Wednesday, February 8, 2012


EdMan 2/8/2012:

Happy New Year Everyone!  Let's Make it the best Ever!

Lot's of catching up to do.  I have listened to a ton of different music over the past 4 months.
I  have listed them in order of personal enjoyment. 
Please email me some of your new favorites so that I can post them for others!
I am in need of some kick-ass rock stuff!

GenreArtistAlbumFavorite SongsReview
3.5Blues RockThe Black KeysEl CaminoLonely Boy, Dead and Gone, Gold On The Ceiling, Money Maker, Nova BabyBuckly Recommendation:A pretty solid album, punchy and deep with lots of Fuzz.  Yet another White Stripes copier with a softer touch. I like some of the Neil Young type garage guitar too. Some Ian Astbury (the Cult) pitch on Money Maker. Kids really love Lonely Boy and Gold on the Ceiling.
3.5Pop Alternative RockThe DrumsPortamentoBook of Revelation, Days, What You were, What You Were. How it EndedThird Album:  Favorite album - Really good production quality here.  Great melodies. Love the "Days" song.  Some "Sparks" influence.
3.5RockCold PlayMylo XylotoHurts Like Heaven, Paradise, Charlie Brown, Every TearDrop is a WaterfallAlbum starts out strong.  Brings back memories of the old U2 and Simple Minds.  I really like "Charlie Brown" - gives me the chills when real loud driving down the highway.
3.5Indie RockVampire WeekendContraHoliday, Taxi Cab, Diplomat's SonNeighbor Ed Recommendation:
Paul Simonish voice. Simple, pleasant, refreshing, happy, quirky, light, fun and unique!  Songs sound better and better.  Afro beats reminesent of early David Bryne/Talking Heads without the guitar.
3.5Indie RockVampire WeekendVampire WeekendOxford Comma, A-Punk, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, M79, One (Blakes'Got a New Face), I Stand Corrected, The Kids Don't Stand a ChanceFirst Album: Probably the best one.
3.5ElectronicJohn FoxxMetamatic Delux EditionNice to have this in digital form once and for all.  Not quite Gary Numan but he tried.
3JazzWes Montgomery Bumpin' On SunsetI grew up with this constantly on my Dad's turn table just had to get it to remember how good jazz guitar used to be.
3Latin JazzWillie BoboSpanish GreaseAnother one from my childhood.  Fantastic songs if you are in the mood for spicing things up latino style!
3RnBJunior Walker and The AllStarsThe Ultimate CollectionShotgunChildhood classic - cool sax.
3PopMaroon 5Hands All OverMoves Like Jagger, Misery, Don't Know NothingKids favorite so I had to download it. It is a rather smooth album
3New WaveEmpire of the SunWalking On A DreamWalking on a Dream, We are the People, Swordfish HotKiss Night, Without YouSome Gary Numan twang in voice and Fadgadget Influence.  Nice melodies.

Must see video of them:
3RockFlorence and the MachineCeremonialsKind of reminds me of the old Annie Lennox days. Very full sound with many anthems.  You have to be in a certain mood - very heavy.
3Surf RevivalLaika and the CosmonautsAmazing Colossal BandAztec 2 Step, Floating, Get CarterThanks Greg for the recommendation!  Desert trekking music.
3Surf RockLos StraitjacketsViva Los StraitjacketsThe Casbah, Pacifica, Swamp FirePound the Pacifica's and Dance!  Another great one from Greg.
3ReggaeTrevor HallTrevor HallInternal Heights, Lime TreeNice music Greg!
3ReggaeMishkaAbove The BonesCoastline JourneyNeeded some more backyard reqgae - thanks again Greg.
3Japanese Rockyurayura teikoku Dudes.  Check this out.  I’m pretty confident you will dig it.  Check out how the drummer holds his sticks……..
3RockRolling Stones Beggars BanquetNeigbor Ed recommends to go back to the far past and re-kindle this classic - he can't take the needle off the album.
2.5Pop Alternative RockThe DrumsThe DrumsBest Friend, Book of Stories, I''ll Never Drop My SwordSecond Album:
There are really getting better on this one.  More catchy toons.
2.5Alternative Indie RockAtlas SoundParallaxMy Angel is Broken, LightsWorksHypnotic and dreamy music like Eno.
2.5SoundtrackTwighlight Saga Eclipse SoundtrackVarious ArtistsGood mix of new stuff
2.5Pop RockYoung the GiantYoung the GiantCough Syrup, Your Side, GarandsSome U2/Cold Play rhythm vibes, Gomez type voice.
2.5ElectronicThe Naked and FamousPassive Me Aggressive YouPunching in a DreamSome fun easy electronica
2Alternative Indie RockThe Black BellesThe Black BellesThe Wrong Door, Howl At The Moon, Pushing Up DasiesBuckly Recommendation: Voice is kind of like Gwen Stafani with a few  Lene Lovich pitches.  Some White Stripe background riffs. Spooky Halloweenish like Dead Weather.
2Electronic PopMathew HerbertOne OneLeipzigIf you feel if you want to go on a electronic trip hop.  Might be a little too trippy for me.
2Pop Alternative RockThe DrumsSummertimeLet's Go Surfing, Saddest SummerFirst Album (not the best one).  I love these guys because they bring me back to my high school days  when I tried to start a band.  They sound like something I could have played in the 80s.  Very simple but they have some very catchy toons.  Some Smiths, New Order, Marc Almond, PinBack influence.
2PopThe BanglesSweetheart of the SunAnna LeeHad to get it because of how they sounded on KLOS/Mark-Brian show. Susanna Hoffs still has the voice. A bit of an edgy album.
2ElectronicaThe PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix1901Kind of whiny with some Florence background tubelar bell melodies.
2Blues Rock/Spoken WordTom WaitsBad As MeGood if you are over the top drunk.  Hard to listen to sober.
2Indie RockBand of SkullsBaby Darling Doll Face HoneyDeath By Diamonds and PearlsThat’s one kick ass song.
2Pop ElectronicThe Human LeagueCredoI thought this may have been a comback.  All the same players but the comeback failed.  Lacking the umph bigtime.  Can barely listen to the entire album. Daughter did put one song on her Ipod.
If you want to see what they look like today and hear a sample of new stuff:
1.5Indie ElectronicPhantogramEyelid MoviesMouthful of DiamondsTechy twang - slow and mellow like Slow Children.  A bit too dreamy for me.
1ReggaeI-WayneLife TeachingsI read a good review - review lied.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


