Monday, July 26, 2010

Song of the Day

Tango in the Attic - Off To...
---------------Inevitably I will start going to shows and photographing more concerts once I stop working, which at this point feels like ten years from never. For now I'll cruise the internet looking for bands I'd want to see once I retire. Though Tango in the Attic will probably disband before I turn 67, I would shell out a few bucks to catch a set. "Off To..." sounds like the Kooks with a scottish bar chant thrown in the mix. Any fan of The Get Up Kids or the Wombats will love to add Tango in the Attic to their overseas rock library. Get "Off To..." from their MadLib album, Bank Place Locomotive Society.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Song of the Day

Scarlett Johansson - Bullet
---------------Been a while, hasn't it? I was on vacation where I was enjoying no technology and sunny shores. I did not however enjoy my dad's ipod playing mostly Barbara Streisand all day long. Not my stickkabutta, if you catch my drift.
Scarlett Johansson's cover of Steel Train's "Bullet" is my drift. It's nothing incredibly special in terms of vocal talent, but ScarJo makes it work for her with smoky whispers and clever echo effects thanks to a producer who must wear an "I love seductive-sounding indie movie stars/singers" t-shirt. Take a listen to it on The photo above features Johansson performing at Coachella Music Festival back in May. Lovin' the hat.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Song of the Day

The Doobie Brothers - Blackwater
------------------Finally I found a decent coffee shop that isn't a national chain in my hometown. I'm happy to be back in this caffeinated, aromatic heaven for my schnoz with a large New Orleans dark by my side.

Not all coffee shops play Miles Davis-style jazz and quiet songstress acoustic tunes. I've sipped on java tapping my toes to everything from Gorillaz to Zero 7, Flogging Molly and Angels and Airwaves. Where I am now, they're favoring classic rock, which always makes me feel like I have dust on my shoes, a tractor on an honest-living farm, and a little more "Amuurrica" inside of me.

The Doobie Brothers have sold more than 30 million albums in their career. Safe to assume then, that at least 30 million people have heard "Blackwater," the Huck and Jim river song that beckons a brewsky and a comfortable rocking chair on a patio. Get this hit from the 1974, 44-minute long album, What Were Once Vices are now Habits.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Song of the Day

Hole - Anything By Hole
------------------On this Monday morning I am comfortably sunk into my couch sipping on a powdered just-add-milk cappuccino and puttering away through the world wide web. Meanwhile my sister is sweating her ass off doing lunge squat dip powersurge monster lifts on some Beachbody home workout DVD. I love being lazy.

Now that you've had a webcam into my room, I can talk about Hole. The female alt-rock band fronted by Courtney Love has been in music way before the mass text was sent out that they were suddenly cool again. THe band represents a whole lot of what grunge was about - a misunderstood, moody and aggressive voice that shattered the rock n' roll party image of the eighties. Hole had a small hit with "Celebrity Skin" but have been relatively under the radar in recent years. Rough and tough with a little softness, Hole has a handful of winners that make spitting out your pissed-off feelings seem okay.

Here's a breakdown of some essentials:

Friday, July 9, 2010

Song of the Day

Girls Love Shoes - Bad Girl
----------------This electro-pop duo may have one of my favorite band names of all time. Speaks the truth, right? This made for TV, Los Angeles duet of Nadia Fay and Jay Condiotti make sultry, scandalous beats for the masses, good or bad. "Bad Girl" breaks down every chick with "eff you" painted on their middle fingers (Lohan?) detail by detail. Fay and Jay's burlesque pop sounds great for those who like somber falsetto voices and naughty nuances. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Song of the Day

Drive By Truckers - This Fucking Job
----------------During the summer I never feel bad about watching shows on MTV with dialogue similar to the following example:

-"Oh my god. So and so is here."
-"Oh my god. I see him."
-"Oh my god."
...yeah. Anyways.

When I'm not doing that, I'm doing what most people are doing this summer: working at a part-time job. And if you're wondering what kind of cool record-labely, record shoppy gig I've been cruising through for $7.25 an hour, its nonexistent. I'll give you one word: food.

Pretty easy to see why Drive By Truckers have the perfect song for today. The lyrics are true to the petty hours and even pettier paychecks, and the southern rock with bluesy undertones brings the boys onstage right to your level. Hey, we all have to start somewhere, right?

Get "This Fucking Job" from DBT album, The Big To Do.