Friday, December 19, 2008

Take me out and Hang me out to dry

I have decided I need to review the concerts I attend. So here goes.

Monday night I had the utmost pleasure of seeing Franz Ferdinand and Cold War Kids. After the tradition of a communication breakdown burger and pitcher(s) of Ruby at Ringlers, Anne and I headed on up to check out the Kids.

They had already started, as we moved straight on over to the concert tee's being sold. (usual routine) They regretfully weren't selling buttons but Anne bought a sweet Franz shirt. As we were in line, I found myself bopping to the Kids sound. They really were catchy. I thought they sounded like if Jet and Rocca deLuca had a love child, it would be the Cold War Kids.... Really impressed with their set. Loads of energy. I wasn’t too familiar with their music… only one song on my pod. Hang me out to dry).Love it. Forgot it was from the Kids and was very excited to hear more of their music. They immensely lived up to my expectations! There wasn’t a moment I was bored from hearing new music, nor was I not moving and shaking my ass to the beat. I will definitely be downloading or even (gasp!) buying their music soon. GREAT band to compliment Franz Ferdinands style. The first time I saw Franz they were coupled with Death Cab for Cutie… and you’d think they would mesh well but the didn’t at alllll for me. Franz opened for the Cuties, which was a mistake. Not only did Franz blow the Cuties out of the water with their Outsiders encore, something happened to me that had never before happened: I fell asleep during the Cuties. Swear. Asleep. Couldn’t keep my eyes open. I have a love / hate relationship with the Cuties, and would see them live again.. just gonna make sure I get enough sleep and drink tons of Redbull. I was on my feet during Franz…especially when Alex, Bob, and Nick all helped out Paul on the drums during the finale of “Outsiders” which isn’t my favorite song but the effin NAIL it and it’s a song that’s totally underrated. Did I mention that the Cuties got on stage for that part?

To my surprise, they pulled it off a second time Monday night. It was really so very cool. Check it out:

Yes that’s them. All playing the drums. I didn’t even care that they encored with the same song as last time – it was at the Crystal Ballroom this time (as opposed to the Memorial Coliseum…booooo….). I truly enjoyed myself. Even considering where I am at in my life, I was really able to let go and have fun. I was exhausted from a night of little sleep before, and yet exhilarated from the power of the music. (music can almost always alter my state of mind).

So AFTER the Cold War Kids rocked the Ballroom, came the headliner Franz Ferdinand. Hot on the Kids heals, Franz knocked the socks off everyone in the room. There wasn’t a lot of mingling and standing around. Anne and I were ecstatic they played our favorites back to back (Michael and Dark Of The Matinee). Jumping up and down like acrobats on a trampoline, we voiced all the words along with Alex and the rest of the audience, grinning so wide we looked like model, idiots. (yes that’s typed that way on purpose)

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Can I just say that even though they aren’t my favorite ever, they put on one hell of a show and I will be forever attending as long as they keep making sweet music. I am oh so looking forward to their new album to be released in January. (should be January 27th…) If they don’t I will go “evil and heathen” all over their asses.

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So… cheers to a fantastic duo of bands… cheers to the future husband of Anne who asked if she need “anything else” at Ringlers… and cheers to Vampire Weekend … cuz I’m seeing them tonight at their sold out show at the Crystal. (I shoulda bought stock on that place…)

** right after I finished writing this review my internet has been down and I just got it back up. Vampire Weekend will be written shortly...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Do

(by the way, this song came on today which jarged this memory) Oh fuck. Last summer I had a best friend (well actually two) get married within 2 weeks of each other. I was (and still am) very happy for both of them, for they have found their match. Their special days were incredible and I was lucky enough to celebrate it with them. Normally when a best friend gets married, one feels lonely. I never felt lonely during that time... but something happened one day while I was rushing over to take care of a Bridal emergency (her dress didn't fit - NOT GOOD). I had popped in a cd that I hadn't listened to in a long time. Jude. Anyway. I was driving up Lovejoy from a lovely breakfast with a girlfriend in the Pearl after a night of chatting and good times, and suddenly Jude's words hit me. I started bawling. As Lovejoy turned into Cornell and you hit that corner with the florist, I decided I needed to buy flowers. They were to cheer up the upset Bride, but I think I needed some cheering up too. I bought the most unique sunflowers at the little stand with the most tard-ass sign (Roses. 5 for $5 or half a dozen for $6)

So I get to the Brides parents house. We discuss the options of the dress etc. The next project they were hoping for help is the programs. The computer program was a bit turned around and the tech expert Groom was at his job so they needed me to fix, center, and print them. No problem. But the programs were titled "I DO". and THAT was the name of the song that set me off upon my arrival.

So CHEERS to all the happily married couples, for they are few and far between. CHEERS to the happily single, for they are also few and far between. Moral of the story? Be happy with yourself, and good things will come. :)

Lyrics to "I DO" by Jude : (try and read them without getting a pang in your heart)

I got a letter today
An invitation
And the writing looked like you
Hello how are you
And by the way,
Please RSVP I do

I thought of writing sad words
Of how it used to be
But I didn't want to bring you down
I guess the bells ring pretty well
There without me
Don't worry about me baby
I'd wear the thorny crown
I would play the clown

If you think that I don't love you
You're just wrong
That don't matter now anyway
I couldn't bear to see you up there
With a white dress on
Here's my vow to you
I'll stay away

I remember when
In a lover's whisper you said
No other man
Would ever share your bed
Well we both know
That's not been so
I wish I never let you go
Now, you found a better man instead

I wish you health and wealth
And a white house on a hill
And I, I hope you raise a family
Little boy and a little girl
A little more joy in this little old world
Well that would be enough for me

Time rolls on
And dreams they die
And I've thrown out
The pictures I had of you and I
And if you're ever wondering if
Love can be true
Well, think of me remember darling
Like I Like I do

Old friendships fade away, love falls apart
And you've not spent a single day outside my heart
And there's just one more dream that I have left for you
I hope you're smiling when he turns around and says I do

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Music Tuesday September 9th, baby!

“Lost Coastlines” from Okkervil River releases The Stand Ins tomorrow, yet another lyrical masterpiece from Will Sheff and crew. I downloaded their song “Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe”… and it’s a catchy one. Also, I’ve been by Ringlers lately and noticed they were playing there last weekend. So when I saw they released a new album , I was intrigued… and I really ‘get pleasure’ from what I hear. I’m delighted to recommend “Lost Coastlines” to you. The band brings the sex appeal of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, and that makes me oh so happy.

“Louie” from Kimya Dawson's long-awaited children's album, Alphabutt… It’s a children’s album. This makes total sense that Kimya Dawson made a whole record dedicated to kids. Their songs on ‘Juno’ seemed to be stolen from Baby Genius or the like. (oh shut up, I am in tune with what the kids like these days, whether or not I am having them or not!) The song ‘Alphabutt’ would never have been kosher with the parents I remember dealing with during my time as a nanny. It goes through the whole alphabet and sings about how each letter stands for something having to do with your butt, whether it be ‘doo doo’ or ‘elephant doo doo’ or ‘farts’ or ‘gorilla farts’. Cuuuute, but parents aren’t going to be happy. This is why I love it. Those adults that complained about Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland and changed the ‘Whore’ sign, protesting that it wasn’t appropriate, can go suck doo doo. This song “Louie” is pretty silly, about a doggie named Louie. Awwwwww.

“Suicide and Redemption” from Metallica releases its latest album, Death Magnetic. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, like Metallica did here in this album, you get what you need: classic Metallica. There is a time and a place for this band for sure for sure. Of course the title of this song isn’t exactly ‘upbeat’, but who REALLY wants that from hardcore rockers? I enjoyed the tracks I sampled from this new album… true fans will love it I’m sure. My neck hurts just thinking about listening to the whole album…

“Helen” from Horse Feathers new album “House With No Home” This band is really unusual … and are from Portland!!! The violin and soft vocals are soothing but they trip out with their electronic devices. I’m guessing they use a module. This is a personal inside joke for my benefit only. I can’t pin down whether they are trying to be psychedelic or more like Enya… They claim to be folk / indie. Personally, the violin is an underrated instrument that should be played more often. All in all, I would love to drive during sunset with this album playing, like say towards the friggen beach. Lets go. Well you can go see them October 3rd at Holocene for the cd release party… Please don’t cry, I have plans that night and won’t be there. You are on your own.

“The Other Side” from Angela Desveaux's The Mighty Ship, This is the only song that doesn’t sound like a Sheryl Crow cover… and even with that said I am not excited about this track I was forced to pick out of desperation. Angela is totally unoriginal, even if her hero’s are Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. She doesn’t have the balls or creativity to pull off either influence. Sorry Angela… you have a lovely voice, its just all been done before. Try something else.

“Sarabande In Pencil Form” from Calexico's new album “Carried to Dust”, . Love their song “Corona” from their album Feast of Wire. IT sounds like a mariachi band, in the best way possible!!!!! This Carried to Dust album is carried in the same vein. Perfect album for an Indian Summer, which is basically what Portland is going through this month (83 degrees today, Sept 17th!). Their use of percussions, steel guitar, trumpet, and accordion stops me in my tracks. They could be the theme band for the Alamo… a fantastic mix of Texan, Mexican, and Americana rock, clearly incluence by the great Ennio Morricone. These boys are from Tuscan, and they have embraced it. Thank you Calexico for the lovely album! One for my collection for sure. And for the record, I had a really hard time picking out one track of the 16 on the album. AND they will be playing at the Crystal Ballroom on September 27th!

“Paper Kite” from Damien Jurado's “Caught in the Trees” who played a the Doug Fir last Friday. (September 12th) Oh well I was too busy that night running round town with my lovely lady friends. Ahh Damien. Not sure what I think of his music, honestly. I think his music is something that has to grow on you. Each song has a different feel – but I don’t feel passion from his voice. Like someone said “Hey Damien, you have a nice voice. Give this a try”. Like having a model become an actress. There is no feeling, just a one dimensional character. I have been wrong before (well -maybe?!) so I haven’t completely closed the door on him. He just isn’t the next M Ward for me, just yet… Still, the instrumentals in this song Paper Kite are breathtaking.

