Since online personal music databases are all the rage, I should probably take the opportunity to plug a quite righteous site called The Art of the Mix. In a somewhat similar mold to skivsamling, you can submit the tracklistings of your mix-tapes or mix-cd's into an equally searchable database. Check it out! Bren2:42 AM
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Catch the Madness!
Madness. Late 70's-early 80's. Ska revival, leading into New Wave. Good stuff. Check it out. Gary9:38 PM
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Good to have a big head?
Sometimes, sometimes not. Big Head Todd and the Monsters tread the fine line between the two on their latest album Crimes of Passion. Listen to the first track, and you are in for some good old bluesy jazzy rock, and you might even do a double take and wonder - is ZZ Top back? You might be right. I love this single - it isn't anything new, but it's a good time. And if only I could have a voice that sounds THAT cool.
This album has ups and downs, literally. The more upbeat songs are enjoyable, while the slower ones tend to drone on and drown you to the point of skipping to the next track. In fact, you'll find yourself doing double takes on several upbeat songs and think to yourself - am I sure this is NOT ZZ Top? You might be right. Gary2:22 PM
(Thanks to Kim for the link.) Paul12:49 PM Political Tibit
This is a music website; and Tony is much better at covering the political and social scene than I am. But I'll take a quick stab at it.
A friend of mine is over in Spain, and I finally had the opportunity of talking to her about the train bombings that occured there several weeks ago. I told her that I was amazed at the overwhelming response of the people there. Surprisingly, while she agreed, she also told me that she felt the whole gathering was too politically charged; she was hoping that it would have been more directed towards solidarity with the victims of the events.
Interestingly enough, she also mentioned that the anti-war demonstrations were of even a larger number than those for the train bombings. I don't remember seeing this on the front pages - I wonder why? Gary10:36 AM
Friday, March 19, 2004
London 0 Hull 4
The Housemartins are Hull's self-proclaimed 4th best band. A little known gem here in the US, the 80's pop band charted in the Top 10 several times in the UK with songs such as "Happy Hour" and "Caravan of Love".
I happened across their debut album "London 0 Hull 4" purely by chance at a not so local record store. I must say, if The Housemartins are the 4th best band in Hull, I'd definitely like to hear the other 3. As one of the lyric runs, "If liking them is wrong, then I don't want to be right".
Where to begin? The band has a unique way of layering their vocals to make for quite interesting results, especially when the choruses come around. The band's sound is great, very melodic and buoyant, and for those 80's fan, you get some guitar jangle mixed in for nostalgic fun; although you'll find it isn't too variant - you'll hear similar drum rhythms and bass beats throughout many of the songs. But it's good. And that's what matters.
A little tidbit of information: Norman Cook was the bands bassist, who now releases solo work under the moniker Fatboy Slim, if you hadn't already guessed from his name. So come on, people, get out there and listen to "London 0 Hull 4". If you're pleased with that, then purchase their 2nd album, "People Who Grinned Themselves to Death". And if you become that enchanted, check out the band Beautiful South; the lead singer of the Housemartins headlines that band and it is Hull's self-proclaimed 2nd best band. I wouldn't know, I haven't checked them out yet. But if it's better than The Housemartins, I don't know if I can contain myself. Gary8:33 AM
Monday, March 08, 2004
A few obscure to semi-obscure to fairly-well-known-in-the-hip-crowd bands worth checking out
The Shins. Sloan meets the Lilys with a dash of Beachwood Sparks.
Sloan. Canadian alt rock with a mild twang.
The Lilys. Blatant Kinks devotees with a 90s twist.
Beachwood Sparks. American alt rock with a major twang and a teaspoon of the Beach Boys, and a female co-vocalist.
The Jellyfish. Queen meets the Beatles with a mililitre of the Partridge Family.
The Sugarplastic. I only know of one of their albums. XTC cut in half.
XTC. I've ranted about them before.
The High Llamas. The Beach Boys on even more drugs.
Ben Kweller. One of the many Bens available to swoon over. He's my age, for god's sake.
Radiohead. Just kidding. Rebecca C. Brown5:45 PM
Upcoming Album Releases:
Ani DiFranco - January 20
The Coral - January 27
Moby - February 3
Jonny Greenwood - February 24
The Hives - February 2004
Melissa auf der Maur - February 2004
Garbage - Early 2004
The Vines - Early 2004
The Who - Spring 2004
Wilco - Spring 2004
Beck - Summer 2004
Ben Folds - 2004
Chemical Brothers - 2004
Eels - 2004
Interpol - 2004
PJ Harvey - 2004
Queens Of The Stone Age - 2004
R.E.M. - 2004
U2 - 2004
Coldplay - Late 2004
Paul McCartney - Late 2004
Oasis - Late 2004