Friday, September 29, 2006

Not quite a Cosmo, but close

Well, it's Thom's birthday on Sunday, and since he won the five points yesterday (did anyone doubt?) he gets a song sent out in his honor. So here's his high school chum, China Forbes, singing with Pink Martini, a retro lounge dodecet (Thom knows something about everything.) She is a great singer as well.


Check them out at their website

Buy Pink Martini at Amazon
David Johanson? Mick Jagger?
Liz has a super-creepy Nick Cave song over at La Gringa

All this scratching is making me itch!
Very well done...

Thursday, September 28, 2006

More fings wot's like th'other

Maybe you all know the Arctic Monkeys. You should, but if you don't, they are a foursome out of Sheffield England. Legend has it that two neighbors asked their parents for guitars for Christmas five years ago and then talked a schoolmate into buying a drum kit, got another friend who actually already played the bass and then emerged fully formed from the skull of Athena (five points to the first person to place the allusion.) Ultra-hyped at this point, but ultra-charming.

A Certain Romance

Various info at their website

See their videos

Hear more of their demos

Buy Arctic Monkeys at Amazon

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Dumplin Man
Originally from Jamaica, MC Collizhun, A.K.A. Tough Dumplin, is a Toronto-based rapper and producer. This song is a tribute to Kwesro, a fellow member of a popular trio called Nefarius. Recently he has been working with Phife Dawg of Tribe Called Quest as well as running hip-hop workshops in Toronto's schools to promote diversity and work against gang violence (a truly Canadian endeavor.) He also has an online beat store at:

Why (tribute to Kwesro)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sara Holtzschue
I'm just thrilled to send you this amazing song by Sara Holtzschue! Sara is a singer/songwriter with a tremendously unique and beguiling style as well as a great friend. Her songs have such a rich depth and haunting beauty. She is playing with her quartet at Night and Day in Park Slope on October 7th. Go check them out!


Sara's website has show information.

Rachel Sage
Liz posted
Rachel Sage over at La Gringa today. She's been on my list to be SOD for a long time and quite truly I've just dithered about which song was best. Go listen!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Like el8ed
Playing this Saturday at Irving Plaza, Mates of State are a quirky pop couple from San Francisco. Making an awful lot of noise with just drums, keyboards, and two voices with an odd but persuasive sense of harmony, MOS are married now and have a daughter whom they thus far schlepp around the world. "Like U Crazy" is, I assume, an homage to Prince.

Like U Crazy

They have a nice website with music to hear and videos to see.

They also have a MySpace.

And MTV has their new video for "Like U Crazy."

Buy Mates of State at Amazon
Jumbling Towers
Matthew over at
Fluxblog has posted a really curious song "Beggers" by Jumbling Towers. For both of you who liked the Fiery Furnaces track that was SOD last month, as well as BookStud with her abiding love of Destroyer, go check it out.

Three other songs at their
Hey Jude!
(Sorry...) BookStud has a quite catchy little number--"Rick James" by Jude--as her
SOD over at La Gringa. Hard to get it out of your head I warn you.

Jude has a
website and a MySpace and another MySpace and another MySpace

Buy Jude at Amazon

Friday, September 22, 2006

Taking Flight
Wrapping up this week of vinyl is Joni Mitchell. A just stunningly amazingly talented writer and singer, and endlessly influential, and of course Canadian... I suspect a great many of us went through a period of listening to Blue or Court and Spark or One for the Roses over and over. Mine was in high school, largely prompted by my friend John Leedom, born-again at the time, with a haircut like Eddie Van Halen, who otherwise listened primarily to ACDC, but he loved Joni Mitchell beyond measure. "Black Crow" is from my favorite, Hejira, an album that almost collapses under the weight of its own pretension.

Black Crow

She has a very complete website.

There are many videos on YouTube, including a good clip from The Last Waltz.

Buy Joni Mitchell at Amazon

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Giving Canada back to England
The cleverest songwriter. Is there a category for that? Declan Patrick MacManus, born to Irish parents in London, renamed himself after Elvis Presley and Lew Costello in the era when he was backed by the band that later became Huey Lewis and the News (seriously...) One of the truly unique voices, literally and figuratively, he has written punk songs, ballads, country, pop, tin pan alley, all seemingly effortlessly and brilliantly. "Lipstick Vogue" is from a bootleg I bought on Bleeker St. a zillion years ago. I think it is from the same show in Canada that was later released as Live at the El Macambo.

