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….


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.

New Band of the Week – Audrye Sessions
February 11, 2009, 1:35 pm
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They won MTVU’s Freshmen Five a couple of weeks ago, and look like a band with the legs to become a success. The Freshman Five entry was their video for Turn Me Off. Below you can sample their single ‘Paper Face’ which is a little more frenetic but no less worthy.

The band was formed in 2002 and has evolved into a four piece band from its original two. 2008 brought a series of higher profile gigs, and it looks like the band is starting to crack into the mainstream with appearances at SXSW and NoisePop.

You can hear more at their MySpace page.

Song of the Week – January 16th
January 16, 2009, 9:06 am
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Bruce Springsteen’s contributions to The Wrestler won a Golden Globe this week, but the real hit off the album is Springsteen’s hopeful tone in most of the tracks, especially this week’s Song of the Week, ‘Working on a Dream’. This is more polish/production and less energy than his heyday hits like Born to Run, but much more sincere than 80’s/90’s pop he churned out, like Born in the USA.

You can catch the video and concert information for his tour starting April 1st at his Myspace page or his website. The video below is the trailer for The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke.