Thursday, March 31, 2011

Post #129 (Hip Hop Thursday #11): Warren G w/ Nate Dogg- "Regulate"



Post #129 (Hip Hop Thursday #11):  Recently, I found out that on March 15th, Nate Dogg passed away from congestive heart failure.

I never got into his solo stuff, but I have always loved his collaborations with artists like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and of course on this one with Warren G.

He is best known for his singing style, like in this song.

I remember when I turned 18, listening to this with my friend Brian Margulies as we would make late night runs to Mystic Lake Casino.  I think we went there 2 maybe 3 times a week.  Every once in a while, making it home in the morning in time to get ready for school.

On one trip, we were so determined to get there, that despite it being a frigid cold winter, and his car's heat and defrost not working, and there being a layer of frost on the window that as soon as it was scraped off would return instantly making our visibility about 10%....we got there.

We would typically bring $20 each, because this was when they had $3 Blackjack.  I dreaded the chance of getting beat 6 straight times, which would leave me with $2.

One time we had a pretty good run at the same table, at the same time.  I think I was up $300 and he was up $400, and the pit boss came and asked for our names.  I was a nervous ball of energy.  I was shaking.  In customary Brian fashion he remained calm and gave an alias.  I sadly don't remember which one, but I have some ideas.  Larry Smacker, Larry Buckle, or maybe Larry Blostwich.

Great memories!

RIP Nate Dogg.

Warren G w/ Nate Dogg, "Regulators"
88,744 views on Youtube

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Post #128: Cory Chisel - "So Wrong For Me"



Post #128:  Every morning as I get ready, I will put one of my ipod playlists on random.  My mood for the day will determine what playlist I choose.

Today I put on my "New Tunes Top Rated" playlist, which consists of songs that I have given 4 to 5 stars, but have listened to less than 25 times.  With over 6,600 songs on this playlist I never know what is going to come up, but regardless, I know I will like it, and it won't be a song that has been over played.

Today, Cory Chisel came up.  From Appleton, Wisconsin, he has made it to Minnesota quite often.  I had the opportunity to see him at the Triple Rock downtown a couple years ago, which is how I came across Dawes, his opening act.  I posted them last year, as my fourth post, HERE.

Well this morning, as Cory was playing on my ipod, my son Emerson walked in addressing me by my nickname Did, and said, " Did!!  This song is lame!!  So lame!!!"

Hopefully you disagree.

Cory Chisel, "So Wrong For Me"
23,262 views on Youtube

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Post #127.5: The Beta Band - High Fidelity clip



Post #127.5: If you have not seen this movie, I highly recommend it. As is typical with John Cusack it revolves around a complicated love story.

For me it really appeals to my love of music, and my dream of someday opening a record store and starting a record label.

This is one of my favorite scenes, as I too love putting on new music and hearing the question, "Who is that?"  This is how I was introduced to The Beta Band.

"I will now sell five copies of The Three E.P.s by The Beta Band."

Love it!

The Beta Band, High Fidelity clip
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Post #127: The Beta Band - "Dry the Rain"



Post #127: A couple nights ago, I grabbed a beer with a friend at a place called Jake's in Plymouth. Many restaurants and bars will have music playing in the background, and often times it is Top 40 style music that you can hear anywhere.

Well that evening, I was really surprised by the music selection, so I talked to the manager. I don't recall the name of the station, but he was playing music from satellite radio. Each song was great, one right after the other.

The playlist included "Dry the Rain" by The Beta Band, a song that always reminds me of one of my favorite films, High Fidelity.

I hadn't heard of this band until I saw this John Cusack movie that came out in 2000. I will post a clip of that next.

This can be found on their 1998 release The Three E.P.s, which is a compilation of 3 E.P.s which had previously been released on vinyl only.

The Beta Band, "Dry the Rain"
613,384 views on Youtube

Monday, March 28, 2011

Post #126 (Metal Monday #12): The Chariot - "Teach:"



Post #126 (Metal Monday #12): I have had the opportunity to see quite a few shows over my lifetime. Shows that fit all over the spectrum. From the super light...to the super heavy.

Regardless of the genre, all bands have a certain personality that they convey on stage. For some bands, they choose to be mellow, often times standing in one place, focusing on their instruments.

