Monday, 29 October 2007
It quickly becomes plain that the outsider edge of the songs comes from the fact that the songs' characters are kids from the 'burbs who enter the city in search of deliverance, or at least relief from boredom. This scenario's apex is reached on "Laser Show," about driving into New York City's Hayden Planetarium to see Pink Floyd and Metallica laser shows. God bless those who write about what they know.
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Sha Sha might be the first solo album from twenty-year-old Texas-born songsmith Ben Kweller, but it’s far from his debut musical statement. As the front man of precocious grunge tykes Radish, Kweller was one of rock music’s youngest ever child stars--and what’s more, he had a few cracking tunes in him that put his kiddie peers in the likes of Silverchair to shame. After Radish disintegrated, Kweller spent the late 90s hanging out with artists like Juliana Hatfield and Evan Dando, and began work on a new set of songs that owed nothing to the ugly end of the grunge explosion and everything to the sun-kissed pop melodies and geeky emotional confessionals of mid-period Pavement, Weezer and The Lemonheads.
Kweller has no need to hang off the coattails of any of his famous friends, though--his grasp of guitar pop is totally instinctive, and sweetly accessible. Check the likes of "How It Should Be (Sha Sha)", featuring a cooing Kimya Dawson of NYC anti-folksters Moldy Peaches, or the splendidly naive emo crunch of "Commerce, TX", both of which demonstrate an impressive grasp of quiet-loud dynamics and the occasional tantrum-like flurry of raw emotion that would put the excellent Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes to shame. This is highly recommended.
Thursday, 25 October 2007
The cover for the album (and the accompanying single) bears a strong resemblance to the covers used by Morrissey and The Smiths for many of their releases.
Before the album was released, a solo tour by Björn Dixgård was announced, leaving the future of the band in question. Whether the band will go on hiatus, break up, or neither has yet to be announced.
New Songs This Week
Skye Sweetnam - Music Is My Boyfriend Lyrics
Shakira - Hay Amores Lyrics
Chris Brown - Down Lyrics
T.I. - Do U Potna Lyrics
Shaggy - Bonafide Girl Lyrics
Chris Brown - What's Up Lyrics
The Last Goodnight - Pictures Of You Lyrics
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Sunday, 21 October 2007
As if Kings of Leon's keen songwriting, stylistic amalgam, and gutsy attack weren't enough, there is the utterly unique singing of Caleb Followill, who usually sounds as though he is heavily intoxicated or has just woken up from a nap. Followill's lazy, idiosyncratic phrasing and intonation admirably take Kings of Leon out of the realm of potentially similar bands, with singers who are content to yelp and imitate. Aha Shake Heartbreak rocks, rolls over, dreams, and gets up with a pain in its heart--a process that merits numerous listens.
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Skye Sweetnam - Scary Love Lyrics
Lil' Wayne - Smoke Session Lyrics
James Blunt - Dear Katie Lyrics
Mary J Blige - Roses Lyrics
Chris Brown - Nice Lyrics
Tweet - Anymore Lyrics
Taboo - Gotta Get It Now Lyrics
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Rap and funk rear their heads (in a distinctly British way) on "The Magnificent Seven" and "Radio Clash." Manic, post-punk rockabilly accompanies Joe Strummer's state-of-the-union address on "Know Your Rights," and the Mick Jones-sung "Should I Stay or Should I Go" makes a case for itself as a garage-rock classic on the order of "Louie Louie." For all the political smarts the group consistently displayed in its lyrics, The Singles shows that the band's music was never less than enthralling. No matter how stern the Marxist theories to which the band members subscribed in their early days, they could never resist an old-fashioned rock & roll hook.
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Radiohead’s fan service, WASTE, is currently taking advance orders for two formats: the album MP3 and the Discbox, which includes double vinyl and CD versions of the record and a second, enhanced CD with additional new songs, artwork, and photographs of the band, all exclusive to the box. Anyone purchasing this deluxe edition will automatically receive the bundled MP3 album on
Split second news
Lily Allen - Don't Get Me Wrong Lyrics
Seether - Fake It Lyrics
Chris Brown - Nice Lyrics
Santana - This Boy's Fire Lyrics
Taylor Swift - Our Song Lyrics
Cassie - Turn Off The Lights Lyrics
Carrie Underwood - Do You Hear What I Hear Lyrics
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Sunday, 7 October 2007
Although the disc doesn't have the standout singles of past Pulp albums, Life is remarkably consistent, due both to frontman Jarvis Cocker's newfound maturity as a songwriter and to the production work of his idol Scott Walker. While Walker doesn't apply the bombast of his revered late-1960s records, he does give Pulp's compositions a wonderfully widescreen scope that enhances every track, from the potent opener, "Weeds," to the chilling narrative "Wickerman," and the gloriously crescendoing "Sunrise." More than previous Pulp offerings, Life is a guitar-driven affair, with additional six-stringer Richard Hawley (an excellent solo artist in his own right) filling out the sound. Though it may not eclipse Different Class in the minds of most fans, We Love Life is an incredibly accomplished album that shows Pulp bowing out with vitality and grace.
Friday, 5 October 2007
Comprised of former members of the Throwing Muses and the Pixies, the Breeders' riot grrrl brand of surf punk owes little to the happy naivete of the Ronettes or the Bangles. On a raveup like "Cannonball," fired by a dancing, jittery bass line and moody, careening power chords, the Breeders evoke girl group harmonies to suggest romantic surrender and its dark side. Elsewhere songs like "Roi" and "Do You Love Me Now?" (the later song a remix from their last EP) bemoan the loss of romantic expectations, even as the heart quickens with hope on "Divine Hammer." Thanks to LAST SPLASH, you may never hear surf music the same way again.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Up to date music info
Feist - 1234 Lyrics
Wyclef Jean - King And Queen Lyrics
Backstreet Boys - Unmistakable Lyrics
T.I. - The Life Lyrics
Kylie Minogue - Spell Of Desire Lyrics
Emmy Rossum - Slow Me Down Lyrics
Justin Timberlake - Until The End Of Time Remix Lyrics
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Men At Work's followup to the hugely successful Business As Usual was an album with a lot riding on it, but the Aussies come through admirably, upping the songcraft and the production values simultaneously. There's less of a reggae undertone on Cargo, and the Aussie-centric "Down Under," which provided so much novelty appeal on the debut, has no equivalent here.
Instead, there's a more sophisticated compositional bent that sacrifices nothing in sheer catchiness. The album's centerpiece, "Overkill," is representative of the blend of introspective self-doubt and arresting melodic hooks that makes Cargo an unqualified success. If Business As Usual tickled your pop fancy, you'll find Cargo digs a little deeper.