Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Transplants - Diamonds and Guns

A lot of you might remember today's "Woo Woo's" from the nostalgic Garnier Fructis commercials. While the commercials were most likely a huge income for the band, the rest of the song was never that popular.

If you like some weird Alternative Rap/Punk mixes and enjoy Travis Barker's drumming or Tim Armstrong's voice, the song may be for you.

Enjoy some Diamonds and Guns, with Son Doobie.


Again, misleading happy sounding song, used to prove a much darker point that can be summed up in the chorus. "It's a wicked world we live in, it's cruel and unforgiving".

If it's hard for you to catch the rest of the lyrics you can read them here.

Buy: CD | mp3

The single can be found on their 2002 debut Transplants. If the song is the reason you're thinking of checking the album, you may be in for a shock. The album is great for open minded Rock lovers, ranging from heavier dirty riffs to a more relaxed Skate-Punk side, topped off with a bit of rapping and the freedom to do pretty much whatever they wanted with it.

It's so varied, I should dedicate another post later on to show the rougher side.

It's a decent album, nothing stunning, but if you like everything within the ranges of gritty Punk Rock through a more relaxed "regular" Rock, you might wanna give it a shot.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Jennifer Hudson - Feeling Good

So I was sitting in the couch the other day, being lazy watching TV, when a Weight Watchers commercial goes on featuring Jennifer Hudson. What caught my ear was a version of Feeling Good, one of my favorite songs, that I hadn't heard before.

It's definitely not my favorite version, but it's not a bad one either.

Feeling Good.


You have to mess the song up pretty bad for me not to like it. All the same, I do find it a little bit rushed. An extra minute of music, either extending her vocals or having the music give her voice a break between lyrics would've given the song a little bit of extra emotion.

But that's just my unprofessional opinion.

I do really like how the instruments pan out though, being just slightly more hip than on other more classic versions.

Buy: CD | mp3

Apparently it was released just this year on her latest album, I Remember Me. And while it's not a bad album, it's entirety isn't for me.

Just because it isn't for me doesn't mean it's not for you, some songs contain lyrics by Alicia Keys or Ne-Yo, if that's your thing.

Against it there's songs that can be remixed way too easily. While that's not a compliment for the album, it is an exploitable opportunity.

Hint hint, DJ's.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Gilberto Gil - Lick Samba

Time for some easy listening ear candy from Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil. His interpretation of this song goes down smoothly, accompanied by the right kind of instruments and an infused Bossa Nova vibe. He switches it up and maybe the message gets lost, what originally sounded slightly heart aching suddenly has a very happy feel to it, but it still works.

Also, points get heavily awarded to anyone who already knew that Lick Samba is a song by Bob Marley and The Wailers.

If you care for the original, check it out here. Otherwise, enjoy Gilberto Gil's version.

Lick Samba.


I'd love to tell you who provides the backing vocals here, her voice balances the song out beautifully, but she seems to have gotten less credit than the guy who says "woo" in Rap freestyles.

Now if you're the curious type, you might have a question that goes something like: "What does lick samba mean?"

Well if you take it literally, according to Jamaican slang, if used as 'lick samba' it would mean to 'play Samba'. This is where Gilberto's version differs. Gilberto Gil manages to make the song (even if just partially) about his musical roots and pulls it off excellently.

The original has nothing to do with Samba however, as it has no audible influences and never mentions anything too obvious. Many do believe, as do I, that the term simply went along the lines of a certain naked activity with another person, in this case the person he longs for in the song. It really doesn't make sense otherwise.

Licking Samba definitely does not mean smoking a joint, Googlers.

Buy: CD

The song can be found on Gil's 2002 album Kaya N'Gan Daya, along with 15 other Bob Marley songs. Many of them lesser known as today's is, some classics like Three Little Birds, and about half of them in Portuguese. The remainder of the songs keep their original English language.

It's a neat album of you like Brazilian influences or the Portuguese language. The differences between the album and the original Bob Marley songs aren't always gigantic, but enjoyable all the same. If you pay attention to detail the album is for you.

If not, get Bob Marley's original. It's awesome.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Javier Navarrete - Una Princesa

I'm posting this because I'm pretty sure this is what I'll want to be listening to today. Easy to listen to, mood setting, relaxing.

Thanks go to Javier Navarrete for outdoing himself with Pan's Labyrinth's film score, he did one amazing job creating music that I would remember years after originally hearing it.

Today's track is one of my favorites from the soundtrack, it's used in the final scenes of the movie and can be really breath taking on it's own if you let it take you.

Enjoy, A Princess (Una Princesa).


