Saturday, May 19, 2007

And the Wailers
Alice Russell wails good. A pop/jazz/soul singer from Framlingham in Suffolk--I think that's in England--she has made a couple of records of covers and collaborations and one of originals, as well as occasionally singing with the White Stripes.

Get Ready in the Morning

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Down a Lazy River
Gaelle drifts lazily between jazz-infused R&B and EBTG-style downtempo. So being me, I like the latter. I'm sure most of you disagree... Her parents came from Haiti to New Jersey and now she lives in Atlanta. She quite nicely also raises money for the NAIO Gallery Children's School of the Arts in South Africa. There is a bunch more of her music on her MySpace, so see what you think...

Give it Back

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and website

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Keep Your Hat OnLike an un-Disney-affirmed Randy Newman (is that grammatically correct?,) The Sharp Things are wry and whiney in a good way. A random collection of Brooklyn musicians--they often number as many as 30 on the stage--they have been playing in different combination for a dozen years or so. And usually I can attest to the general brilliance of a group, but here I can't. I just like this song and when I have time, I will click on the links below. They play Thursday night at the Luna Lounge.

I'll Always Be Your Loser Baby

Their MySpace
and website

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Fused
A quite wondrous combining, Ketama, Toumani Diabate & José Soto are from Spain, Mali, and Spain respectively. Flamenco is many layered to begin with, but this seems to take it all vastly deeper with appropriate reminders of southern Spain's proximity to Africa.

De Jerez a Mali

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Essential
Reducing all music to its essence is "Good Intentions" by the Welsh bruising trio McLusky. It is a useful song to play on your way to anything that would be personally challenging. Now I don't know if I first heard this on the wondrous Roaring Machine, but that is a blog packed wall to wall with exceptional music. Jarring and jittery, a distinct side step from Liz's usual twee-tastic taste, McLusky had some of the best named albums around, including the source of this track: "The Difference Between You & Me Is That I'm Not On Fire."

Good Intentions



McLusky (Live)

Too Pure Records website

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

I say "Foo!"
Quite appropriately, let's wish Liz, from the always engaging La Gringa, a rousing "HAPPY NEW JOB!" with another band of peppy Irishmen, The Walls. Engagingly DIY, they have a scrappy and somewhat Beck-ish new album, New Dawn Breaking out now. (Now I have to ask is that Joaquin Phoenix and Dave Grohl on the left of that picture?) And even if the band is not to your taste overall, this song will be. It's astonishingly irresistible!

Some Kind of a Woman



Open Road (Live)

Their website
and MySpace

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Mysterian
Today from the sublime Untitled, is Alif Tree, a mysterious and shadowy stylist from France. This is one of those songs that I think of as "suggestive" in every sense of the word. (I almost said "the world" which might have been right as well.) But each time I hear it, I feel like a suggestion has been made of how to interpret the world at that moment. See where it takes you...

Belle

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And MySpace

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

As Pablo Picasso said, "Amateurs imitate, Professionals steal."
In this spirit, I am going to introduce you to a few artists this week that I have heard on some of my favorite blogs. And there is no better place to start than Lost in Your Inbox with the extraordinary Cloud Cult. Haunting and tentative, half of their songs leave me weeping into somebody's coffee on the subway--and let me tell you THAT gets quite the reaction! None more than this song I have to say. They have a new album and are currently touring which should be well worth seeing!

Training Wheels



Pretty Voice (Live)

Their website
and MySpace

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