Saturday, October 25, 2008

It's Been A Long Time...

Four and a half months without a post! A shame really, but life has been very busy. So here we go...

In my teenage years of the mid to late 1980s, rap music was definitely a way to set yourself apart from the crowd growing up in rural (read: white) America. I loved to come home from school to watch Yo! MTV Raps and Rap City on BET. Eric B. and Rakim were steady favorites of mine with their album, Paid In Full. From start to finish, it's a classic which has stood the test of time, sounding every bit as fresh today as it did in 1987. And if you can find a copy of the Platinum Edition with a second disc of song remixes, I highly suggest you pick it up.

It's been a long time, I shouldn't have left you without a strong rhyme to step to...

I Know You Got Soul (from Eric B. and Rakim :: Paid In Full)

Paid In Full (Remix Jack and Diane) (from Eric B. and Rakim :: Paid In Full - Platinum Edition)

I Ain't No Joke (from Eric B. and Rakim :: Paid In Full)

It's Been A Long Time (from Rakim :: 18th Letter)


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Ting Tings

I (luckily) caught The Ting Tings on DirecTv's freeview of SXSW this past March. I love their sound and catchy rhythms. Much like The White Stripes, it's a two-piece rock band with a punk / do-it-yourself feel. Opposite of The White Stripes, drums are handled by the male, Jules De Martino, while singing and guitar are handled by Katie White.

Now I see iTunes is helping promote them through their latest ipod commercial featuring the song, "Shut Up And Let Me Go".

The Ting Tings will be releasing their debut album We Started Nothing on May 20th!

In the meantime, check them out!

Shut Up And Let Me Go

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Two Man Gentleman Band :: William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was the 27th President of The United States of America (1909 - 1913) and the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court (1921 - 1930).

The Two Man Gentleman Band are S. Andy Bean and Condon Fuller. A two-piece band consisting of banjo and upright bass, with kazoo accompaniment for a splash of old-timey authenticity.

Mr. Taft is the only person to ever hold both top positions of the Executive and Judicial branches of the United States government.

Two Man Gentleman Band released their third album this past February and are current amid a tour which will take them across the country twice in the next 5 months.

Taft was a portly fellow and the last President to sport facial hair in office.

Above, Mr. Bean sports a fedora and Mr. Fuller, a bowler.

Two Man Gentleman Band :: William Howard Taft

From Fat Jokes about Taft :

"Justice [David J.] Brewer of the Supreme Court said that 'Taft is the politest man in Washington; the other day he gave up his seat in a street-car to three ladies.'"

"While he was in the Philippines, disturbing reports about his health caused Secretary of War [Elihu] Root to send a cabled inquiry. Taft cabled back that he was perfectly all right -- he had just finished a twenty-five-mile horseback ride and was feeling fine. Root read that, smiled, and sent off another cable of solicitude: 'How is horse?'"

"What are you going to name it when it comes, Mr. President?" asked Senator Chauncey Depew as he patted Taft’s huge stomach. "Well, if it is a boy I’ll call it William," replied Taft. "If it’s a girl, I’ll call it Theodora. But if it turns out to be just wind, I’ll call it Chauncey."

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Raconteurs :: Consolers Of The Lonely

Listen up! New material from The Raconteurs will be released quickly, this Tuesday, March 25!

This past Monday, The Raconteurs officially acknowledged the album's upcoming release, Consolers Of The Lonely, the band's sophomore album, along with a tracklist and Spring tour dates. The announcement notes that the album will be available through regular stores as well as online retailers and the band's own website in an attempt to get the album to EVERYONE (including the music press) at the same time. The speedy release is an attempt to stop an online leak of the album before it's available for sale.

That will prevent a repeat of the debacle last spring when a Chicago DJ played Icky Thump in its entirety prior to the official release.

Read more from The Raconteurs at their myspace page through the link provided above.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Duffy, I'm begging you for 'Mercy'

At the request of Duffy's label, I took down my previous post.

watch the 'Mercy' video on Youtube

Duffy's Myspace page

Duffy's Official Website

You've got me begging!
You've got me begging!
You've got me begging!
why won't you release me?
I'm begging you for mercy,
why won't you release me?

