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Archive for March, 2010

Would you change your name for $100,000?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

This Texas DJ is. Dallas morning DJ Terry Dorsey was given an offer he couldn’t refuse. Eddie Gossage, the owner of the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas called in to Dorsey’s morning show and offered the 2009 Acadamy of Country Music’s Disc Jockey of the Year $100,000 to legally change his name to texasmotorspeedway.com for one year and get a permanent texasmotorspeedway.com tattoo. The host of the Dorsey Gang on 96.3 KSCS took him up on the offer and for Gossage, its genius. He gets free publicity, multiple times every morning for the low price of $100,000.

I’d change my name, but I wouldn’t get the tattoo. Unless I could but it on the bottom of my foot so I wouldn’t have to ever look at it…and he paid for it. Otherwise, I’d pass. The money would be nice, but I’d hate to have to sign anything. That’s not worth my time. Would you? Let me know in the comments.

CD Review – Annuals (A little bit of everything)

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Sweet Sister

Self-Released

This five-song release has a little bit of everything and it’s all good. “Loxtep” is a quirky up-tempo track that sounds like it came of an album by The Bees. “Turncloaking” sounds like an outtake from Radiohead’s Kid A, while the title track is a melding of high energy acoustics and etherial Hawaiian rhythms. “Holler and Howl” sounds like it came straight from a saloon and filtered through a computer. Overall, Annuals take all sorts of genres, twist electronic blips and sounds around them and make the sound completely their own. This is an EP that is guaranteed to get multiple listens.

CD Review – The Go Find

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Everybody Knows It’s Gonna Happen Only Not Tonight

Etherial synth-pop dominates the album, but it makes for some unique music that fills that lo-fi spot in your soul that you didn’t even know you had.

“It’s Automatic” is a quirky lo-fi track that will get in your head and stay there for a long time, while “Neighborhood” sounds like a discarded Wilco track.

Each of the 11 tracks is a gem. When I initially started listening to this album, I wasn’t impressed. I thought it was boring. But by the third track, I was on the same wavelength and completely in the groove. The Go Find may not blow you away, but they will quietly get in your head and stay put for quite a while.

http://www.myspace.com/thegofind, http://www.thegofind.com/blog

CD Review – Proud Simon (Pure Americana? Not so much.)

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Anchors Aweigh

Self-Released

This 5-song EP is what you think of when you think of Americana…or that’s what the press release wants you to believe. In actuality, it’s more pure pop, than pure Americana. The title track has a hint of harmonica at the very beginning and end, but the greater whole of the song is your basic pop song. “Rock Unturned” is more mid-tempo pop that ends strangely with the two songwriters Brian Keenan and Adrian Morgan harmonizing as if the song is shifting in a different direction. But it just ends. The other three tracks are almost exactly the same (“Time Capsule” is a little more upbeat).  Ultimately, there is nothing that is outstanding. The EP is decent, but I get the feeling, while listening to it that I’ve heard this many times before.

http://www.proudsimon.com

CD Review – Lissie (The next great female singer-songwriter)

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Why You Runnin’ EP

Fat Possum Records

Records this brilliant are rarely heard in any genre. Then you realize that this is only her second EP and her debut full-length album doesn’t arrive until later this year. That’s when it hits you just how good Lissie is. There are only five songs here, but each one of them gripped my heart and tugged until I had to submit to her smoky soulful voice. The opener “Little Lovin'” starts off as an innocent little ballad until the bass and electric guitars come in and it turns into an all out foot-stomping and hand-clapping southern revival. Speaking of southern revivals, “Oh Mississippi,” a piano-driven ode to the “mighty river” would probably follow that up with it’s hymn-like quality. Lissie’s voice is so angelic, it almost makes me get down on my knees and thank God for the river itself. The song is that powerful, not to mention it was produced by Ed Harcourt. 

Lissie laments on the acoustic “Wedding Bells,” “I have the invitation that you sent me/ You wanted me to see you change your name/ Couldn’t stand to see you with another/ Dear I hope you’re happy just the same/ Wedding bells are ringin’ in the chapel/ They should be ringing out for you and me.”

On her myspace page under “Sounds like” she put “I mean it.” And she does on every note and every song. When her debut album shows up, I will be the first in line to get it. Lissie is an artist, everybody must hear.

http://www.myspace.com/lissiemusic

CD Review – Picastro (Dark, contemplative, indie folk)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Become Secret

Monotreme Records

Picastro weave a tapestry of artful melancholy, heartache and musical addiction on their fourth album. “The Stiff” is a cello-led mind-screw that sounds like it came straight from a Stanley Kubrick film. The 80 second “Suttee” is the band at its gloomy best with nothing but the band rhythmically beating a box (or something similar) and all of them singing “I will never (sing, love, live, breathe, or some variance therein) again.”

The album is full of minor keys, oddly cryptic sounds (especially on “A Neck in the Desert”) and general weirdness, but it is strangely addictive. It’s just like a Kubrick film. Everything about it is unsettling, but you can’t help but to go back for more.

http://www.myspace.com/picastro

More of my favorite music videos!

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Here are five more of my favorite music videos in no particular order:

Addicted to Love” Robert Palmer (Hot women in short skirts pretending to play instruments to a killer song. I love it.)

Whiskey Lullaby” Brad Paisley featuring Allison Krauss (One of the most heart-wrenching songs and videos I’ve seen. Plus, it has Rick Schroder!)

Weapon of Choice” Fatboy Slim (How can you go wrong with Christopher Walken?)

New York, New York” Ryan Adams (Filmed four days prior to 9-11.)

Keep Fishin’” Weezer (You can’t go wrong with The Muppets!)

Do you have others? Let me know in the comments!

The top five music videos of all-time are…

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

5. “Californication” Red Hot Chili Peppers. By far the best Chili Pepper video and their most innovative.

4. “Hurt” Johnny Cash. I still get teary-eyed when I watch this.

3. “Thriller” Michael Jackson. Still one of the greatest videos of all time.

2. “Sledgehammer” Peter Gabriel. Stop-action at its best.

1. “Fell in Love With a Girl” The White Stripes. If only I were as creative with Legos.

I was watching some old recorded music videos and these are the five that I keep coming back to over and over again. Did I miss any? Should they be in a different order? Am I dead on? Let me know.