Archive for December, 2013

Watsky – Sloppy Seconds

This week’s pick comes from Jordan a good friend of my son.  In the email Jordan sent to me about the artist he indicated that this was a Hip-Hop artist that used real instruments in the song as opposed to computer generated sounds.  I think that statement sums up why I like some Hip-Hop and not others – it is the ones with real instruments that appeal to me more.  George Watsky comes from San Francisco and has a twin brother that is a helicopter pilot, which is about as far away from Hip-Hop as a career as you can get.  The song of the week is called Sloppy Seconds…enjoy.

Happy New Year!

Ásgeir – Torrent

Recently we purchased and electronic piano for my daughter for her birthday to play while she is away at university.  When I heard the introduction to this song I thought of her trying to learn it.  In 2012, I  posted my first ever artist/group from Iceland called “Of Monsters and Men” and I remember thinking that I had never heard of any artist(s) from Iceland before them.  Well something is happening in Iceland as this is the second artist to make the list in the country of only 320,000 people.

Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson (Ásgeir) is this week’s artist of the week with the song of the week called Torrent.   If you wish to see Asgeir singing in his native tongue (Icelandic) check out Sumargestur.

Merry Christmas !

The pronunciation of Ásgeir using the Roman Alphabet is Osgears.

 

U2 – Ordinary Love

As you are already aware the world lost a great man this week – Nelson Mandela.  Coincidently Mandela passed away on the same day that the biographic movie Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom premiered.  If you are my age you will remember Artists Against Apartheid who helped raise our knowledge of the struggles in South Africa.  Written and organized by Stevie Van Zandt the song Sun City was a protest song against Apartheid.  When released the song was banned in South Africa.  Bono of U2 sang in the song and also wrote the song Silver and Gold for the Sun City album.

U2 wrote a new song for the movie (Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom).  The song is called “Ordinary Love” and it is the song of the week.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela.

 

Reuben and the Dark – Rolling Stone

This week’s band is from Calgary called Reuben and the Dark and consists of four multi-instrumentalists with Reuben Bullock on lead vocals.  Reuben’s brother, Distance Bullock is the percussionist in the band.  I am surprised they did not called the band Bullock’s and the Dark…maybe it is because of the British slang meaning of the term Bullocks.  It seems that this group has only published a couple of songs but are working on an album to be released in 2014.  I hope the rest of the album is as good as the first release, which is the song of the week called Rolling Stone.

This song was brought to my attention a couple of weeks back by my good friend Mike.  I know it is terrible that I still do not find time to post even when the song is handed to me.  I know I have been tardy lately so I will try to catch up over the holidays giving you more than one pick each week.

Cheers!

 
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