It's amazing how deep the portrayal of innocence can run through this song and the rest of the soundtrack.

At 1:11 we hear the lullaby that can be heard throughout the movie, making it iconic and representative. The lullaby comes from Pan's Labyrinth Lullaby, but my preferred rendition is in this song. The chilling vocals along with the sharp violins are, in my opinion, unforgettably eerie. You're allowed to disagree.

Buy: CD | mp3

The Original Motion Picture Score carries on with the dark innocence theme, often dabbling into the fantasy to more accurately collaborate with the movie. It can get long if you're not used to film scores, but it really is a beautiful and simple listen.

It's a must for the strong Pan's Labyrinth fans as a lot of Navarrete's work was cut from the film, to get the full musical impact you would need the album.

And because today's album artwork is so well done, it need be said that it was originally going to be a promotional poster, it went unused and was then the score's cover. The artist behind the piece would be the infamous Drew Struzan.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

NOISIΛ - My World (Featuring Giovanca)

I really do try not to post things that people who are interested would find on their own. It's a bit worse since not long ago I did a quick little post on a Bassnectar song, the excuse for me then was the free track.

Today's excuse is I'm getting in the mood. I'll be ending the night watching the Dutch trio and since I'll be listening to this for the duration of the day until I leave, it wouldn't be fair to write a worse half assed post on any other subject.

Enjoy the Drum and Bass trio make the best of Giovanca's voice.


Such catchy vocals mixed in excellently as the Nederlanders use the word 'to' to fit in as part of the beat, all tied together by the dance inducing Drum and Bass (especially the bass).

Now, yes, a lot of you will still feel either unimpressed due to other superior sounding DnB DJ's, or simply because it's not the right kind of sugar on your cup of tea.

As usual, I won't care, but today I'm gonna care a lot less because I'll be seeing Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger up close and personal, hopefully catching their sweat on my forehead.

Oh, it's a good day indeed.

Buy: CD | mp3

If you're not such a huge fan of the Drum and Bass, don't worry, the album features more than just what they were initially known for. You'll find the DJ's having fun experimenting with genres.

You'll find some more House-ish sounding stuff, some Dubsteppy stuff, to even a Disco based track that makes me miss Browska.

The album isn't perfect, but it is fun. If you like the electronic-dance-like-a-lunatic based genres and you haven't already, give it a shot.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ewan Dobson - Space Walk

Today's song is lengthy as well as beautifully detailed, I'll just post it right away so you can listen as you read. Or just listen.

Enjoy Ewan Dobson's acoustic guitar in Space Walk.


This is one of the Canadian fingerstyle guitarist's longer songs, showing off his intricate style on what initially might sound as something very basic. We have to remember this is one person we're listening to, not a band, not an odd quartet, just a single very talented person.

I first heard this one a few months ago, I still remember closing my eyes and smelling nature (and no, I wasn't on any form of narcotics). The song is simply magical, and if you really like it, you'll probably like his albums. He draws inspiration from very varied musical genres, everywhere from the more obvious Classical and Folk, to the more interesting Techno and Heavy Metal. He might sound like something you've heard before at first, but he's definitely one of a kind.

Buy: CD | mp3

The song can be found on his fourth release, Ewan Dobson II. You might really enjoy this album, or you might grow tired of it early. A lot of it has a very Bluegrass Folk sound to it that could just as easily have been an impressive banjo, but he also serves up his versions on a few of Paganini's 24 Caprices. Considering those pieces were intended for the much more complex violin, Dobson and his guitar portray them excellently.

If Niccolò Paganini's 24 caprices don't ring a bell, listen to the 24th as portrayed by Ewan Dobson, here. I think it's one of the more popular pieces, but it's also likely I just grew up listening to it.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lily Allen - Take What You Want

It's not very common for me to enjoy Pop, but I do like me some Lily Allen. Today's song definitely isn't my favorite, but it's lesser known as it was never a single. As much as I love Allen's social or personal thoughts, for a decently generic message the song is a nice, fun listen that might just inspire someone.

Give it a listen, yeh?


Lily has admitted that the song is about as teen angst-y as it sounds, being about not listening to older people's "stupid sayings" which makes the song purely about following through with what you want to do and to be happy with yourself. An odd and possibly questionable way to spread the message, but it's artistic expression!

I really like the music behind the lyrics, too. The bass is nice and catchy while the subtle piano and guitar work take the positive feeling and set it firmly in place. It's near the end of the album doing a great job of beginning to tie everything together for the finish.

