Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11

I'm not sure what better way to welcome the number 12, than to start with 11. So today, I decided to post some Rodrigo y Gabriela, a stunning duo who I've grown to love over the year.

Today's song is a simple yet intricate listening. It weaves through the ears, making itself both an easy listen and a deep one.

Give it a shot.


If you'd prefer yourself the album version, check with the above Grooveshark link. The sounds are obviously more professional, but the show is also part of the magic. Seeing how the two make such sounds together is always a treat.

It should also be noted that the song is a tribute to Pink Floyd. It's not very obvious on its own, but after hearing a selection of their other songs, the influences become a bit more obvious.

It'll be especially obvious on this album, which is also titled 11:11. On the album, every song is a tribute to an artist that has influenced them.

Buy: CD | mp3

The great thing about these tributes is they're not covers. They're just the inspiration from a band or musician left in song. The result is a beautifully varied album that has the unique duo's air to it.

The tributes are dedicated to everyone from Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Dimebag Darrell, to more Latin influences like Paco de Lucía and Ástor Piazzolla. You have no idea how happy I am with the selection. If any of those names hit home, you'll be just as excited when you hear it.

The best part is probably that you can make sure if you want it before you make the decision. They've put the entire album up themselves on Grooveshark. You can find it here.

Alternatively, it seems they've put their entire collection on the site, so if you've already heard 11:11 you should head on over to their Grooveshark profile and see what they've got for your ears. It shouldn't be disappointing.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Disciples of Hell

Many others would just post Yngwie Malmsteen and forget the whole Rising Force thing, but I find it just a bit too special to leave out. More professional sounding, which is more than fit for this 80's Metal band.

And really, I just like it when the whole band gets recognition. I get that Yngwie and his guitar are the main focus here, but the band definitely does its part.

For today's track though, enjoy the talents of a finely played guitar first, before getting into a darker song with the whole band.


That minute long intro where he shows off his talents to somewhere not even near his peak? It's moments like those where I say "I would pay to see this person play live". Such moments don't happen often.

I've not yet had the pleasure of seeing Yngwie live, either.

The rest of the album follows through with the sound. Bursts of talent, clean vocals and plenty of guitar work are common as well as my ever cherished guitar solos.

Buy: CD | mp3

The album, Marching Out, puts Yngwie's technical ability on a pedestal while keeping that beloved 80's sound fresh and alive. But of course, such would be expected from a great.

It varies from interesting titles like I Am a Viking, to interesting entrances like Soldier Without Faith.

If you haven't heard the album before for some reason, you really should. Given of course that you don't mind a good slice of 80's Metal. It's definitely worth looking into.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The George Shearing Quintet and Orchestra - If I Should Lose You

It was over a small gathering listening to the contents of my music library that a question popped up. It went something along the lines of:


"Hey, do you have any George Shearing on there?

"Mmm, no. No I don't." 

"Damn, no one ever has George Shearing.

Needless to say, I now have the fine talents of the blind, Anglo-American Jazz pianist on my library. I take people's recommendations to heart, and I ended up with today's vintage post.

What you'll get is a classy, dated sound, with some gentle Latin influences. At least for today's track.

Give it a listen.


It's also short and sweet and to the point. Music to put on and leave on as you go about your daily routine. Great for a casual listen.

Maybe not as great for an in depth listen, seeing as this is movie music. The original was composed for a film score for the 1936 Rose of the Rancho.

The rest of the album has a similar sound. I can't say for sure that none of them are originals, but I know that a lot of them are classics from the 30's and 40's.

Buy: CD | mp3

I was recommended by my guest's nostalgia Black Satin, from 1956. It's a real treat to listen to in its entirety if you're in the right mood.

I consider the album just a notch or two above rainy mood music, keeping the Smooth Jazz elegance while daring to be just slightly faster. It'll put many to sleep, but those of you who can enjoy that place shouldn't be disappointed.

It's also meant for a nice short listen. Just a few minutes over the half hour mark, it's no doubt the album is to be enjoyed fully before switching to something with more substance. It's well made and I recommend it.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Luísa Maita - Lero-Lero

I only just learned about Luísa's lovely voice a little while ago. She was brought to my attention after a Céu post, someone mentioned her name and similarity which caused my curiosity to peak.

All this leads to today's post, a relaxing Brazilian song with beautiful female vocals.

Give it a listen.


Smooth, simple, and a tiny bit repetitive. Not many will notice that last bit due to the fact that there's a beautiful Brazilian woman dancing awkwardly and singing over the music, but the rest of you should notice that the song basically just loops 3 times or so.

I'll mention, this wasn't my original song selection of the day. Originally, I was gonna go with Alívio (Relief), which is a lot smoother while showcasing more talent. Not only was the song not on Youtube, but it'd also mislead opinions of what the album might be.

