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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Christmas leftovers.


Or something like that. Work is so crazy lately I don't have the reason necessary to create a single post about a band so I figured I'd just throw up some great tunes that I've liked during the last year or so. How 'bout dem apples? It's like the turkey, ham, or whatever the heck you people eat for Christmas dinners and then dig out of the refrigerator later and still enjoy nearly as much as the first time around. There- that's my analogy and I'm sticking to it!

First is a tune from the most recent Embrace album. I've heard some comparisons between Embrace and Coldplay, which leaves me a bit befuddled, as the only similarities I really see are that they're both British and have a lot of mid-tempo tunes about love. But Coldplay has certainly achieved a good deal more success, whether warranted or not. Danny McNamara's voice is one that instantly conveys a bit of a mood or feeling the instant you hear his tone. Even though The Good Will Out is their greatest moment as far as albums go, their latest has a few gems, including this one.

Embrace- Ashes


I don't really know anything about Hard-Fi except for the fact that they hail from Staines so they probably hang out with Ali G all the time. But this is a White Stripes cover and it's pretty groovy.



Hard-Fi- Seven Nation Army


Maybe the main reason I like Mojave 3 and Neil Halstead's solo work so much is his voice, and the way his soft-spoken melodies come across. This is certainly one of my favourites, and certainly a better tune than the Elvis song of the same name, at least to my ears...



Mojave 3- Return To Sender

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Is this it?



Work has been extremely busy lately, as our stations are changing buildings and I didn't even have a computer at my desk for a few days. So- sorry for the lack of updates, and not a lot of time to do one now. But I'll throw in a cover of the Strokes' "Is This It" by Royal City. Nice slow acoustic take on the tune, and I think I probably like it even more than the original.

Royal City- Is This It?

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sentiments and tears will get you far as you might think they will...



This one might be a bit off the wall- a minor top forty hit from 1987. Being only a teenager at the time and not well versed in the ways of music, I immediately thought it was someone along the likes of the Beatles or Crowded House. Such a catchy little tune, something I can easily hear McCartney singing during the days of Revolver. Great lyrics, great harmonies, great melody, and all produced by none other than Todd Rundgren. It seems a bit surprising they were actually a California band, as they definitely have British sensibilities in this tune. The syncopated rhythms and acoustic guitar combined with the string section (again Beatlesque to my ears) make for a gem of a song, only two and a half minutes long.

Bourgeois Tagg- I Don't Mind At All

Monday, December 12, 2005

Hold on John, it's gonna be alright.



Stripped down, brutally honest music. John at his best.

Download here.

Sorry to those who tried to download but didn't have the password. It's "doesplastictastegood"

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Life on other planets is difficult!



Funny that the word "difficult" should be in that lyric, as I've been finding myself enjoying music lately that's a bit harder to get into. One of my friends who I DJed with in college radio was a big fan of Einsturzende Neubauten and would play a lot of their tunes and I really just never cared for them at the time. But recently I picked up their 1994 album Einsturzende Neubauten and can't seem to get enough of it. Lyrics are nearly entirely in German. Metal clangs, sounds jump at you from nowhere. Einsturzende Neubauten started as a performance art group in Berlin, and have worked with Nick Cave and members of Birthday Party. Since then, with over a dozen albums in their catalog, they've become pioneers of the industrial genre.

Einsturzende Neubauten official website

Einsturzende Neubauten- Selbstportrait mit Kater

Friday, December 02, 2005

I haven't been given my best souvenir...



Just a quickie on a Friday- live Björk (don't forget, it's pronounced as "BYERK) from her live box set. No questions asked, she's a terrific vocalist who doesn't seem to be happy unless she's creating and experimenting. One of her most popular tunes, "It's Oh So Quiet" is a great rendition- including the strange vocal freak-out in there. Almost as if she's channeling the Icelandic version of Yoko for a moment, and I like it.

Björk- It's Oh So Quiet (live at Shepherd's Bush 2/27/97)

Björk- I Miss You (live at Shepherd's Bush 2/27/97)

Thursday, December 01, 2005

BAM! The future of rock and roll...



The greatest internet radio station on the planet ('cause I said so) just got even better- they now have their Streaming Lounge Act archives available for your listening pleasure. Definitely worth listening to, some great bands have played- and there's more on the way...

Lounge Acts currently available:

Aberdeen City
Architecture In Helsinki
Benzos
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
De Novo Dahl
Forget Cassettes
Jem
Lake Trout
Laura Veirs
Low
Margot And The Nuclear So & So's
Mobius Band
Neko Case
Pete Yorn
Robbers On High Street
Rogue Wave
Sam Champion
Say Hi To Your Mom
The Carter Administration
The Ditty Bops
The Fiery Furnaces
The Greenhornes
The Hold Steady
The Kills
The National
The Spinto Band
The Wedding Present
The Wrens
We Are Scientists
World Leader Pretend
Youth Group


WOXY.COM Lounge Acts


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