Update – Sunday, May 1, 2010:
I love you guys – lol. LOVE the honest, no bs feedback! And, in the same spirit, I give you my opinions – in red. I think I’ll work it this way as a rule – put the music up on Friday, then my two cents on Sunday. I’m just updating so you can compare my take with those in the comments already.
Okay, gang – you know the drill. (If not, go read up and come right back.)
This time I think I’ll add photos to jazz it up a bit. Still facts, right? I mean, that’s what they look like…
Release Date: April 6, 2010 on the CD “Tales from a Revolving Door”
Random Factoids: They were labeled “Badass New Band of 2008” by the Asbury Park Press.
Dude, seriously – how can you not LOVE these guys? I didn’t find its repetition grating – I loved how it built to the unexpected bridge! This is the one of the five that I’ve found myself going back to over and over. And, the rest of the CD is as good or better, imho.
Release Date: Y’know, I’m not entirely sure…but it’s on Flugente 2
Random Factoids: Flugente (pronounced FLOOG-en-teh) is the solo project of former The Blam front man Jerry Adler.
Okay…I like this, but not *in love*. His original stuff is definitely eclectic, and I like that…but it didn’t grab me as much as I’d hoped it might. That being said, I think this sound is one that would grow on me, so I’m going to give it more time to do that.
Release Date: March 19, 2010 on the CD “FlyinFisch”
Random Factoids: The product of a multi-cultural upbringing (in Caracas, Venezuela) , Adrian grew up in a home filled with classical, pop, reggae and theater music.
Okay – I FLOVE this guy. Now, those who know me will do a double take since this track definitely has the Techno feel, and I’m widely known for liking Techno/Electronica with the same fervent ardor that I reserve for root canals. Having said this…I didn’t totally hate this particular song.
BUT…since I’ve had the pleasure of hearing the whole CD, I’ve gotta say that Adrian makes good use of his myriad influences. OMG – the song “Air” is soooooooo good. And “Blueberry Oats” was just this side of perfect. (Men, take note of these lyrics…just sayin’.) I definitely will reserve more “me time” that includes giving my full attention to the whole range of music included in this CD. Do yourself a favor and hit iTunes to hear at least snippets of the tunes I mentioned. Srsly.
Release Date: To be released July 6, 2010
Random Factoids: After playing together in a warehouse for 45 minutes, they formed the band.
…dare I admit that I couldn’t listen all the way through? I just…it’s technically really good, but the style just isn’t my fave. That said, though, it did not escape my notice that more than a few of you put Elogy at or near the top of this group! Maybe I’ll check out a few other songs and give them another go, based on your take. (Ahhh, the beauty of collaborative listening!)
5.Pogues – Rainy Night in Soho
Release Date: 1985 in the expanded version of “Rum, Sodomy and the Lash”; 1986 on the EP “Pougetry in Motion”
Random Factoids: Okay, this one is a plant – because today is my Fifth Wedding Anniversary. And because when it comes to my husband: “I’ve been loving (him) a long time…and (he’s) the measure of my dreams.”
Well…DUH. I love Shane and the boys, natch. This song is one of my favorites for it’s unexpected-ness. This and “Summer in Siam”.
Oh, and just in case I didn’t make it clear enough in the last post – I’m lucky enough to get some brand spankin’ new music from industry PR folks by way of gratis download, which I then share with you for your listening pleasure here. No expectations of “good reviews” – they’re aware of the terms of the Friday Fiver, and are TOTALLY game.
I should mention, though, that in some cases – especially when CD’s haven’t dropped yet or have JUST come out – they ask that I only post certain songs…hence my “oh, but you should hear the OTHER stuff!” comments. It’s just the nature of the beast – I’m not trying to give you the ol’ bait and switch, promise.
Thanks for playing along – we’ll keep it up as long as you enjoy it!