Buy: CD | mp3

You can find the lyrics for today's and all the other songs on the album's free digital booklet. It contains enough info to tease you into wanting the rest of the album. A fascinating detail would be how she was named after a Ana Luíza, a song by Tom Jobim.

The tease is fairly successful, the problem with me was I was told about her as a similarity to Céu, and this album falls a little short. It's a wonderful album, great for relaxing, but it can also drag on a bit.

The band is also fairly decent, but they don't really exert themselves on this album. It would've made a notable difference.

If you liked today's track, give the album a listen. You might be pleasantly surprised and find yourself some new 'chill' music.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Angélique Kidjo - Summertime

Summertime is one of those songs with many interpretations that I enjoy. The base of the song is usually always beautiful, and the artist's interpretation is the cherry on top. Finding the right cherry for your Summertime sundae can be a bit of a task.

Angélique's version is stunning, but might take a few some getting used to. It's sung in her native tongue of Yorùbá and is backed by an amazing sounding chorus and fairly modernized music.

Give it a listen.


I love the beginning, sounds of nature against a beautiful voice. Once the 35 second mark hits and you get that bass-y percussion in there, I was won over. I only wish I could understand her version, see what she changed and what she had to say. Maybe one day I'll find out.

You'll notice the end of the song is "ruined" by the sound of French radio. If you'd like a clean version, you can find it on her Best Of album, Keep On Moving. An excellent listen in itself.

But I featured this one for a reason, because I heard this one album, Jazz A Saint Germain. It contains a collection of songs dedicated to the French 1950's Jazz scene.

Buy: CD

This album has a problem, that very same problem is also the appeal. It's confusing, I'll explain.

Very few of these tracks sound very much like the actual Jazz scene from 50's France. There are songs like These Foolish Things as sung by Jeane Birkin and Jimmy Roweles, which are believable lounge tracks. I can understand them being on the album.

There's also songs like today's Summertime which, though obviously representative, are very different to the classic sound, or even the sound of the rest of the album.

The album ranges from modern to classic sounds, from interesting, like Brigitte Fontain's version of La Caravane, to slightly dull (for me..) like I'll Be Seeing You as performed by Francoise Hardy and  Iggy Pop.

Overall it's a great album to please everyone. Well rounded, probably too well rounded. I can't see many people out there enjoying every song on the album, and in my opinion that's a big downfall. If however, you were to play something for a group of people, this is an excellent album to play. Given of course that the group likes Jazz-ish sounds.

Monday, December 26, 2011

The Mannish Boys - Rude Groove

There's just something about modern Blues that's a little off to me. Then again, these guys aren't the most talented around. I think it's just a bit too happy for me.

All the same, it's not hard to enjoy The Mannish Boys. Maybe not as good as something with pure soul and ache, but good enough for me to dedicate a listen.

Today's track is a little long, but also contains some pretty decent displays of talent. Lend it your ear.


Something is still just weird to me. Maybe it's his voice on this one, maybe my ears are just spoiled, but something doesn't sound as well as it could. To me, anyway.

This isn't to say it's a bad song or that the band is in need of help, though. I like what they do, I enjoy the music, and to be fair, this isn't my favorite song on the album.

Buy: CD | mp3

Lowdown Feelin' is a half decent album. The problem is it has the potential to be great and you can tell it falls a few steps short. Not the best thing to witness, but it happens.

A couple of songs here and there that sound more like rock than Blues (like When I Leave) water down the overall impact. Sometimes the reverse Bluesy-ness of it all works though, like on the first track, These Kinds of Blues. Appropriately titled.

Honestly, maybe it's just me. I'm a little spoiled, I like to hear a voice that's suffered when I hear that specific sound. It's not just telling a story, it's acting it out. If that means little to you though, you might wanna give the album a chance. It has some fresh sounds and is worth the listen even if you're hesitant.

This all being said, though, there are better Mannish Boys albums. I intend to write about another soon.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Yellowman - We Wish You a Reggae Christmas

Considering this post is being posted on Christmas day, I'd say it's appropriate. Which is fun because people don't normally consider Reggae as appropriate for Christmas. I like pushing boundaries!

Today's song isn't anything stunning. There are no amazing vocals and no noteworthy musical background. It's just a Christmas classic Reggaefied into something equally catchy.

Give it a listen.


Sure there's some different lyrics in there, it's part of his style or something. I could come up with a million reasons why it's okay, but I'll just start it off with "because there's a million other versions with the exact same lyrics" and be done with it.

I don't love the track, but given the day and the opportunity to put it on instead of something more commercially acceptable and worse on the ears? This song is amazing. Some might say it's a life saver.

I can't say the same thing about the album, but it's got a few good ones in it.

