Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Music Tuesday November 20th

I must say this week amused me. 

Zero feat. Meek Mill from Keyshia Cole's 5th album Woman to Woman
A California Grammy award winning babe has R and B'd her way to the charts. N
o, I am not familiar with her 'hits' nor do I own a single track of hers.  This album's cover art really disturbs me, but each track stands on their own which is impressive considering the material. 

Catt Boogie from Kid Rocks 9th album Rebel Soul
I forget how much I love Kid Rock. I don't want to... This album kicks ass though.  He has brought a lot of energy and talent into his record. Boo-yeah.

Fresh out the runway from Rhianna's 7th album Unapologetic
From Barbados, the world was introduced to Rhianna in 2005 with her Pon de Replay hit that summmer.  Since then, she has won many awards for her albums and hit singles, wowed us with her ever changing hair styles, and got back together with her abusive boyfriend.  Unapologetic to whom, Rhianna? yourself? 

Historia de un Amor from Il Volos album We are love
I first saw Il Volo performing as the guest appearance on American Idol a few years ago.  I nearly peed my pants. These three boys have the voices of men and the maturity that surpasses most 30 somethings.  They are all from Italy and formed in 2009.  Their most impressive fact for me is performing with Barbra Streisand this year in Brooklyn. 

A fools dance from Phillip Phillips album A World from the side of the moon
The 11th winner of American Idol is quickly shedding his reality show coat and strutting into the music world with the appropriate confidence.  I must add that he's been compared to Dave Matthews, who heard this and responded: "More power to him, I don't mind", and added "He should kick my ass, maybe I can retire and he can take over my band. I knew Phil had somethin when he turned Billy Joels song upside down.

One woman army from Kate Earls 3rd album Stronger
From Alaska, Kates a guitarist and a pianist as well as a vocalist.  I can see myself getting into this album of one could leave me alone on a studio to enjoy uninterrupted.  If you can facilitate this for me I would most appreciate it.

Le dragon de chimay from Le Vent du Nords album Tromper le temps
Thanks to Music Millennium for introducing me to this Canadian Frenchie Folk band.  I will absolutely be downloading this.  And I want to play it while on a bike in Montmatre.

Monday, November 19, 2012

New Music Tuesday November 13th

Two 90's Kings, Two Reality Show Stars, and Two Artists the world won't forget about in 100 years. Enjoy.

F*** Time from Green Days album Dos!
Their 10th album, 2nd in a trio this year (hence DOS). 
Worse Dreams from Soundgarden's 6th album King Animal
Started in Seattle in '84, and went on a 13 year hiatus from '97 - '10 .  I'm not a true fan of the Spoonman creators, but I love Chris Cornell.   This is the only track I could listen to and honestly smile.  The into is brilliantly staggering.

Bring him home from Susan Boyle's 4th album Standing Ovation
Simon Cowell brought Susan to the worlds attention with his pretentious assness on Brittans Got Talent in 2009.  Hell, at 51 she blew the minds of Michael Crawford, Donny Osmond, and American Audience.  She sings this acapella and its stunning

Circles from Christina Aguilera's 7th album Lotus
The Burlesque Voice of a Genie in a Bottle first rubbed our lamps in 1993.  She's undeniably incredible.  And if you contest me, check this out.  This album is full of energy and passion - I think sitting in a chair listening to others sing for the past few years has created an itch she scratched in the studio with a Lotus. 

One more shot from Rolling Stones album Grrrrr
Well holy hell they started 50 years ago. I have had the pleasure of seeing them in Seattle, Hong Kong, and Portland.  I've been backstage with Charlie Watts, at Ronnie Woods art show, and saw Mick three feet away with his huge head and little ego waltzing around.  I have no GRRRR in me to see this legendary band release a full 'new' album (there are only 2 new tracks on this 50 track collection).  It's an excuse for a tour and I can't blame them. Go, RS, Go! 

C'mon C'mon from One Direction's 2nd album Take Me Home
Or lord another talen show winner artist, but this is where its at folks.  They are officially the Guiness Book of World Record as the first UK band to debut at #1 here in the US.   An unstaggering pop band that will rock your bobbysocks and post posters on your wall of each dreamboat until you realize there are kids with more talent in both the singing and the songwriting... and suddenly those posters turn into dart boards.  Fun for now though.  Sure named their band appropriately.

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Music Tuesday November 6th

An Oldie, a Newbie, two Lovers and a Doobie.  Enjoy.

What could have been love from Aerosmiths album Music from Another Dimension
This multi Grammy award winning band started in Boston circa 1970 and probably in my top ten live shows I've been to.  Steven Tyler is NOT Mick Jagger, but this isn't a bad thing.  Both seem to be determined to play til they die, and the Stones got almost a decade on them (and ironically releasing their latest album next week).  This album kicks ass and you should preview it on NPR's site, as well as read the interview with Steven. 

Be a Boy from Robbie Williams album Take the Crown
From the UK, Robbie started in 1990.  He's sang some covers I absolutely love, like 'Have you met Miss Jones', 'Things', and 'Something Stupid'.   His original music is completely different from the saucy duets I adore of his.  I can appreciate his theatrics however.

