Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Now you know what music I bought in August

August flew by, didn't it? Let's have a look at the music I downloaded this month and why:

"Navajo" by Ponderosa - This was an iTunes download of the week. Besides, who can resist a band named after something on Bonanza? It's a pretty good track, and I wasn't expecting something that reminded me of The Alarm. The Alarm were never a band credited for influencing others.

"I Will Wait" by Mumford and Sons - I have previously admitted past disdain for Mumford and Sons, but I am willing to admit that my disdain was totally misdirected. I thought they were a band with a banjoey gimmick...they're not. They have decent chops. This is their new single off their upcoming album, which you'll see me write up in the September edition of this blogpost (this is a rare example of me pre-downloading an album from iTunes).

"The Man Who Stole a Leopard (Gosteffects Remix)" by Duran Duran - Like I'm going to turn down a free Duran Duran download! This is a remix of what I think is Duran Duran's best track on All You Need Is Now. It's a song that doesn't need a remix. Stick with the original.

"Barracuda" by Rasputina - I sung Rasputina's praises a couple of weeks ago. I'm guessing iTunes loves that I blog about music, because I tend to purchase songs while I write this blog. Having this in my collection is an example of this. It's a cover of Heart's "Barracuda"...a nice mix of strings and guitars.

The compilation album, "A Symphony of British Music - Music for the Closing Ceremony" - I was captivated by the 2012 Olympics' closing ceremony. It was great to see who was going to come out... and disappointing to see who did not. As happy as I was to see Madness performing, I was equally crestfallen that David Bowie or Duran Duran weren't there - glaring omissions, in my opinion. This album has a great bunch of tracks by Madness, Jesse J, Kaiser Chiefs, The Who, Annie Lennox and much more. There are some true clunkers here, too (Yes, Russell Brand, I'm looking at you). It's worth buying.

Prince's "Musicology" - The lovely Mrs. Musicule, passed this one to me. Here's my problem: I struggle with Prince's legacy. He's amazing. He has a great back catalog and is usually ahead of the curve musically, but his output over the past 15 years just doesn't compare well with anything he released prior to Sign O' the Times. I keep hoping that I'll find gems in his newer stuff that taps into that genius.

"Ho Hey" by The Lumineers - Another one courtesy of Mrs. Musicule: The song I affectionately call "Greetings, Prostitute!" (think about it). It's currently in heavy rotation in the Wilke household.

"Diet Mountain Dew" by Lana Del Rey - Okay, I've given Lana a fair shake, and lord knows it's easy to pile criticism on her, but she just doesn't do it for me. This song sounds like something Jewel would have put out when she was trying to reinvent herself to appear more trendy. It didn't work for Jewel, I don't think it'll work for Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.

"We Come Running" by Youngblood Hawke - I'm convinced that bands are getting signed these days based solely on their ability to write a decent hook that might be buried in an otherwise uneventful song. Fun. has managed to get some mileage out of this with We Are Young - a song with a fantastic chorus, but little else. If you like We Are Young, you'll love this. Take that however you'd like.

"Daddy Cool" by Placebo - From the "I like covers of cheesy songs" file. I won't even begin to try to defend this purchase.

The Sisters of Mercy's "Floodland" - I get genuinely annoyed when I realize that I don't have an album in my collection that I honestly thought I had. A couple of weeks ago, This Corrosion came on the radio and I tweeted the following:


Yeah, I got the album wrong in the Tweet: For those of you who don't know, Jim Steinman (he's the guy who wrote most of Meat Loaf's over the top songs) wrote a few Sisters songs, "This Corrosion" included. After tweeting that, I discovered that I didn't have Floodland (or Vision Thing, for that matter). So I bought it...and discovered that it has an ELEVEN MINUTE VERSION OF "THIS CORROSION" on it! It doesn't get any better than an 11 minute version of a goth song writing by the guy who was goth before goth existed!


The short version of what I affectionately call "The Hank Kingsley Song".

Missy Higgins' "The Ol' Razzle Dazzle" - My good friend Andrew Woodward tuned me in to Missy, an excellent Australian singer-songwriter who's not far from the Sarah McLachlan mold. By the way, the album's on sale for $7.99 at the iTunes Music Store...an absolute bargain.

"The Gift" by The Velvet Underground - I was in the mood for a good narrative song. This John Cale gem does it better than just about anything else.

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