Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Artist Of The Year

Groundbreaking singer, Sia, continues to dazzle with challenging songs and amazing videos.

When creating her new music video for the song “Soon We’ll Be Found”, Sia decided to sign as well as sing the song, in honor of the language and those who use it to communicate. “I've always been obsessed with the beauty of sign language,” Sia explains.

A Year End Bonus!

More FREE Power Pop from Fitzsimon & Brogan:

Click here to download: "The Drowning Pool"

This one's not free but very close:

$1.99- that's 22 cents per song but "you're worth it!"

Click here: "Purple Rain" by Prince

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Free Holiday Music!

For those of you that harken back to the Charlie Brown Christmas special, here is "Greensleeves" by Vince Guaraldi:


"Last Christmas"
by Leigh Nash

"Last Christmas"

"Angels We Have Heard On High"
by Brian Setzer

"Angels We Have Heard On High"

This one's only 1.99 for the whole album (18 tracks!):

"Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas"
by Ella Fitzgerald

"Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas"

Ella's voice and the arrangements on these songs are timeless!

Happy Listening.

Monday, December 08, 2008

80s Remixed

Here's a clever remix of some classic 80s anthems. Let the dancing begin!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Angels We Have Heard On High

Just In Time For The Holidays, A Free MP3 Download from Sixpence None The Richer-

Click here: Angels We Have Heard On High
by Sixpence None The Richer

Look for the button to start your free download.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sloane Peterson, Where Are You?

They say her name is Mia Sara but she'll always be Sloane to me.

She was super hot for about 15 minutes in the 80s. Then quickly faded into oblivion. What happened?

From the pinnacle of being Ferris Bueller's main squeeze and tons of potential to... well, a string of god awful movies nobody ever heard of. With the possible exception of Jean-Claude Van Damme's Timecop. Notable mainly because of his terrible acting. And she had to play second fiddle to that? Oh the humiliation!

To think that by 2008, she'd be a faint memory and retards like this...

would have more visibility.

Something went horribly wrong. Is this a case of really bad management, poor career choices or the curse of Ferris Bueller?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Girl Powered Pop

Irresistibly catchy pop, could be mistaken for lost early Bangles tracks and/or Voice Of The Beehive. Oh, and it's FREE to download too!:

Click here: Revolution Of The Mind
by Fitzsimon & Brogan

Click here: Big Blue World
by Fitzsimon & Brogan

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Lines

Just discovered this band out of UK. I dig their garagey, psychedelic sound. You can hear a bit of Chameleons, U2 and Oasis in their songs.


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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Everything Old Is New Again

80s Icons The Cure and The Damned release new albums. Mtv is back!

"4:13 Dream" is the new Cure album featuring the band doing what they do best. Opening track, "Underneath the Stars", has a slow, grinding, ethereal quality a la "Fascination Street" and "Halo". The previously released, "The Only One" is upbeat and way too happy in the style of "Mint Car" and "Friday I'm In Love". It's the kind of ironic juxtaposition this Goth inspired band just loves to display.

Other songs on the record such as "The Perfect Boy" could also easily fit right in on any of the band's 80s or 90s releases. No inspiring revelations or style changes here and none needed. 4:13 Dream compare well with The Cure's best work. Yes, they've done this before but never better.

"So, Who's Paranoid?" is the first Damned album since 2001's "Grave Disorder."

Captain Sensible describes his group's new album as very much influenced by '60s rock like the jangling Byrds and garage bands such as the Troggs.

The album is available for download at the band's Web site, It will be available in disc form in the United States on Dec. 12, as well as at the band's shows in San Francisco on Tuesday and San Jose on Wednesday. Downloads are available on iTunes and Amazon or wherever you get your online music.

I like "Under the Wheels" and "Little Miss Disaster", which are signature, driving punk, Damned. "Danger to Yourself", "Just Hangin" and "A Nation Fit for Heroes" sound great as well. I keep thinking, these guys sound too young and energetic to have been around this long!

Finally, those classic videos you grew up with are back! This time they are online in a searchable database with no commercials! The videos are embedible (see above) and include the videos that launched MTV back in the 80s.

" offers up a more in-depth library, including over 16,000 videos, "Unplugged" performances and exclusive MTV concert footage."

