Archive for November, 2007


Posted: November 30, 2007 by dillion in Uncategorized

I’m working furiously on my Best of 2007 lists, which will begin in early December (tomorrow, possibly). I have a great plan for a month-long roll out celebration. But I’m not the only one bearing holiday gifts. Candidates for one of the best albums of the year, New York’s Robbers On High Street are giving you a free tune:
“Seasons Greetings”


Posted: November 30, 2007 by dillion in Uncategorized

Back in the 1970s, rock was a simpler affair: Sweet love songs for all ages. The Silver Seas, “High
Society” is an album of that same kind of irony-free piano-driven soft rock, a sound which I for one think we could all use a little more of these days. It’s a nice counterpoint to morose, self-indulgent indie rock and bling-bling crunk.

The first track, “The Country Life” begins with a quick building drum rush and continues with a lilt and chorus that is unmistakably similar to one of the more
underrated Van Morrison songs, “Jackie Wilson Says (I’m In Heaven When You Smile).” And that’s a great way to start a record. Daniel Tashian (lead singer/songwrier) has said that he wished “someone would hear one of my songs and pick it up for a sitcom theme.” It’s easy to imagine a song like “Broadway Lights” as the opener for a TV show about a single mom looking for love but finding only Schneider the Handyman, but they just don’t make shows like that
anymore. And I’m grateful. The last thing we need is for people to be sick of these songs before they give the album a proper listen. The record is a sweet and quick romp through 1970s AM Radio styles. It gets the Berkeley Place recommendation saved for albums truly worth your time and your money:

Check it out!

For fans of: Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, and the like.

Buy it!

The Broadway Lights

The Country Life


Posted: November 30, 2007 by dillion in Free

The Killer’s B-sides and rarities record, “Sawdust,” has been released, and it’s got lots of stuff that circulated, in versions of lesser quality, various blogs throughout recent years.

In addition to the new single, which you’ve surely heard, “Tranquilize,” with Lou Reed, it’s got the Joy Division cover, “Shadowplay,” really good B-Sides like “All The Pretty Faces,” “Under The Gun,” and “Who Let You Go?” (the best song not on their first album). And their classic cover of Kenny Rogers: “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town.”

Want a free copy? E-mail me or drop me a comment telling me your favorite Killers lyric. Winner will be selected at random in about a week.



Posted: November 29, 2007 by dillion in Uncategorized

Today, we capture that most elusive of prey: A high quality, well-played, and not synced to tape live rap show, featuring one of the top 5 rappers around today: Ghostface. I’ll be beginning my year-end wrap up in a few weeks, and I’m sad to say that Ghostface’s More Fish will not be on it. It was a good album, but nowhere near as good as Fishscale, and not better than 40 other albums that came out this year. So, I’m throwing this up as a consolation prize. GFK is truly one of the greatest in the game today. Backing him at this show is The Roots, the same folks who backed Jay-Z on his live acoustic album.

A few tastes, and a zip. Enjoy.

01. Ice Cream (Originally with Raekwon, from the classic mixtape Cuban Linx)
02. Pass The Mic (Theodore Unit)
03. Greedy Bitches
04. Daytona 500
05. Fish
06. Set It Off (Big Daddy Kane cover).
07. Holla (Chorus)
08. Biscuits
09. Nutmeg> Apollo Kids
10. Shimmy Shimmy Ya (cover of Ol’ Dirty Bastard)
11. C.R.E.A.M. (Wu Tang/Raekwon and Inspektah Deck)
12. No, No, No (Chorus)
13. Cher Che Le Ghost (Also performs U- God’s verse)
14. Back Like That
15. Run


Posted: November 28, 2007 by dillion in Uncategorized

By request, some more eels stuff. If there’s interest in me doing more, I’ll keep this train a-runnin’. Drop me a comment if you want even more.

1. Rock Show (Peaches cover)-eels (live)

2. That’s Life (Sinatra)-eels (live)

3. Fucker-eels

4. I’m Only Sleeping (Beatles)-A Man Called E (live)

5. Fingertips III (Stevie Wonder)-eels (live). This is the rare example of E doing a cover and it going horribly, horribly wrong.

6. Jennifer Eccles-eels (b-side)

7. Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas-eels (live)

8. Open the Door (Magnapop cover)-eels (live)

9. Flyswatter (Polka remix)-eels

10. Manchester Girl-eels (b-side). A truly lovely song that for some reason I can’t understand was only released as a B-side.

