Friday, April 30, 2010
Say Please, by American "supergroup" Monsters of Folk. Monsters of Folk is made up of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward. The band was formed in 2004 and started playing together whilst on tour with their individual bands and groups. Their first album was finally released in 2009 and hit # 15 on the Billboard Top 200. According to wikipedia it also "reached #3 on Top Independent Albums, #8 on Top Rock Albums, #7 on Top Digital Albums, and #6 on Top Alternative Albums." I don't know about you but I am looking forward to checking out more of their stuff, and without further ado, her is Say Please ala youtube:
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Lost In The Shadows by American rock vocalist and songwriter Lou Gramm. Lou Gramm is best known for being the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Foreigner. Lou started his solo career (apart from Foreigner) in 1987, which was the same year that he recorded his single Lost In The Shadows for the Lost Boys movie soundtrack. Now, the Lost Boys is one of my favorite 80's movies of all time, and so it goes hand in hand that I would place some songs off the soundtrack onto this list, and if you pay close attention you might just find some more songs from the soundtrack appearing later on down the countdown. If you are interested in Lou Gramm's history at all I would recommend checking out his Wikipedia page, as it lists the various eras of his illustrious career. With not much else to say, heeeerrrsss Louuuu Graaammmm...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
...Heartbreaker, by Canadian electronica group MSTRKRFT (pronounced Mastercraft). MSTRKRFT comes out of Toronto and formed in 2005. The group consists of two members, Jesse F. Keeler and Al-P. Heartbreaker comes off of their Fist of God album (released in March 2009), which was their second studio album. Heartbreaker reached #5 on the UK Dance Charts, whilst Fist of God was ranked #14 Top Electronic Albums. MSTRKRFT are known for their various remixes of songs by other artists as well. Snap!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Welcome back to VJ Samsonite's top 100 80's Dance Hits Countdown! Today we are presenting #90 of the top 100 countdown!And the song is...Go!, by musical side project and 80's post-punk band Tones On Tail. According to wikipedia, Tones on Tail was a side-project of Daniel Ash (of Bauhaus) and Glenn Campling (a roadie of Bauhaus) in 1982. When Bauhaus officially broke up in 1983 they were also joined by Kevin Haskins (drummer). Then, a short 2 years later they broke up and Ash and Haskins went on to form the band Love and Rockets. Tones on Tail did one short tour of the UK and USA and they released one studio album titled Pop in 1984. Go! came in a 7" or 12" versions. To my knowledge Go! was sort of their big hit song, although I would encourage myself and others to listen to the rest of their whole one album. Well, that about says it for #90, and I guess we have officially made it through the first 10, only 90 more to go! You might find yourself asking/telling yourself, "what other songs are there??," and "We screwed up! We never should have fired George Newman, because he's got imagination! Well, I think the fries are just about done."
Odessa, by Canadian electronica artist Caribou. Caribou is a one-man-band by the name of Daniel Victor Snaith, originally from London, Ontario. His original stage-name was Manitoba up til 2004 when he was threatened with a lawsuit by Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba. Oh my, you have just got to love us Americans and our extremely litigious ways, I mean can't we all just get along (oops better not say that, I might get sued). Which reminds me, did you know that the dude who does boxing and pro-wrestling intros actually owns the copyright to his (ready to rumble) speech?? How far is too far folks?? Anyways, getting on with the song of the day...it comes off of Caribou's 20th album called Swim, released in April of 2010 (this very month!). The music video is a bit eerie at best, and the song is definitely different. Blah blah blah! (oh crapola, there's another lawsuit waiting to happen, I can already see the Lawyers flying lazy circles.)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Lonely in Your Arms, by Aussie indie band Deep Sea Arcade. Deep Sea Arcade are a five piece band, and they come at us out of sunny Sydney, Australia. Band members include Nic Mckenzie (vocals), Nick Weaver (bass), Carlos Adura (Drums), Tim Chamberlain (Guitar), and Simon Relfon (Guitar). They are currently recording their debut album and are thus quite a young band. That is about all the info I could find about them online. Lonely in Your Arms has an upbeat indie sound and adds yet another tick in the belt of Australian Indie Rock. For a country of only 22.3 million people (compared to 309 million in the USA) they sure know how to produce their fair share of great bands and music! Also, would like to acknowledge that yesterday was ANZAC Day, when around 11,000 Aussie and Kiwi soldiers (amongst others) died in WWI at Gallipoli, and wish everyone a Happy Belated ANZAC Day. Cheers everybody!