An imaginary soundtrack featuring Jack White and Norah Jones on a few tracks, and produced by the genre-hopping moniker that is Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) along with Italian film composer, Daniele Luppi. Paying homage to film composer, Ennio Morricone (The Good, The Bad and the Ugly), the spaghetti-western’s sound pioneer, Burton and Luppi draw inspiration from soul and classical music, to create a sexed out spin off version, spaghetti-soul. 15 compositions that barely account for 35 minutes of mysterious, heartbroken and paranoid pleasure are accentuated by scattered guest vocals by White and Jones. Each limited by their time involved here provide their best, focused vocal work to dateâ€“and they’re not the true stars here.
I heard the news that Randall Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, died this morning. A heart attack while driving his jeep. I didn’t know what to feel at first. He’s a hero of mine, closing in on three decades of inspiration. He represented the strength, humor and no-nonsense ability to be quick with a quipâ€“and with his fistâ€“â€“that I once saw in my grandfather when he was alive. Macho Man was my Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey wrapped into one large, ball of electric human life.
David Bazan’s “Strange Negotiations” (Out May 24th, 2011) is a ten song crash course on getting conned. ‘Negotiations’ explores the emotions blindly caused by unethical behavior practiced by businesses that abuse the working class. Bazan rummages through levels of anger, passively narrating the crime(s) committed by people.
Massachusetts, Paul Westerberg, Freedom! Congratulations, you’ve graduated. From something you probably haven’t had enough time to figure out yet. It’s that time of the year when some of you here can’t wait to move on. Some of you are moving on from middle school to high school; others are moving on from high school to college and beyond seeking greater knowledge.
A few favorite songs written about, for, or with mothers in mind by a few of music’s favorite sons; John Lennon, Louden Wainwright III, Mark Everett (The Eels), Chuck Prophet, Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople), Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr (Snoop Dogg) and Jeff Tweedy (Golden Smog).
Spring is in the air; love it, f*ck it, leave it, love it again and share it. Reviews of recent spring releases by TV On The Radio, Jonny, and Cameron McGill & What Army.