Danny Gordon

About the curator - Danny Gordon

Danny's love affair with music started around the time he could walk. He spent countless hours in front of the record player going through his parents collection and experimented with playing violin, piano, and guitar before finding his voice on the bass in his teens. Danny began playing in local bands in Los Angeles while studying music, eventually landing at Berklee College of Music in 1998. Following his graduation in 2001 Danny returned home and continued his career as a recording and touring bassist, most notably working with former STP singer Scott Weiland. Danny continues to stay active in the local scene and is a devoted father teaching his children about the music he loves.

Tyrants – 3 Headed Snake

27 May 2021

Killer write up here! You can learn more about 3 Headed Snake here

To Sea – Aurora Sect

20 May 2021

This week is a shameless plug. I’ve been playing with Aurora Sect for a few years and we started getting some momentum with making some new music before the world shut down last year. A handful of songs are getting ready to be released and the first track with me on bass, “To Sea”, came out last week. Check it out and enjoy.

Starless – King Crimson

13 May 2021

After a little break I’m back with a gem from one of my favorite albums. King Crimson changed the way I listen to music and always feels like home when I go back.

Organ Farmer – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

11 March 2021

I can’t stop listening to this record. There is no fat on it and it has everything I love about music. “Organ Farmer” is just plain rad.

I Fuck Around – Melvins

4 March 2021

I love this band and their new record started off with a laugh I needed this week. A great take a on a classic song.

Never Disappear – Brian Marquis

26 February 2021

Brian is a close friend and an amazing singer and songwriter. I’m glad to be able to include him on my playlist and love this record.

Spain – Return To Forever

18 February 2021

RIP Chick Corea. A great song from an incredible band.

My World Is Empty Without You – The Supremes

3 February 2021

I grew up listening to a ton of Motown, it’s part of me. The Supremes were one of my earliest memories of a singing group and still a favorite. So, in honor and memory of founding member Mary Wilson this week’s track is “My World Is Empty Without You”. So many of their songs are part of my DNA and this is one I have always loved. Enjoy!

Eyes Of The Mammal – Elbrus

27 January 2021

Elbrus has a great vibe, kind of a mix of folk, 60s blues rock, and modern stoner metal. If you’re a fan of Cream and Black Sabbath you should check them out.

Immutable Dusk – Pelican

19 January 2021

One of the first post rock bands that made me fall in love with the genre was Pelican. This week’s track “Immutable Dusk” came out in 2013 and was an instant favorite. I’ve been diving into some of the music that has inspired me over the last nine years and couldn’t go without sharing this one with you all.

War – Edwin Starr

13 January 2021

This week’s track is “War” by Edwin Starr. He had a handle full of hits and this is one that I’ve always dug and feels totally appropriate with the state of the world. Not only is it a great message but it funks hard and just makes you want to shake it.

Misty Mountain Hop – Led Zeppelin

6 January 2021

This is one of those songs that as I dug deeper into it found so much to chew on and have grown to appreciate as an understated masterpiece. Give it a listen and as usual…turn it up!!!

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

29 December 2020

“Black Sabbath” is the song that kicks off Black Sabbath’s debut album and ushered in the heavy metal movement. Who knows where music would be without this song, good thing we never need to find out.

We Will Burn – Monolord

22 December 2020

What stands out about this one is the riff and groove that closes out the last two minutes, just plodding and pulsing in stoner glory. When I talk to someone about heavy, this is what I’m talking about.

But Not Tonight – Scott Weiland

15 December 2020

Eleven days ago was the five year anniversary of Scott Weiland’s death and I’ve been contemplating adding some of his solo work to the playlist for some time.

Love Is To Die – Warpaint

7 December 2020

This week I want to feature a current band that is new to me and I’m super into. Warpaint is a Los Angeles based quartet of super talented women and I am loving exploring their music and learning more about them.

Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin) – Mountain

30 November 2020

It’s an odyssey of sorts starting off with a mellow groove and builds to their signature hard rock stomp that just begs to be cranked to eleven.

Black The Sky – King’s X

25 November 2020

I was late to the table but King’s X has become a huge favorite and influence on me as a musician in the last few years. No one sounds like them or is able mesh heaviness, groove, soul, and Beatles-esque harmonies in such a seamless way.

Alfahonan (Shooting Blanks) – Gaupa

16 November 2020

The music is hard and riff laden and lead singer Emma matches them with her powerful and dynamic vocals. I also really dig how the bassist utilizes fuzz on some of the meatier sections to add to the heaviness.

Offline P.K. – Pinback

11 November 2020

The band melds every instrument and vocal together with precision and both power and delicacy with their unique sound and counterpoint. I dare you not to finish to whole album after hearing this track.

Battle-axe – Deftones

3 November 2020

I love the groove and heaviness of this song and somehow a sort of sad sweetness as well. You know when a song just hits that spot? Well this one does for me.

Innocent – Goatsnake

27 October 2020

Goatsnake is one of my favorite stoner metal bands and their first record is classic in my eyes. It’s big, loud, and super heavy yet soulful and groovy. Every song is amazing so it was hard to pick just one.

Growing Up Boys – Wand

20 October 2020

“Growing Up Boys” is kind of a psychedelic spacey ballad and perfect for a chill mood. If you’re into music that sounds like a modern day spaced out synthy British invasion thing then check Wand out. You won’t be sorry.

On Fire- Van Halen

12 October 2020

The first Van Halen album was a game changer for me. “On Fire” has always been one of my favorite VH songs and hearing it again made it a must for the playlist. It’s classic VH and has everything that makes them great.

