Drew Hastings â€“ Irked & Miffed / 2008 Image Entertainment / 14 Tracks / http://www.image-entertainment.com /
Drew Hastings has been on a number of major-level comedy outlets. This means that ey has been present on both Comedy Central and the Bob and Tom Show, even if â€œthe manâ€ thinks ey is not popular enough for a Wikipedia site. The skits that are present from â€œIrked & Miffedâ€ are those that were largely present on Hastingsâ€™ Comedy Central special, and individuals that are into the more current, potty type of humor would do well to open their horizons by listening to â€œIrked & Miffedâ€. Continue reading “Drew Hastings â€“ Irked & Miffed”
Weezer â€“ Pork and Beans / 2008 Geffen / 1 Track / http://www.weezer.com /
Weezer have came back from the precipice of mediocrity with â€œPork and Beansâ€. This track really calls forth some of Weezerâ€™s earliest (and best) tracks; hints of â€œMy Name is Jonasâ€ and â€œSuzanneâ€ are present in this song. The slinky guitar line that is prominent during the track works well with Rivers Cuomoâ€™s vocals, while there is a newer type of angular sound that brings the band up to the current period. The guitars switch to overdrive soon after, making their removal from the track soon after a traumatic moment. Weezer are masters of working tension to their benefit; â€œPork and Beansâ€ is another track that benefits from this skill. â€œPork and Beansâ€ is the perfect example of a track that will get interest for the bandâ€™s new (self-titled) album up to that point that the act should receive even more attention than they had with â€œDope Noseâ€ and â€œBeverly Hillsâ€. Youâ€™ll hear this track soon on rock rotation, so pretend you are surprised and let the bandâ€™s inimitable style wash over you.
Busta Rhymes (Feat. Linkin Park) â€“ We Made It / 2008 Aftermath / 3 Tracks / http://www.bustarhymes.com / http://www.aftermath-entertainment.com /
Linkin Park has worked with rappers before. Individuals would do to look back to the mash-up album that they had with â€œNumb/Encoreâ€. Busta Rhymes is gradually gaining back some of the momentum that ey had a few years back, especially when one hears eir hot flow on Missy Eliotâ€™s Chin A Ling remix. â€œWe Made Itâ€ is the perfect blend of rock and rap, with Chesterâ€™s vocals on the track acting as the bridge between the rock elements of Linkin Park and the rap brought to the track by Busta. This track will be what is played on rock, rap, pop, and (maybe) even alternative stations throughout the summer. Where both acts have struggled in the last few years to stay in the public eye, the strong effort that both enter into with â€œWe Made Itâ€ ensure that individuals will care again what each act is doing. â€œBlessedâ€ will undoubtedly be another platinum album for Busta Rhymes, and â€œWe Made Itâ€ will do what â€œLive from SoHoâ€ could not, and ensure that the band will reach the highest levels of superstardom. Rap/rock remixes are typically impressive on their own right, and â€œWe Made Itâ€ is no exception.
Neil Diamond â€“ Home Before Dark / 2008 Sony / 12 Tracks / http://www.neildiamond.com /
Itâ€™s amazing when the amount of albums that you have sold, if limited to the United States, would provide a copy of a Neil Diamond album to one in every three citizens. This fact is almost as amazing as the fact that Diamond has been recording for nearly fifty years; 1960 saw the release of the first Diamond single (as a part of Neil and Jack), â€œWhat Will I Doâ€. Continue reading “Neil Diamond â€“ Home Before Dark”
Tristan Prettyman â€“ Helloâ€¦x / 2008 Virgin / 12 Tracks / http://www.tristanprettyman.com /
Tristan Prettyman is still a pretty new force to popular music. Eir first album, â€œt w e n t y t h r e eâ€ rocketed up the Heatseekers chart before ultimately peaking at #24. If individuals did not have the chance to pick up eir first album, they may also be familiar with Prettymanâ€™s work on G. Loveâ€™s â€œLemonadeâ€ or (the much earlier) â€œVolume 2â€ by the Brendan Borek Family. The (somewhat) titular track starts off â€œHelloâ€¦xâ€, and provides individuals with a breathy female voice. Continue reading “Tristan Prettyman â€“ Helloâ€¦x”
Gladys Hardy â€“ I Love Jesus But I Drink A Little / 2008 WEA / 25 Tracks / http://www.gladyshardy.com /
Individuals may not immediately know who Gladys Hardy is, but if they have seen the Ellen Degeneres show in the last few months, chances are good that they heard a call from Hardy. If you donâ€™t watch the Ellen show (I know I donâ€™t), Gladys Hardy also calls in to the Dudley & Bob show, a â€œmorning zooâ€ type of radio show centered in the Austin, Texas area, hosted on KLBJ. Hardy is a grandmother from Texas, and leaves a number of voice mails in Degeneresâ€™ box. Hardyâ€™s popularity has increased so much in the last few months that Hardy has actually replaced the announcers that previously introduced Degeneres at the beginning of each episode of eir show. Continue reading “Gladys Hardy â€“ I Love Jesus But I Drink A Little”
