Okay, okay – I know I totally dropped the ball this weekend.
But, srsly – Liam had soccer, Ash was in town and we did lunch (Saturday and Sunday), there was USA – England World Cup to watch, a family Super Soaker war to win (and oh, yes, I won – regardless of what my husband will tell you), my Dad came over for dinner…and I REEEEAAAALLLY needed a nap.
(Sorry. But it was a good nap, dude.)
Then this evening I was GOING to get to this earlier, but the hubs sat down on the sofa next to me and held my hand while he watched baseball. Razz me all you want, but I wasn’t going to tell him I needed to type…so I Blipped one handed until he moved.
(I know. I am such a romantic, and you got cavities just reading that, it was so sweet. Yeah, yeah…bite me. 😉 )
Now, don’t forget that I’m doing the drawing for the Little Looster giveaway tomorrow at noon, so comment to enter if you haven’t! (I’ll post the winner on Tuesday.)
And now that the announcements, apologies and general housekeeping is done – on with the scoop!
Track 1: 20 Missed Calls by Son of a Bad Man
We have Ash to thank for this one…not exactly sure how she stumbled on these dudes, but if I were a betting woman, I’d bet it was at a concert or festival. Evidently Shawn Fisher, the front man, is younger than some of my handbags but has music in the blood. (And by all accounts is a nice guy, which you know gets him points from me.)
My take: I’m sort of with Mari that the current culture reference (with the cell phone, et al) was lost a bit on me. I like a song that’s timeless. But when you consider that Shawn is 21…um, it’s likely he doesn’t remember a time before cell phones. (OR Bon Jovi.) Given that perspective, it’s pretty damn catchy and original!This track sent over directly by Shawn via Ash. ———————————————————————-
Track 2: Looking for Shelter by Good Old War
I love these folksy harmonies. They remind me of a young, hip, updated Crosby, Stills and Nash…especially on some of their other stuff. They are my current focus of interest, and I’m digging everything I’ve found so far.
(The fact that these boys still tour in their van and all look like they could use a homecooked meal made them all the more endearing. Must be the Italian Mama in me, but I just want to feed them lasagna.)This track: got it on a free Sampler download from Amazon mp3. I keep telling you people – get over there and get some music! ——————————————————————————
Lucky, I totally spit out my coffee when you said you “thought this was a Flight of the Conchords Parody!” (and I flove FOTC, by the way.) I went back and listened again, though, and I can see where you got that…which made it even funnier!
So, this is a track recently re-issued by Beehouse Records on their 2010 Sampler (again, free, from Amazon mp3). It was originally recorded in 1994, and per the PR post:
“For those who love buzzy guitar pop with a liberal sprinkling of tape hiss, Beehouse Records have resurrected this nearly-forgotten slice of lo-fi pop/rock/whatever. Recorded in a small apartment in Arcata, CA on a Yamaha 4-track, Sparkles in the Milk is a strange mixture of 70’s AM radio melodies and balls-out 80’s underground rock (Todd Rundgren meets Husker Du?) that will hopefully leave a stupid grin on your face.”
(I totally do, and it totally did.) There’s another free song to download at the link I posted above. So fun!
Track 4: Drones in the Valley by Cage the Elephant
When Ash and I saw these dudes open up for Silversun Pickups last year, we discussed that the lead singer was a total blend of Kurt Cobain and Shannon Hoon. Dude is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Talk about energy – holy cheeseballs!
(Of course, we hope the resemblance stops onstage – we want him to lead a long, long life. Sheese.)
And just so you know…the fact that these kids had a song featured in a video game and dress exactly like the punk neighbor kid I was extolling to pull up his damn pants today (I mean really. When you have SKINNY JEANS hanging off your ass whilst skateboarding down the street, you are just ASKING for snark from me) shall not stop me from listening to them, and no, I do not find that the least bit hypocritical.
They rock.This track: I’ve had it for quite some time now. Love it. ———————————————————————————
Track 5: Free Man in Paris by Sufjan Stevens (Joni Mitchell Cover)
Sufjan Stevens is the perfect blend of intelligent quirk and fearless musicianship. The horns in this arrangement? Oh, c’mon – those were BRILLIANT!
I love this cover, and most everything else of his that I’ve heard. This is not a formulaic songwriter, and that in itself is SOOOO refreshing.
I like a man who can think outside the CD box. 😉This track: Heard it on blip.fm and hunted it down because I had to have it. It was on a Joni Mitchell Tribute CD. ——————————————————————————— Oh, one more thing! My mid-July is looking a bit hairy, and I may need a couple of fill-ins. Anybody up for a Guest Post Fiver? (Which would naturally include the Fiver AND the Scoop.) If so, HOLLA and let me know.