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CD Review – Ayler Young

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Back in the City

Self-Released

The debut from Ayler Young is equal parts acoustic, jazz, blues and classic rock to get the overall “cool” feeling that permeates this record. That’s a good thing.

The title track is a radio hit waiting to happen. It has everything; the perfect beat, infectious melody and Young’s smooth, smoky vocals. Then it’s followed with a Van Morrison-ish “Sweet One.” The jazz piano gets the spotlight on the opener “The Beast” and DJ Logic adds his turntable skills to “Tripping Out.”

Ayler Young’s debut is perfect for anyone who enjoys singer-songwriters of the ’70s like Van Morrison and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

http://www.ayleryoung.com

CD Review – Dot Allison

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Room 7 1/2

Arthouse Limited

Dot Allison’s voice is equal parts arresting, whimsical and annoying. On her latest album, Allison either enraptures you, or pisses you off. Her voice on tracks like the languishing “Fall to Me” is barely audible among the droning ambiance. Her collaboration with Peter Doherty (of The Libertines and Babyshambles) is a Brit-rock treat with their back-and-forth wordplay lighting up this otherwise low-key record. The harmonies with Paul Weller on the acoustic “Love’s Got Me Crazy” save the otherwise lackluster song.

I had never heard of Dot Allison before and after listening to this album, I can barely say that I’ve heard her at all. Her voice is airy, light as a feather and the music follows right along. This album did not capture my attention. The only thing it really did was put me to sleep.

http://www.dotallison.com

Steven Seagal: Man Whore?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

According to a complaint filed by a former employee, Steven Seagal apparently hires young women to be 24-7 on-call sex slaves. The accuser filed a civil suit against Seagal saying that she answered an ad to be an executive assistant only to find out that that meant banging Seagal whenever he felt like it. Evidently, the only way she escaped was by running to a waiting cab that sped away as Seagal and some of his goons tried to chase her down a week after she was hired…no doubt because of her outstanding resume.

This sounds just like one of Seagal’s movies, except he hasn’t chopped off anyone’s head…yet. Hero Seagal meets Villain Seagal. Villain Seagal keeps a stable of hot, but unwilling women that does his bidding out of fear. Hero Seagal rips limbs of every one of Villain Seagal’s 274 henchman and brings them to Villain Seagal on a silver platter. Hero Seagal rips head off of Villain Seagal by grabbing his nostrils and pulling. Vixens are so taken by Hero Seagal that they miraculously become a stable of hot, willing women.

Seriously, I can’t figure out if he thinks he’s actually that desirable, or if he’s finally realizing that he’s getting fat and old and he needs to utilize his Viagra-fortified mini-Seagal on unsuspecting really attractive women. He’s not the Sultan of Brunei. He doesn’t have billions of dollars and a friggin’ country that he can lure Playboy models to.  He’s a seriously out-of-shape “actor” who can’t take that his career is now made up of direct-to-DVD movies. So he will make real life a movie. Why not? The movies that he’s putting out now, he’s barely in anyway, as Cracked.com found out.

So, Mr. Seagal, you could probably kill me by ripping out my intestines with your ever increasing double-chin, but at least I don’t have to force women to have sex with me. And I’m not pretending to be a “lawman” either.

CD Review – Blind Pilot (iTunes Session)

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

iTunes Session

If you have not heard Blind Pilot, you need to. This group is the quintessential alt-country group. And their sound is near-perfect on their five-song live iTunes session that includes two new songs.

The harmonies are what really makes the songs come alive, especially on the live versions of “One Red Thread” and “3 Rounds and a Sound.” The new track “Look at Miss Ohio” is Blind Pilot at their subtle best. They have an incredible knack of keeping their sound low-key, but still getting into your soul. Before you know it, you’re hooked. This session is perfect for fans of Blind Pilot or, if you have never heard them before, this is a good sampler for you. You will probably want to store a few bucks back for when you no doubt will get their debut album 3 Rounds and a Sound.

http://www.blindpilot.com

CD Review – Everybody Was in the French Resistance…Now! (If you hate Avril, you’ll love this!)

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Fixin’ the Charts (Vol. One)

Cooking Alley Records

The duo Everybody Was in the French Resistance…Now! (Eddie Argos from Art Brut and Dyan Valdes from The Blood Arm) are here to correct everything that is wrong with pop music; by creating answers to specific songs. For instance, they take specific elements of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” to create “Billie’s Genes.” Essentially, the song is telling MJ that yes, the kid is your son. and “you probably have more kids around the world screaming ‘daddy.'”

They also take on the talentless Avril Lavigne on “G.I.R.L.F.R.E.N. (You Know I’ve Got A)” in response to Avril’s “Ricky” ripoff “Girlfriend” where she tries to steal another girl’s boyfriend. (Way to show how “punk” you are.) EIITFR…N! come back with “You know I’ve got a girlfren” and shoo her away.

Classics and traditional songs are also subject to scrutiny. Martha Reeves and the Vendellas’ “Jimmy Mack” (“Hey! It’s Jimmy Mack”), “My Way” by Frank Sinatra (“My Way (Is Not Always the Best Way)”) and the 17th century ballad “Scarborough Fair” (“A Scarborough Affaire”) are also brought up to date with spoken narration and the feel of a Broadway musical.

Everybody is in the French Resistance…Now! does an excellent job with the (rather humorous) retorts to popular songs and they incorporate elements of each song into their strange electro/alternative/musical formula. The first time you hear this album, it is pretty good, but it is one of those albums where you say “That was pretty good,” and then bury it next to that Hanson album you never listen to.

http://www.cookingvinyl.com

UPDATE! texasmotorspeedway.com is not a DJ!

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I posted yesterday that Dallas DJ Terry Dorsey had agreed to change his name to texasmotorspeedway.com for one year and get a permanent tattoo with the name for $100,000. It turns out that this was all a big April Fool’s Joke! I gotta say, that was one of the better pranks I’ve seen. Well done!