“Cry” – Gayngs – “Relayted” (2010)

Oct 21
Posted by admin Filed in Hip Hop, Indie

I touched on my affinity for a well executed cover a couple of days ago when I posted José González’s version the original song “Heartbeats” by The Knife. I’ve got another intriguing cover today by 23 man band – yeah 23, crazy stuff, that’s 9 more members than Nathan Followill alluded to there being in Arcade Fire (I’ll tackle that little rant on another day – Gayngs as they make the mid-80’s hit by Godley and Creme distinctively theirs.

I just got done downloading and listening to about half of “Relayted.” The opening track “The Gaudy Side of Town” is a real ear grabber. There’s some jazz, hip hop, industrial, blues, and lots of layers that mesh and stand on their own all at once.

– DAVE

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

Sep 21
Posted by admin Filed in World Pop

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?

– DAVE