Friday, May 21, 2010

Mike Patton - "Deep Down"

Mike Patton - "Deep Down": "'Deep Down' is the lead song from Ennio Morricone's kitchy, classy soundtrack to the decadently Eurocool 60s action flick Danger: Diabolik (highly recommended, even if it's more style than substance). Almost impossible to find except as an import - with the rest of the D:D soundtrack allegedly lost to the ages - the last person I thought would ever revive the tune would be Faith No More's Mike Patton...which is exactly who did it. It's largely faithful to the original, which is not only somewhat impressive, given Morricone's arrangements, but it's also perfectly fine since most folks will never hear it any other way."

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Ken Andrews - "Secret Things (Live)"

Ken Andrews - "Secret Things (Live)": "Ken Andrews' live record is more of a best-of from his various bands (Failure, On, Year of the Rabbit - all worth checking out!) than anthing else, but it's nice to hear his (sometimes) overly-pristine studio work dirtied up live like this, particularly this track."

Monday, May 17, 2010

Dio - "Holy Diver"

Dio - "Holy Diver": "Sadness at the thought of a world without Dio in it! Dio, the horns are at half-mast for you."

Friday, May 14, 2010

Torche - "Sundown"

Torche - "Sundown": "Heavy with a touch of sludge, but melodic with a surging chorus, it's hard rock that indie kids can love. (Somewhere in Rhapsody, I think I saw the term "stoner pop" get used and that might work too.) Either way, I wish this song was twice as long as it is, it's that awesome."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Talking Heads - "Found A Job"

Talking Heads - "Found A Job": "I'm sure David Byrne was just being silly, but it's pretty easy to imagine that this song's absurdist tilt presaged reality TV, in a way. Possible intent aside, it's a sprightly little jam that already shows growth from the first Talking Heads record to this, their second (More Songs About Buildings and Food)."

Friday, May 07, 2010

Jeff The Brotherhood - "Heavy Damage"

Jeff The Brotherhood - "Heavy Damage": "It seems like it's been a long time since I did a "it's Friday, rock it out!" post - so, here you go. Do it."

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Local Natives - "Warning Sign"

Local Natives - "Warning Sign": "Normally, I have no interest in Talking Heads covers. They're one of my favorite bands and I don't feel the need to hear re-interpretations, particularly since part of the Heads' appeal is in their performance, along with the song itself. But here, Local Natives capture some of my favorite musical elements of the original song, while introducing some very different elements that make the song distinctively theirs, like the vocal harmonies. Thanks to Andy B. for pointing me at this."

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

764-HERO - "Sunburnt"

764-HERO - "Sunburnt": "I first discovered 764-HERO opening up for the Spinanes in L.A. in the mid-90s. They were the reverse versions of each other - both only guitar/drums, but female/male in the Spinanes and male/female in 764-HERO - but both equally dynamic for their limited instrumentation. While my favorite 764-HERO songs come later in their catalog, when they shifted to include a bassist, this is a great early song for them - jaded and emotional, quiet and loud, rocking all the while.
Also, a bit of trivia - "764-HERO" is the number to call in carpool lane violations in Washington, where the band was from.
Bonus - the rest of the 764-HERO catalog is finally hitting Rhapsody shortly, so there will be more choice songs from them in the near future."

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Portastatic - "The Great Escape"

Portastatic - "The Great Escape": "I can't believe it's been so long since I've listened to this album. Once one of my faves, it somehow fell off my playlist, but it popped back into my head tonight and it's like an old friend I've missed. Simple and pure, it's the Mac I fell in love with."

Monday, May 03, 2010

Veruca Salt - "Volcano Girls"

Veruca Salt - "Volcano Girls": "I admit that even I am guilty, like most, of thinking only about "Seether" when I think about Veruca Salt...which is so wrong because this song ROCKS. Please expand your Veruca Salt world by listening to this song now."