Friday, January 20, 2006

Song of the day: French Kicks/"Crying Just for Show"

Despite their name, the band French Kicks aren't from Paris or into karate. They do make some good music, though, and one of my personal favorites is the song "Crying Just for Show." The song, off of their 2002 album One Time Bells, was one of my big Rhapsody finds of 2003, making it onto many a mix that summer. I noticed that we added some of the band's newer material to Rhapsody recently, but kept going back to this. Good stuff.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Song of the day: Stars/"The Comeback"

Canadian pop group Stars are one of my favorite discoveries of the past few years. Their album, Heart, and single "Elevator Love Song," blew my mind when I first heard them, and last year's album Set Yourself on Fire was my personal pick for album of the year.

Unfortunately, those albums aren't yet available in Rhapsody; folks here are still working to get the Arts & Crafts label (whose catalogue also includes excellent albums from Broken Social Scene and American Analog Set) on-board.

That said, with the addition last fall of the Le Grand Magistery back catalogue, you *can* hear Stars' earlier works through Rhapsody. I bought the band's first album when it came out, after my friend Hill put the band's mellow cover of The Smiths' "This Charming Man" on a mix. But until recently I hadn't heard their EPs, one of which, The Comeback, has been making me very happy of late.

Click here to see why.

After a very, very busy year in 2005, during which I took more than 45 trips, I can't think of a more appropriate song than "The Comeback." Enjoy the music!

Issues viewing Rhapsody Rockschool in IE

I'm not sure what's going on, but for some reason some people (myself included) reading the blog using Internet Explorer are seeing the text displayed way down at the bottom of the blog. People using the Mozilla Firefox browser can see things just fine.

I haven't changed the formatting for the blog at all, and it was working fine for months, so I'm scratching my head on how to fix it. Anyone with ideas on how to fix this, please add a comment here or drop me a note at mgrooves[at]gmailDOTcom. Your help is appreciated. :)

Sunday, January 15, 2006