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Posts made in July 21st, 2007

NEES AND VOS-”Extended Play”

Nees and Vos sent me their debut album about a month ago, and it’s been sitting on my “fence post.” I’ve struggled with how and whether to post on it because it’s “more of a collection of tunes rather than a cohesive set,” and those words come from the band itself (Andrew Neesley), not me. But I’ve given it several repeated listens and I’m glad I did. It’s not simple pop–it didn’t hook me right in. It’s complex blues and jazz. Vocal tracks are somewhere near vintage Michael McDonald, with music like M’shell N’dege O’Cello (I’m sorry if I spelled that wrong!). It’s chill, groovy, and provocative. Especially the great cover of Ain’t No Sunshine, and the well-arranged horn pops. I’d like to hear a proper album from these guys–see what they can do when the wheels come off and they really set to creating a full set. I hope someday I get the chance.

Ain’t No Sunshine

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Also: Check the page link above to the Best of 2007. We’re keeping an ongoing list of our favorite records of the year. It’s like a 24 hour real time buying guide!

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SMASHING PUMPKINS, A to Z (+ NEW SWAG–JOE ROGAN LIVE!)

I’m baaaaaack! My connection is finally right, and I’ll be reviewing an indie album before the weekend is through–have to write up my notes. In the meantime, though, I’ve been running over this post ever since I heard Zeitgeist was coming.

Unfortunately, it’s not terribly good.

The Pumpkins, however, were awesome once. In their prime. Especially live. See for yourself, below.

But first drop a comment or send me an e-mail WITH YOUR MAILING ADDRESS if you want a free Joe Rogan DVD.

You know Joe, right? From The Ultimate Fighting Championship, Fear Factor, and News Radio? He’s a great stand-up comic–mixing deep metaphysical observations with dick jokes. Like the bit where he compares the planet Earth to a sandwich. Humans are the bacteria, is his point. So if aliens came down, they’d think we were like a cancer on a big host organism, i.e., Earth. It’s kind of a stoner observation, but it’s cool stuff.

Spoken comedy doesn’t translate well to this kind of forum, but trust me, the DVD is really funny–this is a give-away I’m totally behind. Really, really funny stuff. You can stream a clip of it here.

And if you don’t win, you can buy it here!

This give-away will close on Friday. I’ll pick two winners. Good luck!

Now, on with the musical post.

The Smashing Pumpkins, A to Z!

These songs are almost all covers and/or live songs. ‘Cause if you don’t already own at least two copies of MC&TIS, and at least one of every other SP album, you need to rectify that situation already.

A is for Auf Weidersien (Cheap Trick cover)-Smashing Pumpkins.

B is for Blue Oyster Cult’s Godzilla-Smashing Pumpkins. Oh no! There goes Tokyo! B is also for Syd Barrett, and this cover of one of his tunes. Terrapin-Smashing Pumpkins.

C is for C is for The Chambers Brothers’ Time Has Come Today, as covered by the Pumpkins. Have you ever heard The Ramones’ version of this? It’s awesome. Blows the original away.

D is for Disarm (live version)-Smashing Pumpkins. Or check out Harry’s Hard Remix version!

E is for Enter Sandman (Metallica cover)-The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s just a tease. Don’t get too excited.

F is for Forever Young-Billy Corgan.

G is for Geek U.S.A.-Smashing Pumpkins (live version).

H is for Heavy Metal Machine/White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane cover)-Smashing Pumpkins. From the current tour.

I is for I Am One-+44 (Pumpkins cover). And here’s a boot of the Pumpkins doing this great song themselves, back in ’91.

J is for The Joker (Steve Miller Band cover)-Smashing Pumpkins.

L is for Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover)-Smashing Pumpkins (acoustic).

M is for For Martha-Smashing Pumpkins.

N is for Never Let Me Down Again-Smashing Pumpkins and Depeche Mode.

O is for Out of Focus (Blue Cheer cover)-Smashing Pumpkins. This is from a show at San Francisco’s I-Beam, a great place to see a concert.

O is also for Once In a Lifetime (Talking Heads)-Smashing Pumpkins.

P is for Pavement’s cover of 1979. I wish this were better quality. If anyone out there has a better one, please send it to me! And here’s a version of 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins with The Frogs.

R is for Rocket (acoustic version)-Billy Corgan. It’s also for the Rhinoceros (Reggae Version)-Smashing Pumpkins.

S is for Sookie Sookie (Steppenwolf)-Smashing Pumpkins.

T is for throwback. It’s also for Thin Lizzy’s Dancing in the Moonlight-Smashing Pumpkins.

W is for Join Together (Who cover)-Smashing Pumpkins. It’s also for Tom Waits! Ol 55-Smashing Pumpkins.

X and Y are for X.Y.U.-Smashing Pumpkins. Tell me you didn’t see that one coming…

Bye for now!

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