Scouting for Girls – Millionaire

Scouting for Girls is an English band.  The name is a play on the title of the 1908 “Scouting for Boys” handbook.  This is one of those bands that I have not heard of until last week when searching from new music.  Their Greatest Hits album was released on iTunes Canada today.  I checked them out last week as I figured they must have at least one good song if they are releasing a greatest hits album.  Their first album went to number one in the UK in 2007 and their second album went to number two in the charts…and for some reason I am just hearing about them.  They released a new song off the Greatest Hits album called Millionaire and it is the song of the week.

John Newman – Love Me Again

John Newman is a British born soul artist and this pick of the week hit the top of the UK charts this month and is currently sitting at number two.  His break came by singing a couple of tracks for the group called Rudimental on one of their albums.  The song “Fell the Love” topped the UK singles chart, he also sang with Alex Clare on another song off the same album called “Not Giving In“.  John started writing his own songs at the age of 14 and I think we will hear more from this artist.  The song of the week is Love Me Again.

Headstones – longwaytoneverland

 

This band hails from Kingston, ON and were quite popular in the nineties.  The Headstones can best be described as a punk influenced band.  They broke up in 2003 and in 2011 reunited for a short tour and have been together ever since.  They released a new album called LOVE + FURY in May of this year.  I am usually suspicious when a band reunites and releases a new album, usually the second time around is never the same as the initial run.  However the Headstones new album is quite good and the second release off the album is called longwaytoneverland and it is the song of the week.  Also check out changemyways and dontfollowtheleader if you like more of the punk sound.

Just in case you were not paying attention to music in the nineties here are some of their earlier hits:

Tweeter and the Monkey Man

When Something Stands for Nothing

Smile and Wave

Cubically Contained

I think for the summer I am going to change my posting day to Tuesday.  Sundays are just to nice to be sitting inside trying to find a song…I rather spend the time on the dock.

Cheers.

 

 

Transplants – Come Around

The Transplants are one of those bands that are sometimes referred to as a super group, which usually produce below average music.  They have been somewhat on and off again since 1999.  In 2010 the band was back together.  In April of this year they released a new album and the first song released off the album was a below average song called In a Warzone.  It has a hard punk – hard heavy metal sound to it, much like the rest of the album.  The second release off the album was a song that sounded entirely different from the first song and the band sounded like an entirely different band.  The second release is called Come Around and it is the song of the week.

Happy Belated Canada Day….I took yesterday off.

Also check out Travis Barker (Transplants drummer) with Slash and the Transplants on the song Saturday Night.

Frank Turner – Recovery

Frank Turner’s story reminds me of Dallas Green (City and Colour).  Frank Turner was from a hard-core punk band called Million Dead and then when the band ended he changed gears and pursued an acoustic based solo career.  Dallas Green from Alexisonfire, a hard-core band, and Dallas went off to create his own solo acoustic career.  You do not see many people make this transition and if they do they are generally not successful at it but Dallas Green and Frank Turner are even more successful in their solo careers.  Frank Turner songs a more on the brighter side of life (at least they sound that way).  The song Recovery gives you an idea of how different two acoustic artists can sound…and it is a great song, so it is the song of the week.

Daft Punk – Get Lucky, Pet Shop Boys – Vocal

When I was young I strongly disliked disco but as I get older I find myself mellowing.  Yes you might even catch me on the dance floor boogying to Disco Inferno these days.  I think Disco or a variation of it is on its way back. Listen to the new Daft Punk‘s song Get Lucky, those guitars are dead ringers for the disco age, and they even threw in the robotic voice as a disco throw back bonus.  The Pet Shop Boys have a new song as well called Vocal and it too has the overtones of Disco.  Given the overwhelming amount of evidence that Disco is coming back, I think the time has come for us to reach into our storage closet and bring out those polyester suits and put them on and go dancing.  This time around I will not have to maintain my macho image and hate disco, I can just put on my boogie woogie shoes and get down.

Oh and by the way both songs are the song of the week….feel free to dance.

Clash – Police on My Back

Last week was a slow music week so we will be going back in time to pick a song of the week.  Last year when I went to Italy I racked up five tickets (speeding and other infractions).  All the tickets were captured by cameras so I had no idea I had any until I got home and they started rolling in.  Yesterday we received our first invoice for our first payment (probably close to $200 for ticket number one…ouch) and we are debating whether we should pay them or not.  The big question is, will I ever go back to Italy and if I do will I be driving?  So while thinking about this issue I picked this week’s song as it fits in well with my propensity to speed.  The song is the Clash‘s “Police on My Back“.

I though I would add a few more of my favourites from the Clash that you may have not heard before:

London Calling (entire album – if you do not have it in your collection go buy it now)

White Riot

We are the Clash

Safe European Home

I’m So Bored With the USA

 

Crystal Fighters – You & I

Hey, I remembered to finally post on time.  Crystal Fighters are a British/Spanish Alternative Dance band.  They are British artists but they formed the band in Spain.  They released their latest album in May 2013 called Cave Rave.  The song You & I is quite unique and it is the song of the week.

Gotta love the singing tree in the video.

Vampire Weekends – Diane Young

I think we have a theme running through the last two songs of the week, yesterday the artist was Rob Zombie and today it is Vampire Weekends.  I guess Milla Jovovich and Kate Beckinsale through their relentless number of movies on the two subjects (Zombies and Vampires) have breathed new live into the genre…it certainly couldn’t have been those “well acted” Twilight films.  The week’s band hails from New York where they meet at Columbia University.  The song of the week is called “Diane Young” and I think it is a play on the words Dying Young.

Enjoy…let’s hope I remember to post on Monday.

Rob Zombie – Dead City Radio

I like to think I have a average memory but after forgetting to posts for the last two days I am beginning to wonder.  Let’s turn it up a bit today with a new song from Rob Zombie.  Rob was former member of White Zombie and at some point change his name from Robert Bartleh Cummings to Rob Zombie.  Rob has a certain affection for horror movies and zombies and the video reflects that passion.  His new album released April 22 is called “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” and the cut off the album that is doing well is “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown” and it is the song of the week.

You got to love the names he comes up with.

Check out Dragula as well from the Hellbilly Deluxe album.

 

 
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