Got a copy of Decibully's first CD, City of Festivals, in the mail when it was released a year or two ago. Thought it was okay but found the Wilco comparisons to be a bit misleading. Saw Decibully at SXSW last year (first of 44 bands that I saw that week) and discovered the magic (particularly in "On the Way to Your Hotel" which haunted me for the duration of SXSW, certain lyrics stuck in my head like corn between my teeth). Have given a precursory listen to the band's forthcoming CD, Sing Out America!, and have added Decibully to the list of "Must see bands at SXSW 2005". First 3 songs are dreamy in a country-cornfield sort of way.
//"Penny, Look Down" (MP3)
Early Warning: Decibully @ Little Brothers (04.10.05) w/ Owen and The Snake The Cross The Crown.
Props to whoever designed the cover for the upcoming 28-track Nat King Cole retrospective which is being released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Cole's death. I'm not terribly familiar with Cole's music, I only recognize a handful of songs on the CD, but I can't stop looking at the CD cover -- so elegant, so simple. I'll be picking up The World of Nat King Cole on Tuesday for the cover alone.
For the 4th year in a row I put together a mix CD of my favorite songs from the previous year. Of the four that I’ve done, I have to admit that from start to end, this might be my favorite. Some of the songs appeared on CDs released in 2003 but they come from CDs that I didn’t hear until 2004 so I made an exception. I had a tough time putting the songs in any particular order – all I knew was that Danko Jones had to be the first song since he is on the CD cover (thanks to Arlene for creating the cover for me) and the CD title, I Love It When It Goes Like BOOM, is the first line of the first song on the CD. After that I let things fall in alphabetical order (I moved Action Action and Caviar down just a few slots) and it seemed to be a good order so I stuck with it.
1. Danko Jones – "Lovercall"
2. Death from Above 1979 – "Black History Month"
3. Flickerstick – "Teenage Dope Fiend"
4. Action Action – "Don't Cut Your Fabric to This"
5. Caviar – "Last of the Gold"
6. Har Mar Superstar – "DUI"
7. Jimmy Eat World – "The World You Love"
8. Modest Mouse – "Bury Me with It"
9. Muse – "Stockholm Syndrome"
10. New Black – "Angels with Cockroach Wings"
11. Pearlene – "A Kiss on the Lips"
12. Pitty Sing – "We're On Drugs"
13. Rainy Day Saints – "Lost"
14. Snow Patrol – "Spitting Games" (alternate version)
15. The Damnwells – "Lost Complaint"
16. The Dears – "Lost in the Plot"
17. The Fierce Lime and his Ponytail Assassins – "Holmes, The Heat Director"
18. The Killers – "Smile Like You Mean It"
19. The Sun – "Valentine"
20. Wigglepussy, Indiana – "Transylvania Moonshine"
21. Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer – "Crazy=Cute"
If you’d like a copy of the CD, I’d be willing to work out a trade (either send me a mix of your favorite songs of 2004 OR a CD-R of one of your favorite 2004 releases that you think I didn’t hear). E-mail me to hook it up.
If you book a week's worth of free local shows at a popular club will the kids show up to support the idea? The answer is a resounding "yes", at least that's the case if you live in Austin, Texas.
Download the new Idlewild single, "Love Steals Us From Loneliness" at Scenestars.net and then head over to the Donewaiting message board to discuss just how much you absolutely love the track. (Thanks to Chromewaves.net for the link.)
File under: "Covers You'd Never Thought You'd Hear"
Former Veruca Salt songstress Nina Gordon has posted her acoustic cover of NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" on her site as a holiday gift to her fans. I'm all for ironic covers but on first listen I'm not so sure I'm down with this (sorry Nina). I'll give it a few more tries. Nina has a few other covers (Cinderella's "Nobody's Fool," Skid Row's "18 and Life," Phil Collins "One More Night," Bonnie Raitt's "Love Letter" on the Sights and Sounds page of her website).