“Oh My Sweet Carolina” from the band Portastatic's new release “Some Small History” which is a b-side and rarities compilation. Never having heard of this band before, all their songs were rare to me! Yes, I picked this track because of “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Sue me. I like this band! They are story tellers from the Carolinas, mixing alternative rock (whatever that is) with Brazilian themes (WTF?!), apparently have been playing since 1992! Huh. I enjoy the sound and the rock style, like CSNY or Steve Miller, part country. I feel like there were situations a d people that inspired these songs, and they weren’t simply written. Sometimes the lead singer gets a bit nasally for my taste, but not everyone can sing like me.

Also, Fall Out Boy, Of Montreal, Plain White T’s, Robin Thicke, and the Pussycat Dolls have all released singles this week as well. None were great, and since they are singles, I can’t exactly pick another song from the album, can I. So of all five, Of Montreals single “Id Engager” is the only one I’d consider listening to again. But I bet we will be hearing the Pussycats and Fall Out Boy’s singles the most. Yay…

Lastly, I kinda like Jessica Simpson’s duet with Dolly Parton on Ms. Simpsons new album released this week. Shhhh…..


Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Music Tuesday August 26th

August 26th

Having NO internet for 2 weeks. Count that, TWO, I had started this and then POOF the net was down. So I finished it today, and will do Sept 2 and 9ths new music Tuesdays hopefully before the 16th comes around. That’s the goal. Enjoy… some good ones and not so good ones…

“B Movie Saga” from Fratellis new EP “Look Out Sunshine! (imported B sides). The Fratellis are a fun band, no doubt about it. Are they the best out there? Not really. Their high energy and eccentric songs appeal to me, nonetheless… makes me smile when they randomly pop up on the pod shuffle. I don’t really expect to hear from them in 10 years…but I do enjoy their peppy music. I must say I was reviewing their June 9th album (thanks to Anne for giving it to me) and its fun but sometimes repetitive… I was pleasantly surprised from this B side release, though. Fun lil pop band to have in rotation with some happy music for the road… likes Apples in Stereo and the Ditty Bops. Compilation in the works perhaps? Nahhh to upbeat for my taste currently. I might kill someone if all that was playing at once.

“Room to Rock” from Matthew Sweet’s latest Sunshine Lies”. Fun fact you didn’t know about Matthew? He played with Susanna Hoffs and Mike Meyers in ‘Ming Tea’, the trio that jams between scenes during the first Austin Powers flick. Remember? “BBC 1! BBC 2! “ No? Well I do. Matthew seems like a fun person – do you ever get that vibe from someone you don’t know? I really love the lyrics to this song. He needs a room to rock in. I do too. It’s a bit Tom Petty, but I like Tom Petty – so this flies. Matthew has been in the music scene for a long time, and is a great song writer. 

“Love is Noise” from the album “Forth” by the band The Verve. Yes this is the band who sang ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ back in the mid ninties… which I was never a fan of. The success of that bitter song temporarily broke up the band(3 years-ish) but all is well now a days. This song is so much less whiney and a bit like Pretty in Pink soundtrack worthy. Shit I might actually like the Verve. Hmm. Funny I hated that song they are so famous for though. The song “Columbo” on this album is downloadable as well, if you turn on your strobe light and glo-in-the dark paint your ceiling the constellations….

“Love in our hearts?” from Electric Touch's self-titled album. I must say, this really gets under my skin, in the best way possible. Sinatra under my skin style. This song my not catch everyones interest, but please be my guest and check them out for yourselves. I’m a bit perturbed they are skipping Portland on their tour… but I will forgive them. I might have to toy with the idea of buying this album. For some reason, they aren’t constistant with their energy on the album, like they had only so much time and/or money and stuck songs like “Don’t be afraid “ which sounds like it should be part of the Wonders setlist from the movie “That thing you do!”… which is great if it was 1957. But it isn’t.

“Dissapear” from Gabe Dixon Band's self-titled release. Ok I really only chose this track because it reminds me of a today’s version of Richard Marx… is that wrong? Not all the tracks are Richard-esque. I kinda like the “Sirens” song with the lead scanting and the electronic sounds mixed with the beautiful piano… I do love the piano. Gabe’s from Nashville, and is trying to make it big. Well he did something right. He collaborated with the guy who co-wrote that Grammy winning song “Not Ready to Make Nice” for the Dixie Chicks. Good one, Gabe. He has a clear voice, too. Satisfying to listen to.

“You Oughta be Satisfied Now” from Jonatha Brooke's album “The Works”. Put in the genre of pop, but I disagreeeeeeee. She is so country its not even funny. Ok, so now that I’m over the mis-categorization, I will review Miss Jonatha. This song is sassy and kina boring at the same time. I guess I’m over songs titled “Little Bird”, “My Flowers Grown Green”, or – hold the phone! She has a song called “There’s More True Loves than One”!!!! Too bad I don’t care for the all around feel of it, or I would probably buy it. Cute. Not clever enough like Ms Wainwright, who blows Jonatha off her rocking chair. Zzzzzzzzzzz. Please check her out at the Aladin Theater on November 6th.

All 150 songs from the The Motown Collection (11-disc box set). Holy Crap an 11 disc box set?? Chances are I own quite a lot of these tracks, but the compilation would be so rad at a party. Perhaps I will borrow the list and make my own… BUT I may be introduced to new R&B artists (not the Brian McKnight R&B, the ORIGINAL rhythm and blues artists…) so therefore I will definitely be looking into this in the near future. Classic American music that hasn’t been duplicated anywhere, especially anything released lately! (I think the Brits may always have a one up on the Rock and Roll genre tho…)

Speaking of Rock and Roll titans from across the pond, Led Zeppelin’s album “Mothership” has been remastered into 4-disc box set. Rather than describe word for word what has been done to the sound for your pleasure, please check out the link provided… Amazon will help you out. I’m sure buying an album, that isn’t exactly new, all remastered doesn’t sound appealing – I can assure you that a band like Led Zeppelin would love for their work to pay off to the listener in rare clarity form. I love how Amazon says they can’t believe the sound came out of four guys. I gave that exact review recently … does this mean I am starting to know what I am talking about here?! Probably not. Ha!!! Plus, my favorite song is on disc 2…. “Since I’ve been loving You”.

“Get these Blues off Me” BB King: One Kind Favor. Having been to BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in NY, I know how the big man rolls. He wasn’t there, unfortunately, but extreme maverick George Clinton was performing when I walked in … in full force at 11:30 on a Thursday night … (one doesn’t forget the details when seeing George and his Rastafarians on stage during my first experience in the great NYC). Back to BB King, he is very high on my list of artists to see live. I don’t really care what he produces; it will always be in his bluesy style that just simply kicks ass. I haven’t heard a word condemning the King, and I absolutely love that he won’t go into hibernation. If you still got it, flaunt it. FLAUNT away, BB! Did I mention I am totally downloading this song so I can strip tease to it sometime in the near future???

“What Remains” from Blues Traveler: “North Hollywood Shootout”. I don’t apologize for liking the Blues Travelers. I don’t apologize for being enormously jazzed to see them last December. Lastly, I don’t apologize for not listening to them on a regular basis. Recently (like a year or two ago!) I purchased their albums again… cuz I gotten rid of them in the past. I missed their asses, damn it. Popper has made a name for himself in the house of blues (not THE house, but a house I’m sure!). I think this song is really pretty, by the way. Always be a spot on my shelf for these guys…

All of Johnny Cash & George Jones: Live at the Louisiana Hayride: Johnny Cash & George Jones. Who wouldn’t love to have been there?!!! George Jones?!!!! Hells yeah! Not a self proclaimed country lover, but I can’t deny celebrated American idols like Johnny Cash and George Jones. Makes me want to go to Nashville and become a star… in my red cowboy boots. They are getting their run in on the cat walk these days, all prepared for stardom.

“Summertime” from the album “Somewhere” by the lovely Eva Cassidy. I don’t know if Eva will ever make a real name for herself, but she seems to pop up every now and again and I am reminded of her talents. I am not head over heals for her, but she is underrated all the same. She seems sweet, but am I the only one who thinks she has a bitchy name? Maybe that’s Eva Longoria’s fault… you know that girls a tramp! I’m soooo catty. This song is so sexy and I may have to karaoke it sometime soon. I want to see her make it.

All of Live at the Isle of Wight 1970 by The Moody Blues. Please tell me that the Moody Blues gets you hard like they do me… especially on a Tuesday Afternoon… (sorry I couldn’t help it). Anyway, someone makes serious bank releasing these old concerts to gullible fans like myself all eager beaver to check out what they were like that night. There is always something different, something new, (something borrowed, something blue… etc) that is fresh about a live album. Or better yet – seeing a band live in general! I have been fortunate to attend many concerts in my life, and there is nothing more thrilling than hearing your favorite track played live in front of your face. I mean can you even imaging “Nights in White Satin” at the Isle of Wight in 1970? You just know people were stoned out of their gourd swaying and holding onto each other telling strangers they loved you. Side note: apparently this Isle of Wight festival broke the record attendance at the time, beating out Woodstock (which, incase you actually didn’t know, was the year before, 1969).

“Lick it Up” from KISS’s “Kiss Best – Kissology” …. Had the pleasure of walking into a new bar recently (new for me, maybe not for you) and they consistently play Kiss videos. The bartenders succumb to the Jedi mind trick on getting free drinks. I’m not telling you where this place is – its my new secret. You can KISS my ass! And lick it…!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Music Tuesday August 19th

New Music Tuesday August 19th

This Week's Interesting Music Releases (August 19th, 2008)

I would love to hear the argument of what is better : a blockbuster release full of Grammy nominations waiting to happen, or a plethora of enormous talented artists chalk full of new music that you won’t be sick of in a month?

