Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Well for Song Of The Moment, it's a toss up between the Richard Hawley/The Death Ramps (Arctic Monkeys) collaboration "You and I" and Russia's all-female political punk powerhouse Pussy Riot's "Putin Has Pissed Himself".

I guess Pussy Riot wins by default, having been detained by the cops in Moscow (which can be a one-way trip, by the way...) for performing said song in St. Basil's Square.... uh, Putin isn't known to have a sense of humor about these things, sending political enemies to Siberia or worse (didn't they fatally poison one Putin critic in exile in merry olde England with radioactive material a few years back? Some people just don't get it when a man of destiny is in charge.... so what if he killed people left and right in the Caucasus and divided formerly state oil assets among his buddies while censoring and killing journalists and.....)

But... a flurry of activity for the Arctic Monkeys. First we hear they will be opening up for The Black Keys on a major US arena tour (their first) and playing Coachella. Then we get covers of "Strange" (Patsy Cline) and "Katy on a Mission" (Katy B - who? some British pop tart, i dunno... for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge), then the Black Treacle single with "You and I" (a really cool song) as a B-Side.... While fooling around online, I also found "Only You Know" (a Dion cover) and "Only Ones You Know" with Richard Hawley.

And then there's new Skrillex, an EP called Bangarang. He does a song with the remaining Doors that's pretty cool.

I liked the new Maccabees album, so I downloaded their other releases too.

Been hearing so much about the reunion of Refused (the 90s Swedish political punks) at Coachella and other dates with fellow Swedes, The Hives, so I downloaded a bunch of their stuff.... Come to think of it, this is a good chance to have a little private mini-Hives revival about now...

K'naan has a new EP out.

Leonard Cohen has a new album.

Craig Finn of The Hold Steady has a new solo album.

Had to hear the remix of Lana del Rey's Born to Die by PDP13 (Damon Albarn).

The new Guided By Voices album is good.

An audio sample of Newt Gingrich's ex-wife talking about his open marriage proposal is destined to be hilarious for years to come.

A 1968 demo of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" (Harry Nielson's version for "Midnight Cowboy" won an Oscar) was cool to hear.

The soundtrack for "Colors" featuring Ice-T is still cool 20-some years later...

The Beach Boys first two albums, just because....

DJ Zebra Mash's mash up of Marvin Gaye and The Pixies "Get It On My Mind"

Outernational feat Tom Morello on two songs including Woody Guthrie's "Deportees"

"Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett feat The Foo Fighters...

.... and a "new" song by The Doors, "She Smells So Good"

(I have a feeling that before this and the Skrillex song came out, The Doors hadn't been mentioned on a blog for months....)

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