Lipstick Vogue

Elvis Costello has a MySpace! With four songs you've very likely never heard!

There are 278 videos including a lot of live performances at YouTube.

Buy Elvis Costello at Amazon

Help! My house fell over!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

One More Night
Shannon ruled the dance floor at Area, Limelight, and the Palladium in the mid '80s. Few things were better than dancing until 4 in the morning (then somehow being at work at 9.) Brenda Shannon Greene grew up in Brooklyn and was a member of the New York Jazz Ensemble when legendary producer Chris Barbosa had her sing on "Let the Music Play" which was a club sensation and eventually a million-selling crossover hit. This is a remix of her second smash single "Give Me Tonight." The recording of it is awful (sorry!) because it is off a tape I made from my friend Diane's 12" single twenty-two years ago. But it's so great, I figured you should hear it regardless.

Give Me Tonight

You can see the seriously '80s video at YouTube

Buy Shannon at Amazon

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Two songs from the inbox

Cuckoo Canoe are a trio from Brooklyn with a nice sound. They are just finishing their record next month. Check out four songs at their MySpace.

Rock n' roll belter, Leah Androne has four songs on her MySpace as well as four videos on YouTube.
Fight the real enemy
It's slightly cheating because it's not really off vinyl, but since Liz didn't know "Fire on Babylon," I had to put this up today. Fantastically talented, but perhaps endlessly abrasive, Sinéad O'Connor has made a great deal of music since her cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," much of it quite excellent, but all has paled in comparison to tearing up a picture of the Pope on SNL and her public spat with Old Blue Eyes over the playing of the National Anthem in New Jersey. Liz reminded me of how excellent Faith and Courage is, as is Universal Mother, as are her first several albums, as probably are her latest several (which I haven't listened to yet, but now am growing curious, thanks to my own persuasive power.)

Fire on Babylon

The official Sinéad O'Connor website

There are 126 videos at YouTube

Buy Sinead O'Connor at Amazon

Monday, September 18, 2006

Long Island, 1976
It's break out the vinyl week! This is a hugely wonderful live version of "Panic in Detroit" from a bootleg of a David Bowie show at Nassau Coliseum in 1976. Having spent the previous six or seven years in a cocaine-fueled creative frenzy where he produced records that still sound astounding, Bowie was about to retreat to a sober ascetic life in Berlin. "Panic in Detroit" is a lesser-known tune from Aladdin Sane that was inspired by long-time Bowie collaborator, Iggy Pop's experience of the 1960s riots in his hometown. To me in high school, David Bowie was just the right blend of scary cool I longed to be associated with--mysterious, ambisexual, a bit obscure. The string of Hunky Dory through Station to Station was so remarkable and then pfft...

Panic in Detroit

Buy David Bowie at Amazon

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Juana and Her Sisters
It's quite the miserable rainy day, isn't it? I was considering doing what I often do, and putting up a happy peppy tune in contrast, but just to shake things up, I thought I'd play into it and put up something a little downtempo. Juana Molina's family fled Argentina after the military coup in 1976, after six years in Paris, the family returned and Juana became the country's most famous comedienne. Deciding that was not for her, she moved to L.A. where she makes quietly striking music in Spanish. And since I deeply disappointed Ms. Cerri in high school, I unfortunately can't guarantee you that they are sad songs, but I think it's a safe bet. This is "Rio Seco" from her new record, Son. It's just wrenchingly gorgeous and reminds me a great deal of Katell Keinig.

Rio Seco

She has four songs to hear at her MySpace and six more at her website.

She's playing October 10th at the Bowery Ballroom.

Buy Juana Molina at Amazon

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Sisters
Fluxblog has a new Scissor Sisters track up, "Paul McCartney" that he brilliantly describes as "...the audio equivalent of the color chartreuse."

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Dark dark dark
Like I said, dark. But captivating, lush, and epic too. And beautiful, did I say beautiful?
Anja Garbarek is the daughter of Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek. She's been recording, slowly (four albums,) for fifteen years. "Sleep" is off her most recent Briefly Shaking. Love the noise used as an element in the mix.


Four more songs at her MySpace and videos on her website.

Buy Anja Garbarek at Amazon
Some of my friends
Though their links are hanging out there on the right, I wanted to encourage you to go check out some friends of mine and their fabulous music.
First up Debbie Deane. Debbie is a way way great singer/songwriter and just a super great person. In many ways she is a jazz musician (renowned jazz saxophonist Josh Redman plays on her record,) but to my mind, she is much more in the pop/folk tradition of Carole King or Joni Mitchell. Go check out her website or MySpace.

