Whether it’s Rock, Folk, Soul, or Early Modern English carols, Jeff Buckley can do it all very well. Having drowned at age 30, he only released one official studio album, Grace, although there have been several posthumous releases from an unfinished album and some demos.
Well, hockey gets started next week, so here’s a little something to get you all pumped up. Warren Zevon-troubled soul, lyrical genius, musical saint-sums up the sport masterfully in five minutes and thirty-three seconds.
Warren Zevon is worth a few months worth of posts on his own-more on that later-but for now enjoy it, and I’ll see you all on the ice!
“Awesome song, AWESOME performance. It’s all about tension and release here. Just compare the way the song starts to the way it ends…what a great job of letting a song just build and build from a simple beginning to huge tectonic ending.” – Eddie Lehwald
What do Bruce Springsteen, The Fresh Price of Bel Air, Elton John and Boyz II Men all have in common? All of them have written songs about Philadelphia. From cheese steaks to malfunctioning bells, Philly’s allure has inspired artists since the dawn of route 95. Although the aforementioned artists have been canonized in the book of pop, the Dead Milkmen, unfortunately, got high during the induction ceremony. Punk Rock Girl rides a rollercoaster of catchiness while articulating the pangs of youthful love. Meeting the parents, going out for ice cream, first locking eyes at a punk shop turned sex boutique. This gem was played on MTV in 1988 for about the same amount of time as the mad cow disease scare.
When you hear the break in this song you’ll wonder why this band didn’t do that kind of thing all the time. JSBE provides the kind of music you think you’d play after 15 glasses of whiskey and it feels awesome. Boogie down + sledgehammer over the face rock = me dancing/screaming at the top of my lungs.
JoSpence was a member of the Washington-based (What! What!) Pussy Galore. After the band broke up in 1990 it seems Jon Spencer set out to destroy everything he loved about to the blues. Thank god I love every minute of it.
Imagine you’re a nihilist. Now imagine you’re blasting down a desert highway in a convertible with this song as your non-diegetic soundtrack. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have had an long, illustrious career, and “Albert Goes West,” from their great 2008 album Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!! captures them at their most fist-pumpingly energetic. Just don’t ask them to take responsibility for anything.
This guest post is from Marcus James, a music producer based in the UK.
For the last 3 months I was lucky enough live in New York City and experience a great music scene!
I was turned onto this 3-piece indie/rock band by my hugely enthusiastic roommate, who also happens to be their lighting specialist for live shows. The Chicago natives, currently signed to Wind-Up Records, have been gaining a strong reputation in America through heavy touring. They won the 2007 New York’s Songwriting Circle contest for the song “Oscar Wilde.”
After listening to their debut album Ordinary Riches I was immediately blown away by Genevieve’s voice. It is beautifully charismatic, moving from delicate to forceful moments and hitting everything in between. My favorite tracks from the LP are “Even In The Dark”, “New Letters” and “Pressure.” The excellent production nicely blends delicate moments with powerful ones and crafts a sound which ebbs and flows throughout the record. Ok, not every song totally blows me away, but the ones that do, really do!
After spending much of 2009 touring, Company of Thieves appear to be gaining a solid fan base. I’ll be excited to see them over in Europe and I have a hunch they’ll make a fairly big splash if they can play a few high profile festivals next summer. One key factor about Company Of Thieves’ music is that it can quite easily appeal to the kids as it can the kids parents; this line was coined off… you guessed it, my roommate.
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