OH ASTRO-Champions of Wonder

Posted: November 27, 2007 by dillion in Uncategorized

Oh Astro have already gotten blog love from luminaries like Stereogum and Pitchfork, so I don’t know what good a C-lister like myself can do for them, but I’m willing to throw down. “Champions of Wonder” is a another fun and semi-legal offering from Illegal Art, home of Girl Talk. My favorite track off the new record is the big single, “Hello Fuji Boy,” which mashes Lionel Richie’s “Hello” with Hot Chip’s “Boy From School,” as well as another, more obscure tune. The most fun thing about the record is trying to identify all the various sounds in each collage, and they’ve been kind enough to post an answer key. But I suggest you buy this before you look at the answers. Why spoil the fun?

Snow Queen

Hello Fuji Boy

And taste some more from the sample-happy Illegal Art roster here!


Posted: November 26, 2007 by dillion in Uncategorized

Remember when I asked for your votes? Well, the results are in!

Unlike some of my previous reader polls, I didn’t quite receive 100 reponses to this one (only 87), but it’s a fair representation of at least what you, my readers (the most important people, natch!), believe are the best covers of this new Century so far . . . Also known as the past seven years. There were many selections I hadn’t heard of, and haven’t been able to find, either, like Beth Orton’s cover of Ooh Child; Grizzly Bear’s cover of Graceland; Self doing the Doobie Brothers’ What A Fool Believes; The Benjamin Gate’s take on Overkill (Men At Work); Viva Voce’s “Eye In The Sky (Alan Parsons Project);” and Phantom Planet’s version of She Must Be Somebody’s Baby. If anyone out there has one of these, PLEASE SHARE!!

There were also many votes for various tunes by Petra Haden, Feist, Cobra Verde, Cat Power, KT Tunstall, and Nouvelle Vague, but they were so scattered between songs that the voting was split. There were also lots of votes for covers of Britney Spears songs (who knew she was such a fine songwriter?), but again, few votes for the same cover. (Some examples: Oops I Did It Again-Richard Thompson, and Toxic-Local H), as well as votes for coves of Such Great Heights (Postal Service) by both Iron and Wine and Ben Folds. Ben was highly represented, actually, with folks also voting for his take on Careless Whisper and, of course, the number 8 song below.

Finally, of course, there were tons of votes for tons of versions of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy (see number 20), including, e.g., Ray Lamontagne and Shawn Colvin).

Here’s the list.

20. Crazy (Gnarls Barkley) – Raconteurs.

19. We Will Become Silhouettes (Postal Service) – The Shins.

18. Get UR Freak On (Missy Elliot) – The eels.

17. and 16. (tie)
Handle with Care (Travelling Willburies)-Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins.
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Stones)- Cat Power.

15. Wicked Game (Chris Isaak)-H.I.M.

14. Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson) – Ted Leo. A few folks voted for “Since U Been Gone/Maps,” and I counted those for this song, too.

13. Beautiful (Christina Aguilera) – Clem Snide. Another of my personal favorites.

12. . . . Baby One More Time (Britney)- Travis.

11. and 10. (tie)
Wonderwall (Oasis) – Ryan Adams.
Too drunk to fuck (Dead Kennedys) – Nouvelle Vague.

9. This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) (Talking Heads) – Arcade Fire.

8. Bitches Ain’t Shit – Ben Folds (NWA).

7. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)- Scissor Sisters.

6. Common People (Pulp)- William Shatner. I find it stunning that so many people like this. Do you guys honestly listen to it, or is this a big joke you’re playing on me?

5. Hey Ya (OutKast)- Matt Weddle. One of at least a dozen well-done versions of this tune, this is the one that rose to the top of your votes.

4. Baby Got Back (Sir Mix A Lot) – Jon Coulton. If it were up to me, this would be number one.

3. Darling Nikki (Prince) – Foo Fighters. Frankly, I’m not sure this qualifies because I think it came out of the Colour and Shape sessions (1999), but I’m accepting it because it got an amazing 15 votes.

2. Jolene (Dolly Parton)- The White Stripes

1. Hurt (NIN) – Johnny Cash. Over a third of respondents picked this song, including myself. Rest in peace, JC.

Honorable Mentions: Ones that should have gotten more votes, but didn’t:

1.. The River (Springsteen)- Josh Ritter.

2. Wild Horses (Rolling Stones)-Iron and Wine with Calexico.

3. Careless Whisper (Wham!) – The Gossip.

4. Thriller (Michael Jackson)- Petra Haden

5. Anything from Tortoise & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s “The Brave And The Bold” album.

Okay, now drop comments about how I’m an idiot based on this list that I didn’t even make. G’head. You know you want to.