Archive for January, 2011

Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me

Sometimes the search for one song can lead to many others, this is the case for this song of the week – actually you are getting a number of great songs this week.  Ted a friend of mine put me onto some new songs from David Byrne, former lead singer of Talking Heads.  In my search for more new songs from David Byrne I came across the song Toe Jam (a great song) by Daivid Byrne, which features Dizzee Rascal.  The album that Toe Jam was on was the first album from BPA (aka Brighton Port Authority, aka Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, birth name Quentin Leo Cook) and featured lots of artists, check out He’s Frank (featuring Iggy Pop) and Seattle (featuring Emmy the Great).  Fatboy Slim is an English DJ, big beat musician, record producer and pioneer of the electronic dance genre (check out Praise You – a song you probably have heard).  Anyways you can see how the search for one artist lead me in many directions.  When I checked out Dizzee Rascal I found this song that was a slight new twist on the rap/hip hop genre and that is why Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me is the song of the week.

Check out these other Dizzee Rascal Songs:

Holiday

Dirtee Cash

Dirtee Disco

Shout (Tears for Fears remake – England’s Official World Cup Song)

Loca (Shakira featuring Dizzee Rascal)

Weakerthans – One Great City

I am not sure when or where I heard this song for the first time but it struck a chord with me.  Music always takes me back to places or reminds me of past events.  This song puts a smile on my face as it brings back memories of two trips I have taken to Winnipeg and both were in the dead of winter.  I am not sure I have ever been that cold – and I am a Northerner.  This is a great song of the week given the cold weather we have been experiencing lately.  Although the song picks on Winnipeg it is really about the any city that grinds on you from time to time.  I love the lyrics in this song and that is why the WeakerthansOne Great City is the song of the week.

The best YouTube video I could find of this song was someone who created a slide show of Toronto.  Check out a live version I found recorded in Seattle, it is funny to listen to the Americans sing I hate Winnipeg.

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 A few other songs that I like by the Weakerthans are:

Tournament Hearts (A song about Curling)

The Reasons

Psalm for the Elks Lodge Last Call

Sun in an Empty Room

Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist

Florence & The Machine – Dogs Days Are Over

I found out about Florence & the Machine while searching the UK iTunes site early last year.  It is a real drag that you cannot download from the UK iTunes site if you do not have an address in the UK.  I downloaded a few of the songs from the Canadian iTunes site and then my son purchased the CD.  If you do not own this album stop what you are doing and go and get it.  Lungs is a great album and probably my favourite album that I stumbled onto in the past year.  Florence was just nominated for the Grammy – Best New Artist.  On her web site it states “Florence writes her best songs when she’s drunk or has a hangover”…if that is the case then keep drinking.

There are so many good cuts of this album and the song of the week many of you should have already heard.  However just in case you haven’t heard it the song of the week is “Dog Days Are Over”.  Turn this one up and slam dance through the fast parts just like you did in university.

Other notables on the album include:

Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

I’m Not Calling You a Liar

Kiss With A Fist

Girl With One Eye

Drumming Song

You’ve Got The Love

 Check out Swimming as well as it is another favourite and was not on Lungs.

David Gray – Babylon

I came across David Gray a number of months ago and went out and purchased his second latest release Draw the Line – Deluxe Edition.  I bought the Deluxe Edition as it has a second CD with many of his best hits sung live.  The album is solid and I would recommend adding it to any collection.  All the songs on both CDs are worth a listen and I really like the live CD, even though I usually do not like live albums.  I don’t know how I missed this guy as he has sold 12 million albums and has the all time bestselling album in Ireland – White Ladder – and it was released in 1998.

David Gray is a great songwriter and story teller; I have visions of seeing him in a small bar with a crowd of friends singing along with all the other patrons.  It reminds me of  a bar that used to be at McMaster University called the Rat, and that brings a smile to my face.  I think it is this imagery that makes Babylon the song of the week.  I like the live version better than the studio version of this song.  There is a part in the song where David does not sing but the crowd does and it sounds fantastic but I could not find that song on YouTube so you will need to purchase the live version of Babylon from the Draw the Line album to hear it.  You need to crank this one up to really appreciate it.  Give it a few listens and it will grow on you.

Other notables on the album include:

Draw the Line – CD

Fugitive

Jackdaw

Stella the Artist

Breathe

Full Steam

 Deluxe Edition – Live CD

World to Me

Ain’t No Love

The One I Love

 
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