Monday, January 29, 2007

Yee Haw!

We're going to call this post the "Yee Haw" edition, because that's what I feel like screaming from some of the stuff I'm hearing here. Well, not really, but I'm just in the mood to revisit my pseudo-equestrian roots right now. And I get excited for free music.

I've been handed some pretty awesome music here lately, and I spent most of today ripping it to my iBook (which I'm kicking myself in the ass for, since I still have no clean clothes...).

**The first band I listened to that I thought was pretty decent is this band from the UK called the Basement. This song, even though it's coming from the mother land, sounds eerily like underground rock mixed with a background of downhome bar music. I know, it sounds much like mixing a Bull Mastiff with a Shih Tzu, eh? But it's a good thing! The Basement recently toured with M. Ward, who I also happen to be fond of, which gives them added credibility in my book.

The Basement - Do You Think You're Movin' On?

**I know a few people who are into Sparta, and this for them. Well, actually it's for everyone, because I'm listening to this song, and it's kick ass. They have a new album out called Threes, and this track is totally super because of the way it changes. Down. Up. Wow. I kind of want this to be my life soundtrack for when I'm walking across a busy street in a short dress and heels. Does that make sense? Meh. Listen for yourself.

Sparta - Most Vicious Crime

**Here's one that should excite people...Albert Hammond, Jr.. This dude was the Strokes guitarist and is now out doing this solo thing that's pretty much the shit. Some of you may have been lucky enough to hit his live thing 99X had last week. I, unfortunately, have a day job, so I didn't. However, he'll be at the Roxy on March 17th if anyone wants to begin (or end) the green holiday with a kick ass musical experience. Basically, the new album is called Yours to Keep, and the names dropped on it (Ben Kweller and Sean Lennon) are making my toes curl. Go ahead and love this.

Albert Hammond, Jr. - In Transit

**Western States Motel is a band out of LA that's reminding me of a 70's type of vocal thing (think of the Shins here) with an interesting mix of acoustic-sounding guitar in the background. They even add clapping! I love clapping. I seriously want to get in my car right now and drive cross country with the windows down.

Western States Motel - Powerlines

**And now for a new guilty pleasure. But it's a rockin' one, for sure! The Safes have a sound that has me wanting to tease my hair a little, wear high heel ankle boots (over my skinny jeans), and hang out in a dark corner of a seedy bar. Where I will probably be making out with a rock musician who hasn't showered in 3 days. Yeeeesssss!

The Safes - Phonebook Full of Phonies
The Safes - Fairy Tale Tomorrow
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