Song of the Week – March 14th, 2008
March 15, 2008, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Amy Ann Duffy, Duffy, media, Music, Pop, Rock, Song of the Week

Though I try to avoid overlapping with iTunes Single of the Week (many of which are complete garbage) there are times when it just can’t be avoided because they end up with the clear choice for Song of the Week. If you have iTunes, go grab Welsh singer Duffy’s single ‘Mercy’ from her album ‘Rockferry’. Duffy is Amy Ann Duffy, and her vocal style has been compared to Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark, but that doesn’t do the artist or the single justice. 

She’s topping the charts in the UK, but you can sample her music at her MySpace page or her website (neither of which are obvious so use our links).  

Song of the Week – January 24, 2008

This week’s Song of the Week is the latest single from Jack Johnson, ‘If I Had Eyes’. Johnson’s signature acoustic guitar and mellow vocals don’t disappoint, though the lyrics are more somber than we’ve come to expect from the hawaiian native. The album ‘Sleeping Through the Static’ is due out in February.

Johnson is touring in support of the album, and will be in the Pacific in March/April, in the US in June and August including the Bonaroo Festival, and in Europe in late June and July.  

Sample the tracks on his Myspace page, or his website, or just buy the album. Like most of his albums, every track is likely to be mellow and listenable.  jack-johnson-sleep-through-the-static.jpg 

Song of the Week – January 3, 2008
January 3, 2008, 10:37 am
Filed under: Aly & AJ, media, Miley Cyrus, Music, Pop, Song of the Week, Taylor Swift

Teen queen Miley Cyrus has this week’s Song of the Week with her hit single See You Again. I have been debating this one for some time because although the song is a certifiable hit and the album has gone #1 on several charts, it’s tough to avoid thinking of any track produced by a 14 year old as anything other than bubble-gum pop. But Cyrus and her contemporaries like Taylor Swift or Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka (a/k/a Aly & AJ) are producing a rash of hits that appeal beyond the youth demographic.  In the case of See You Again, Cyrus produces a remarkably mature vocal track on top of the solid pop instrumental production.  

So call this the week of the Teen Queen and check out Cyrus’ MySpace page and avoid her official website unless you are under the age of 15 (very Disney and very pink). While you’re at it,  check out Taylor Swift’s impressive official website and sample her hit single Teardrops on my Guitar .    

Miley Cyrus                                          taylor-swift.jpg 

Song of the Week – December 20th
December 21, 2007, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Electro, Kate Nash, Music, Pop, Song of the Week

Kate Nash’s Foundations from her recent album Made of Bricks is this week’s Song of the Week.

There’s been a plethora of talented British female artist finding success this year, but Kate Nash be the rawest of the lot. The electro-pop instrumentals may be sunshine laden, but the lyrics are dark and raw. Focusing on failed or failing relationships provides plenty of fodder for dark songs, but the authenticity of her lyrics draws you in. Mature themes and language make this less mainstream marketable than peers such as Lily Allen, but this is fresh listen.

Her website is still under construction, but at this writing has a few nice freebie downloads. Her MySpace page is a little further along….

Sorry, no photo’s of Kate yet….  trying to find something from her people.

Song of the Week – October 19th
October 18, 2007, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Heart Never Lies, McFly, Music, Pop, punk, Rock

I am generally not a big fan of love songs. ‘Hey There Delilah’ makes my skin crawl. But this week’s Song of the Week is a love song with enough of an edge to make me comfortable. London based McFly touts themselves as the youngest band ever to hit number 1 in the UK album charts. Their ‘The Heart Never Lies” is Song of the Week. It will be released next week and appear on their forthcoming from their forthcoming Greatest Hits album which will include three new tracks, but you can catch the track and video on their MySpace page.
The band has moved on from the pure pop sounds of their early hits and no longer sound like a polished Beatles/Beach Boys cover band. Instead, this track shows a promise of more maturity both musically and thematically, building on the promise of some of the tracks from last year’s album, Just My Luck .


Song of the Week – October 4th
October 17, 2007, 1:39 am
Filed under: Happy Ending, Mika, Music, Pop, Rock, Song of the Week

Mika makes his second appearance on Song of the Week this week with his follow-up hit “Happy Ending” which is currently climbing the charts in the UK. The fourth single from his album Life in Cartoon Motion, this track matches the energy and creative energy of “Grace Kelly”, without as much theatrical storytelling.

Mika’s MySpace
Mika’s Website

Recommended – Fountains of Wayne
June 19, 2007, 2:44 pm
Filed under: Fountains of Wayne, Pop

From the band that brought you Stacy’s Mom; the single ‘Someone to Love’ from their latest album Traffic and Weather…. Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood produce pure pop with a rock instrumentation, a fact that has been underscored by Schlesinger’s cinematic music contributions to 1997’s “That Thing You Do” and 2007’s “Music and Lyrics”. If you like pop and you like light rock (think FastBall), this track is the best from the new album, though ‘This Better Be Good’ is also single material.

The band is doing a limited tour in July and August with a number of outdoor venues….

Fountains of Wayne’s Official Website, and
MySpace page
Fountains of Wayne