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Posted in Cool Covers with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2009 by 30daysout

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Went to see this movie, The Watchmen, over the weekend.   So did a lot of other people, apparently – it’s the No. 1 movie right now.  This dark, violent superhero tale was pretty entertaining and had some fairly good choices of music on the soundtrack: “All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix, “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel and a hilariously elongated version of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A’ Changin’ ” over the opening credits montage.

But the most ear-catching tune is the one that plays as the closing credits roll: a rockin’ punk version of Dylan’s “Desolation Row” by My Chemical Romance.  The band is supposedly recording a followup to their hit album The Black Parade, and it’s been said the new work will be more “punk rock” than normal.   If their version of “Desolation Row” is any indication, it ought to be a fun listen.

MP3: “Desolation Row” by My Chemical Romance

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Review: “A Mad & Faithful Telling,” DeVotchKa

Posted in Review with tags , on April 8, 2008 by 30daysout

Denver-based DeVotchKa earned indie props for its soundtrack to the movie Little Miss Sunshine which earned them a Grammy nomination.  Their fourth album, A Mad And Faithful Telling is all over the map, literally — a dash of European violin, some Mexican mariachi horns, a pinch of Parisian accordion.  Stir it all together and you have a fairly intoxicating blend that swirls, glides and shimmers its way into your consciousness.  It’s a surprisingly rich recipe.  The opener, “Basso Profundo,” gives you a bit of spaghetti western tossed into a gypsy reel.  “Transliteration” layers a swirl of piano, horns and strings around the singing of frontman Nick Urata, whose voice is a cross between an emo whine and an old-time Salvation Army street-corner quiver.  “Undone” gives us a Spanish flavor, and “Head Honcho” oomphs into polka territory.  Once you get past the WTF? stage, it all works.  Is it rock?  Who cares — DeVotchKa has a great, unique sound and this album is a beautiful listen.  Oh yes, they rock. 

MP3: “Transliterator”

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