Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Black Diamond Heavies - Sinnerman

AT@T have been running the hell out of their commercials that feature a sample of Nina Simone's "Oh Sinner Man", but they always leave you wanting. You just cannot cut such a great song before her vocals even kick in. This song has been covered countless times over the years, and while none can top Nina's version, to my ears, the Black Diamond Heavies come pretty close. This version just rocks while keeping a level of soul consistent to what Nina put in. Plus, you can never go wrong with a distorted Fender Rhodes. If you're diggin' on the Black Keys like I am, you'll really enjoy these guys.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Howlies-Aluminum Baseball Bat

Another one from Georgia. I just love the sound of this song... and it will get stuck in your head for the rest of the day, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. This is a fun little video if you can overlook the over-the-top lip syncing and the slightly off timed props. You can also piece together how many takes they used with a close study of the road. The best part comes at the end, both musically and visually. As the song picks up an impromptu street dance party happens full of the most random assortment of characters... including a 3 legged robot.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Los Straitjackets: Tempest

Just got in from a week long conference down in Wilmington, so for all of our efforts in The Coastal Society....

Surfs Up.



and Wilmington's own The Noseriders

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

April March- Mingnonette

April March’s voice gives an aire of child-like innocence, which directly contrasts with the often times racy lyrics in many of the songs in her 1996 album “April in Paris”, which was mostly covers of 1960’s standards of french pop. “Chick Habit” is probably her most notable song due to it’s inclusion on the soundtrack to the movie “Death Proof”. With a style and sound directly influenced by young french pop artists such as Fran├žoise Hardy, France Gall, Dalida, and Mina, it’s no surprise that she would be one of the few contemporary artists featured in a Tarintino film.



Another notable piece from April...



Something you may recognize... April didn't translate this, but wrote her own english lyrics, although she did also record the french version too...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sarah Shannon's "City Morning Song"

Here is one of my favorite singers from the 90's. While in the indie band Velocity Girl, Sarah Shannon's voice added a smooth finish to the rough edged guitar driven sound. On much of their first album, Copacetic, the heavy distortion had a tendency to drown out her voice, but as their sound became more cleaner in the years to come, it all began to meld together beautifully. Sarah is now one here own and has gravitated to a more orchestrated sound. City Morning Song is aptly titled, however, with the Burt Bacharach-ish arrangement, it could easily be a morning some 40 years ago.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The pipettes-Pull Shape

This week's theme is dedicated to the women who are carrying that 60's sound into the future.

Hailing from Brighton UK, The Pipettes envoke the spirit of many of the girl groups from the early 60's like The Shangri-las, The Ronettes, The Honeys, The Crystals and the Chiffons. The brain child of singer/song writer/producer Robert "Monster Bobby" Barry, who's attempt to bring back that Phil Spector sound was right-on. The Pipettes had more membership overturn in the last 2 years than any sound that works this well together should. Here is the second (and longest lasting) incarnation with Gwenno, RiotBecki and Rosay.



If this video looks familiar to you, than you may need to think back to The Carrie Nations in Beyon the Valley of the Dolls. Of course, these songs are nothing alike.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Woggles (from KNIGHTS OF FUZZ)

Before leaving Atlanta, it would be utterly irresponsible of me to not introduce you to The Woggles. They have been the keepers of that 60's garage and soul sound for more than twenty years now. Even when they decide to cover a 60's original, they delve so far into obscurity and make that song their own that you will think they wrote it themselves. From their 2003 album of the same name, here's Ragged But Right.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The 45's "Superpill"

There has always been a certain timeless quality to the south, and this was never more true than when it comes to the music. If you decided to venture through Dixie with a blindfold on, you would be hard pressed to tell what year it is. Due to the shear volume, you could be certain that you would gravitate towards Georgia, and when you opened your eyes you would be standing in Atlanta in front of The Star Bar or The Earl when the Forty Fives are playing. Here from their 2004 release "High Life High Volume" is Superpill.



Here's a Fun little short featuring our favorite solar powered, winged attorney, and music by the Forty Fives.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nowhere Boy Official Movie Trailer 2009

Looks to be a fun movie. Kickass as young John Lennon. Really looking forward to this.

Alive and Amplified

Formed back in 97, the Mooney Suzuki took the clubs of NYC back to the garage. These four lads have no loss of energy,which is how we want to sent the stage for this blog. Here with probably their most recognizable release "Alive and Amplified" from the 2004 album of the same name.... The Mooney Suzuki!!!