Oh happy day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Cutting Edge

New, cutting edge music-

Rachel Yamagata:

This is her performance from Jay Leno last week. Her critically acclaimed album is starting to get noticed! Yamagata combines the sensuality and earthiness of Patti Smith with the bite of Chrissie Hynde.

The Spinto Band:

New music from these alt-rockers. Plenty of catchy hooks and ear pleasing melodies!

"Summer Grof"

"Oh Mandy"

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Exciting New Music

Don't miss these musical gems!

Catchy Post Punk Alternative Rock-

Dyed In the Wool- The Young Knives

Electro Pop-

It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This- Helicopter Girl

Melodic Rock-

Logos- Faded Paper Figures

Not much to look at here but a fantastic song. A bit of a Killers vibe:

18 Candles- The Sessions

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Newsflash: RIAA Loses!

According to, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis has thrown out a $222,000.00 verdict against Jamie Thomas. The Recording Industry Association of America had sought damages against her for alleged file sharing of copyrighted material.

The single mother of two had previously been ordered to pay damages because her computer had made songs available on a peer to peer sharing network. Judge Davis ruled that simply making material available is not enough. Plaintiffs must actually prove distribution.

In a related story, The RIAA has initiated litigation against blogger Ray Beckerman. Beckerman is one of the nation's few attorneys who defends accused file sharers and "has maintained an anti-recording industry blog" according to the RIAA.

Beckerman alledges that there are "thousands of people falsely sued" by the RIAA.

The RIAA has sued about 30,000 people over the last five years for file sharing.

Fred von Lohmann, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says the lawsuits are simply not reducing the number of people trading music online. If the goal is to reduce file sharing," he says, "it's a failure."

Settlement payments can be made on a website, where the funds are used to sue more defendants. None of the money is paid to artists.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Rock- Hear It Here!

(Push the round button in the center to start iPod.)

Some of the latest, greatest alternative Rock is on this custom made iPod. You can fast forward or skip through just like with any mp3 player. Enjoy!

1. 18 Candles - The Sessions
2. The Telepathic Butterflies - Telescope
3. Ladytron - Tomorrow
4. The Raveonettes - Dead Sound
5. Gran Ronde - Wisdom
6. She & Him - I Was Made For You
7. The Last Shadow Puppets - In The Heat Of The Morning
8. The Helio Sequence - Keep Your Eyes Ahead
9. The Whitsundays - Sorry James
10. The Gutter Twins - Idle Hands
11. Glass Candy - Life After Sundown
12. The Killers - Show You How
13. TheSTART - Blood On My Hands
14. War Stories - Take My Everything
15. Pictures Of You -The Last Goodnight

Monday, September 15, 2008

U2: "We Want 2009 To Be Our Year"

According to Rolling Stone magazine, U2 has penned over 50 new songs for their upcoming 2009 album.

“We’ve hit a rich songwriting vein and we don’t want to stop,” Bono said. “This is our chance for us to defy gravity once again.”

Until the release of the new album, here is a U2 performance and interview from 2000 to tide you over:

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

4 Free Downloads and a Bonus

Emilie Simon's cover of Bowie's "Space Oddity":

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The Stills- "Being Here"

New music from the indie darlings...

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"Dream" by Kosmos

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"Mayday (M'aidez)"- People In Planes

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This one's not exactly free but close:

Radiohead's "OK Computer" album is only 1.99. That's less than 17 cents per song!

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Gutter Twins

Sounds like The Sisters Of Mercy and The Cult had a baby...

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sia live on KCRW!

Groundbreaking artist, Sia, recently performed live on KCRW. Songs include "Breathe Me" and "Buttons":

Part 2:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

F - R - E - E, That Spells "Free"...

F - R - E - E, That spells free, music from mp3...

Absolutely free, legal downloads:

New music from The Verve-
The Verve- "Love Is Noise"

An alternate version of this haunting melody-
"Possession (Piano Version)"- Sarah McLachlan

This Goo Goo Dolls rocker still sounds good-
"Long Way Down"- Goo Goo Dolls

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Phil Pays For Love

Phil Collins has beaten Paul McCartney's previous record for a British divorce settlement- 50 Million dollars!

