August 29th, 2013 (“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”)


“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” – Tame Impala

Going to see these guys soon, should be a good show…

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August 5th, 2013 “This Is How We Do It”


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“This Is How We Do It” – Montell Jordan

My DJ friend Adam recently told me about a nightmare one of his friends had.  In this nightmare, said friend was Dj-ing a party and realized all he had was “This Is How We Do It” by Montel Jordan.  I hadn’t heard this song in a while, and I have to say it’s a genuine 90’s gem.  Enjoy!

July 17th, 2013 (“Locomotive Breath”)


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“Locomotive Breath” – Jethro Tull

Gotta love that Flute.

Lyrics here.

More about Jethro Tull here.

July 4th, 2013 – (“Born in the USA”)


Great country, America.  Happy Birthday!

Still are many things that need to be fixed in this country, as Bruce is saying in this song.   It is essentially a protest song.  We celebrate freedom of speech in this country, and with all that’s happening these days, we should be vigilant.

Lyrics here.
Born In the U.S.A. - Born In the U.S.A.

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June 24th, 2013 (“Naked Lunch”)


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“Naked Lunch” – Nacho Picasso

I was introduced to Nacho Picasso by a friend of mine recently when I met up with him at one of Nacho’s shows. He told me that Picasso was his favorite Seattle area rapper, and that’s battling some pretty big names at the moment for the top dog spot. Anyway, I went to meet him and ended up getting hooked on Nacho’s moody lyrics and Blue Sky Black Death’s (mainly) trance inducing beats.

According to Nacho his moniker came to him in a dream, Nacho stands for money, cheese and chips, and Picasso is for his lyrical mastery in painting a perfect picture. Now whether he was actually asleep when he had this epiphany or only hanging with Alice in Wonderland is up to your own interpretation.

“Naked Lunch” is a good representation of the moodiness of his tracks, a wee bit different style than fellow Seattle rapper and current bigwig, Macklemore. Here is a link to another Picasso song, “Marvel”, which showcases Nacho’s love of all things comic and heroic.

Like I said, I’m hooked, and am downloading his first two albums as I’m writing this. Hope you enjoy and support him as well.

Lyrics here.

June 23rd, 2013 (“There He Go”)


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“There He Go” – Schoolboy Q

I recently saw this one on a friends Facebook wall and loved it.  Reminiscent of E-40 and the Hyphy movement, but still grounded enough not to alienate the ears, this song bumps the whole way through.  Even if the lyrics are… less than tasteful.  Plus Schoolboy Q  mentions Dr. Dre’s Detox which has been “in the works” for nearly 10 years.  Here’s to hoping!

Lyrics here.

June 19th, 2013 (“Summertime Blues”)


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While reminiscing about summers as a child, how they were spent, and what I was listening to on the radio as I was weeding the family garden, this song popped into my head.  Putting the time-frame into perspectiveEddie Cochran 1950's.jpg,  I was 8 when this was playing…guess it made a big impression!  Maybe it also got extra play-time in Minnesota, as he was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota in 1938. The family moved to California in the early ’50s, where he started on his musical career, after dropping out of high school in his first year to play professionally.  He died in a car accident in 1960 while on tour in England.

According to Wiki, “Summertime Blues was co-written and recorded by American rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran. It was written in the late 1950s by  Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it was released in August 1958 and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by many artists, including being a number-one hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and scoring notable hits in versions by The Who and Blue Cheer.”  In 1987 Cochran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His songs have been much covered by bands such as The Who, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Dick Dale & his Del-Tones, Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Humble Pie, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Teenage Head, Tiger Army, UFO, The White Stripes, the Stray Cats, and the Sex Pistols.

Lyrics here.
Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran