Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Antennas Up


It's been a while since I talked about some new stuff. Something I've been listening to a lot lately is a band from Kansas City, Kansas called Antennas Up. They released their self titled debut album in April of this year. One description of their music that I've ran across is, "If the Gorillaz remixed an old Stevie Wonder record." Not a bad description. One song on the album reminded be of old Barenaked Ladies, but otherwise I couldn't really compare them to anyone else. Let's say there's a touch of 70's mixed with a dash of contemporary electronic sampling and rounded out with some good ole pop/rock. What really makes them great is that they are self proclaimed nerds that rock. Especially bassist Kyle Akers who has boasted that he recently got the entire Star Trek Next Generation Boxed set from Japan that has like 49 discs in it. Well that's what I read in an interview somewhere. With this album dancing is compulsory and guys are encouraged to use it as party music to seduce the ever-so-elusive and sophisticated race of females. If those aren't good enough reasons to grab the disc, remember that it is also reportedly a ticket to a spaceship. I dig it's groovy licks and it may be a candidate for the top ten come December, so consider that the homercat seal of approval.

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PSA
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Friday, August 21, 2009

A Blazing Grace

Just like I had predicted it has been a hectic and busy month for the homercat. I find myself with a few spare moments today even though I thought I would be out the whole month. Homercat loves his music and that's what he does here. I try to stick solely to music on this site but I'm more and more tempted to do some ranting that has nothing to do with music, as there are many things weighing on my mind. Most of which has to do with the sheer stupidity of the common man. If I do start ranting in the future I'll try to tie the rant in with the music. I do have one thing to say that is music related about a news headline I read today. "The date of the funeral for pop legend Michael Jackson has been changed to September 3, the singer's spokesman said Friday." WTF people, it's been two months, put the dude in the ground already. I really could go on and on but it's time to talk about...

Jason and the Scorchers' 1995 comeback album, A BLAZING GRACE, doesn't sound like it was made by four guys that had just returned from a 5-year hiatus (Jason had kept a little busy by releasing a solo country album, ONE FOOT IN THE HONKY TONK.) As the title suggests, it's a blazing roots-rock fest, with stops along the way to deliver two lovely ballads and in keeping with band tradition, two choice covers: George Jones' "Why Baby Why" and a moonshine-as-rocket-fuel version of "Take Me Home, Country Roads." On my last jason post someone kindly left a comment about that particular song and how it rocked. Before you play "a blazing Grace" in the car, it would be a wise move to check for cops. The album-opening "Cry by Night Operator" practically demands to be pumped at a level beyond decibel restrictions. By the time you reach the thrashing of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" – an unlikely but inspired match – you'll find yourself driving at least 30 mph faster. As i said before there are rumours of an upcoming new Jason and the Scorchers album and the official Scorchers site says it will be up and running in October 2009 and at the bottom it says The New Album Halcyon Times coming in 2010. That my friends is indeed good news.

Cry by Night Operator
Take Me Home, Country Roads
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Sunday, August 09, 2009

Stunt


Stunt is the fifth full-length album and fourth studio album by the Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. By far their most successful album, it entered the US charts at #3 and sold over 4 million units by the end of its chart run. The Ladies were already big in Canada but this is the album that shot them over the top in the US. Its first single, "One Week", became (and remains) the band's biggest hit, hitting #1 in the US. As with each of their early albums, the band recorded one song, "Alcohol", completely naked. Never before had the band been able to pull off so many different styles, from jangly pop and alt-country to loungy bossa nova, and they did it so damn well. What I love the most about these guys are their amazing harmonies. Simply oustanding. In December 2008, former Beatle Paul McCartney was asked by a session musician which bands he enjoys in the current music scene. His response was the Ladies: "Their harmonies are right on. They could out sing us any day of the week. I don’t think John and myself ever had the sort of range they do." McCartney added that he wouldn't mind recording with the band in the future. It will be interesting to see if their harmonies will suffer as the result of Stephen Page leaving the band, as he was an integral part of that. We shall see soon hopefully. A quick note to fans of Good Rockin', homercat has an extremely busy month of August culminating with his trip to see AC/DC on the 29th and a well deserved vacation break. This coming week I will not have any free time at all so I hopes you all will hang tough in my absence. Now let's get Barenaked eh.

Alcohol
Call and Answer
It's All Been Done
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Friday, August 07, 2009

Off the Deep End


Off the Deep End is the seventh album by "Weird Al" Yankovic, released in 1992. This is also Al's first self-produced album, after six albums with Rick Derringer at the helm. Smells Like Nirvana was the first single off of what was Yankovic's first album in three years. The song, which pokes fun at the original version's incoherent lyrics, was a smash hit, and not undeserving either, it reveals the kind of brilliant writing Yankovic is capable of doing. In addition to re-establishing his satirical craftsmanship, Deep End showcases some of Yankovic's best originals ever; "Trigger Happy," "When I Was Your Age," and "You Don't Love Me Anymore" prove to be the album's highlights. Up to this point the album became Yankovic's best selling album. The albums first single, "Smells Like Nirvana" was a hit on the Billboard Hot 100, charting at number 35. It also charted on Hot 100 Singles Sales (at number 12) and the U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (at number 35). Both the album and hit single helped to re-energize Yankovic's career. Al's previous album was the soundtrack to his cult film UHF. While homercat thought it was brilliant, it almost took All off the radar. While most novelty and comedy artists are one-hit wonders, Yankovic's continued success has enabled him to escape the stigma often associated with novelty music. While most novelty artists are one-hit wonders, Yankovic's continued success. In fact the top 10 single "White & Nerdy" and album Straight Outta Lynwood from 2006 was to become Al's first top Ten album coming in the 30th year of his career. Al's sheer brilliance has enabled him to escape the stigma often associated with novelty music. What some people might not realize is that often his best work is the original music he writes and not the parodies as in the case with today's tunes.

Trigger Happy
You Don't Love Me Anymore
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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Frenzy

FrenzyUs older folks remember the crazy antics of Mojo Nixon from the early days of MTV when they used to play music videos. I discovered Mojo before he started showing up on MTV and loved his stuff. Basic rock with Mojo's guitar and Skid's washboard Percussion. Highlights from this album include Stuffin Martha's Muffin (about VJ Martha Quinn), Jesus at McDonald's, a cover of Alice Cooper's Be My Lover. This is out of print and if you manage to find a copy, prices start from $60 and go up from there. It's a sloppy, drunken mess, and I mean that as a compliment. This is an album that is laugh-out-loud funny, raw, poetic, slightly deranged and totally rockin'! Mojo & Skid will keep you entertained and happy from the first note to the last. One thing to keep in mind though, this is real, raw music. Mostly just guitar and washboard and a lot of times it sounds like Mojo is making up the lyrics on the spot. This all just makes it better in my opinion. What is really great about this album is the feisty social commentary on some of the songs. Rock n' Roll will never be dead as long as the spirit of Mojo is around. Homercat will be taking his bad self a short break for a week or so. Maybe. So give these mojo tunes a ride and see you sometime next week.


Stuffin' Martha's Muffin
The Amazing Bigfoot Diet
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