Then there is The Chariot: the exact opposite.

Having seen them twice, it is hard to explain what the experience is like. It is one of those things, where "you have to be there".

But I think this video gives a pretty good idea of what to expect.

Hands down, one of the most lively, energetic shows I have ever seen. It would be pretty hard to top it.

From Georgia, The Chariot was formed when vocalist Josh Scogin left another Christian band, Norma Jean in 2002.  Click HERE for my Norma Jean post from last month.

This song is from their third album released in 2009, Wars and Rumors of Wars.  They released their fourth full length album this last year.

The Chariot, "Teach:"
163,733 views on Youtube

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Post #125: Shawn McDonald - "Beautiful"



Post #125: In 2004, I was in the Northwestern Bookstore here in Maple Grove doing some music shopping.

That was when I saw Simply Nothing by Shawn McDonald. The colors. The hat. How could I not buy this album? It had the look of something good, so I took a chance.

I was so right.

Since then, Shawn has released 5 more albums, 2 of which are live, and his newest being released 2 weeks ago.

This entire album is great, and this is the song that really stood out for me.

It breaks it down to a very simple question, "What am I?"

A perfect song and album for a Sunday.

Shawn McDonald, "Beautiful"
14,653 views on Youtube

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Post #124: The Beautiful Girls - "Freedom Pt. 2"



Post #124: Yesterday I posted Boy & Bear, a relatively unknown band from Australia.

So today, I thought I would follow that one up with another band from Australia of similar popularity.

There are a lot of similarities to G Love, Xavier Rudd, Mason Jennings and other artists that run in the Jack Johnson circle.

I love this song, as one of my favorite artists, Mason Jennings, sings the second verse at 1:28 in, which then transitions into a duet of the chorus.

This is off of their 2006 release Water, which you can get on itunes for $4.99 (11 songs).

The Beautiful Girls, "Freedom Pt. 2"
809 views on Youtube

Friday, March 25, 2011

Post #123: Boy & Bear - "The Storm"



Post #123: Yesterday, thanks to an education from my friend Crystal, I learned about Boy & Bear.

She emailed me a link of them covering a Bon Iver song, which was absolutely amazing.  I posted Bon Iver HERE back in December.

Boy & Bear hail from Australia, and were recently in Texas for SXSW (South by Southwest), a festival where hundreds of bands and musicians play all over the city of Austin over a week long period.

Unfortunately, their music has not yet been released in the States, but I suspect that will happen soon. I was able to order their recent EP as an import on Amazon last night. Should have it early next week.

I believe this could be the next Mumford and Sons.

Thank you Crystal!!!

Boy & Bear, "The Storm"
7,351 views on Youtube

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Post #122 (Hip Hop Thursday #10): Ice T - "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)"



Post #122 (Hip Hop Thursday #10):  The other night, I watched the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.  It was great!  Especially when The Situation made a fool of himself.

During the program, they would pan the audience, and a handful of times they put the camera on Ice-T.

I love Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and I have always thought Ice-T does a great job as Fin.  So good in fact, that I often times forget listening to his music growing up.

Maybe it was seeing him at the roast in a different setting, but this song popped into my head.

This is the opening track on the soundtrack from the 1991 film New Jack City.

Ice-T, "New Jack Hustler (Nino's Theme)"
101,889 views on Youtube

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Post #121: The Cure - "Close To Me"



Post #121: About twice a year, one of the companies I work with brings in a handful of guys from around the country that do what I do, but for competing firms. During the first evening, they take us out and get us tired for the following day which consists of a seven hour meeting.

Last night was one of those nights. They brought us to the Wild game.

At one point, I had a chance to talk with Phil from North Carolina, and of course the conversation eventually worked it's way to music.

With both of us being 35, I assumed there would be some common ground when it comes to music we grew up on. Turns out we both had a love for The Cure.

I was in the 6th grade, when my new friend Vince gave me a cassette of their 1980 release Boys Don't Cry. It was a copy which he recorded from his original using his dual cassette player.

A little later on he would provide me a copy of their 1985 Head on the Door album, which included this song.

