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Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)”

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Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)

“its music pure and simple and hard, and soulful…if you insist, full of promise & determination, community & humanity.”

rating: 7.8
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reviewed by
04-15-09

Travis @ The Wiltern, LA 4.10.09

Since their full-on rock and roll debut with ‘Good Feeling’ in ’96, and their critically acclaimed follow-ups ‘The Man Who’ and ‘The Invisible Band’, Scottish Britpop darlings Travis are yet to achieve similar commercial success in the states. At a favorite show of mine in Chicago October of 2003, frontman Fran Healy told the audience of a recent conversation he had with a radio DJ. He explained that to radio, Travis’ music is described as “disenfranchised”. Fran asked the audience how good it felt to be part of the disenfranchised? The ovation hurt my ears.

Like so many great bands, Travis don’t seem to care much about the rules. They packed the Wiltern in Los Angeles and performed their diverse catalogue to an audience who hung-on to every moment. From their trademark ballads to their bluesy guitar screaming anthems, Fran’s always brilliant pipes and Andy Dunlop’s signature guitar wailing make Travis a uniquely dynamic live spectacle. Highlights from this show include “Side”,”Selfish Jean” and my favorite “Writing To Reach You,” as Fran sings us the question we all really want to ask… what’s a wonderwall anyway???

Without saying, I anticipate many more “disenfranchised” moments with Travis..

Travis – U-16 Girls

Travis – Selfish Jean

Travis – Writing to Reach You

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reviewed by
04-14-09

Spiritualized – “Out of Sight”

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Spiritualized – Out of Sight

“out of sight” fucking rules. indie rock and roll with loud guitars and loud drums, WHERE YOU AT? cause where i stand is only three miles from space. (where i’m at)

get it here 

rating: 9.3

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reviewed by
04-12-09

Lily Allen – “The Fear” (Duke Dumont Remix)

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Lily Allen – The Fear (Duke Dumont Remix)

lalalalelop lalalalelop lalalalelop lalalalelop fuck. synth synth synth synth fuck. duke dumont’s remix of “the fear”, lily allen’s lead single of her sophomore record “it’s not me, it’s you”, owns the original mix of the song. goodbye!

rating: 8.8

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reviewed by
04-11-09

NIGHTTIME RECORDS: Gerry Mulligan – “Night Lights”

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Gerry Mulligan – Night Lights (1963 Version)

Gerry Mulligan – Prelude in E Minor

“night lights” is the sort of record that cuts through you. it cuts at the superfluities, the trivialities, the bullshit that envelop everyday life. recorded in 1963, during the ascension of bossa nova into the american/european musical palette, “night lights” marries the airiness and tones of cool jazz with the feel of latin rhythm and syncopation.

not necessarily “melancholy” or “somber” or “quiet” (i mean it could be each of these things), this record just feels – it breathes, it washes over you. “night lights” opens quietly on the mulligan-penned title track with jim hall’s soft tremolo guitar floating in and out the taps of dave bailey’s hushed drums. “morning of the carnival from black orpheus” introudces the bossa nova meter. “prelude in e minor” integrates a chopin chamber melody on top that bossa meter. mulligan’s subtle baritone shines on “tell me when”.

the depth/beauty/intensity of the playing on “night lights” is remarkable. i find myself constantly coming back to this record – and, without exception, am further enriched as a musician/human being after each listening.

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04-11-09

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04-10-09

Bat For Lashes – “Daniel”

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Bat For Lashes – Daniel

on the real, if i read another comparison of bat for lashes’ new single “daniel” to kate bush (i don’t care!)…..or some variation of this phrase “Bat For Lashes aka (also known as) Natasha Khan” (looked up on wikipedia). the beat on this song kills. the dynamic of the kick/snare 1-2 reeling khan’s melody in-out-in-out.

get it here

rating: 6.5
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reviewed by
04-10-09

Pretty Green.

Hmmm… LOVE oasis and the gallaghers, but this? As Liam puts it..

“I’m not gonna be putting anything out, unless I’d wear it..”

Naturally with ones own clothing line, we hope so. i am curious, stay tuned…

reviewed by
04-09-09

Coconut Records – “West Coast”

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Coconut Records – West Coast

Speaking of Phantom Planet…Jason Schwartzman’s new project. I’m feeling that breakdown yo…

get it here

rating: 6.75999999

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reviewed by
04-09-09

Maino – “All the Above” (feat. T-Pain)

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Maino – All the Above (feat. T-Pain)

the video for “all the above” defies a common rap stereotype, if the rapper’s previous hit single is played in the background of a clip’s start, the new single is likely wack as fuck. psych! not “all the above”. just what makes “all the above” a total banger? just blaze? faheem rasheed najm? maino?….. “all the above”!

rating: 8.0
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reviewed by
04-08-09

k-os – “I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman”

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k-os – I Wish I Knew Natalie Portman

phantom planet, you’ve officially been chopped and screwed. 

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rating: 9.0

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reviewed by
04-08-09

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Dull Life”

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Dull Life

100 years old! “dull life” rules. everything that made the last two franz records boring/unlistenable, this song is not.
zinner’s guitar work is on the fuckin’ money! at 1:18, the song goes half-time. what?? where did that come from? who cares!
from there, karen o just takes over. see ya!

get it here

rating: 8.2
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reviewed by
04-07-09