Music Quote of the Day

"If you really think about it, everything in this world tries to be music." -- Eugene Hutz

Friday, November 11, 2011

Brothers - New London Fire

Today is Veterans Day, a day set aside to remember and pay respects to our military veterans.  Also known around the world as Remembrance Day and Armistice Day, it marks the signing of the Armistice which ended World War I (the War to End All Wars?) as major hostilities formally ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.

Brothers by New London Fire from the album "The Dirt The Blood The Faith" to be released November 22, 2011

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Six Inch Killaz - The King Cheetah

OK. I'm sucking these days at posting regularly. My apologies. But for those who enjoy edgy punk-laced slam rock goodness, I think this one should make the wait worth it. Thanks to my friend Gavin Carroll for this turn on.

Originating in London, UK in the mid-90s, but currently based out of Los Angeles, California, The King Cheetah is a breath stealing power rock trio consisting of founders Robert Paul Mune on guitar and vocals and Simon Hancock on drums and newest member Ray Pillar on bass. describes them as “a gritty, dirty Brit sound; imagine standing on stage in a pile of broken beer bottles two feet thick, trying to sing as a leather sofa burns in front of the stage. That is the sound of The King Cheetah.” I agree.

Six Inch Killaz by The King Cheetah from the 2005 EP "Six Inch Killaz"

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Home (Is Where I'm Leaving) - J.P. Whipple & The Filthy Whipple Medicine Show

OK. I'm getting excited about this. Our next Underground Gypsy Cabaret is coming up in just a few weeks. That by itself is very exciting as it is always an incredibly fun time, but this go around with it we have the pleasure of J.P. Whipple gracing our stage with his unique vagabond blues. I have been a fan of his for quite some time and am thrilled beyond words to have the opportunity to share a stage with him for a night. If fact, I think the term "giddy" is more than fitting.

Home (Is Where I'm Leaving) by J.P. Whipple from the EP "Rusted Soul"

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum - Nick Cave and the Dirty Three

Mesmerizing. Hypnotizing. Haunting. And oh, so beautiful! This is a hidden track on a compilation album of songs inspired by the much loved Fox series, "The X Files". The Latin title translates to the phrase, "Dread the Passage of Jesus, For He Will Not Return." The music for this song is actually a revisitation (yes,I made that word up) of "Better Go Home Now" by The Dirty Three with an entrancingly seductive spoken word by Nick Cave.

Time Jesum Transeuntum Et Non Riverentum by Nick Cave and the Dirty Three from the 1996 album "Songs in the Key of X: Music from and Inspired by "The X-Files""

Nick Cave website

The Dirty Three website

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Saint Judas - Mark Growden

So, there I stood, up to my elbows (quite literally) in sudsy dishwater cleaning the dinner dishes and listening to Pandora on my cell phone when suddenly I hear "Saint Judas!" singing out across the kitchen. I dropped the sponge and the steak knife I was washing, dried my hands on the towel tossed over my shoulder, and danced across the kitchen to find out what this wonderful song was and who was singing it. Instant love.

Saint Judas by Mark Growden from the 2010 album "Saint Judas"

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Soldier - Amatorski

This is an alternative band out of Belgium. I can't really find out much about them, but I'm liking this song a lot.

Soldier by Amatorski from the 2011 album "TBC"

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Bronx Lullaby/Smuggler's Waltz - Tom Waits

Tom Waits. Enough said.

Bronx Lullaby/Smuggler's Waltz by Tom Waits from the 1982 documentary "Poetry in Motion"

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

You'll Be Mine - The Pierces

Catherine and Allison Pierce were born in Birmingham, Alabama 2 years apart to self-described "hippie" parents (their father was a guitar player, their mother a painter). The girls were home-schooled and grew up traveling extensively, encouraged by their parents to explore their artistic sides. Besides having beautiful musical gifts, both girls are accomplished ballerinas. Their debut album, "The Pierces", was released in 2000 but "got lost in the shuffle" due to a lack of label support. In 2007, they appeared on the television show "Gossip Girl" playing their songs "Secret" and "Three Wishes", bringing their music to the mainstream audience where they have been very well received. Their fourth studio album, "You & I", was just released on May 23, 2011 on Polydor Records.

You'll Be Mine by The Pierces from the 2011 album "You & I"

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kiss Kiss (Şımarık) - Tarkan

Several months ago, we (my band, Juana Ghani) met a wonderful Turkish photographer by the name of Muzo Gul. Such a nice man! We've had the pleasure of meeting him several times since then. He's been encouraging us to learn some Turkish music, even sending me links to some to listen to ... and dance to because, honestly, I just can't sit still when these rhythms start. It's wonderful stuff! This is one of the songs he's shared with me, and now I will share it with you. Get ready to dance!