EdMan 10/19/11:

I have been all over the map lately searching for good stuff.

Here is a list of 80s music that I have been listening to this month:

I finally found mp3s of Gary Myrick and the Figures.
The album is fast speed and excellent to work to - really clean rocknroll licks - "Oh Ya"
Check out  these you tubers!
"She Talks in Stereo":
"Living Disaster":

Then I remembered another old favorite Nick Lowe and downloaded
"Cracking Up"
"Big Kick, Plain Scrap!" these 2 are real gems.  Nick actually has a new album out but his style has radically changed to an old mellow crooner.  I am not that old yet.

Found the wild and crazy The Suburbs on youtube.  See them play:
"Spring Came":
"Tape My Wife to the Ceiling":
I had the exact same hair as the singer!

Peter Case (the old Plimsouls singer) has a new album called "Wig$".  It has some nice J Hooker licks, nice harmonica, some creedance/byrds fuzz guitar.
I also downloaded "The Case Files" album: Very raw and scratchy, light blues, sounding like dylan, reed - some spoken word.  I was hoping that these 2 albums would be as good as "Full Service No Waiting", but they do not come close.  Oh well.

A disappointment was Bryan Ferry's latest "Olympia"  from 2010.  Many of the Roxy Music musicians joined him on this like Phil Manzanera.  I found it very gloomy and dragging.  No umph at all.  No spark.

Chris Isaak's new one "Beyond the Sun" sounds very Karaoke to me.  It is a remake of alot of old classics.  It is straight as an arrow - no bounce - no personality.  His voice is great but the band sounds like it was cut and pasted.  I have only listened to it once...I will give it some more play...

Just Downloaded:
Erasure "Tomorrow's World" r2011
Gary Numan "Dead Son Rising" r2011
The Drums "Portomento" r2011

Looking forward to upcoming releases:
Lou Reed singing with Metallica
Janes Addiction

Monday, October 3, 2011


10/2/11 DanB:
Check out Hugh Laurie “Let them Talk”  ---  BLUES.
Yep, it’s HOUSE.  If it’s not your style give it a few listens--It will be.
Very catchy.  Quality sound.
Best Songs:   St James Infirmary   Tipitana    Police Dog Blues


MichelleD 10/1/11:

WILCO                  "THE WHOLE LOVE"                         GENRE:  ROCK                   SIMILAR TO BOWIE



GregH 9/30/11:

Here are a few things I have been enjoying:

Reggae style music by a white guy that grew up on a boat traveling around the Caribbean.  He has 4 albums and I like them all.  I think my favorite is "Above The Bones".  Favorite songs are "Peace & Love", "Guy With A Guitar", "My Love Goes With You" and "Long Road"

Trevor Hall
Reggae style but not as reggae as above.  Depending on the album can be harder or softer.  I don't care for his most recent album.  Favorite album depends on my mood but recommendation would be to go with his self titled album.  Favorite tunes are "Lime Tree" and "Unity" which is a duet with Matisyahu.  

If you like Booker T., I gotta think you would love Los Straitjackets.  Their good stuff is all instrumental and some of them just take me to a different place.  Can't pick an album but favorite tunes are "Dreamland", "Pacifica","Can You Dig It?", "Isn't Love Grand", "Jetty Motel", "University Blvd.", "Calhoun Surf","Close To Champagne","State Fair", "Catalina" and their covers of classic like "Out of Limits" and "Perfidia".

