Friday, March 04, 2005

Song of the Day - 'Build You Up' by 50 Cent f/ Jamie Foxx

Notorious rap heavyweight 50 Cent just dropped his new album "The Massacre" yesterday. Not surprisingly, the release comes amid controversy stemming from his feuds with other big-name rappers as well as his own protege, The Game.

The song "Build You Up" is a thug-love jam and features the multi-talented, recent Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx singing the hook. Definitely worth a listen.

Click here to listen.

Song of the day: Stereo Total/"C'est la mort (MP3)"

Stereo Total's 1999 album Oh Ah was added to Rhapsody today. The group's unique brand of quirky lo-fi Euro pop isn't for everyone, but it's for me fer sure. Click here to hear the song "C'est la mort." I have no idea what they're saying, but I like it anyway -- parlez vous francais, anyone?

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Just added: new Ivy album -- In the Clear

Still going through the new release reports and noticed that Ivy's new album, In the Clear, was added today as well. I'm just giving it a listen now, and it's great. The album mini-review by Nick D. says "Ivy leave side projects, parenthood, TV themes and film scores behind and return to making gauzy, dreamy guitar pop. A little harder and more upbeat than usual, this album will please longtime fans and should win Ivy plenty of new ones. Try to figure out which moody number doesn't sound like an FM hit." Click here to check it out for yourself.

Found sounds: The Stills play acoustic -- for Sony Connect!?!

I was just looking through the Just Added listings for Rhapsody today, and noticed that an EP of acoustic performances by Canadian band The Stills was added. The band performed the songs live in the studio of an erstwhile Rhapsody competitor, Sony Connect; the band's label is apparently now licensing those "exclusive" songs to other services. I love it. Click here to hear acoustic performances of "Lola Stars and Stripes," "Still in Love Song," and "Yesterday Never Tomorrows" off the band's 2003 debut, Logic Will Break Your Heart.

Song of the day: Doves/"Snowden"

The Doves' new album, Some Cities, was added to Rhapsody yesterday, and I've been listening over and over for the past 24 hours. My initial verdict: thumbs up!

The song "Snowden" is my early favorite -- it's got everything I like about Doves, from soaring choruses and jangly guitars to the singer's trademark dramatic vocals. I'm seeing these guys in 2 weeks at South by Southwest in Austin, and I can't wait. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Song of the day: Monster Movie/"Dream About You"

After several days off for a great vacation, I'm back in the saddle. While I was gone, the Rhapsody library crossed the 1 million-song mark -- that's a lot of music to wade through. In the past two months alone we've added more than 150,000 songs, including "Dream About You" by UK group Monster Movie, a dreampop band formed out of the ashes of early 90s shoegaze bands Eternal and Slowdive (which also spawned Mojave 3 and related/recommended solo efforts from members Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell). Monster Movie's first album is my favorite, but their second full-length, To the Moon, has its moments, too. Enjoy!