Friday, May 31, 2013

New Tunes For The Weekend

As I watch this year's rock n roll hall of fame ceremony on HBO I'm reminded of what an honour it is to be working in music.  When they pan to the crowd there are many familiar faces of idols along with legendary big shots and stars.  From Tom Petty (one of my all time favourites), Rick Rubin, Dave Grohl, Quincy Jones, Chris Cornell, Run DMC, Chuck D and even Jack Nicholson to name a few.

I visited the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame once while in Cleveland and it was amazing.  It's like a church/museum, in my opinion, as it houses some of the most important artifacts of modern day.  I spent 6 hours in there and it was not even enough time to scratch the surface.

Here's a group that was inducted to the Hall of Fame this year...

Public Enemy - 'Fight The Power'

I'm lucky to be working in such an exciting business.

This is why I feel obligated to pass along music suggestions to my friends daily.  Here are some great new tunes that I recommend you give a spin.

Cassie featuring Rick Ross - 'Numb'

MS MR - 'Hurricane'

Vampire Weekend - 'Diane Young'

Action Bronson feat. Lauriana Mae - 'Compliments to the Chef'

Autoerotique - 'Asphyxiation'

Jake Bugg - 'Taste It'

City and Colour - 'The Hurry and the Harm'

Passenger - 'Let Her Go'

Thanks for reading/listening,


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Phil Collins Rules

For some strange reason I've been listening to a whole lot of Phil Collins recently.  I grew up in the 80s which means I'm more familiar with his solo work than I am with his days in Genesis.

He had some monster his in the 80s and that trend continued through the 90s and early 2000s.  From  epic love songs used in Hollywood blockbusters like  'Against All Odds' to the Disney smash 'Tarzan' where he penned the track 'You'll Be In My Heart'.

My favourite use of Phil's music came in this scene from 'American Psycho' and then in this scene from 'The Hangover'.  Phil Collins' music is timeless.

His song 'You Can't Hurry Love' might well be a cover of one of Motown's finest, The Supremes, but he manages to pull it off and then some.

Phil's a drummer and a singer-songwriter.  A rare combo to say the least - and if you've ever tried doing either you'll appreciate this man's great talents.

Phil's won many awards over the years including Grammys and MTV Awards as part of Genesis, and loads for his solo work like Best Duo, Single of the Year, Best Soundtrack and Best Rock Performance to name a few.  He also played drums on the important 'Do They Know It's Christmas' track as part of the super group Band Aid in 1984.  It's not Christmas in my family until we've heard this song on the radio.

Genesis' video for 'Land Of Confusion' belongs in 'Greatest Music Videos of All Time' - watch it again and I think you'll agree.

I've talked enough - let Phil's body of work speak for itself.  Hopefully you too will re-discover this man's amazing music.  Here are my top 5 favourite songs from Phil.

'Easy Lover'

'Don't Lose My Number'

'Against All Odds'

'In The Air Tonight'


'Groovy Kind Of  Love' *bonus

Thanks for reading/listening,


Friday, May 3, 2013

Coupla Perfect Songs for the Weekend

It's starting to be lighter outside later and the forecast looks awesome for the next few days.  

That means outdoor activities, patios and smiling faces on the street.  It also means great tunes are required to act as the soundtrack.  Here are a few fantastic songs I've been listening of late and think you should give them a try - I promise they are perfect.

Chris Malinchak - 'So Good To Me'

Haerts - 'Wings'

Phoenix - 'Trying To Be Cool'

Daft Punk feat Pharell Williiams - 'Get Lucky'

Major Lazer feat Amber of Dirty Projectors - 'Get Free'
*I don't think that I will ever tire of this track

Noel Johnson - 'Where Would I Go'
You may not be familiar with this last gentleman - but he's one heck of a song writer and just released his latest album entitled 'The Remedy'.  Check it out!  

Have a great weekend.