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Cool Covers

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: “It’s Not Me, It’s You,” Lily Allen

Posted in Review with tags , , , on February 16, 2009 by 30daysout

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There are a number of things you can decipher from listening to British poptart Lily Allen’s sophomore album, It’s Not Me, It’s You…1) she’s horny, 2) she hates everyone, 3) she’s extremely talented and witty and 4) she’s put out a great CD with catchy melodies and biting lyrics.

Allen can’t figure out why people have sexual hangups on “Everyone’s At It,” she finds the perfect guy who “never makes her scream” in the sack on the country-esque “Not Fair,” she talks about how society tells women if they’re not married by age 30 their life is over in “22,” and she graphically drops a dude then uses him when she needs to get laid on the appropriately titled “Never Gonna Happen.” While all those are great, the best track is simply titled “F**k You.”  It starts off with an innocent piano part reminiscent of The Carpenters smash “Close to You” then proceeds to utter the kissoff chorus over a melody you might hear in a children’s song.  Classic.

I thought Lily Allen was just another annoying British singer who liked to cause trouble to get attention (see Pete Doherty).  However, after listening to It’s Not Me, It’s You I have changed my mind.  She’s a talented singer songwriter and this is an excellent disc, especially if you like to hear a female sing the word f**k.

MP3: “F**k You”

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Friday Extra: Hot n’ Fresh!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2008 by 30daysout

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Let’s take a little break from our Christmas music onslaught and share some tunes we’ve been bobbing our heads to lately.  Jenny Lewis, the comely former child actress-turned-rock-singer, has a scorching new solo album out.  Acid Tongue is a major effort from this indie darling – its straightforward rock has hints of of jazz, folk and soul.  And it’s kind of all-star affair: M. Ward, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) and Jonathan Rice make appearances, as does our old buddy Elvis Costello, on the tune included here.  As a bonus, we’ve tossed in the duo’s rockin’ appearance on the David Letterman TV show a while back.

MP3: “Carpetbaggers” by Jenny Lewis with Elvis Costello

YouTube: Jenny Lewis and Elvis Costello on “Late Show With David Letterman”

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Speaking of chick singers, try out the latest warbler from across the pond: Adele, from South London, who has been making some waves stateside with her album 19.  At the moment she seems to be a U.K.-only phenom but don’t count her out just yet; “Cold Shoulder” just may be enough to warm you to her charms.

MP3: “Cold Shoulder” by Adele

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