Aunty Donna Top Ten Percent

I am a huge Scott Aukerman fan, so when I saw that Hot Saucerman was producing and appearing in a show called Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun, I knew I would have to check it out! The show is a whirlwind of fun and surprises, and I highly recommend it to any fans of sketch comedy! I decided that six short episodes wasn’t enough, and I needed more Aunty Donna in my life. Fortunately, Aunty Donna’s YouTube channel has over 200 videos, and, to make a long story short, I watched every single video on the channel.

Aunty Donna is a really interesting sketch group. They are–as you would hope any sketch comedy group would be–hilarious, but their hilarity wasn’t what kept me watching video after video. When you watch Aunty Donna videos, you get oddly attached to Broden, Mark, and Zach. They just seem like such nice dudes, and you end up rooting for them. I know Aunty Donna is more than just the three guys in front of the camera: their editing, directing, and music are awesome too. But, there is something about the smiling faces of those fellows that just keeps you coming back!

It has been a long time since I posted, so just a reminder of how this thing works! At the time I am writing this, Aunty Donna currently has 214 videos on their YouTube channel. This does not include videos that Netflix has posted of clips from their show or videos in which Aunty Donna appears on other channels. That means Ten Percent would be 21 videos. I rounded up to a nice 25! I decided not to actually rank these, and, rather, post them in chronological order.

Without further ado, the Top Ten Percent of Videos from Aunty Donna’s YouTube channel!

  1. Trendy Café – Fapé in the Café Ep02

2. Haven’t You Done Well 2 – #HOTSOUP

3. If I Were Single

4. That’s What You Get (Talking Behind A Friend’s Back)

5. Two People Wear the Same Tie to Work – 1999 Ep02

6. What Do You Think of This? – 1999 Ep03

(Sorry for the age restriction, but I promise the link goes to a sketch with dancing, and not to anything untoward!)

7. Montview College Presents: Condoms (or) Safe Sex and How To Do It! A Play in 3 Acts

8. Pitch Perfect – Trendy Ep02

9. Ellen (or: A Parody of the Television Show Ellen) – Live at the Enmore Ep01

10. Family Feud – Live at the Enmore Ep02

11. The Man Who (Part One) – Live at the Enmore Ep06

12. Aussie Christmas Carol

13. Everything’s a Drum! – Aunty Donna at the MICF Gala for Oxfam

14. Jambalam: Exciting New App! – BEST CONTENT EVER!!1! Ep01

15. Best Hilarious Cake Prank! – Best Content Ever!!1! Ep02

16. Chuffed (DAD SONG) – Music Video #1 / Aunty Donna – The Album

17. Haven’t You Done Well 9: Slippy Floors

18. Secret Track Pls Don’t Listen – Aunty Donna: The Album

19. Aunty Donna’s Dominos Special

20. Stuck

21. Subway Crisis Meeting re. Jared Fogle

22. Always Room for Christmas Pud

23. Roll Call

24. Grieving Can Be Fun?

25. Offloading Cake at the End of a Party – Haven’t You Done Well 11

Top Ten Albums You’ve Never Heard of Before (Or Maybe You’ve Heard of Them, I Don’t Know Your Life)

There is A LOT of obscure music out there! In recent times, it has become easier than ever to record and distribute music, meaning there is essentially an infinite number of songs already out there and infinitely more to come–ranging on the “obscurity spectrum” from artists that have faded into the background after they had that one popular single years ago to artists that have never quite managed to crack triple digit plays on their YouTube videos. This blog post is meant to capture artists somewhere between those two extremes: they may not have ever played on your radio but all of these artists were/are professional musicians.

These ten albums were all released between 2005 and 2017. They all fall under the umbrella of “rock music,” although they range from folk to alternative to jazz fusion to progressive, so there is quite a bit of diversity here–something for everyone one might even say! I have not ranked them as I usually do. Instead, they are listed alphabetically by artist. Without further ado: Top Ten Albums You’ve Never Heard Of Before.