Pre-Order Duffy's Rockferry through Amazon (if you don't mind waiting until May 13)

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Black Crowes :: Warpaint

The Black Crowes will be releasing Warpaint, their 7th studio album, on March 4.

Their new single, "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution" can be heard in the Press N Play to the left. Sites have been warned by the Web Sheriff about posting the mp3, so I won't be posting it. If posting the song on my blog with a Boomp3 player is unacceptable, leave a comment, I'll take it down.

With the new album just days away, here's a taste to whet your appetite, but remember: Support the artists! Buy the album!

Fork out 50 bucks and go to the concert!

Buy a 35 dollar t-shirt!

And a 20 dollar program!

Hell, spend 25 for a cool hat, too!

Shit, might as well shell out your last 10 bucks on some buttons for the blue jean jacket you've owned since high school!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Meet The Eels

If you've been living under the same rock I have for the past decade or so, The Eels' newly released compilation, Meet The Eels, is aptly titled.

Meet The Eels features the band's hits and favorites while a companion release, Useless Trinkets, presents b-sides and rarities spanning 1996 - 2006, the band's first decade.

Though it took more than a decade, I'm very glad I finally met The Eels.

Read more about Mark Everett (known as E) and his band The Eels at wiki.

...and enjoy some great music!

Mr. E's Beautiful Blues


Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)


Novocaine For The Soul

My Beloved Monster

Souljacker Pt. 1

Friday, February 8, 2008

Flo Rida :: Low

My guilty pleasure at the moment comes from the soundtrack to the film "Step Up 2 The Streets".

give it a listen...

take it home with you...

Flo Rida ft. T-Pain :: Low

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Whiskeytown :: Stranger's Almanac

I am anxious for the arrival of a deluxe release of the Whiskeytown's seminal major label release, Stranger's Almanac . This two disc edition will be available on March 4.

Along with the original album, which included such alt-country classics as "Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight", "16 Days" and "Avenues", the second disc promises to be chock full of outtakes, demos and unreleased songs.

Though I expect many (if not all) of the extra recordings to be ones which have come out through bootlegs such as A Stranger Is Born, I can't wait to hear songs such as "Ten Seconds Till The End Of The World" and the Fleetwood Mac cover, "Dreams" in their shined-up, fully remastered beauty and glory.

From Stranger's Almanac:

16 Days

Everything I Do

and a few extras:

Turn Around

Theme For A Trucker

Dreams (Fleetwood Mac cover)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Shawty Lo :: Down 4 Life

Shawty Lo of D4L will be releasing his major label debut, Units in the City on February 26. The album will feature the hit single, "Dey Know", originally from his underground mixtape DJ Scream presents Shawty Lo's I'm The Man, Part 2.

Couple of bangers for ya...

I'm Da Man D4L RMX feat. Fabo, Shawty Lo, Stuntman and Mook B

Dey Know (Remix) feat. Ludacris, Li'l Wayne, Plies and Young Jeezy

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

VietNam :: Step On Inside

The movie, I Know Who Killed Me, starring Lindsay Lohan, was roundly panned by critics and online reviewers alike (4.5/10 at IMDB and *ouch!* 2.1/10 at RottenTomatoes). I personally liked the concept and I don't blame Lohan for its shortcomings.

Perhaps some people just like to bash.

Maybe I'm no film critic.

Either way, the movie did introduce me to a very cool song. And hence the topic for this post. In the opening sequence of the movie, Lohan is dancing at a strip club while this groovy number plays.

VietNam is a NYC-based rock group originally from Austin, Texas. "Step On Inside" recalls hazed-out Jim Carroll-inspired punk blues while "Priest, Poet and The Pig" is a full-throttle raved-up Dylanesque rant.

VietNam :: Step On Inside

VietNam :: Priest, Poet and The Pig