To this day, I consider these two albums to be in my list of all time favorites.

I still have the dubbed cassettes that Vince gave me.

I always will.

The Cure, "Close to Me"
634,799 views on Youtube

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Post #120: Johnny Cash - "The Man Comes Around"



Post #120: After 5 days of women, I thought today I would go with 100% man.

My favorite Johnny Cash song.

From the album American IV, part of a 6 album set referred to as the American Series.  The series consists of numerous covers including "Hurt" originally by Nine Inch Nails, and "I Hung My Head" originally by Sting (both from the same album, Part IV).

This song is not a cover.  It is all Cash.

Johnny Cash, "The Man Comes Around"
1,126,981 views on Youtube

Monday, March 21, 2011

Post # 119 (Metal Monday #11): Straight Line Stitch - "Black Veil"



Post #119 (Metal Monday #11): For my five days of females, I thought it fitting to start with Hip Hop Thursday and finish with Metal Monday, as both of those genres are typically dominated by men.

Specifically, this is true with heavy metal vocalists. "Female screamers" are becoming more and more common place within heavy metal, and often times they are beautiful to boot.

Alexis Brown, vocalist for Straight Line Stitch, is no exception.

The first time I saw this video I thought, "Wow, this is awesome!".  Especially from :33 to 1:20, and my favorite at 1:55 in.

Their third release is scheduled to hit tomorrow.

This song is from their second release, When Skies Wash Ashore, from 2008.

I apologize, as there may be a short commercial before it starts.

Straight Line Stitch, "Black Veil"
997,104 views on Youtube

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Post #118: The Indians - "Look Up to the Sky"



Post #118: Throughout my lifetime, I have had numerous conversations about music with people.  It doesn't matter if it is a long time friend or a new acquaintance.

What music do you like or dislike?  What concerts have you been too.  What are your favorite bands, songs and albums?  What songs have great meaning to you?  I love these conversations!!

Not only does it shed light on a common interest, but it allows me to get to know that person on a different level, sometimes creating a great connection.

Not long after this album, Indianism by The Indians, was released in 1993, I started college. To this day, my closest friends are those that I roomed with and played lacrosse with at Bethel. And I will never forget the connection I first made with one of those friends, Kevin.

We were having a conversation about music. Both of us had pretty extensive music collections. At least for a college student. We probably had 200 albums apiece. A far cry from the 3,500 I have now.

During the course of the conversation, The Indians came up. We were each shocked that the other even knew of this band. To this day, I don't recall The Indians ever coming up in conversation with anyone else, and as far as I know, we might be the only two fans.

I can't speak for Kevin, but after that conversation, I knew I liked him. I knew we would be friends. And 17 years later, the same is still true.

I love you Kev!

The Indians, "Look Up to the Sky"
47,566 views on Youtube

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Post #117: Laura Gibson - "Glory"



Post #117: Every once in a while, I come across a song that when I hear it, I want to stop, drop everything and just sit still with my eyes closed and listen. This is one of those songs.

Such a beautiful song. I have included the lyrics below.

I remember my mother's hands
Laced in prayer
Frail as birds
Face she carried
Like a terrible, terrible ache
I have never seen
Such glory since

I remember my father's voice
Dressed in anger
Swollen with grace
My surrender and his forgiveness
I have never seen
Such glory since

I remember my sister's belly
White and swollen
Carefully swaying
Eyes were glowing
From carrying such grace
I have never seen

Such glory since

From the Portland area, she doesn't make it to Minnesota that often, but thankfully I had the opportunity to see her open for Damien Jurado at the Turf Club two years ago this April. Hopefully she will be back soon.

This song is from her last release, the 2009 album Beasts of Seasons

Laura Gibson, "Glory"
599 views on Youtube

Friday, March 18, 2011

Post #116: Natalie Merchant - "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May"



Post #116: There are a handful of female artists that scream WOMAN to me.

Partly due to the feminine strength that they convey through their music, and partly because I associate them with events like Lilith Fair.

Artists like Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, and one of my favorites, Natalie Merchant.

Natalie spent over a decade with the band 10,000 Maniacs before going solo in 1993.

