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Summer Essentials – “Vampire Weekend”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2009 by JD

vampire-weekendOkay, I know, I know….probably the most overplayed album of last summer, but get over it folks, this is truly an amazing album, especially for everything summer.  Whip this out at the BBQ and everyone will be jigging, except maybe the hipsters in the corner busy being frumpy because they knew about Vampire Weekend before the band was even formed and it’s not cool to like bands anybody else likes.

So which of numerous great songs on this album do you need to add to your summer playlist?  “A-Punk” is a must have, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” follows right after it and is another one to add.  I really like the simplicity of  “Campus“, a lot of stop – start, really basic beats and a good build up – slow down rhythm to it.  “Walcott” is the next and last song you should add to that playlist of of yours. I really love the piano and cello mix in this song, along with the vocal build up of each verse leading to the chorus.

Honestly, if you don’t have the time to put together a playlist because you are busy making mojitos and preparing the BBQ, just download this entire album and throw it on, there will not be a disappointed person at the party (except, like i said, the hipsters in the corner who are too cool to be there anyway and just came along for the free beer in the cooler, even though it’s a local microbrew, which is so not cool….microbrews are so 2005….cheap ghetto beer is the thing now dont’cha know?)

Hmmm…..what is it with white boys from the east coast? I just realized the last two summer essentials were from east coast whities playing music with a distinct island tinge to them. I guess Bedouin does have 1 member to make them “legit”, but these Ivy League boys are about as not-from-the-islands as you can get.

Make Summer Noise

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Summer Essentials – “Sounding A Mosaic”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by JD

bedouin2One of the last places you might ever expect a summer essential album to come from would be Canada, no? Well these guys from Toronto definitely embody the sound of the islands…which islands? Who cares, just islands okay?!  Work with me here….

“Sounding a Mosaic” is Bedouin Soundclash’s second album, but the first one that really got them any notoriety outside of Canada. Imagine Toots with a bit of Marley kicked up a notch or two and written for us 21st century folks. It definitely has a bit of a hip edge to it, probably having worked with Darryl from the Bad Brains during the recording of the album. Hell there’s even electro DJ remixes as the last two songs on the album.

So the standouts to add to your summer playlist?

The title track, “When the Night Feels My Song” is surely an essential for any get together and “Living in Jungles” has a bit of a faster beat if the party needs a bit of a pick-me-up. Keep the people shakin’ it with “Gyasi Went Home” and give the party a bit of a Marley tune without the Marley (not that there is anything wrong with Marley, but everyone plays that at BBQ’s) by adding “Money Worries” to that playlist.

As a bonus:
If you like “Sounding A Mosaic”, go out and get their follow-up album, “Street Gospels”
Some standouts form that album are “Until We Burn In the Sun“, “Walls Fall Down“, “St Andrew’s“. I highly recommend downloading “St Andrews” right now if you need a happy little tune to give your day a pick-up.

Make Noise this summer!

Fantasizing About Metric

Posted in music, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by JD

metricAnyone who follows me on Twitter will probably just want to stop reading right now…as I have been tweeting my love for this new Metric album since the day I purchased it (yes, I paid $7.99 for this awesome peice of work).

I have been a metric fan for quite some time, but I wasn’t crazy excited about the last album they put out, so I wasn’t expecting much from this effort; however, I saw it on sale in the iTunes store and figured…why the hell not?!

I have to say that from the intro of the very first song “Help I’m Alive”, to the final beat of the last song “Stadium Love”, there is nothing about this album I did not enjoy.  Anyone who knows me and my relationship with music knows that an album is lucky to get more than a couple listens from me unless it is damn good.  I am not the type who buys a new album and listens to it for a month straight.  Well……it has been a week and I have listened to Fantasies at least once a day, sometimes twice.  I actually pushed that rarely used repeat button on the old iPod the first day I listened.

What makes this album so damn good? it might just be the time of year honestly….it is a bit more upbeat and “sunny” (so to speak) than past efforts, and for me it is the perfect soundtrack to life right now, the perfect soundtrack to the spring I wish would soon arrive.