Buy: CD | mp3

Now, I know what you're thinking. "When did Santa get so sexy?" My response to this is, that  isn't Santa! That's Yellowman in his Christmas album, A Very, Very Yellow Christmas.

I'm perfectly aware it seems like a train wreck. The cover isn't exactly appealing, the title is a little disturbing if you have an active imagination, and what exactly are you in position to kiss under that mistletoe?

All this aside, the album contains some pretty off putting songs that would be fit for the Christmas party from Hell, while also showing off some half decent versions of Christmas classics.

Song titles include everything from Children Saw Mommy Kissing Yellowman (...), the funnier Jamaica, Jamaica, We Don't Got No Snow, and an interesting version of the 12 Days of Christmas, which honestly has more of the true meaning of Christmas than the original. That was an interesting listen.

If you're gonna throw a Christmas party and you want everyone to hate you, you might want to use this album. If you want  a Christmas chuckle, you might want this album. But if you love Reggae for its meaningful lyrics, deep bass, and harmony, this is one you can skip. Trust me.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve with D4

A couple of you asked earlier in the month if I would be featuring more Holiday music, since it's December and all. I understand this, and maybe if I had, I'd have made a few more page views, get closer to my goal. The only problem is that I can't take the Christmas music too much. I turn away from radios, avoid big malls that exploit said holiday music, and enjoy my own selections.

It's not that I don't like it, it's music, I love music. I just can't take Christmas music every day, let alone for more than a few hours. A song here and there is fine, but otherwise it gets tiring.

Then again, to me that music isn't even representative of my holidays. An accurate representation of music for my holidays includes waking up friends, family and neighbors in the early hours of the morning, and asking for food and alcohol in return. It's all explained in the below video.

Yay, subtitles!

This is one of the reasons why I'm more than happy to be living and staying in my beautiful home. To anyone who couldn't see it, an assault "asalto" is a "parranda". Friends and family visit you while you're asleep making noisy music about food and drink while you feed them and give them to drink. They won't leave until you do.

I'll mention that all of the songs in the video are real, and that there are quite a few more. Add to those the improvisation and there's enough song selection to last an hour or so before moving on to the next house.

Yes, the next house. Because one isn't enough. You can't get drunk on one house alone! You go to one house, steal their alcoholic content and food, then invite them to join you over at the next stop. This should continue until around 8 AM where people are already starting to wake up and would hence be useless. It's less fun to visit people while they're awake.

The video is fairly accurate. It's missing a few details, like the above mentioned fact that you take the victims with you  to the next stop. It's also missing the percussion. Maracas, clave, güiro, and panderos (which are called tambourines in English, but are basically large tambourines without rattles or bells).


These instruments tend to be used more often because no matter what your level of intoxication, they're easy to play. The end result sounds something more like this. (Between a couple dozen drunk musical participants and an even larger chorus base, I'd say it's even stronger.)

Merry Christmas/Christmas Eve to all fellow bloggers and readers who celebrate it. And if you don't, just be happy I'm not near enough to wake you up in the morning asking you to feed me.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Major Lazer (featuring The Partysquad) - Original Don

I'm late for this one. Or rather, I've made myself late because I wasn't sure I wanted to post it.

This is the duo's most recent single/video and it's going viral for pretty obvious reasons. I have my issues with the music, but it's still entertainment. In modern day music, that can be an important factor.

Give it a watch. And if you have speakers, go for the listen too. Why not?


Let's skip the music for a second and focus on the video. We've got awesome blade-choreography, a granny so cool she actually reminds me of Mamy Rock, and Diplo with sandwiches. It has all the ingredients to be a viral success, which is what I'm assuming they were aiming for.

Now the music. Diplo? Switch? I am disappointed. As a duo, these guys are capable of putting through a fresh sound (I've written about it) but to use this song as a single is just sad. As a song on the album/EP, that's fine. But a single? Come on.

I guess the video makes up for it and stuff. While watching it, the song sounded pretty neat to me. The only reason I realized I didn't like it was because I heard it with my eyes closed this one time. If you want, give it a listen without the video. Go for it. Maybe it's just me.

Buy: mp3

An EP dedicated to this thing. I'm not sure what they were thinking. Actually, maybe I'm just expecting too much. They were never true genius, just nice, catchy, and something original-ish.

To me, for the most part, the album was about as boring and monotonous as your average Reggaeton album. If you've never heard an entire Reggaeton album, let me tell you that not many people do. The reason they don't is because it's monotonous and boring. Are you catching my drift here?

I kinda liked the The Party Squad and Punish Smash Em remix, it had a hint of Christmas bells and some half decent DnB sounds. But, everything else was just a disappointment.

