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Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Diversions

Monday from hell...  when aren't they??...  and 5 minutes of solace before homework...  dinner...  accounts payable (is there such a thing as receivable???)

Music?  Are you out there??  Take me away...

The Band "Don't Do it"  A good friend mentioned how the passing of Levon Helm was one that "cut a little deeper than most."  Nothing more to add in this space.  RIP Mr Helm.  You are already missed.

Snow Patrol "This Isn't Everything You Are"  They fact that Gary Lightbody wrote the lyric "Don't keel over" is one thing.  That he gets away with it, with such flair and conviction, is another thing entirely.  Hard to call them underrated since they have enjoyed a long and successful career.  But what a talented band they are.

Silversun Pickups "Bloody Mary"  This track, from their forthcoming LP, has a Snow Patrol intro feel.  Once Brian Aubert's vocals enter the song has a left coast Silversun feel to it.  Sure they are Smashing Pumpkins lite, but there are worse acts to emulate.  Looking forward to hearing the rest of it.

First Aid Kit "The Lion's Roar"  Hard to fathom these Swedish sisters are so polished.  They have the proper admiration for the past and a clear vision of the future.  Their debut record is worth listening to and some tracks, like this one, are plain fabulous.

Beirut "Santa Fe"  This song has appeared here previously.  But it continues to resonate.  It continues to play in my head.  Then it disappears for a while.  Then my daughter plays it on Spotify, or views the hysterical and clever video, and again it is unescapable.  Loving a lead singer/trumpet player.  Central Park for them later this summer and I can't see how I miss it.

White Rabbits "Danny Come Inside"  Live cut from Fordham's venerable WFUV.  Good old fashioned rock and roll right here from NYC.  Another track that has entered the bloodstream...  and did not know of it until I heard it live.

Naked and the Famous "Girls Like You"  Digging the trend of female/male singers all over the charts these days.  This band, Givers, Grouplove, Lady Antebellum, what, you don't like "Need You Now" and sing at the top of your lungs in the shower?  Just me??  "It's a quarter after 1/I'm a little lonely..."
Whatever, this track got some legs in the promo spot for the promising HBO show "Girls."  Great tempo and melody.  Clean and efficient fun.  And let's be honest, we can all relate to the lyric "Don't you know people write songs/About Girls like you!!"

Chappo "Come Home"  Along the lines of Naked and The Famous...  dance pop/synth/goofiness.  New surf or something along that line.  Or, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it.  You, not me.

Santigold "Disparate Youth"  Philly is blowing up the past few years.  Dr Dog, War on Drugs and Santogold to name a few.  And this will be our ode to Dick Clark (who started Bandstand in the City of Brotherly Love.)  RIP Mr Clark.  You were called the World's oldest teenager right?  Let's all remember our youth...  and hopefully remember it fondly.

The Band "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" 

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