Buy: CD | mp3

As far as the album, 'Alright, Still', it's really hard for me to admit that I like it, but I do. It's not hard to understand why though, it gathers influences from Reggae and Ska, as well as vocal Jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald. The album is a Pop hybrid of the things she listened to when younger along with her own blunt ideas.

You've probably already heard half of it on the radio or cable, televison shows and game consoles, this song can be found on Grey's Anatomy and Band Hero. I can just imagine where the rest of the songs might have appeared.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gogol Bordello - Immigraniada (Bassnectar Remix)

Bassnectar's newest album has a few things to look at, among them a remix or version of Gogol Bordello's Immigraniada. While I know a lot of people will be unhappy the song got defiled through a Dubstep DJ, I'm still glad that Bassnectar is gently pushing for positive messaging.

I've had some of my songs ruined, and if you have too, before you judge the song too negatively; hear me out. It's hard to like this version without growing to enjoy to original Gypsy Punk song, and if you get to enjoy the original you'll hear that it's a smart, well portrayed song about the hardships of immigration.

Even if you don't like either version, it's creating conscience for those who do.

Listen to the original here, or Bassnectar's hard hitting Dubstep version below.


Full version can be found on the Grooveshark link.

I call this mix here 'Dubpunk Rockstep. It's the perfect blend of both, even though the bass is a little heavier than I'd hoped from Bassnectar. It's me being picky, and even being picky I'm listening to it, right?

Currently the track is available for free download at Bassnectar.net, hopefully if you like it you got there early enough to catch it while it's still free. Should be on the right hand side under the album's mp3 player.

Buy: mp3

If you like your hard hitting Dubstep, this album is for you. If you've listened and enjoyed Bassnectar since before Borgore ruined Dubstep, you might be unpleasantly surprised. But then today's song might have been that initial slap to the face. If that's the case I apologize.

It's not bad. I just associate Bassnectar with a cleaner Dubstep sound. A happy medium between the original more ambient, more directly related to 'Dub' Dubstep and all the future modern day stuff that's existing now. Instead, we just get an album full of "good" modern day stuff.

If you listen to it like I did, with no expectations, you might just enjoy it.

There's a few surprising tracks like his version of Ellie Goulding's Lights, which uses very different samples than what you might be used to. And yeah, there's some more original Bassnectar sounding stuff too, it's just less.

Again, not a terrible album, it's just your every day, less than crappy Dubstep.

For some reason, I scheduled this and it didn't post. I have no idea what went wrong.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mano Negra - Santa Maradona

Also known as Larchuma Football Club, is a French song by Manu Chao's former band Mano Negra (Black Hand). The song is about the craziness of football (or soccer) both in the field and in "the bleachers of hell".

The song is an awkward but very fun Punk Rock, showing influences of Classic Rock as well as Ska and various other genres. It's worth giving a listen to.

Santa Maradona.


Even if you don't understand French it's pretty fun to sing along to 'Football football football!' The song definitely does a job of hyping the listener. I'm sure that when played live it's purpose was to make people jump.

I apologize for the lack of translated lyrics. If you find some, feel free to link me.

Buy: CD | mp3

This is the last of Mano Negra's highly influential studio albums. Casa Babylon features songs in French, Spanish and English. As well as these different languages, expect differences in genre sounds as found in the song Señor Matanza, not only is it a more Latin/Ska based song but we can also hear backing vocals by Dead Kennedys' own Jello Biafra. They're subtle, but he's in there.


A special thanks goes to GMSoccerPicks.com for today's post idea. If you're a fan of the sport, or if you would like to ease your way into it, be sure to check the site out. You'll find posts full of passion and admiration for the sport, definitely worth checking out.

Missed the link? Find them here.

Amy Winehouse's cause of death NOT related to illegal drugs

Despite there being no evidence of drugs being near her at time of death or that her family speculated that her death was brought upon from alcohol withdrawal; people have insisted that Amy Winehouse died of an overdose. Just a few short hours ago a spokesman for her family has revealed that there was no illegal drug substances found in her autopsy, but there were traces of alcohol (source).


This further proves my theory that you can't kill English musicians with drugs.

You just can't.

Today's actual post can be found here.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Kevin Rudolf - In the City

Quick one today, my power could go out any minute now. Yay!

Let's just post something to feel badass with, a song called In the City. If you've heard Rudolf before and weren't impressed, don't immediately discard this song. Sure, it's not the most musically impressive song in the world, but it sure does have a catchy riff and would work excellently in some big Hollywood action scene.

Or you could just put it on in your digital music player of choice and walk down a city without strutting. I dare you not to strut. I dare you.


