Bob Dylan – If you have been raised on the Greatest Hits 2 version, it isn’t the solo on piano that flips you out, it is the bridge: “Sure wish I hadn’t had sold my old Vitrola, ain’t nothing like that good ol rock and roller” all that’s missing is the coca cola line – A+
Posts Tagged: Track Reviews 2013
Loud Like Love – Placebo – Bowie for morons with darker hair and arty prescriptions at a minimum, this lead song is real catchy big time rock – B+
But the day belongs to Saint Motel, a band I’ve been expecting to break through for years now. Maybe they are too good, certainly this disco glam workout is worthy of just about any one. A great slice of modern disco.
Laura? I’m working on another story about her, DIIV and Sky? Arrested for drugs. The Clash? A reminder that they could be as petty as the next band. Jimmy Reed? It’s Jimmy Reed, man, why do I need an excuse????
Shine A Light – Rolling Stone – The second to last song on Exile, apparently Mick was better at exiles than exits because this is the perfect song to end an evening as Jahn Xavier proved Saturday night – A+
The Goth and The Thug it couldn’t be more beautiful. Oh the parents who will be confiscating iPods on this one should be overwhelming and I cannot wait for your ‘Moral Majority’ to get a hold of it.
Electric Lady feat Solange – Janelle Monae -A self-portrait from multi-phrenic Ms. Monae in full on r&B mode with support from buddy Solange and horns towards the end – B+
Sex Dreams – Lady Gaga – I have doubts about some of the new album but not this hotter than hell, sweet tip of the tongue stuff, sweaty awesome dance track – A
Love Is Law – Earth, Wind & Fire – This is the EW&F of your dreams, they’ve stripped it down and made it real and this is just a completely beautiful soul song – A
Like A Prayer MDNA World Tour/Live 2012 – Madonna – Just what the world needs? A masterful song performed live for the umpteenth time as part of her worst tour ever. Just wonderful – C
Okay – Holy Ghost! -People keep ion comparing em to New Order but surely LCD is the influence here. This is a terrific dance track with a whompf sample interrupting the proceedings, like a hook that just misses annoying and gets to catchy – A
Charlie Fink and I continue to lick our wounds after being rejected by Laura Marling. I think that would have been my first question: “Hey girl, what were you thinking when Charlie started sobbing uncontrollably? Were you wishing he’d take the night off?”
GiGi is a revelation to me, I’d heard her before on several Doncker songs (A lot of Doncker right, tonight is the True Groove release party), but I finally decided to check her out more and discovered a superb 1998 album One Ethiopia.
Twosongs feature the great Bill Laswell, one with Doncker and one with Jah Wobble, the former Public Image Ltd bassist and one time… taxi driver??? Heading the list is blues rapping Ray!
The song turns epic, going hot and steamy like a wild jungle, with electronic chaos and an enormous sound sprawling like a monster, fueled by synths, horns, saxos, and what it seems to be David Bowie’s voice?
Former Lazy Cowgirls takes his latest band, the wonderfully name rankoutsiders, on a rockabilly rave up here and leaves us the better for it. Meanwhile, Mary has woken up to Vampire Weekend so I refreshed myself before catching em live later this month
Laura Marling? Those four songs art the top of her current release is the best stuff I’ve heard all year and she is playing MHOW on Sunday and Monday -sold out but tix aren’t that pricey and it is a huge gig. I saw her earlier this year and it was the second best concert of the year
Bonnie McKee is being steadied before blowing up big on the scene. “American Girl” is #100 on Billboard and the higher it goes, the better the grade.
The 15 seconds off the upcoming Arcade Fire will get your heart pumping, and the Nine Inch Nails remix is much more Todd than Trent and the better for it. Both Kurtis and Annie are reflections of the Jahn Xavier interview, Pet Shop Boys is a terrific disco
The first three are left over from Electric Zoo and the 1D from the movie, Nine Inch Nails are such a disappointment and Starlight Girls followed rock nyc on twitter. Yes, folks, that’s what it takes to get graded her
Electric Zoo was not the first time somebody has died at a show I’ve been too. Somebody had a heart attack and died at a Patti Lupone show. It was near the start. “Let’s begin again”, she said. “He would have probably wanted it that way.” But TWO people…
The first song is a terrific piece of country pop and the alternative version on Bootleg Vol 10 just proves how something so simply on the ears can be so difficult to achieve
The Gram Parson song is a complete masterpiece and I never remember it by name, I always call it “I’m Your Toy” which makes a lot more sense than “Hot Burrito # 1” which makes zero sense to me in passing strange
The two best songs of the week are here, two shout outs to Neil Young is here, two songs from one of the best rock and roll albums of the year is here, two crazy chicks, and two from a top UK disco band called Rudimental who were so great Wednesday night in Central Park.
