Tunes From ITunes: I’m Going To Seattle And All I Got Was This Stupid U2 T-Shirt

So I’m getting ready to take a little trip to my favorite city in the U.S. of A….Seattle, Washington. And in my hand I have 2 tickets to see U2 in concert. Unfortunately, Bono had to go and have surgery so now I’m going to have to wait to see my favorite band in my favorite city. Either way, I’m gonna have a long flight and I’ll have my book and stuff to do, but I also need some good music to take along with me to crank to 12 and annoy the other people in my row. So here are a few new tracks I’ve picked up over the past couple of weeks. And if you’re the one sitting next to me, I apologize in advance but…well…sometimes ya just gotta turn it up!

Attack Attack – “Lonely” (pop/electronic)
Talk about an identity crisis! This band is a mishmosh of music styles. On their latest release, they pogo from tracks like this to screech metal and it’s kind of disorienting. But in a good way. And this track is a cool middle ground. Slow with piano and vocals that soar, I bet this is awesome in concert! But it’s got a weird outro…so be aware.

Against Me! – “Spanish Moss” (alternative)
From The Bravery to this band, there seems to be a lot of bands producing this kind of sound lately. But I totally dug this album when checking it out on ITunes snippets so I hooked myself up with the entire album. It’s pretty damn good! And this song is my favorite. Rocks in all the right places and is great with the windows down!

Plies featuring Tery Songz – “Kitty Kitty” (rap)
Gee…wonder what they’re talkin’ about here? With some sharp lyrics and a catchy beat, Plies follows up “She Got It Made” with this tribute to…uh…felines?

The Goo Goo Dolls – “Home” (rock)
Where in the world did these guys go? It seems like forever since I listened to “A Boy Named Goo” and I really wasn’t planning on listening to this single until I figured I’d give it a shot. And I’m glad I did. Memories from the 90’s came roaring back and if this is the kind of stuff on their soon to be released new album, I’ll be there to get it! THIS is the Goo Goo Dolls I know and I’m glad to hear they’re back!

Devo – “Mind Games” (alt-pop)
Thankfully, this amazing band is still relevant years after they came out with “Whip It” some 20-odd years ago! Their new album is chock full of pop goodness but this was my favorite track of all of them! Go check it!

Nicki Minaj – “Your Love” (rap)
Following in the footsteps of MIA,  Nicki samples Annie Lennox’s “No More I Love You’s” and ends up with a catchy track that should be a hit on pop radio. It’s a bit repetitive, but the beat is infectious and I kinda dig it.

22-20’s – “Latest Heartbreak” (rock)
This song just sounds dirty, like an underground club where I imagine these guys are playing and it’s smoky and sweaty and everyone is jumping up & down and the beat is driving everyone into a frenzy and then…I was in my car cranking this one waaaaaay up.

The Gaslight Anthem – “American Slang” (rock)
This “Freebie Of The Week” is pretty generic by most standards. But it IS free…so I got it. Reminds me of 90’s rock and average 90’s rock at that.

Usher – “OMG” (R&B)
At first listen, I really didn’t like this song at all. But after hearing it on the radio a few times, I can’t deny that it has a catchy vibe to it that I can’t shake. Makes me shake my butt and I swear it’s been in my head for at least 3 days…

The Ready Set – “Spinnin’ (pop)
My daughter is gonna LOVE this song! Straight from the same mold as Owl City, this song is repetitive and poppy and will go great with…well…spinning. A decent workout song which will get old fast with repeated listenings.

Leela James – “Tell Me You Love Me” (Soul)
What  a soulful voice. What a sexy song. This is a return to the glory days of soul music. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that I downloaded the entire album! If you wanna get your sexy back, go get this entire album and tell me it doesn’t make you wanna do the nasty.

Sarah McLachlan – “Out Of Tune” (pop)
There was a time when everything out of Sarah’s mouth was gold. Since then, she’s kind of become a one-trick pony…soft melodies and breathy vocals that sooth the savage beast. But chicks dig it and when I’m sleepy, I’ll throw on this little tune. It’s nice. Aaaaaand that’s all I got.

MC Chris – “Japanese Maid” (rap)
This rapper for the nerd set is actually pretty entertaining. A friend of mine introduced me to MC Chris and I can’t stop listening to this silly track. It’s X-rated (to some degree) but if you miss when Eminem used to be fun, you’ll LOVE this guy.

Band Of Horses – “On My Way Back Home” (alternative)
I love this song and it is great on those long plane rides where I’m yearning for home and can’t wait to see my family again. Check this one out when you’re in a melancholy mood.

Justin Beiber – “Somebody To Love” (pop)
Are you kidding me? Ths track is SMOKIN’ HOT right now! Just ask my daughter! But wait! There’s actually some truth to that! This IS a great pop song! And if I must say so myself…maybe this kid isn’t all just hype? This one will go great with your workout!

The Like – “Catch Me If you Can” (pop)
With a 50’s throwback sound and a Go-Go’s sense for pop, this is a catchy little ditty that you’ll probably hear on Grey’s Anatomy next season.

Marina & The Diamonds – “Hollywood” (alternative)
Sounding a lot like a cross between Siouxsie & Katie Perry, this is about as 80’s as you can get without traveling back in time to listen to it on your boombox in the middle of the night.

A Silent Film – “You Will Leave A Mark” (alternative)
Speaking of the 80’s, this band sounds like every alt-pop band of the late 80’s. I’m thinking Icehouse maybe? But it’s really GREAT Icehouse! And this track is excellent!

Taio Cruz featuring Ludacris – “Break Your Heart” (pop)
Sure…it’s all OVER the radio right now and you’re probably sick of it but I can guarantee you this…when you think about this summer? You’re gonna be thinking about this song. This is THE hot song right now. And I kinda dig it!

Christina Aguilera – “Lift Me Up” (R&B)

Holy crap I love this woman’s voice. I was a little disappointed when checking out her new album on ITunes. Unfortunately it sounds as if Xtina is back and she’s competing with the Lady Gagag for an audience. But truth be told, Christina was here long before that hack made an appearance and if you were to put them in a singing competition, Christina would kick Gaga’s ass. And this song is a good testament to that. Soaring vocals with a subtle guitar backing her up, this track is as good a bet as any I’ve ever heard. I pick it for Top 40 somewhere towards the fall. Gotta get all the dance crap out now while it’s summertime. And if you are so inclined and don’t wanna buy the ENTIRE album (which I decided not to. Maybe I can get it from DL?), download “WooHoo” (which is possibly the most x-rated song I’ve heard in ages) and “You Lost Me” (which she performed on American Idol earlier this year). Great tracks from a great artist…

Just because…

So now EVERYONE can produce a crappy album with a computer and a microphone. Seriously? This is just AWFUL and it hurt my ears but I listened to every 30 second snippet and it never got any better. Guaranteed to be on a ClearChannel radio station near you very soon…


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