Originally I was planning to only update this blog once a week. Yet when I get a spare moment, or if I'm home sick (as is the case today), I will post a few new videos. First up to bat today is...
The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Solider
The Raconteurs debut album hits stores this week. This super-group from Detroit is comprised of the White Stripes' Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jake Lawerence and Patrick Keeler of the Greenhorns. From the few tracks I've heard via some other sites, it sounds like a fairly standard rock album. Although I will withhold my final verdict on the album until I receive my copy in the mail [I recently won a copy from the good people at I (Heart) Music]. Regardless, I am hoping that the album is a success for Benson's sake. Jack White is already huge in the music industry. The Greenhorns are a decent band but I was rather disappointed when I saw them open for The Dirtbombs. In all fairness, any opening act will pale in comparison to the great shows that The Dirtbombs put on. Yet singer-songwriter Brendan Benson is a perfect example of the saying "if it wasn't for bad luck, I would have no luck at all." Brendan has released three critically praised albums (One Mississippi, Lapco, and The Alternative to Love) but commercial success still eludes him. Which is a shame because I think Lapco is an album everyone should have in their collection.
Here is Brendan Benson's "Cold Hand (Warm Heart)" from The Alternative to Love:
As the June 27 release date of his debut album entitled Food & Liquor approaches, Lupe Fiasco is starting to get a lot more press in mainstream media. While many debut singles from rappers fall in to two categories (a party track or a tough street credibility track), yet Lupe did something very peculiar. For his first single he simply focused on the life of a skateboarder. Immediately you get the sense that Lupe's music will offer up something different. I first heard of Lupe when I came across his political charge song "Conflict Diamonds." The song was about the human rights issues surrounding the diamond trade in Sierra Leone. The song was easily better than the one Kanye West released shortly after. So it came as no surprise to see Lupe and Kanye join forces on West's "Touch The Sky" off of Kanye's Late Registration album. Let's hope the whole album is as good as the early reports are making it out to be.
Checkout Lupe Fiasco's first single "Kick Push":
The Roots - Phrenology
The Roots are coming to town in July and I still haven't ordered tickets yet. Considering they are one of the few bands that I love, but haven't seen live, I should have been first in line for tickets. So to motivate myself to get into action I have been pulling out some of their past albums (Do You Want More, Things Fall Apart, Phrenology, etc...). Now lets hope that tickets are still available as Toronto scalpers can be a pain to deal with.
The Roots and Cody Chestnutt joined forces to remake Chestnutt's original ditty "The Seed." Resulting in the much better "The Seed 2.0" off of the Phrenology, album:
Interpol - Antics
Lastly, I am currently compiling a list of songs to put on a mix cd for a friend's birthday. I figured that "Evil" by Interpol would be fitting for the first song off the cd. :) This album came out in 2004 and I am one of the few individuals who thought it was far better than Interpol's debut Turn On The Bright Lights.
Here is Interpol's cool, and oddly creepy, video for "Evil":