All it is is catchy riffs. If they don't captivate you I honestly don't blame you, I've heard better too. It doesn't stop me from enjoying it on occasion. A guilty pleasure when compared to the rest of the Rock I listen to.

Buy: CD | mp3

This album (which happens to also be named In the City) is not my cup of tea. I tried it a long time ago, I tried it recently, I just can't listen to it through and enjoy it. Having it start with In the City was the best thing he did as it made me curious for what was in store, however the rest of the album was something different, it was what he was aiming for.

If you like yourself a balanced blend of Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop, you will probably like this album. If you like the fact that Rudolf's guitar work and voice accompany the likes of Lil Wayne, Nas and Rick Ross, you will probably like this album.

If it's not for you, I get you. It's not for me either.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Elizete Cardoso - Chega de Saudade

Chega de Saudade (Enough Longing) is officially the first ever Bossa Nova song, having been the first song in Elizete's album Canção do Amor Demais (roughly translated to Song of Too Much Love, anyone fluent in Portuguese feel free to correct me, it's appreciated.) It's very well known, has been covered many times, and is a flat out beautiful listen.

If you like the feel of Bossa Nova origins, you can't get closer to the origins than here.

She's only considered one of Brazil's best voices. Enjoy her. Chega de Saudade.


If you're interested in what the song is about, here are the translated lyrics. But as one can probably guess, yes, it's a romantic song.

It's officially the first Bossa Nova song because it was the first time João Gilberto's guitar beat was recorded. He later made his own album, titled after the song, which got much more recognition than Elizete's album did, thus often being considered the first recognizable Bossa Nova album. There's no doubt that Gilberto is a founding father of the genre.

Album art for the album that set up Bossa Nova.
Buy: CD | mp3

We have Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes to thank for putting this beautiful album together. Elizete Cardoso's voice only ties it all together along with Gilberto's guitar. The collaboration on this album is top notch, especially for it being 1958. If you give it a clean listen you'll notice these people where thinking ahead of their times.

This is probably the most well known album by Elizete, if you really enjoy her music you should check out some of her other works. There's enough to choose from.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Linval Thompson - I Love Marijuana

Not even a week ago I posted a Reggae song that I really couldn't understand too well. It's message was clouded by a dialect barrier. That's not really the case for today's song, as many of you have most likely already guessed.

Yes, the song is definitely about the Linval Thompson's political beliefs and his personal argument against the system, definitely not about his love for a certain smoke-able substance.

Cough.

His work as a Reggae/Dub artist has inspired many artists from similar genres, and yet his songs go unknown to many others. This particular song is of his best known, most notably because of the movie EuroTrip.

It has a classic Reggae tone to it. If you like that sound, give it a shot.


Personally, I really like how it sounds like he's saying Mar Iguana. It makes my ears smile.

It's a simple song, it's fun and easy to listen to. I'm sure many have smoked to it too, which is odd considering how controversial and political it is.

Cough.


The thing is, the content of this album is perfect. It's not as long as a 'best of' compilation and it has the classic Reggae feel to it, it's perfect. It just hasn't been reissued at the time of my writing this. Upsetting as it may be, it's now a rarity and a gem and if you somehow spot that I Love Marijuana CD on a rack one day, it's in your best interest to buy it, even if just to resell itn Ebay.

Of course, if you really want to get acquainted with more of Linval Thompson, you could still check out the compilation album, Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks. Just be warned that it's long and most people won't be able to hear it all the way through at once.

Maybe you feel otherwise, though. You won't know until you try, right?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Nothing like live music

I just got back now, 6 AM, and I'm deaf. I don't know about you guys, but I find it pretty hard to put up proper audible links when I can't really hear them. I've decided that since at my regular posting time I'll be sleeping, I should just post a bit on what happened and stuff and schedule it for later. Because I can.

Edit: I'm awake, still deaf, but awake. Kinda.

And because there's nothing like live music.


The first three hours sucked, I'll skip those.

I saw Foglia live, it was a bittersweet treat. They showed off their newer unreleased content (so even if I had ears, I couldn't link you to it) and while interesting, I didn't really love it. Maybe I'll grow into it,  I'll probably post about it when it comes out as there's plenty of  English vocals for you all to enjoy.

Some time later, skipping the lame Hip-Hop groups, I saw DJ Craze. He was a real social gem, interacting with the crowd while entertaining even the sound techs. If you get the chance to see him, do. He knows his music and he likes to do spins as he scratches records. It sounds nice, he pulls it off, it's worth a $10 entrance for him alone.


Then there was Calle 13 which hyped everyone up, then some lame DJ's (and I mean 'can't read the crowd' type lame. Lil Wayne is not the music of choice at a Rock/hipster fest), which was followed by some really great Reggae that I'll keep for another post when I can have links and make sure they work, with my ears and stuff.

Summary: If you can go see DJ Craze, do.

I promise a regular music post tomorrow. With links.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Calle 13 - Latinoamérica

Calle 13 (or 13th Street) for those of you who may not know, is a Puerto Rican duo made up of rapper Residente and producer Visitante along with their talented band members.

This particular song is one of the most beautifully composed they've ever made, quickly spreading throughout it's topic, Latin America, and filling it with pride and happiness. It speaks of proud moments like Maradona scoring two goals against the English as well as metaphorical characteristics such as "people without legs that walk."

Thanks to Incakolanews for the accurately translated lyrics.

If anything, enjoy it for it's humble yet captivating musical composition and female chorus.

EDIT: Calle 13 just released the video for the song today, September 27th 2011. It's a beautiful piece that would fill anyone who can relate to with pride. Enjoy!

Que viva Latinoamérica!


The song was originally going to feature Argentine legend Mercedes Sosa, however due to her passing just before that was possible, her spot was filled by Colombian Totó la Momposina, Peruvian Susana Baca, and Brazilian Maria Rita. And yes, it really does take 3 very talented women to fill Sosa's spot.

The song includes so many moments of ear bliss while not going over the top that my hat goes off to the artists involved. Residente's peculiar and often critiqued robotic vocal style really brings out the passion to the song along with his exceptional lyrics that define what to him is his pride. When then followed by Visitantes wonderful music and beautiful, mature female vocals in two languages that I personally adore, it makes for something special.

While it's not necessary at all to be Latin American to appreciate this song (in fact, I'm sure many Latin Americans dislike it), I'm sure that understanding at least a base of Spanish, or maybe fluent Portuguese will aid in enjoying it. It is, after all, lyric based music.

Buy: CD | mp3

I really only suggest the whole album, Entren Los Que Quieran, if you can understand Spanish and enjoy Hip-Hop lyrics with 'real' music. The flaw here is that if you can, you've probably already heard about this and made up your mind on whether you like it or not a long time ago. I try not to post of the more popular music for this reason.

Today is special though, since I'll be seeing them live in just a few short hours, it's hard for me to focus on and write about other music in a way that I'll be happy with. This will have to do.

Let's hope I'm in condition to write a good post tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Miriam Makeba - Mbube

'Mbube', or Lion, was originally written by South African Solomon Linda in 1939 and is a genre defining song as it has since become a genre itself.

It was such a success that it has been remade many, many times, some of these versions becoming more popular than others. I'll explain this more in just a bit; if you don't catch it yourself first.

Today's particular version is by the talented Miriam Makeba. She may also be known to some as Mama Africa for popularizing African music in the United States and the world.

Give it a listen.


Did it ring a bell? It might help to hear the fascinating origin of the song's story as told by The Kingston Trio, or maybe hearing the more popular The Tokens version titled The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Oh yes, oh yes. What original lyrics are:

Mbube
Uyimbube

(Lion, you are a lion)

Have been transformed into 'Wimoweh' which doesn't really mean anything, but is still catchy enough for it to become one of the world's most well known songs. Luckily for us there are talented voices like Miriam Makeba who keep the original language set, even though the lyrics still change significantly in almost all versions.

And honestly, the simplicity of the instruments along with Miriam's wonderful voice really finish it for me on this version. As popular as the English versions have become, Miriam's rendition suits my ears perfectly.

Buy: CD

This is a good album. Maybe stunning to some, maybe less than average to others, but generally I find it to just be good. Nothing over the top, beautiful vocals, variety. It's definitely not monotonous and is a great experimental hear.

It's also fairly long, in addition to Mbube you'll be hearing 23 other tracks with varying emotions and genre styles.

Definitely not for everyone, if you have issue not understanding what's being sang, just don't bother. But if you find sounds similar to the first few seconds of the Lion King's intro intriguing, you might want to give this album and her other works a shot.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Damian Marley - Khaki Suit

This song is weird. If you want now, you can go ahead and get to the video and on your way because I've summed it up in 4 words.

This song is weird.

And since it's been stuck in my head, you all get exposed to it. Enjoy the odd sounds of Junior Gong (Marley) along with Bounty Killer and Eek-a-Mouse.


The song is about, well I can't tell you. But if you can tell me it'd be appreciated. It might just be easier to consider the language 'Jamaican' and be content with not understanding a lick of what's told. If you don't want to accept that, I suggest you change your mind as you read the lyrics.

