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April 2005

Audioslave - Be Yourself
Jeff Buckley - Nightmares by the Sea
Caesars - Jerk It Out
Cave In - Day Trader
Doves - Some Cities
Dunproofin - Casbah Wonder (The Clash vs Stevie Wonder) [Download]
FaultSide - Let Keane In (Keane vs Paul McCartney) [Download]
Feist - One Evening
Foo Fighters - Walking a Line
Green Day - Holiday
Kasabian - Club Foot [Download]
Manic Street Preachers - Die in the Summertime (US Mix)
Manic Street Preachers - Judge Y'rself
Muse - New Born (Live)
Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds
Cliff Richard - We Don't Talk Anymore
Talk Talk - Such a Shame
Voicedude - Papa Was in the Rolling Stones (Stones vs Temptations) [Download]
Weezer - Beverly Hills

A few radio singles here. Can't say much, except that I may pull "Beverly Hills" off the list. First time I heard it, I thought it sucked. The next time, I liked it. Then I thought it sucked again. I still can't figure it out.

The first time I heard Jeff Buckley's Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk a few years ago, "Nightmares by the Sea" struck me as just another "Come As You Are" rip. (Which, in itself, is a rip of the Killing Joke's "Eighties".) Hearing it again for the first time recently, my reaction was significantly different, and I'm actually quite fond of it.

Yeah, that iTunes commercial. It still amazes me how I can get suckered by a song in a commercial. Oddly enough, it turns out that "Jerk It Out" is from 2002. Who says new songs have to be new?

My finally coming into possession of a DVD player (via my new computer) means finally getting to enjoy bonus tracks included on the DVDs included in the "limited edition" packages of CDs I've purchased in recent years. Cave In's "Day Trader" was included (albeit, for some reason, in mono) on their 2003 release Antenna, while "Walking the Line" was included on the Foo Fighters' 2002 release One by One. (I think I like "Walking the Line" better than the Foos' new single, "Best of You".)

A whole bunch of Motown-era vocal tracks came available recently, and a number of nice mashes came out of them. Dunproofin' (Clash vs Stevie Wonder) and Voicedude (Rolling Stones vs The Temptations) contributed two of the really great ones.

Feist's "One Evening" was a recent iTunes free download. I'd read several positive reviews of her album prior to its recent US release, and this song is nice enough.

Seems like Interscope is pumping out the Green Day singles right and left. Most record companies aren't so daring - though, in this case, they may realize that they really have nothing to lose.

I was watching a recent episode of Alias and noticed this one song that sounded pretty cool. Checked out ABC's Alias site and discovered that it was "Club Foot" by Kasabian. Not long after, I started hearing it on the radio. You know, the really nice thing about the current indie rock resurgence is that many of the tracks are available as free (and legal) downloads. As of me typing this, "Club Foot" is still available via Insound.

Still digging the US Mix of the Manics' Holy Bible. When I first heard "Die in the Summertime", it struck me as one of a few tracks that really sound like 1994. At first, it was a turn-off. But I found myself loving it that much more, possible because it reminded of that period - which was a time of music I rather enjoyed. "Judge Y'rself" was included on the DVD in the set, and is a pretty decent b-side.

I saw Muse again this month. "New Born" stuck with me again, so here it is from the Glastonbury set.

Let's see if I can push the limits of "anything goes". For a couple of years now, every now and again, that Cliff Richard tune would pop into my head for no apparent reason. Except I had no idea until relatively recently who or what the song was. I think it was some kind of wacky flashback to my early youth.

I'm still tinkering with the Talk Talk greatest hits. I'm surprised it took me this long to get into their stuff, granted how much I liked Hollis' voice back in the days of hearing "It's My Life" on the radio.






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