Cougars, Not Kittens-Whores

5 October 2020

This week’s track “Cougars, Not Kittens” is a brutal riff laden jaunt full of everything that makes this band a new favorite of mine. There’s no fat or superfluous wanking, just straight forward killer hard as fuck rock.

Maria También- Khruangbin

29 September 2020

“Maria También” is super funky and a great showcase of their soulful mix of Asian inspired funk, surf, and soundtrack-esque textures.

Hand Of Doom – Black Sabbath

22 September 2020

It’s nearly impossible to pick one song from this record, they all kill. Hand of Doom is not one of the “hits” but always stuck out for me and is a favorite of mine.

Saturnine & Iron Jaw- All Them Witches

15 September 2020

It opens with soundscapes and atmosphere before kicking into a massive stoner rock gallop at 2:30 and doesn’t look back. There is nothing about this song I don’t love and it’s been on heavy rotation all week.

Firecracker- Yellow Magic Orchestra

8 September 2020

This week’s track is “Firecracker” the second song off their debut record from 1978. It’s a funky combination of disco esque pop with a big dose of traditional Asian themes and melodies. It’s a quirky, weird, and super fun song that always makes me smile and remember why I love music.

Unfuck The World- Prophets Of Rage

1 September 2020

The title of this week’s track says it all. There is a lot going on in the world and it’s hard to not get angry, it’s also a great time to support each other and make some intense but needed changes.

Mess – Killradio

25 August 2020

Hard hitting, thoughtful, and catchy song about the state of the planet- If you haven’t heard these guys, you’re missing out, and this is a great place to start!

Do The Right Thing – Kung Fu

17 August 2020

For this week’s selection I’m going back to some funky roots. Kung Fu is a funk band full of incredible musicians who mix old school funk with jazz and heavy rock on occasion…

The Morning After – Faith No More

11 August 2020

Faith No More was the band that cemented a lifelong love, eh maybe obsession, with music…

The Most Dangerous Animal Is Me – Scissorfight

4 August 2020

In the early 2000s a close friend turned me on to the band Scissorfight. I instantly was hooked by their combination of low tuned stoner groove metal with a twist of New Hampshire country attitude and tongue in cheek sense of humor…

Back In The Village – Iron Maiden

28 July 2020

I’ve been remiss to not have an Iron Maiden tune on this list yet. One of my all time favorite bands, Maiden cranked out five of the best metal (and any genre really) albums ever between 1980-84 and changed the face of music…

The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala

21 July 2020

If Shuggie Otis and John Lennon had a baby it would be Tame Impala. Master minded by songwriter producer Kevin Parker his project combines the things I love most about these influential artists…

Infantile – Toska

14 July 2020

I was feeling mellow then decided F-k that we need to rock. This week showcases a heavy and dynamic instrumental prog band from England, Toska. If you haven’t heard these dudes you need to check them out.

4th of July – Soundgarden

8 July 2020

This week’s track has nothing to do with patriotism. Soundgarden was one of the early 90’s bands that changed how I experienced music in my teens…

Undertow – Lamb of God

30 June 2020

From the first note I was hooked by the immediate angst and intensity of this track. All of their work has this but something about this song punched me in the gut and forced me to get up and move physically, spiritually, and emotionally…

Radionoize – Tides From Nebula

23 June 2020

Another post rock entry this week, from Warsaw this time. “Radionoize” is one of my favorite tracks off Tides From Nebula’s 2019 album From Voodoo To Zen…

Changes – Charles Bradley

16 June 2020

Stax meets Black Sabbath? Hell yes, and done really well. This week’s track combines my two favorite musical genres: soul and heavy rock…

Holy Books – Death From Above 1979

9 June 2020

All I can say about this week’s track is that I love this band and this song. There are a myriad of great bass/drum duos all with different personalities, and I like most of them…

Please Don’t Go – Stevie Wonder

2 June 2020

This week’s track is inspired by loss and sadness. I had been having a hard time picking something for this week, and some news I got today made it an easy choice…

The Lifeless Charm – The Omnific

26 May 2020

This week’s track is another prog riff laden atmospheric opus. The Omnific is an Australian trio of drums, bass and bass…

Bottom – TOOL

19 May 2020

When I was in 11th grade a close school friend introduced me another friend who was not part of our usual crew…

Youngblood – Russian Circles

13 May 2020

This track has been on the short list for this playlist since it started. I love the band Russian Circles, you will hear a lot of them from me…

I Just Want To Celebrate – Rare Earth

5 May 2020

It’s tough to stay in a positive frame of mind with all that is going on these days. Yeah there’s a lot of crap going down, but there is also a lot of beauty and the chance to see the good happening and to connect with those we care about…

(Anesthesia)–Pulling Teeth – Metallica

28 April 2020

In honor of my son losing his first tooth I submit this classic to the playlist. As a teenager learning to play bass and exploring heavy music…

Finger – Elephant Gym

21 April 2020

I just got turned on to this Taiwanese avant-garde jazz trio and haven’t been able to turn them off…

Pangloss – Intronaut

14 April 2020

Los Angeles based progressive metal band Intronaut unleashed a new record this year. Pangloss was the second “single” released in January and instantly reinforced my love for this band and their unique and masterful amalgam of metal riffage, jazz, and ambient textures…

True Deceivers – KXM

1 April 2020

If you’re a fan of King’s X you gotta check out KXM. A “super group” composed of Doug Pinnick (King’s X), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), and Ray Luzier (Korn, Army of Anyone, etc) these dudes deliver some tasty, heavy, and melodic hard rock…

For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) – AC/DC

1 April 2020

To kick off this playlist I couldn’t think of a better way to do it. AC/DC may be my all time favorite rock band, I have their iconic lightning bolt symbol tattooed on my finger. Their music hanged my life forever…