Seems like a lot but ex wife, Orianne Cevey might argue that after having to look at Phil naked for 6 years, it was a bargain.

Collins paid his previous wife, Jill Tavelman, a paltry 34 million when he divorced her.

All told, the Genesis drummer and 80s FM Adult Contemporary Stalwart has lost one third of his fortune due to romance gone wrong.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mellencamp Is Free

Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer John Mellencamp is offering free songs as part of the launch of his new album, "Life, Love, Death and Freedom".

Two new tracks, "My Sweet Love" & "Longest Days", are offered as free downloads at:

Use promo code:


The album will be the first ever release in the ΧΟΔΕ (CODE) format. This proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files that are virtually indistinguishable from the original master tapes. The resonance, warmth and presence that has been realized with CODE is unprecedented in the digital era.

Mellencamp commented, "I could hear the music the way it was intended to be heard. I'm very happy the people are going to be able to share this experience in a way that's so true to our original intent."

Mellencamp was inducted earlier this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and this past December received the ASCAP Foundation's Champion Award in recognition of the his outstanding use of music in the service of humanity.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Watch That Man

A pretty creative video featuring the man that practically invented New Wave music, David Bowie. He may have exploded onto the scene in the 70s but his influence continues to reverberate even today.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hot Silk Pockets

"What's The Matter?" is the new song from Hot Silk Pockets. An irresistible bassline, punky guitar and Altered Image-esque vocals power this pop gem.

This up and coming band doesn't yet realize how great they are. Their loss is your gain as they are currently giving away this song for FREE!

Click here for "What's The Matter?" free download

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Regeneration Tour

The 2008 Regeneration Tour kicks off August 1 in Arizona.

80s New Wave Heroes Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, A Flock Of Seagulls and Naked Eyes are on the bill.

Get ready to pogo, skank and mosh like it's 1983!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

David Bowie Live '72 Santa Monica

This live recording captures Ziggy Stardust at the peak of his glory.

The previously unreleased October 20, 1972 concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (Bowie's first U.S. Radio performance), was broadcasted by the now defunct Los Angeles station KMET. Hear the entire concert here:

David Bowie - Santa Monica '72

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Mr. Really Bad Dancer

One famous adage says, "Dance like no one is looking".

Please don't. People ARE looking. And it's because of the way you dance.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

False Alarm

In the eighties, The Alarm tried sooo hard to be U2 but could never quite measure up. Where Bono could be overblown as well as profound, Mike Peters just came across as bombastic.

Now the mimicry continues. Only this time it is The Clash they are imitating on their latest release, "Guerilla Tactics". "Three Sevens Clash" has a fast punk tempo and hard edged guitar with lead singer Mike Peters doing his best Joe Strummer imitation. "Alarm Calling" is so close to "London Calling", not only in name but in beat and guitar riff, it borders on bad parody. "Right Now" is the album's obligatory stab at reggae.

All in all, this sounds less like a group collaboration and more like Mike Peters' own vanity release. The lack of depth in the song writing being compensated for by over-the-top pleading to "join the fight", is signature Alarm. The catchy hooks of past Alarm songs are few here.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Man Who Refused To Die

Billy Idol keeps on keeping on. Idol, who admittedly has already, "used up his nine lives" is not only a survivor, he is thriving. He has overcome a serious motorcycle accident, drug excesses and a near career ending style change. Billy has finally come back from the brink to reclaim his mantle as Punk's snarlingest front man.

2005's "Devil's Playground" was arguably his best album ever. And he has seemingly been on tour non-stop since. While the majority of Billy's 80s contemporaries have long ago been thrown on the junk heap of pop culture, he continues to create new music. "New Future Weapon" and "John Wayne" are featured on a new greatest hits package, "Idolize Yourself - Best of Billy Idol".

Below is a live performance of "John Wayne" from a recent Jimmy Kimmel show:

Friday, June 13, 2008

Cover Songs- Tributes To The Classics

FLUNK gets an "A+"!

A good cover pays homage to a great song and the band that originally made it a hit. It is a tribute and a show of appreciation. It demonstrates that a classic song can stand the test of time.