This last year she released her 5th solo album Leave Your Sleep, a double disc that is a collection of music adapted from 19th and 20th century British and American poetry about childhood.

This is my favorite.

Natalie Merchant, "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May"
8,729 views on Youtube

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Post #115 (Hip Hop Thursday #9): Missy Elliott - "On & On"



Post #115 (Hip Hop Thursday #9): Seeing that March is Women's History Month, I thought it might be a good thing to start posting some ladies, which I have yet to do in March.

So for today, and through next week's Metal Monday, it will be all vocalists of the female variety.

When it comes to hip hop, the first thing that grabs my attention is the beat. In a lot of cases, the beat makes the song. One of my favorite beat makers is Pharrell from N.E.R.D. who is also part of a production duo with Chad Hugo.  Together they refer to themselves as The Neptunes.

They are probably best known for producing Justin Timberlake's first album Justified, and Snoop's "Drop it Like it's Hot".

Their beats are often times disjointed and use sounds other than just drums.

The beat in this song is amazing.  How can you not want to move your body when you hear this?

This is from her 2005 album, The Cookbook. This is not the actual video for the song, but it is pretty close.

Missy Elliot, "On & On"
800,490 views on Youtube

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Post #114.5: Guster - "Grin"



Post #114.5: Another song from Goldfly, released in 1997.

Guster, "Grin"
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Post #114: Guster - "Demons"



Post #114: Today I "Facebook friended" an old college buddy of mine, Justin Clark.

Back in the 1995-1996 school year at Bethel, Justin, or "Barney" as we called him, joined the lacrosse team, and we built a strong relationship during the short time we attended school together.

It was during a trip to Carleton College, that he brought a couple of tapes by the Dave Matthews Band and Blues Traveler, telling me they were both going to be huge. He was right for the most part.

After he left Bethel to pursue other dreams and aspirations, we got reconnected again. This time it was for his wedding, which was to be held in South Carolina during the summer.

Never having been to South Carolina at the time, I had no idea what to expect, and I wished I would have packed more underwear, or at least a swimsuit. It was so hot, that the moment I stepped outside, I was drenched. Starting with my under layers, which would ultimately soak everything through and through.

During the wedding, due to his Hawaiian heritage, we wore leis during the ceremony. Not the brightly colored fake ones you get at parties, but actual leis. Combine the heat, a non air conditioned church, and seaweed wrapped around my neck...it has been the closest I have ever been to fainting while participating in a marriage ceremony.

Anyways, during my trip he and his friend Ed introduced me to a few more bands, one of which was Guster.

A few weeks after returning home, I received a packet in the mail containing a handful of CDs including Goldfly by Guster. I love this album.

This is their second of six releases, and one that I highly recommend.

I owe my love of Guster to my friend Barney.

Guster, "Demons"
199,168 views on Youtube

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Post #113: Pink Floyd/Roger Waters - "Mother"



Post #113: Driving home from Kansas City today, my cousin Brian took over DJ duties with my ipod.

I love letting other people take control of the ipod, because with over 30,000 songs, I never know what to expect. It is fun to see the choices made by each individual.

Brian is only a handful of years older than me, but even a few years can have a big impact on the soundtrack of our lives.

The selection was based around bands like Winger, Skid Row, and Warrant. He even sprinkled in some surprises like Sir Mix A-Lot, Wilson Phillips, and Vanessa Williams. Often times they prompted stories...for both of us. My favorite was Vanessa Williams, which brought him back to driving home from Illinois after his younger brother Jeremy had passed away, and hearing "Save the Best for Last" continuously during his drive.

Through the course our entire trip, there was only one artist where we listened to the entire album: Pink Floyd's The Wall.

This was the first time I have listened to this album from beginning to end since High School, and it grabbed me differently than ever before.

It is safe to say, this album will be in regular rotation over the next couple of weeks.

Thanks for an awesome trip Brian and Bob!!

Pink Floyd, "Mother"
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Monday, March 14, 2011

Post #112.5 (Metal Monday #10.5): Black Label Society

I love this shirt!!
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Post #112 (Metal Monday #10): Black label society - "Spoke in the Wheel"



Post #112 (Metal Monday #10): No matter where I am, one thing I always notice is band t-shirts. Depending on the band, I love to give people compliments and acknowledge their selection of attire.