The Second Brightest Star by Big Big Train

This is a “companion album” to some of Big Big Train’s more popular releases: Folklore and Grimspound. It features new songs, previously unreleased songs, and inclusions of music from Folklore and Grimspound extended into what the songwriters call “sequences.” However, this album is much more than your usual “B-sides and rarities” compilation. First, the recordings are NOT demos. The music is breathtaking, featuring both string and brass orchestrations in addition to a very talented band. Second, the songwriting is exceptional. These are NOT songs that didn’t make it onto an album because they weren’t good enough–they are songs that needed their own space. Third, the album can be fully enjoyed without knowing the two “companion albums.”


Cheat the Gallows by BigElf

This album is built to please true music lovers. It stays with you a lifetime. All that’s left is for you to discover the magic of the show. Heavy at times, fun at others (and often both), this semi-concept album about the evils of the music industry delivers at every turn providing heavy guitar, screaming organ, and catchy melodies. An appropriate quote from a fan: “It’s like if Tim Burton did a remake of Sgt. Pepper’s.”


Farewell Old Friends by Bleach

The band Bleach is very difficult to find via Google or YouTube due to the popularity of the manga/anime of the same name, which is a shame because they have a great raw rock sound and meaningful, down-to-earth lyrics. This aptly titled swan song from the band is definitely a “saved the best for last” situation. The album consists of guitar and keyboard driven rock songs focusing on relationships and faith. And guitar feedback. A lot of guitar feedback. The CD release had amazing artwork including what first appears to be a blank, white disc that when held at certain angles reveals hidden images and liner notes that unfold into a full, ancient-style hand-drawn map of the Land of Yeshua.


Flight of the Knife by Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears

This album borders on a power pop masterpiece. Each song is packed to the brim with musical arrangement including instrumental counter-melodies, stacks on stacks of background vocals, and sudden and frequent changes in style and dynamics resulting in a sound that is both fully manic and fully precise. However, what really makes this album shine are the melodies. This project easily could have been too much for the ears, but instead almost every song on the album gets instantly stuck in your head thanks to perfectly crafted melodies.


The Last Days of Leviathan by Dirt Poor Robins

If you were plugged into the indie music scene of the late 2000s, you may have come across this husband and wife duo’s song “Great Vacation” or their doors-blown-off cover of “Eleanor Rigby.” Or more recently you may have heard their melancholy love song “Furthest Star” or the tongue-in-cheek feminist jam that is “Welcome to Lady Hell.” However, even if you have heard those tunes, you may not have listened to their sophomore release The Last Days of Leviathan. In my opinion, The Last Days of Leviathan is the best Dirt Poor Robins album. It is permeated by dark, questioning, and pensive faith-based lyrics over the duo’s signature “wet” sound with layers of effect-laden guitars, keyboards, and vocals. The songs are powerful and thought-provoking both musically and lyrically.


The Chess Hotel by The Elms

This dirty blues/southern rock n roll album is pretty much awesome from top to bottom. The Chess Hotel is The Elm’s third record. The band got less and less “produced” with each release, and by this third record they had really found their groove of a two guitars, bass, and drums rock sound that is presented in a way that is classic but never stale.


Requiem by Jono

It’s kinda like if you took all the best parts of Queen, Muse, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra and smashed them into a 9-track progressive metal showpiece. This album features soaring metal vocals backed by heavy guitars and piano. It ranges from driving rock anthems to peaceful, beautiful songs with choir and orchestration.


King for a Day by Magic Pie

In my opinion, King for a Day is one of the top 10 progressive rock releases from the last 5 years. It has flown under the radar partially due to the band’s lack of renown and possibly due to the sound of the album being more “influence-driven” than a lot of modern prog rock, but King for a Day is an exceptional and unique record. You can hear the influence of artists such as Kansas, Queen, and Neal Morse, but Magic Pie presents a unique, incredibly well-crafted product that would never be mistaken for those influences. Additionally, the opening track “Trick of the Trade” is an absolutely incredible song. It would be a song I might play for someone if they were wondering, “What is progressive rock?”