To be successful, the artist covering the song has to put their own spin on it and not simply recreate a note for note replica just to boost their own image or pad music sales. When they can successfully change the instrumentation or arrangement, giving the song new life and meaning, it transcends its former limits!


"Blue Monday"- Flunk

"Somebody Got Murdered"- Matthew Ryan

"Stop Me"- Mark Ronson

"Rebel Yell"- Mr. Badwrench

"Enjoy the Silence"- Lacuna Coil

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Absolutely 100% FREE Music!

You say you want to download high quality music quickly and easily. You want cool music from both established, well known artists and cutting edge newcomers. Oh... and you don't want to pay a DIME for it?

Well why didn't you say so?

Lots of free music is available online with no strings attached. And not the kind that the RIAA will be taking you to court over!

Many legitimate sites offer promotional downloads just to get you to check out their webspace. It sure beats looking over your shoulder while you connect to some dubious peer to peer sharing network, hoping to find a good song at the risk of infecting your computer with a hard-drive-eating worm.

The Apple Music Store offers a free download, usually from an up and coming artist, once each week. Past offerings have included music from Cut Copy, Duffy, The Last Goodnight and Amy Winehouse. Check each Tuesday for the newest releases.

If you don't already have iTunes you can download it here for free:

APPLE iTunes

iLike is a social networking site that focuses on music and music lovers. offers many free downloads. They range from established pop superstars like Cyndi Lauper to newcomers like She Wants Revenge. Here's a few FREE faves (click on the name to get your free download):

Astrid Williamson

Gabby Glaser

Cyndi Lauper

The Jan Watkins Band

Bridges And Powerlines

Al Marconi

She Wants Revenge has now jumped on the mp3 downloading bandwagon with both feet. Poking around a bit in their mp3 store reveals lots of free stuff. Check out and download these without paying a cent for them while you can (click on the name to get your free download):

John Doe

The Raveonettes


OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark)

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

Ted Nugent

Dolly Parton

Nina Person

Finest Dearest

Michael McDonald

Brian Setzer

Good hunting!

Free downloads are subject to change and may only be available for a limited time. All downloads listed here should be both Mac and PC compatible.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Don't You Forget About Me

According to Billboard, New Wave heroes Simple Minds will reunite with all of it's original members next month. The original lineup will hit the studio for the first time in 27 years with the goal of recording "at least two new tracks" for release before the end of the year.

Blondie celebrates the 30th anniversary of their 80s masterpiece, "Parallel Lines". The album, featuring the smash hit "Heart Of Glass", has sold over 30 million copies.

The "Parallel Lines 30th Anniversary Edition" includes the 7" single version of "Heart of Glass," the French version of "Sunday Girl" and some remixes, plus a DVD with promo videos and TV performances.

Monday, May 19, 2008

RIAA Gets It Wrong Again

First, the Recording Industry Association of America generated tons of bad publicity by it's campaign to sue single mothers (and others) for hundreds of thousands of dollars for alleged illegal file sharing. Now the RIAA has effectively shot themselves in the foot.

Tanya Anderson of Portland, Oregon has been awarded $103,000.00 to cover court costs and legal fees stemming from the RIAAs unsuccessful prosecution of her last summer. The RIAA plans to appeal but still faces a case of malicious prosecution brought by Anderson.

Meanwhile a Minnesota judge is considering granting an appeal to Jamie Thomas, who was the first P2P defendant to face a jury trial for illegal file sharing. Thomas was originally ordered to pay $222,000.00 in damages.

The appeal judge is citing a potential "error of law" as to whether making a track available in a shared folder on a P2P network is an infringement. Arguments for a new trial begin July 1.

How about the RIAA taking some of that prosecution money and putting it towards helping the artists they represent put out a product people want to pay for?

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Last Shadow Puppets Stuck In Time Warp

The Last Shadow Puppets new album, "The Age of the Understatement" is out. Arctic Monkey's leader Alex Turner's side project has produced wonderful results.

The album has a dramatic retro vibe that can only be described as Burt Bacharach meets Quentin Tarantino. Songs like, "Standing Next to Me" and "The Chamber" have a Mersey beat sound that will have you reminiscing about Gerry and The Pacemakers.