Born Hüsamettin Tarkan Tevetoğlu in Alzey, West Germany, Tarkan's family moved to - rather, returned to - Turkey in 1986 when he was just 13 years old.
This song, Şımarık, was Tarkan's first hit. The lyrics were written by Sezen Aksu and, at the time, the music was credited to Tarkan, Aksu and Ozan Çolakoğlu. Tarkan later admitted that this was done without consent from Aksu. Because of the infectiousness of the song, it has been covered by many artists in many languages, including English covers by Stella Soleilin 2001 and Holly Valance in 2002.

Kiss Kiss (Şımarık) by Tarkan from the 1998/1999 album "Tarkan"

Tarkan website

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Shake That Bone - Black Cat Zoot feat. Dr. Ring Ding

Today is a toe-tapping day and if this little ditty doesn't get your toes tapping, well, you need new toes. This 7-peice ska and swing revival band fronted by the amazing vocals of Lisa Müller comes out of Germany, as does featured artist Dr. Ring Ding (real name: Richard Alexander Jung).

Shake That Bone by Black Cat Zoot (feat. Dr. Ring Ding) from the 2008 album "Main Attraction"

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Friday, March 18, 2011

I'll Dream of You Tonight - Ledfoot

This is nice for a gloomy, windy day. Gothic 12-string blues. Mmmmmmmm.

Ledfoot is Tim Scott McConnell. Just him, his 12-string guitar, his stomping foot, and his beautifully melodious voice. It really doesn't get much better.

I'll Dream of You Tonight by Ledfoot on the 2007 album "The Devil's Songbook"

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Nellie the Elephant - The Toy Dolls

OK, yeah, so I'm feeling a little silly today. This is an old one and undeniably goofy, but I guarantee it will be marching around inside your head for hours, if not days, now.

The Toy Dolls are a punk band out of Sunderland, England, originally formed in 1979 and are, surprisingly, still at it (after a gazillion personnel changes - 14 different drummers and 12 different bassists). Nellie the Elephant, by far their most well-known song, was written in 1956 by Ralph Butler and Peter Hart.

Nellie the Elephant by The Toy Dolls (released as a single in 1982) from the 1983 album "Dig That Groove Baby"

The Toy Dolls website

Monday, March 14, 2011

Musica - Canteca de Macao

This is an amazingly fun band I found the other day, thanks to Strictly Global. Canteca de Macao is a flamenco/ska/reggae band from Madrid, Spain. My Spanish is limited at best, but from what I can make out, this band has been playing together for about 6 years now and have released 3 studio albums (1 of which is a double CD) as well as their demo "Maqueta".

Musica by Canteca de Macao from the 2009 album "Agua pa la Tierra

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rain On My Footsteps - Rattlin Bone

Part of the underground zombie burlesque and voodoo circus scene with a hellishly good brass section, smooth and seductive backing vocals and a lead voice that reeks of bourbon and candlelight, Rattlin Bone is an incredibly tight 14 piece band out of London, England. And I do have to say, their leader - Mr. Wily Bo Walker - is one of my favorite people. He is not only an amazing talent, but damned nice guy, too. (And yes, you can tell him I said so.)

Rain On My Footsteps by Rattlin Bone from the 2011 album "The Life and Death of Rattlin Bone"

Rattlin Bone on MySpace

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Breathing - Juana Ghani

For those who've missed it, here's our latest song. It tells the true story of the loss of a dear friend. This is the most intimately personal of our songs, yet.

Breathing by Juana Ghani

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Merry Profits - The Great Malarkey

I spoke too soon last month. The laptop was only temporarily resuscitated. It has, unfortunately, officially died. A moment of silence, please.
Thank you.

However, thanks to the brilliance of the man I married, the PC is once again creating sound so I am able to visit music once again. Of course, I have to arm wrestle the children for a turn, but it's worth the battle.

So today, I am please to share with you the debut video from the brilliant London based band, The Great Malarkey!

Merry Profits by The Great Malarkey

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Carolina Drama - The Raconteurs

This is such a creepy-good fabulous song and a perfect example of why I love Jack White so! There are so few artists these days who can not only capture, but SHARE such perfect emotion and drama so that you feel as if you are actually living in the song.

Carolina Drama
by The Raconteurs from the 2008 album "Consolers of the Lonely"

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Criza la Romani (Crisis the Romanian Way) - Taraf din Clejani

Hooray! My laptop is back amongst the living and I once again have a machine with a sound card and can get back to listening to music and sharing what gets stuck in my head. For weeks now, this song that I came across quite a while ago has been tickling my brain. It's a fun Romanian song by another band that I came across in my ongoing fascination with gypsy music. According to the info provided with this video, the band is Taraf din Clejani (Fiddlers of Clejani village), but I can't find any other information. Although there is a lot of stuff out there by Taraf de Haïdouks (Taraful din Clejani), this doesn't appear to be the same group. At any rate, follow the subtitles and smile!