Saturday, July 4, 2009

Bowie, Bowie, Bowie

I picked up the new Rob Thomas album for my wife today. Here's the cover. It looks awfully familiar...





















It's not just the two-tone-eye thing. I know he covers "Modern Love" in his live shows. Maybe it's some kind of hero worship? I can't blame him if it is.






















I can't find a video of Matchbox Twenty covering "Modern Love," so some FotC will have to do.

Friday, June 26, 2009

We Let Her Down

The Musak at work is weird. It seems to be pretty evenly split between MOR-pop junk that I avoid on the radio, classic rock and indie stuff. That third, well, third of the bunch is what I'm mostly into, and I have discovered and rediscovered several artists and bands thanks to the piped-in wonders of the shopping masses.

I've Twittered about a few of the odd choices that I love, including Doves, Sufjan Stevens and Republic of Tigers. It's the little things like song selection that can make the day that much better.

Now the Musak has started playing the unmistakable voice of Chris Isaak on a semi-regular basis. The song in question is "We Let Her Down" from his latest album, Mr. Lucky. After hearing it a few times in passing, I finally had the time to track it down.

I've been a Chris Isaak fan for years, ever since I first heard "Wicked Game" way back in middle school, but no song has really caught my attention like "We Let Her Down." Lyrically dark and melancholic in nature, it would fit in well with the story-songs of acts like Cracker and the Drive-By Truckers, but no other voice could break the heart quite like Chris Isaaks' own channeling of Roy Orbison.

Oh, and I totally envy his hair, too.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lunch!

While I'm not a big fan of working late, it is nice to be able to sleep in once in a while. I can never fall asleep early enough to get a decent-night's sleep before a normal day, so going to bed as usual and getting up eight hours later is fantastic.

At least it's not a mid-shift. Those are good for nothing but ruining the day. There isn't enough time to get anything done before work, and by the time I get home my wife is wrapping up her day.

A late shift today means one thing: Time to mess around before work. I got to eat a sandwich for lunch, play with the pets and watch a little rented goodness.

Hooray for Netflix! I never had the chance to pick up the live Doves DVD when it was still in print, but renting came through. I don't know I could love this band any more.

With about an hour before I need to get ready and something to hold my attention until then, it's time to relax for a little bit. Enjoy the day.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Say Cheese!

I love fresh mozzarella more than anyone should.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Middle Cyclone

I haven't heard the album yet, but I generally like anything that is New Pornographers/Neko Case related, so I don't see why this would be any different.

That said, the album artwork for Neko Case's Middle Cyclone is totally rad.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Great Expectations

The Gaslight Anthem, easily my favorite new band of the past few years just released the video for "Great Expectations," their third single off of The '59 Sound.



Picking up the album on iTunes gets you an exclusive track, a fantastic cover of Robert Bradley's "Once Upon a Time."

It's bands like this that make me wish that I had the patience to stick with the guitar for more than a few weeks at a time.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Bananas

I like bananas because they have no bones.

War Child: Heroes


I can not encourage everyone enough to get a copy of War Child: Heroes. The concept is simple: One musician picked another to cover one of their songs. That's it. A portion of the proceeds goes to War Child, a charity that provides humanitarian assistance to children in devastated regions.

Even better is that Amazon has the mp3 version of the album on sale this week for $3.99. It's an amazing deal and a good cause.

Here's the link to Amazon's listing: War Child: Heroes

01. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat [Bob Dylan] - Beck
02. Victoria [The Kinks] - The Kooks
03. Atlantic City [Bruce Springsteen] - The Hold Steady
04. Transmission [Joy Division] - Hot Chip
05. Straight to Hell [The Clash] - Lily Allen featuring Mick Jones
06. Sheena Is a Punk Rocker [Ramones] - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
07. Call Me [Blondie] - Franz Ferdinand
08. Live and Let Die [Paul McCartney] - Duffy
09. Superstition [Stevie Wonder] - Estelle
10. Wonderful/Song for Children [Brian Wilson] - Rufus Wainwright
11. Do the Strand [Roxy Music] - Scissor Sisters
12. Search and Destroy [Iggy Pop] - Peaches
13. Take This Waltz (Toma Este Waltz) [Leonard Cohen] - Adam Cohen
14. Running to Stand Still [U2]- Elbow
15. You Belong to Me [Elvis Costello] - The Like
16. Heroes [David Bowie] - TV on the Radio