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 :
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.