Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You

May 1st, 2006

Kings of Convenience - I'd Rather Dance With You

A lot of the music made by the Kings of Convenience is slower than I generally like, but I cannot get enough of this song. I think "Indie Pop" is an appropriate tag for the quiet guitar harmonies from the two musicians from Norway. It is such a fun track that excites me each time I hear it. That is partially a result of having seen the video. I think once you have seen that a time or two, the song will always make you smile. It is one of my favorites.

Upcoming Jurassic 5 album.

April 7th, 2006

I have good news. The six-piece hip-hop crew Jurassic 5 is slated to release its third album. The group, made up of rappers Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir and Mark 7even with DJs Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist, expects its new album to be in stores on June 27, 2006. It will feature tracks by producers like Scott Storch, DJ Nu-Mark & Salam Remi. Keep an eye out for the first single, "Work It Out" which features the Dave Matthew's Band.

Jurassic 5Fans have long enjoyed the two previous albums, Quality Control (2000) and Power in Numbers (2002), and have been waiting patiently for a new release. The new album is tentatively titled "Feedback."

Josh Rouse - Subtitulo

April 7th, 2006

Josh Rouse - SubtituloJosh Rouse recently moved to Spain. He set up shop and wrote Subtitulo in a week after arriving. It is a short album in length, but there is no shortage of stories. There is a folk feel in each song as singer takes listener for a ride. If you like the genre, which is a slower indie rock (I actually like to call it "soundtrack music" since it would be perfectly suited to just play in the background while we go on with our day to day activities) check Josh out. Rouse has made seven albums, and each is slightly different. I am confident there is one you could enjoy. Subtitulo is the seventh and most recent. It jockeys back and forth with Nashville for my favorite of his work. But they are also the albums I have listened to the most. One thing that can be said about Josh Rouse is that no matter who his tracks remind you of, he keeps his own style to never get lost in the crowd.

This album came out under his own Bedroom Classics Records.

“I started Bedroom Classics after my previous record contract ended. I had talked to quite a few labels but the reality was that there weren't many benefits for an artist like myself at a big corporation” Rouse stated. “With my own label, I can give my fans music through the internet or through traditional outlets more often - as it should be. My goals in doing this are to keep making records and to earn enough to keep going...which in my eyes is success.” -joshrouse

01. Quiet Town Not in other tracks, but definitely in this song I think Josh Rouse has a slight Paul Simon sound to him. I think the music contributes a good amount, however. This is a nice song about preferring life in a small town even when it means giving up all the opportunities the big city has to offer. If you have access to a cabin/house somewhere remote, go there and turn this one up. It is a hard point to argue.

02. Summertime Rouse jazzes the album up early with a funky tempo in track 2. He delivers the vocals through a more seductive tone almost as if he is whispering. It is a fun track to reminisce over warm days gone by.

03. It Looks Like Love This one is a foot-tapper. Rouse shows a little more vocal range by hitting a few higher notes. I'll try to save the times I sing along to this song to when I am alone...though I know I won't.

04. La Costa Blanca This is the first of two Spanish titles which may seem out of place on the album, but give them a try. This one is actually an entirely instrumental track. The guitar work blends well with the piano and drums

05. Jersey Clowns A sad little ditty about a hard-luck man who is about to get some bad news about his lady. How do you tell someone bad news?

06. His Majesty Rides Track 6 snaps you out of the depression the last song sunk you into. You will probably get caught singing along with this one without realizing you were doing it. There is a little more soul poured into this track than some of the others. It's nice.

07. Givin' It Up When the song starts you think you've shuffled discs to the ABBA album you deny owning. It's a very upbeat sound that carries you through the track. The song is about giving up drinking after a rough night. The optimistic perspective towards the future coupled with the music make for a pretty happy song (for lack of a better word). On an album I enjoy greatly, this is probably my favorite track.

08. Wonderful A touching track about the opening of one's heart. It is a nice ode-to-another.

09. The Man Who With female vocalist Paz Suay. She compliments Rouse well as they tell the story of a meeting between a woman and man. The man has wallowed in a past break-up until they meet one day on the train in New York.

10. El Otro Lado Our second Spanish title. Do not shy away. There is a little Mediterranean influence in the guitar. Take a chance; do not be content sitting back and letting life happen. It is a nice message and a good strong to end the album on.

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Where Has All The Good Rap Gone?

