Tunes From ITunes: April Showers Bring May…Showers?

Waddaya mean we’re rippin’ off “The Lonely Island” guys?!?!

Damn all this rain! All over our country, the weather is keeping us from doing the one thing we ALL enjoy and that is…cruising with our tops down and our music cranked up! If we get any more rain, I might have to attach floaties to my house and hope for the best. Either way…I’m good to go because I got ITunes and it has been SMOKIN’ the last couple of weeks! ALL KINDS of new releases from bands that I love and so…without a care in the world…I present this months mix of GREAT MUSIC!!!! Prepare for a flashback….

Raphael Saadiq – “Heart Attack” (R&B)
Oh yeah…THIS one is gonna be burning up my IPhone for the rest of the summer! Nothing better than classic R&B and Raphael is in a class of his own with this return to that classic retro sound. Go here if you wanna hear it! It’s HAWT!!! To recommend anything less than buying the entire album would not do Raphael’s work justice. Get the entire album…it’s worth it!

Mat Kearney – “Hey Mama” (pop)
Catchy and smooth, kinda like a milkshake at the local ice cream shop.  Got a great hook and Kearney is one of those under-appreciated artists who deserve a big hit!

The Cars – “Free” (rock)
Thankfully, the new Cars album doesn’t suck! It’s actually a very strong return to form for this great alt-rock 80’s band! So with much pleasure I give you MY favorite track off “Move Like This.” Classic Cars and will please all of their fans! If you like this, the lead single, “Sad Song,” is also great and you can also buy “Keep On Knocking” or “It’s Only.” RIP Benjamin Orr…your talents would have made this album even THAT much better…

Jennifer Lopez – “(What Is) Love?” (pop)
You can put it down now…this will be a big hit. Look for it burning up pop radio in 5…4…3…2…1…

The Lonely Island featuring Michael Bolton – “Jack Sparrow” (comedy)
Not only is this a great song with one of the most ridiculous (big, sexy) hooks I have ever heard, it also features a classic 80’s artist making fun of himself. It’s a great return to form for Bolton who could use a little of the limelight and his ability to laugh at himself makes this that much more entertaining! Check it out! You can also get the SNL classic “Motherlover,” “After Party” or “I Just Had Sex!”

Kram – “Satellite” (alternative pop)
Not surprisingly, I get a lot of my music from movies and this track is featured on one of the better movies from last year. If you haven’t seen “Easy A”, you should. It is an homage to the great John Hughes films of the 80’s with more modern music! This is my favorite of the bunch!

Katie Cole – “Gravity” (rock)
Not surprisingly, I get a lot of my music from the boob tube also and this track is featured on the latest Movado watch company commercial. Relatively unknown, Katie Cole reminds me of some of the great female rockers of the 90’s. You can’t get this song on ITunes yet but if you’re on Facebook or Myspace you can download it for free! Go get it and wish her well…she’s got a great future ahead of her!

Dum Dum Girls – “He Gets Me High” (rock)
Speaking of great female rock artists, here’s the latest from this retro rock all-girls band. After last years excellent album, “”I Will Be,” I will listen to anything Dee Dee and the girls pump out and this track is excellent! I’m digging the girl bands right now. When is Metric gonna release a new album??? Oh well…this EP will hold me over…for now.

Beastie Boys – “Here’s A Little Something For Ya” (rap)
O…M…G…This track is TEARING up my CD player in my car!!!! A complete return to form for our favorite New Yorkers and the beat in this one is GUARANTEED to make your ass shake! I’m thinking you’re gonna be hearing this one on the radio (I hope, I hope, I hope…) this summer. It’s just too damn good to NOT listen too! Welcome back Boys! We missed ya! I also downloaded the Santigold featured track, “Don’t Play No Game I Can’t Win” and their pre-released single “Make Some Noise.” All 3 are CLASSICS! Here’s “Make Some Noise”…

Music Soulchild – “Single” (R&B)
Not gonna lie…this track reminds me of something Keith Sweat might have done. Smooth R&B with lyrics that have a little bit of a “grass is always greener” tilt to it. I like it but it doesn’t blow me away. Check it out though!

Other Lives – “Dust Bowl III” (alternative)
Straight from Stillwater, Oklahoma, you can feel the desert heat and the dry wind in your face when this band plays. I got a lot of love for this sound and I totally love this song. I also downloaded “For 12.” Reminds me of Chris Isaak only darker…MUCH darker…

Dredg – “The Thought Of Losing You” (alternative)
Average alt-pop track that gets somewhat repetitive. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it either. But the band sounds tight and I have hopes that maybe I’ll hear something better from them sooner or later.

