Over the weekend I caught up with dbp pals The Dead Girls along with Knife Crime and Mark Mallman at the excellent Record Bar. Mark Mallman was an unknown act to this little monkey, but was described by The Dead Girls’ Nick Colby as “the punk rock Randy Newman”, a description that was just dead-on.
Now, if your exposure to Randy Newman consists wholly of Pixar films that probably won’t win you over, but anyone who remembers Newman back when he was the (deservedly) darling of the songwriter set should get a little excited about that.
Here’s the title track from Mark’s most recent LP, “Invincible Criminal”:
And yes, Mallman was this ridiculous(ly awesome) live.
Thanks to our pal Eric, I’m belatedly digging Au Revoir Simone as my chillout music of choice at the moment. Seeing as it’s Labor Day and all, how about you relax with us via this oddly staggered video for “Shadows” (which is by far the best track on their album, ‘Still Night, Still Light’):
Alright, so I get that this performance isn’t the most engaging from a visuals point of view, but really…. I didn’t need to feel like I was getting jerked around either.
Cee-Lo Green delivers what may well be the most brutally honest heartbreak song I’ve heard in ages, with the subtly titled “Fuck You” off his upcoming album, The Ladykiller. Don’t let the title throw you; this is straight-up throwback soul with Cee-Lo’s trademark off-kilter honesty.
Yup, you just heard the best song that’ll be butchered on radio this year. It’s about time Cee-Lo really lived up to his potential, and this track makes me damned excited for his October release.
Our pal Eric turned me on to Philly popsters Dr. Dog a ways back, and it’s occurred to me that I’ve been remiss in sharing the love you, our dear anonymous Internet pals. From a music video point of view, it’s hard to do this band justice (especially considering the uniformly awful audio quality compared to their studio releases), but the music shines through regardless. Here’s “Hang On” from the 2008 release, Fate.
I can’t possibly overstate how much I’ve been digging their stuff, and it’s fast become my go-to choice for everything from dinner music to drinkin’ music.