Amy Winehouse's final music video, with Tony Bennett. Here's what I'll say about these 2 singers: the brutal reality of their actual voices are, um, well suited for each other. I'm sure someone's got an album of duets coming out. And it will win 3 Grammys.
Song: "Body and Soul"
Artist: Tony Bennett/Amy Winehouse
What can I tell you about CSS that you don't already know? I mean, you probably know they're from Brazil, they're part of the "new rave" scene, and they had that big-ish hit with "Rat is Dead" a few years ago (stop yawning). That I had them as song of the day in July with "Hits Me Like a Rock," you remember that too, I'm sure. Um, La Liberación, their third album, was released in August. Duh, right?
Another track from the forthcoming Wilco album, The Whole Love, out in a few weeks.
This song is available as a free download from iTunes through next Monday.
The album is out later this month, and the tour began last night in Indianapolis (yes, get that one out of the way, it's all uphill from there). They have 2 nights scheduled at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (yes, that's how they spell it, pretentious no?) but no nights scheduled for Portland.
Girls, the San Francisco-based band that consisted of 2 dudes (now up to 5 peeps) impressed me with their debut album, Album, 2 years ago. And their follow-up EP managed another single among my favorites of 2010 ("Heartbreaker"). So when Amazon put their second full length album on sale and eligible for another $1.50 discount, I jumped on it.
But I am enjoying Father, Son, Holy Ghost and all its hip retro feel. And hey, if this song ends up in an Axe Bodywash commercial, then good for them!
The Boss (he's a cross between this and this) brought in the new Red Hot Chili Pepper's disk (I'm With You) last week and I finally listened to it yesterday afternoon. As I write this I'm not recalling the last album of theirs I listened to from start to finish. It may have been Mother's Milk. I am old. And apparently not sufficiently into RHCP to listen to an entire album in one sitting. I think it's my ADD which, hey look, shiny!
They have the internet on computers now!
Anyway, I wanted to pick a song that wasn't "Under the Bridge (redux)" ("Scar Tissue"), but I may have failed. But the song is really great and its provenance genuinely touching (details here).
Song: "Brendan's Death Song"
Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Jon Stewart covers the re-emergence of Candidate Obama ("Yes we can!" rather than "Fooled ya, I'm really a Republican! More wars! More tax cuts!") with regard to a new jobs bill. I'm sure Eric Cantor will whine about how Obama never once said "please" and how deeply offended he is. Oh, and Obama will cave just to get something passed. Maybe he should offer to rename it The Obama REALLY WAS Born in Kenya and Other Trivial Efforts to Create American Jobs Bill.
I am such a tremendous fan of Adam Schlesinger (full EGOT nominee) that I had no idea he's in the band Ivy.
Or that Ivy is a band.
But both things are true, and what better day than today to learn such things?!
All Hours, their first album in 6 years is out later this month. Just as Fountains of Wayne begin a tour. This is confusing, but Schlesinger will be in Portland Oct. 8th at the Wonder Ballroom, so try to ask him to clarify things then. If you don't mind.