Sunday, March 28, 2010

Why I love Lifehouse

Lifehouse is a kind of band that appeals mostly to girls. The songs are sensitive and the members have the kind of looks that any mom would not fear of losing their girl's virginity to. Well not literally . I remember one time during the early part of the decade. I was playing their first album. My friend Kenneth pointed out to me that they're like boy bands. I said no. But then he made me realize that a lot of grls were compairing Jason Wade to Alex Band of The Calling. And He's got a point.

Ten years later the band has a new album out called Smoke and Mirrors. Everything about it is beautiful. The songs are a combination of sad tunes and topics like falling in love and missing someone. This is something that any hard rock fan would not dig. These are sensitive stuff . And the guys are exuding positivity.
Yes they haven't been involved in any major controversy that hits any rock band. These guys are responsible and they just love writing and performing music. The same formula that made them stick around while their contemporares are all gone.

I am a sucker for sad atmospheric tunes. Songs driven by harmony and melody. Good songs that aren't really controversial. Just the kind of songs that will stick around fo a decade or two. So I dig Lifehouse too.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

90s Flashback :Garbage

Let's just say I am one of those who fell for the wickedly adorable Shirley Manson. She 's a Scot and her dad's a Genetic Scientist who is one of those responsible for the cloned sheep Dolly. Garbage provided a perfect mood for my danger baiting years and love for dark aural matter.
So aside from reading about serial killers and vampires, the lyrics of Shirley Manson provides a perfect backdrop for the decadent decade.She got into acting and started in The Terminator series (th Sarah Connor chronicles ..or something like that) but which I never got to watch because we have no cable TV.Tsk tsk tsk!

Mike Verde in ReverbNation

  I got to listen to all tracks of Mike Verde on ReverbNation and I like them. They have a bit of Sigur Ros feel on them and Aphex Twin. Mike creates tracks that are sonically clear and atmospheric. Makes one want to get back for more:

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Trippin' with Jack Kerouac

I am in the middle of this insanely beautiful book On the Road by Jack Kerouac. I wish I was born way back when beatniks were the hip crowd. I love the fact that the passages are very familiar and his prose are really honest to a point that they are sometimes shocking. All those revelations. I will never look at any grand daddy the same way again hahahahaha.

On the Road is about a friendship created by these outcast characters. Jack speaks to Sal, the main character. He has a friend Dean(Neal Cassady in real life) who switches between two women in one night. Talk about sex , drugs and rock n' roll here. The novel also boasts of jazz music and the likes or Miles Davies and Charlie Parker. Man, I had to dig out old recordings just to hear that mourful jazz music from the 50s. Carlo Marx in the novel is actually Allen Ginsberg.

I can't wait to finish this one so I can post up a formal review. You can also find great info in this link:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hmmmm..Mike Verde's Quirky Beats Color the Cyberspace

  I like chilled beats. I'm not much of a dancer but I love to dance on a chair ;) It's such a blessing when Chad  pointed my attention to this electronic artist from Vancouver Canada.

Summer Nights is a quirky track which sounds like something you'd hear out of a computer game. The punishing drum parts in the middle makes it something like artist Beck would do minus the vocals. All pure fun with no strings attached.

Riding my Bike at night is trippy and as the title says, a perfect cruising track.

Acid Tapes Cabin Acid-Trance on acid. A perfect R2D2 companion. My folks were curious with the sound emanating from my laptop as I am writing this review and listening to the music. It is a kind of music I can relate too. Not dark or heavy. Just pure goodness fun.

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Canadian Chad Paquet making a promising music

  Chad Paquet is from Canada and he makes amazing music. He laces his ballads with comedy. But wait a second. He is a serious musician. His style is a combination of easy alternative,folk ,jazz and funk. And this guy can cook a mean cuisine. So, will there be new tracks or maybe a full EP coming from Chad? Only time will tell. Please check out his songs on myspace:(on the pic Chad and sister Emily)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Royal Wood

Wow I haven't got such a treat since Ben Folds Five . Royal Wood makes a kind of music that is suited for heartbreaks or for simply lying down on the coach on a lazy afternoon. I love his piano playing and a voice that might have come from black and white films. If you are in the mood, you might want to check Royal Wood out.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sade is Back with Weapons of Mass Hypnosis

I am looking forward to getting Sade's new album Soldier of Love. I am not much of a soul music fan because I was brought up to a different kind of musical culture. I personally ban all rap and hip hop music at home. But then again there is something about Sade's music that speaks to me. Perhaps it is her innate sense of elegance and propensity for writing about pain that really get to me. Her voice s not something that you would really call 'showcase vocals' because it is laid back . But after hearing too many Celine Dions and Mariah Carey, this is a breath of fresh air!

Sade is still in top form and to think this lady is already 51! She is still backed witht he same musicians since she launched her first highly successful album Diamond Life in 1984. After waiting for 10 years(Her last album was Lovers Rock) this is a great news .