“Love Song” from local favorite Dandy Warhols' “Earth To The Dandy Warhols”. All I have to say regarding this album is … “This is Bowie, to Bowie – do you hear me out there man?” OHhhh yeah man!!! That’s pretty far out man! The Dandy’s are growing, and being from Portland, that warms my heart. They may have sold their soul to the devil, but I think they are making it up to us. This record is one I actually might purchase! Don’t fall off your chair just yet, I said MIGHT. I am very proud these fellow alumni (yeah we went to the same high school… me and the lead singer Courtney). You can see them play October 5th at the Roseland, if you have any respect for your brother’s of Portland.

“Antoine and Birdskull” from Jaguar Love’s new “Take Me To The Sea”. Well well well we have another Portland band making it. We sure do have a lot of local talent in the music scene here, and some pretty kick ass venues for them to display it. I feel lucky to live in such an underground setting. Jaguar Love is perfectly punk for my liking – the lead Johnny Whitney is effin amazing, and I quote: “Johnny Whitney's vocals have been described as "like Robert Plant on steroids, or Perry Farrell after a sex change"
They will be playing at the Roseland September 5th, but I will be enjoying another bands sound that evening so I will not be able to join you. (Vampire Weekend at the Crystal)

“Always in your mind” from Jennifer O'Connor's ‘Here With Me’ LP. This was a bit hard to track down considering even iTunes doesn’t have it yet. She’s just hard enough you know you would have a great time with her. I sense a bit Lucinda Williams, but a bit more playful with a little folk indie acoustic guitar Portland Waterfront feel. Her song “Here with Me” is so true to life. Each track is unique, displaying her range in songwriting, vocals, and points of view. These are my favorite types of artist – showing their versatility and 3-dimensional spirit. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing… and I will seriously consider your show at the Doug Fir Lounge on September 12th.

“Melodies and Desires” from Lykke Li's “Youth Novels”. This Swedish princess is 22 and just released her first album. Having traveled and lived in places like Lisbon and Morocco, her music breathes a life I certainly couldn’t have at that age. Boy that sentence made me feel old. Let me be quite frank, here. Her music is worldly, not her lyrics. Her hit single “I’m Good, I’m Gone” is a bit cheesy pop but the song I chose for this playlist is eerie and fun. Apparently the Doug Fir is so cool these days they are the host to every latest act. Lykke Li will be there October 30th.

“Freeing Song for Reindeer” from Music Tapes new Music Tapes for Clouds & Tornadoes, Their lead singer Julian Koster is all over the board with projects, from story albums to movies. Sounds like a guy with some fantastic connections… and it’s ALWAYS about who you know! Good thing for Julian and the gang they have talent as well. Music Tapes is sooo out there in space its bloody spectacular. I think the OMSI Planetarium should have a laser light show to Music Tapes music. Partake in a few illegalities and grab your slurpee (spiked of course), lay back and enjoy. Damn that sounds pleasant right now. Currently OMSI is showing U2 and Pink Floyd. I think I know what I will be doing this weekend! Doooood who’s with me?!!!

“Dying is Fine” from Ra Ra Riot's “The Rhumb Line.” Way interesting, this band. Not something that will get your blood pumping, and sometimes that’s a good thing. This track “Dying is Fine” is actually an ‘at peace’ song to me. Recently I had an uncle who passed away, and I think he has got to be so much happier. I saw his body in the hospital, and I think I could see a smile. I thanked him for dancing with me. He seemed so peaceful. Ra Ra Riot does have something about this song that made me smile. Their album is pretty mellow… I can’t decide if it’s too lax for a coastal trip and if it’s over zealous to sleep to. Maybe background at work will do. I need a bit more motivation here in la la land. You’d expect a punk band with the title “Ra Ra Riot” but is soft flowing and smooth sailing. Don’t hate it, but still not wet over it. (oops is that inappropriate?) This “Healing – Easy Listening” band will be playing at the Doug Fir September 22nd, but I will be rocking to the Jewish Elvis in person that night.

“Neon Beanbag” from Stereolab's “Chemical Chords” Ah Yes. Elise likes this band a whole heck of a lot – and if you don’t know her, you are missing out. She introduced me to Stereolab back in the day of skipping Technical Theater class and deciding it was more important to get lost in Lake Oswego trying to find a Starbucks!!! We actually were looking at people driving to see if they had a coffee in hand and went that direction (well - the direction they were coming from). Yeah that plan didn’t work. In that time, however, we shared our music loves and this is how I came to know Stereolab. Yeah too much information unrelated to this album review, I know. Fortunately this is my OWN music review blog and I get to run it how I like it. And we all know how I like it… Wonder Ballroom October 18th. This song ‘Neon Beanbag” reminds me of Elise too… ;)

“This Lonely Love” from Juliana Hatfield's “How To Walk Away”. I admit I was waiting for her to starting singing “Toms Diner” mid-song, and ironically her song “Just Lust” sounds the same. She is mixing the sound of Lisa Loeb and Sheryl Crow – and I think she’s gone off the deep end of whiny. She may have been able to spark a light inside me if it was 1999, but not today. I want hardcore, and I want raw, and she ain’t it. Her “Just Lust” is poorly written and has no heart when sung. I have a deep seeded issue with the word ‘lust’ and this powerless voice behind the lyrics bores me to – well I can’t even muster up tears here. Sorry Juliana, maybe you caught me in a mood, but this album just isn’t speaking to me. According to the other reviews on iTunes, and others, she is well liked – so I am sure it’s just me.

“Common Reaction” from Uh Huh Her's new release “Common Reaction”. I think this album could become a guilty pleasure… its that prefect combo of discotheque pop music that makes you want to get off your ass. I really love it, actually. You actually feel like there is a point to the song as well – a story to tell, not just music and “la la la’s”. Yeah… I checked out the rest of the album and it’s on my list officially. I am such a dork. Maybe it’s the bands name. I was discussing bands names with a couple of friends recently, and I am sure “Uh Huh Her” should have been on the list ( I will get back to this in a later blog I’m sure). “Common Reaction” itself does rub me the wrong way, for I will always see the world in grey, never assuming there is a common reaction to anything. Other than that, I be racing to download them in a few. (they band got their name from PJ Harvey’s album in ’04 … and I am so down with PJ so good for them)

Last but not least, the whole compilation of “Total 9”, which is all electronic, all various artists, and all gay night club music. If you are looking for something other than the usual, check this out. I doubt it will disappoint.

Monday, March 3, 2008

New Music Tuesday February 19th!

not a bad week. my little niece was born this week. very exciting. here you go.

“Conquista” White Stripes Spanish version of their single “Conquest”. Was it really necessary to sing Conquest in Spanish? Guess so. Must say it is uber preeminente. Jack White’s voice is somehow even more chillingly perfect in espanol! He sure knows how to keep selling singles! Cracks me up. Just go check this song out and stop thinking “I wonder what it sounds like in Spanish?”

“Shine” Anna Nalick’s new single. Way better than her song “Breathe”. That Breathe song tortured us all for months and months everywhere we went. And we all thought the same thing “gosh I like this song til she gets to the chorus!” I hope Anna shines with this new single and blinds us all of our memory of her past ‘hit’. Wait til her new album comes and then we will see if Anna has the chops to be a star or just another one hit wonder. She does have a pretty voice, so I hope she delivers the goods when ever the release date shall be.

“You Can’t always get what you want - REMIX” Rolling Stones from the movie “21”. Wow. I didn’t get what I wanted from this remix. The choir background is kinda cool how they cut and pasted between the lyrics, yet it sounds like something I could do with a double tape deck and about ten minutes. Someone made a lot of moolah editing a great rock and roll song and turning it into an electronic mess. Maybe I have to hear it form the beginning through to the end. The only star this song gets from me is the fact that Kevin Spacey is in the movie, so I’m excited for its release.

“Lonely” from Bat for Lashes “Live Session EP”. Love their song “Horses and I”. Want their whole album. Not I need their new EP. They are like if Annie Lennox was starting out today and chose to go the indie rock route instead. Actually they claim they sound like “Halloween when you were little”. I love it. I hadn’t heard this song before, since it’s not on their only available cd “Fur and Gold”. I came across a way cute UK indie clothing site from a link (love the necklace?) on the Bat for Lashes myspace, plus a very interesting bloggg from the same site operator. What a find. She reviewed an album I will also be listening to later in this blog (Bon Iver) and I even learned a bit about the artist. Cool. I liked the review to my review. Say that ten times as fast as you can, while listening to “What’s a Girl to Do?” by these pretty Lashes.

“San Bernardino” from the new Mountain Goats album, “Heretic Pride”. These guys have been making sweet music since the early 90’s. I have never heard of them, and I probably should have since back in 2004 their album “We Shall All Be Healed” is tied to our beloved City of Roses. Check out this quote:
“We Shall All Be Healed chronicles Darnielle's life with a group of friends and acquaintances addicted to methamphetamine in Portland, Oregon, though the album is set in Pomona, California.”
This song is really pleasing to listen to, by the way. Beautiful strings. I’d prefer the music without the vocals tho…

“Skinny Love” from Bon Iver “For Emma, Forever Ago”. This is Justin Vernon’s stage name and his debut album. Justin’s music is acoustic guitar combined with his incredible voice which equals the perfect indie folk singing. Please check out the link on the title of the album, for the blog I mentioned above does a superb job of reviewing this young man. You may see him play his magic live at Holocene here in Portland on March 24th.

“I Want a little sugar in my bowl” from Allison Moorer’s new album “Mockingbird”. This is a really hot version of one of my old favorites. Such a sexy song with innuendos up the yang. Allison is usually more folky and country but she brought in the blues for this number and it worked. So you think this song is about running out of sweetener? Take a peek at the lyrics :
Soothe me
I want some sugar in my bowl
I want some steam
on my clothes
Maybe I can fix things up so they'll go
Whatsa matter Daddy
Come on save my soul
I don’t think so….

“Dirty Dollar Bill” from Flowers Forever's self-titled debut. Don’t know a thing about them except they are from Nebraska and this is their first album. This song is fun though and I wanted to add them to my NMT playlist. Forever Flowers!!!!!