The choking lyrics are perfection and lyrically- those poshy bastards can wield a pen that’s for sure. Hell, this could be my anthem if shit get cray.
King Krule’s debut album may be major, people are talking about the new Franz Ferdinand and I actually like that album a lot, but Krule sounds like a modern day variant on the Billy Bragg that brought us Life’s A Riot With Spy Vs Spy
Starting with the desire to bring things back to the beginning, the beginning is way too well and Mathew Mathers 2 won’t do that, if only because Rubin (if not Dre) ain’t gonna let him
Franz Ferdinand who haven’t released new material in four years, have ground to make up and surprisingly enough appear to have done just that but just about everything on this playlist is worth your time.
1 thru 7 were played at the VMAs on Sunday night and # 1 was a song I was least conceived of on Kweezy’s latest album, now revealed as another flat out masterpiece.
Sean, Ellie, Klanarussell and Matt are all off the current UK charts, Paulie is part of my continuing rundown of the best selling songs in the past 55 years, George Jones is part of Spotify’s ongoing attempt to get his entire catalog in one place
Three of these are a reflection of Friday’s Amy gig, and one of these is a reflection of Steve Crawford’s Jerry Lee Essential list elsewhere here
Yeah, it is weird, but I kinda like “Sway”. The rest of the album is nothing much but Blue October got that one right for a change. In the meantime, let’s get ready for the VMAs
Meanwhile, this reflects, the following shows over the next week or so: the Cult, Amy Grant, Perez Hiltons Pre-VMAs, the VMAs, Ty Segal and the Zoo!!
Meanwhile, “Spoonful” was a highlight of Monday’s Summerstage and “Candida” was the Tony Orlando track that was “Tie A Yellow Ribbon”.
I wonder why Mayer wrote this stuff, or Superchunk? Do Superchunk think, hey, we do it because this is what we do? Somebody somewhere will… well, what will they do?
The intricacy of the different beats and sounds used has always been their forte, but this tune brings it above and beyond anything they’ve done before.
2 – # 5 all reflect recent deaths which is always depressing enough but the weekend has meant a constant diet of Lil Mo and Afro Jersey to me and that is where my ears lie.
So I guess at least in the UK the world is all Gaga all the time, “Applause” hit # 5 two days its release!!! The Ellie song at number one is also surprisingly good
I Could Get Used To This – Li’l Mo And The Monicats – This country classic is an original.? No way. Well, I’ve just spent half an hour looking for the original and can’t find one. This band burns with talent – A
Say What You Mean – Allison Weiss – Title track off her new album, catchy as hell dumping song, the verse is especially snazzy and the guitar break a pleasure – A
The incredible quartet hailing from Cali have the Oberst ability to tug at heartstrings, the Joyce Manor ability to pack a punky punch, a Brand New ability to be both hardcore and intensely sad.
She got together with Bonnie McKee, her collobarator on “Teenage Dream”, “TGIF”, “California Gurls” and came up with a rewrite Sara Breille’s “Brace”
After six years Linda Thompson is back with an eagerly anticipated first song since 2007. But will she tore?
Who Knows Where The Time Goes – Sandy Denny – This is a very precise and beautiful solo take on the song given a more vigorous workout by Fairport Convention. Given added by poignancy by her early death, it both sees time as immoveable and watches as it disappears – A+
Is there anything in music lately that doesn’t remind me the Black Keys?
Mercy – TV On The Radio – There was a time two years ago when TVOTR felt awful finished to me, their Radio City Music Hall gig was a disaster. But this rocking thunder trap mover gives a person faith – A-
Why is the world of S&M and organized religion so similar? It’s all grovelling, flagellation, self loathing and worship – D
Crash My Party – Luke Bryan – Whatever you wanna say about “If You Ain’t Here to Party”, and I am no fan myself, at least it was fun, unlike this maudlin bullshit – D+
Juicy – Notorious B.I.G. – I consider Biggie the equal of Cobain, the one undeniable voice of hip hop. Simply put: the greatest. I should write about him more – A+
Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchel – written for Leonard Cohen many many years ago and now part of a larger landscape of perfect days – A