"Black Plant", with it's driving beat, Herb Alpertish horns and swirling violins, could easily be mistaken for a lost track from an old James Bond movie. "Standing Next to Me" is pure 60's talk show cabaret. "My Mistakes Were Made for You" looks to be the lead single.

If having one of the most compelling new voices in Rock allows for this type of experimentation, I'm all for it.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Why I Hate "Emo"

"The White Tie Affair" and "The Black Swan" are two more bands with new albums out this week that have been seemingly cloned from the prototypical, whining, emo-rock blueprint.

It is more disposable, angst ridden emo that is utterly indistinguishable from a thousand other groups jumping on the, "Look at me, I'm so sensitive I think I'll sing through my nose", bandwagon.

Oh the difficulties of going to the mall, meeting girls and not actually having to learn anything in order to progress through school. Life is tough.

If you've heard Fallout Boy, My Chemical Romance or any of the other in a long line of "misunderstood", enraged by pubescence boy bands, you've already heard this. Not that that will stop more of them from showing up on the scene in the weeks and months to come.

Feigning angst has never been so much fun.

Monday, April 14, 2008

B-52s Bring The Funplex

B-52s live on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" April 2, 2008;

The B-52's recent visit to KCRW includes live performances of material from their new album, Funplex, and old classics.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

U2- Old And New

Irish rock group U2 took a break over Easter and have now returned to the recording studio to continue working on their 13th studio album.

Producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois are expecting a 2008 release.

The band's first three albums - Boy, October and War - have been remastered and will be released in July. Each album will be put out as a standard single disc, a deluxe double version that includes B-sides, live tracks and rarities and a vinyl edition.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Worst New Wave Cover Song... Ever

I would like to nominate the immortal Jack Jones, who stole Bill Murray's bad lounge act parody and parlayed it into a career of impressive crapsuckiness, for his version of "Every Breath You Take".

"I'm here all week, tell your friends".

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Return Of The Killer Bs

The B-52's latest release, "Funplex", is their first studio album in 16 years. The album picks up pretty much where the Bs left off, with "Love Shack" type tempos and party attitudes in many of the songs.

"Juliet Of The Spirits" stands out. It's no coincidence that Fred Schneider is absent on this cut. Throughout the rest of the album, Fred Schneider's voice is a distracting irritant rather than a highlight.

Walking the line between campy and cool is a difficult challenge that Fred and The B-52s have done so often I have come to expect it. But that spirited nuance is missing in Schneider's voice on this record. Too bad. "Deviant Ingredient" sounds great until Fred chimes in. Almost sounds as if he is reading off a cue card at times.

A couple of live versions round out the album. "Private Idaho" and "Planet Claire", both recorded during a show at the Roxy, prove that the B-52s can still kick it live!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Two Cougars and Five Daves Inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Madonna, John Mellencamp and The Dave Clark Five take top honors at the March 10 ceremony.

With more than 200 million albums sold, Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the very first year of her eligibility.

The induction of 60's "British Invasion" rockers, The Dave Clark Five, came less than two weeks after losing lead singer Mike Smith to pneumonia at age 64.

"Heartland rocker" John "Cougar" Mellencamp was also inducted along with "rock and roll poet" Leonard Cohen and the 1960s surf band band The Ventures. Mellencamp took the stage to sing his 1984 single "Authority Song."

Iggy Pop and The Stooges performed at The Material Girl's request at the ceremony- the Godfather of Punk saluting the ultimate 80s commercial icon.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Lampooning Duran Duran

Those god awful videos from the 80s finally get their due in these hilarious parodies!

New Moon on Monday

Wild Boys

Union of the Snake

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Elvis Is Alive!

The rerelease of Elvis Costello & The Attraction's "This Year's Model" (Deluxe Edition) is a revelation. The newly remastered 1978 album features bonus tracks that rival or surpass the studio versions. Included are liner notes from Elvis, complete lyrics and archival photos.

Among the jewels here are "The Beat" (Live), "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" (Live) and "Watching the Detectives" (Live). Each of these versions capture an immediacy and energy not found on the album versions. The keyboards are more prominent and sound more improvised, playing off of a darker lead guitar. Elvis sounds indignant and snotty, as you would expect but with a bit more sneer in his voice.