Debbie will have a new record out in February! Yay!

Buy Debbie Deane at Amazon

Next, Sara Holtzschue is a jazz singer and songwriter par excellence. A classically trained singer, pianist, and flautist with just an amazing voice, Sara is playing at Night and Day in Brooklyn on Saturday, October 7th. I am certainly going to try to be there.

Finally, Bob VanPelt (who was SOD recently,) decided that not only would he start teaching at the school featured in "Blackboard Jungle," but that he would also join another band The Exotic Profiles (makes me think of Richard Hell.)

Perfect music for a rainy day
Über-producer and film composer, Jon Brion (Kanye West, I Heart Huckabees, Endless Silence of the Spotless Mind, Fiona Apple's 1st version of Extraordinary Machine) has a new solo record called Meaningless. The Stypod has the quite amazing first single "I Believe She's Lying" to listen to. Poppy, peppy, and very hard to get out of your head once it gets in, as well as quite the best use of the Vocoder I've heard in a while.

Buy Jon Brion at Amazon

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

You all are a hard group to impress. Try this one, Tigarah is Japanese and while in Brazil fell in love with Baile Funk (remember Bondo do Role from last month?) Now with Mr. D, a Brazilian Producer, she records in L.A. While her lyrics are in Japanese, in translation they have a lovable charm:

"she is the most popular model in those magazines
all the young people wanna be like her
once she walks on the street
everybody who passes by, looks at her
after the photo shooting in the studio
she chills out in a hip place
and goes to the vip party
and get some cute boy easily"
From "Roppongi Dori"

Like much Baile Funk, most of her songs have been multiply remixed. This track by Chernobyl, a Brazilian producer. Check out his remixes of Bondo do Role and M.I.A. at his MySpace.

Fake Out Rio (Chernobyl Remix)

Tigarah has four songs at her MySpace.

[So as a note about how excellent fluxblog is, when I was poking around after I put up this post, I saw that Matthew posted on her in July.]

Chris Pureka
Liz has a great song today at La Gringa
Pick me up off the floor somebody!
I am so extraordinarily psyched! Matthew at has linked to the SOD!

Matthew has amazing taste in music and is a terrific writer. Fluxblog was the first music blog I read, and it's still the one I check out first every day.

Go look right now!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Anti-Kinks
Tell me if I've gone here too often. The Kooks are a group of youngsters from Brighton and make extra cheery infectious pop. Named after a song on David Bowie's Hunky Dory album and not after the Swedish Band of the same name, they bring to mind Supergrass and also, though it's a bit of a stretch, the Kinks (without the misanthropy.)

She Moves in Her Own Way

Three other songs at their MySpace:

Buy The Kooks at Amazon
Space Junk
Wandered across a photo essay about people who salvage material from rocket launches in Kazakhstan. Isn't this an amazing picture?

Click the pic to see more.

Ever since I first heard this on Friday, I have been aching for you to hear Dengue Fever. The lead singer Chhom Nimol is from a famed pop dynasty in Cambodia and was performing in Cambodian nightclubs in Long Beach, California when Zac and Ethan Holtzman--brothers obsessed with the Cambodian pop music of the 1960s that incorporated American music that was played on the American military radio stations in Vietnam, as well as with Ethiopian soul music--came in search of a singer singing in Khmer. Shockingly, given that scenario, it's amazing. "Sni Bong" squeezes everything in and more, ending up with a sound that is exuberant, eerie, silly, fierce, and just captivating.

Unrecorded Love

You can hear more at their MySpace
And there are four live tracks at KEXP

Buy Dengue Fever at Amazon

Friday, September 08, 2006

It Was a Full Moon Yesterday
Liz (a.k.a BookStud) simultaneously launched her own song of the day over at La Gringa yesterday. It is so so so worth checking out since I absolutely adore Liz's musical taste! And the whole blog is quite entertaining and remarkably full of good stuff (at least until La Gringa gets a new job.)

There is a whole list of links over there at the right side of the page in case you haven't noticed.
French or Mashed
Since everyone loved the mash-up from the other day, here is "Unrecorded Love" by Doppelbanger. Using "Crazy in Love" by Beyonce and "Unrecorded" by French shoegaze band M83. It quite seamlessly takes a song that is fantastic by itself and twists it in an anthemic and rich way before somehow ending up in a puddle of croaking electronic frogs.