Staying in the surf music genre, Laika & The Cosmonauts  Cosmopolis 1988-2008 is a great best of album.  Favorites include "Floating","Get Carter" (Yes, the same Get Carter that Human League did) and "Fadeaway".  While Los Straitjackets are heavier on the guitar, these guys have more organs and are probably closer to Booker T.  These guys were from Finland.  They retired a couple years ago and I saw one of their final shows in Boston where they played with Los Straitjackets.  It ruled.  I got a flyer from the show as well as a drum stick.

Feeling like there is no where to guy after you crank "The Trooper" at volume 10?  Follow it up with "Queen of the Reich" by Queensryche.  I would put the first 1 minute of this song up against any other.  It KICKS ASS.  Lyrics are on par with "The Trooper" too:

In the dead of night
She'll come and take you away
Searing beams of light and thunder
Over blackened plains
She will find her way

Flying high through the night
She will hide your fate
As she takes your soul from under
And the blinding light of the castle fades

There is no escape
It's the ending of your precious life

Your soul slipped away
It belongs to the queen of the Reich
The queen of the Reich
Yeah, she's coming for you

You're fading away
Your life cast astray
A victim the beast shall obtain

The light will not shine
For you'll die tonight at her shrine
And black is the last thing you'll see

Over and over
Dreams of dying fill your head
It's the sign of the cross
That you'll find ahead

No one will answer
The light is fading away
Captive souls are screaming out in pain

There is no escape
It's the ending of your precious life

Your soul slipped away
It belongs to the queen of the Reich
You're fading away, no, no, no
The queen of the Reich
You're slipping away, yeah
The queen of the Reich


EdMan 9/29/11:

Here is my list of Artists in order of most listened to over the last Month (not very rocky!).

Foster The People: Torches [Best Buy Exclusive]
Genre: Synth Pop
Rating: 4/5
Feedback: Very Good feel good music, great to wake up to and start the day - gets you moving, every song flows with great vibes.  I have not heard an album with this many good songs in a while.
Similar Sound: Banarama, Prefab Sprout, Dandy Warhols, Toto  Cuelo, 80s
Popular Hit Song: Pumped Up Kicks
Personal Favorites:  Helena Beat, Call It What You Want, Houdini, Warrant

Lenny Kravitz: Black And White America
Genre: Rock
Rating: 4/5
Feedback: Great lyrics, one of my favorite albums from Lenny - welcome back!  Love the variety - very solid.  Great Love and Peace messages - 80s, Synthesizer, Guitar, Funk.
Similar Sound: Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Brown
Radio Hit Song: Stand
Personal Favorites: Come and Get it (RHCP) , Rock Star City Life, Life Ain't Ever Been Better Than It is Now (James Brown)

Martin Solveig: Smash
Genre: Synth Pop
Rating: 3/5
Feedback: You ready for driving to Hollywood and hit the dance clubs!  A few good ones but also a few gummy songs.
Similar Sound: Frankie goes to Hollywood, Reflex, Human League, 80s
Popular Hit Song: Hello
Personal Favorites:  Ready 2 Go, The Night Out, Get Away From You, Boys & Girls

Steve Martin: The Crow, Rare Bird Alert
Genre: Blue Grass
Rating: 4/5
Feedback: When I need to get work done fast - these are the ultimate.  I worked 8 hours straight just listening to these 2 albums repeating.  Blazing Banjo songs - really makes you feel good.  Fanstic when fishing in a lake on a wooden bridge - Huck Finn you there?
Similar Sound:
Radio Hit Song:
Personal Favorites: Daddy Played The Banjo, Pitkin County Turnaround, Words Unspoken, Blue River Waltz, Rare Bird Alert, Yellow-Backed Fly, Jubilation Day, Atheists Don't Have No Songs

The Cars
Move Like This
Genre: Synth Pop
Rating: 4/5
Feedback: Very solid album from top to bottom, feels like the Cars have never left.  First time in a long time that I could play an album over and over not get too sick of it.
Similar Sound:
Radio Hit Song: Too Late
Personal Favorites: Blue Tip, Keep On Knocking

Booker T Jones: Potato Hole - featuring Neil Young - wow - now that is an amazing mix!, The Road From Memphis - funky as can be!

Raul Malo: Sinners & Saints
Genre: Country
Feedback: Fantastic album from the ex-Maverick what a voice.

Duran Duran: All You Need Is Now
Feedback: Solid - beyond expectation.

Madeleine Peyroux: Standing On The Rooftop
Genre: Jazz
Feeback: If you are gonna have a nice quiet dinner and wine - this is it.

Neil Young: Le Noise
Feeback: Walk with Me - oh what an angry guitar - sounds like Crazy Horse!

Fred Benedetti: Famenco Dreams
Genre: Jazz Flamingo
Feeback: Play for leisure quiet time...very nice guitar playin...

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