The Comfort of a Persuasive Placebo
Pore-Popping Polish Pride
For Sammy Davis Junior Junior
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And while you're voting, here is Imogen Heap's beautifully inspiring version of the classic ballad Hallelujah. The same strateic, understated vocal electronics that made Hide & Seek one of the best songs of 2005 contributes to Hallelujah's emotional delayed tempo towards a fresh cover. Imogen Heap - Hallelujah (mp3)
Jolie Holland: Accessible Elegance
The Seventies Are The New Twenties!
Terry Allen - China Night (1985) Shearwater would make sense flowing naturally from the rusty spigots of the north woods, much like rugged natural beauty seems to flow from the pipes of Jonathan Meiburg on the new release "Palo Santo". His quiet ramblings seem to sit contently on the grass whilst banjo-picked rocks are thrown melodically into a bumbling percussive river and an occasional falsetto swoops down to join the call and response. The subtle Okkervil River overlap is comforting, but not threatening because the group is able to retain an assured confidence in its ability to just be. Each progressive track manages to cast the scene in a slightly different light as sun makes its way over the tops of the trees... sometimes illuminating a majestic piano and others the motivating discomfort of an electric guitar. At the end of the trip, the adventurousness of "Palo Santo" is rivaled only by its consistency as a solid piece of new country-twanged indie rock. And the band's success only by my talent for dragging on extended metaphors. Shearwater - Seventy-four Seventy-five (mp3) [myspace]
Banksy - Street Graffiti [Girl With Bomb] (2004)
Banksy is currently wallpapering his spray-paint-stenciled social commentaries within the pens of the caged, namely the streets of the modern UK. His characteristic rodents and confrontational politics are sprayed to directly confront literal pillars of power and those that regularly scurry around them.
Today I need a love song like an American CEO needs another dollar. Here are a couple recent tragically obsessive loves... including May's Bishop Allen track and a piece of fantastic new UK synth-driven jagged rock from Pink Grease's new 7" release out this week. The third is a pleasant number from a noobish Canadian outfit called The Paper Cranes whose young EP is currently being spread via a Canadian tour.Bishop Allen - Butterfly Nets (mp3)Pink Grease - Ordinary Girl (mp3)[myspace]The Paper Cranes - I'll Love You Til My Veins Explode (mp3)[myspace]
Antony & Our Robot Friend
Jeff Koons - Girl With a Dolphin and a Monkey (2006) Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons is one of the most purely original male vocalists in recent music. Though his style has been pigeonholed as best suited to plodding emotional ballads about gender transcendance, a recent collaboration with My Robot Friend demonstrates an exciting potential for broadening his already dynamic repetoire. Although a glam disco track may not be the farthest leap from his persona, the electric upbeats are uniquely dancible and the screaming synths shade Antony's vocals with an even greater mania than usual.My Robot Friend (featuring Antony Hegarty) - One More Try (mp3)[myspace]Antony & The Johnsons - Bird Gehrl (mp3)
Cold War Kids: Dusty Passion