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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

1967, A Damn Good Year

If you need to watch a lighthearted movie after the ghosts and goblins of this past Halloween weekend, I highly recommend Pirate Radio. Not only is Phillip Seymour Hoffman, well, PSH, but the soundtrack is OUT of this world. Actually, it's not. It's just a flashback to a damn good year in music - 1967. Here are the tracks:

 1. Stay With Me Baby by Duffy (the first is ironically NOT from 1967)
 2. All Day and All of the Night by The Kinks
*3. Elenore by The Turtles
*4. Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) by John Fred & His Playboy Band
 5. Dancing in the Street by Marth Reeves & The Vandellas
 6. Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys (takes you back to your youth lazing on a hot summer day poolside)
*7. Ooo Baby Baby by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
*8. This Guy's In Love With You by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass (one hit Mexican wonders(
 9. Hi Ho Silver Lining by Jeff Beck
 10. I Can See For Miles by The Who
*11. With a Girl Like You by The Troggs (two hit wonders)
 12. I'm Alive by The Hollies
 13. Yesterday Man by Chris Andrews
 14. I've Been a Bad Bad Boy by Paul Jones
 15. Silence is Golden by The Tremeloes
 16. Friday on My Mind by Easybeats
 17. My Generation by The Who
*18. I Feel Free by Cream
 19. The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix Experience
 20. A Whiter Shad of Pale by Procul Harum
 21. These Arms of Mine by Otis Redding
 22. The Happening by The Supremes
*23. Cleo's Mood by Jr. Walker & The All Stars
 24. She'd Rather Be With Me by The Turtles
 25. 98.6 by The Bystanders
*26. Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks
*27. Father and Son by Cat Stevens
*28. Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues, Peter Knight & The Lo
 29. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield
 30. Stay With Me (Baby) by Lorraine Ellison
*31. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) by The Isley Brothers
*32. Let's Dance by David Bowie (actually from 1983...oops!)
      *My Favorites
Needless to say this soundtrack ranks up with the best of 'em:
Top Gun (1986)
Dazed and Confused Vol 1 and 2 (1993)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Reality Bites (1994)
Grosse Point Blank (1997)
Virgin Suicides (1999)
High Fidelity (2000)
Almost Famous (2000)
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
Garden State (2004)
Once (2007)
The Wackness (2008)

If you have any others please let me know.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Monster Mash to These Halloweeny Songs



Halloween is a time to dress up, eat candy without feeling guilty, party, and DANCE. Here are some great tunes to put on the Playlist at your costume party(ies) this weekend:



Abracadabra by The Steve Miller Band
The Addams Family by Kidz Bop Kids
Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf
Bela Lugosi's Dead by Bauhaus
Black Magic Woman by Santana
The Blob by The Metrolites
Boris the Spider by The Who
Dark Lady by Cher
Dead Man's Party by Oingo Boingo
Devil Inside by INXS
The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
Devil with the Blue Dress On by Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
Doin' the Zombie by Chubby Checker
Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult
Donner Party by Alkaline Trio
Dragula by White Zombie
Elvira by The Oak Ridge Boys
Evil Ways by Santana
Evil Woman by Electric Light Orchestra
Feed My Frankenstein by Alice Cooper
Friend of the Devil by Grateful Dead
Fright Night by Elysian Fields
Ghost Riders in The Sky by The Ghost Rider Orchestra
Ghost Town by The Specials
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
Halloween by The Misfits
Haunted House by Jumpin' Gene Simmons
Hell by Squirrel Nut Zippers
Highway to Hell by AC/DC
Hungry Like the Wolf by Duran Duran
I Put a Spell On You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
I Want Candy by Lil Bow Wow
I'm Your Boogie Man by KC & the Sunshine Band or White Zombie
In Hell by Foo Fighters
In the Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
The Legend of Wooley Swamp by The Charlie Daniels Band
Little Shop of Horrors by Jennifer Leigh Warren and Lellani Jones, Sheila Kay Davis
Love Potion No. 9 by The Clovers
Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett
A Nightmare on My Street by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
Party Like a Rock Star by Pet Shop Boyz
People are Strange by The Doors
"Pyscho" Theme Song
Psycho Killer by Talking Heads
The Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
The Reaper by Mannheim Steamroller
Remains of the Day by Danny Elfman
Runnin' with the Devil by John Cowan Band
Scream Dream by Ted Nugent
She Blinded Me with Science by Thomas Dolby
Sittin' Up with the Dead by Ray Stevens
Somebody's Watching Me by Rockwell
Soul Man by The Blues Brothers
Spooky by Dusty Springfield
Super Freak by Rick James
Supernatural Thing by Ben E. King
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Sympathy for the Devil by Rolling Stones
Teenage Frankenstein by Alice Cooper
Thank God for Kids by The Oak Ridge Boys
Theme From Halloween by John Carpenter
Thriller by Michael Jackson
Time Wary by The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Cast
Toxic by Britney Spears
Tubular Bells (The Exorcist theme) by Michael Oldfield
Twilight Zone by Neil Norman
Voodoo Child by Jimi Hendrix
Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles
Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
When October Goes by Barry Manilow
Witch Doctor by Sha Na Na
Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra
Witchy Woman by Eagles
Worms Crawl by Robert Walsh
You Can Do Magic by America
Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kentucky Thoroughbreds Set to Release Follow Up Album

Cage the Elephant announce new album, Thank You, Happy Birthday, to be released on January 11th, 2011 (yes, that's 1-11-11). Fact: The album was recorded in Spring 2009 - right around the US release of their self-titled debut. So why keep fans waiting so long? Timing.

