Archive for August, 2011

Amos Lee – Windows Are Rolled Down

Born Ryan Massaro in 1978 and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  Somewhere alond the way he changed his name to Amos Lee.  Upon graduating from University with an English degree he began teaching but gave it up to try to develop his music career.  He was to give it two years and if he did not make it he would go back to teaching, he has never looked back.  His last album was released January 2011 called “Mission Bell”.  The song of the week is off his latest album and is called “Windows Are Rolled Down”.

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Miles Kane – Come Closer

Compared to the days of albums and tapes I love iTunes and iPods, but there is one thing that befuddles me.   Sometimes I go to the UK or other iTunes sites to see what is new and at times I find a new artist.  This is the case for this week’s artist Miles Kane.  The problem is I cannot download a song from the UK site unless I have a UK address and when I come back to the Canadian site I cannot find the song I am looking for.  I purchase all the songs that I download from iTunes because I like to support the artists but it bemuses me that when a song is released on iTunes in any country I cannot purchase it.  Don’t the recording artists what to sell more albums, don’t the record companies and Apple what to make more money, and don’t they want to stop illegal downloading.  If this is the case then ALLOW ME TO DOWNLOAD THE SONG AND PAY FOR IT!!!

There is actually a live version of the song of the week on iTunes but I prefer the recording studio version of Come Closer, which I cannot find on iTunes Canada.  Imagine that YouTube has the version and a video… enjoy.

Sorry for the rant but I had to get that off my chest…so much for the global village.

Raphael Saadiq – 100 Yard Dash / Noah & The Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.

You know when you hear a new song for the first time and you think, hey I have heard that before.  That is the case with the two (yes two) songs of the week.  I am giving you two songs this week as they are similar to other songs you know so I figure two new familiar songs add up to one unfamiliar song.

Raphael Saadiq’s song “100 Yard Dash” sounds like slowed down version of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles song “Going to a Go-Go”Noah & The Whale’s song called “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.” sounds like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers song “Don’t Come Around Here No More”.

I guess there are only so many notes and chords to go around so sooner or later everything new sounds like something old.  There is a good comedy skit by the Axis of Awesome about this phenomenon called the “4 Chord Song”, check it out it is funny.

If you like what you hear from Raphael Saadiq check out his album called “The Way I See It” or check out the song “Stone Rollin’”.

If you like Noah & The Whale have a listen to “5 Years Time”.

Both are good artists that are worth a listen to even if one of their songs sounds familiar.

Yerba Buena – Guajira (I Love U 2 Much)

Almost two weeks ago marksmusicpicks.com reached a milestone – I received an email from someone I don’t know.  It was quite exciting but even more exciting is that Shannon from West Virginia put me onto some new artists.  The one artist that I found particularly interesting is Yerba Buena.  After speeding some time listening to Yerba Buena online my favourite song is Guajira (I love U 2 Much).  It is the song of the week as it reminds me of Latin dancing, an art form I would like to get better at.  After listening to this song Gina (my wife) and I will be headed back to dance lessons this fall attempting to learn dances like the Salsa, Cha cha cha and Jiving…wish me luck as I am more of a freelancer on the dance floor!

I am organizing an online competition in September to increase marksmusicpicks membership so watch for the first post in September.  Keep sending me your great artists/songs.

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