John Lennon Back From The Dead

31 12 2008

With permission from Beatles destroyer Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s image and voice is appearing in a commercial for the charity, One Laptop Per Child. OLPC is an organization that strives to bring internet access to children in developing countries. The commercial is surreal. It’s amazing what they can do these days. Check it.

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Best Albums 2008!

30 12 2008

Cooper posted her “Best Of” list last week, and so now I bring you mine.  My favorite albums (and one EP) of 2008 are (drumroll please)…

2anhorse An Horse – Rearrange Beds – If you haven’t heard of this Australian duo, you need to go out and buy this album immediately. They are awesome and returning to tour the U.S. in March of 2009. The song, Little Lungs, overwhelms me when I listen to it.

 

kofl Kings of Leon – Only By The Night – If you didn’t fall in love with the Kings of Leon this year, then you live under a rock in the middle of a jungle in some third world country. Only excuse.

 

 

santogold Santogold – Santogold – I’d have to say the same for Santogold that I did for Kings of Leon. Thank goodness she decided to cross the proverbial tracks over from A&R rep to artist.

 

 

killers The Killers -Day and Age – My musical love.

 

 

 

rid Robots In Disguise – We’re In The Music Biz – RID is, well… weird. But weird in a good way. Weird like I think I would have a lot of fun partying with them. This album is usual RID sound – weird but fun to party with.

 

 

tvonradio TV On The Radio – Dear Science – I have a feeling that this album will be on about 90% of the 2008 “Best Of” lists.

 

 

 

ff3 Friendly Fires – Friendly Fires – Enthusiastic and a little bit odd, I love these guys.

 

 

 

 

boniver Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver is good for my heart. In the way that it’s good to have your heart ripped apart and then mended by music.

 

 

spinnerette Spinnerette – Ghetto Love (EP) – The comeback of my favorite former lead singer of The Distillers is formidable. Now we need Spinnerette to get out on tour to Chicago!

 

 

dcfc Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs– DCFC doesn’t change up their sound a whole lot from album to album, but it doesn’t matter because their sound is just damn good.

 

 

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What if wikipedia, imdb and allmusic had a baby????

30 12 2008

They would name it soundunwound. There is a new addition to the Amazon fold, but it is not trying too hard to sell anything. It is a new(er) beta website that invites the viewer/listener to peruse all that is musical and if they see something lacking or not quite right they can “edit” it.

I did the eclectic coopy sweep and found that many of my faves had no bio yet. Will I go back and add my 2 cents? Not sure at this point, but I can see how it would be addictive. IMDB is one of my favorite movie sites and if soundunwound can grow up big and strong like that….well I will be a frequent visitor.

When I first discovered allmusic, back in the infancy of the internet, I thought I had died and gone to useless information heaven, but I rarely visit the site anymore. Maybe because a lot of the data is obsolete and incomplete. I have also enjoyed looking for new info fodder through blogs and more independent avenues.

Good luck in 2009 soundunwound!!!

 

posted by: cooper





CPS Musical Honor Roll

29 12 2008

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In case you have any doubt as to whether or not the City of Chicago contributes to the global music scene, rest assured, it does.  The Chicago Public Schools alumni organization has put together an imix on itunes of some of its’ most influential musical alumni including Kanye West, Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, R Kelly (editor’s note – ew), Nat “King” Cole, Chicago (duh), Bobby Darin, Styx, Jennifer Hudson, and many, many more.

In short, Chicago rules.  You can check the mix out here.

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Slumdog Millionaire – Soundtrack Of The Year

29 12 2008

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I saw the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, over the holiday and was mesmerized not only by the incredible movie itself, but also by its’ soundtrack.

World famous composer, A.R. Rahman took the reigns of this rollercoaster ride of what it feels like to grow up in the slums of Mumbai, India. In an awesome mix of Hip-Hop and Bollywood, Rahman delivers what will have to be considered one of the best soundtracks this year. Artist M.I.A. collaborated on the excellent song, O…Saya, and also lent a remix of her hit, Paper Planes, to the track listing.

You can get the soundtrack online or in stores and if you haven’t seen the movie yet, go out and see it NOW. Here is a complete track listing:

1. “O… Saya” Performed by A R Rahman & M.I.A.
2. “Riots” by A R Rahman
3. “Mausam & Escape” by A R Rahman
4. “Paper Planes” Performed by M.I.A.
5. “Paper Planes” DFA REMIX Performed by M.I.A.
6. “”Ringa Ringa” by A R Rahman featuring Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun
7. “Liquid Dance” by A R Rahman featuring Palakkad Sriram & Madhumitha
8. “Latika’s Theme” by A R Rahman featuring Suzanne
9. “Aaj Ki Raat” Performed by Sonu Nigam, Mahalaxmi Lyer & Alisha Chinoi
10. “Millionaire” by A R Rahman featuring Madhumitha
11. “Gangsta Blues” by A R Rahman featuring BlaaZe & Tanvi Shah
12. “Dreams on Fire” by A R Rahman featuring Suzzanne
13. “Jai Ho” by A R Rahman featuring Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer

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For Those Who Celebrate…

25 12 2008

Merry Christmas from earbudz!

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Speaking Of Alkaline Trio And Favorite Bands…

24 12 2008

As I was just thinking about Alkaline Trio being one of my favorite bands, it reminded me of a performance that they did with a member of one of my other favorite bands, Tegan and Sara.  In case you somehow missed it, here is Alkaline Trio with Tegan Quin performing her song, Wake Up Exhausted.  It’s pretty damn good. Damn good, I say.

Posted by Garvey