Friday, March 11, 2005

Song of the day: Say Hi to Your Mom/"Let's Talk About Spaceships"

I spent 3 hours last night going through the music listings for next week's South by Southwest music festival, making an hour-by-hour itinerary of bands I'm planning to see. One of the bands I'm most excited about seeing is New York-based Say Hi to Your Mom, whose album Numbers and Mumbles has been on constant rotation on the hi-fi for the past few months. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I listened to was that album and the first song I heard was "Let's Talk About Spaceships." It put me in the right frame of mind to enjoy the beautiful San Francisco spring weather. Enjoy the music -- and have a great weekend.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Song of the day: Kings of Convenience/"I Don't Know What I Can Save You From (Royksopp remix)"

I hate missing a good show, and last night I apparently did when Norwegian folk popsters Kings of Convenience stopped in for a rare San Francisco concert. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a nice review today that got me thinking about the boys, which got me to listening to them in Rhapsody, which got me to blogging this Royksopp remix of "I Don't Know What I Can Save You From" off of the band's album Versus. Kings of Convenience singer Erland Oye later returned the favor, adding guest vocals on the excellent song "Remind Me" on Royksopp's Melody A.M. album. Enjoy the music.

N-O-T-O-R-I-O- U-S You Just Lay Down Slow

This week marks the 8th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.'s death afer being gunned down in LA. In honor of one of my top 3 favorite rappers of all time, I've put together a sampler of some of his best joints. While a few of Frank White's classics are, unfortunately, only available for sale on Rhapsody, other anthemic cuts like "Hypnotize" and "Player's Anthem" are readily available for streaming. Good thing, because everybody should get a chance to listen to the BK's greatest MC lay it down. Enjoy the music.

N-O-T-O-R-I-O-U-S You Just Lay Down Slow

1. Mo Money Mo Problems - The Notorious B.I.G.
2. Hypnotize - The Notorious B.I.G.
3. One More Chance - The Notorious B.I.G.
4. Notorious Thugs - The Notorious B.I.G.
5. F@ck You Tonight - The Notorious B.I.G.
6. I Need You Tonight - Junior M.A.F.I.A.
7. Ready To Die - The Notorious B.I.G.
8. Sky's The Limit - The Notorious B.I.G.
9. 16 Bars - Notorious B.I.G
10. It's All About The Benjamins - Puff Daddy
11. Player's Anthem - Junior M.A.F.I.A.
12. Going Back To Cali - The Notorious B.I.G."

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Song of the day: Chapterhouse/"Pearl"

I've been going through yet another dip into the shoegaze pool recently, going through my old bins of import-only singles and listening to long-forgotten albums of dreamy, distorted beauty. Since a lot of this stuff is out of print, most of it's not available through Rhapsody.

One of the exceptions, though, is also one of my favorite albums from the early 1990s: Chapterhouse's debut album, Whirlpool, which is on my short list of desert-island picks. The album contains perhaps my favorite single from the first wave of shoegaze music, "Pearl," and other strong contenders like "Falling Down" and "Breather." I could go on and on, but I'll spare you -- just click here to check out Chapterhouse.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Just added: Junior Senior

OK, it's 18 months too late, but Junior Senior's album D-D-Don't Stop the Beat was added to Rhapsody over the weekend. That album took its title from the ultra-infectious single "Move Your Feet," which lit up dancefloors like no other in the summer of 2003. Click here to hear the album and relive memories of that summer. Enjoy.