Unrecored Love

There are a bunch of other Doppelbanger creations at:
For something way strange and interesting, check out "How Goes Mental" -- Jay-Z vs. The Ramones.

I just saw that there is a really deep and thoughtful analysis of Beyonce, her music, and her place in the art/commerce zeitgeist over at fluxblog.

Buy Beyonce at Amazon
Buy M83 at Amazon

Thursday, September 07, 2006

And Now for Somefing Completely Different...

So today we have Jamie T, who I had confused with Jamie Liddell for a while, but if you know that there are two different people, it soon becomes clear that they are, well, different. Jamie T is a twenty year old from South London, and like Dizzee Rascal, The Streets, Lily Allen, and Lady Sovereign among others, he's created a super-exciting cultural polyglot that mixes rap, ska, samples, and acoustic guitar. Like Lily Allen, who he's now written some songs with for his new album, he built his fanbase via mixtapes and MySpace.

If You've Got the Money

He's got three more songs on his MySpace:

And there are a bunch of videos on YouTube:

Buy Jamie T at Amazon
Straight Outta Lapland!
Comes Husky Rescue to our rescue with a stunning pop gem. Really, they are from Finland and have great Finnish names like Miika and Reeta-Leena. They make mellow anthemic, magically gripping tales of an imagined American West, moody and a little disturbing, yet bubbly and frothy too!

Three more songs can be heard on their MySpace:
And you can watch three videos at:

Summertime Cowboy

Buy Husky Rescue at Amazon

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Shivaree is quite mysterious and intriguing. Ambrosia Parsley and cohorts have been making music for seven years, had a song over the credits of a Quentin Tarentino movie, and have a quite wonderful bluesy, besotted, tempting sound. Last year, she had a weekly segment on the liberal talk-radio station Air America called "Ambrosia Sings the News" where she wrote a one-minute song about the events of the week.

From their new CD "Who's Got Trouble," here is Shivaree's cover of "The Fat Lady of Limbourg" by Brian Eno--also later covered by Roxy Music.

The Fat Lady of Limbourg

[Sorry, my bad. They are not playing Bowery Ballroom on October 7th.]

There seem to be at least three MySpace pages with more songs:

Monday, September 04, 2006

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

People apparently dressed like this in the sixties even when they were singing about sadomasochism and drugs. The Velvet Underground were an astoundingly influential band, though I suspect few people can name more than four of their songs. (Quick! Try it!) Lou Reed and John Cale gradually gathered Moe Tucker (a pioneer female drummer) and Stirling Morrison, then Andy Warhol convinced them to let Nico sing four songs on the "Banana" album. Almost universally considered one of the best records ever, it was, of course, a commercial failure at the time. Here is a live version of "Venus in Furs" that is shockingly good. Sophisticated and experimental, yet DIY, atonal and melodious, and above all scary and threatening. What more do you want in a song?

Venus in Furs (Live)

There are some great videos of VU on YouTube.

Buy Velvet Underground at Amazon

Hot Chip
Hot Chip is an electro-pop band from London with a great sense of humor and a quite cloying and irresistible sound. I'm sure they are not going to appeal to everyone, but give them a chance and they will really grow on you. This is "The Warning," which nicely encapsulates all that is great about them. If you love them, go in search of the twelve-gazillion remixes of their songs.

You can hear four more at:
DJ Earworm
I realize I haven't put up a mash-up yet. Well today's the day! For anyone not familiar with the form, a mash-up is taking two or more songs and mixing them together to make something new. It can play as something much like a remix, or as something that really creates something new and interesting like DJ Hellraiser's "A Stroke of Genius" which mixed "Hard to Explain" by the Strokes with "Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera and completely transformed both songs. San Francisco has it's own particular style, largely working out of gay dance clubs. This is "Nobody Takes Your Freedom" by DJ Earworm, a popular DJ there, who grew up at a hippie commune in Iowa. (An aside to all Thom Campbell fans, he takes his name from the German word "ohrwurm" which means "a tune you can't get out of your head.")

DJ Earworm has a bunch of other tracks at: Particularly check out "Since U Been Gone," "Over the Confluence of Giants," and "Stairway to Bootleg Heaven."
Professor Jay
Bongoflava, "the flava from Dar es Salaam" is the most popular music in East Africa. It's heavily influenced by American Hip Hop, but mixed with traditional beats and instruments. Until the early '90s it was all performed in English, now it is entirely in Kiswahili. This is by Professor Jay, one of Tanzania's most popular and prolific artists.