Friday, April 29, 2011

Why is this guy soooo Amazing?

Jack Peñate's first release "Tonight's Today" from his excellent album Everything is New.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Diana Vickers - The Boy Who Murdered Love (Romeyboy Remix)

And I'm obsessed. Second go round of obsession with this one though. So it's got staying potential.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Summer Mix

Just made an awesome mix of some of my favorite songs for a friend and figured I'd share the songs for any of my other friends interested in a good summer's worth of upbeat songs. 

Here's the download for CD 1.

And here for CD 2

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Big Boi - Tangerine (feat. T.I.)

This is third single and EASILY the best song on Big Boi's solo effort Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

March 6th Album Recap

Today I finished Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs album, which I've decided is not good. Their is one long pretty guitar ambient song called "The Fireside" that's pretty, but otherwise I didn't like any tracks.

Next I listened to Chiddy Bang's The Preview, which like many other hip hop artists these days (Kanye West and B.o.b for example) these guys sample indie artists like MGMT and Passion Pit while rapping over the tracks. On "Opposite of Adults" a play on words from the MGMT "Kids" song on which they sample, the group references The Real World and cast member Svetlana, which I definitely got a kick out of.

I listened to Take That's Progress album which I was surprised that I actually really liked. "The Flood" is a great track, but besides the lead single, there are many other great dance tracks on the album. "Happy Now" and "Kidz" were my favorites.

I took a listen to the first Flo Rida album R.O.O.T.S which features the club hits "Low" and "Right Round." Two songs that never quite made it as big are "Jump" and "Available" but the originals just really aren't that special. It's the remixes that truly make the songs great. The best "Jump" remix is the Malinchak Club Mix and the best "Available" remix is the Benny Banassi one.

My favorite part of the day though was jamming out to the incredible compilation album Rasmus Faber So Far 3. Start to finish the album is jam packed with amazing latin influenced dance tracks featuring gorgeous mostly female lead vocals. A perfect example of the sound of this album is "Demanda (Miguel Migs Main Mix)" Check it out!

Album Reviews - April 5th 2011

Gonna start something new and fill you guys in on what albums I went through each day.

Today I started off listening to Lauryn Hill's Past, Present & Future project.

It mainly sucked and I didn't keep anything from it except for "The World Is a Hustle" which was nice and pretty and much better than the bad remixes to her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill songs off Past, Present & Future.

Next I listened to Eurythmics' Peace Album. I made a point to listen to all of Eurythmics works and have found some great tracks, but this particular album I hated everything on it. The whole album is no longer on my iPod, thank god.

Next I listened to Blonde Redhead Penny Sparkle album and it was awesome. Not a song had to go. Start to finish the entire album is good and I highly suggest you take a listen to it.

Next I listened to Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday album. I halfway liked it halfway disliked it. Most of the songs like "Your Love" and "Check Up On It" I was already familiar with from the radio. Some newer tracks I was less familiar with were the tracks "Fly" a duet with Rihanna and and "I'm the Best."

I checked out The Gorillaz' Plastic Beach Live album but it was so bad I couldn't even get through it. None of the live versions of the songs sounded anywhere close to as good as the studio versions and I found myself skipping through to get to songs I liked, but never enjoying the live versions.

I checked out Kraak & Smaak's Plastic People album, which was so enjoyable start to finish. Songs like "Squeeze Me" and "Ain't Gonna Take It No More" have been favorites of mine for some time. They do a great version of "Man of Constant Sorrow" too but the best part are the long house tracks that you just zone out to like "California Roll."

I got into some classic Tina Turner by taking a listen to her Platinum 3 Disc Collection. I found some new Turner songs I had never heard before and found some ones I really didn't care for. I was well familiar with songs like "Let's Stay Together," "Proud Mary," "Missing You," and "The Best" but some new takeaways from the listen that I really liked were songs like "Look Me In The Heart," "One of the Living," and "In Your Wildest Dreams."

I checked out Natasha Bedingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine album which I basically did not find any new hits on... her A&R team adequately promoted all the decent hits, i.e. "Soulmate," "Pocketful of Sunshine," "Love Like This (feat Sean Kingston)" and "Angel." Otherwise no good hits.

Lastly I got halfway through Yo La Tengo's Popular Songs album... I'm kinda indecisive on how I feel about the band. I got into the first song "Here to Fall" but then when the following two songs played - "Avalon Or Someone Very Similar" and "By Two's," I did not like them at all. "Periodically Triple Or Double" isn't bad.

So basically the best album of the day was surprisingly Blonde Redhead Penny Sparkle and worst would be Lauryn Hill Past Present & Future.