Friday, January 18, 2008

The Whigs - "Like A Vibration"

The Whigs - "Like A Vibration": "We premiered this song - in an exclusive, live Rhapsody Originals version - several months ago. Now we're premiering the studio version on their new album, Mission Control. The good news is that, even when they took the song into the studio, it still rocks hard."

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Guns N' Roses - "You Could Be Mine"

Guns N' Roses - "You Could Be Mine": "This song always makes me think of T2 and: "'You could be miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnneeeee!!!!' Oh, Axl, what happened?"

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Bee Gees - "Nights On Broadway"

The Bee Gees - "Nights On Broadway": "This one's for Stephanie. I can see why she likes this tune!"

Monday, January 14, 2008

Kent - "Elvis"

Kent-"Elvis": "Fabulous Britrock, a la Buffseeds or darker Travis (think 'Re-Offender') - except that these lads are Swedish! Sadly, they didn't hit U.S. gold, so Americans never got to hear Hagnesta Hill - their next, and even better record, which only came out in Europe."

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Kaiser Chiefs - "Everything Is Average Nowadays"

Kaiser Chiefs - "Everything Is Average Nowadays": "Depends on how you define average, no? I'll take this song as tongue-in-cheek and vote it definitely above-average!"

Monday, January 07, 2008

Isaac Hayes - "Run Fay Run"

Isaac Hayes - "Run Fay Run": "Speaking of Isaac Hayes, here's a great Hayes instrumental number - all jittering with percussion, while an electric guitar machine guns peppers the track...and then the horns and strings kick in. Funky and tasty."

Friday, January 04, 2008

Hooverphonic - "2Wicky"

Hooverphonic - "2Wicky": "Remember when trip-hop was the big new thing? For those of you who don't, it was largely UK-based artists conjuring smokey atmospheres over sparse beats, usually with an altered soul sample somewhere in the mix. I realize this is a pretty rough distillation of the genre, but I think this track is still a great example of that concept, with the killer mood to match.
Oh - to the point of the soul sample, a huge chunk of this track comes from Isaac Hayes' cover of 'Walk On By'."

Thursday, January 03, 2008

The PeeChees - "I Could Have Loved You"

The PeeChees - "I Could Have Loved You": "Raucous, energetic and lightly abrasive - I dare you not to thrash and pogo to this rocker. Its brutal simplicity is part of its charms, especially with lyrics like 'I could have loved you / but you, but you / DON'T! LIKE! ME!' You could take the second to realize it's a song of unrequited love, but you should be too busy burning down the barn to notice."

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Dinosaur Jr - "Goin' Home"

Dinosaur Jr - "Goin' Home": "The softer side of Dinosaur Jr. I revisited this record over the holidays and I remembered how much I like it, but also realized how scary it is that it's now been 15 years (!) since it came out."