Raekwon – “Rock ‘N’ Roll” (rap)
This is a slow burn with featured artists Ghostface Killah & Kobe Honeycutt. I dig it but it’s for rap enthusiasts only.

Medina – “Addiction” (dance)
If you like dance tracks by Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga, this will fit in your playlist! I picture this one getting airplay at your local dance club. I like it!

Foo Fighters – “Bridge Burning” (rock)
So the new Foo album is out and I ran out to get it and right out of the gate, the first track is this one. I swear…I couldn’t hear for 2 days after cranking it OUT in my car. Unfortunately, as much as I WANTED to love this entire album, THIS is the best track on it. Great hook, Dave Grohl’s vocals are excellent and everything just works! As for the rest of them album, there’s nothing wrong with it…I guess I just was expecting something fresher. Instead, it’s classic Foo and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But I was hoping for something new, I guess. I dunno. I’m very confused…

Nicki Minaj – “Here I Am” (rap)
Everyone LOVES Nicki and I have to admit, I’m a HUGE fan of hers when she’s a featured artist on other artists’ tracks (see Kanye West’s “Monster” for one of the best raps EVER by a featured artist! She tears it up!), but I can’t really say I love her album “Pink Friday.” That being said, I don’t know that she made the album to cater to a 40-something white male. So what I can say is I really like this track which has a smooth R&B tip and cool piano. Dig it!

Uh…yeeeeah….

SURPRISE SONG OF THE WEEK THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD HATE BUT I DON’T: Lady Gaga – “The Edge Of Glory” (pop/dance)
Okay…here’s the thing…THIS track belongs in an 80’s movie final credits. Think “Footloose” (which is being remade as we speak. Maybe this song will end up on the soundtrack?) with a dance hook. I am gonna go on record as saying this is my…(cough)…favorite…(ack)…Gaga song. It even has a saxophone solo in the middle. It’s like she knew how to finally get to me. I hate you Gagag! But I DO like this song…dammit.

WORST SONG RELEASED IN THE PAST 3 YEARS: Lady Gaga – “Judas” (doesn’t matter. It sucks)
So to counter the surprise that is “The Edge Of Glory” I am back to my bashing of Gagag. This song is easily the WORST in her collection. I don’t know if it’s gonna be released on her to new album or what but whoever decided to release this below average B-side should be smacked in the face with a 2×4.  Not only did they release it just before Easter, but the lyrics and the music are just horrible! The Gaga backlash lasted a second and then the song was gone. Thankfully. But I would love to point out the fact that Madonna released a sex book with her naked throughout most of it earlier in her career so…this is just as bad.

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Raphael Saadiq Chases The Blues Away

I am SOOOOO tired of the crappy, cold, rainy weather we are having here in the midwest. OVER IT! So I had to go find a song that would break me out of the spring blah’s mode and I found it. Although his new album doesn’t drop until next week and this song isn’t available until then, I found it on YouTube and HAD to share! Turn up the speakers and get ready to shake your butt ’cause :08seconds in the bass kicks in, the beat takes over and it doesn’t stop throughout the entire 3:30+ of the song. Awesome track form this R&B revivalist! Can’t wait to hear the entire album!!!!

Tunes From ITunes_Febru…er…March Edition


No…this is NOT the set of the latest “Walking Dead” episode…

Wow! February just flew by and now it’s March already??? What happened? Oh well…March Madness is in the air and I’ve been working too much but I’ve still had time to download some new music and if there’s one thing that keeps me plowing through these cold, winter months…it’s good music. So here are some tracks to keep you warm while the ice and snow start to melt outside…

Radiohead – “Separator” (alternative)
Hypnotic and beautiful, Yorke & Co. have come up with another instant classic! I have to admit though, the backing instrumental kind of reminds me of Dario Gands’ “Voices”…but it’s still excellent!

Bright Eyes – “Shell Games” (alternative)
The modern Bob Dylan strikes again with some fancy lyric work and a catchy tune. This is a must have and is one of Conor Oberst’s better tunes off the new album “The People’s Key.”

Hugo – “99 Problems” and “Bread & Butter” (alternative)
Yes…it is a spin on the Jay Z song with a banjo and a driving beat that keeps your toes tappin’. As for “Bread”…well…let’s just say it has some edge to it. Download them both and keep hoping this guy releases an entire album of this stuff!

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – “No” (rock)
I LOVED Adams’ “Rock N Roll” album from a while back and although everyone likes his acoustic guitar stuff, I’m all about his electric guitar. This track rocks with the best of his best and I love the lyrics…
“No wonder I fell

Nobody was underneath me there to catch me
When I go under and down again and on and on…”

Mona – “Listen To Your Love” (rock)
Catchy refrain and some deft guitar work sets this track apart from many rock tracks. Never heard of this band but I’m gonna keep an eye on them, especially after this track!

The Twilight Singers – “Blackbird and the Fox” (alternative)
Not my favorite TS track but still so much better than some of the stuff out there. A little melodic piece from Greg Dulli’s “other” band.

Runner Runner – “Hey Alli” (pop)
Like so many pop rock bands that sing about love and heartbreak, this is one of many. However if you have kids who dig The Disney Channel, this ain’t so bad.

PT Walkley – “Save The World” (alternative)
Great song! Love the horn section in the middle. Love the lyrics. Love the violins. Just an all-around fantastic little song!

The Cave Singers – “Black Leaf” (rock)
HOLY CRAP! Stealng a little bit of thunder from The Black Keys, this song KICKS and THRASHES you around in a bluesy frenzy! LOVE IT!

Lupe Fiasco – “Words I Never Said” (rap)
Hmmmm…the jury’s still out on this one. Like the loping beat and the refrain by Skylar Grey, but there is something a little too familiar here…

Paul Simon – “The Afterlife” (pop)
What a great return single from the better half of the 70’s supergroup (?) Simon & Garfunkel. Sounding very much like his heyday of “Graceland,” this song is a MUST!

Fleet Foxes – “Helplessness Blue” (alternative)
Speaking of Simon & Garfunkel…this sounds like a track that could have been released in the 60’s. Simon & Garfunkel…step aside! Here’s your replacement! Very mellow and songwriter-ish.

Beady Eye – “Wigwam” (rock)
The latest from Oasis…er…maybe not? Apparently one brother skipped out so now it’s the rest of the band and a new name. Very exciting. However this track is not. Kind of slow and long. But it IS Oas…wait…I just covered this…

The Hundred In The Hands – “Lovesick (Once Again)” (alternative)
Very catchy song, reminds me of classic Heart a little. Without the Wilson sister range. But still…not a bad track!

Wiz Khalifa – “Black & Yellow” (rap)
I’m sorry…but I LOVE this song. Too bad its by a Pittsburgh rapper. But still…it’s EXCELLENT!

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (alternative)
Almost too hip for itself, this track is catchy as hell and plays well in my car stereo!

White Lies – “Bigger Than Us” (alternative)
I absolutely loved “Death” from their previous album, “To Lose My Life.” This track isn’t quite as strong, but it’s still up to par. Give it a listen, tell me what you think!

Iration – “Fresh Grounds EP” (alt-pop-reggae)
5 tracks of pure pop/reggae awesomeness! I loved this band’s album “Time Bomb” last year and this just continues the trend!
Favorite Track: “Can’t Wait”

Wye Oak – “Civilian” (alternative)
How much do I love this song? Let me count the ways…

Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin'” (blues)
It’s always refreshing to hear a little blues that tries to mix it up. This song smokes up the room with a little harmonica and female backup singers that give it a sexy tinge. LOVE IT!

R.E.M. – “UBerlin” (alternative)
Michael Stipe and the boys are back and this song kind of hints to a return to the R.E.M. of “Around The Sun.” Not a good thing. I really don’t like this song at all but it was free and I LOVE their classic 80’s stuff so I’ll give ’em the benefit of the doubt. There had to be a reason this was free in ITunes…right?

Telekinesis – “Car Crash” (alt-pop)
Great beat, great guitar, great sound. And the leader, Michael Benjamin Lerner, is from Seattle! LOVE IT!

S. Carey – “In The Dirt” (alternative)
I just love this song. Pretty piano with hand claps in the background. Kind of mellow in all the right ways. I dig it…

CLASSIC TRACK OF THE WEEK: The English Beat – “Tears Of A Clown”
What happens when you take a classic R&B song, add a reggae beat and bring the tempo up a few notches? Pure pop goodness! And The Beat know how to do a remake the right way!