April 6th, 2006
Where has all the good rap gone?
01. Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable
02. Ray Ray - What They Want To Hear
03. Bow Wow - Fresh Azimiz
04. Bubba Sparxxx - Ms. New Booty
05. Busta Rhymes - Touch It
06. T.I. - What You Know
07. Dilated Peoples - Back Again
08. Mobb Deep - Have A Party
09. T-Pain - I'm N Luv (w/ a Stripper)
10. Juvenile - Rodeo
11. Sean Paul - Temperature
12. Eminem - Shake That
13. Chamillionaire - Ridin'
14. Juelz Santana - Clockwork
15. B.G. - Move Around
16. Tony Yayo - So Seductive
17. David Banner - Play

Sean Paul - The Trinity

March 31st, 2006

Sean Paul - The TrinityThere probably has not been a dancehall/reggae album this good since...well since Sean Paul released Dutty Rock in 2002. The Trinity, amidst a large handful of references to weed, serenades women from all regions of the world. He stays true to his Caribbean roots and did not Americanize (euphemism for "sell out") his sound for this latest album. I will be the first to admit, however, that it is difficult to understand what he says most of the time. Regardless of that, so far I predict The Trinity to be the best warm-weather-with-the-windows-down-in-the-car-and-the-volume-up-high album this year...even though it was released last year, late last year. I cannot get enough of some of these songs right now.

01. Fire Links Intro I still do not like Intro tracks. This one did nothing to change that. I do not understand them; especially one that is 49 seconds long and yet just repeats the same thing over and over.

02. Head In The Zone A nice beat for a track that warms us up for the rest of the album ahead. I do tire easily of DJs and producers who yell at random intervals (see: Lil' Jon and DJ Clue), which is a blemish on this song.

03. We Be Burnin' We Be Burnin' was the first single released from this album. I became certain of a few things when I first heard this track: I would get this album and this would be the best track on it. I was right and wrong. This is a great song and definitely will get bodies on the dance floor, but not the best song on the album. That is a good thing. You can watch the video here.

04. Send It On This is a great example of a "catchy" song by Sean Paul standards. If I could figure out the words...they would be in my head all day!

05. Ever Blazin' This is my dark-horse pick for favorite track. The beat causes body parts to move of their own accord. Without realizing it you will be bouncing -- sitting, standing, laying down -- I don't care what you are doing. A great track to put on a mix you are making for your special lady friend if you want to add something with a beat.

06. Eye Deh A Mi Knee This is a fine song, but I can't help but think of Tunak Tunak Tun when I listen to it.

07. Give It Up To Me Time to slow it down some. One track that stands out as evidence that The Trinity does not have all of the energy that was in Dutty Rock. Do not misinterpret that, I did not say it was a bad song, just slower than others.

08. Yardie Bone This one is much less dancehall and much more reggae. In case you are curious, Wayne Marshall is featured.

09. Never Gonna Be The Same Another slower track. Sean Paul sets this song aside to reflect on the things that happen in our lives that are out of our control. It is a nice tribute to friends and family.

10. I'll Take You There A good song that would get more respect on an album with fewer "hits."

11. Temperature It is, unfortunately, unfair to the other tracks on the album for this song to appear. There are so many good songs on The Trinity, though this one just won't share the spotlight. As stated above, I was sure We Be Burnin' was as good as they could get. I was wrong.

12. Breakout It is a rare thing indeed when you can find an album you can listen to, start to finish, without skipping any songs. You *can* do that with this album, but if you were going to skip one song, this is probably it. It seems much less refined (for lack of a better word) than the other songs.

13. Head To Toe Has it been too long since he slowed it down for another ode to the ladies? I guess so. Apparently it was time for another. Probably the weakest of the slower songs, but the competition is stiff.

14. Connection One thing Sean Paul did so well on Dutty Rock was collaboration tracks with recent hot, female artists. This is the big one on The Trinity, featuring Nina Sky. She sounds good with him.

15. Straight Up Despite being a three-minute track, it seems to go too fast. The song is, overall, unremarkable -- neither good nor bad. It is fine, and well placed tucked at the end of the album.

16. All On Me Another collaboration song with a female artist. Sean Paul and Tami Chynn team up for this track. A mediocre song.

17. Change The Game Featuring Looga Man & Kid Kurup. This song saves the slow fall-off that was happening. The last few tracks made you think the album had run out of steam. Unfortunately, this track does what many do at the end of hip-hop albums recently; the featured artist takes the front seat and Sean Paul appears only as support.

18. The Trinity Last but not least, the title track. You have made it through 17 tracks to get here; the choice is yours if you let the last one play. You will not miss much if you stop now. The strength of the album is early.

The album's title, if you are curious, has a three-part meaning: this is Sean Paul's third album, it took three years to create, and it was "all done right here in the Third World*," according to him.