This is my opinion. Feel free to make your own, give the EP a listen here. It's short.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nestor Torres - El Dorado

I've been saving this post because I can pretty much write it with my eyes closed and my hands tied behind my back. It's great, and it's something that should be saved for when I have a little less time. Like today!

Today's song is from Latin Jazz flautist Nestor Torres, and if you like your wind instruments, your Jazz, and some 90's magic, the song will be for you.

Give it a listen.


Instantly hit with the 90's-y synthy keys. If that's not your thing, the flute comes in quickly to sweep you away. A little guitar work, some extra details and you've got a nice fun little piece.

It's also the first song on the album, and it's a great way to start it. The song puts the talents on a pedestal, but nothing over the top. It won't drown out, it keeps things at the just right level, while preparing you for the rest of the album.

Buy: CD

I have fond memories with Burning Whispers. I was brainwashed with the album as a kid. It's been years since I've heard it, and playing it again was such a rush of memories that I had to lay back, close my eyes and bask in memories of times where I had no worries.

Needless to say, I have a positive bias towards it, so I'm trying to keep this as real as possible. Bare with me.

The album has a very strong 90's feel to it. It's not the most attractive Jazz sound, but he makes it work. It helps that he shares the spotlight and allows the other instruments to manifest themselves. It keeps the sound fresh.

The variety in song is also pretty sweet. Everything from the general sound of today's song, to baby making music like the album titled Burning Whispers, to more fun songs like Café con Leché, to songs that are made for exposing talent like Triple Threat (Crazy Flute Man), and I almost forgot, but one of my favorite versions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow comes from this album as well. (Brainwashed, check it for yourself!)

Oh, and if you've never heard an accordion on Jazz? Check out Passion Fruit. It's amazing how well it works.

If you're fortunate enough to have Grooveshark function for you, and you like what you've heard so far, you can give it a listen here and see if it's for you. You're welcome.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Coldcut - Colours of the Soul

First thing's first. Today's song can alternately be called "Colors the Soul", however I feel that since the duo is English, the song name should keep its original state. Now that that's out of the way...

If you haven't heard of Coldcut, what you're missing out on is a chunk Electronic music. Lots of different variations on it. I'll take some time to point those out in a bit, or you could just take my word for it. I won't mind.

Today's track features Dom Spitzer on vocals (and/or maybe something else. They're not very specific now are they?) and it's a chill track. Reminds me of waking up to a good day, myself.

Give it a listen.


It's just so relaxing. It starts off with a vintage movie intro, or at least that's what I make of it. Then that bass comes in with the light guitar and near psychedelic vocals and just.. the whole thing ends so perfectly for me. A great example of how to use samples with original work to make something stunning.

I'll say it goes a little too well with my mood right now, though, so my opinion may be a bit biased since the first time I heard it I didn't enjoy it near as much as this round.

And if the song isn't your thing, that's actually fine. If you like your Electronic based music, the album might be for you.

Buy: CD | mp3 | Vinyl

The album is varied in sound, and it's amazing. It wins over points with songs like The Island Earth and the album titled Sound Mirrors, which show their versatile Electronic background.

It also goes down a few points to me with songs like Everything is Under Control which are more like generic money makers. I don't mind much when artists do that, but having those extremes on a single album isn't satisfying.

Overall if you actually haven't given this one a listen and like your Electronic music, I'd be giving it a shot right now. It's not the best, but it's decent.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Kajinaga Daishi - Jitsuroku Shonen Hanzai Kikagaku

I don't post J-Rock very often, and it's not because I don't like it, it's more because a lot of it sounds the same. Considering I'm proud of the versatility of my posts, it just wouldn't make sense.

Now, this one song isn't my favorite by Daishi, but it's the only one with a functioning Youtube video, so it's the one you all get. If the heaviness isn't your thing, read onward and you'll see some difference in style.

For now, why not give it a listen?

Listen at Grooveshark


Don't ask me what it's about. Something about crime science. If anyone knows for sure, please indulge us! The original Japanese title is 実録 少年犯罪奇科学.

So I kinda dig this. It starts off in some odd imitation Linkin Park intro, and then goes into some catchy more Hard-Rock riffs. The song isn't a masterpiece, but it has all the qualities a success needs. That might be why it's the only one I can find on Youtube...

Also, I don't know if it's Kajinaga Daishi or Daishi Kajinaga. I do care a little, and I'll fix this up if someone comes along with the insight. (It's Kajinaga Daishi as explained by Anne in a comment right here.)What I do know is that the album itself says Kajinaga Daishi as "Daishi", who is the lead singer of what you've just heard.

Eventually he lost his ego and the band became known as The Romeo, but not before releasing this one album, God Japanese Monster.



Not the easiest album to find. Had it not been a gift from my favorite Japan-obsessed friend, I would've never even heard any of this.

