“Grammy” – Purity Ring (2013)

Feb 17
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I’m not yet ready to claim that I’m a big Purity Ring fan but I really dig this cover of a Soulja Boy original.


“Howlin’ for You” – The Black Keys – “Brothers” (2010)

Oct 1
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Dan Auerbach must be the owner of some kind of title. Something like, “The Musician Known by the Most Americans by the Music that He Makes but Who Nobody Knows by Name.” Auerbach and his fellow Black Key Patrick Carney have been making great music together for almost a decade. They’re real coming out party started in earnest with last year’s “Brothers” and that party is sure to draw a whole new slug of party crashers with the release of their next album due later this year.

In his spare time, Auerbach slid in the ridiculously good solo album, “Keep It Hid” which came out in 2009. That album provided one of the songs that put Auerbach in the ear of random consumers. “Goin’ Home” provides the touching soundtrack to a Budweiser ad playing out the homecoming of a soldier returning from war. I must have some kind of thing for guys from Akron this week as Auerbach and Joseph Arthur both were born and raised in this northeastern Ohio city.

The Black Keys played probably the best or second best set of any of the 30+ bands that I’ve seen in the last year. I can’t wait to hear them promoting their new work, hopefully early next year, at the latest.

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Can you listen to this song and not get that chorus stuck in your head. Can ya’?


“If I Only Had A Brain” – Elvis Costello and Bill Frisell (2009)

Dec 10
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An extremely under-represented musical genre on this blog is jazz. The lack of posts dedicated to this original American art form is mostly because I didn’t grow up with it although we used to have Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good” on eight track and listened to it over and over while trying to keep up on my brother’s drum set. What it comes down to is that I just have very little feel for what I like and what is good. Even simpler than that, I just don’t think that I’m smart enough to really GET jazz.

Of course, I do know who Bill Frisell is and I find his music works well to help get myself into a creative zone. The masterful playing, progressive spirit, blues infusion, and varied textures keep thing happening throughout Frisell’s large volume of work. Today’s post features a superb performance with one of my all time favorites, Elvis Costello.

I could while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rain.
And my head I’d be scratchin’ while
my thoughts were busy hatchin’
If I only had a brain.
I’d unravel every riddle for any individ’le,
In trouble or in pain.
With the thoughts you’ll be thinkin’
you could be another Lincoln
If you only had a brain.
Oh, I could tell you why The ocean’s near the shore.
I could think of things I never thunk before.
And then I’d sit, and think some more.
I would not be just a nothin’ my head all full of stuffin’
My heart all full of pain.
I would dance and be merry, life would be a ding-a-derry,
If I only had a brain.


“Rill Rill” – Sleigh Bells – “Treats” (2010)

Nov 8
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First of all, today’s post is # 300 for this here, little schizophrenic music blog. I’m kind of impressed with myself mainly because that’s a lot of tunes which came from a lot of random different places. On the other hand, I didn’t post on 146 days. Hmmm, that’s not very “daily”, and I need to do better going forward.

I’m very much looking forward to catching Sleigh Bells at Deck The Hall Ball. There are some really cool duos out there who I really dig (The Kills, The Ting Tings). This duo seems to have enough talent and originality to grow themselves a nice following. The album packs a nice blend of poppy grunge built on scratchy guitars, nicely manicured fuzziness, and vocals slightly sweet/slightly staccato.

I’m not smart or young enough to totally figure out the mood and message of “Rill Rill.” My guess is that it’s a self-examination. Should I fit with the cool kids? And if so, how much on a scale of 1-10 (6 would appear to be the number that is being settled on) with 10 being the most loathsome should I hate myself? Is that the message?


“Stuck Like Glue” – Sugarland – “The Incredible Machine” (2010)

Oct 8
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Okay, before I took a full on header, and caved to all of this “new country” craziness, I did actually have some Sugarland on my Zune. I was a certified “new country” hater. I always said to myself, and everyone pretending to listen, “if I want to listen to light rock, I’ll listen to the Top 40 channel that thinks their edgy”, “if I want to listen to sentimental, little narrative ditties, I’ll listen to The Boss.” I’m done with all of that. It’s a fairly cavernous hole that I fell in to.

I love this song. I came home and walked around and thought up every bad thing that could happen just so that I could say “what if I accidentally put my cat in the dishwasher and pushed play? wuh oh, wuh oh.”

Listen to good music this weekend, everybody. And if you cave to something vain, cheap, and cheesy, don’t hide it. Play it loud and proud. I’m nor talking about Sugarland, I’m talking about you.


“Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” – Brooks & Dunn – “Steers & Stripes” (2001)

Sep 26
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Considering that I once was an avowed hater… okay, maybe hater is too strong. Let’s try that again.

Considering that I was once was an avowed disliker (that’s not even a word but it still imparts the proper jist) of country music, I was rather proud/shocked at myself the other day when I picked out this song during an office round of Name That Tune.

My co-worker, who is an avowed liker of country music had a snippet of this song as a ring tone, but she didn’t know what the song was, or who it was by. I knew who it was by. It’s not the most astonishing feat in musical pop quiz history, but for me, a guy whose knowledge of country music stars started with Johnny Cash and abruptly stopped with Patsy Cline until about three years ago, it was a personal milestone to be able to identify this Kix and Ronnie ditty.


“Radio Retaliation” – Thievery Corporation – “Radio Retaliation” (2008)

Sep 21
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I cued up this album tonight as I’m trying to come up with a few musical selections for some friends’ wedding, the weekend after next. Thievery Corporation, and Pink Martini are a couple of choices that my friends have made for the cocktail hour, lounge part of the evening. My suggestions for the early portion of the evening, and the ensuing collar loosening portion of the festivities will have a dash or two of Ting Tings, a splash of Harry Belafontaie or Engelbert Humperdinck, the party ain’t complete until Cool James shows up, and James Brown, and then we’ll listen contently to Al Green.

There seems to be that unwritten rule that the third track of albums is the best track or focal point. I think that fits with this Thievery Corporation album.

By the way, the DJ for the wedding is a “green” DJ. Now, that’s very Seattle, isn’t it?


“Joe Metro” – Blue Scholars – “Bayani Redux” (2009)

Sep 10
Posted by admin Filed in Hip Hop, Pacific Northwest

I missed Bumbershoot this year due in large part to the fact that I felt the need to follow my favorite college football team deep into Mormon country in order to witness yet another tough loss. However, I’m trying to make up for lost opportunities by catching a few shows in the early fall.

Blue Scholars heads a a show featuring local hip hop artists at the inaugural City Arts Fest in mid-October. If I can manage a couple of tickets, that show would cap off a perfectly blended trio of shows starting with Willie Nelson and sandwiching The Weepies and Lucy Schwartz.

“Cinema art rap” is one of the ways that the Iranian DJ and Filipino rapper – and are Blue Scholars – self describe their body of work.