“Hannah Hunt” – Vampire Weekend – “Modern Vamires of the City (2013)

Jan 31
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What a year for Vampire Weekend. “Best album of 2013” according to a bunch of publications that you and I the music lover should trust capped off by a Grammy a couple of nights ago. A terrible aside but typing “Grammy” I had a shuddering flashback to some of the terrible performance on that crazy ass music/entertainment show (kind of like professional wrestling is sports entertainment… really Pink, you can sound that good while spinning around at about 45 RPM upside down and inside out).

I love whatever it is going on in the background of this song. A few mournful piano chords, muffled bass, what sounds like back masked dirty bombs crashing down through the clouds all kind of grooved in under break up lyrics. Very stylish but not to the extent that it just sounds like hipsters making something to be talked about as much as something to be thought about. Make sense?

– DAVE

Shuffle: “She Walks” – Choir of Young Believers – “This is for the Whites in Your Eyes” (2008)

Jan 29
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#Shuffle keeps dealin’ gems. Man, this Zune is loaded. I loved listening to this so much that I went back and listened to the whole album today plus “Rhine Gold.”

– DAVE

“Jeopardy” – Dan Mangan – “Oh Fortune” (2011)

Jan 29
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I get sidetracked so easily and so often. Today was to be all about Elbow seeing as how I’m all jazzed about their forthcoming album and since I’ve heard a couple songs off of it so far. All Elbow today. It’s some of my musical comfort food. I start digging around trying to figure out what to post and then “oh look, a squirrel, a bright shiny thing, what, huh, what’s my name, who was I going to post?” Dan Mangan! Of course, I know what I’m doing.

No shame in flipping to Mangan though. I love the guy! He’s a shockingly underappreciated Canuck, hey kind of like Elbow are staggeringly unloved (in the US) Brits. Mangan is rumored to be working on a new album. Picture me ecstatic.

– DAVE

New Music: “Lost” – I Will Keep Your Ghost –

Jan 27
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Love!!!

This is a perfect sweet spot for me. Sometimes I think that really synth heavy stuff tends to not be very harmonious but that’s not the case here. It’s really minimalist to start and comes in really contemplative than kind of explodes. I like the level changes but sometimes the former can lull me a bit and the latter just buzzes up everything and I ask myself “are these guys any good or do they just have a big electric bill?” This song pulls everything together just the way I like it. Plus, I love duos.

Very nice way to start the new week.

– DAVE

“Oliver’s Army” – Elvis Costello and the Attractions – “Armed Forces” (1979)

Jan 27
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I’m about half way through the Grammys. I’ve seen a couple “really people like that” performances, at least one “will anyone remember him in two years” forgettable three minutes, a boring bit of nostalgia, and one collaboration that I really enjoyed consisting of Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons.

My Rock and Roll Hall of Fame post this week goes to Elvis Costello. I was definitely surprised when I looked up “Oliver’s Army” and found that this is still his best selling single. I always thought it was kind of an under appreciated tune but I guess everyone was on it way more than I expected.

– DAVE

“Birthday” – The Beatles – “The White Album” (1968)

Jan 25
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I want to go to a birthday party today! My nephew is turning six today and is having a super cool birthday at the park in Kona with hot dogs, and friends, and slides, and cake, and everything else that makes a six year old have a fun birthday party. Playing “Birthday” on Play On Daily isn’t going to come anywhere close to making up for the fact that I can’t be there but its something.

Happy birthday nephew. Let the party begin.

– DAVE

Cover: “Someday We’ll All Be Free” – Aretha Franklin

Jan 24
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It’s kind of sad, the news of Captain and Tennille getting a divorce after 39 years of marriage. You would think that by the time that you are in your seventies, whatever a couple’s problems are, that they would have figured out a way to resolve pretty much everything and stay together until the end. Not trying to mock what I’m sure is not an easy life decision, I thought about this last night, and was intent on finding a nice cover of “Love Will Keep Us Together” (which is actually a cover in itself as it was a Neil Sedaka song) for Cover Friday. I couldn’t find anything that I thought worked, and then I became completely spooked when Google results showed that Nickelback had covered it. Eeshhh!

Somehow I got all twisted around and went in the random direction of wanting to hear something of Donny Hathaway’s that had been covered. After I started listening to Donny Hathaway tunes in the middle of the day, I almost reversed course and just went back to the stand by “A Song for You” which was an original by the incomparable Leon Russell (one of, probably the top five shows that I’ve ever seen was Russell about three years ago at Bumbershoot). It’s hard to go wrong though with the Queen of Soul though so here it is “Someday We’ll All Be Free.”

– DAVE

“Do It Again” – Camera Obscura – “Desire Lines” (2013)

Jan 23
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This Glasgow band has a pretty healthy catalog which I’ve barely even touched. That’s about to change.

– DAVE

Shuffle: “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” – Blake Shelton – “All About Tonight” (2010)

Jan 23
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Wednesdays are fun – just randomly pulling something out of the hat. This Blake Shelton song showed itself this day.

American Idol’s back. The new, sort of, recycled judges are kind of meh. Kind of funny that my wife seems to enjoy Harry Connick Jr. the most of the three judges. Funny because she hates Conan O’Brien’s self deprecating humor and yet Harry (who I kind of think has a lot of that same Blackness that got associated with Bill Clinton) pulls the woe, is me gag about five times per hour and it doesn’t get old. Hmmm? I’ve got to admit of the three judges, I enjoy Harry the most too and just so ya’ know, I enjoy Conan as well.

– DAVE

“High Hopes” – Bruce Springsteen – “High Hopes” (2014)

Jan 21
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I’m going to play the Two Birds with One Stone Game as my escape mechanism for not posting a song yesterday. Mondays are the day that I post something new. Tuesdays are the day that I warm my belly with something warm and filling.

If I was going to get right to the meatiest morsel of my Bruce collection, it’s Side 5 of “Live/1975-1985.” It starts with “Badlands” moves to “Because The Night,” “Candy’s Room,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” and concludes with “Raching in the Street” which is my favorite track in the whole box. Nothing ever quite measures up. “High Hopes” is good stuff though and I love the Morello assist.

– DAVE