Archive for May, 2011

Craig Cardiff – When People Go

My daughter Sami, came home from high school the other day and said Craig Cardiff was at her school giving a workshop on songwriting to the members of the band.  Her school has a young and enthusiastic music teacher that goes above the call of duty and arranges events like this workshop. When Sami came home she goggled Craig Cardiff to learn more about him and found this song.  She played it numerous times that day, like we all do when we hear a new song we like.  After a number of repeats I asked who is the artist. She told me it was Craig Cardiff and the song is When People Go.  I had never heard of Craig Cardiff before that day but he has released 14 albums, he is a folk story teller and is part of the indie scene and has gained notoriety using alternative venues for his live shows, including camps, prisons, kitchen, etc.

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James – Laid

Have you ever heard a song for the first time years after it was released and wonder how did I miss that one?  Actually part of my brain thinks it has heard this song before as it has a feeling of familiarity.  This week’s song is one of those songs that you think you may have heard before but are not quite sure.  It is by the group James.  James is a band out of the UK that formed in the 1980’s.  They started gaining success by the late eighties, early nineties, broke up in 2002 and recently reunited.  The song of the week is from one their more successful albums and is also the name of the album “Laid”.

Another great song worth listening and downloading is “Sit Down“.  I linked to the live receorded version  of the song which has some pretty cool crowd interaction at the end.

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Girl in a Coma – Clumsy Sky

Roman, my brother in law introduced me to Girl in a Coma.  Girl in a Coma is an all girl band from Texas featuring two sisters and a best friend.  It is difficult to peg them into any genre as they sing punk to slow ballads.  My favourite song comes from their first album and is a great punk song with lots of energy.  This one goes out to my university buddies who I used to slam dance with at McMaster University…and that is why Clumsy Sky is the song of the week.

Girl in a Coma recorded an album of cover songs, check out these two.

Come On, Let’s Go (Ritchie Valens) – this is a shortened video version but it was the best I could find.

For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield)

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Inner Circle – Sweat (A La La La La Long)

Last week I vacationed in Montego Bay, Jamaica so I thought it appropriate that the song of the week is a Reggae song.  I am sure many of you have heard of Bob Marley, Shaggy and Sean Kingston so I thought I would try to give you a some different artists you may not of heard before or songs you may not have in your collection.

The song of the week is a song that everyone has probably heard but do not know who sings it and may not have it on your ipod.  A great party song called Sweat (A La La La La Long) from the band Inner Circle is the song of the week.

Other great reggae songs that do not include the artists listed above are:

Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come

Steel Pulse with Micheal Franti – Black Enough

Tarrus Riley – She’s Royal

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Tomorrow People

Sean Paul – Get Busy

Peter Tosh – Johnny B Goode

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Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel

I know when I started this weekly post I said my musical tastes spanned many genres with the only real exception being country music (except Johnny Cash).  A while back I visited my friend Mitch and he said to me “I know you do not like country music but have you heard this song”.  I gave it a listen and over the past few months it has grown on me.  I think it sounds a bit like the “The Band” and maybe that is why I like it.  This song has created some cognitive dissonance in my thinking (I dislike country music but I like this song – how do I deal with this – I need counseling – or maybe a few drinks so I can lose my job, wife, house and dog all in the same day).

Who says you cannot teach old dogs new tricks – this is why Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show is the song of the week.

PS – Please do not tell my father I picked a quasi country track as song of the week, I will never hear the end of it.

 
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