Also, that peculiar sound we hear right away that sounds like a human/monkey hybrid attempting to sing is pretty awesome, isn't it? I'd love to know what instrument that is too. 

It's because of those interesting points, the dialect barrier and the odd music in use, that I find the song so intriguing. Catchy enough to stick to my brain months after I hear it.

Buy: CD | mp3

It's not the first time I've mentioned a song from this specific album. The album is by no means his best, but it's iconic. Welcome to Jamrock is just a classic Damian album that just happens to feature the hit single of the same name. I'm sure you've heard it.

I recommend it for its variety. If you liked the oddness of this song and Hip-Hop-ness of the first one I posted with Nas, you'll like the album. It's technically Dancehall (Reggae/Electronic mix) but is actually just Damian Marley style Reggae. I can find another true genre where it'd mesh just fine.

But that's just me.

Pomplamoose - If You Think You Need Some Lovin'

Pomplamoose is an Indie Rock duo from California who have been collaborating together since 2008. Today's song is from 2010 and is part of a list of songs that follow a set of rules. If you hear it, you'll see it on the video, no sound altering, etc.

The cute, bluntly put lyrics together with the relaxed instruments makes for a fun song. But odds are if you really like your Indie Rock, you've already heard this. Right? Yes? No?

Even if you've heard it, it's worth listening to again.

So give it a listen.


I might add that the song is only a little over 2 minutes long. The rest is talk about their awesome T's that you should probably buy to help promote them so they can keep making awesome music comfortably. Or not. Whatever, squash peoples dreams like that why don't you.

If you like the song you should really check out everything else they have in their Youtube, which probably has their latest single right there up front with info on how to get it. It also shows you what to expect from their albums. That's nice, isn't it?

Speaking of albums!

Buy: CD

If you liked the above song, it can be found on this one. Hilariously named "The Album You Bought At Our Show (Thanks For That)" it contains songs you'll be able to hear on Youtube, some original, as shown above, and a few covers like their version of Lady Gaga's Telephone. I also assume the album's original intention was to be sold at a show and nothing more. I hope otherwise.

Be sure to check out their Myspace as well as the vocalist, Nataly Dawn's personal channel, and instrumentalist Jack Conte's personal channel. If your ears are bored, you might just find something worth your while in one of those.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mr. Mime - Hey Arnold Theme

A while back ago when I was searching for the nostalgic Hey Arnold Theme, I also found a cover by Funk band, Mr. Mime. The cover is lengthy enough to surpass the originals 30-ish seconds, which means that fans of the tune are in for a treat. It's the longer, non existent version.

If you like Funky Jazzy Rock, you should give it a listen.


Why aren't there more bands with a saxophone in them? Why is this a dying trend?

I've seen quite a few Hey Arnold covers, and this is one of the most fulfilling ones out there. I'm not sure if some of this is improvised or not either. It sounds like a very well synchronized jam session, but the timed "Hey Arnold!" makes that a bit more difficult to believe.

Of course, it's possible they just have great chemistry and could read each other, right?

The most important part is that they're enjoying themselves, their fun can be heard in the cover which really makes it that much better.


The bad thing about bands that have too much fun is that they forget some people might actually want to acquire their creation somehow. While I understand that there's very possibly licensing restrictions for selling the track, giving it away should be fine, and would probably raise their following.

It's called word of mouth and all the good songs go through it.

If you really want more, you'll just have to log on to their Myspace and hit play. If you want even more, you can check out some stuff  by the guitarist, Dean DiMarzo. You can find his Youtube (which features some Mr. Mime stuff) or his Myspace (which currently features a very ballsy The Widow - The Mars Volta cover) or just go directly to his website, DeanDiMarzo.com.

And if you're just hardcore, you can just go directly to them and beg for an mp3. Begging sometimes gives up the goods.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Vulgaires Machins - Compter Les Corps

Compter Les Corps (Count The Bodies, or, The Body Count) is probably one of the better known songs by French Canadian "Punk" Rock group, Vulgaires Machins (apparently Vulgar Things? Someone correct me!) 

The Pop Punk song can be fairly catchy, right near the beginning after a few vocal lines you'll hear a guitar riff that can easily stick with you for a day if you pay enough attention. Don't let the slightly hardcore accompanying riff fool you, that's about as strong as the song will get, making it a pretty balanced song.

Honestly, I just listen because of the catchy riff and because French sounds awesome in just about any genre. Even when they're trying to sound apathetic.

Compter Les Corps.


I'm sure if some DJ took that riff and turned it into some Dance track, it'd have a lot of potential for success. Hint hint. But until someone does, I'll be alright with the catchy Rock version. I'm not complaining.