I especially love doing this when the band isn't necesarily mainstream. Often times it leads to a fun conversation about music and other bands.

So last night, I spotted a Black Label Society shirt. A perfect option for today's Metal Monday.

I didn't have a long conversation with the guy, but he did let me take his picture.

Black Label Society is fronted by Zack Wylde, former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne.

This is from their first album, Sonic Brew, released in 1999.

Black Label Society, "Spoke in the Wheel"
483,931 views on Youtube

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Post #111.5: Mike Doughty - "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well"



Post #111.5: I first became a fan of Mike Doughty during the 90's when he fronted the band Soul Coughing and went by just "M. Doughty".

If you are not familiar with Soul Coughing, I will post them at some point.

Unfortunately, they broke up in 2000 partly due to Doughty's heroin addiction. Thankfully he kicked it and went on to release 5 solo albums and a few EPs.

This is the opening track off of Haughty Melodic, released in 2005. This was his first album featuring a full band and was produced by Dan Wilson, the former front man of the Minneapolis group Semisonic. At some point I will be posting Dan as well.

They have continued to work together which has caused Doughty to spend a lot of time in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of running into him....yet.

Mike Doughty, "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well"
183,836 views on Youtube

Post #111: Mike Doughty - "The Gambler"



Post #111: Things are a little different here at the Harrah's in Kansas City than they are at the Harrah's in Las Vegas. Here in KC, there is absolutely nothing within walking distance of our hotel. We have to drive everywhere, so last night we drove downtown to the world famous bar-b-que joint Arthur Bryant's. It was awesome!

A second difference is that you have to pay for beer, and as we found out last night, they stop serving beer at 3 in the morning.

Regardless of the differences, there is one thing that has remained consistant...the gambling.

I can't think of any song that fits what I'm doing today more than "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers.

The cool thing with a song like this is that it ends up being covered by numerous artists. Mike Doughty's is my favorite cover version, which was one of six songs on his Gambler EP released in 2005. It is an exclusive on itunes, so I encourage you to check it out, and of course buy it. It also has a cover of "King of Carrot Flowers" by Neutral Milk Hotel, a band that I posted back in January, here.

Mike Doughty, "The Gambler"
3,033 views on Youtube

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Post #110: Puddle of Mudd - "Change My Mind"



Post #110: Hitting the road for Kansas City today. I am hoping I make it through alright, as my body will be put through the rigorous chore of sitting at a poker table for hours and hours, all the while stuffing my face with bar-b-que. I can't wait!

Since we are driving, it will be a good 5 hour chunk to get caught up on some music.

Before trips like this, I like to see what bands come from that area, so that is why I have chosen Puddle of Mudd for today.

They typically have had a couple "radio friendly" songs on each of their last 4 albums, and as much as I love these songs, it is disappointing that this is as far as most people get.

An example of this is their 2003 album Life on Display. I love this album! From beginning to end I listen to this one on a regular basis. It floors me that it was bashed by most critics, and that many people have written off Puddle of Mudd considering them a cheaper version of Nickelback.

Allmusic gave this album 2 stars. Rolling Stone gave it 1 star. Proof to me that I can't trust reading music reviews or the critics that write them.

Puddle of Mudd, "Change my Mind"
17,011 views on Youtube

Friday, March 11, 2011

Post #109: Cold War Kids - "Hospital Beds"



Post #109: There are two reasons why I am posting this song.

First, I went to the Cold War Kids show last night at First Avenue. What a great show!! What a great voice!! I posted some Cold War Kids back on December 29th after buying the tickets. Click here to view that.

The second, and more important reason, is that my new niece Stella was admitted to Children's yesterday with RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). A little scary, but based on recent reports, sounds like she will be okay after a few days in the hospital.

Get better baby Stella!!

Cold War Kids, "Hospital Beds"
190,590 views on Youtube

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Post #108 (Hip Hop Thursday #8): Brother Ali - "The Puzzle"



Post #108 (Hip Hop Thursday #8): It seems like forever ago that I graduated Cooper High School. I remember in 1994 during my senior year thinking that the year 2000 was so long away, and that my 30 year old cousins were old. Boy was I wrong!