Is there anybody out there? from Dionne Warwicks album Now
This Jersey girl began her career in 1962.  Burt Bacharach wrote countless hits that have been covered, recovered, movie theme songs, billboard #1s, and Grammy winning.  This is the only new track off this album,  yet it sounds classic Warwick. 

Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)  from NeYos 5th album Red
I wonder what was in the works first, NeYos RED album or Taylor Swifts.  NeYo was born Shaffer Chimere Smith in Arkansas.  He started in the music scene in 1997, but was writing music for other artists.  I always have a high regard for music writers.   This is a pretty endearing track from Ne-Yo, and I will accept his love until I learn to love myself.  Thank you Shaffer.

Ammaboa Glass from Errors album New Relics
From Scotland, this foursome started in 2004.  Bizarre electronic tails of trips I can't fathom but can report I'd like to understand and be a part of the inside joke.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Music Tuesday October 30th

Twisted Road from Neil Youngs album Psychedelic Pill From Canada, Neil began his music career in 1960. This IS his second album this year, as Neil has always been a man of many messages to teach us. I've had the pleasure of seeing Neil in Hong Kong, Goldendale, the Memorial Coliseum, the Clark County Amphitheater, and Portlands own Arlene Schnitzer. However I had no idea he co-found Buffalo Springfield. Did you? Neils Farm Aid concert series with his son who has cerebral palsy was really a story production rather than a concert. Incredible talent. His film Heart of Gold of 2006 was beautiful. I'm thrilled Neil Young has so much energy and stories to share with us.  KEEP IT COMING NEIL!

Something Biblical from Andrew Birds EP Hands of Glory ( a companion to his 3/5/12 release Break it yourself)
This EP is magical.  He's never sounded more confident, clear, or stunning.  Andrew has surrounded himself with the most beautiful orchestral band that matches his voice and whistling talents.  And what a gorgeous album cover.  I'd love to be there.

Fall 4 U (feat. Glasser) from Chad Valley's album Young Hunger
From the UK, Hugo Manuel has created the moniker Chad Valley.  I had trouble finding info about Chad, but to sum up his sound I would say Wham's Last Christmas with a bit more electro-pop.  Tis the season.  He's done a much better job utilizing Tumblr than me. Check it out.   This track Fall 4 U is a little less George Michael than the rest, but probably because there is a female counterpart singing. 

Want from The Soft Moons album Zeros
From San Francisco, this punk band started in 2009. Quite the album... I think it would accompany a laser light show at the Omsi Planetarium very well.  Not my favorite release this week but I believe live, loud, and alone this album turned up playing in full would be the best way to appreciate the technique of this band.  Plus I love the Zoro album cover. you can hear them at Holocene December 18th this year. 

Safe Minds from Black Marbles album A Different Arrangement
Again, a lil electro-pop and repetitive for me, but I can welcome their flair...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Music Tuesday October 23rd!

I really got a kick out of this weeks releases. Hope you do to! Enjoy! Fading Listening from Shiny Toy Guns 3rd album III From California, this quirky band started in 2002, but didn't catch my attention until Le Disko was played on So You Think You Can Dance. Electronic indie pop, expiremental with their song writing and instruments. This really surprised me that they stretched their sound to come up with Fading Listening. What fascinated me is this album isn't a repetitive one-mind track that is split in 'sub-tracks'. Thanks for striving to sound original and fresh. Stomp from Billy Ray Cyrus's album Change My Mind Started in 1980 in Tennessee, was best known for his hit 'Achy Breaky Heart' until Miley Cyrus showed up in the entertainment scene. Ug. I am a sucker for line dancing country and was impressed with this album. I've changed my mind, Billy - you aint just Her dad to me. We are never getting back together from Taylor Swifts album Red Speaking of obnoxious tween pop stars like Miley, here comes Taylor! I like her album art cover, and I get a kick out of this song because I too have had a significant other I would love to have sang this song to. Other than that, no thanks. I'm just me from Diamond Rings album Free Dimensional John O'Regan of Canada has created the moniker Dianomd Rings. He's an original member of The D'Urbervilles (no I don't know them either). Punk but I was really drawn to the tracks. And this song is like the punk male version of Gagas Born this way. Ha. Fantastic. I'll sue you from Paul Banks 2nd solo album Banks Born in the UK but was raised in Michigan, Spain, and Mexico. Paul's known for being the lead singer on Interpol. I wasn't sure what to expect since I'm not the biggest fan of that band, but Paul has what is described as a 'wry sense of humor'. Indeed, the title of this song caught my eye and is hilarious. I'm even toying with downloading it. Jeeper Creeper from Sinkanes album Mars From Omdurman, Sudan and Brooklyn, this band is a big electronic and a bit rock. I don't get it either. Their website is uninformative but this song cracks me up. I should be in marketing for bands. Oi! Down on the Boondocks from US Girls album Gem I have no information on this band. And their Facebook has no information on the bands background or links to their website. Once again, Aubrey the Music Marketer? Pretty sweet sound though.