Eat a Pickle by O’2L

This is probably the most obscure album on my list as it essentially does not exist, but he band O’2L definitely exists! The music equivalent of a “spin-off” of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, O’2L is a jazz/rock fusion group led by the amazingly talented keyboardist Jane Mangini. Their first two albums can be found wherever music is sold. But, for whatever reason, their 2007 release Eat a Pickle is basically nowhere to be found, which is a real shame because it is such an awesome album. Eat a Pickle is a generous 17 track record, and, like any good jazz fusion album, it contains a mix of originals, covers, and instrumentals. The covers include Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” Rufus’ “You Got the Love,” Traffic’s “The Low Spark of the High Heeled Boys,” Rufus Wainwright’s “The Consort,” and Ray Noble’s “The Very Thought of You.” Unlike many jazz/rock fusion groups whose music can feel sort of monotonous and fade into the background, O’2L’s sound is diverse and exciting. Another way this album stands out from your run-of-the-mill fusion album is that, in my opinion, literally ALL of the covers are better than the original recordings (and, yes, I would be willing to fight about that). Since this album is so hard to find, I have created a YouTube playlist where you can find all 17 songs!


Oh Tall Tree in the Ear by Roman Candle

A family trio made up of two brothers, Skip and Logan, and Skip’s wife Timshel, Roman Candle is an indie rock group from North Carolina. The band has a full, layered, and unsubtle sound that supports exceptional, poetic lyrics. The music on this album makes a strong impression. I still remember where I was my senior year of high school when I heard their song “Eden Was a Garden” for the first time–sitting in my parked car at church waiting for the music pastor I interned for to arrive. I was immediately taken and have been taken ever since. Here is another song that means a lot to me from this album called “Woke Up This Morning.” One of the many songs my wife and I fell in love to.


There you have it! The Top Ten Albums you (probably) haven’t heard before! Speaking of music you haven’t heard before, while you’re here, why don’t you poke around our website! Here are a couple of Blue Turnip songs I am very proud of:

“A Lack of Sleep, I’d Say” written by and sung by our drummer, Brian

“Over and Over” written by our guitarist/bassist, Andy

Our cover of “Illusions on a Double Dimple” by Triumvirat

Transatlantic Top Ten Percent

One of the greatest progressive rock supergroups of the modern era, Transatlantic has been periodically collaborating and touring for 20 years. The band is made up of Neal Morse (Neal Morse Band, Spock’s Beard, Flying Colors), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings, Kaipa, The Tangent), Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Kino, Edison’s Children), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Sons of Apollo). Transatlantic has released 4 studio albums over the past 20 years, and the band is especially popular in Europe.

Between Transatlantic being set to release their fifth studio album this year and me being hyped on the band from Neal Morse’s and Mike Portnoy’s performances in The Prog Report’s “Prog at Home” concert (which was excellent, by the way), I have been listening to a lot of Transatlantic lately and figured the band would be a good subject for my latest Top Ten Percent post!

Not counting bonus discs or covers, Transatlantic has 26 tracks included on their 4 studio albums (the band considers The Whirlwind to be one long song, but the album is split into 12 tracks). That would make the Top Ten Percent 3 tracks, and I have added 2 honorable mentions to round it out to a nice Top 5.

Honorable Mentions

5. “Out of the Night” from the album The Whirlwind

This track has a great, catchy chorus and awesome inclusions of and variations on the album’s “whirlwind theme.”

4. “Suite Charlotte Pike” from the album Bridge Across Forever

Progressive rock is often considered to be a rather heavy and serious genre, and sometimes rightly so. The themes of the lyrics of prog rock can range from reincarnated murderers to fantastical spiritual journeys and everything in between, not to mention the incredibly technical craft and creative musicianship that goes into the songwriting and performances. However, every now and then prog artists will get a little goofy and this song is a prime example. Inside jokes, almost comical sudden changes in musical style and mood, and the old school “WASSSUUPPP?” are interwoven with the genius songwriting and talented playing of the band members in a sometimes profound, sometime “Beatle-y”, sometimes silly, always awesome song!


Top Ten Percent

3. “Set Us Free” from the album The Whirlwind

This song is an absolute jam, and I love Neal Morse’s keyboard work! Plus we get a little taste of one of the darker themes on the record toward the end of the track.