The Brian Jonestown Massacre â€“ My Bloody Underground / 2008 A Records / 14 Tracks / http://www.brianjonestownmassacre.com /
Before receiving â€œMy Bloody Undergroundâ€, I had heard a lot about The Brian Jonestown Massacre but I had not had the chance to familiarize myself with their sound. The act has been around since the early 1990s, and their first album, Methodrone, set the band onto a run that (as of this moment) ends with their thirteenth studio album, â€œMy Bloody Undergroundâ€. To get into some sense of where the band has been in the past, I attempted to get into the bandâ€™s unique groove. Continue reading “The Brian Jonestown Massacre â€“ My Bloody Underground”
Your Vegas â€“ A Town And Two Cities / 2008 Universal Republic / 10 Tracks / http://www.yourvegasmusic.com /
Your Vegas came to their current lineup with Mark Heaton in 2004, and released two singles â€“ a self-titled song and â€œFlybuzzâ€. While the band had broke it big in their home country of England, they did not attract the attention of the American music market until 2006, when Universal Republic signed them. The average music fan became aware of Your Vegas soon after, when Playboy magazine tapped them to be a â€œRock The Rabbitâ€ band. The band got their stuff together and put an EP out â€“ â€œA Town And Two Citiesâ€, expanding it soon after to a full length recording. Continue reading “Your Vegas â€“ A Town And Two Cities”
Tommy Emmanuel â€“ Center Stage / 2008 Favored Nations / 24 Tracks / http://www.tommyemmanuel.com /
Tommy is from Australia. Furthermore, ey is a two-time Grammy nominee. â€œCenter Stageâ€ is a live album, and was recorded at the Sierra Nevada Brewery (Chico, CA). While individuals may not be familiar with the solo recordings of an Emmanuel, ey cut eir teeth in the John Farnham band. If one can remember back to 2000, ey also performed at the closing ceremonies at that yearâ€™s Summer Olympics. Over the last 30 years, Emmanuel has released over 20 albums. So, ey has a tremendous amount of material with which to work, and which individuals necessary expect from a live show. This show starts out with â€œThe Finger Lakesâ€, a newer song, and finishes up with â€œQuestionsâ€ (a classic cut from 2000â€™s â€œOnlyâ€). A number of other releases are revisited during this lengthy concert.Â The work of Emmanuel is bolstered throughout a number of tracks by the masterful work of harmonica player Bob Littell, and the presence of some tracks will be exciting to those that have not had the chance to see or hear Emmanuel live at some point. This means that there is a version of â€œRubyâ€™s Eyesâ€ that will tattoo itself into the minds and hearts of anyone that may be listening in. Continue reading “Tommy Emmanuel â€“ Center Stage”
Hilary McRae â€“ Through These Walls / 2008 Concord / 12 Tracks /Â http://www.hilarymcrae.com /
â€œThrough These Wallsâ€ starts off with â€œEvery Day (When Will You Be Mine)â€, a track that has a timeless nature to it. That means that the brass that backs up the vocals and the rest of the normal instrumentation (drums) provides hints of the seventies, while McRaeâ€™s vocals on this track are very current and modern. The result is a funky type of track that will undoubtedly be on rock rotation even if the style is something pretty unique. McRaeâ€™s vocals link together Pink and Tracy Chapman, ensuring that the subset of interested listeners is sufficiently large enough to ensure ey has a large fan base. â€œConsider Me Goneâ€ is the next track on â€œThrough These Wallsâ€, and it shows McRae in a slightly different light.
The soulful sound of eir vocals is present as it was during â€œEvery Dayâ€, but there is a little more in the way of blues influence present during this track. The song will slide in nicely with the Amy Winehouse style of popular music, and while the instrumentation present is softly-stated, it works well with the vocals. â€œLetâ€™s Stopâ€ is another strong track by McRae; it blends the two styles that were present during â€œEvery Dayâ€ and â€œConsider Me Goneâ€, while adding enough unique flair and style to the track to keep individuals listening. While McRae is not a huge star at this point, continued work in regards to live shows and an active fan base should be enough to push McRaeâ€™s already solid work into the stratosphere.
The twelve cuts on â€œThrough These Wallsâ€ avoid the pitfalls inherent in a number of current artistsâ€™ releases, in that there is nothing that individuals should avoid on this album. So, if you like the works of a Kelly Clarkson, Pink, or the like make it a point to pick up â€œThrough These Wallsâ€. Chances are good that a devoted subset of fans will dig this album, and the next release for McRae will be the one that establishes eir as a star. So, grab this album and you can say that you knew about McRae before anyone else did.
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