There are 40 tracks in all on this revamped classic.

Friday, February 29, 2008

The Clash LIVE!

Here is a preview of The Clash - Live: Revolution Rock, which airs on PBS starting next week and hits stores on April 15. Check to find the PBS airing in your market.

The Revolution Rock DVD follows the live transformation of the band, incorporating footage from all phases of The Clash's meteoric career, beginning with live-in-the-studio clips from 1979, through triumphant concerts from clubland (London's The Music Machine, 1978) and theatres (The Lyceum, 1978, 1980), climaxing with a transcendent blow-out performance at New York's Shea Stadium in 1982. The DVD also includes rare footage of the band’s performance on The Tom Snyder Show and on ABC’s Fridays.

TV Airing Schedule for So Cal:

Saturday, March 01, 9:00 PM
KCET - Channel 28

Saturday, March 01, 9:00 PM

Thursday, March 06, 9:30 PM
KCET - Channel 28

Thursday, March 06, 9:30 PM

Friday, March 07, 2:00 AM
KCET - Channel 28

Friday, March 07, 2:00 AM

Sunday, March 09, 11:30 PM
KCET - Channel 28

Sunday, March 09, 11:30 PM

Monday, February 25, 2008


"Once" is the little movie that could!

Shot in Ireland over three weeks for a paltry hundred thousand dollars, the movie and it's soundtrack have gone on to garner critical acclaim, box office success and now, an Academy award for best original song for "Falling Slowly".

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who starred in and created the soundtrack, gave a heartfelt acceptance speech.

"This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all independent musicians and artists who spend so much of their time struggling," said Irglova. "No matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible ... this song was written was from a perspective of hope, and at the end of the day, hope connects us all."

Once is available on DVD and the soundtrack can be downloaded on iTunes and other music sites.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Blender Gives Props

The much maligned Blender Magazine has named among it's Top 209 Songs Of 2007;

Arcade Fire- "No Cars Go", "Keep The Car Running"
Bloc Party- "I Still Remember"
The Shins- "Phantom Limb"
Arctic Monkeys- "Brianstorm"
The Bravery- "Time Won't let Me Go"
Interpol- "The Heinrich Maneuver"
Klaxons- "Gravity's Rainbow"
Tegan And Sara- "Back In Your Head"
Kings Of Leon- "On Call"
Modest Mouse- "Little Motel"
Babyshambles- "Delivery"

As much as I might want to argue some of these choices (and no mention of The Cribs, The Cinematics or Shiny Toy Guns), it's nice to see Next Wave music getting some props.

Arcade Fire's Neon Bible album was ranked 2nd best of the year.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Bob Mould and Hüsker Dü

Before there was Nirvana, Grunge or the current crop of Daughtry/Nickelback sound-a-likes, there was Bob Mould and Hüsker Dü.

Mould, Hüsker Dü and later, Sugar, helped pave the way for the wall of guitar, angst filled rock that now dominates the "alternative" scene and did it better than most of these Johnny-come-latelys. Bob showed that hard edged rock and subtlety can live together in the same song- something that is lost on today's crop of axe grinding, over the top, guitar heroes.

Mould just released a new album, "District Line". He's still got a great voice to which his signature guitar sound, as always, serves as a melodic backdrop (what a concept).

Check out "The Silence Between Us" and "Stupid Now" if you get a chance. "Stupid Now" is the song Disturbed WISHES they could make!

Speaking of old punk rockers, The Sex Pistols have been confirmed as one of the headliners for this year's Exit Festival in Serbia.

John Lydon and band will top the bill at the Petrovaradin fortress in Novi Sad on July 13. Tickets are currently on sale. The Pistols have already announced they will be one of the headliners at this year's Isle of Wight Festival, and are rumored to be among the acts playing this year's Glastonbury.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

iLike It!

If you're an iTunes aficionado or just a music lover, is a necessity. If you don't yet use iTunes it's time to get on the bus!

iLike is a free program that attaches a sidebar to your iTunes program. The sidebar constantly updates as you play music.

