May 22, 2006

Monday Music Roundup

Do you want to know what the biggest dilemma of my week to come is foreseen to be? Whether or not to vote on American Idol. Seriously, my life is hard (and I’m such a moron sometimes).

But listen: If I vote, then it is a confirmation to all that is good and holy that I have stooped to CARING about REALITY TV. Lord, no. Even though I am having an American Idol party at my house on Wednesday night.

Here are some good things I have added to my iPod rotation recently:

The 99th Floor
Primal Scream
Riot City Blues, the forthcoming release (June 6) from Scottish post-punk/rockers Primal Scream is a rollicking, bluesy, Stones-tinged romp. Just listen to the sick and sloppy slide steel guitar & blues harp on this one. Also download “Country Girl” over on their MySpace page, another excellent new cut from the formidable UK quartet.

She Doesn’t Get It (acoustic)
The Format
Thanks to Nathaniel‘s insistent love for lithe indie-pop group The Format, I’ve been thoroughly apprised of the upcoming July 11 release of sophomore effort Dog Problems. I was fiercely in love with their perfect pop song “Give It Up” off their 2003 debut Interventions & Lullabies, so hearing that same earnest & warbling voice in this lovely song makes me happy. This is a great acoustic version of a song which will be on their new album — and if you pre-order it on their website, you get a frisbee. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Let Go (solo, piano)
Imogen Heap
As half of the London-based duo/Garden State favorite Frou Frou, the lovely Ms. Imogen Heap recently visited local KBCO up in Boulder, Colorado, and laid down this luminous version of “Let Go,” with just her arresting voice and the ivory keys. Thanks to Don’t Need Anything for posting this.

Strange Days (Doors remix)
Thievery Corporation
I just realized that I am totally unintentionally featuring two artists off the same Garden State soundtrack, which really, I didn’t even love as much as your average 20-something apparently did. However, I am featuring this track, off Thievery Corporation‘s new release Versions, because it just sounded very very good to have a fresh take on The Doors slide across my musical palette. I have been reading excellent reviews of this disc, which features remixes of songs & collaborations with the likes of Nouvelle Vague, Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones, and Astrud Gilberto. Oh, and I am pretty sure that this song was also featured on Alias recently, accompanying Sydney Bristow on one of her (last few) kickass missions.

Jackson Square
Mason Jennings
Acoustic strummer/sing-shouter Mason Jennings also has a new one out called Boneclouds. I’ve listened to it a few times through, and there aren’t the same standout can’t-help-but-stand-up-and-shake-it tracks as some of his previous releases – this one is more consistently mellow and introspective. Mason is a fine storyteller through his songs, and is able to craft tunes through just very simple guitar & drums most of the time. Plus, his voice has a very, very honest quality to it, which I find appealing.

Seacrest. Out.

8 Comments »

  • i am def. with you on the new mason album. its really good but the individual songs arent as great as some of his previous releases.

    i dont have to worry about the voting dilemma…i work tuesday nights and the voting is over before i get home to watch the video.

    Don't Need Anything — May 22, 2006 @ 10:57 am

  • GO KATHARINE!

    I hate my life.

    Lauren — May 22, 2006 @ 11:47 am

  • I would like to see Taylor Hicks win American Idol. He reminds me of Jay Leno and John Kerry’s illegitimate (I hope that is spelled correctly) child. I have nothing against Katharine though.

    I like pop music too but I’ve never heard any foreign versions before. Wait, correction, I HAVE because DDR is filled with them.

    Gamer C. — May 22, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

  • Wow! I’ve just spent the last half hour catching up on your blog! As far as Pearl Jam: well, as sorry as I am to say this, it ain’t 1992 anymore. I guess an aging alt-rock juggernaut’s gotta do what an aging alt-rock. . .gotta do to sell albums. When I finally get some $, I will buy it.

    Dylan’s radio show: damn! Why wasn’t this guy doing this back in the 1960s? Any one of these radio shows are worth 10 “Renaldo & Claras” or “Eat the Documents”.

    Your blog is always educational, in the best possible way. You’re doing something I didn’t think was possible—getting me interested in music again. Thanks and keep up the great blogging!

    John Left — May 22, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

  • i’m likin’ that Primal Scream – and go vote – why not! though i’ve been sad since Paris was kicked off…

    jeffro — May 22, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

  • thanks heaps for the Immi track Heather :)

    supergurg — May 23, 2006 @ 12:25 am

  • That Primal Scream track is the shit! Looks like Country Girl wasn’t a one-off. Can’t wait for the album!

    The Daily Growl — May 24, 2006 @ 10:35 am

  • ooh thank you kindly for the Let Go track :)

    Wes — May 24, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

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"I love the relationship that anyone has with music: because there's something in us that is beyond the reach of words, something that eludes and defies our best attempts to spit it out. It's the best part of us, probably, the richest and strangest part..."
—Nick Hornby, Songbook
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