Maya Malkin – The Grand Escape

A while back I introduced you to a band called Motel Raphael and the song Ghosts.  If you remember the post, one of the members of the trio was the daughter (Maya Malkin) of my one of my partners in “The Game of Things”, who is also my good friend Tom.  Maya has recently wrote another incredible new song called “The Grand Escape “and it will be part of a 4 song EP soon to be released.

I know we will be hearing more great stuff from this burgeoning young artist.  Post this on Facebook and re-tweet to all your friends.

Sorry for not posting last week.  I will make it up one week with a double post. If I work 12 hour days this week I may start to climb out the hole I find myself in.

Stereophonics – Indian Summer

Stereophonics are a Welsh rock band that formed in 1992 in the village of Cwmaman in Cynon Valley, Wales.  I have never really listened to the Stereophonics over the years, they are similar to a number of bands that are on the fringe of my awareness.  This song caught my attention.  I have been travelling quite a bit for work lately and this week I will be away for Valentine’s Day.  This song sounds like a classic Journey love song, even his voice is similar sounding.  Travelling can be stressful and when you are stressed you revert back to familiar sounds and patterns.  This song of the week called Indian Summer reminded me of the 80’s.

While the song is about at a break up at the end of summer, there is one line in the song that I will send out to my wife for Valentine’s Day – She Was The One For Me. ♥♥♥

Jimmy Cliff – C’Mon Get Happy

Seeing today, the day I am picking the song of the week is Superbowl Sunday, I thought this song of the week is appropriate as it is being used in a pre game ad by Volkswagen.  Jimmy Cliff one of the great reggae musicians released the song C’Mon Get Happy on January 31, 2013, and it is the song of the week.  It is hard not to get in a good mood when you hear this song.  To see the commercial it was used in pre game click here.  For the ad the day of the Superbowl click here.

Miriam Makeba – Pata Pata

This week I thought we would look back at an artist most of you have probably never heard.  Miriam Makeba, nicknamed Mama Africa, was a Grammy Award-winning South African singer and civil rights activist.  In the 1960s she was the first artist from Africa to popularize African music in the U.S. and around the world. She is best known for the song “Pata Pata”, first recorded in 1957 and released in the U.S. in 1967. She recorded and toured with many popular artists, such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and her former husband Hugh Masekela.

She actively campaigned against the South African system of apartheid. As a result, the South African government revoked her citizenship and right of return. After the end of apartheid she returned home. She died on 9 November 2008 after performing in a concert in Italy.  Enjoy here most popular song Pata Pata as the song of the week.

Bastille – Flaws

Bastille are a band from South London, England, formed in 2010. Bastille started out as a solo project by singer-songwriter Dan Smith who later decided to form a band. The name of the band comes from Bastille Day; the day Dan Smith was born.  Bastille Day is the French equivalent of “Independence Day”.   The song of the week is off their new EP called Flaws release in Oct 2012.  The song on the EP that has made it to song of the week is also titled Flaws.  If you like it check out their first album to be released March 4, 2013 called Bad Blood.

Sorry that I have been really late (a new record for me) this week but work has taken over my life…back to work now.

Dropkick Murphys – Rose Tattoo

I think maybe it is because I have some Irish in me that I have a fondness of Celtic music.  Next year 2014 I will be celebrating my 50th birthday in Ireland in a pub…you are all welcome to come.  If you like Celtic music and punk music then you will like the Dropkick Murphys.  Dropkick Murphys released their eight album “Signed and Sealed in Blood” last week.  Like some artists you can get tired of listening to the Dropkick Murphys as many songs have a similar sound.  The song of the week (Rose Tattoo)  is toned down from their usual material and I quite liked it.  Have a listen.

For a more traditional song from Dropkick Murphys have a listen to “Going Out in Style” which is a great song to sing along to or dance to after a fews pints in an Irish pub!

 

Paul McCartney, David Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear – Cut Me Some Slack

David Grohl (former drummer in Nirvana and the lead vocalist, guitarist, and founder of the Foo Fighters has completed a documentary about a legendary studio in Los Angeles called Sound City.  Many major record albums we recorded in this studio.  The studio like record stores, no longer exisst.  David takes us back to the time when the studio was the place where some of the worlds best albums were created.  Back to the days of tape, to the days before digital.  The documentary will premier at the Sundance Film festival.  There is new music being created as the soundtrack to the documentary has a star studded cast.  The documentary spurred the creation of a new back Sound City and the album is called Real to Reel.  The first cut off the album is called Cut Me Some Slack and it is the song of the week. This song was played at the Sandy Hurricane relief concert and has the members of Nirvana playing with Paul McCartney.

Watch for the rest of the album to be released March 12, 2013 on iTunes.

 

Serena Ryder – Stompa

This post makes it two years since I started markmusicpicks.com, that is 104 posts if you are counting.   While some songs come easily, others take hours to find.  I have spent countless hours selecting and posting over the last two years and I would like my subscribers to send me some feedback to let me know if you enjoy marksmusicpicks…posts it in the comment section online at marksmusicpicks.com….send me your love!

I thought for the last song of 2012, I would pick a strong Canadian artist.  Serena Ryder released her six album November 27, 2012.  You may know her from a previous hit called Little Bit of Red, which is a good song but her new release Stompa is by far my favourite song she has done and it is the song of the week.

If you are looking for a new, “New Year’s Song (Auld Lang Syne)” have a listen to Hey Rosetta’s “New Year Song“.

P.S. My oldest son Max gave me for Christmas CD’s burned with all the songs that I have posted to date…it brought tears to my eyes.

Happy New Year !!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Wing$

This week’s pick was introduced to me from my son Steven.  Ben Haggerty  better known ase Macklemore, is an American musician that has been releasing music independently since 2000, and has since gained a significant online fan base. Macklemore released his debut studio album The Heist prodcued by Ryan Lweis on October 9, 2012, which entered at number 1 on the US iTunes download charts and No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 charts.  The first big hit off the album was Thrift Shop, which is a good song but the song off the week is called Wing$…enjoy.  Also check out And We Danced, which is a pretty funny video.

Merry Christmas

Florence + The Machine and Calvin Harris – Spectrum (Say My Name), The Rolling Stones – Doom and Gloom

This weekend I was putting up all our Christmas decorations and when I do this I listen to music.  Two songs that had me dancing while decorating are this week’s picks.  The first is a remix by Florence + the  Machine and Calvin Harris.  The song is Spectrum (Say My Name) and it just makes you want to let loose on the dance floor (and for those that have seen me let loose you know what I mean). Also check out Lover to Lover, Shake it Out and What the Water Gave Me on this album.  I was not overly crazy about this album when it first came out but it has grown on me.

The second song is by a band celebrating 50 years…The Rolling Stones.   The Stones released a new album called GRRR! This album contains mostly old songs but has a couple of new songs and the one that had me dancing Doom and Gloom and is one of the better songs that I have heard from The Stones in years.

Last week I said that I would post some of my Christmas favourites, here are my top five:

1. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas

2. Pogues – Fairy Tale of New York

3. Bing Crosby & David Bowie – Peace on Earth – Little Drummer Boy

4. Alarm (or John Lennon) – Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

5. Al Green & Annie Lennox – Put A Little Love in Your Heart

 
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