Thursday, June 28, 2007


Song: Rattled
Artist: The Traveling Wilburys
Album: Collection

The Traveling Wilburys were an 80's supergroup consisting of music legends George Harrison (The Beatles,) Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne (E.L.O.) They all had silly "Willbury" names and while the music was done in a very slick 80's rock fashion (Production by Lynn) the group seemed to really just set out to A) have a blast like only a group of rock legends could, and B) try their hand at writing songs in a variety of musical styles from days done by.

Both Wilburys albums, "Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1" and Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3" (haha, there is no vol. 2... these boys are so clever) had never been released on CD but this month finds a two disc "box set" called "Collection" that pute together everything from those two albums as well as a handful of B-Sides.

Despite the pedigree of those involved, these guys were out to have fun, not write two classic albums. But there are some great songs here, including hits "End of the Line," "Handle With Care," (which was covered by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins) and "Last Night." I didn't remember "Rattled" from way back then (I had a cassette of vol. 1 but never got 3) but it's a fun rock-a-billy shuffle that's quick and to the point.


Handle With Care

End of the Line

Inside Out

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Heinrich Maneuver

Song: Heinrich Maneuver
Artist: Interpol
Album: Our Love to Admire

I was a big fan of Interpol's sophmore album, the Joy Division biting "Antics," and have subsequently been itching to hear their new record. Lead single "Heinrich Maneauver" is vintage Interpol; a touch creepy, super catchy, with lyrics so obtuse you have no idea what you're singing along to.

I have not had a chance to listen to the record in its entirety, but based on the strength of "Heinrich," it sounds like another dose of typical Interpol... which is far from a bad thing.


Videos from songs on "Antics":


Slow Hands


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Con

Song: The Con
Artist: Tegan & Sara
Album: The Con

"The Con," the fourth album by twin Canadian sisters Tegan & Sara is possibly my most anticipated album of the summer if not year. Their last album, "So Jealous" was an instant hit with me, a killer mix of new wave and pop hooks, it honestly should have made them known world wide... or at least had one pop hit, there were many contenders on the album.

After just one listen to "The Con" it is evident that they are not looking to make "So Jealous II." Though the title track has the bouncy vibe that made me fall in love with them.


Speak Slow

Walking With the Ghost

Monday, June 25, 2007

The Magic Position

Song: The Magic Position
Artist: Patrick Wolf
Album: The Magic Position

I recently picked up Patrick Wolf's third album and have been really enjoying it. It's an odd mix of pop and light electronics. He's a bit of an eccentric, and only 23! I get the feeling that he's still harnessing his craft, he'll be one to watch. "The Magic Position" is the third single from the record but has been my favorite since I got it.


The Magic Position

Accident & Emergency

Friday, June 22, 2007

Acceptable in the 80's

Song: Acceptable in the 80's
Artist: Calvin Harris
Album: I Created Disco

A killer mix of electro hooks and wink-wink vocals, thanks to my friend Artie I have been introduced to the dance-able charms of Calvin Harris. The album is a bit front-loaded with good stuff but has enough to make it a solid purchase.


Acceptable in the 80's

The Girls

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Don't Dream it's Over

Song: Don't Dream it's Over
Artist: Crowded House
Album:Crowded House

I'll always remember this song being used in the Stephen King TV miniseries "The Stand," in an opening title sequence that showed dead bodies everywhere after the leak of the deadly virus. Equal parts scary and comforting.


Crowded House have a new album coming out this year.