2. “We All Need Some Light” from the album SMPT:e

This song is one of the most beautiful progressive rock songs released over the past 20 years, both lyrically and musically. Truly a standout song in the Transatlantic catalog. This song includes one of my favorite lyrics:

Hey you on the brink, waiting to fall, to become human surplus

The movie’s still shooting, you might still get the role, man, it’s all just a circus

But the clown left town long ago

Maybe he’ll come back and give us a show

‘Cause we all need some light now

1. “Black as the Sky” from the album Kaleidoscope

This song, better than any other in my opinion, shows how awesome Transatlantic is as an ensemble. Great vocal harmonies and a powerful instrumental bridge with intricate time changes help to show off how much fun these four have together and how they can meld their strengths into a truly unique product.


What are your Top 5 Transatlantic tracks? Leave them in the comments! Also, while you’re hear you can check out our band Blue Turnip. We are not nearly as proggy as the great Transatlantic, but our songs “A Lack of Sleep, I’d Say” and “Over and Over” have a lot of power pop and prog elements!

Finally, you can find my other Top Ten Percent TV show and music rankings here:

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The Beatles

The Beatles Top Ten Percent

Hey, everyone! Kyle from Blue Turnip, here (the Fat One). Since we are all cooped up and watching tons of TV and movies and listening to our favorite music, I decided to do something I have always wanted to do and start a ranking blog called “Top Ten Percent.” In this blog, I will rank the Top Ten Percent of my favorite TV shows, filmmakers, and music artists. I’ll provide an introduction, describe my selection method, then hit you with the list as well as clips, songs, and other goodies. If you would like me to do a post on a particular show, filmmaker, or music artist, let me know in the comments or email me. Also, if you have any questions about our band Blue Turnip, feel free to ask (spoiler alert, we rule).

This is the part of the blog where I usually introduce the thing I am writing about and explain why it is awesome, but I’m pretty sure I don’t need to do that for The Beatles, so… I guess I’ll just get straight to it!

Last year I bought The Beatles Complete Chord Songbook. As the title suggests, it includes “the chords and lyrics of just about every song by The Beatles.” The songs were arranged by guitarist Rikky Rooksby and the book is a must-have for any Beatles fan! The book includes all 194 songs that were written by AND recorded by The Beatles not including covers the Beatles recorded or songs written by the Beatles and recorded by other artists. I used that list of 194 songs as the basis for my ranking. For the Top Ten Percent, I rounded up to 20 songs!

I will say that it was surprisingly easy for me to choose my 20 favorite Beatles songs, but as easy at it was to choose the songs it was near impossible to order them. Usually I (only semi-jokingly) say that my rankings are “definitive,” but in this case I do not claim that these are the 20 best Beatles songs as I am not sure if that is possible with the incredible deft and depth of their catalog. However, I can say with… relative certainty as of May 5, 2020 that these are my 20 favorite Beatles songs pretty much in order! I would be very interested to see your Top Ten Percent of Beatles songs! Leave them in the comments below!

Without further ado, the Top Ten Percent of Beatles songs:

20. “Can’t Buy Me Love” released as a single in 1964 and included on the album A Hard Day’s Night

19. “In My Life” from the album Rubber Soul

18. “She Loves You” released as a single in 1963 and included on the album The Beatles’ Second Album

17. “I’m So Tired” from the album “The White Album”

16. “Blackbird” from the album “The White Album”

15. “Eleanor Rigby” from the album Revolver

14. “She’s Leaving Home” from the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

13. “Oh! Darling” from the album Abbey Road

12. “I’ve Got a Feeling” from the album Let it Be

11. “Hey Jude” released as a single in 1968

10. “You Never Give Me Your Money” from the album Abbey Road

9. “Martha My Dear” from the album “The White Album”

8. “Let it Be” released as a single in 1970 and included on the album Let it Be

7. “We Can Work it Out” released as a single in 1965

6. “Things We Said Today” from the album A Hard Day’s Night

5. “Lady Madonna” released as a single in 1968

4. “Yesterday” released both as a single in 1965 and on the album Help!