Even though it has been 17 years, I still remember quite a bit, and there are two memories that stick out in my mind, revolving around school dances.

The first was what we called the "Mistletoe Dance". For those of you that went to Cooper, you need no explanation. For those of you that didn't...you missed out...especially on mono. To this day, anyone that I explain this concept to thinks I am crazy and can't believe that our school would let something like that happen....but that is a topic for another post.

The second memory was that of watching Jason Newman talk to the DJ and get a few minutes on the mic to freestyle: improvised rapping with a backing beat.

At that time, he referred to himself as White Wizdom. Possibly due to having the rare genetic condition of being an albino.

I was excited when years later I came across him under the name Brother Ali, after he signed with the Rhymesayers label. Home to other artists I have posted previously (Atmosphere and P.O.S.).

It has always been fun to mention actor Steve Zahn as an alum of Cooper, and I now mention Brother Ali in the same conversation.

Brother Ali, "The Puzzle"
37,988 views on Youtube

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Post #107.5: Annuals - "Confessor"



Post #107.5: Here is an acoustic version.

My favorite song from the album is "Hot Night Hounds", but it was difficult to find a good version of that to post.  I encourage you to check that song out too.

Annuals, "Confessor"
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Post #107: Annuals - "Confessor"



Post #107: One of my favorite finds from the last couple of years is the Annuals.

From North Carolina, they have released a number of EPs and a few albums. This is from my favorite of theirs, which is their second album, Such Fun, from 2008.

I find myself going back to this album quite a bit.

Annuals, "Confessor"
30,829 views on Youtube

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Post #106: REM - "Me In Honey"



Post #106: Another Tuesday, means more new music for us all to listen too.

Today, R.E.M. releases Collapse Into Now, their 15th album. 15th!!!

Looking back over the music they have created, this is one of those bands that had a lot of radio play, so most people know "those songs." However, they have a lot of great stuff that was never played on the radio.

It really surprises me that this one wasn't, especially because at that time in 1991, the B-52s were pretty popular as well, and Kate Pierson from the B-52s sings backing vocals on this one.

Chances are it was lost in the shuffle being on the same album, Out of Time, as "Radio Song", "Losing My Religion", and "Shiny Happy People".

Regardless, a lot of people missed out on this amazing song. I love this song!!! Hope you enjoy it too.

R.E.M., "Me in Honey"
24,752 views on Youtube

Monday, March 7, 2011

Post #105 (Metal Monday #9): White Zombie - "El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama"



Post #105 (Metal Monday #9): There are a lot of examples out there of when music runs in the family. It could be a parent passing on their musical talent to the next generation. Like Bob Dylan to Jakob Dylan.

It could also be a couple of siblings...or nine! Like the Jacksons: Rebbie, La Toya, Janet, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy and of course Michael.

One of my favorite musical families is that of Rob Zombie.

Most people know Rob from his more recent solo work. Even fewer of us know him from his work directing films such as House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.

To me, he will always be the frontman to White Zombie. To this day, their 1995 final release, Astro Creep 2000, will go down as one of my top metal albums of all time.

Back to his musical family...his brother Spider One is the frontman for Powerman 5000 which is best known for their hit "When Worlds Collide".

White Zombie, "El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama"
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Post #104: William Elliott Whitmore - "Hell Or High Water"



Post #104: As I may have mentioned before, I believe that vocals are one of the most important instruments within a band and bands obviously use this instrument to varying degrees.

There are some bands where the vocals are on par with the other instruments. At times, it is almost like they could swap singers and it might not make a difference.

Then there are vocals that are so ingrained in the bands sound, that replacing them could be near, if not entirely, impossible.

Then there are artists where the vocals are 90% of the band. This could be because they intentionally focus on the vocals or, in the case of William Elliott Whitmore, the vocals put the focus on themselves.

The first time I heard this guy, I loved the voice.

The first time I saw this guy, I was blown away by where the voice was coming from.

I will send you $1 if when you start this video you can predict what his voice will sound like.  (Assuming you have never heard him before).

This song is from his 5th album from 2009, Animals in the Dark. He just finished recording his new album, which is slated for a Spring release.

