Song of the Week – January 9, 2009
January 9, 2009, 12:27 am
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James Morrison’s ‘Broken Strings’ from his new album ‘Songs for You, Truths for Me’ is this week’s
Song of the Week. ‘Songs’ is Morrison’s sophomore effort, and show’s the benefits of 2 years of growing and touring following his debut effort, ‘Undiscovered’. Morrison’s style is slighly reminiscent of James Blunt, perhaps bit more soulful. This track also features Nelly Furtado in a very understated duet.

He’s much better known in the UK, but will be crossing the Atlantic this year to tour for four weeks in the US followed by two months in Europe. You can find his music on his MySpace page or his official website.


James Morrison, Songs for You, Truths for Me

James Morrison, Songs for You, Truths for Me

Song of the Week – December 19, 2008
December 19, 2008, 8:10 am
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UK rockers Glasvegas have this week’s Song of the Week with ‘Geraldine’.  The Glasgow based band chose a combination of Glasgow and Las Vegas, which is fitting when you hear the glam rock elements in their style.  Glasvegas (not to be confused with Marshvegas, Chris) have been touring extensively and are beginning to be known in the States, two years after becoming fairly well known in the UK for their first single ‘Daddy’s Gone’.  

Glasvegas is in the US in January, and touring for 6 weeks in Europe before returning to the States to tour through March and April. 

You can check out their music on their MySpace page or the band’s official website.

Here’s a cool live performance of the Song of the Week.

Song of the Week – December 12, 2008
December 13, 2008, 11:17 am
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Kings of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’ is this week’s Song of the Week. The debut single from the album ‘Only by the Night’ was Sex on Fire, which hit #1 in the UK and did well on US charts as well, but Use Somebody is more remarkable musically, and is just starting its chart ascent.

The band hails from Tennessee, and produced several albums of southern rock influenced music before define their own style. They have been compared to the Strokes, and you can hear some similarity in this track to the Strokes recent ‘You Only Live Once’, but Caleb Followill’s soulful vocals add character missing in the Stroke’s efforts. Caleb is joined by brothers Nathan and Jared and cousin Matthew Followill.

Check out both tracks at the band’s MySpace page or their own official site….

Song of the Week – October 31, 2008
October 31, 2008, 9:00 pm
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The Killers new single, ‘Human’ is this week’s Song of the Week. 

I’ve been a Killers fan since their first album, but some of the singles have been forgettable. This is vintage Killers, a nice blend of melody, poetry and upbeat that draws you in and keeps you interested through the whole track.

You can listen to the full track at the band’s website.

Song of the Week – October 24, 2008
October 24, 2008, 5:28 pm
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This was an easy week. Hip hop artist T.I. released another single off his Paper Trail album, “Live Your Life”,and this one features Rihanna, but the most remarkable thing about the track is the use of samples of the “Numa Numa song” (actually “Dragostea din tei” by the Moldovan band O-Zone) made famous as an internet lip synch video by Gary Brolsma in December 2004. Managing to produce an edgy, musical hip hop track while using samples from the Numa Numa song is an impressive feat, and deserves a Song of the Week nod.

The video of Live Your Life is not due out for a couple of days, but I will post it as soon as it is available. In the meantime you can check out the track on MySpace or TI’s official site.

The preview:

In the meantime, the original Numa Numa Dance….

Song of the Week – October 17, 2008
October 17, 2008, 3:18 pm
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Nickelback, better known for swaggering rock anthems, earns a Song of the Week for the simple, vulnerable “Gotta Be Somebody”. It’s hard to imagine that the band’s last album was released 3 years ago because the single ‘Rockstar’ got incessant play in the Fall of 2007 and Spring of 2008 after releasing late in the cycle, but the new album ‘Dark Horse’ is due out November 18th. If this single is any indication, Dark Horse will surpass the band’s prior successes.

You can check out the single ‘Gotta Be Somebody’ on the band’s website.

Song of the Week – October 10, 2008
October 10, 2008, 4:25 pm
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The Song of the Week this week is ‘One Day Like This’ from English band ‘Elbow’, from their album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’. The best comparison that I can make is to say that several of their tracks sound like Coldplay but rougher and with more soul. The band is from Manchester, UK and is currently touring in mainland Europe.

The album came out this spring, but the single just caught my attention. It’s an excellent track, but weighing in at over 6 minutes long, it was doomed to get little airplay. Their other hit off the album, ‘Grounds for Divorce’ doesn’t strike my fancy, but fits into traditional radio playlists better and got more airplay.

You can hear a sample of their tracks at their MySpace page, or better yet watch the video here. Check out the band’s site, which has one of the coolest user interfaces I’ve seen in awhile on the intro page of the site.