5 On A Friday : DOH ! I Forgot To Get Stamps…

May 8, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Here’s a feature we haven’t done in quite a while, it’s 5 On A Friday in honor of the new Simpsons postage stamps released yesterday. Stop by the USPS site to vote for your favorite Simpson and register to win an autographed Matt Groening┬álimited edition┬áPoster. And remember to get those Mother’s Day cards in the mail by tomorrow because on Monday May 11th you’ll pay the penalty in more ways the one as the cost of a first class stamp goes up from 42 cents to 44 cents, not to mention what your mother will say if she gets a card with postage due.

1:The Marvelettes – Please Mr Postman
Buy Hitsville USA
2:Murder Mystery – Baby, You Can Write Me A Letter
Buy Are You Ready For The Heartache, Cause Here It Comes
3:The Sinceros – My Little Letter
Buy The Sound Of Sunbathing
4:Wilco – Box Full Of Letters
Buy AM
5:Miranda Lambert – Love Letters
Buy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

5 On A Friday : Taking Sides ?

September 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Hey, I heard there’s a debate tonight. You know, there’s always two sides to every story.

1:The Jayhawks – People In This Place On Every Side
Find The Bunkhouse LP
2: Jason Falkner – Both Sides Now
Buy Everyone Says It’s On
3: Wilco – Side With The Seeds
Buy Sky Blue Sky
4: Spoon – The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine
Buy Gimme Fiction
5: The Someloves – Back On Side With You

Buy Something Or Other

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

5 On A Friday : The Thirteenth

April 13, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Once again it’s Friday the thirteenth. Thirteen historically being a number full of mystery and superstition, today for 5 on A Friday we’ll take a look at some of the songs holding down the lucky?/unlucky? thirteenth spot on their respective albums. So cross your fingers, close your eyes, and turn it up.

13.1: Wilco – Too Far Apart
Buy AM
13.2: Modest Mouse – Dashboard
Buy We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
13.3: Southern Culture On The Skids – Fight Fire
Buy Countrypolitan Favorites
13.4: The White Stripes – Girl You Have No Faith In Medicine
Buy Elephant
13.5: Bright Eyes – Lime Tree
Buy Cassadaga

5 On A Friday : D-I-S-C-O-N-N-E-C-T-E-D

March 30, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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Today’s 5 on a Friday is a handful of new releases with titles “loosely” based on the phone company/DSL connection issues I’ve been having this week. Man oh man, can anyone else remember what you did before the internet explosion. It was a long week to say the least.
1: Son Volt – Slow Hearse
Buy The Search
2: Ted Leo and The Pharmacists – The World Stops Turning
Buy Living With The Living
3: Sister Vanilla – Down
Buy Little Pop Rock
4: Limbeck – Big Drag
Buy Limbeck
5: Wilco – Impossible Germany
Buy Sky Blue Sky