently captivating that in 2003 he became one of the first artists ever to sign with Kill Rocks Stars on the strength of an unsolicited demo. His new record, Jeff Hanson, is now available on Kill Rock Stars Records. You can learn a variety of fun facts (favorite holiday?!) at http://www.killrockstars.com/bands/jeffhanson/features/jeffhanson/index.html.
Jeff Hanson's Top 10 favorite singers of all time:
2. Paul McCartney - I think Paul is mostly known for his ballads, which of course he sings perfectly. But I really like his voice in heavier numbers as well, like "Helter Skelter" and "Oh Darling" He has such a great tone to his voice - I have yet to hear another like it.
3. Otis Redding - It really doesn't get much better than Otis. Every note he sings just hits you like nothing else. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" and "These Arms of Mine" have a special place in my heart. I wish i could sing like him.
4. Aretha Franklin - Singing, to me, is all about emotion and expression. Aretha is so good at letting the listener know exactly how she feels. She never really asks you to listen, she demands it. With songs like "Think" and "Respect" you know damn well she wasn't taking any crap from anyone.
5. Nick Drake - There aren't a lot of voices out there that just haunt me, but Nick Drake's does. He has such a beautiful, honest voice. He's one of those rare artists that make me feel lucky to have found him. I think everyone needs a little Nick Drake in their lives.
6. Jackie Wilson - Jackie Wilson has such a unique singing style that it would be nearly impossible for anyone to try and sound like him. "To Be Loved" could be one of the best vocal performances ever, i think.
7. Sade - I remember being a kid and hearing Sade on the radio all the time and just loving her voice. It has such a timeless quality. Her voice has always had that slight touch of sadness to it that i find really intriguing.
8. Roy Orbison - This is the voice that is just pure raw talent. I get chills when i hear him sing "Crying" or better yet, "Blue Angel." He definitely stuck to a formula when writing songs but he did amazing things vocally, which kept his songs really interesting to me.
9. Simon/Garfunkel - I love both of their voices on their own, but when they sing together it really is just pure magic. I have always been a big fan of harmony, and Paul Simon knew exactly the right songs to write for their voices. Knowing your limits as a vocalist is important, and Paul was wise to hang in there with Garfunkel.
10. Colin Blunstone - The zombies are one of my favorite bands, and Colin Blunstone is probably the main reason why. He has a really pretty voice, plain and simple.
Chilean ensemble Panico allow more than a few retroactively hip influences seep into their sound, but don't rush to judgment - they have been rocking the post-punk sound since it was barely post (or at least since the mid 90s). Popping baselines, high-hat-heavy drums, and cowbell punctuate awkwardly endearing (and sometimes dirty!) English vocals on their catchy new album, Subliminal Kill, is now available on Tigersushi records.
1. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
2. Modern Lovers - Original Modern Lovers
3. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
4. De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising
5. Perez Prado - La Epoca de Oro de Perez Prado
6. Shogun - Demonio
7. Sparklehorse - Wonderful Life
8. Cafe Tacuba - Re
9. Moonshake - Dirty And Divine
10. Antipop Consortium - Tragic Epilogue
By Dusted Magazine