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Welcome back to VJ Samsonite's top 100 80's Dance Hits Countdown! Today we are presenting #91 of the top 100 countdown! And the song is...Somebody's Watching Me, by former R&B performer Rockwell. Rockwell (aka Kennedy William Gordy) comes out of Detroit Michigan and was signed on to the Motown label in the 80's, which was founded by his father Berry Gordy (who just so happened to also be the CEO). It is said that Rockwell captured his record deal with Motown without his father's knowledge. Somebody's Watching Me became a top 10 pop hit in the US and the UK and a #1 R&B hit. The song features guest vocals by Michael and Jermaine Jackson, who are featured during the song's chorus. This song of course has also been remixed by various DJ's, and for anyone who has watched Don't Mess With the Zohan, you will have heard the mainstream house remix of the song. And for anyone who is looking for another good 80's song to add to their Halloween party play-list, this should be one of them. This song also has been featured in a movie tribute I've made and perhaps could one day release. The original song was released in January of 1984, and in 2009 the song was ranked #20 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. Totally Rad!
Repulsion, by US indie-rock band Quasi. Quasi come at us out of ever-green Portland, Oregon, regional home of the Trailblazers, great micro-brews, me, and much much more. Quasi formed in 1993, consisting of an ex-husband and wife duo, Sam Coomes (vocals, guitar, rocksichord, and keyboards) and Janet Weiss on vocals and drums, to later on add bassist Joanna Bolme (in 2007). Quasi have been fairly prolific as they have released 10 studio albums. Repulsion, comes off of their latest album titled American Gong, which was released in February of 2010. I heard this band on the radio, an internet radio station and liked it, plus they are from my hometown. The radio personality was saying that they reckoned that Quasi are lost in the 90's, which I suppose I can see as they have some guitar riffs shades of Smashing Pumpkins, and vocals a bit reminiscent of 80's band The Replacements; but all in all that is all completely subjective, and they are indie-rock, so that's enough for me. Blah!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Peek-a-boo, by independent Australian indie artist, songwriter, and guitarist Bertie Blackman. Bertie Blackman comes out of Sydney Australia, and has released 3 studio albums. Now, as most of you probably already know, Peek-a-boo was originally a Siouxsie and the Banshees song from their 1988 Peepshow album. The Siouxsie and the Banshees release is thought to be a remake of the original release titled Jeepers Creepers, written by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer as a Jazz song in 1938. It usually irritates me when bands and artists do covers of songs, unless they can pull it off and make them sound better than the original (which is rarely done). I am also a big 80's music fan, so its a bit of a surprise to even myself that I actually like this cover-song by Bertie Blackman. I find that she has effectively recaptured the original sound quite well. Some other facts for you: Bertie is the daughter of Aussie artist Charles Blackman, and she began playing African percussion at the age of 12, and guitar at 15. She grew up in the suburbs of Bondi (a beautiful beachy area) and Paddo (Paddington for you non-Sydneysiders, which is a bit of a chic area near fashionable Oxford Street, or something like that). She won the Best Independent Release ARIA Award in 2009. Nuff said, enjoy, snap!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
#92 of the top 100 countdown!And the song is...Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, by 80's British new-wave rock band Ultravox!. According to wikipedia they were one of the primary bands involved in the Brit-electro-pop of the early 1980's. They were considered to be associated with the new romantic and the new wave movements. The band was originally formed in 1973 under the name Tigerlily. In 1976 the lead singer changed his name to John Foxx and the band changed their name to Ultravox! The actual evolution of the band and its members is rather convoluted and if you really want to know the details then I suggest you check out their wikipedia page. Dancing with Tears in My Eyes is a great dance track, and was the second single release off of the band's 7th studio album, Lament (released in 1984). Dancing with Tears in My Eyes hit #3 on the UK single charts, thus effectively putting Ultravox! back on the radar. Apparently (again according to wikipedia) the song is about nuclear power plants and the possibility of nuclear meltdown, which is depicted in the music video. I find that kind of strange now, seeing that the Chernobyl disaster occurred just two years later in 1986, but I suppose that would have made their message regarding the risks of nuclear power even more significant. There are a few different versions of the song, including the 7" and 12" vinyl versions. Enjoy!