Now, for me at least, catchy as it can be, I can get tired of it. There's such a thing as too much for me with this one. If that's not the  case for you, you might want to look into the album.

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The album of the same title is also, probably, their most well known album. Having received award nominations, it's no doubt 2006 was their year. 

It's not really a bad album either, for what it is, I just personally can't enjoy 50 minutes of it all the way through. I'd rather just stick to my preferred track on occasion and move on. However the rest of the album does stay balanced. Having leading male vocals for half the album, and leading female vocals for the other half. They give a full experience, so if you like the average Blink 182 songs and the French language, odds are you'll enjoy it.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Nat King Cole - Aquellos Ojos Verdes

The song also known in English as Green Eyes, though literally translating to 'Those Green Eyes', is a very old, very popular Spanish song (we're talking 1920's). Nat King Cole came out with his version in 1959.

As a fairly fluent Spanish speaker, when I first heard this song I was amused. A very harsh accent is displayed all throughout, yet even so his R's roll perfectly. This is a feat even for the singers with vocal exercises that require rolling their R's. I won't get into Spanish class right now, just take my word for it and listen yourself.

Aquellos Ojos Verdes.


For the curious, here's the translation.

Surely not a perfect Spanish performance, but it counts for something. He tried, and considering his background, did fairly well.

Cole had made 3 albums featuring Spanish songs, this was from the second of those, the only one that featured songs in the Portuguese tongue.

Buy: CD | mp3

The album A Mis Amigos (either literally Towards My Friends, or I assume 'For My Friends') is a very.. special album. You won't find Nat King Cole's finest here. What you will find is someone having fun. The album was made throughout Latin America, not just Brazil as stated in some unreliable sources, and features a Jazz singer who probably just made some friends and sang their songs for them.

The album, as well as the other two Spanish albums, have been critiqued very strongly for something that's nothing more than fun. An example would be William Ruhlmann, who stated that Cole "still didn't have much feeling for Spanish."

To these d***wads people I respond: Who are you to tell what feeling he has if you can't tell the album is in two languages?

It's a simple, relaxing  album, with subtle Latin influences in the music. Sure, it's still not an amazing album, but it's fun to leave in the background sometimes. Especially if you speak a Latin based language and can hear that fresh, harsh, American accent trying to represent a very different tongue.

I don't expect many to like this, but it's fun. He deserves some respect for following through with the challenge.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Talib Kweli with Coi Mattison and Life Jennings- Give 'Em Hell

I tend to avoid musical subjects that can offend peoples sensitivities on my posts, however Talib Kweli has written some fairly confusing personal religious views that are worth showing off. This isn't your average every day 'I'm gonna rap about God to show that I love him' as other rappers have done.

No, this is someone who uses his tools, his mind and voice, to vocalize his thoughts and concerns, as was once the basis of rap. You can agree or disagree with his message all you want, that's not what I'm focusing on. I like to see the beauty of his portrayal, an anger lurking in the background that you can feel as his voice trails, explaining what he sees and what he believes.

The man is smart and talented. He's honest with himself and serves as an excellent role model because of that alone.

Give his voice a chance, Give 'Em Hell.


Repetitive as the beat may be, it's also much more musical than what can be found on your average teenager's iPod. It's also much more insightful, who knew philosophers could rap? Or maybe I'm giving his thoughts too much credit.

Buy: CD | mp3

The album keeps similar music quality throughout it, the vocals accompanying nicely. I  do see people growing tired of Talib's lyrics, but that's what it is, Hip-Hop. It's worth checking out just to see if his views fit with you, or if you're more like me, just to admire how he can word things.

He also has one of my favorite qualities in a rapper, he shares the spotlight. Out of the 21 songs on the album (including interludes), only 5 feature Talib by himself. This makes for diversity which makes the album a little easier to listen through in one go. Still not for everyone, but if you enjoy yourself some good Hip-Hop, give it a shot.

Unless you already have. In that case, I like you.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Motown Remixed

I should never have started hearing this album. First I heard a track called Motown Breakdown by Z-Trip, which was going to be today's post but I guess I'm postponing it. From there I heard his Jackson 5 - I Want You Back remix (which was awesome) and found the album where it was featured, Motown Remixed, which features Motown classics, remixed by various DJ's. It's not a perfect album, it varies in sound a lot, but that only means there's something for everyone.

Even you, odd person that doesn't like Motown at all, even you.

Since it's so varied, I'll just put up one of my favorite mixes up and give you all the details on the rest. Keep the post simple, yeah?