I wouldn't consider today's track the best of the album either. My personal favorite is Strawberry Talk Show, you can hear a Jazz influence in the bass, and a slight Classic Rock feel over-all. It's a happy sounding song.

Lullaby comes in close second. A bit rougher, yet still very Pop. It's got more of a Japanese brawl in an alley feel for me, and I enjoy that.

While both of those songs are closer to the content of the album than today's does, they're still pretty far from par. I'm not a fan of the whole album. Most of it will sound most like Another File, minus the creepy intro. It's a generic Pop-Rock that could easily blend in with the other J-Rock bands out there. The only thing that kinda wins over some points are the frequent guitar solos, but it's still not something I can hear regularly.

If you're still interested and happen to be have Grooveshark work for you, you can listen to the whole thing here. You're welcome!

Monday, December 19, 2011

All the Empires of the World - We Rest in the Valley (Free Download)

I'm not usually a gigantic fan of Post-Metal, so if you are, keep that in mind and multiply everything good I say by at least 5. I think that'll be alright, just for this post.

Now that that's been said, if you're not a particular fan of the Post/Death-Metal-ish stuff, I might be throwing this a bit over the top. I've gotten myself to admire these guys.

This track is about 8 minutes long, so listening to a minute or two and then skipping to 5:14 for a few more will get you the gist of what it's about, if you'rein a rush.

Give it a listen.


At that point at 5:14 I want to warn that there is some screaming. If it's a turn off, know that it's scarce both in this song and in the album. It exists, but it doesn't bother the sound too much.

Though really, who doesn't like the sound of depressed agony? What's wrong with you?

Alone, the song is just alright. It's not hard to listen to, it's just not amazing either. The thing is, it shouldn't be listened alone. I post the song as a tease, let you know what you're getting into. If you just like it, listen to the album and you'll enjoy it even more.

Free Download/Listen on Bandcamp

And since it's free to listen and to download, you can afford to check it out. The whole album, Return, is just 4 songs long, though admittedly they're fairly long songs and will occupy a nice chunk of time to listen to. Emphasis on the "nice" part.

A con I found was that at times I found myself humming other songs. Maybe certain riffs reminded me of these songs, or maybe my attention wasn't fully captivated. The first time I listened to the album it wasn't the best experience.

However, there were moments that captivated me. It's those moments that let me give it a second more intense listen. It was rewarding.

If you're interested, I do not recommend waiting to download it. Their previous album was also free, but it's not that easy to find anymore. It's a pity, because it seems to have had some amazing Post-Rock. I'm sure it's not impossible, but all I can currently find on their Bandcamp was Return. General Googling didn't help much either. So I insist, if you like it, download it soon!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Apocalyptica - Master of Puppets

After all that was yesterday/this morning, I'm feeling for something just a little more educated. Something with substance, something that might almost make me feel like an adult.

Some of you may know that Apocalyptica were originally a Metallica cover band, those of you probably know today's song version already. The rest of you are in for a treat. This is Apocalyptica before their drummer, it's a raw cello and it works nicely.

Though it's fairly less Metal than their other stuff, it's still a very clear version of Master of Puppets and deserves a listen.

Give it one.


See? Less Metal, no lyrics, and yet still that same wonderfully addicting song. They did a fine job of bringing it to life. I like how it turned out, without the extra bang that it would have now that they've evolved.

And if you know it well enough, you can even sing along. If you do and you happen to record it, let me know!

If you like the song, the album might be worth a listen. It's appropriately titled "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos".

Buy: CD | mp3

It's a neat little album, but don't let the Metallica name sway you. You have to have an appreciation for the cello to truly enjoy this, and maybe not being a complete Metallica junkie would help. The songs aren't perfect, but they're working with nothing but four cellos. It's almost unbelievable.

There's other classics on there like Enter Sandman (Links to a music video!), but honestly, to a Metallica fan all of these songs are classics. Some sound better than others, I would recommend:




Just so you can get a feel for the band at their highest moments, with momentum, change of pace and elegance. I'd say Metallica would be proud, but it's already known that they are.

I enjoy the album. Whether or not you will is up to you, but if you like cellos and enjoy Metallica, I'd at least give it a listen.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Robbie Rivera - Makes Me Feel Good

I'm not exactly feeling for this today. I'm not exactly a fan of this song. Actually, some might say I don't like Robbie Rivera and that I've been dreading this day for a week now.

I'll explain in a bit.

The song is catchy, maybe a bit repetitive but, well, it's not that bad.

Give the Electro-House track a listen.


It's like party music. It's generic, but the best way to enjoy it is with bright flashing lights in the dark while highly intoxicated.

Exactly how I'll be listening to it, later tonight.


