I’m super far behind so it’s gonna be a two-fer today. I’ve written about most of the following artists at some point in time previously so I’m not going to go in depth with the introductions now and I’m busy as shit this week so you’re all spared a novel. Whew! There are some Grey’s faves here like Beck, Let’s Go Sailing, The Whitest Boy Alive, Maria Taylor (my personal favorite) and the super chic and ultra hip Nouvelle Vague along with newcomers so sit back, learn a bit and listen a lot.
Season 3, Episode 20: “Time After Time”
This is one of the tracks I chose to showcase when I gave Amy’s Back To Black the #14 spot on my best of list for 2006. She may be no good but this song is amazing. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know who Amy Winehouse is, I strongly urge you get yourself a copy of the album that everybody but you is raving about.
If you pay attention at all to my Last.fm playlists then you’ll know how much I have loved Maria’s latest effort, Lynn Teeter Flower. I’ve been meaning to give her an appropriate write up for awhile (and in fact actually began a post not too long ago that sits in my drafts as I type this) but you know how life and responsibilities and all the really important things get in the way of silly nonsense like blogging so now is a great opportunity to talk about her. As half of Azure Ray, Maria’s made quite a name for herself the past few years not only with her solo efforts but for her collaborative work with Moby and most recently Saddle Creek label mate Conor Oberst on Bright Eyes’ new album, Cassadaga. (Which I highly recommend!) Fresh off the heels of having seen Maria live last month, I was tickled shitless when I heard my two favorite tracks from Lynn Teeter Flower on Grey’s last week. If you haven’t checked Maria out yet what ARE you waiting for? Seriously!
I’ve already touched on The Whitest Boy Alive (that's what she said!) when “Fireworks” was featured on the show in February so I’m not going to ramble on and on save to say that I was happy to hear them on the show again. The group is currently touring
Lullaby Baxter – “
It only took a decade for Lullaby Baxter to go from being a Montreal waitress to a recording artist featured on one of America’s most popular television programs and since I’m in a hurry and too lazy to give you the 4-1-1, check out her bio and press information for yourself and take her music for a spin. I like it…I like it a lot.
I really enjoyed Nouvelle Vague’s resurrection of the 80’s on their self titled debut; I thought it was brilliant to take some of the most beloved and over produced tunes from that time and make them brand new and shiny clean in the simple way that they did. They’re back at it again this year with Bande A Part and in the same fashion they’ve put a new spin on classic favorites. I like this version of the Billy Idol ditty. Maybe you will too. Check out their cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” while you’re at it…the verdict is still out on that one for me.
Season 3, Episode 21: “Desire”
If her voice sounds familiar it’s because Anna Waronker gets around...in a good way. The former lead singer for the
In order to segue way: Anna’s brother is the on again, off again drummer for Beck and she’s backed Beck on several of his tracks that were recorded in her brother’s studio. Speaking of Beck…
Do I REALLY need to tell you anything about Beck after all this time? I think not. I just wrote about him in February so whatever I said then still stands now I’m certain. But to show you how connected and awesome he is, I will use another segue way and tell you that he’s pals with and has worked along side producer and keyboardist Greg Kurstin on several projects.
Speaking of Greg Kurstin…
Greg Kurstin and Inara George (LOVE HER!) joined their talents to create The Bird & The Bee (another group I have a draft post for…God I’m too busy!) and released their Again and Again and Again and Again EP in October of last year. On the heels of the success and critical acclaim they received for it they released their self titled debut on the celebrated Blue Note label in January again to rave reviews. “Again & Again” is the opening track on that album and I gotta say it’s one of their best. “Fucking Boyfriend” is my personal favorite (and a remixed version of it earned them the top spot on the US Hot Dance Club play chart) but “Again & Again” is a close second for the album’s best effort. Pick up the LP when you get a chance and definitely get your hands on a copy of her solo album All Rise the moment you can.
Fun Fact: Inara is the daughter of legendary rock musician Lowell George of Little Feat fame. LOVE me some Little Feat!
The Reddmen – “The Secrets of Amanda Prine”
New to me, The Reddmen are an indie group from
2 brothers, 10 years - 1 goal: 100% lo(ud) fidelity recklessness. Self-taught, self-produced, and self-destructive, this crew continues to leave a trail of smashed instruments, ruined bass players, shattered eardrums, and broken hearts in its wake.
And from their Myspace page:advocates of lo(ud) fidelity recklessness and sassy pop numbers inspired by fashion savvy girls for boys of lost love in tight clothes everywhere. the reddmen are the essence of lo-fi power pop.
Take that as you wish. All in all, I like the song and I think it was a great fit last night.
Been there, done that with Let’s Go Sailing. In the event you need a refresher, click here.