Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lucky Charms 2010

And the award for editing goes to… not me. I tried to cut this playlist down to about 20 tracks, but just couldn’t do it. I figured that I have been able to crank these things out so few and far between lately that if I could squeeze a couple extras in there, go ahead. Needless to say this thing might not flow the best…

So with this mix I was hoping to highlight some of my favorite new tracks and sprinkle in a few Irish tracks to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. This final draft is significantly different that my original, which featured enough Irish pissers to make me consider going and setting my own car on fire. I decided to scale back with a couple of Sinead O’Connor tracks, one a cheesy but awesome duet with the dentally challenged Shane MacGowan the other her incendiary live cover of Bob Marley’s “War” from SNL that pretty much got the ball rolling against her here in the states thanks to her shredding a poster of the Pope while crediting him as the root of all evil. Elsewhere have a tipple of Guinness while enjoying the Spanish/Celtic acoustic cover of Metallica’s “Orion” by Rodrigo y Gabriela.

On the new music front, 2010 has been off to a killer start. After about 5 years of sparse greatness so far 2010 is on pace to top 2009, which was pretty amazing. Here is a quick roundup:

I cannot say enough good things about the new Xiu Xiu disc. It comes pretty close to topping Fabulous Muscles, and when the smoke clears it might be their best release to date. I never thought I would see Xiu Xiu do bluegrass, but they give it a game try. I have included the title track here which would feel equally at home on a Morrissey disc if it didn’t have so many bells and buzzes. Also on here is my favorite track about giving birth to a cub, or abortion or childbirth or all of the above by The Antlers. I have also thrown in new tracks by Gonjasufi, Ariel Pink, Neon Indian and the stellar leadoff track from Broken Bells (which has been mostly a disappointment).

There a couple additional covers here including Sonnymoon’s hazy take on Drake’s “Houstatlantavegas” and Zooey Deschanel’s take on Nancy Sinatra’s “Sugar Town” (one of my all time favorite songs). Don’t get me wrong, She & Him are a little on the cheesy side, but there is much worse cheese out there (check out the Butch Walker b-side also on here). The ironic thing about Zooey Deschanel is that I love her voice, love to see her in videos, but as an actress I can’t help but want to drop a falcon punch on her. Especially in the movie that this track is from; 500 Days of Summer. I know, I know; everyone loved it. I just found it painfully pretentious. But I digress…

Anyway, the mix is a little long and maybe disjointed but enjoy. A little of the green may make it more palatable (green beer that is).

Btw, this mix sponsored by parentheses.



Monday, March 8, 2010

Ryan Bingham & Dead Horses

On first glance winning an award that Eminem, Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Survivor, Kenny Loggins and Peter Cetera have been up for might seem like a backhanded compliement. But on second thought, being in the same company as Bob Dylan, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Shel Silverstein, Elliot Smith and Isaac Hayes is nothing to sneeze at.

Long story short, thanks to his work as songwriter for the Jeff Bridges flick, Crazy Heart, Bingham is now the owner of a Best Original song Oscar. I have yet to see the movie, but can testify that Bingham is the real deal. I have been preaching about this Topanga Canyon via Austin, TX cowpoke for a couple of years now, and highly recommend anything he has recorded.

He is currently on tour with Jamey Johnson, The Lost Trailers, Jack Ingram and a handful of others, stopping of in Charlotte, NC on 5/27/10.

Here is a small sampling of some of my faves, including the one that earned him the gold statue.