*The Trinity was recorded entirely in Jamaica.

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It Was A Very Good Year - 1971

March 29th, 2006
Privatjokr presents: 1971

01. Don McLean - American Pie
02. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
03. Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me
04. Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar
05. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
06. Neil Diamond - I am...I said
07. The Temptations - Just My Imagination
08. Isaac Hayes - Theme from "Shaft"
09. James Taylor - You've Got A Friend
10. Rod Stewart - Maggie May
11. Santana - Black Magic Woman
12. Dawn - Knock Three Times
13. Three Dog Night - An Old Fashioned Love Song
14. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain
15. John Lennon - Imagine
16. The Isley Brothers - Love The One You're With
17. Cat Stevens - Peace Train
18. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven


Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out

March 22nd, 2006

Panic! At The Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat OutThe first time I heard Panic! At The Disco was at a friend's house; he put it on while he played Need For Speed: Most Wanted for XBOX 360. My initial impression was that the band sounds eerily similar to Fall Out Boy, and come to find that Panic! was the first band signed under Fall Out Boy lead singer Peter Wentz's record label Decaydance Records. Coincidence?

01. Introduction The introduction is a quick 36 second track. As far as intro tracks go, it is one of the better ones, though I am not a fan of using one to begin the album. When I say it is a better one, I mean only that it is less obtrusive than most.

02. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage This is one of the more catchy tracks on the album. It is also a good representation of how the band tries to tie the rock and dance mentalities together.

03. London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines I think this is the track that sounds most like Fall Out Boy. I like FOB, so this is not a horrible comparison, but here is a strong argument of how Panic! may not have necessarily made a unique album. That said, this is still one of my favorite tracks.

04. Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks Nails is probably the track that was most disappointing to me. I do not like the music they chose for this one. It sounds more like a poor attempt at a mash up between a pop beat and rock lyrics.

05. Camisado This song is probably what the band had hoped to create most. It seems to embody the marriage of rock and dance. Difficult to sit still while this song plays.

06. Time To Dance This song is OK. The feeling I get most from this song is that the band tried too hard. It seems forced.

07. Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off Probably the closest Panic! will come to making a love song. And this is as close as they should get. It's another OK track that gets you tapping your feet and bobbing your head a little bit.

08. Intermission I have read a few reviews that highlight the Intermission. I have to disagree. I see no point in it other than for novelty value. If I want a break from the band, I will change CDs; I do not need a keyboard instrumental.

09. But It's Better If You Do It was high time for a jazzy track on this album, right? You got it. The tempo is not quite the same as the other tracks. I guess this serves me better as an intermission than the previous track.

10. I Write Sins Not Tragedies Let's continue the second-half strength. After the Intermission the album grows stronger. This is a good song that could easily be many listeners' favorite.

11. I Constantly Thank God for Esteban I like the use of the acoustic guitar here. Well in fact I like it too much so I got frustrated when they take it away. An OK track overall.

12. There's a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet This is probably my favorite track on the album. It is the most fun of all the songs and I can only hope the band had as much fun making it as I have listening to it. Maybe I am just a sucker for a horn, but I think the song brings more to the table than the rest.

13. Build God, Then We'll Talk An OK track. It does not do much for me overall, but does not rub me the wrong way. If this sing has to be on the album, might as well hide it at the end. It isn't the worst, just sounds the least like the rest of the album.

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Reel Big Fish: The Hits

March 10th, 2006

OutKast: The Hits

March 9th, 2006

Help me with my rap lyrics question.

February 15th, 2006

The album Duets: The Final Chapter was released on December 20, 2005. The tracks are a mixture of archived flow from Notorious B.I.G. (Biggie) and current day artists. The album is 100% collaboration. One track, "Nasty Girl", has Biggie saying "Fingers in your mouth, open up your blouse, pull your g-string down south, Owww."

Biggie died on March 9, 1997.

On December 4, 2001 Fat Joe released his album Jealous Ones Still Envy.

Fat Joe's album features a song called "We Thuggin'" with R.Kelly in which he says "Like no doubt, pokin doll out, pull ya g-string down south. Owww!"

So where did the "pull ya g-string down south" originate? I am not trying to insinuate a flaw in the conspiracy of Biggie's death. I don't really believe he is living on an island with Tupac somewhere. I am just saying that whatever tracks Biggie laid down were all prior to 1997 and when a song is released in 2001 with the same lyrics as an unreleased Biggie line something is fishy. Unless of course Biggie borrowed the lyric from someone else and the good people at Google are too bogged down with "Nasty Girl" lyric sites to help me out.

Can anyone shed some light on this for me, please?