“Cherry Tulips” from Headlights' “Some Racing, Some Stopping”. I may have to purchase this track, if not the whole album. Actually I just reviewed the whole album and this is the only song I’d download. Sorry Headlights, my heart doesn’t race for your music. Just your Cherry Tulips. Mmmmmm….

“I Just Want the Girl in the Blue Dress” from Mike Doughty's “Golden Delicious”. Mike’s style is different enough for me to take notice in, but his voice is too “Wallflowers ‘97”. He takes risks and his songwriting is fantastic, so I am not “pooh-poohing” him yet. Check out his talent at the Wonder Ballroom on April 26th. I won’t be, for my friend is having her civil ceremony in New York and I’m going. ;) I love NY.

“Lust” from the Raveonettes' new album “Lust Lust Lust” I downloaded their “Christmas Song” for my “Indie Christmas” album I never got to finish (*tear*tear*). The song is really chilling and I apologize for not getting it to you all. This lust song is pretty cool as well. The Ravonettes have their own sound for sure - like Dido if she had a steel guitar. I’d prefer them on shuffle with other songs for their music is a bit much all at once.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

New Music Tuesday February 12th!

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday.
woo hoo.
February 12th

“When I’m Gone” from Simple Plan’s new self titled third album “Simple Plan”. This isn’t a horrible song, nor a horrible album. But for me, it’s just another album made for teen-boppers. I can’t seem to find the taste for their music, yet they really aren’t a bad band. They are just one of those groups I ignore. Sorry doods. Guess I’m too complex for

“In Love with a Girl” Gavin DeGraw’s new single. I’m a fan of Gavin. He was a cutie at Bar 71 a couple of years ago when Anne invited me ton an exclusive show mid-day during the week. That was sweeeet (except for what happened later which we never mention, do we Anne?). So Gavin has only released his debut album which means this is his sophomore single introduction to his album. What’s in store for Mr DeGraw? Hard to say… this single is consistent with his previously released stuff, so I don’t think we will be seeing any new Gavin styles. That’s ok, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it??? I’m happy. So when does his new album get released? I can’t say. No buzz yet. Tell me what’s happening.

“I’m Yours” Jason Mraz single. Well well well I would never have listened to this single cuz Jason Mraz BUGGS big time, if I wasn’t into these reviews. However, this song is really charming! He doobie doobie doo’s and everything! Gosh I might even download it! Wow! I really dislike his “wordplay” and the “Curbside prophet” songs. Everyone was like “Oh that Jason Mraz is sooo great” and I was all “ewww”. Maybe he isn’t so bad after all. I’m not one to close my mind when I hear a bad album from an artist. Just like my favorite music, they can be totally different from one another - so you never know what you may like of theirs. His new album “We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things” doesn’t come out til May 20th. I have some time to decide if I’ll buy it or not. The title is promising, at least. Watching him is really annoying tho… Sorry Jason… 

“Run” Gnarls Barkley’s single. I am still not sick of their Crazy song. I know I know it’s totally overplayed, I don’t care!!! This is a fabulous new single of theirs. Not sure if it’s gonna be as big as their previously released singles, but it could join them on my work out mix fur shur. It’s full of energy and the drum solos are perfect, but the lyrics are too repetitive… They are releasing their highly anticipated album “The Odd Couple” on April 8th. Hopefully we will be happy with the other tracks. Me love Gnarls long time.

“The Prayer” Celine Dion and Josh Groban’s single. They have sung in separately and now the two are adjoined finally. I will miss listening to Celine translate it for Andre Bocelli, but these two were meant to sing this single together. Chances are I will be downloading this song shortly. Shut it. They are fantastic and you know it.

“Helpless” performed by Elk City, from the compilation “Cinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity”. Alright Neil! The album benefits “Casting for Recovery” which is a nonprofit for current and previous women with breast cancer. It’s all females singing all Neil Young on this record. My favorite is the song “Helpless” which Patti Smith also does a cover of on the album “Twelve” that I recently purchased. Elk City is on my top list right now. I like their song “Little Brother”… I don’t know who picked the artist to cover these great songs, excellent choices!! Veruca Salt, the Watson Twins, Lori McKenna, and Britta Phillips to name a few. Not artists you hear about all the time, just the way I like it. Please keep them under the radar, so they can be my special secret (besides Veruca Salt, the only band could be considered in the mainstream of the group).

“Lights out for Darker Skies” from British Sea Power’s new rocker record “Do You Like Rock Music?”. The answer is “yes, I do”. Especially from the talented folks involved with these British Sea Power-lads. Personally I think their name is too out dated. It reminds me of my Western Civ class. Now that I’ve bashed their name, I have to be honest. I really like their music. They have the ‘it’ factor, Paper Lace style (ok not really but they do zing). So they play at the Doug Fir on March 3rd.

“Love your Spaceman” from Robert Pollard’s new album “Superman Was a Rocker”. Robert is the former frontman for the 80’s ‘college radio’ band “Guided by Voices”. I’m sure this is a fantastic band and Robert is an artist on the top of someone’s list, just not mine. Who the heck is Robert Pollard? He’s 50 years old and I have never heard of him. He sounds like REM but he’s from Dayton, Ohio. This is his 19th album/EP release since 1996. Repeat after me: “Over Achiever”. “Love you Spaceman” is very late 80s indie, nothing I would turn off, yet I’m not all eager to download, either. This gets a golf clap.

“Tickle the Truth” from Widespread Panic’s new record “Free Somehow”. I’ve always heard of Widespread Panic, but never listened to them. Apparently, they are known for performing mainly covers of songs. This is their tenth album in the studio, yet I can’t name a single song they are known for! Lame me! I actually really like them!!!! Been playing since 1986, with a brief leave of absence when their lead guitarist Michael Houser died of pancreatic cancer in 2002. I love their rendition of “Crippled Inside” on John Lennon’s Instant Karma Save Darfur album. Gonna go check out more of this southern rock band’s history of music now, in a panic…

“Too Easy” from OneRepublic’s “Stop and Stare” EP. This is a really striking song by this little MySpace phenomenon. I missed their album release in November (Dreaming Out Loud) and that’s too bad cuz this song is impressive. I’ve become a fast fan of OneRepublic. Very exciting. This is truly a beautiful tune. Check it. I be downloading it today. Yep.

Monday, February 18, 2008

New Music Tuesday February 5th!

February 5th

“Shake a Fist” from Hot Chip’s new album “Made In The Dark”. Like I mentioned last blog, Hot Chip will be playing in Portland soon. Don’t be lazy. Go read that last blog I entered. I want to dance like children of the night (so I married an Axe Murderer) and shake a fist to this song. Hot Hot Chip. “Bendable Poseable” is a download must as well.

“Snakes and Ladders” from the Canadian songbird Basia Bulat’s debut album “Oh, My Darling”. Better late than never, you can see her tonight, Valentine’s Day (the day I am posting this blog. Oops) at the Doug Fir. She writes her own music, plays her own guitar, and obviously dresses herself, too. That was catty. I didn’t mean it. She seems like a sweet girl and is full of talent. I am not sure she is sparkling enough to make a dent in music history. Pretty voice and appealing songs, though. I’m just not that excited right now. Should I be? Tell me why and I will re-consider. Going on the shelf of “maybe later, if at all”.

“Stupid Now” from Bob Mould’s newly released album “District Line”. Bob has been in the music business about as long as I have been alive. Being a homosexual, it had to have been an honor to be the played lead guitar in the house band for the film “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”. I hate to say this, but he should stick to playing lead guitar. This album is really not that bad, but for some reason I keep thinking he sounds like a county singer trying to play punk rock and it just isn’t flying. Now isn’t that stupid…

“Out of Time” from Jason Collett’s new album “Here’s To Being Here” Cheers to that. You will be humming along to this tune the first time you hear it, even thought they totally stole the ‘ohh oohh oohh’s” from “Emotional Rescue” by the Stones. I forgive them. Their other songs on this album are really fine, too. He changes it up so you don’t get bored as a listener. Way to be creative, Jase!

“The Queen of All Returns” from Dead Meadow’s new album “Old Growth”. Not 100% impressed with this space rock group. I get irritated when I can’t understand the lyrics. I feel like the lead singer ( ) is pulling a Jessica Simpson and mumbling his way through the songs, and all you hear is moaning and droaning. I picked the Queen cuz it the snippit didn’t have any singing, just great instrumental jamming. High energy and oomph in comparison to the rest of the album. The songs are really good, I just don’t like the way Jason Simon sings. Diction, Jason, Diction!!! Drink a Viso (support your local goods) and get with it!

“Devil Tricks for a Bitch” from Lightspeed Champion’s new album “Falling Off The Lavender Bridge”. You know when you hear a band and you know they would be really awesome live? Lightspeed ahead, baby. This song is probably the coolest song I’ve heard in a long time. The strings throughout the song are wonderful like a lullaby with simple yet poignant lyrics that turn that frown upside down. This is the bands debut album, and it’s a winner.

“Whose Authority” from Nada Surf ‘s new album “Lucky”. Nada Surf is a real different group for me. Not ga ga over them, but enjoy their ’96 album “High/Low” very much. They will be playing in Portland at the Crystal on March 26th. Should be a good show, if you can fork over the $17 for a exceptional band that’s easy on the ears.

“When you Forget” from Kelley Stoltz’s new album “Circular Sounds”. Tremendous song writer since the mid ninties… and the lucky SOB interned for Jeff Buckley as a fan letter sorter. Lucky! (to be said Napoleon style). What a fun album. I’m very ecstatic to have discovered him. “To Speak to the girl” and Tintinnabulation” will be coming your way on a mix cd shortly. Since Anne is my only reader, this is a promise! It’s a big possibility I will need to download more and more of Kelley so you better get used to it.

