The Fact Sheet Friday Fiver: Vol. 1

Okay – if you read Tuesday’s post, then you know all about this new feature.  If not, well go read Tuesday’s post and then come right back. 😉

The “Friday Fact Sheet” Fiver:  Vol. 1

Here goes nothing.  Putting on my poker face – you’ll get no opinion on these from me, for or against, until I comment later.  I want to know what you think of them.

They may be new releases or older songs.  I may have found them on my own, may have been sent tracks from labels, promoters or the artists themselves.  But, neener – I’m not telling…you just get the facts – or more specifically, the links to find the facts if you’re so inclined.

Listen, then comment and let me know what you thought!

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1.  Matisyahu:  One Day (A Cappella)

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Release Date: August 25, 2009 on the CD  “Light”

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Random Factoids: “One Day” was the theme song for the 2010 Winter Olympics.   Matisyahu is an Hasidic Jew.

2.  The Do:  On My Shoulders

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Release Date: (US) April 6, 2010 on the CD  “A Mouthful”

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Random Factoids: The duo met while composing film music – they are based in Paris, and “Franco-Finnish”.

3.  Andy Kim:  3 Days in Heaven

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Release Date: March 30, 2010 on the CD “Happen Again”

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Random Factoids: Yep, this is the same Andy Kim who wrote “Rock Me Gently” &  “Sugar, Sugar”  in the ’70’s.  Still going, he’s recently worked with Broken Social Scene, Metric, Ron Sexsmith, Finger Eleven and many others.

4.  Parallels:  Dry Blood

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Release Date: February 2010 on the CD “Visionaries”

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Random Factoids: The band’s first single was written via email.  They are Canadian.

5.  Scott Miller:  Appalachian Refugee

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Release Date: 2008 on the CD “For Crying Out Loud”

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Random Factoids: A native of Virginia, Scott graduated from The College of William and Mary with degrees in American History and Russian Studies.

16 Responses to The Fact Sheet Friday Fiver: Vol. 1
  1. MisterLucky13
    April 23, 2010 | 12:10 am

    1. Enjoyable enough for one listen, wouldn’t seek it out to hear it a second time. The intro reminded me that I have this week’s ‘Survivor’ on DVR and need to get around to watching it.

    2. Intro reminded me of Eno/Lanois-era U2, then the vocals sort of lost it for me. Repetitive.

    3. Liked this one very much. Liked the melody more than the chorus which sounded sort of contrived. Interesting to hear how many current guitar players are heavily influenced by the Edge, though the intro reminded me of Tom Verlaine’s solo stuff. Now I want to hear ‘Rock Me Gently’.

    4. Intro very Berlin-like, then straight into Power, Corruption & Lies-era New Order. Very reminiscent of ‘Blue Monday’, I found myself transposing Blue Monday lyrics over the actual ones. Cute song.

    5. Liked the guitar playing, the song was tidy and pleasant to listen to but not especially memorable. Voice was smooth and on-key but I didn’t feel like it had a lot of character.

    Wow, I did not expect that I would like the Andy Kim song the most!

  2. L.A. Stylist Mom
    April 23, 2010 | 3:28 am

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  3. Tiff Hill-Patterson
    April 23, 2010 | 3:58 am

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  4. ThisBelleRocks
    April 23, 2010 | 4:29 am

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  5. oh_pook
    April 23, 2010 | 9:43 am

    Matisyahu~ always have a hard time marrying his sound and appearance. It’s like Casey Kasem to me. Better for me to just listen to him! Always welcome on the reggae show on Sat. night radio.

    The Do~ Her voice is cute, but at 3 out of the 5 minutes I was really ready for the song to be over.

    Andy Kim~ I actually liked the chorus part. However, it was released in 2010 and the chorus totally threw me back to his/our youth and felt Partridge Family-ish

    Parallels~ could feel the strobe lights from the local Danceteria circa 1986 flashing. New Order/Berlin was exactly what came to my mind as well

    Scott Miller~ I think this was my favorite of the bunch. Not sure if the awesome Spring camping weather plays a part. Camping with friends singing ’round a fire. He’s no Neil Young, but was very pleasant

  6. Ri, The Music Savvy Mom
    April 23, 2010 | 11:03 am

    LOVE the reviews – keep ’em coming! This is exactly what I was hoping for. :)

    (Of course, I’m sitting on my hands here trying to keep from adding my own .02 yet – LOL!)

  7. Mari
    April 23, 2010 | 11:53 am

    1. One Day – beautiful and inspirational but overall not for me.
    2. On My Shoulders – preceeding this with the name of the band (“The Do”) just made me think of “the ‘do on my shoulders’ and I expected an electronica song about a new coif; alas, it’s a bit emo for my sensibilities (or lack thereof)
    3. 3 Days in Heaven – too introspective for me right now, too slow than I prefer always
    4. Dry Blood – listening to it, this is more the song I was expecting from the 2nd band! Makes my hand itch for a glow stick. The title is misleading. I want something a bit more gritty when the title is “dry blood”
    5. Appalachian Refugee – I prefer my slow jams to be acoustic guitar, so this is my pick of the litter.

    I hate to say it, but I would not cross the street to hear any of these songs. I prefer a bit more … I like my music with rough edges!
    .-= Mari´s last blog ..Yeah, well, there’s that. =-.

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    April 23, 2010 | 11:57 am

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  9. Susan Helene Gottfried
    April 23, 2010 | 12:38 pm

    My musical tastes have clearly narrowed in my old age…
    .-= Susan Helene Gottfried´s last blog .. =-.

  10. Eric Alper, Music PR
    April 23, 2010 | 2:53 pm

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  11. Eric Alper, Music PR
    April 23, 2010 | 2:54 pm

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  12. The MuseBox Canada
    April 23, 2010 | 3:24 pm

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  13. six degrees records
    April 23, 2010 | 4:38 pm

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  14. Robert M
    April 23, 2010 | 7:09 pm

    1>Asolutely love it. It woul make good listening in the car…to calm me down in traffic.
    2>ERASE IT…YUCK!
    3>Similar to #1…like it, too.
    4>Reminds me of 80’s and the end of college…beginning of tghe real world for me. I can see it being thumped up to a good Miami club mix.
    5>Too Busch Gardens-while-waiting-for-the-Flume

  15. Lisa
    April 23, 2010 | 11:40 pm

    1. Maybe swapped for Enya in an ‘I am desperate to sleep but just can’t get there moment’. Not my taste I guess.
    2. Meh. Also not my taste.
    3. Reminds me of a movie soundtrack song….snippets are great, seemed too long, though.
    4. Makes me long for an asymetrical haircut and strobe lights. Not one I’d listen to again.
    5. My favorite of the bunch, would be perfect for a road trip with beautiful scenery.

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