New Playlist: “Reinventing Happiness Again”

By on Oct 14, 2008 in Music

I made this last night. It’s the first playlist I’ve made in a long time. Significant? Perhaps. Give it a few minutes; it takes forever to load … If it never loads, click here.

Genius Playlist: Maybe Tonight

By on Oct 11, 2008 in Music

I was messing around with Apple’s new Genius feature and to try it out, I asked it to come up with a playlist for Nicole Atkin’s song Maybe Tonight. I just realized this playlist changes as it goes so instead of listing it, I’m going to list the high lights and low lights so far … I started with: Maybe Tonight by Nicole Atkins off Neptune City in Country – Alt Country Highlights:Ted Leo & The Pharmacists in Rock – HipsterThe Pretenders in 80s/New WavePaul Westerberg in Rock – Indie/AlternativePixies in Rock – Indie/Alternative – I’m not a big huge Pixies fan but I think it’s nifty that it came up hereOld 97’s and Rhett Miller in Country – Alt Country – Since I was introduced to Nicole Atkins when she opened for Rhett Miller recently, this is extra fitting.Sucked Out by Superdrag off Regretfully...

CD Reviews: The Loved Ones, Horrorpops, and Tim Armstrong

By on Mar 5, 2008 in Music

Some thoughts on recently purchased CDs: The Loved Ones – Build & Burn After listening to The Loved Ones new cd, Build & Burn, I missed the intense drive of Keep Your Heart which begins with pounding drums and an energy-filled yell. I think it’s safe to say that The Loved Ones grew up … at least a little. On some level this is disappointing since I credit The Loved Ones and their song “Jane” to re-awakening my love of cheesy pop-punk and, in many ways, re-awakening myself. Nonetheless, after a few listens, I have come to really enjoy Build & Burn – and get its songs stuck in my head. Despite the decrease in intensity, Build & Burn offers all the catchy-ness of Keep Your Heart. “Louisiana”, a song about rebuilding New Orleans, is the first song that stuck in my head. It’s gospel-esque repetition seems fitting for the...

Who hearts Pink? I heart Pink!

By on Feb 6, 2008 in Music

I believe Pink has been listening to a lot of Freddie Mercury lately. There are certain moments in her new album, I’m Not Dead, that caused me to furrow my brow and rewind in case I’d heard wrong. First, it was the chorus to the title track, I’m Not Dead: “I’m not dead just floating.” The punctuated, tentative high pitch of the delivery screamed Freddie Mercury to me but then I thought maybe I was just crazy. On comes “‘Cuz I Can” with high pitched faux-Classical style backing vocals that include “Ice Cream Ice Cream We All Want Ice Cream” and “Ruff Ruff Ruff” (which was preceded by the line “I’m trying to school you dog.” Now I know I’m not crazy … and I know I freakin’ ♥heart♥ Pink. My love of Pink is not new it’s true but I really thought I had gotten over it....