Monday, May 19, 2008

I love iTunes gift cards! Part 4

And freebies too...

1. “When Your Mind’s Made Up” and “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – I chose these tracks for my two free song credits I received when I got The Swell Season tickets online. Even though these are both great, I favor “When Your Mind’s Made Up” more. When Hansard holds out those notes live and on film, you turn numb it’s so good. I haven’t heard someone get into their music that much in a while. “Falling Slowly” has that spark as well knowing they’re together in real life.

2. The Cycles – EP by AutoVaughn – “Inertia” and “The Cycles” take the cake on Atlanta-friendly’s first major label EP (snaps for AutoVaughn!). Even though I yearned for more tracks on this six-song EP, its energy thrives for this Nashville band. You can catch them live May 31 when they come to town at the Star Bar. FYI, they’re even hotter live.

3. “Grace Kelly” by MIKA – I’ve loved Grace Kelly the actress for over a decade and almost floored when I heard this song way back when. I bought it while it was on my mind. “Grace Kelly” is pure fun and you can’t help but do a little jig.

4. Ghosts – EP by Ladytron – One sweet EP. At first, I wasn’t a fan of this song and was surprised they didn’t release another track as their first single (“The Lovers” anyone?). Being the faithful supporter I am to this Liverpudlian band, I got the EP and fell fast for the track and the three remixes that went along with it. It’s also a great warm-up to their upcoming album, Velocifero, due June 3. You can also hear it live June 13 at Variety Playhouse.

5. “Dear Prudence” by Siouxie and the Banshees – Coming from Beatles lover, this is a decent cover and it’s up there with the I Am Sam soundtrack. They definitely preserved the ominous vibe when they get to the “look around” sequence. It’s worth checking out…

6. “Try A Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding – One of the best R&B/Soul songs ever. I think the Pretty in Pink scene where Duckie lip syncs to it – classic. A friend of mine told me to check out Michael Buble’s cover of it, and it’s very nice indeed.

7. “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis – I said this before and I’ll say it again. This song is so much fun and I love it! This is yet another track like “Grace Kelly” where you can’t help but do a jig and smile.

8 The Slip by Nine Inch Nails – This FREE album is available on their website. According to their website, a hard copy will be available to own sometime in July. It has what Ghosts I-IV lacked – the libido, the essence, the life force, the right stuff, what the French call a certain I don’t know what. “1,000,000” will have you rockin’ in your space boots.
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