Wow! I LOVE that so many new folks are coming by to throw in their two cents on the fiver tracks – nice to “meet” you all! All the comments and differing opinions make it SO much fun – I hope y’all stick around!
Okay, so here we go:
Track 1: Wavy Lane by The Rattles
Ohhh, I’m a sneaky one. I pulled a fast one on you. I put kids music in the Fiver.
Yep – this “Monkees meets Johnny Cash” tune is a track from a new band making music for kids…and I sincerely hope there will be a TV show too, because I’ve had a sneak peek at the band members, and lemme tell you. They’re friggin’ adorable.
Liam (age 4) LOVED this, and when he saw the pics, he wanted to know when he could watch them play. Totally captivated, he was. (And, I am all for playing music that doesn’t suck for Liam. I mean – he can’t listen to Johnny Cash and The White Stripes ALL The time. I’m a very thoughtful Mom, you see…)
I’ll be giving you more info on this story as it develops…(and as I can), so stay tuned!This track sent over by The Rattles PR firm, gratis. ————————————————————————
Track 2: Come and Get It by Eli “Paperboy” Reed
‘Member Rick Astley? Remember when you first heard him on the radio, then saw him on MTV and did a double take, because the voice didn’t AT ALL jive with what you pictured?
Well, meet the new Rick Astley.
Seriously – I would never have expected this baby face to belt that song out. Totally incongruous, but that does make it interesting! Now, while I liked it, I can’t say I’m “in love” with it…and, I’m not sure I’d seek out more. But, I won’t skip over the track when it comes up, either.
(How’s that for enigmatic? 😉 )This track sent over from Eli’s PR firm, gratis. ———————————————————————-
Track 3: My Time by Minus the Bear
Okay, now I want points for branching out here! As you all know (or should), I would rather gauge out my own eyes with my own thumbs than listen to anything that even remotely smacks of electronica. I think synths fall into that category.
When I first heard the drumming, I thought: promising! Then I heard the electro-stuff come in, and I was disheartened. Then I heard the lyrics: humina! (Did you listen to them? Seriously. Go listen. Especially to the “sweat and thigh” part.) So I thought what the hell – I’ll put it up.
Then, curiously, the more I heard it…the more I sort of kind of actually like it. Scary, right? I mean, again – I don’t think I could stomach an entire album of it, but to play it occasionally for a change? I dig okay, Ponyboy. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist an inappropriate Outsiders reference there. Just call me “Cherry”.)This track was on the Dangerbird Records 2010 Sampler. Free download at Amazon. ———————————————————————
Track 4: Pot Kettle Black by Tilly and the Wall
They don’t have a drummer. All that kick ass percussion? That’s a tapdancer.
Yep. These cats are odd. Very, very cool – but odd. And, it looks like neither their website nor their Wikipedia has had much of an update since this week in 2008…which coincidentally is when the album “o” came out with this track on it. They’re from Omaha, and are good buddies of Conor Oberst.
Verily, it gets curiouser and curiouser. Matter of fact, they provided backing for She and Him on a track this year. Now, I’m not sufficiently interested enough to go poking around to find out more info, but if any of YOU are, come back and tell us, k?Honestly, I can’t remember where I got this! I love it, though. ———————————————————————–
Track 5: Bread and Water by Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses
Make that “Academy Award Winner Ryan Bingham”, actually – he won this past year for “The Weary Kind”, from the movie “Crazy Heart”. This kid is 29 and sings like he’s been shooting whiskey and smoking unfiltered Camels for the past fifty years. (Well, now…he was a rodeo cowboy before he switched to the music thing, so maybe those years took a toll.)
And, damn, can he write a song. And the boy can work a guitar. And he is awfully easy on the eyes. (I, for one, wouldn’t throw him out of bed for eating Animal Crackers, I’ll tell you that for nothin’!)
Yep, I love me some Ryan Bingham, and can’t WAIT for the new album to drop.This track I bought myself. It’s on his album Mescalito. ————————————————————————