Thursday, September 30, 2010

earworm of the day: blue sky noise

Blue Sky Noise [Vinyl]yup, a whole album has been lodged firmly in my head. just like the previous hobbs post, circa survive's latest album blue sky noise has been on repeat for several weeks. i can't seem to get enough of the thing. not sure if that's a good thing or not but hey, they're great songs so who am i to resist?

particular favourites are through the desert alone, the longest mile, i felt free, frozen creek and dyed in the wool. love!

Monday, September 27, 2010

show and prove

it would seem that i've been remiss in my duties. i've only managed a measly four posts plus this one. booo me.

this was going to be an earworm post but i'm not hooked on one song at the moment. i've actually been listening to a full radio broadcast over and over again that just seems to get better each time.

you may have heard of a little style of music called dubstep. well the lady credited with bringing it to the masses is one mary anne hobbs, bbc radio 1 dj extraordinaire. for the last fourteen years hobbs has been championing new and underground styles of music. she's played everything from analogue bubble bath to afro warrior. sometimes it's brilliant, sometimes not so much and every so often it was magic.

marry anne has left radio 1 to pursue other career options but is still planning on djing and staying firmly entrenched in all things b-side.

this post is about her last show at radio 1 that aired on sept 9th with special guests kode9 and burial. i've been listening to this thing for two weeks now and will probably be listening to it solidly for another two. there are so many gems in this set that i don't know where to start so instead i'll just link to the set list and you can see for yourself.

if you haven't heard of these folks and you like hip hop, ambient, breaks or dub inspired music then i suggest you acquaint yourself with them.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

whaddya say now push ups?

you may not recognize that lyric from sam amidon's new album i see the sign but credit for that goes to sam's flair for improv. i love it when entertainers try and play with their sound and set during shows because it makes each show different and a little more special.

i had a chance to exchange a few words with sam before the show and was more than a little star struck. i'm afraid i came off like a bubbling fool but it was a pleasure to meet him.

the show was great. sam played some old and some new. we had sing alongs and there was even a surprise tears for fears cover thrown in the mix.

what i've always enjoyed about sam's music is how heartfelt it is. these are old songs about our great grandparents yester-years and yet they are still relevant and touching. i can feel my heart breaking pretty much every time i hear saro because we've all been apart from loved ones at one time or another and it's hard work keeping that love in one piece. saro doesn't say it but it feels like that was a love that lasted.

sam will be on tour in the states and canada for a while yet. at some point closer to winter i believe he'll be in the uk. check out his site for tour info and go see him if he's in your town.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

earworm of the day: fuck you (no really, that's the name)

oh cee-lo. i always smile when i hear your soft dulcet tones (i didn't want to link to this video because the other one is a lot better in my opinion but you need a youtube/google account. if you have one, hit this link instead.)

if you didn't know the name of the song it would be the last thing you'd expect to hear in the chorus. the song is sweet and funny and catchy as hell. this is the kind of pop music that your grandparents will be singing when they hear a radio friendly edit (which is on the way).

cee-lo's new album "the lady killer" should be out this coming december. he's got a pretty good band of horses cover floating around for "no one's going to love you". again, the video is better if you just close your eyes because it comes right out and says that if you don't "take the leap" with your girlfriend, she'll leave you while you're sleeping in your car. it doesn't make any sense but that's what happens when film school drop outs shoot your music video. you get an all to literal interpretation of the songs lyrics.

anywho, i dare you to listen to this new single and not hum it for the rest of the day.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

earworm of the day: you're so great

You're So Greatif you have paid attention at all to my wandering musical tastes over that last few years then you will have noticed that bands along the lines of blur don't feature prominently. there is a very simple reason for this, i didn't like brit pop any more than the people making it liked being called brit pop. sometimes things that you don't like catch you off guard and slap you in the face with a song like this.

my appreciation of blur has grown quite a bit over the years but that's because i find damon and graham to be interesting people. you're so great and coffee and tv (which makes me cry like a little girl with a skinned knee) are at the top of a very short list of blur songs that i love. good on you gentleman. i was happy to hear that you kissed and made up so to speak.