Posts Tagged ‘Duffy’

Back from vacation, Volume 12, Lykke Li, etc…..

Still very busy with that dreaded day job, I’m giving myself 20 minutes to make this post!

Howland Beach, Westport, MA

Howland Beach, Westport, MA

Before we headed off to Westport (shhhh! well-kept secret perfect summer vacation destination), I hurried together a CD compilation, as is my custom, to serve as a soundtrack for the trip. Since I’d be with the family, I tried to relax my “new, new, new” obsession, so old faves like Aimee Mann and Beck get mixed in with recent “discoveries” like Duffy, Estelle, The Ting Tings, and more. While this “final” version differs somewhat from the CD we actually had with us, they share a couple of the new discoveries that got the thumbs-up from the family.

Some highlights follow……

First up, Lykke Li:

She’s someone I discovered after our return. New York magazine raved about her, so I immediately played a bunch of her YouTube videos on my cellphone, and she satisfies that craving I have for Swedish girl-pop. Expect “Little Bit” and “I’m Good, I’m Gone” to be big radio hits in the months to come, and enjoy “Dance Dance Dance” on my compilation. (MySpace; Website)

Next is Gabriella Cilmi:

I Googled the phrase “new Amy Winehouse” to see if I could find the latest neo soul star (or latest train wreck, I guess), and, while the post I found was about Adelle (who I already love), one poster on that blog urged us to check out Gabriella, who was characterized as a “16 year old from New Zealand”. Never one to care about (or check) the details, I found the song, “Sweet About Me”, and I and the family love it. Alas, it’s not like anything else on her Myspace page or Website, but I’m a singles kind of guy.

Next, The Singhs:

I had read a Boston Globe article about Brother Cleve, a member of this band, and his mysterious illness. While my heart goes out to Brother Cleve, I was equally intrigued about the band, formerly known as Dragonfly. My rip of “Supersaturated” has some noise, as I had to use audio capture. Maybe a bunch of you will go out and pay real $$$ for it, then I can get their label to justify a promo copy for me! (MySpace/Website)

Listen to, or download the whole thing HERE. Or, 15 of the 18 tracks are available as an iMix at the iTunes Store, as djeddieo.com #12.

In short, the remainder:

Aimee Mann’s been a fave of mine since she fronted the punk band Young Snakes and sang “I Wanna Be Like You”, a paean to Nina Hagen! I once made her a cup of tea backstage at an Elvis Costello show (get your own blog and you can name-drop too). Estelle was a big hit with the fam on the St Martin CD, which featured “American Boy” with Kanye. This one’s a slow reggae groove. M.I.A. is someone I felt I had missed the boat on, as she was huge among the hipper bloggers a couple of years ago. Again, the vacation CDs give me a little relaxed attitude, and wife and daughter like her. The Ting Tings have been on these pages before, but Steve Jobs scooped me with the better song, so it’s on this set. Beck? I remember when I saw kids with his first CD; I thought it was Jeff Beck! He has continued to amaze me, mostly with his choice of samples, all from unheard sources. Duffy, we’ve covered here…what’s not to love? Jens Lekman…another missed boat, I recently heard his “I Met Her At The Antiwar Demonstration” from 2005 or something and was hooked. He’s like Jonathan Richman crossed with Morrissey! Albert Hammond Jr? I read somewhere that maybe we’ve be watching the wrong Stroke! I concur (hey, did you realize that Albert’s dad —minus the Jr—gave us the classic “It Never Rains In Southern California”? I hadn’t made that connection till this week)

The Airborne Toxic Event, who I’ve mentioned before, have a great promo person. She read my post about them and has since been very communicative about a number of other acts, like Chemical Brothers, The Silent Years, and….wait for it: Glen Campbell! By now, you may have heard of this CD, “Meet Glen Campbell”, a collection of newish songs, covered by the rhinestone cowboy himself. It might bring to mind the Johnny Cash CD, from which Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” was the big hit, but I’m reminded more of a Dwight Yoakam album, “Under The Covers”, from 1997. When I heard Dwight’s version of “Train in Vain” while wandering through Tower Records, I thought, “I knew that The Clash weren’t the original artists!” I was (momentarily) convinced Dwight’s straight country version was some long lost original. While I’m not quite so easily deceived nowadays (at least by recording artists), Glen Campbell’s version of Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” has that same air of sincerity, legitimacy, and originality. I love a good cover; one that takes a song in a newish direction, a la Talking Heads “Take Me To The River” or Amy Winehouse/Mark Ronson’s “Valerie”, and I have high hopes, believe it or not, for this Glen Campbell CD!

Streams for “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”

PS: 20 minutes has turned into 2+ hours!

Duffy, Estelle, Kate Nash, Santogold…..

Whenever I’m at a loss for subjects to blog about, Sidekick (in the Boston Globe) seems to come along with content. Today’s Sidekick mostly just validates some of my recent choices.

First up, Duffy….