“Diamond Ring” from Sheryl Crow’s new masterpiece “Detours”. Perhaps the best Sheryl I have ever heard. Very impressed. So happy I bought it at Starbucks this week. Each track is so authentic and real. “Drunk with the thought of you” doesn’t even sound like her, so much soul… “Love is Free” is right on the mark. I picked Diamond Ring for many reasons. Weddings in the air (not mine thank gawd), those that want to be married, those who want to be in a relationship, and my thoughts on the whole enchilada are rapped up in one with this song. Sheryl belts out that diamond rings don’t mean anything… It’s a very dramatic and sad song all at once, yet you feel like she is getting closure (Armstrong relationship). It won’t be one worn out on the airwaves, so you’ll have to buy the album to hear it, I think. Or have me as a friend and I burn it all for you. Congrats Sheryl. My favorite album of yours.

“Hope” from Jack Johnson’s new album “Sleep Through The Static”. I only know one person who doesn’t like Jack. I understand why… he is a bit Reading Rainbow for my taste as well. However, you can’t argue that he has something about him that sparkles. This song “Hope” is delightful and amusing enough for the masses, and for myself. I think my problem with him is that he sounds the same in every song. Sort of monotone (but pleasant) and lack of emotion (but sweet). Even the front of the cd shoes him sitting on his ass singing while strumming the guitar, like he can’t muster the energy to stand and shake his booty while plucking the strings. I think I’d fall asleep if I ever heard him live. Just one of those things.

“Love Revolution” from Lenny Kravitz’s new album “It Is Time For A Love Revolution”. Am I aloud to like an artist simply because he’s hot? Thanks, cuz that would be the only reason why I like this album. His guitar playing is out of this world, very talented chap. Saw him (hoooooootttttt) open for Aerosmith (effin amazing show) back in 2005, and he didn’t disappoint me in the least. There are a handful of his songs I absolutely love (Lady, American Woman, Fly Away) but on the whole too much Lenny isn’t good for my ears. Lenny on shuffle with 8000 other songs is where I prefer him. “Love Revolution” will definitely be a pert of the pod mix, but I haven’t decided if I need this album yet. I will probably break down and purchase it during one of my weak moments in the future. We’ll see.

“Je fais la planche” from k.d. lang’s new album “Watershed”. I love kd lang, and no I am not gay. She as such a sexy voice. Her version of “Halleluiah” live is on this album and it’s exactly how this song should be sang: with passion, feeling, fervor if you will. Yes I already purchased this album as well. She wrote every song (except Halleluiah) on the record. Each one shows off her tone of voice magnificently. I haven’t been disappointed in any of her albums in the past (favorite is still Ingenue), plus her duet with Roy Orbison is one of my favorites, and her version of “Skylark” from the soundtrack “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” is mesmerizing. I could play it on repeat for a whole day. Can’t wait to get into this cd, it’s only been two days since I’ve had it.

“Rockist Pt.4.” from School of Language's first ever album “Sea from Shore”. Playing locally at the Towne Lounge March 20th, which I would send you the link to but apparently the Towne Lounge only likes to display the current month’s shows and nothing about their future (or past, for that matter). Lame. Anyway, you can see where the School of Language is playing on their MySpace page. From the UK, the bands’ sound is fun even though the titles of their tracks are a bit depressing (“Disappointment of ’99”, “Poor Boy”, “Tear me Apart”, “No Control” - see I wasn’t kidding!). I hope I hear more of School of Language in the future. We will see!

“Chains” from Sons & Daughters new album “This Gift”. All I have to say about these cheeky Brits is described in the following quote from their MySpace page:
"If this doesn’t get you dancing like Uma in Pulp Fiction and fishing out the slut red lippy, then call me Bella Bogroll and shit in my lap. Abrasive, dark and sexy like a lady assassin, Gilt Complex is quite possibly one of the most perfectly constructed singles of the year. It should happily bitchslap Kate Nash right off her foundations."

And they are playing at a stage near you: Doug Fir April 5th with Bodies of Water (reviewed them January 22nd blog.)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

New Music Tuesday January 29th!

January 29th was a bright day for music regardless of the .2 inches of rain we had...

“Memories” from The Mars Volta’s new album “The Bedlam in Goliath”. I like their old stuff better… They went too chaotic for me on this album. I know they are probably just getting some angst out, as most of us need to at some point or another. My favorite thing about this band is what I read about them on via the internet: “On a trip in Jerusalem, Rodriguez-Lopez (guitarist/bands producer) purchased an archaic ouija-type talking board at a curio shop as a gift for Bixler-Zavala (lead vocal). They would return to their tour bus after shows to play with it during their 2006 tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as it quickly became the band's post-show ritual.” I haven’t played the ouija board in years. One time four of my classmates got in trouble cuz they took the game into the church and played it while we were supposed to be at recess. Naughty catholic school kids…. We are SSOOOOO our reputation !!!!!

“Guild by Association” from Louis XIV from their new friggen sweet record “Slick Dogs and Ponies”. Great album title. Freaky album cover, but still inventive. I saw these guys open for the Killers last May, which was a pretty KILLER show. Seriousss. I like these guys. I am rooting for them to make it big. Grammy big. They are distinctive enough to have a name of their own, and not some reference to a dead king. They can be a bit naughty or rub you the wrong way, but that can be memorable too. Is that such a bad thing? Go Louis! Sorry I missed you playing with the Editors and Hot Hot Heat last week. I suck. No, you suck for not reminding me and wanting to go, too.

“Oxford Comma” from Vampire Weekend's self-titled album, which is their debut record. Very exciting, isn’t it. Well, it is, and here is why: if Rolling Stone Magazine is naming you the #67 best song of 2007 and you don’t even have an album out yet, you are pretty effin cool (this song would be “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa”). They are influenced by African music! The song is really really good (I sorta downloaded a bunch of top songs from that list to check them out …) and it should probably be listed before some of the other crap above it like “Same Girl” by R. Kelly and Usher, or the song “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” by Miranda Lambert or “Bleed it Out” by Linkin Park… but most of the songs are really good and not all you know every word to (not by choice) like the top 100 Billboard hits. Go to the Doug Fir March 25th and see them for yourselves. Don’t take my word for it. 

“Two Fifty” from Chris Walla’s new album “Field Manual”. The guitarist from Death Cab released his first solo album as himself (he had another solo project that I believe is dead in the water at the moment.). So his music really sounds like John Mayer. The good news is that throughout most of the album I don’t feel like I took a sedative (the way Death Cab for Cutie makes me feel). The track “Two-Fifty” starts the album off with a low key whimsical tune like the first day of snow. I don’t know if this was the best choice to open the debut solo career…. I wanted to see a bit more like his song “Sing Again”, but we can’t always get what we want, can we?

“Shed your love” from the Helio Sequence's excellent “Keep Your Eyes Open”. This song is sooo beautiful . The album art is exactly what you picture while playing this whole record (hands releasing crane like birds).
You know that movie “Winged Migration” ?? Well this album would have been a perfect fit of a soundtrack. Lovely album that I will put on my list to purchase. Right on. Bonus: They are from Portland (!!!!!!) and will be playing at the Crystal Ballroom on March 5th. Boo-yaaaa!

“The Killers 1964” from Ida's new album “Lovers Prayers”, just in time for Valentines day! Yeeee-ah. Very sweet and full of folk indie softness, Joni would be proud. The stories are intricate and the guitar picking precise and strikingly beautiful. Ida is a boy and girl duo fro NYC and have been playing sweet music since 1992. The girl, Elizabeth Mitchell, was in a duo previously with Lisa Loeb in college (Brown U.) and guess who was their guitarist? Their classmate Duncan Sheik of course!!!! How ‘bout THEM apples, eh?

“Banned from the Roxy” from Jeffrey Lewis's “12 Crass Songs”. Well of course I was intrigued by claiming the album was all crass. One may say that I am crass myself. I think there are a certain few out there who don’t know me that think all I do is make an ass of myself. You know who you are. Ahem. Anyway, fuck off. So I had to pick this song simply because I couldn’t fathom being banned from the Roxy!!! That place should be condemned today! Course where would Anne and I go after our shows at the Crystal if it were gone. Cassidy’s I guess. Or Ringlers. That’s besides the point. This Jeffrey Lewis is a silly silly guy with a very clever mind and a very big potty mouth. I don’t think he is really that crass tho. He is just politically incorrect and sexist, racist, and a bigot. Ok, guess that is the epitome of crass. He’s crass. But he’s funny!! Check him out. Just for kicks. You know you are crass-curious!

“You’ve really got a hold on me” from Thao's new album “We Brave Bee Stings and All”. I need this song on my pod right now. Right now, I say! It’s the sexiest rendition of an otherwise just another Motown one hit wonder. (ok the Miracles sang more than that. Be quiet, music snob. ) Their song “Beat Health” is really tribal yet resembles Cat Power, or at least Cat wishes. They have so much more to their sound, its crazy. I’m blown away by their cheeky lyrics and percussions, guitars, etc. Go see them at the Someday Lounge on March 7th with the following band (Xiu Xiu). I may have to as well for $8.00…

“No Friends Oh! ” from Xiu Xiu's “Women As Lovers”. This band has been experimenting with instruments and sounds since the year 2000. They strike the same chord as Pulp does for me, with that dark deep seductive voice. That Jarvis Cocker (lead singer of Pulp) always knows my buttons. Back to Xiu Xiu, they are a one of a kind indie-punk group San Jose. They seem to be more like they should be from a tiny rainy village in the U.K. They like to cover the Smiths and are influenced by the Cure and Joy Division. I think they were influenced by Pulp and don’t know it. That’s what I think. Jarvis got into their brains and meddled with their artistic cells, manipulating them into speaking in a baritone voice during the song. You should check out their “Kitten Revolution” song as well. Snap.

”Ready for the Floor” Hot Chip: (import single). You too will be ready for the floor when hearing this hit single by the one and only Hot Chip. I am enthralled by this band. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because of their name, maybe its cuz we aren’t as obsessed with them as Americans as those hip Brits. I really don’t know. Go see them at the Crystal on the 23rd of April before they become untouchable. Trust me on this one. (p.s. they release a new album next blogggg… wooo hooo)

“The Bob Song” from Willie Nelson’s new album “Moment of Forever”. Willie covers some choice artists on this new record of his, from Kenny Chesney to Dave Matthews. The Bob Song is a cute little diddy that some guy named “Big Kenny” wrote., who is part of the Big and Rich duo (the BIG part…). Listening to their version its not a great song… but somehow Willie turns into a folky rant about a drunk named B-O-B. Fantastic cover, Nr Nelson. Keep up with the Bio-Willie fuel, the world will catch on in due course.

