|• Wood Brothers – Luckiest Man – A great song and a great band, keep this on your mix for fire side cocktails and good friends.|
|• Loudon Wainwright III – The Swimming Song - Simple, banjo, and absolutely beaming with good times. A summer staple, see you at the beach.|
Mark Zuckerberg is really getting his act together. He featured tgifjams at a recent Facebook presentation highlighting the community and insane jams.
• Kate Nash – Pumpkin Soup – A chick with attitude delivers a fee-nom-in-all jam, putting Feist in her place.
• Kid Cudi – Erase Me- Kid and Kanye team up for a ballad about the often forgotten part of the pencil.
• Tiesto – Work Hard Play Hard- Total spin-class techno, self described as "the pop side of house trance." Love it.
• Green Day – Holiday - Can’t think of a better Friday afternoon song when you are heading into a week of vacation.
• Chiddy Bang – Dream Chasin’ – Hot new track from CB, the whole album comes out late August.
Lupe Fiasco – Daydreamin’
Throw in a full tube of Kanye + Marlena Shaw + 007 and you boom – the cascading hip hop power of a young Loo-pee FeeA$$co, primed to rhyme about crime and losing time….in daydreams. The kind of music that reminds you why people buy Escalades and actually feel awesome, tasteful and masterfully produced. The tambourine really makes this one work. Falling asleep underneath the flowers for a couple of hours, lyrics that give me even a shred of that magic summer energy brought about in a Maine sunshine daydream, so cosmically far away from the current Tundra of Vacationland. Daydreaming is making a comeback, get some.
Chiddy Bang – Get Up In The Morning
Fresh! Staying true to the old school samples, Chiddy Bang slays an upper-eschelon of the vocal capacities while negotiating an otherwise 8/11 time signature snare drum fantasia. Yo bro, I’m making mad tunez! The biggest detriment of this song is it’s length of 2:50…that sh*t flies by. As a camp counselor I used to wake my guys up to the same song every day. If I knew then what I know now! Probably wouldn’t use this song but it’s fun to say I would. Or is it?
Glenton Davis – Go Get On The Floor
Playboy mansion, anyone? In the true power of social media, I heard this song through the glory of Facebook, and will hopefully continue the pre-hockey stick traffic foundation of going viral via blogs and personal proliferation. I can see this song being laid on a sweet montage in Wall Street 3, or some new 2010 version of Blow when the fearless Alpha male is doing nothing short of riding a tsunami of money, babes, and power. The kind of high energy cocktail party that happens in those exclusive areas of SoHo and Vegas, the kind where dreams go to be realized, and where personal limits reach higher. America.
Chris Velan – Oldest Trick
You may remember Velan’s epic acoustic reggae jam “Shiver” from the June post, and after seeing him play the other night in Portland, I have a new fire for his music. Strapped with nothing but a 6-string and 6-input sample board, Chris laid down an acoustic set that drew in the depth you learn to build with every step in professional musicianship, what separates a good act from a great one. The four minute mark of this represents exactly the kind of jamming I can totally get into – repetitive, harmonic, and seamless. It just clicks….like a well made box. Good luck on the tour Chris, hope this gets you some new fans.
Roadside Graves – Far and Wide
This song opens with a sound similar Jace Everett’s “Bad Things” then takes a wonderful course corrective change to the major chords side of the musical spectrum. Probably the most textbook band/song that you would see on a Thursday and say “that was totally worth my $9.” Whether or not that’s a compliment is up for debate. Just fun stuff to drink beers to. Really can’t beat that. Beyond all awesome, new, exciting, cutting edge, mind blowing music, sometimes I wonder if this sort of simple, fun, quasi-cliched acoustic rock is really what’s up. Thank. God. It’s. Friday.
Roadside Graves – Far and Wide