3. “I Feel Fine” released as a single in 1964

2. “Something” released both as a single in 1969 and on the album Abbey Road

1. “Day Tripper” released as a single in 1965

Well, there you have it! My Top Ten Percent of Beatles songs! As I mentioned above, please leave your Top Ten Percent in the comments as I’d love to see your lists! If you enjoyed this ranking, you may enjoy my previous rankings of my favorite episodes for these great shows:

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Community Top Ten Percent*

Community Top Ten Percent*

Hey, everyone! Kyle from Blue Turnip, here (the Fat One). Since we are all cooped up and watching tons of TV and movies and listening to our favorite music, I decided to do something I have always wanted to do and start a ranking blog called “Top Ten Percent.” In this blog, I will rank the Top Ten Percent of my favorite TV shows, filmmakers, and music artists. I’ll provide an introduction, describe my selection method, then hit you with the list as well as clips, songs, and other goodies. If you would like me to do a post on a particular show, filmmaker, or music artist, let me know in the comments or email me. Also, if you have any questions about our band Blue Turnip, feel free to ask (spoiler alert, we rule).

Community has slowly solidified itself as one of the best sitcoms of the past 20 years. The final brick in the show’s pedestal being its current resurgence on Netflix, Community has fought and clawed its way to the top—running the gamut from popular prime time network sitcom to cult classic to “saved by Yahoo” to, now, beloved found-family heartfelt comedy gold enjoyed by multiple generations.

Jeff Winger—once successful lawyer in his 30s who was outed as having a less-than-legitimate law degree—finds himself in need of a college degree from Greendale Community College. He somewhat unwittingly ends up the “leader” of a hodgepodge Spanish 101 study group that consists of a super caring if not super intelligent bleeding heart activist (Britta Perry), a most likely on-the-spectrum human library of pop culture knowledge (Abed Nadir), a lovable dummy whose football dreams were dashed by a high school injury (Troy Barnes), a selfish and racist baby boomer in dire need of human connection (Pierce Hawthorne), a divorced Christian mother of two earning a business degree to reclaim her life (Shirley Bennett), and a classic “good kid” whose obsession with grades and success led her down a less-than-ideal path (Annie Edison). Together they experience misadventure after misadventure, sometimes due to their own dysfunction and sometimes due to the off-the-wall students, teachers, and dean that make up Greendale Community College.

Community is hilarious, yes, but so are The Office, Parks and Recreation, and several other perennial sitcoms that aired by its side. Community stands out from its contemporaries because of the meaningful relationships between each of the characters as well as the group dynamic. Each character not only has well-established characterization, but they each have unique relationships with every other character in the study group. The show capitalizes on this strength by often grouping the characters into 2s or 3s so the audience can experience these different relationships. This practice is effective and sometimes very moving. No other ensemble-cast sitcom has ever put tears into my eyes multiple times just from interactions between characters.

You may have noticed the asterisk by the title of this post. I guess it’s time to explain myself. While Community is brilliant and would easily be included on any list of my favorite TV shows, some behind-the-scenes executive decisions really affect the quality of the back half of the show. Showrunner Dan Harmon was removed from his position after the conclusion of Season 3. At that point, several other important writers and producers subsequently left the show as well. He was later reinstated for Seasons 5 and 6 and many of those who left with him returned, but by that point the damage had been done and the quality of the show took a hit it would never recover from. Not to say that Seasons 4-6 of Community have no merit. There are many hilarious episodes, new characters, and some really nice character moments, but it was almost like the show’s heart was removed after season 3 and replaced with the best copy they could find (wow, kind of a disgusting metaphor). Dan Harmon summed it up well himself in a meta quote at the end of the last episode of the show:

Lines between perception, desire, and reality may become blurred, redundant, or interchangeable. Characters may hook up with no regard for your emotional investment. Some episodes too conceptual to be funny, some too funny to be immersive, and some so immersive they still aren’t funny. Consistency between seasons may vary.

All of that to say, my Top 10 Percent for Community comes ONLY from seasons 1-3: the original Dan Harmon years. There are 71 episodes in seasons 1-3 of Community which means ten percent is 7 episodes. I added an additional 3 honorable mentions to round out to a nice Top Ten. Without further ado, the Top Ten Percent of Community (seasons 1-3).

