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Where I didn’t like the album but the one song, it just wouldn’t leave my brain! (Hopefully putting up all these songs won’t max out my bandwidth. You guys wouldn’t do that to me, would ya?)

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01. The Rosebuds — Get Up, Get Out

I had this on a mixtape and my son (age 6) asked for it every single day for weeks. We neither of us have any idea what they’re saying on that song, but even now he will sing different words to that same tune (“da da, da da, da da da”). So I honor it here.

02. Okkervil River — John Allyn Smith Sails

This one’s for Chad. I know I give the River a lot of flack, but this song just proves that Will Sheff knows his poetry, and I gotta give him props for his knowledge and his ability to use it so well.

03. Travis — Selfish Jean

“The Boy With No Name” had some really great songs on it, and this is one of them. Whoever Jean is, she’s probably so vain she thinks that song is about her.

04. Luke Temple — People Do

I have to take Temple in short doses, but “People Do” is a beautiful example of folk/country, and “Snow Beast” is a good solid album (if a bit thin).

05. The Innocence Mission — Lake Shore Drive

I left “We Walked In Song” off my list, and I’m kind of sad about that. I love this song, and it’s one of many fine ones.

06. Gogol Bordello — Wonderlust King

Sometimes Gogol Bordello gets on my nerves amazingly, but this song is totally fabu. “Has he not gone beyond the hills? Has he not crossed the seven seas?”

07. DJ Rekha & Panjabi MC — Snake Charmer

Superfab Indian electronica from the album “Basement Bhangra.”

08. Aesop Rock — None Shall Pass

Yes, I had no idea what this was about. I did feel proud of myself for branching out, though, ha ha, and if you parse the lyrics you find some very interesting bits in there.

09. Wyclef Jean feat Serj Tankian & Sizzla — Riot

I could have done without the rock opera background, but I love Wyclef telling the neighbors to mind their business.

10. Brandi Carlile — Cannonball

I must have listened to this one a million times. Harmony! Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet harmony.

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Two for the price of one. First the bad, then the good. Because that’s how my mother taught me to eat dinner.

I Don’t Like These Things:

1. Beirut’s new album. Holy boring cow. What is it with that Condon guy? Why does everyone like him so much? Let me suggest some alternatives. 1) Calexico. 2) Karsh Kale. 3) Cleaning your ears out with a toothpick — maybe you’re slowly going deaf and you don’t know it.

2. Music festivals. Because I can’t go to any of them. *shakes fist*

3. People that say that Indie Is Dead, and moan about how everyone listens to it. Boo freaking hoo, so what if indie is now mainstream? It’s a good thing! Instead of being forced to hear Rascal Flatts in a can, I have a huge resource base for bands who are still thinking out of the box and producing a quality listening experience. Lots of other people feel the same way. If you’re a big baby who can’t stand other people listening to your precious bands, don’t worry. You still have Xiu Xiu and Destroyer and CYHSY. No one else wants ’em, believe me.

4. “Liveblogging.” It’s like having to read people’s AIM conversations that they thought were soooo funny when they were writing them, but man, you had to be there, trust me. And it clogs up my RSS something fierce.

5. Album covers or videos that feature serious T&A (you know, not just a girl dancing, I can deal with that. You know what I’m talking about — Bangers & Cash, I’m looking at you). Guess what? It’s degrading. If you like that stuff, you’re just one of these people. Don’t fool yourself.

Awesome videos of Awesomeness:

01. Wyclef Jean featuring Akon and Lil Wayne (and Niia)- “Sweetest Girl.” I love the line, “High school, she the girl that make me do a hula-hoop around the gym.” Awww! (Via Culture Bully)

02. Via The Music Slut, we get “Kingdom,” Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode!)’s new song. Me likey.

03. PJ Harvey on French TV. She looks utterly beautiful, and so is the song (via Idolator).

04. The Music Slut also brings us Bat For Lashes performing at the Mercury Awards. Dang, way to hit those notes! I think she’s probably breaking glass in the theater somewhere. *nods approvingly*

05. From The Rawking Refuses To Stop!, a loud, punky British video from a band called Cut Off Your Hands. Which obviously they didn’t, because how are they playing guitar? Riddle me that. The song is called “You & I.”

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