The Festival Song, by Aussie Hip Hop MC Pez (feat. 360 & Hailey Cramer). Pez (Perry Chapman) is from Melbourne, Australia and has released 4 albums between 2006-2009. The Festival Song was released as a single in 2008 and reached #53 on the Australian music charts. This song may not make much sense to those who are not Australian or who haven't been around the "Music Festival" culture that exists there. Pez refers to many different festivals (their is in fact one called Summer Dayz) that occur in Victoria in the Summertime (which is December-February in the Southern Hemisphere), although there are dozens that occur throughout Australia during the year. Amongst these festivals are Parklife, Homebake, V Festival, The Big Day Out, Splendour in the Grass, Soundwave, Falls Festival, Meredith Music Festival, Pyramid Rock Festival, and on and on....the fact is that despite having a total population of about 22.3 million people (that's 15 million fewer people than the state of California alone) Australia sure has its fair share of music festivals every year. If you want to see a fuller list of all them look here. Essentially that is what this song is about, the Aussie festival culture in all its glory. Straight Postin'!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
...Dog Days Are Over, by UK indie-pop artist Florence and the Machine. Florence and the Machine comes out of London, and consists of Florence Welch, along with a variety of other artists that play backgrounds and other parts for her songs, but Florence is the lead. They are a young band, and released their first album in December 2008. They have a sort of indie-folk-pop sound, which alternates a bit during this song. I don't have too much more to say about this band as I really don't know much, but alas, this is the song of da day!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Orange X, by Aussie alternative indie rock band The Seabellies. The Seabellies come at us out of Sydney, yes you heard correctly, another good rock band from the Sunny Down-unda,' fackin' oath maite! Wikipedia states that they are also based out beautiful Newcastle, and New South Wales in general, so I guess they claim the whole state as their home-base, fair enough. The Seabellies formed in 2006, and released a 6-track EP in 2007. Orange X is a single just released in 2010. The band consists of 6 members and as you can hear they incorporate some electronica/electro into their sound (as many of the bands of the moment do). I personally haven't heard their other tracks, but I dig this one, so here it is. Big ups yoself!
Saturday, April 17, 2010
#93 of the top 100 countdown!And the song is....Maniac, by American songwriter, guitarist, and singer Michael Sembello. Now, most of you will know this song from one of the famous dancing scenes (starring Jennifer Beals) in which she is doing some fancy cathartic footwork in her 80's Jane-Fonda workout outfit. Now it might be just about impossible to leave out songs from Flashdance (1983), seeing that it was such an iconic 80's dance movie, did I hear rumors that they are remaking Flashdance (amongst other 80's classics like Footloose and Ghostbusters).. blasphemy!! Although, they basically remake everything that sees a hint of success so it is probably just one of those inevitability's. Did you know that the idea for Flashdance was inspired during a trip to a Toronto strip club?? Thanks IMDB! Now, getting back to a little bit on the artist and the song. Michael Sembello comes out of Philadelphia, and started his career primarily as a studio-guitarist for big-timers such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and more. Sembello's first solo album titled Bossa Nova Hotel, which included the song Maniac, reached #80 on the Billboard 200, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September of 1983. Anyways, enough data and facts, just go out and watch yourself some Flashdance, revisit memory lane before Hollywood remakes it and ruins it all...just kidding..I hope ;-( Go Tommy Boy!
