Christmas Song Of The Day 21

December 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Thanks To WXPN for tipping me off to this one, sticking with the semi-silliness again today. Here’s one for you from (Fruit)Cake aka the Whale Holiday Carol Marching Band it’s a bit of a parody of the Cake song Short Skirt, Long Jacket. Click here to go to their website with more info on how you can catch them live during the day this Christmas Eve.

Day 21: (Fruit)Cake – White Beard, Red Jacket
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The Top 25 Albums Of 2007 – 11 to 15

December 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Part 3 of the Top 25 Albums Of 2007. These were some of the ones shuffled around the most as I worked and reworked the final list. Stayed tuned for some giveaways in conjunction with the top ten getting posted.

11: New Pornographers – Challengers
While I liked a few of their older songs their albums felt like a lot of filler, this one delivers from beginning to end. New Pornographers sound more like a band than a “supergroup” on this one making it their best album yet. I have to add though, the live show I saw, even with Neko and Dan Bejar in tow, was a bit disappointing, good but not great.

MP3: New Pornographers – Myriad Harbour
Buy Challengers

12: Bruce Springsteen – Magic
Bruce pulls the E Streeters in for one more go around and makes what is his best rock album since Born In The USA. Although not as direct as John Fogerty on Revival he manages to deliver his own political agenda as well. The Phil Spector-ish Girls In Their Summer Clothes may be the best single of the year.

MP3: Bruce Springsteen – Radio Nowhere
Buy Magic

13: Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Spoon sounds like no one else. To me it’s not as immediate sounding as their last, Gimme Fiction, but still filled with great pop songs. You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb and The Underdog are instant classics.

MP3: Spoon – You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb
Buy Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

14: The A-Sides Silver Storms
If Chris Martin of Coldplay had the same Springsteen obsession that Win Butler of Arcade Fire has, it would probably sound something like Philadelphia’s A-Sides. Expansive and dramatic without the overkill, they’ve created a shimmering, beautiful record that solidifes their place as a band on the rise.

MP3: The A-Sides – A Florida Grove
Buy Silver Storms

15: Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
The warm intimate folky feel of the disc is something that immediately grabs you and transports you to another place. Delicate hypnotic percussion, soft strummy guitars, a sprinkling of other ambient sounds all woven together by Sam Beam’s softspoken vocal style, create an almost spiritual vibe to the whole thing that is just mesmerizing.

MP3: Wolves (Song of The Shepherd’s Dog)
Buy The Shepherd’s Dog

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Top 25 Albums Of 2007 – 16 to 20

December 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Part 2 of my top 25 albums of 2007, coming to you five at a time because my lame typing skills can’t bang it out any faster than that. How’s it look so far? Did I hit your favorite yet?

16: MIA Kala
In a really weak year for hip hop who’d have thought one of the best songs(Bamboo Banga) would open with a line lifted from Jonathan Richman. There’s sheer beauty in just how aggressive, rhythmic, and relentless this whole disc is. It’s music made to be played loud. Turn it up, and then turn it up some more.

MP3: M.I.A – Bamboo Banga
Buy Kala

17: The Cribs – Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever
The Cribs third album, produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand is an energetic blend of pop punk goodness and their accompanying live show was one of the best I’ve seen this year, a powerhouse tour de force. Bonus points for taking chances on one of my favorite tracks, Be Safe, featuring a spoken voice over vocal by special guest Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth.

MP3: The Cribs – Men’s Needs
Buy Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever

18: Bless 1 – Starving Artist
While Kanye,Fifty Cent and Jay-z made mediocre records and spent the year trying to out promote each others ego, Bless 1 holed up in Chicago and self produced this gem of a hip hop record and then gave it away for free via his myspace page. All about the music, the way it should be.

MP3: Bless 1 – The Hunger
Bless 1 Myspace

19: The Silver Seas – High Society
Playing like a long lost seventies classic, when albums were on vinyl records and FM radio still mattered, this blends the sound of that era’s finest, Van Morrison,Jackson Browne,Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, etc. into one great kick back and just listen experience.

MP3: The Silver Seas – The Country Life
Buy High Society

20: The Fratellis – Costello Music
When I first wrote about these guts way back last January I called them the UK version of The Hold Steady, in retrospect that may have been a little over exuberent a comparison on my part but they’re still damn good. The Fratellis can, and do, crank out tunes that come off like a cross between the Buzzcocks and T.Rex. Mostly about girls, girls and girls. Playing good old rock and roll, and they got to make a ipod commercial to boot.

MP3 : The Fratellis -Chelsea Dagger
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Christmas Song Of The Day 20

December 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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“Does anyone remember laughter?…” oh wait , wrong band. I’m sure no one who’s seen it can ever forget Spinal Tap’s appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed this special holiday number. Turn it up to eleven indeed.

Day 20: Spinal Tap – Christmas With The Devil
Buy This Is Spinal Tap

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Christmas Song Of The Day 19

December 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The lovely Liz Phair takes on a holiday classic for you today. Get on your hat and coat let’s go walking.

