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Friday, July 08, 2005

A Band of Bees - Free the Bees

If you still can't get over the fact that Michael Jackson hasn't given up the Beatles catalog from his grubby little hands, how about something mighty close? A Band of Bees has a sound so ridiculously close to the Abbey-Road era Fab Four, you might want to give up and just go and listen to the Beatles. Ah, but you can't go do that in Rhapsody, can you?

This British band has all the self-referential attitude a Brit Rock band should, as attested to by the fact that this album was recorded in the very same Abbey Road studio where the Beatles once laid down those classic tracks. Like the 'vintage' sound? Ready for a flashback? Like they always say, everything old is new again.

Listen to A Band of Bees - Free the Bees

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Rating Stuff is Overrated

Why is it that we music geeks get so much satisfaction from making lists? There are even entire movies about making lists. Robert indulged our collective compulsion with his latest article, this one about what we each consider to be 'most overrated songs.' So here goes. You can read the whole article at BlogCritics or FIQL.

It likely won't make me any friends, but I've picked "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen. It may be a result of preconceived music tastes, but The Boss's everyman rock just doesn't resonate with me at all. "Born to Run" sounds like Bruce has just run a marathon and now he's trying to sing, with its breathless lyrics and insistent chiming. What place do those chimes have in a rock song? Sir, step away from the xylophone. "Strap your hands 'cross my engines"? Please. There's nothing here for me to hold onto. Keep on running, Bruce, I'll take a pass on this one.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Sunday News

Here are the latest additions to the playlist of The Sunday News for July 3, 2005. Features Lucero, The Coral and No Use for a Name.

Listen to The Sunday News, 7/3/05

* "California (Album Version)" - Lucero
* "King Without A Crown" - Matisyahu
* "Money (That's What I Want)" - Secret Machines
* "Aurora" - Lapush
* "All These Things That I've Done" - The Killers
* "In The Morning" - The Coral
* "It's Tragic" - No Use For A Name