Welcome Back, No Doubt!

After taking a rather LONG hiatus (since 2001’s classic “Rock Steady”), Gwen Stefani and the boys are finally back and have released a new single called “Settle Down” today. This is the initial single before they release their latest album next month entitled “Push & Shove.” If I must say, this is a great return for this 90’s ska band that has been an influence for so many pop/ska bands that proceeded it. Here is the latest and here’s hoping the rest of the album is just as strong! There’s no doubt that No Doubt is back!!!

Single Of The Week: Electric Guest’s “This Head I Hold”

Danger Mouse is one of the more prolific producers out there today and this new track from the band “Electric Guest” definitely benefits from his soul. This track is catchy as hell and will crawl into your head for days! From the opening clink of the piano keys, this song sets itself up as classic R&B but has that neo-soul feel that is getting so popular these days. Download it here for free and enjoy!

Single Of The Week: “Before The Light Takes Us” by Darkness Falls

Gotta love the ITunes freebie of the week! This week (December 20, 2011) they are spotlighting the band Darkness Falls. And what a great pick! With a throbbing (almost naughty) beat that reminds me of Joan Jett’s “Do You Wanna Touch Me There,” this track could be featured in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Apparently the 2 members of Darkness Falls are Danish and they’ve been together since 2009. Huh…who knew? The new album is called “Alive In Us” and it features this song. Go get it and tell me you don’t feel kinda dirty afterwards…

Here’s where you can get it on ITunes this week for FREE!!!

SOTW_11.2.11 – Gym Class Heroes’ “Ass Back Home”

Gotta love this rap/pop band. They consistently produce top notch pop singles (they’re holding the #3 spot on Billboard’s Top 100 right now with “Stereo Hearts”) and are usually dead on when it comes to what the masses enjoy listening too. Here is their latest single and the lyrics hit me because of all my traveling. Here is “Ass Back Home”…the next big hit for Gym Class Heroes!

I don’t know, where you’re going
Or when you’re coming home
I left the keys under the mat to our front door
For one more chance to hold you close
I don’t know, where you’re going
Just get your ass back home

We both knew this type of life didn’t come with instructions
So I’m trying to do my best to make something out of nothing
And sometimes it gets downright shitty in fact
When you call and I don’t know what city I’m in at
Or what day of the week in the middle of the month
In a year I don’t recall
It’s like my life’s on repeat and the last time we spoke
I told you I wouldn’t be long,
That was last November, now December’s almost gone
I’d apologize but I don’t realize what I’m doing wrong

And you’ve been nothing but amazing
And I never take that for granted
Half of these birds would have flew the coop
But you, you truly understand it
And the fact you stood beside me,
Every time you heard some bogusness
You deserve a standing o ‘cause they’d a just been over it

Let em talk, let em talk, let em talk, let em talk
Like we don’t hear what they saying
Let em walk, let em walk, let em walk, let em walk
We’ll just drive by and keep waving
Cause you and I above all that
Just let them wallow in it
Now they all choked up, yuck
Cause they be swallowing it

No one hold me down like you do sweetheart
You keep doing that, I keep doing this
We’ll be alright in the end
Trust that
We put the us in trust, baby
Let’s go

I don’t care what you’re after
As long as I’m the one, no
I don’t care why you’re leaving
You’ll miss me when you’re gone

I don’t know, where you’re going
Or when you’re coming home
I left the keys under the mat to our front door
For one more chance to hold you close
I don’t know, where you’re going
Just get your ass back home.

Single Of The Week: 10/18-10/23/11: Friendly Fires – *Blue Cassette*

I love it when I discover new songs by alternative pathways. Sometimes I happen onto a song via the internet, sometimes on ITunes, sometimes XM Radio. But in the case of this song, I heard it playing in a clothing store while waiting for my daughter to find new clothes. Apparently this band is from England and have 2 albums to date. One is “Pala” which was released earlier this year. “Blue Cassette” hasn’t been released as of yet as a single but I really like it. Kind of reminds me of classic 80’s alternative…which, as we ALL know, I’m partial too. Here is Friendly Fires with a great track from their latest release…

Single Of The Week: 10.4 – 10.10.11 *The Raveonettes – Oh Stranger*

This week’s hot single is a release from the soundtrack to the popular videogame that came out today called “Batman: Arkham City.” The Raveonettes’ awesome single, “Oh Stranger” is controlled chaos. Screeching guitars over a pounding drum and haunting vocals by lead singer Sune Rose Wagner, this band is a favorite of mine (check out their single, “Ignite” from their album “Raven In The Grave”) and I love this new track!

The only way I can post it is if I link you to THIS site. Go about halfway down the page. The track is featured there! Rock on!

Single Of The Week: 9.27 – 10.3.11 *Chickenfoot – Come Closer*

The start of something great? We shall see. But this is my latest category that allows you, my valued reader, a little break from spending your hard earned cash hand over fist. Here’s the deal…I’m gonna feature ONE song a week because 9 weeks outta 10 I ALWAYS download SOMETHING. I can’t remember when I didn’t. So this category will allow me to introduce you to something new without having to do it in bulk in my “Tunes From ITunes” category.

And my first featured single is from the supergroup known as Chickenfoot. With Sammy Hagar in the lead singer spot, former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony on bass, Joe Satriani on guitar and RHCP drummer Chad Smith, this band has all the street cred without some of the skepticism of OTHER supergroups (Mick Jagger, A.R. Rahman & Damian Marley? Who came up with that?). This track, the 4th track on their 2nd album “III,” is a slow burn and a layup crossover if they release it as a single. Here’s “Come Closer” from Chickenfoot. Great rock n roll, for sure…

“Come Closer”
by Chickenfoot