It's not the only somewhat-catchy-while-intoxicated-song he's got, but most of the other ones also come from his most recent release, Dance or Die Part 2.


It's not currently for sale, but if you check his Soundcloud you can listen to some (most? All?) of the tracks on it. It'll be released in just a few days, December 19th.

If you're actually curious, check out the promo vid here.

And if you want something free, check out his remix for Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. While you're over there, there's some free remixes on his one track with DJ Aero and Tommy Lee called Ding Dong (remixes > original!)


I find it kinda sad that I was suckered into paying this ticket. This guy will be the highlight of my night. Last time I had Diplo to look forward to. This year it's this guy. I'll get to see The Devil from Acapulco again, and David Solano (who I did not mention last time because he was that good). Maybe I'll have fun after I stuff myself with Jager or something.

Anyone got some alcohol I can permanently borrow?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Dizzy Gillespie - The Pushers

Sometimes I just can't help but bring back legends from the past. Today's song comes from 1964, and though the fine talents of Dizzy Gillespie may have earned the name, I still believe it's necessary to say that it's been composed by Mal Waldron, another fine talent.

That being said, it's still pretty obvious that Dizzy brings this one to life. If you like your Jazz trumpet, you'll enjoy today's track.

Give it a listen.


Chills down my spine just to hear the great. That one dip at around 1:37? I can only compare the sensation to flying. Or a mysterious night at the casino, that kinda works.

You can find this song and many other beauties on the soundtrack for The Cool World.

Buy: CD

Which for a soundtrack, sounds pretty damn awesome. In fact, you could not mention it's a soundtrack, and it'll only sound off for a little bit. Totally worth checking out.

It's got gems like the less Dizzy Coney Island (with amazing flute work after 1:30), to the more fun Coolie. Find those, hear them, see if it's for you.

But even if it is, getting the combined albums might be a sweeter deal.

Buy: CD | mp3

It's literally the same CD with another CD on it, that one being Dizzy Goes Hollywood, which is a great listen itself.

The second album is all about movie theme covers. Considering this is back in the mid 60's, some of these themes might seem fresh and original to a lot of you. That's probably a good thing, though.

Some notable songs on this end include Flying Down to Rio's Carioca (a favorite), Mondo Cane's More and Breakfast at Tiffany's Moon River.

Maybe the length of one album is good enough for you, but the albums vary in style. Neither are Dizzy's personal work, but they're both great examples of fine talent. If you get the chance to listen, do. You shouldn't be disappointed.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Apollo 440 - Electronic Civil Disobedience

I can't help but be in the mood for this weird ElectRock mix going on. It's got the right amount of Funk going on to leave you bobbing your head, and enough lyrics to make you try and sing along.

Or maybe it just sounds a lot better after sucking up the album. We'll get to that in a bit.

For now, just give the track a listen.


Actually, this wasn't even the first song I was gonna post. It just fit the description best. If you want the better FunkRockTronic track (to D4's ears) check out Check Your Ego.

The vocals in today's track are by Jay Dunne. I personally dig the gently shouted style he's got going on, mix it together with the modernized music and you get something interesting, if nothing more.

And really, this is just one of the few songs I don't mind on the first CD. The 2 CD album has some very harsh differences, I'm not sure either of them would sit right with the masses.

Buy: CD | mp3

Disc 2 of Dude Descending a Staircase is my personal favorite. It's more relaxing, easier to doze off into an alternate brain wave and enjoy something different. Tracks like Christiane define it for me.

The first half however is much more hectic. A few good songs like Hustler Groove can be found, but there's also track after track of what seemed to me like humbled chaos. I admit they may just not have gone over nicely with my mood. Songs I'm referring to sound like Disco Sucks, which might sound alright alone, but one after the other...

The end result is a decent album. Nothing too great, balanced but rarely heard in the music library. Chuck the first half though, that's something I can really enjoy. Again, maybe it's the mood.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Le Butcherettes - Henry Don't Got Love

How about some modern day Punk to freshen up the day, yeah? Not Pop-Punk like so many of us are used to, but legitimate common era stuff. Rebellion, simple chords, snappy lyrics.

I'd heard about this band before over at Jim's Fear. It was my mistake not to look into them back then, but it's an acceptable mistake as eventually I got around to hearing their latest album. (I'll hear the other one eventually, give me time).

Today's song starts off with a catchy riff, it can easily stick to you for an hour or two. If there's anything to criticize, maybe it's a bit long for what it is. I personally have no issue with the length, though.

Give the song some love.


Too noisy? Don't worry, try and find yourself the acoustic version. It's pretty.

Instantly captivated by her voice pieced together with this somewhat angry music. The drums are a bit Pop-y, but with a slick voice like hers, it's almost surprising she hasn't exploited it into full on Pop. Regardless, I really enjoy the end result.

