Thursday, June 14, 2007

Musical Musings

  • Last weekend, we went to hear Rebecca Berlin at a local Starbucks which was not much larger than I am (and not nearly as good-looking, of course). She rotated sets with her sister, and played a few songs together as well. Overall, it was a strong performance, despite the fact that Starbucks never turned off their piped-in background music. I bought a copy of her demo CD, which you might enjoy if you're into coffeehousey singy music -- her voice isn't perfectly polished, but it's pretty damn good for a young'n.
    • Rebecca Berlin - California (1:20 MP3)
      Rebecca Berlin - Monochrome (1:10 MP3)

  • New on my playlist this month:
    • Charlatans UK - Title Fight (1:19 MP3)
    • Chat a Nuga - Dance a Little (1:14 MP3)
    • The Feeling - Never Be Lonely
    • J Geils Band - Freeze Frame
    • Magnet and Gemma Hayes - Lay Lady Lady (1:06 MP3)
    • The Ordinary Boys - I Luv You
    • The Rasmus - In the Shadows
    • Scissor Sisters - Land of A Thousand Words
    • The Vines - Ride

  • I really like the timbre of Gemma Hayes' voice.

  • Kathy also loaned me a copy of her latest addiction, Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika. It's a very solid album which takes the basic conventions of pop and distorts them through a fun-house mirror -- kind of The Darkness meets the Scissor Sisters. Mika is at his weakest when he tries to do straight pop tunes, but there are only a couple of them on the CD.
    • Mika - Grace Kelly (0:42 MP3)
      Mika - Love Today (0:50 MP3)

  • I haven't heard any good music on American stations recently -- just more of the same garbage. I do have enough crappy bands tallied up now for an Annual Musical Suck Competition, where bands like The Fray, Three Doors Down, StainD, and Nickelback, can compete for a Horrible Music trophy which I will award. The trophy will be a rotten head of lettuce -- not because it's symbolic, but because I have one in my fridge and I don't plan on actually spending any money on this competition.

  • Another recent CD which I bought to use in my daily game of Solo Musical Chairs is Simpatico by the Charlatans UK. The group has evolved away from harder rock, and this album is a more mellow, reggae/ska-inspired collection which works quite well as background music. The only reason I wouldn't recommend it is because it's one of those idiotic Enhanced CDs that won't play in a computer.
    • Charlatans UK - Blackened Blue Eyes (1:20 MP3)

  • The most disturbing song on the radio right now is, without a doubt, I Wanna Have Your Babies by Natasha Bedingfield (0:32 MP3). I don't particularly want to see babies "springing up like daisies".

  • The last CD in my quarterly CD binge is Tired of Hanging Around by the Zutons which is solid all the way through. The group plays simple rock-oriented songs with driving beats and catchy hooks. The lead singer isn't great, but male rock singers are better when they have a memorable voice rather than a pretty one (see also, Steven Tyler vs. Morrissey). This CD was definitely worth the price.
    • Zutons - Tired of Hanging Around (1:14 MP3)
      Zutons - Oh Stacey (0:47 MP3)

  • I occasionally hear the unique voice of Ellie Lawson on the radio, but I can never find her CD. She doesn't seem to exist in any secret MP3 repositories online either.

  • Museday Tuesday has been effective at getting my hand back in the composing game. I never planned on doing it every Tuesday, but I'll probably rotate a Museday in whenever the news is too boring for Newsday. I'm currently working on a Spanish tune, tentatively titled "The Chootanaga Cha Cha".

  • What do you think of this week's music? Do you want to have my babies? Do you want to go to the discotheque? Share your thoughts in the Comments section!
Alabamans take a dump (truck) in the wave pool
I think that croc is a crock
George Bush and the Vanishing Watch

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