Recent activity such as planned concerts and new releases by the artist you are currently playing are displayed. It also gives you access to download free mp3s, tells you what your iLike "friends" are listening to and gives you access you your own custom iLike page on the web.

On your custom iLike page, a running tabulation of the songs you have listened to recently is updated by the minute. Your friends can peruse your iTunes playlists and sample them as well. You can compile a list of your favorite artists, give opinions on songs and you can send songs and messages to other iLike users.

iLike has over 15 million users and is growing exponentially. It looks to be the ultimate online social networking site for music lovers worldwide.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Old Fish: Artists that have lasted way beyond their expiration date

The B-52s Finally Dust Off Their Instruments

Sometimes it hurts to say goodbye. But nothing's more painful than watching your favorite band slowly fade into oblivion. It's not easy for the fan or the artist to realize that the dream is over.

But taking the high road and quitting now is a better alternative than becoming a complete, burned out parody. These artists should take their final bow and let us preserve our memories of what once was.

David Bowie

As a fan, it is painful to admit that the Starman hasn't done anything of much relevance since his 1982 smash hit "Let's Dance" album. Oh he comes up with an interesting musical idea once in a while but nothing that rivals his earlier work.

Even getting back together with producer Tony Visconti for a recent album couldn't help. Countless rehashed "greatest hits" packages from the last 20 years contain pretty much the same thing: the biggest songs from Bowie's first 10 years of popularity.


3 hit songs to show for a 25 plus year career. That's less hits than The Spice Girls had on their first album. Not that KISS hasn't tried but bombast, pyrotechnics and spandex does not always translate into compelling music. These guys make the career shortened output of Kurt Cobain look positively prolific by comparison... and still they refuse to go away.

Credit Gene Simmon's marketing acumen for their continued popularity and the fact that as a group, KISS has unashamedly whored their likenesses out to license more merchandise than anyone.

B- 52s

The band that made kitsch cool has overstayed their welcome. Their 1989 hit, "Love Shack", was a one off, filler song that was recorded on a lark. It should have been their swan song but turned into their biggest hit ever. The fluke spurt of popularity instantly revoked the "do not resuscitate" order on their careers.

To show their appreciation, they released 1992's ironically named "Good Stuff" album (see if you can remember a song from it) and not much else. The B- 52s first studio album in 16 years is due out this March. It took them that long to think of something new to say?

The Rolling Stones

The "World's Greatest Rock And Roll Band" is as irrelevant as your first pager. Not that since 1981's "Tattoo You" album, the Stones haven't created some interesting music. "Saint Of Me", "Almost Hear You Sigh" and "Out Of Tears" are great songs.

Unfortunately, they also burdened us with claptrap like "Harlem Shuffle", "Love Is Strong" and "Rough Justice". It has taken them 26 years to release enough good material to fill one quality album.

As a touring act, The Stones can still rock the house. Especially when they play their stuff from the 60s and 70s.

Guns N Roses

The last great rock band quickly burned out after 1991's "Use Your Illusion" campaign. Erratic behavior, drug use and Axel Roses legendary stubbornness resulted in the band's virtual disintegration.

Axel refuses to give up the ghost and has sporadically toured with a line up of replacement players. His original band members have long since moved on to other projects. The rumored 2007 release of a new album called "Chinese Democracy" hasn't happened yet. Rose, not being one to rush into anything, has allegedly been working on the "new" album for 15 years.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

More New Music From 80s New Wave Heroes

The Queen Of Punk, Patti Smith, has a new iTunes Originals album out featuring an interesting version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".

Other recent releases:

Instant Karma- U2

#9 Dream- a-ha

The Man Who Sold the World- Midge Ure

White China- Midge Ure

The Walk (Live)- The Cure

Love- The Cure

New York Sidewalk- UB40

Scratch the Past- Echo and the Bunnymen

Marble Towers- Echo and the Bunnymen

Send Me an Angel- David Sterry

My Sharona- Doug Fieger

The Silence Between Us- Bob Mould

Beautiful - Taylor Dayne

Whole Thing- Big Blue Ball (Peter Gabriel)

Here's a small reminder of one of the things that made The 80s so great. The tragically under-appreciated English power rock trio, The Jam, performing one of their classics:

"That's Entertainment"