“Send me an Angel” from Dirty On Purpose’s new “Like Bees” EP. Apparently this song was on an episode of Australia’s Real Life. Shit, I don’t even watch the American version, so I had no idea. I’m noticing that a lot of bands get launched careers from Laguna Beach or Grey’s Anatomy, or likewise. I’d like to point out that Dawson’s Creek started that whole deal. Word. On purpose or not, this band is magnificent, even if they ARE known for being shoe gazers

“Hearts of Crows” from the Radar Bros. new cd “Auditorium”. Ok, so if you thought that “shoe gazers” was a weird category, try “sadcore”. I am not lying here. The Radar Bros. are exactly that. Sadcore. I love it love it love it. I even HEART them. Oh no I didn’t!! These boys are from LA, but the fast pace of that city doesn’t show in their music. You would think they were from Boyden, Iowa or Blandville, West Virginia (real places, BTW)) instead. The mellow riffs and sleepy steel guitar clears the smog of the LA skies and transports you to the country, man. Pass the doobie, radar bro.

“In the Morning” from Quinn Walker’s new album “Lion Land / Laughter’s An Asshole”. Ok so he’s “alternative” but I’d stick him in the WTF genre, cuz that was my first thought. This choice song isn’t so weird, but the others (“Porcupine”, “Through the Skull of a Goat”, or “Warm in the Sun/Worn in the Sun”, take your pick.). He likes to sing in his falsetto, with sounds I can only describe as coming from a synthesizer… (moog?). His MySpace is really disturbing, as well as the cover art of the record. In the beginning I thought his music was like the drum circle at the country fair, but it’s really not. He likes to experiment too much, and I am pretty sure in all aspect of that word… Don’t think I will be downloading any of Quinn’s music after seeing this picture (at your own risk) on his page but I comment him for being… errr… original. !!! Ick.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Music Tuesday January 22nd!

January 22nd, 2008
Good week for music, I must say!

“Guessing Game” from Lisa Loeb’s new album “The Purple Tape”. It’s pretty cute, actually. It makes you want to find your old Lisa albums and stick them in the player, if you haven’t already sold them. I did. Damn. Elise? Can I borrow your Lisa albums??? Please?????? Crap – you didn’t sell them too, did you?? It’s nice to hear Lisa Loeb again.

“New York” from Cat Power's second covers album, “Jukebox”. We all love Cat’s covers. You want to get under the covers and listen real close. Cat’s brilliant. New York is magnificent. It’s exactly the cover I would have picked and the style I would do. I couldn’t wait to hear this cd, and it’s finally out. Bravo! P.S. I downloaded the whole album today. Yippie!

“Daddy Needs a Drink” from Drive-By Truckers new album “Brighter Than Creation's Dark”. Yeah this is definitely hokey and country and all that jazz, but these guys aren’t total western-wear here. They have rock and roll in their blood, just like your mom. Tier Crystal Meth song is a 180 to this “drunk daddy” song. The Drive By Truckers are very diverse, which is one of my favorite qualities in a band. Come to find out, I have them on my iPod. Who woulda thunk. Go see them this Friday at the Roseland.

“ I Never Want to Go Home” from the Whigs new crazy-sick album “Mission Control”. Ok I’m borrowing some Deeker lingo here, but it really is astounding. Sometimes an album will inspire me to have a good day, and I think that is this albums, errr… ‘mission’. My head gets lifted and my lips turn back into the smile they forgot how to create. These days I really don’t want to go home, I don’t want to face the life problems 2007 leftover on my plate. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? I’m crazy about the craft these boys distributed on this newly coveted album I will have to purchase soon.

“I want it all” from the Whitsundays' self-titled debut, “Whitsundays”. They have a witty way of the flow of their songs. I really like the music in “Already Gone” as well. It’s like the old Ennio Morricone music from the Westerns (ala ‘A Fist full of Dollars’ etc). I will be keeping my eye on them. This is only their debut – what will they have come up with in time? Did I mention they are witty? ? On their ‘sounds like’ section of their site on myspace, they claim “a soccer match in '67 between the kinks and the zombies using syd barrett as the ball.”. That’s funny shit there.

“Drop-out” from Times New Viking's news album “Rip It Off” . Yeah this song kicks. Third album since 2005. Not much can be said concerning these boys (?) via the internet except that they are influenced by “shark fucks, kickin' it, otherworldly disorder”. On that note, this a total spring break record, if I ever celebrated that holiday…

“Skeleton Man” from Evangelicals' “The Evening Descends” album. These indie-rock newbies are pretty good, actually, in spite of being from Norman, Oklahoma. This is, in fact, their second album since 2006, and it’s radical. You won’t be slipping this in the player for nap time. You will, however, be tossing it onto your new workout mix for February. Yeah, I’m not getting on the bike these days either… but this may encourage me to walk the 20 minutes to work tomorrow while bobbing my head to the fanatical Evangelicals.

“Doves Circled the Sky” from Bodies of Water's new record “Ears Will Pop & Eyes Will Blink”. April 3, 2008, you too can experience the wonder that is Bodies of Water on April 5th. They have quite the posse of musicians. I love the old school spaghetti western music intertwined with Mama’s and Papa’s harmonizing in this track. The key here is to not be ready to label this band when you first listen to them. I am totally into them now, but more like a vulture for its prey, not some silly dove circling the sky aimlessly…

“Angels” from Black Mountain's new cd “In the Future”. Oh crap. After weeks and weeks of bad music and crappy Christmas single covers, I get hit with fantastically fresh music all at once. Damn. I went on a site I download these obscure indie songs (50 for $15 a month) and downloaded this and the previous two. These Canadians have mastered brining the 70’s to the 21st Century. Very psychedelic rock star music here. Even thought I’ve been into folk and punk these days, I can find room for the Black Mountains sound in my favorites playlist (aptly titled “Oh Happy Day.” ). They also have preserved the classic 16 minute jam from three to four decades ago that your parents (well not mine) used to trip out to.

“Who were you thinking of” from Biirdie's new album “Catherine Avenue”. This is exactly what I have been looking for: cheery, folk-rock with never a chance of being overplayed by the radio for they are from England and we are just not cool enough to be on top of that scene unless they are endorsed by MTV. This song is sassy with it’s accusation of “who you were thinking of when were making love last night?” with the circus accordion circa Peter Paul and Mary (which is ironic since this group is two guys and a girl, although none named Peter, Paul, or Mary.). I can see them fit right with the talent of the Juno soundtrack artists. You should own that album by now, by the way.

“Brooklyn Girl, you’re Gonna be my Bride” from Barton Carroll's “The Lost One” album. Even though this guy seems stalker-ish resembling that of The Police’s “Every breath you take”, you want him to find this girl and marry her. Call me gullible, call me a romantic (far from it), or call me Sally, but Barton portrays himself to be a nice, normal guy - unlike the “I’ll be watching you” bull shit (but love Sting anyhow). His steel guitar work is stunning, and his voice relaxing your senses in hopes that Spring is around the corner. Seeing that it is below 40 in Minnesota today I think we’ve got a few more months before we’ll hear the birds chirping in the blue skies above.

“Baby Ate my Eightball” from Super Furry Animals' new cd “Hey Venus!”. You have been able to download it from iTunes since August, but the actual album is released this week (or rather the week this review was supposed to be submitted. shut up). So for those of us that buy the real thing and not the high-tech version, you can now purchase at your local record store. Regarding the ‘eightball’, my first thought would have been the game of pool. Now that my boyfriend runs a clean a sober housing that he started, my mind goes to that of cocaine and other drugs. Being one who hasn’t (really) partook in anything illegal, I don’t know (exactly) what an eightball consists of, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want any baby to eat one. All in all I really like this album. Each track flows into the next with ease and charm, blasting you with “The Gateway song” straight up - and ending with “Let the wolves howl at the moon”. Listening to the first and last track, you wouldn’t even guess they were from the same album or band. Playing the album as it was arranged like a piece of art you realize that these guys ain’t no dummies, regardless of impression their juvenile name gives you.

“I Dream of Marie Antoinette” from Love in October'’s new album “Pontus, The Devil, And Me.” I hate to be the party pooper here, but I’m not feeling the love of October that others are harboring. My ears don’t hear anything special about their tracks, lyrics, composition… with the exception of this song and “Viva la RevoluciĆ³n” . Perhaps the latter outshines the first by an inch, but I like the title of the chosen a bit more. It’s all in the name. Won’t be downloading this today, but I will keep it in the folder of “Is it just me that doesn’t believe the hype of this band or am I having a bad day?” for now.

“Deep this time” from Moe’s new album “Sticks and Stones”. I can see why my brother-in-law likes this band so much after listening to the teasers on iTunes. Just may have to sneak up on him (Le ) the next time Moe play at the Crystal. Honestly, I had a hard time picking the song to grace my list. Each track is potentially a hit for me. Unfortunately for all the true moe. fans out there, the Rolling Stone Magazine gave the album a fantastic review and nearly four stars so they may have a harder time hounding their favorite band. Sorry folks, but someone was bound to notice their talent!

“Freckles” from Natasha Bedingfield’s sophomore release “Pocketful of Sunshine”. It’s a cute song, and NOT because I have freckles everywhere (yep there too). Natasha is a very talented young lady. I loved her first album, no thanks to the radio killing my favorite tracks. Seeing that she was releasing a second album I was interested in hearing what vibe it would have. She performed on the Today Show with her song “Pocketful of Sunshine” and it was sweet. Unique and creative, not very many can touch her artistic ability to write and deliver music. She isn’t syrup sweet (Hilary Duff) yet buoyant enough to keep you going. Admittedly her hit “I love you I love you I love you” was a bit over the top, but the video was so cute that I forgave her. Simply put she is a happy person with a good life and she wants to share that with others. iTunes displays artists playlists weekly, and Natasha’s shows that she is a well rounded artist influenced by everyone from Frou Frou, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill. When one picks the obvious you see how one dimensional they really are. Ms Bedingfield has taste, and her music proves it: She loves freckles! Yay!

“Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” the new single from The Black Crowes. Next album due March 4th (around the corner!) called “Warpaint”. Serious blues and hard rock emerge from these rockstars, first record since 1999. Seems like Chris is over Kate leaving him for another man (which didn’t last so was it worth it Kate? Chris is HUGE and it’s thanks to you and your adulterous self that people like me are interested in hearing their new music.). Right on, Chris. You come out smelling like a rose (or similar) and Kate released a really bad movie this month. Fool (‘s Gold), Kate!!! Ah heck, I like her anyway.

“Miss Magnolia” from Matt Costa’s second album “Unfamiliar Faces”. My dear friend Elise shared Matt’s talent with me, of which I am grateful. Matt is half indie blues, half slam poetry, which really puts him smack in Veneta, Oregon. I’m pissed I am missing the fair this year due to a wedding I am required to go to. The bright side of the coin is that the wedding is in France and it’s my great friend Kendra. I will have to create my own country fair in Antrain, France. Perhaps I will pack my glittery horns and tie-die wings in honor of Matt’s new remarkable album…

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

New Music Tuesday January 15th...

“Stay in the lines” from Chino XL & Playalitical’s new album “Something Sacred”. Ok this is yet again another hip hop artist I can’t relate to. The lyrics are funny though, so they get a coveted spot on my list. This wigger ain’t buying it, tho. Word. A for Effort, kids.

“I Put a Spell on You” from Eels’s new collection of songs “Useless Trinkets B-Sides (Soundtracks, Rarities, and Unreleased)”. When performed correctly, this song is one of my favorites. The Eels don’t let me down one bit. It sounds like an angry Lenny Kravitz song, if Lenny could squeeze the energy as high as the Eels do. They’re electric. Plus they are playing at the Wonder Ballroom on April 13th. I promise you will like them if you come with me! 

“Get Ur Freak On” from Eels new release “Vol. 1 Meet the Eels: Essentials”. Ok, the Eels are effin cool. I may have to seek out all their music. Currently I am a loser and have only one song of theirs. Considering they have 12 albums to their name, I stink to high heaven as a new found fan. I’m heading to EM and getting me some Eel.

“Can Anybody Hear Me?” from Kottonmouth Kings’s new collection of hits “Greatest Highs”. Well most of their songs are about smoking weed. This song is on of two that haven’t been previously released from this album, not that I would have known the difference. I guess the Kottonmouth Kings are ok. They are quirky and unusual, which is always an A+ in my mind. I just don’t know if they cut it. My favorite part about these kings? They are described as “rapcore”. Irresistibly insane.

“Old Fools” from Magnetic Fields new album “Distortion”. Have you ever seen a movie that has been raved on about by friend and critics alike, but by the time you rent it and watch it it’s disappointing because of the hype? Well, all I have heard this month is (from RS mag.): “It rocks, in this case a meaningful, temporary departure. Its unmelded sonic gestalt suits its thematic disquiet. It's Stephin Merritt's second-best album, which is saying a great deal.” …giving it 4 out of 5 stars!! It’s a really out there for my brain right now. Complex lyrics and story lines and soundsystems used…. I can’t keep up. Perhaps my data base is too full to comprehend this right now, but I will put it on the “too be reviewed for later use” shelf. Maybe I’ll be ready for it in the Spring.

“Gone are the Days” from Ringo Starr’s new album “Liverpool 8”. It’s a sweet ex-Beatles album. I actually like it way better that Paul’s new stuff. I didn’t know I was a fan of Ringo!! I have always been fond of his name, growing up. Heard they just re-released the film “Help!” that’s a deluxe edition box set of 2 DVD’s. Right on. The only Beatle left who needs help is Paul, now. (cuz of his stupid ex Heather Mills – eeeeewww).

“The Eye of the Tiger” from the Soundtrack to the movie “Persepolis”. The movie is French, it’s Black and White, it’s Animated, and it’s about a young girl who rebels against the ways of the Islamic powers taking over her country of Iran. I can’t wait to see it this week. ;) Apparently at the peak of the movie this song is playing as she enters the streets of Iran after seeing the aftermath of what she left her country in.

“Long Dream” from Tyler Ramsey’s new album, “A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea”. It is the first artist I would compare to Neil Young in a long time. His voice and poetry are quite similar, but you don’t get the same authentic feel you get from Young Neil. I’m totally into Tyler now, since I’ve been introduced to his music this new music release week. Folk music is my thing these days. Well, folk and punk. That doesn’t really flow, does it? Especially when I throw in French Pop and old school Jazz like Coltrane. Oh well, my taste will ever be evolving.

“Hey Katie” from Josh Kelley’s new album “Special Company”. It’s nothing that special coming from Josh Kelley, but it’s different enough that it might spark interest in the music industry. I think I like his music, maybe it’s a little to one dimensional. “Hey Katie” is sweet enough, but I think I’m more impressed with the band and not the storyline.

“To Know Him is to Love Him” from Amy Winehouse’s “Back in Black B-Sides” album. This is a beautiful song. I used to love this song when I was little. Hearing Amy’s version isn’t disappointing. She brings the feeling and soul into the song that some covers of it lack. Well done Amy! All the b-side songs are great choices. “Some Unholy War” is truly moving, and would be my first pick if I wasn’t already partial to the chosen song.

“I Built the Sea” from The Battle of Land and Sea’s new album “the Battle of Land and Sea”. They are from Portland!!!! Yay!!!! Gotta love the local. I feel like this band really has a sound of their own …pretty mellow and sexy all at once. I’d love to download and walk in the rain up in Forest Park on Wildwood trail. It would be lovely and transcending…

“Starlett Johansson” from The Teenagers new album “Reality Check”. Love it. This band totally cracks me up. I don’t know if they mean to be so hilarious, those Brits can give us Yanks the wrong impression. We missed their hot spot American tour this month… unless you live in LA, NY, or likewise, they didn’t come to you. Perhaps they will in the future. I would go, as long as it isn’t full of ‘teenagers’…

Friday, January 25, 2008

New Music Tuesday January 8th

lovely music, for little there was released.

“Merry Happy” from Kate Nash’s new fan-tabulous album “Made of Bricks”. Very Lily Allen-ish music and lyrics. Not all the record is like Ms. Allen though. If I’d only hear this on the radio and didn’t know it was Kate, I would’ve said “Lily has a new single!”. “Made of Bricks” has been well received by the fans and critic alike. Guess we will see if she ends up being a social disaster like the rest of her mates. Hopefully not. Also, I was happy to see that someone else uses “Merry” in terms other than followed with Christmas, besides me. Thanks, Kate !!

“My Blakean Year” from Patti Smith’s iTunes Original album… which I hate it when they do this but this includes commentary from Patti which is insightful and interesting. This song was originally released in 2004. I’d also have to choose “Gloria” which is off her album “Horses”. Lovely album, Horses… Listening to the reasons why she wrote the songs etc is fantastic. I probably won’t be downloading this though, cuz I have the songs already and the commentary only comes with the full album purchase. Damn.

“The Girl you lost to cocaine” from Sia’s new album “Some People have Real Problems. I love the cover of Sia’s album. Her song “Electric Bird” is beautiful. I will be buying this album pronto. Seriously. Have to. Buy it. Now. She’s considered Pop, which is ok. I think I will have to come up with better genre names than Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Alternative. You can’t say Anne Murray is the same type as Britney Spears or the Beach Boys or Carrie Underwood or Eddie Vedder… which are all considered pop. Huh?
This Aussie songstress ranges from jazzy pop to altra-indie, backed up with the piano and strings. Now go support your local Starbucks and purchase this dammmit.

“Run it Back Again” Corbin Bleu’s new single. I’m gonna throw back up again in a minute here – to be honest a guy named Corbin doesn’t stand a chance in this cruel cruel world. His pre-pubescent fro and “I’m grabbin my nuts” high voice doesn’t really help his cause. Who said that these kids from HS Musical could release singles?? I don’t remember Jeff Conaway and Stockard Channing and Didi Conn releasing singles and albums left and right after Grease was released. Maybe that is because they were like 30 pretending to be 18… hmmm. My point is I can’t stand these kids from the movie. None of them have talent and none of them are original. They are playing the character that was written by someone else, for real life. For reals, people. Tastey tidbit: Bee Gee’s Barry Gibb wrote the song “Grease” and Frankie Valli performed it for the soundtrack. Cool.

“Jesus in the Temple” from Marah’s new album “Angels of Destruction”. I really don’t know Marah. I wonder if Dave Bielanko (lead singer) named the band after one of the locations which the Torah identifies as having been travelled through by the Israelites, during the Exodus…. Could be. I never listened to Marah, yet the band has been in business since ’93. My bad. I think I always associaed them with those chicks like Mya, Monica, Missy, Mariah, Melanie C…. see what I’m saying??? Dave should have some up with something less feminine. So I’m just venting cuz I wish I’d heard them earlier… He’s a lot like Steve Earl. I really love the bands sound. I have to download this song. It might be perfect for my trip slideshow soundtrack. Fantastic.
p.s. The genre they fall into is “alternative country” and “Garage Rock”. That’s better than simply “pop”, now, isn’t???

“Where’s the Music” by Medeski, Martin, and Wood… from their new album “Let’s go Everywhere”. This song is like part “I am the Lion” (neil diamond) and “The Guitar” (they might be giants). This band rocks my socks. They take children like songs and put spontaneous jazz pink martini style with kids speaking or yelling in the background. They all yell “Where’s the music”!!!!!!!! ????????? in this song.
Drastic Fantastic. ;)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Music December 25th and January 1st

New Music December 25th and January 1st
Short AND Sweet, my friends. And this is combining TWO weeks because both Tuesdays fell on HOLIDAYS.

