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Friday Music

Filed under: General,Music — Patterico @ 12:06 am

I couldn’t choose just one. So I chose five. Enjoy them all.

First up is “Spotlights,” a wonderfully upbeat song by Let Go, a great band from Tempe, Arizona that I touted in this 2006 post. If this one doesn’t get you up and dancing then it’s off to the old folks’ home with you.

Next up is “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” by Jay Semko, front man of Canada’s Northern Pikes. Little known fact: I got to have dinner with the Northern Pikes once. Like an idiot, I didn’t get a picture.

I just picked up several solo albums by Semko. I recommend them highly.

“Sick of Myself”: mindless, fun, upbeat power pop from Matthew Sweet:

“Imagemaker” by Kevin Gilbert, the man who got screwed by Sheryl Crow — first literally, then figuratively. Literally is always better. Stick with it until 1:05 and you’ll hear a voice so much like Genesis-era Peter Gabriel that it will send a shiver down your spine.

No embed on this one, but it’s worth the clickthrough for some good ol’ Texas rock and roll, courtesy of Cross Canadian Ragweed. The song: Fightin’ For.

19 Responses to “Friday Music”

  1. I was wondering if you would put up something Genesis-related. You didn’t disappoint.

    Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (0fb776)

  2. Love “Imagemaker” and “Fightin’ For.” The others are OK but I’ll look for more from the last 2 bands to download to my iPod. Great!

    And Peter Gabriel is always welcome, real or soundalike. 😉

    Peg C. (48175e)

  3. “it’s off to the old folks’ home with you.”

    No, no!! Well, if I must, may I have a room with a view?

    GM Roper (d53336)

  4. I was wondering what was happening with Sweet after that ill – fated excursion with that so – called supergroup. Great clips, and your tastes in music are quite similar to mine – which means they’re excellent, of course. Quite a suck – up, but still true.

    Dmac (f7884d)

  5. Dmac,

    The Sweet clip predates the supergroup, but he’s also back to solo stuff, as well as Sid n’ Suzie (w/ Susanna Hoffs), which is a lot of covers.

    Karl (f07e38)

  6. Nice picks, Pat. I’m always a sucker for melodic rock and roll with crunchy guitars.

    CraigC (9fe8d6)

  7. “it’s off to the old folks’ home with you.”
    Comment by GM Roper — 6/26/2009 @ 3:56 am

    Oh, crap. Looks like I’ll be getting a room, too. Meet your new neighbor, GM.

    Dana (8d88ef)

  8. What, no Jacko? Thanks, Patrick! This appears to be the only outlet aside from CSPAN that isnt carrying Jacko clips as bumper music.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  9. Shut yer pie hole, International Man of Parody.

    I am on another BoDeans kick today. BoDeans, Bush, and Stone Temple Pilots for the long drive today.

    JD (431886)

  10. I like these music posts!

    That is the most produced-sounding Cross-Canadian Ragweed song I have ever heard. Interesting. Most of their stuff I remember sounding a little more ragged and rootsy.

    I am on a huge power-pop / beatle rock kick, thanks to the new supergroup Tinted Windows. It’s great stuff, if you like the Cheap Trick sound. The middle Hanson brother, James Iha from Smashing Pumpkins, the bass player / singer from Fountains of Wayne and the real Bun E Carlos on drums. Listening to this made me dig out my Off Broadway and Knack albums.

    carlitos (84409d)

  11. Hey, I was just playing “Full Moon Turns My Head” for my wife yesterday – she’d never heard it, and liked it immensely. She also had never heard of my fave local group The Freddy Jones Band, and now is an afficionado of sorts as well. As for Cheap Trick, I saw them in an outdoor festival a few years ago, and they sounded like they had just formed the band out of Rockford – incredibly tight and focused.

    Carlitos, how ’bout those great local power pop rockers from the 80’s called The Shoes? Awesome stuff from that era – and how about a band that I always thought kicked the Smashing Pumpkin’s arses all over the stage but never achieved the fame they deserved, Material Issue?

    Dmac (f7884d)

  12. I did like Material Issue. They had the highest quotient of female-name songs of any band around. I have the first 2 Freddie Jones band albums – North Avenue Wakeup is a classic. Between the Cheap-Trick sound and Poi Dog Pondering, this is a pretty cool music town.

    carlitos (84409d)

  13. I was a big fan of the Shoes.

    Patterico (cc3b34)

  14. Come on, it’s summer in SoCal–time to hit the surf with Los Straitjackets…water’s getting warm.


    PC14 (82e46c)

  15. I’m sitting here with drink in hand, listening to Julie London on the CD player.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  16. Bocelli and Groban on the home system tonight. I need some peace, while Teh One and the Dems continue to wage their War on the US Economy.

    JD (fb1fc9)

  17. I was a big fan of the Shoes.

    Why am not surprised at that revelation? If you ever get a chance to check out Material Issue’s work in the 90’s, give them a spin sometime, you won’t be disappointed (yeah, I know the “spin” reference makes me hopelessly old, but I don’t care anymore when the youths laugh when I use the words “album”).

    Dmac (f7884d)

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