The standouts?
“Help I’m Alive”, “Sick Muse”, “Gold Guns Girls” & “Stadium Love” (which also makes it onto my list of top 10 best songs so far this year)

* Anyone else hear hints of the chorus of “Everlasting Love” in Stadium Love, or is it just me?

Make Noise!!

Quicksand Reunites for Summer Tour!!

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2009 by JD

quicksand-slip-coverThe music world has been set abuzz today with word that what was probably one of the most quietly influential bands of the 1990’s is in the rehearsal studios practicing for a worldwide summer reunion tour. Rumor has it there are also discussions of releasing the long lost album recorded just before they broke up.

No dates have been released yet, but all news is pointing towards a June/July tour through North America and then August and September overseas. Apparently they are not going through major promotions companies to book this tour.  All shows will be at small venues and booked by small local promoters. Walter has been cited as saying, “We want to get back to our roots and reconnect with all the fans that were there from the beginning. We want an intimate environment full of friends with local bands in each city opening for us, just like it was in the beginning.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but this news just made my entire year. I just hope the rumors about releasing the long lost album end up being true as well.

Make noise!!

The Ettes – “Look at Life Again Soon”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2009 by JD

theettesGarage rock at it’s absolute finest is to be found right here with The Ettes.  Think The Kills with a faster beat and a cup or two of 60’s garage mixed in with just a pinch of Motown pop, and you’ve got yourself The Ettes. You can just see the attitude oozing from the members in the picture at your left and to add to the attitude, their names are simply Coco, Jem and Poni.  Awesomeness factor 5 right there folks.

“Looking at Life Again Soon” is their second album and the 12 songs contained within log in at just over 30 minutes total. Needless to say, you will want to listen to it over and over again.  Said to be influenced by The Ramones, The Rolling Stones and Nancy Sinatra, you can surely hear all of those influences at work on this album. This is a rockin’ album filled with gritty, fuzzy guitar, simple but big beats and vocals that have that Motown groove but dirty rock swagger.

In keeping with the short and sweet reviews….give The Ettes a listen. I like them, and have added them to my “I wish spring would hurry up and get it’s ass here” playlist…..you will too.

Make Noise!

You Cant Do That To Me – The Ettes

Matt & Kim make me happy

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2009 by JD

Two things you need to know about Matt & Kim:

1) They have got to be the happiest musical duo I have ever seen and you can tell why when you hear the music they play. I challenge you to not smile when you listen to it.

2) Kim is  beyond cute and I have a celebrity crush on her (sorry Matt).  That big smile and those pearly whites make me all twitterpated. (I know she probably wouldn’t be classified as a celebrity, but she is in a band and I can’t have real crushes because I am married, so it has to be a celebrity crush).

Be sure to watch the video above in it’s entirety because it will give you the perfect idea of what this dynamic duo is all about – Fun, happy music played by fun happy people.  Those of you in Canada probably recognize the song above from the Virgin mobile commercials which would have quickly gotten old if it weren’t for that catchy tune.  They recently released their 2nd album, “Grand” and although not quite as bubbly as their first effort, it will equally bring a big grin to your face with each listen.

Matt & Kim are the perfect band to help bring you into spring and prepare for those long summer days having nothing but fun in the sun.  Jump on the bandwagon now folks, these two are going to explode this summer, just you watch.

Make Noise!!

Stuck for Days

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by JD

I have had this song stuck in my head for the past damn near week straight. No, it’s not new but it sure is catchy. You listen to it once and it’s stuck. I’ve been repeating “Die, Die, Die…Die, Die, Die, Die, Die” in my head as I try to go to sleep at night.  Damn you Avett Brothers, damn you for writing extremely catchy alt-country-folk music that I can’t help but sing along to…and along to…and along to.

Give the album a listen if you get the chance – Avett Brother “Emotionalism”.  It has some damn catchy tunes on it and a few that may even bring a tear to your eye (if you are human).

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