“Reckoner” from of Radiohead's latest album, “In Rainbows”. I downloaded this months ago. Fantastic album. Fantastic band. Fantastic songs. Each one – fantastic. The general public can finally go to their local record store and buy “In Rainbows” for themselves. You could download it from their website since October. You could pay or not pay. The whole album is a masterpiece. Definitely on my top ten albums of 2007. Perhaps a list of those is in the works for you to read. Perhaps all 1 reader out there (thanks, Anne for being my reader) will want to know what this music fiends favorite albums were of last year. So many to choose from. I don’t know if I can put them in order of favorite. We will see. Can I get it done before January 31st? We’ll see! Ha! Challenge!! I love it!

“My Dear Acquaintance ( A Happy New Year)” Regina Spektor’s new single. I first saw Regina on VH1 in her video for “Fidelity” at 7 in the morning, all blurry-eyed and waking up, thinking I needed to remember this gal. She has something different. After, of course, the radio etc overplayed the song but I still liked it cuz I felt like I discovered it on my own and not through the damned radio. Its really a sweet video, all in black white and red (til the end). This song is a nice way to start out the year. I am happy with Regina’s choice of songs, very sweet and pointedly purposeful yet not depressing, ala the lady songwriters of the 90’s (hello Lilith Fair?).

“Declare Independence (Mark Stent Mix)” Bjork’s new EP mix of her ‘hit’ Declare Independence called, if you haven’t already guessed, “Declare Independence – EP”. Normally I ignore these releases for they are redundant and pointless to talk about. They aren’t ‘new’ by any means. However, Bjork is sending a message to all of us scaredy-cat Americans to declare our fucking rights in the land of the free. I actually ordered this cd, and it should be coming soon. I have a sneaking suspicion that I am going to really like this album. “Here Here” to the wonder that is Bjork.

“Love the World you Find” performed by the Flaming Lips from the “Mr. Magnorium’s Wonder Emporium” soundtrack. I thought this movie was supposed to be silly, but this song makes me think it may have a heart after all. I do love Natalie Portman… and the Flaming Lips are blistering… ouch. Could someone maybe go to this movie with me or rent it when it’s on DVD and perhaps we can enjoy a crazy flick together? I’ll bring the Milk Duds (thanks to Melody)…

“Gorgeous” from Idina Menzel’s new single. I don’t like the remixes of this song (The “Gorgeous EP” also was released this week) – they remind me f all the techno-pop songs of ‘98-99 era, like “Unbreak My Heart” drag queen style. There is a time and a place for that shit, and it ain’t on my watch. I chose the single instead of anything off her EP, which in my opinion wasn’t ‘gorgeous’…

“Love TKO” Michael McDonald’s new single. What New Music Tuesday blog would be complete without a review of this former Doobie? Honestly, ever since the 40yr Old Virgin, I have been obsessed with this guy. William can’t stop playing him, and I was pissed to see he wasn’t with the Doobies cuz I got to check them out over the summer. Yeah, and it was my second time seeing them and missing the Mac. This song is a Total Knock Out. Ohhhhh yeaaaaah.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Music Tuesday December 18th

All in all not a horrible week for music. Just in time for your stocking Christmas morning. I know, that was SOOO last month.

“All I Want For Christmas” - Joss Stone’s new single. I was hoping a more upbeat song from Joss, but it’s a bit 80s with the sax and the love making R&B intro, like Issak Hayes but not as smooth. Ms Stone is still a favorite in my book. Her style is distinctive and there is no one like her. I will continue to support her but I am soooo done with the shitty holiday single releases. Perhaps if I had completed this review on time (say… three weeks ago) I wouldn’t be so negative about xmas music, but since the holidays weren’t exactly a gas, I am jaded. Oh well.

“Longtime Sunshine”, from the Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo new released album “Alone - The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo”. Yet another frontman feeling the need for speed and headin solo. On his own, Rivers doesn’t have the energy that Weezer does as a band. Blech. Kinda a disappointment. He’s no Rob Thomas *wink*wink*….

“Stranded the Line” from Radiohead’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood's score for the film, There Will Be Blood. Mind blowing.. esp. the title song. It’s like the soundtrack to a futuristic remake of “Fantasia” – like the scene where the brooms multiply while Mickey’s mopping and the bucket overflows, flooding the room? This album could totally be played simultaneously and flow.

“Bad Woman” from the Arctic Monkeys new “Teddy Picker” EP. This is the first song from these crazy primates that I would actually seek and download. Does that make me a “Bad Woman” too??? These guys were such the hype last year at this time, and fortunately for them the limelight didn’t blind them. They are still too cool for school, unlike some of the other freshman we were so excited about in January of 07…

“Grown Woman” from Mary J. Blige’s new album “Growing Pains”. So MJ released her new album. This song has more attitude that Mary usually shows us. Usually she Toni Braxtons’s the hell out of her songs with the R & B candle light dinner bull. I like this hit.

“Pretty Women” from “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street Deluxe - Complete Edition”, performed by Alan Rickman and Johnny Depp. I can’t wait to see this movie. Anything with Alan and Johnny singing, I’m there. Too bad it’s not 3D like Beowolf! Ha!

“Give Up” from Hot Hot Heat “Happiness Ltd.” EP. The EP’s following the album thing seems to be sooo popular. If it weren’t for a brilliant song like “Give Up” I would be complaining here. Since I DO like this EP, and I love Hot Hot Heat, I will accept that they have followed the path of the EP releasing. I’d like to 'give up'. This song doesn’t make me want to though, ironic enough. Thanks Hot Hot Heat. You’re Hot.

“Miss You Love You” from Maroon 5’s new album “The B Collection”. Yes they released an album back in May, and I claimed I didn’t care for them at the time... yet this song surprised me. The whole 'B' album surprised me. If they had released this instead of their album “It won’t be soon before long”, I may have actually considered buying this. I am hesitant, however, for their past has clouded my judgment. You should still give this a try. It’s better than you think.

“Deep Love” from Mel Brooks “Young Frankenstein” , performed by Megan Mullally. Megan almost has the comedic chops to carry on Madeline Kahns legacy in the roll of Elizabeth Benning. She tries sooo hard and I commend her for that. But no one can touch the great Kahn. No one. I think I would see this crazy and obnoxious musical on Broadway. It looks horrible to the average eye, but if you haven’t seen the movie, you won’t understand the appeal. The classic film is one of Mel Brook’s best. Anything with Gene Wilder deserves an A+ from me. You combine Gene, Madeline, and Mel, and I swoooon.

“Shine of Babylon” Sheryl Crow’s new single. This is classic Crow. So happy to have her back. Her Wildflower album wasn’t well received by the critics or fans, and she was only popular cuz she was dating Lance for awhile there… now she is recovering from cancer and adopted a baby. I’m so happy I am writing about her not because of her personal accomplishments today, but because I’m impressed with her new single. Look for her new album, due February 5th. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, you mother fuckers, if it ‘MAKES YOU HAPPY’.

“2001 Spliff Odyssey” from Thievery Corporation “Warning Shots – The Digibox”. Who wouldn’t want to listen to a song named 2001 SPLIFF Odyssey. It screams ‘martini – shaken, not stirred”. You never shake the martini, darling – it bruises the gin. FYI. Anyway, Thievery Corp is on my top ten favorites of 2007ish. Definitely up there anyhow on that list-ish. The ‘DigBox” collection doesn’t have anything unreleased previously, but it does contain a 10 minute interview recorded. I’m in love – they speak of sound modules. YES! Show me your modules, Rob and Eric!

“Small Town Southern Man” Alan Jackson’s new single. Just what you’d expect. Tid bit I heard singing about ‘7 poor people all together, four pretty daughters, little words with loving, and understanding’ in 20 seconds. He has a nice voice, not too twangy. I miss Chattahoochee. I think Alan may be a one hit wonder for me. ‘Way down yonder on a Friday night…we made love by the pale moon light’. Oh no. I still know all the words. Shhhh. Keep that on the down low please. Rufus and Thom would have a fit.

“I Hate You (Big Daddy) performed by John C Reilly from the Walk Hard, the Dewey Cox Story” soundtrack. Who can argue with John C Reilly? He blew me away as Amos in Chicago, cracked me up as Lefty in “A Prairie Home Companion”, and made me jealous as Cal in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. His acting chops will deliver him the top award one day, just you wait.

“Clumsy – the Collipark Remix” from Fergie’s new EP – “Clumsy Remix featuring Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em – EP”. I know I know. Over played to the utmost annoying extent, yet I can’t get enough of Clumsy. The first Fergie single that I would voluntarily spin on the dance floor (uh.. if I were a dj. Ha!). I’m so proud of Fergie. Her album has been released for over a year and she is still monopolizing on it, creating new singles and remixes left and right. That’s the way it’s done, girlfriend. Now don’t cry, you are a big girl.

“Ordinary Day” Nick Lachey’s new single. Nick has the charisma of a gnat. Yeah, he’s good looking. And perhaps he IS better off with Vanessa than Jessica. But who really gives a shit? Can the guy sing? Kinda. But his songs a boring and he has no feeling. Plus he does that heavy breathing thing that Jessica does – I think he actually got some singing tip from his ex. Unfortunately they weren’t the right tips to borrow from her. Come to think of it, the only thing Jessica does right is wear low cut tops and short shorts. Hopefully he doesn’t try ‘acting’ next. Yikes.

“Story of an artist” from The Daniel Johnston tribute disc, “The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered” which has been remastered. It’s a 2 disc release that has the originals plus covers with effin all my favorites from 2006-2007 ish era.
Check it: TV on the Radio, Eels, Bright Eyes, Death Cab, Beck, M Ward, and much much more… Bright Eyes version of Daniel’s “Devil Town” is fantastic. “Story of an artist” is covered by M. Ward, whom I can’t get enough of. If you have any of his music, please burn it for me and mail it to me? Thanks.