OK Go – This Too Shall Pass (Rube Goldberg)
March 16, 2010, 9:32 pm
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One of the finest pieces of entertainment engineering ever….

Another Sad Day for Boston Radio
July 16, 2009, 6:57 am
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The Boston Globe’s Coverage of the end of WBCN, Boston’s legendary rock station….

It’s interesting to see radio professional lay the demise of great radio stations at the feet of the iPod. I guess the choice to consumer from a personal media player is a major threat, but I would think that internet-based discovery of new music and the ability to purchase/stream just the tracks you want are really the culprits. That’s not an iPod thing, that’s a digital media reality. The problem that we face now is that instead of corporatized DJ’s determining what new music will be ‘discovered’, the key decisions on what’s going to succeed are being made by the folks that make product placement and website design decisions in iTunes.

Song of the Week – March 20th, 2009
March 20, 2009, 10:55 pm
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Shameless pop from the UK; Scouting for Girls have this weeks Song of the Week with ‘She’s So Lovely’. The single and album have been out for a year in the UK, but never made it across the pond, so it’s fair game for SotW.

Scouting For Girls – She's So Lovely

Song of the Week – March 13th, 2009
March 13, 2009, 1:58 am
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K’Naan is a Somali refugee who settled in Canada with his family. HIs hip hop is crafted with influences from old line rappers and world music from diverse corners including Youssou N’Dour of Senegal and Wyclef Jean. The track ‘Wavin’ Flag’ of his latest album ‘Troubador’ can barely be described as hip hop, unlike most of the album, but it’s an exceptional track and this week’s Song of the Week.

It’s worth owning the studio version, because it is beautifully produced, but here is a live version done recently…the message is carried more than adequately even if the performance doesn’t have the polish of the album.

Song of the Week – March 6th, 2009
March 6, 2009, 12:44 am
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Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” has been on the charts for 9 months now, but the single and video for “Poker Face” also off her “The Fame” album is now climbing the charts and is getting a ton of airplay in my house. This is a serious case of an artist not needed more help, but if the main release doesn’t sell you, perhaps the cabaret-style acoustic version recorded at the office of Cherry Tree Records. The Lady can genuinely sing and play keyboards.

…and a more mainstream live performance at a live German music show….

…not sure what the four teens standing around looking awkward are about…..

Alesha Dixon – The Boy Does Nothing
February 16, 2009, 5:03 pm
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Not a Song of the Week, but this mambo piece by Alesha Dixon is a lot of fun….

Song of the Week – February 13th, 2008
February 13, 2009, 5:19 pm
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This week’s Song of the Week is ‘Falling Away’ by LA’s Jupiter Rising, a hip-hop duo made up of veteran San Diego musician Spencer Nezey and vocalist Jessie Payo. They describe the music as “state of the art pop, with clever twists”.

Their album, ‘The Quiet Hype’ will be available March 17th.