Day 19: Liz Phair – Winter Wonderland
Buy Sounds Of The Season: The NBC Holiday Collection

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Top 25 Albums Of 2007 – 21 to 25

December 19, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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What do you really call a list like this, best of ?, top ? favorites ? it’s all so subjective in the end anyway and based on what you personally listened to. I listened to more music this past year than I have in a long time, so after much deliberation, roughly akin to organizing a pile of sand in the wind, I committed to a final 25 that for the sake of posting I’m going to call the Top 25 Albums Of 2007. The albums I enjoyed and listened to the most. If I looked at it again tomorrow I’d probably shuffle it around again but I had to stop somewhere or I’d never get it posted. So without further ado here’s number 21 to 25 of my top 25 albums of 2007. Expect some surprises.

21: Lily Allen – Alright Still The perfect summer album, big beats, plenty of sing a long lines, this blasted from my car stereo nearly all summer. At its best when it moves away from the more reggae influenced sound that dominates about half the album, the New Orleans piano riff of Knock Me Out and the swinging sixties sound of Everything’s Just Wonderful make them standout tracks.

MP3: Lily Allen – Everything’s Just Wonderful
Buy Alright Still

22: John Fogerty – Revival Due to some interesting industry restructuring John Fogerty ended up back on the label that had made most of his post Creedence years a legal hell. Who can ever forget about him being sued for sounding like himself. In doing so he ended up releasing what is possibly the best solo album since the band broke up. Lyrically one of the most directly political and biting albums of the year and filled with the signature guitar sound that made him the legend he is today.

MP3: John Fogerty – I Can’t Take It No More
Buy Revival

23: Wilco – Sky Blue Sky The seventies rock sound is something that had been creeping into indie rock for a while but no one really wanted it to lay claim it as a major influence. Wilco turned the page for everyone on that ideology with this one. Warm soft production laced with Nels Clines snaking guitar solos, Wilco took the sound of an era that inspired punk rock and made it relevant again.

MP3: Wilco – Impossible Germany
Buy Sky Blue Sky

24: Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin Opening their album with Is There A Ghost, one of the best single tracks of the year, set the bar pretty high for what followed. After the first couple listens I almost wrote this one off as a couple hits and a lot of filler, but it’s really a grower where repeated listenings pay off.

MP3 : Ode To LRC
Buy Cease To Begin

25: Holy F*ck – 2007 EP The first time I heard these guys was opening for !!! and was blown away. Their all instrumental dance music is created all manually, no sequencers or drum machines holding the mix together. To see these guys on stage manipulating a myriad of random equipment into something this beautiful and engaging is amazing. Six of their best songs and no filler on this one which I listened to quite a bit.

MP3 : Holy F*ck – Lovely Allen
Buy 2007 Limited Edition EP

Christmas Song Of The Day 18

December 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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The Smithereens have a brand new album of holiday favorites out this year called Christmas With The Smithereens. Twelve songs all done up in their trademark guitar based power pop style that’ll have you dancing your jingle bells off even without too many holiday eggnogs.

Day 18: The Smithereens – Christmas Time All Over The World
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Monday Morning Blues : Keith Richards Mixes It Up

December 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Sort of an easy to pull together mini guest mix today, since I’m running late due to moving a little slow this morning after hanging out late at the excellent Girl About Town launch party last night at The Khyber In Philadelphia. Five songs from a twenty five song mix CD that Keith Richards compiled for Uncut magazine of his favorite blues, soul and R&B classics.

Also congratulations go out today to the winners of the Stevie Ray Vaughan DVD and CD giveaway from last week. Dan M. from Kennett Square PA gets the Pride and Joy DVD and the Solos & Sessions CD goes to Frank D. from Doylestown, PA. Thanks guys ! Your prizes are going out in the mail today.

MP3: Jackie Brenston – Rocket 88
Buy Jackie Brenston
MP3: Robert Johnson – Preachin’ Blues(Up Jumped The Devil)
Buy Robert Johnson
MP3: Billie Holiday – He’s Funny That Way
Buy Billie Holiday
MP3: B.B. King – Everyday I Have The Blues
Buy B.B. King
MP3: T-Bone Walker (They Call It)Stormy Monday
Buy T-Bone Walker

Christmas Song Of The Day 17

December 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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A brand new one for you today from former Bag Of Songs Artist of the Day Desmond Reed. Desmond has a knack for super catchy pop songs and this one is no exception. Desmond also has a new EP out today entitled The Summer Vacation EP on Anorak Records and an upcoming show on December 28th at North Brookfield VFW, 231 North Main Street, North Brookfield, MA. Check his myspace for more songs and info on a few other singles he’s released this year.

Day 17: Desmond Reed – December 25th
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Christmas Song Of The Day 16

December 16, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Since everyone really seemed to like having a choice yesterday with the pick your favorite version edition of the Christmas Song Of The Day, I dug up an extra version of today’s song for you too. Freedy Johnston and Victoria Williams each doing their version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, the perfect accompaniment for sitting around the fireplace with your favorite warm beverage.

Day 16-A: Freedy Johnston – Have Yourself A Merry Litte Christmas
Buy Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Day 16-B: Victoria Williams – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Buy You Sleigh Me

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