Monday Music Roundup
Pop quiz: What do all of these things have in common?
-study abroad (ouch!)
-Mos Def ("I don't see race")
-knowing what's best for poor people
Why, this is all stuff white people like, the subject of a fantastic blog by the same name. Good lord this is funny stuff . . .
Notable related link: Top Ten Rap Songs White People Love with some awesomely excellent videos. Yo VIP. . . Let's kick it.
Brooklyn musician Ari Hest was looking for new ways to challenge the conventional music-releasing paradigm, and decided to try something new in 2008: releasing one song per week and offering fans the opportunity to subscribe to his creativity, as it were. This tune is currently top on his MySpace player and caught my ears with its warm, roots-rock sound, but everything I am hearing spinning on there so far is good. The best-loved songs from this year's "52"experiment will be released as the follow-up album to last year's The Break-In. I think he came through Denver in support of that album playing with the Damnwells but oh wait I missed it.
I Woke Up Today
I'm going to try and see Port O'Brien this weekend as part of the most excellent Noise Pop Festival in San Fran. They're playing at Cafe du Nord, which is the sweatier, dirtier, downstairs cousin to the Swedish American Hall -- where this Oakland band played just a few weeks ago, opening for Nada Surf. This song sounds like a joyous cross between some tribal ceremony and a playground dodgeball riot. I love it, it makes the floor wanna shake.
Gray or Blue
Jamie Seerman is a 26-year-old New Yorker with an earnest, pleasing voice and melodic songs that draw from a range of pop and jazz influences.
Has no one in her management advised her that people hear her stage name and perhaps think of this? Or am I the only one?
In any case, this song packs a limber bassline that stretches and wraps itself around her effervescent strum and playfulness. It charmingly starts with "i feel so helpless now, my guitar is not around" as she tries to memorize everything about the guy in this song, and it makes me feel exactly like I am fifteen. I found myself singing this (out loud!) in a 7-11 the other day, so it must be catchy. Autumn Fallin' is out March 11 on Blue Note.
Ready For The Floor (Jesse Rose Mix)
There's something just a little endearing about the marginally off-key exhortation of lead singer Alexis (guy) Taylor here as he urges me to do it, do it, do it, do it now. It creeps into my subconscious. Maybe it's that borderline-nerdy feel combined with the dancefloor-ready beats that is making Hot Chip such a huge success amongst the kids who don't dance much, and this remix brings out all the parts of the song that I like the best. From their new album Made In The Dark (out a few weeks ago on Astralwerks).
After the agonizing THREE musical theater extravaganzas from the Amy Adams "Enchanted" film last night at the Oscars, I was even more excited about Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova winning for best song. This tune is just ridiculously, impossibly gorgeous and if you've seen the lovely little story soundtracked by it, it becomes even better. The song was originally written and released with Glen's band The Frames in this slightly different early version from the 2006 album The Cost (Plateau Records). Listen here for an injection of tension and fervor with the electric cascades, but it does make me miss Marketa's prominent duetting vocals. "You have suffered enough and warred with yourself, it's time that you won." Good for them.