As The Sparks Fly On The Fourth Of July

July 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Happy Fourth Of July everyone. Here’s four versions of the Elvis Costello classic, Indoor Fireworks, from his King Of America album, about one of the more dangerous types of pyrotechnic displays. Celebrate safely today.

Laura Cantrell – Indoor Fireworks
Live On World Cafe
Nick Lowe – Indoor Fireworks
Buy The Rose Of England
Cold War Kids – Indoor Fireworks
BenefitĀ At The District
Elvis Costello & Lucinda Williams – Indoor Fireworks
Live On CMT Crossroads

5 On A Friday : Out Of Print, Out Of Mind

April 4, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Listening to Yep Roc’s 30th anniversary reissue of Nick Lowe‘s Jesus Of Cool these past few weeks really got me on a Nick Lowe kick and had me remember just how much of his back catalog is sadly out of print and extremely hard to find. Here’s just a sampling of the many great songs from those out of print albums. Nick is a master of the the three minute pop gem. If you like these and want more, you’re most likely in for a challenging and probably expensive search. Good Luck !

1: Nick Lowe – Love Gets Strange
Try To Buy Pinker And Prouder Than Previous
2: Nick Lowe – My Heart Hearts
Try To Buy Nick The Knife
3: Nick Lowe – Indoor Fireworks
Try To Buy Rose Of England
4: Nick Lowe – Dose Of You
Try To Buy Labour Of Lust
5: Nick Lowe – Queen Of Sheba
Try To Buy Nick The Knife

5 On A Friday : Warning Labels

February 1, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Artists and record labels have always maintained a somewhat tentative alliance. Here’s five on that relationship today from the artist’s point of view and a bonus sixth track from the other point of view, Joni Mitchell‘s tribute to David Geffen, Free Man In Paris.
All kind of inspired today by the release of Nick Lowe‘s rare track, I Love My Label which will be a bonus track on the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the classic Jesus of Cool.

1: Nick Lowe – I Love My Label
Buy Jesus Of Cool 30th Anniversary Edition
2: Graham Parker – Mercury Poisoning
Buy Passion Is No Ordinary Word
3: The Format – The Compromise (acoustic)
Buy Live From The Living Room Volume One
4: The Sex Pistols – EMI
Buy Never Mind The Bollocks
5: Lynyrd Skynyrd – Workin’ For MCA
Buy Thyrty

Bonus: Joni Mitchell – Free Man In Paris
Buy Court And Spark

Random Mix Of The Day

December 12, 2007 by · 3 Comments
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A little reprieve from the Christmas music for a moment. A totally random mix of ten old and new songs to clear the palate a bit. Stay tuned, the best of 2007, more giveaways and other fun stuff coming up soon.

Expecting Rain – Emily The Poseur
Gang Green – Alcohol
Magnetic Fields -Three Way
Nick Lowe – What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace Love And Understanding
Steve Earle – Mercenary Song
Chet Bolins -_All American Masher
The Godfathers – I Want Everything
Gary Myrick And The Figures – She Talks In Stereo
Ruby Isle-Tyrants(Black Mountain Cover)
Sea Wolf – You’re A Wolf

Grab Bag : New and Recent Releases

May 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Miranda Lambert is back with a second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and sets loose her inner Dixie Chick for an excellent disc that rocks as hard as it twangs. Proving she’s not some one album flash in the pan, Miranda wrote the bulk of the tunes on this new disc. Check out the blistering title track.

MP3: Miranda Lambert – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Buy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Nick Lowe may or may not have an inner Dixie Chick, but he surely knows how to weave the country into his soulful pop gems.
He brings it full circle with At My Age, a new disc that’s closer to his Brinsley Schwartz roots than to his Jesus of Cool Pure Pop For Now People years.

MP3: Nick Lowe – A Man In Love
Buy At My Age

Photo By Ken Hinchey

Rap accompanied by lap steel guitar, in the words of the band :
Many have seen us, but they don’t know what our name is
They can’t remember,what I often hear’em say is
The white guy, in the white suit, with the black tie, on the slide, with the black guy, is fly
Hey Yo, We’re Slo Mo…The Odd Couple Of the Year
We love to play for people, mingle, and have a couple beers
Slo-Mo “Odd Couple”

MP3: Slo-Mo – Aramingo Takeout
Buy Smokey Mountain

Put Philip Glass, The Chemical Brothers and Ween in a room, tell them all to start playing at the same time, and you’ll have an idea of what Baltimore’s Dan Deacon sounds like. The Pitchfork rave of the moment is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but his noisy cacophony of song is definitely different.

MP3: Dan Deacon – Okie Dokie
Buy Spiderman Of The Rings

The NationalBoxer, the anticipation and buzz on this disc was so loud I had to check it out for myself.
I’ll commit blogger blasphemy and say I’m still not sure what the big deal is. Here’s one song I really liked. Listen for yourself and see what you think.

MP3: The National – Apartment Story
Buy The Boxer