It doesn't take much for me to start anticipating and singing along to "IIIIIIIIIIII'm green when you kick me". I could almost imagine it in concert.

And if you didn't quite catch the lyrics, the Henry seems to be a reference to Henry Miller. I love this because as far as I can see, they (or her) are comparing themselves to Henry's style. After hearing the album, I find it an appropriate comparison.

Listen/Buy at: Bandcamp

I got to this album via social mediums. Someone mentioned it being their favorite album of the year, and me being curious, decided to look into it.

Then I found out that Omar Rodriguez-Lopez plays the bass on, and produced it. My inner fan-boy started showing as I got myself the album.

While I'm not sure if it's album of the year for me (I would've had to listen to more albums from this year...) I did find an odd connection with it. At first I just liked it, but when it came to picking out just one song for today's post, I felt an internal conflict.

It really is hard to pick just one song for everyone to listen to. They tend to a variety of tastes and do an excellent job catering to them. Everywhere from simpler written songs like The Actress That Ate Rousseau, to stronger songs that'd make the Punk founding fathers proud like Bang!, the album is full of something to be loved by the average rock lover.

I'd mention them all but I'd go on and on. I recommend hearing it all on Bandcamp. That much is free, after all.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Clayhill - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

Potentially one of the longest song titles I've featured, today's track is gonna be a mellowed out, slightly melancholic sounding song from Folk-Rock band Clayhill.

If their name doesn't ring a bell, don't feel bad. I don't remember them ever getting big exposure through the radio, and they disbanded quite a few years ago.

But that's fine because they left us with today's song. Give it a listen.


I can see this not being for everyone. Actually, it's not even always for me. There's something I find generic in his voice, the simple  guitar doesn't help the overall sound, and yet I find myself listening to it easily after a 2 hour Prog-Rock session.

Maybe it's a good "checkpoint" song. That's to say, you've made your ears go through a lot, it's time for a breather, a checkpoint.

Or maybe I'm just being way too hard on it. It's a decent song, and the album isn't exactly terrible either.

Buy:  mp3

In fact, I'd say it's pretty well made. There's two general feels to the whole album: Somewhat depressing and happy fun.

Wanna hear a more fun song? Check out Northern Soul (which can also be found on Small Circle or Moon I Hide). You'll notice they still sound the same, it's acceptable. Nothing stunning, easily copied, but a decent listen.

The album? Well it's easy to listen to. If for anything get it for the lyrics which aren't badly written. Not the best either, but tolerable, listenable.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Chega de Saudade - Yo-Yo Ma

It's not the first time I've mentioned this song. It's a Brazilian classic, and as I have such memories with that music, it's hard not to touch a few classics more than once.

If you'd like more of a background on the song, I'd recommend my first post on Elizete Cardoso's version. But come right back to enjoy this one, with the lovely voice of Rosa Passos to back it up.

Enjoy.


A truly exceptional version. Ma and his team do the song justice, keeping it as refreshing and light aired as intended, but changing enough so that it's a unique piece.

Some people actually say it's flawed for a Yo-Yo Ma song, saying there's not enough cello in it. While I would agree and say that it should have a project name instead of Ma's, I also love that he doesn't need to be  the center of attention on his music.

In my eyes, the cello is just right, and it'll be just right on the rest of the album.

Album art for Yo-Yo Ma's Brazil themed release
Buy: CD | mp3

Obrigado Brazil (Thank You Brazil) is an album full of Brazilian classics as portrayed by Ma and a few other extremely talented individuals.

Putting aside the emotion and dedication that went into the album, it's also a great "Best of Brazil" compilation album. I don't think anyone else could handpick the perfect songs to summarize the reasons why people love their music. (I would've added Aquarela do Brasil, myself, but that would take away from the heavy Choro inspiration.)

If you enjoyed today's song, just know you'll like the album. If you need some convincing, listen to the talent in Alma Brasileira, a grand piece originally composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos.

But if you're looking for something more fun, well, this album is still the way to go. Check out Ma's take on Brasilerinho, a classic by Valdir Azevedo.

If that doesn't even do it for you, skip the album. Maybe enjoy something else by Yo-Yo Ma?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The 5th Dimension - Up, Up and Away

To most, this song is a forgotten classic. Some haven't heard of it at all, and for shame. Luckily, I'm here to freshen up your ears with those awesome sounds of the past.

This isn't one of my favorite songs of the era, but it's a nice listen.

Give it one.


This was a late 60's Pop hit, so for the younger ones among you, don't feel bad if you don't remember it.

And then maybe you have heard it, but it sounds different. That'd be because it's been covered by quite a few artists. Some of my favorites are by Diana Ross or The Impressions.

