Posts Tagged ‘Rock/Pop’
You’ve heard “Blue Christmas” countless times, so how about spicing up with the Texas all-punk girl trio Girl In A Coma? Sassy, bluesy and gentle in all the right places, their rendition of Elvis Presley‘s holiday classic offers a lovely punk-twang to the original that sounds like it took months in the studio to perfect. We love it. Elvis would love it. And it’s free — just in time for the holiday gatherings.
Iconic artists and Chicago natives Common, Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson, and No I.D. recently collaborated to record the track, “We Can Do It Now,” an ode to their hometown. The track is being featured in the Gatorade REPLAY series, where classic sports games that ended in controversy are replayed, in a somewhat crazy scheme to recreate history, by the original teams. Gatorade reunites the original teammates and provides them with an 8-week training program so they can get back in peak shape. The teams then replay their game to settle the score once and for all.
If you tend to approach Christmas albums from pop stars with trepidation, Paul Simon’s first track from his forthcoming album So Beautiful Or So What may be the one to change your mind. Steering away from musical holiday cliches in favor of some good, honest songwriting, the American pop-icon’s latest “Getting Ready For Christmas Day” wonderfully captures the holiday mood by electrifying it with some bluesy acoustic guitar and hand-clapping percussion. It’s a great song featuring a sample of preacher/gospel singer Reverend J.M. Gates recorded in 1941, and it’s yours for free — no strings attached!
The Rick Rubin produced I And Love And You is the latest album by the Avett Brothers and their most solid and well written record. With twangy pop arrangements and heart-breaking lyrics, the Avett Brothers inspire thoughts of a traveler who is somehow both homesick and sick of being home. If there’s a future for folk influenced music, this remarkable trio will lead the way.
Veteran punk band Social Distortion returns this week with Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, the group’s seventh studio album and first release in over six years. After years of working with various producers, Mike Ness took this duty for the first time. The band entered a Burbank studio earlier this year where they recorded for the next several months–in-between tour dates–and in early October they wrapped up recording before again heading out on tour. The album isn’t due until January, 2011, but we have a free Mp3 of “Machine Gun Blues” for you right now–dig in!
In a era of The Beatles Rock Band and deluxe reissues by The Rolling Stone, revival bands such as The Young Veins fit right in. With a title like “Change,” it’s ironic that the ’60s-sounding single proves that traditional Rock ‘n’ Roll hasn’t changed much at all. Forget ProTools–you just need some guitars, amps, and cheery harmonizing.
FROM THE MP3 ARCHIVES: Britain’s second generation of post-punk is no longer a new and thrilling thing; the trade-off may come as it gets smarter and more refined. These Oxford lads make sinewy vocals stick with rhythmic punctuations as fine as their town’s native comma–a good thing, no matter what Vampire Weekend says.
While folk stars like Iron & Wine and The Tallest Man On Earth sellout concert halls, we’re noticing that indie ain’t so indie anymore. Deer Tick has even gained the unlikely support of mainstream media’s Brian Williams (yes, the NBC Nightly News anchor). On “Piece By Piece, Frame By Frame,” familiar acoustic guitar chords underline the haunting piano lines and vocal melody of John McCauley.