wikipedia, the name is derived from slang that was used to describe drive-in movie theaters as "passion pits," due to teenage hancky-pancky that tends to go on there. Passion Pit have released an EP and one full-length studio album. Little Secrets comes off of their album titled Manners (released in May 2009). Passion Pit definitely have a unique sound and electronic style to their music that makes them stand out a bit in that realm where so many bands tend to sound, how does one say "same same, but different." There are also such a ridiculous number of remixes by so many other dj's and groups out there that it can be a chore just to sort through it all to find the original mixes. Bloody volcanoes!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
wikpedia) is said to have lead to an argument and subsequent breakup between Mann and Hausman before the album's official release. As you will notice, the music video depicts an bully-boyfriend attempting to conform his lower-caste girlfriend into his upper-crust lifestyle. However, it was noticed that the song was actually written as one women to another, indicating a lesbian relationship, which angered the band's record company at the time and was countered by a video depicting an oppressive boy-girl relationship. Despite the debate surrounding the video and the song it won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist that year. Now some would not, but I still consider this band to be a One-Hit-80s-Wonder. Some would also debate as to whether this song constitutes as a "dance hit," but I consider it to be a slow-dance hit with a steady beat. Totally Rad!
...Get Away, by New Zealand roots reggae band Katchafire. Katchafire formed originally in 1997 as a Bob Marley tribute band before they began writing and recording their own songs. The band has had many lineup changes throughout the years, and currently consists of seven members. Get Away comes off of their Revival album (released in 2003) and is full of smooth island reggae. This is a great album to put on during those hot summer days, especially if your at the beach somewhere. I highly recommend checking out the rest of their work, including their latest album. S'all in the game.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
here, and a brief intro at last fm.Thom Moore also features in a band called Mercy Arms. Wayside (released in July of 2009) is the bands first release and will most likely star on their EP, when it is released, but there doesn't seem to be any info on when the EP-release will be :-( Check it out!Mercy Arms
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
right here. I have indeed created a movie tribute with this song, and hope to share at some point in the future. So now you can say you know a little bit about Tim Feehan, but I invite you to check out his other stuff too...what it is!!! (ps, sorry no video, but the song is there anyways ;-o)
HERE, and if you sign up to their mailing list you get a free mp3 download, so don't miss that! The video is just a picture, but the song is decent quality, all I could find on good old youtube, Woot!Back From The Dead
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The Rakes. The title says it all doesn't it? I had the pleasure of seeing this band at the 2008 V-Festival in Melbourne, and they are quite a good live act, as many are. This song comes off of their Capture/Release album, which I recommend, clearly. Big Ups Yo-self!
Saturday, April 10, 2010
HERE to see their myspace page and download the free mp3 of this song on that same page. Woot!
Friday, April 9, 2010
...Sometimes, by Aussie electro-pop group Miami Horror. Miami Horror hails at us out of Melbourne, Australia (an amazing city with heaps of amazing new artists I might add). This band does an excellent job of sticking to the groovy synth-blips and beats (so characteristic of the electro-genre) along with occasional vocals, although many of their songs don't include much in the vocal department. Miami Horror has an LP coming out this year (TBA), and have released an EP in 2008 called Bravado. Sometimes is a single which was released in 2009. They have collaborated with another Melbourne electro-pop group called Gameboy/Gamegirl and have produced a collaborative EP with them as well called Golden Ghetto Sex. Without further ado, da song...o
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Broken Bells. That's right, I actually have something from an American group on here, (holy craplola!) so few and far in between these days, its almost like America is stuck perpetually in 2004 or something, never to change again or allow fresh new creative energy to flow, unless you count Pop and Pop-Hop. Back to the band of mention, the Broken Bells consist of artist/producer Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton), and James Mercer (also lead-singer and guitarist for Portland (OR) based group The Shins. Now, I haven't had the chance to really sit down and listen to this album, but I am impressed with this song and what I have heard by them thus far. Mongrel Heart comes off of their one and only studio album by the same name. They certainly have a unique sound and this song blends together many elements of music which seems to be the go these days. Definitely check this band out. AHHHH!