Isolating themselves in cabin on a lake in Kentucky, there was a lot of "personal growth." Their inspiration? Pixies, Butthole Surfers, Black Flag, Violent Femmes, Gang of Four, and Screaming Tea Party.

Track Listing:
1. Always Something
2. Aberdeen
3. Indy Kidz
4. Shake Me Down
5. 2024
6. Sell Yourself
7. Rubber Ball
8. Right Before My Eyes
9. Tangled
10. Sabertooth tiger
11. Japanese Buffalo
12. Flow
13. Shiver
While there are no leaks of the songs, yet, I'd like to make a prediction that the first single will be ... "Right Before My Eyes."

Weezer Covers Toni Braxton's "Un-break My Heart"

Yes, you read correctly. Weezer covers the classic 90's R & B tune, which will be on the band's upcoming Death to False Metal to be released on November 2, 2010. Take a listen to River yelp "without you I just can't go oooooon."

Check out snipits from the entire album on Amazon.com

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Broken Bells Release New Track


Danger Mouse and James Mercer are back at it. Take a listen to the Bells' latest single "Meyrin Fields" courtesy of Spin.com.

So does this mean a follow-up album? We sure hope so.

Jenny and (Oh) Johnny Rocked My World

Last night was an adventure - just as any rock concert should be. When the story around the live music is just as mesmorizing as the band, it's the perfect concoction for a story.

Two tickets to Jenny (Lewis) and Johnny (Who Cares) at Rams Head Live in Baltimore and two Autumn colds, led me to resort to selling them. However, fate spoke and refused to help me find homes for these tickets. I couldn't see them go to waste. Ms. Jenny rarely plays on the east coast, and never plays in Baltimore. I'd regret it if I didn't get my shit together and go. My other half, recovering from a cold, a Johnnie Walker hangover, and a car accident said "there's no way I'm going, sorry." I was determined (at 7:30 p.m.) that I was going...solo. I used to do it all the time when I lived in NYC but that felt like ions ago. It took a home-cooked meal and a Miller Lite to give me the courage to actually do it.

Meanwhile, a longtime friend reached out to me on Facebook and said she was going to the show stag, also. Maybe there was hope that I wouldn't be dancing alone and labeled as "that chick." Either way, I headed in to Charm City.

A little band from Raleigh, North Carolina opened for J&J. The Love Language rocked - another sign of an unforgettable show! If you haven't heard of them, check them out. Key Tracks: "Heart to Tell," "Summer Dust," and ""Gray Court." I danced by myself on the side of the stage. Got a few looks but I decided I didn't care what Baltimoreans thought of me, I was there to have fun which included dancing like a nut - alone or with a group of friends!

Between bands, I ran into Theresa. Through Facebook, I know that we have very similar musical palettes. I keep up with her shows, as I'm sure she keeps up with mine. It was only natural that we meet again, after about 5-6 years, at a Jenny Lewis concert. We immediately started reminiscing and picked up right where we left off. Jenny and Johnny came out and we made a dash to get to the front of the stage.

Although extremely happy we were able to get front row "seats," I have to say I was disappointed with Baltimoreans. A musical legend, such as Jenny Lewis, comes to town and the place is practically empty. The upper levels were closed off. Not to mention, there were more teenagers with their parents than fans of her (and our) own age. Oh well, it made for an incredibly intimate evening. I couldn't have asked for a better Jenny Lewis show.

Her voice is so sweet, so gentle and her lyrics so poignant. But the best thing is that she doesn't sound like anyone before her. She's Jenny Lewis. And, Johnny, well his voice is just as striking and he's adorable. His voice is sexy and melodic. There's no denying the chemistry between these two.

The Setlist:
1. Committed
2. Scissor Runner
3. New York Cartoon
4. My Pet Snakes (I noticed that Jenny Lewis has a fascination with snakes. She mentions them quite often in her music.)
5. Just Like Zeus (Johnny said that this song was written after watching The Wire boxset...haha)
6. Straight Edge of the Blade
7. Slavedriver (a song about S&M and one that Johnny's mom does not like)
8. Switchblade
9. Big Wave
10. One of the Guys (new song)
11. Animal
12. The Next Messiah
Encore:
13. End of the Affair
14. ... Silverlining (JLew acousitc)
15. Carpetbaggers

The night was capped off with a little Halloween action. We walked outside and noticed a flock of costumed superheroes, Mad Hatters, Queens of Hearts', muppet babies, and a little Argentinian fairy who told us that Disney on Ice is in town. This was their work party... Oh what a night. And to think I almost missed it because I was too scared to go alone.



Monday, April 5, 2010

It's a bit too Phishy for me?

I just cooked Mahi Mahi for dinner. I baked it in a dish with a plethora of ingredients - orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, pineapple and zucchini. Why, you ask? To cover up the fishy taste. That's right, I said it. I eat fish not because I like but because society tells me that I should eat it. This reminded me of another fish, Phish.

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit, that even though Phish has been a staple at my local music venue - Merriweather Post Pavillion - for years, I've spent many years partying in the parking lot, and never, never even thought of actually listening to the music. What's worse? How about the fact that at Bonnaroo 2009, with two nights of Phish, I still did not listen to the music?! I know.

So, I'm taking a new approach, phishy smell and all. I'm going to a Phish concert, and not just one, but two nights in a row. It's only appropriate that I see them at Merriweather. This time I'll be there for the music, and the partying, but really mainly for the music. After all, they do have a Ben and Jerry's flavor named after them. So popular that it has it's own Facebook page.

I'll keep you posted. Now, I open this up for all of your harsh comments. I can take'em because I'm no longer in denial.