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…..

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.

Bad cover of the month….
February 13, 2009, 4:37 pm
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Just because it annoys me when labels release bad covers and promote them….

The Sugarbabes had a hit in the UK with ‘About You Now’ which was a song of the week in October ’07. The cover is by Miranda Cosgrove, Nickelodeon’s answer to Disney teen/tween roster and star of the Nickelodeon series iCarly. The track would fade into the woodwork, except of course Cosgrove’s label has decided to make it the title track on the album and push it hard on the entertainment TV circuit.

The original has some great backdrop in London, better musical performance, and better visual performance, but that’s my opinion… You be the judge.

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.


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