Honorable Mentions

  1. Season 3, Episode 20: Digital Estate Planning

Pierce’s late father has created an 8-player video game that Pierce must win in order to receive his inheritance. The study group fills 7 of the slots, but the 8th slot is filled by Gilbert Lawson—an apparent rival heir to the Hawthorne fortune. Community is a show that breaks format so well. This episode is a great example of format-breaking as most of this episode is animated in classic 8-bit video game style.

  1. Season 2, Episode 21: Paradigms of Human Memory

Community’s “clip show” episode. This episode is created in clip show format, but with mostly original clips of the group’s “adventures” that we, the audience, have never seen before. However, there are just enough real clips and memories to make us, the audience, feel like we are going insane and that we accidentally skipped like 8 episodes of the show.

  1. Season 2, Episode 8: Cooperative Calligraphy

In the show’s “bottle episode,” the study group is forced to stay in the study room until Annie’s lost pen is found despite the adorable puppy parade happening outside on the quad.


Top Ten Percent

  1. Season 1, Episode 23: Modern Warfare

The entire campus of Greendale Community College is engulfed in a paintball battle. The winner takes home priority registration for the fall semester.

  1. Season 3, Episode 4: Remedial Chaos Theory

Troy and Abed throw a house party to show off their new apartment to the study group. When the pizza arrives, the group can’t decide who should go downstairs and get the pizza, so Jeff rolls a dice to decide and inadvertently creates 6 different timelines. This episode also includes this lovely Abed quote: “Chaos already dominates enough of our lives. The universe is an endless raging sea of randomness. Our job isn’t to fight it, but to weather it together on the raft of life. A raft held together by those few rare, beautiful things that we know to be predictable: us.”

  1. Season 1, Episode 17: Physical Education

Jeff enrolls in a billiards class but is discouraged to find that he is required to wear a P.E. uniform that includes very short shorts. Meanwhile, the rest of the study group attempts to set up Abed with a girl who drew a picture of him in a textbook.

  1. Season 3, Episode 10: Regional Holiday Music

Greendale’s Glee Club suffers from a collective nervous breakdown and Abed helps Cory Radison (“Mr. Rad” played by Taran Killam) recruit the study group to act as the replacement Glee Club for the Christmas pageant. This spot-on Glee spoof might be THE best parody of ANYTHING I have ever seen, not to mention all the original songs written for and performed throughout the episode. And Taran Killam is an absolute delight. His facial acting in this role is unbelievable.

  1. Season 2, Episode 5: Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples

Shirley asks Abed to help her make a viral “Jesus rap” video, but Abed ends up taking the film in a more meta direction. Meanwhile, Pierce gets in with a rowdy group of seniors. Two personal notes: 1. As a Christian, this episode might be the funniest and most accurate comedic portrayal of Jesus that I have ever seen and 2. The end of this episode makes me cry. Every. Single. Time.

  1. Season 2, Episode 9: Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design

In what is possibly the most “classic” episode of Community, Jeff’s Conspiracy Theories independent study (taught by my personal favorite occasionally recurring character, Theater Professor Sean Garrity) turns out to be more than he bargained for as he and Annie uncover some of Greendale’s secrets. Troy and Abed build a blanket fort in their room that quickly spreads throughout the dorm and turns into a bustling blanket city called Fluffytown with its own laws, districts, and cultural events.

  1. Season 2, Episode 11: Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas

For some reason, Abed is seeing the world as a Rankin/Bass style claymation Christmas special. When Abed damages parked cars during his opening Christmas song, the study group brings him to a group therapy session with Professor Duncan where they use “Christmasnosis” to come with Abed and walk with Abed and see what they can find. They accompany Abed on a journey with Abed through the wonderland of his mind on Planet Abed: the most Christmasy planet in the universe with an atmosphere of 7% cinnamon. I cry AT LEAST twice every time I watch this episode. It is a beautiful representation of friendship, Christmas, and helping someone work trough their problems, even if you don’t fully understand what is going on with them.


Thank you for reading! You can also check out my other Top Ten Percent rankings here!

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