Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The song 'Lola' is a great window, but not nearly an abstract, of who The Kinks were. Or more importantly who Ray Davies, the off-key singer and writer of The Kinks' sound, was. Like the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and other British rockers, The Kinks somehow managed to stay in decent popularity and only recently broke up in the late 90's. The Kinks were often political, usually humorous and writing about what they wanted and saw at the time. In a recent blog article I caught a foolish webhead making a list of the top ten worst album titles of all time. 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" was listed as one of them. How he missed 'All My Friends Are Dead" by Freddie Gage, I'll never know.
But forget titles for a second you'll uncover something lovely about 'Village Green'. It was a concept album for The Kinks but one that had nothing to do with heavy handed political agendas or stabs at any person, place or thing. The album was an ode to simpler times of English Hamlet life. Seems almost silly but its an album of songs that have quickly become favorites for any listeners of the era. Ridiculous title or not I think I'll stick to living in the 'Village Green' versus drinking 'Crunk Juice' in the city.
Checkout The Kinks' "This time Tomorrow" on the September '07 FoundTrack MixTape
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
July 2007 Edition - Track 18
Album: Going to Where the Tea Trees Are
Label: Graefe Recordings / Tôt ou Tard
Release date: Out now
Referral:Rudy Chung - Hit the Ground Running
I don't know much about Peter Von Poehl but i can tell he's got great stage presence. How do i know? Cuz he sticks one of his thumbs out when he puts his hands in his pocket, which shows he's not a conformist. The Swedish singer-songwriter hasn't found the path to his debut solo effort an easy one. After moving to France in '98 he met French Pop Producer Bertrand Burgalat who tried to fit Peter in an offbeat boy band to add some sauce to Bertrand's Tricatel label. Peter used various fell through's as fuel including a role in Bertrand's backing band , A.S. Dragon, and was thus equipped with the tools to work on his solo career.
The titled track of his debut reminds me of Phil Collin's "In the Air Tonight" remixed by Air. If the rest of his album is like the songs on his myspace page then i'm going to start a record label myself just to release his music in the states. He recently was part of the great lineup of bands at Montreal's Osheaga music festival and he will continue touring through Europe this fall. Oh and if you want to go to where the tea trees are, head to Australia or New Zealand.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
If you thought D.A.N.C.E (April 2007 mixtape Track 9) was the only Jackson 5-esque hit you were going to here this past summer then drink again. One of this summer's biggest hits has to be Sonny J’s feelgood track, "Can't Stop Moving", which has been gaining considerable radio airtime in the UK.
Here is an unofficial video for the track...although the sample is still unidentified, the son of the brilliant editor of those old Bruce Lee classics has done a good job of convincing us that its the Jackson 5.