Hear out Gladys Knight & the Pips as remixed by The Randy Watson Experience, I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Sympathy for the Grapes Mix)



I can't stress enough how much better the Grooveshark quality is today. Seriously.

So, the song has been tampered with. If this is an issue with your Motown, stop reading right now before you get a heart attack. It does, in fact, get "worse".


And for those of you who don't like reading...

Got your attention! I'll keep it short and sweet, I'm gonna put up the song titles with a link to it, then the artist and some of my comments about the track on the side so you know what to expect.

If you know the song, after hearing the first few seconds you should know more or less what the mix will bring. Nothing fancy as the beats tend to be predictable.

"I Want You Back" (Z-Trip Remix)
 The Jackson 5 - Fun, Mellow, Hip-Hoppy

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
 Gladys Knight & the Pips (Scroll up!)

"Let's Get It On" (Da Producers MPG Groove Mix)
Marvin Gaye - Different, Fresh

"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" (DJ Smash Essential Funk Remix)
Stevie Wonder - Simplistic

"ABC" (Salaam Remi Krunk-A-Delic Party Mix)
The Jackson 5 - Very Hip-Hop

"I Just Want to Celebrate" (Mocean Worker Remix)
Rare Earth - Also Hip-Hoppy

"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Pete Kuzma Solefull Mix)
The Temptations - Lounge/Relaxed

"Quiet Storm" (Groove Boutique Remix)
Smokey Robinson - Smooth, Jazzy

"My World Is Empty Without You" (Tranzition Remix)
The Supremes - Modern R&B

The Temptations - Calming

"Smiling Faces Sometimes" (Main Ingredient Mix)
Undisputed Truth - Funk Pop

"The Tears of a Clown" (Hotsnax Remix)
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Drums, Upbeat, Very hip

"Keep on Truckin'" (DJ Spinna Remix)
Eddie Kendricks - Lively

"War" (King Britt Mix)
Edwin Starr - Drums, Suspenseful, Tropical, Interesting

"Mary Jane" (DJ Green Lantern Evil Genius Mix)
Rick James - Playful, Strong kick drum



If you have a deep undying love for Motown, like me, and don't mind a bit of improvisation, the album is for you. If you can't stand to have your favorite songs switched up a little bit, I'm surprised you made it this far without fainting.

I know what it's like to be upset over defiled songs that don't need to be remade. I've gotten upset. And frankly, some of the remixes here aren't really amazing, but some of them are. This is how to keep the classics with the younger generation, this is how musical progress happens. Maybe some day, because of projects like these, radio stations will play talented music more frequently. And maybe those talented artists will be able to make a living off what they love, instead of having the audience swept away by the ones that don't even try to musically challenge themselves.

I can dream.

The point is, the album is a step in a good direction. Even if it's not 100% perfect, and even if it doesn't appeal to everyone, it does have a positive impact.

I'm gonna go get it for myself now and see who I else I can pass it on to.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Foglia - Dime Que Hay

Today's song is brought to you by Sebastian Foglia and Joel Pierluisi, whom together make Puerto Rican Electro duo Foglia. Though most of Foglia's releases are Lounge/House tracks, their most recent single, Dime Que Hay, is more of a Dance track.

The base of the song is fairly similar to Ducksauce's Barbra Streisand, but the duo keeps the track original by incorporating samples from their local popular 'revendones'. A revendón is a person in a truck full of fresh produce from the farmers markets who, while in his truck and passing slowly through neighborhoods, let's everyone know what fruits/veggies and other goods he has via speakers.

The phrase "Dime Que Hay" means, "Tell me, I've got it" and is popularly said after mentioning a variety of foods. "I've got oranges, banana, pineapple, cassava, carrots, celery! Tell me, I've got it!"

So listen to that a bit while you watch a cyclist act as a revendón and have an interesting day.

EDIT: Soundcloud link is up for free download, I'm not sure for how long though so get it while you can!

The revendón-ness will start at around 1:53, for those of you who can watch Youtube.

The song already serves historical purpose, and at the rate that revendóns are being eliminated in Foglia's island, their potential extinction from the island will make this song even more popular than it's already becoming.

Also, yes, they exist in other countries around the world. I believe they can be found in some countries in Latin America and some of Asia as well. I'm unaware of their names and popular locations, though.


Dime Que Hay  is not currently part of an album or EP. Being a recent and experimental release, it can be found temporarily only as a single.

However, if you're interested in more of Foglia and their Lounge-y House side, you can check out their English site or their Spanish site for the info. Alternatively, you can go directly to the samples from both their albums right here, head over to their first album Foglia or their newest one, Spread The News. Both of which are excellent for relaxing and are albums I might talk about in a future.

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