And, for the younger ones again, it might ring a bell because the lyrics were used on The Prodigy's Hot Ride. In my opinion, not the best way to use Jimmy Page's lyrics, but it doesn't hurt me either. Plus the video is cool, things get forgiven.

Buy: CD | mp3 | Vinyl

This album.. it's not for everyone. Most of it isn't even for me, and I usually love the vintage sound.

It has that initial push with Up, Up and Away right at the beginning, and then it kinda just keeps sinking. I think I'd enjoy it better if the track list were re-arranged. I'll try that. All the same, it's just my opinion.

Maybe knowing that you shouldn't expect up-to-par with this song could make you enjoy the album more, I don't know. If you're feeling brave, I say go for it.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Café Tacuba - El Fin de la Infancia

It's been a while since I've posted about this band, and this particular song is less lovey dovey and easy on the ears than last time.

This time, the song is more of a Clowney (thank the trumpets) Ska-Punk with very Latin tendencies. And being a Mexican band, well, you'd hope those tendencies are in there.

Give El Fin de la Infancia (The end of Infancy) a listen.


Maybe not as Punk as some might hope it to be. I think it's fair though. The song is upbeat, fairly simple and rebellious.

About that rebellion though, I won't translate the whole thing, but some notable lyrics include:


If you want to conquer us

You'll have to burn us alive

or

Will we be capable of thinking on our own?



It's no doubt they were unhappy when written, and the end result is particularly strong if you understand it.

Unfortunately, this is just another song I can listen to without the album at all. While I do have some fond memories with a couple other songs on it, for the most part, this is the only song I actually kinda like.

Buy: CD | mp3

Just because it's not my thing, doesn't mean it doesn't have to be yours. Search for it, give it a listen and see if it'll fit. If you like trumpets, the album will be pretty full of it, in my opinion.

I don't know what it is exactly that turns me off. It's pretty varied, there is talent going into both the music and lyrics, I just can't bring myself to fully enjoy it.

It's because I don't know that I still insist, if you enjoy today's song you might enjoy the album. If you find it, give it a listen.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Toots & the Maytals - 54-46 That's My Number

It seems to sound like classic Reggae today. Some of you won't recognize the song, and a lot of you might nostalgia your brains off.

Either way, it's a decent song, and if you like Reggae at all it won't be hard to listen to.

Lend it your ear.


If it doesn't make much sense, it's a song about being in prison for possession of marijuana. His number, or prisoners tag thing, was 54-46. Cool huh?! Even though technically he claims to have made up the number anyway. Doesn't matter.

The point was classic Reggae, and you probably can't get more classic than this. Toots & the Maytals were some of the first to use the word in an album. Plus the song was one of the earliest most successful Reggae hits.

This might be the best place to look into if you want to become a Reggae-Hipster. Start right here with Sweet And Dandy, and end in some more obscure album that I've probably never heard of.

Buy: CD | mp3

There's a few other memorable gems on the album. If today's song didn't ring any bells, you might wanna try out the ridiculously over-covered Monkey Man out to see if you don't switch your reaction.

With those two songs alone, I'd say you have a clean view of what to expect. 40 minutes of old, Ska transitioning Reggae. It's not a bad listen at all.

Now it can get a little repetitive to some, but I think it'll hold up just fine with the Maytals' music. If you get the chance to hear it, take advantage.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Roberto Fonseca - Over the Rainbow

Roberto Fonseca is a Cuban Jazz pianist. His talents and roots display evenly throughout his music, making it a fun listen with just the right amount of twist.

Today's post will be a treat for fans of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and light mellowed out Jazz. Roberto's version of the track is gentle, delicate, but interesting. It's definitely worth it to listen to his fingers caress the keys.

Give it a listen.

Over The Rainbow by Roberto Fonseca on Grooveshark

That.. almost put me to sleep. I really shouldn't write about such lovely music while tired. You're all lucky you get a post today!

But really, it's great for leaning back and having a good day with. The intro might be a little different than expected to some, depressing is the word for it? But soon it catches on and turns into that tune that most of us know well (give it about 2 minutes).

If you enjoyed it, I'd recommend a look at his debut album: Tiene Que Ver.

Buy: CD | mp3

Fonseca leaves us with beautiful simplicity. The Jazz that's easier to listen to. There's great piano work and a supporting band that does a fine job.

About half of this album can be found on the later released Temperamento, including Over the Rainbow. The debut was easier to find, so it's my recommendation, but both albums have the smooth elegance of sound to it.

And since I already went through the trouble of finding it myself, well, the link is up there for the other album if you want it. Look into both of them, it's  matter of taste.

How? Well you can find Tiene Que Ver on Grooveshark, and Temperamento on Myspace.

Thank me later. Enjoy. And if you do, support the guy.

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