Duffy

Her “Mercy” was featured on volume 11 (post #51, HERE) and “I’m Scared” is on SXM 2008 (post #53, HERE). I’ve seen her Rockferry CD for $7.99 at Best Buy, which is a steal, as all her stuff is very listenable. Joan Anderman’s review, like most, references Lulu and Dusty Springfield, as well as Amy Winehouse. I agree, and I like that it’s reminiscent of the sixties without being too reverential. Sample tracks at her MySpace page, including the one Joan dubs essential, “Warwick Avenue”

Next up, Estelle:

Estelle

I had included her “American Boy” (featuring Kanye West) on SXM2008 (again, post #53, HERE), and I wish I had access to more tracks at the time. Not much on her MySpace page, but check the Shine CD on Amazon HERE for listening samples. While Sarah Rodman exclaims “Move over, Duffy” in her review, there’s nothing retro here, just nice modern R&B-tinged pop. Her choices of duet partners – Kanye, Wyclef Jean, John Legend and Cee-Lo Green(of Gnarls Barkley) – is spot on, as they say in her native London.

Kate Nash, while not in today’s Globe, just got another profile on NPR.

Kate Nash...again!

I think I burned my wife out on Kate Nash, playing her non-stop (including some really raw demos) from November to February, but I still love her stuff; I just wish there was more of it. And a little djeddieo.com trivia: barely a day goes by that “Kate Nash” is not the most common search item leading traffic to this site. Even today (before this post appeared), of the 13 views that were the result of searches, 6 searched Kate or her CD, Made of Bricks. She’s down in posts #19, #14, and #11….just scroll down; maybe you’ll see something else you missed before!

And one more artist that was in Sidekick, Brooklyn’s Santogold:

Santogold

While I can’t make any claims to having been aware of her before today’s Globe arrived, I wish I could. I would have put “Your Voice” on SXM 2008, and it’s a free download HERE. Not much on her MySpace page, but I like the free track, which was in Sidekick’s “Free Loading” column, and is straight-up, rub-a-dub stylee, breezy reggae. Again, let me direct you to Amazon.com, where you can preview tracks and/or buy the whole mp3 album – which covers a lot of ground: peppy, trippy, indie….you name it – for $7.99

Here it is: volume 11!

Well, no surprises here. I’ve raved about most of these songs in the last week or two. Some I haven’t mentioned are by old eddieo compilation faves like Hard-Fi and The Kooks. Others are just in massive rotation on BBC6 and XFM. I’m gonna keep mum on extraneous details, as I’d really love to get your own comments, good, bad, or indifferent (indifferent is the worst!)

Let’s make this the first non-CD compilation! We’ll save some fake plastic trees (sorry Thom).

volume 11

Okay, first step would be to access the playlist HERE. Once there, you can play it, download it, or podcast it to your iTunes. If you must burn it to CD, here’s your CD sleeve or jewel box liner, courtesy of iTunes: volume-11

volume 11….coming soon!

…first, let’s start (again) with a little reminder, both for email subscribers and direct blog readers (where DID you stumble in from?): all the eddieo compilation CDs, dating back to Summer 2004, are here on the site for your listening and downloading pleasure. You can even podcast them, as I myself did with Rick Corson’s “Scrod” (also here on the site), which allows me to simply select it from among the other podcasts in my iTunes and play away. So, feel free to scroll down (way down), and you’ll find volumes 1-10.

Okay; commercial over! Volume 11, in the works, thanks to a couple of inspirational new tracks I’ve recently learned about (from reading other, better blogs!). First up, White Lies, and their song “Death“, which I learned of from dany at Exitfare (even NME steals from him!)

White Lies

This UK trio, currently touring with Crystal Castles (they’re down below somewhere too), have just enough reverence for the fabulous eighties but also plenty of fresh attitude. I can be a little trigger happy with the tonearm, and I almost bailed on this one at 30 seconds. From 0:33 to about 1:00 it was mildly intriguing, than it smacked me around a bit, the way I like. This is the kind of song I like to listen to about twenty times in a row, to temper my infatuation. Listen, contemplate, feedback if you like.

Duffy serves as proof that there’s more to Britain’s retro soul fascination than just Amy Winehouse. As MixTape Maestro said in January, last year we all sang along “no, no, no” and this year we’ll be singing “yeah, yeah, yeah”, the infectious hook from her new song “Mercy”, added to Indie 103.1 just 3 weeks ago. Admittedly a bit easier on the eyes than my girl Amy:

Duffy

…you won’t be surprised by the Dusty Springfield influence, which I found a very welcome element. Check out her MySpace, or click here:

“Not Nineteen Forever”, by Manchester (UK)’s The Courteeners was a little slow to win me over, but it’s in big rotation on BBC1, BBC6, and XFM, so it wore me down, and I’m glad it did. The guys have all been friends since they were ten years old, which, from the look of them, was a few hours ago.

the courteeners

As always, check the MySpace for some tastes, but the hit’s not there, at least not yet. Play it by clicking below.

There’ll also be some familiar names on 11 as well, with newish releases from Hard Fi and The Kooks, that great Nada Surf tune in the SXSW post, and some stuff I’m still unearthing…….more on that soon. Rock on.