Monday, January 26, 2009

The Bird And The Bee - "Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future"

The Bird And The Bee return tomorrow, when Blue Note Records releases “Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future”, the follow up to their acclaimed self-titled debut. Vocalist Inara George and multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Kurstin expand on their melodic mixture of ‘60’s psych-pop, Tropicalia, and electronica, this time focusing in on the pop element and creating more dance friendly beats to bring more energy to their live show.

Greg creates a musical space that is filled with so many different rhythms and styles from the past, it sounds like you have been warped to a ‘60’s Bachelor pad and Inara fills the space with her sly, humorous lyrics and sweet and stylish soprano. Together, they easily switch from a sappy, jazzy tribute to David Lee Roth on “Diamond Dave” to “Love Letter To Japan”, a bubbling synth-pop homage to the country itself, and the ragtime influence and honky-tonk piano of “You’re A Cad” into the tongue-in-cheek, apologetic, hip-hop inspired “Polite Dance Song”; The Bird And The Bee have created an interesting and fun record worth wearing out.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Contest: Win signed Little Ones vinyl!

I have an autographed copy of The Little One's latest album, "Morning Tide" up for grabs...all you have to do is send an email to and tell me your favorite Little Ones song. One random winner will be picked on Friday 02/06/09. Good luck!

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Anya Marina - "Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II"

You may have already heard Anya Marina’s music, as it has been featured in shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl. You know that insanely catchy tune you were mindlessly whistling for days after the show? Well tomorrow, you can pick up Anya’s sophomore full length, “Slow & Steady Seduction, Phase II” on Chop Shop Records.

Anya, a former radio DJ enlisted some help from a few of her friends, in Britt Daniel of Spoon and Brian Karscig from Louis XIV, who put their stamp on their respective tracks. “Afterparty At Jimmy’s” has the retro 60’s rock swagger of Louis XIV and the Britt assisted, “Drop Dead Blues” sounds like Spoon fronted by Juliana Hatfield. But Anya makes things interesting enough with her coy, child-like vocals and quirky, conversational lyrical style over some of this year’s catchiest indie-pop tunes. Instead of the standard acoustic-driven singer/songwriter fare, memorable muted trumpets, whistling, hand-claps and other unique instrumentation help to turn the songs into infectious heartfelt pop confections.

So be sure to check out "Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II" on Jan. 20th, and don't miss Anya Marina when she comes to your town. As a former DJ, she engages the crowd with her music and jokes. She is currently on tour with The Virgins. Check out for tour dates and more info.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Pronto - "All Is Golden"

Pronto is the side project of Wilco keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Mikael Jorgensen. In between his duties with Wilco and nearly two years after it was recorded, Pronto has finally put the finishing touches on "All Is Golden" and it will be released on Contraphonic Records on March 10th, 2009. Recorded in Chicago with help from Matt Lux of Iron & Wine's touring band, Jim Becker of Califone and Greg O'Keeffe. Pronto involves an impressive cast of revolving members, which now includes, Mikael and O'Keeffe as well as Erik Paparazzi from Cat Power and Tunde Oyewole of Childballads.

Mikael and his band mates have created an engaging homage to AM radio and 70's-era rock, with "All Is Golden". Songs like "Precious Like A Sneer" sound like Randy Newman at his best and "Monster" has a power-pop crunch reminiscent of Cheap Trick or Todd Rundgren. "Listen Lover" bounces on a jangly, rattling riff over top of Mikael's wry, bittersweet vocals. The laid back harmonies and varied instrumentation of "When I'm On The Rocks" sounds like it has been beamed to the future from an AM radio dial circa 1976.

Fans of Wilco's last album, "Sky Blue Sky" will find similarities with Pronto's "All Is Golden", as both albums have an easy going, 70's lite rock feel. "All Is Golden" will be released on CD and digital download March 10th, 2009 on Contraphonic Records.

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