William Elliott Whitmore, "Hell or High Water"
191,526 views on Youtube

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Post #103: The Head and the Heart - "Winter Song"



Post #103: Yesterday I was able to pick up tickets to see Iron and Wine this June at First Avenue. If you are not familiar with Iron and Wine, check out my two posts from January 30th, here and here.

After purchasing the tickets, I did what I always do, and took a look into the opening bands. Every once in a while, I will come across a gem...which is what happened yesterday.

I am now almost equally as excited to see The Head and the Heart. From Seattle, Washington, they recently signed to Sub Pop records, and their self titled debut album was just released in January of this year.

As far as I'm concerned, I think we are at the beginning of something huge.

Make sure you go to their Facebook page and "Like" them, or more importantly go to itunes and download the album.

Music starts 50 seconds in. Please be patient! So worth the wait.

The Head and the Heart, "Winter Song"
1,737 views on Youtube

Friday, March 4, 2011

Post #102: Colin Hay - "Waiting for my Real Life to Begin"



Post #102: Each afternoon, I walk downstairs to the little shop in our office building, and will typically purchase a Lo-Carb Monster. Somehow I have convinced myself, that this is better than the Mountain Dew addiction I have been afflicted with my whole life.

Each week, I also pick up the new City Pages, which is a great resource for knowing who is coming to town and when.

I was excited last week when I saw Colin Hay is coming to the Pantages Theater on May 7th. Most people would maybe not recognize him based on looks, but possibly would because of his voice. He spent most of the 80's as the lead vocalist for the band Men Down Under.

This song is over 10 years old, but it was a recent find for me, having come across it just a few years ago. It has quickly become one of my all time favorites.

Colin Hay, "Waiting for my Real Life to Begin"
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Post #101 (Hip Hop Thursday #7): Beastie Boys - "Shake Your Rump"



Post #101 (Hip Hop Thursday #7): As I look through my library choosing which songs to post, many of them bring back a lot of memories. Some of these memories are fairly recent, like songs that remind me of my boys or time together with friends.

Then are are some songs that bring me way back.

I can't believe it has been 20 years since this album came out. Looking at it a different way, I was 15, and had just started High School.

To this day, Paul's Boutique is my favorite Beastie Boy's album, and many consider it their strongest.

It has been fun playing this for my boys as they now refer to it as the Gasser Song, due to the bass line which first happens 38 seconds in.

Beastie Boys, "Shake Your Rump"
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Post #100: Led Zeppelin - "Black Dog"



Post #100: I wanted to do something special for this post, seeing that this is day #100, so I thought I would post the song that started it all for me.

To be honest, I don't even remember how old I was, but I was probably in the 4th or 5th grade.

My family had gone to an apple orchard with the Nobles, family friends of ours, after church one Sunday. I ended up riding in the back of their wood paneled Wagoneer. The SUV of the day.

My friend Tom was my age, and his older brother Gary was pretty in to music. I remember going to their house and looking through his records and posters on the walls. Thinking it was all so "cool".

But this day at the apple orchard is when something in me clicked. At some point this song came on, and I was absolutely blown away. I had never heard anything like it.

It was at that moment, that I actually made a conscious decision that I love music. From that point forward, I have had a passion for music, that doesn't seem will ever go away.

Thank you Gary! Thank you Wagoneer! Thank you Zeppelin!

Led Zeppelin, "Black Dog"
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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Post #99: The New Frontiers "Mirrors"



Post #99: I absolutely love the feeling when I come across a band that for the most part is "unknown". For a short while I feel like I have them all to myself in a way.

Part of this is knowing that if they come through town, I will be able to see the band in a small venue with maybe 200 other people. To me, this is one of the best ways to experience a band live.

But then there are other times when I come across the band too late. They are no longer playing together for various reasons, and I have to listen to the music knowing that I might not ever have a chance to catch them at a small venue.

The New Frontiers is one of these bands. I came across them in 2009, but unfortunately they had already broken up at the end of 2008 after releasing their album Mending in the same year ($7.99 on itunes). Not sure what caused the breakup, but at least they left us with this song, which in my opinion is worth $7.99 just by itself.

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