My Valentine’s Mixed Bag Playlist…Ramble

What would Valentine’s Day week be without a reflection on one’s love life? Several of mine include George Michael and pop music. Let’s have at it!

1. George Michael & Queen “Somebody To Love” pleads ‘Find Me Somebody to Love’ over and over in a musical outpouring of emotion.

2. Glass Tiger featuring fellow Canook, Bryan Adams “Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone” seriously you do take my breath away with that badass 80’s styling:

3. Bryan Adams “Please Forgive Me” – yes Mr. Adams forgive you for rescheduling our interview about 16 times in 3 days. By the time he showed up I was only given 10 minutes which is the worst way to ever go through interviewing someone who’s sold 20 million albums…which you own…on vinyl.

He picked this background. My friends photoshopped wedding outfits on us.

4. Crowded House “Weather With You” every where you go you always take the weather with you …and hopefully that isn’t a maelstorm. Take a summery look at live in this one:

5. Dead or Alive “Brand New Lover” – seriously, we all like a bad boy/girl. Course, as I get older what I really need to do is find a brand new lover or at least one with a sense of humor and a steady paycheck. LOL!

6. Lady Gaga “Love Game” – tired of games? Gaga gets right to the point. And no, she doesn’t want to be friends. Sexy Cupid squeezed her ass and she is going to run with that.

7. Kylie Minogue “Red Blooded Woman” indeed I am. Meow! How can you have a pop love list without le petite Minogue?

8. Natasha Bedingfield “Single” I’m not waiting around for a man to save me but go ahead make a move…or don’t. Course, the blonde bombshell did get hitched last year “I’m not saying I wouldn’t want to fall in love..”

9. Madonna “Cherish” even though Warner’s doesn’t let a girl embed, just hearing the title of this song makes me smile thinking of Madge asking cupid to take his aim at her.

10. Beyonce “Single Ladies” put your hands up

11. Justin Timberlake “Lovestoned” one of my favorite lovesongs. I know, “she’s freaky and she knows it” is the first line but I love to dance to JT & this one is so much fun. The breakdown is sweet. And did I mention I got to premiere this video on Yahoo! JT even recorded a special intro for us. Thanks JT!

12. Coldplay “Lost” hey these are trying times and I can’t get through them without Coldplay.

13.  Arctic Monkeys “Mardy Bum” who hasn’t been there? Why can’t love be easy? Getting into fights over the dumbest crap. Ah no one captures the stupidity of young love like Arctic Monkeys:

14. Snow Patrol “Just Say Yes” to the amazing feeling of wonderment when you hear this one, embrace someone with open arms.

15. Speaking of Snow… Elton John “Nikita” – is it cold where you are? Yes my dear Elton it is. Of course, I also love the fact that George Michael sings background vocals on this one.

15. The Beatles “All You Need is Love” (and water, and a shovel at the moment, still this is just one of the best songs ever and made the movie ‘Love Actually’ so special.)

16. Bjork “It’s Oh So Quiet” hits like a thunderbolt of love. The interesting use of this song on ‘Flash Forward’ plunged the world into chaos in just four minutes. Zing boom indeed!

17. Tori Amos “A Sorta Fairytale” live and beautiful as always the Ginger Goddess delivers.

18. Janet Jackson “Love Will Never Do Without You” and really, I mean that, Eric Bana I do.

19. Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” or do without crazy lip liner & hair extentions. How could it take me this long to add a duet?

20. Gwyneth Paltrow & Huey Lewis “Crusin'” — it went to No.1 in Australia. Woot.

21. Vanessa Amorosi “Absolutely Everybody” in the whole wide world needs love, that includes you kid!

22. INXS “Never Tear Us Apart” oh Michael you are beyond us now, but remain just as sexy as ever in this lovely live version.

23. Howard Jones “I’d Like To Get To Know You Well” and who wouldn’t that line work on?


Rocktober Finds…Ramble

There are random tunes out there that I’m digging. These are them!

Said The Whale: Goodnight Moon is pure rock strumming happy indie pop. To deny is to deny the very essential need to bop and clap. Like it? Check out the video for ‘Camilo (The Magician)’ wishing I was in Canada for their next gig.

Calvin Harris: Flashback Eric Pryz Remix He had me at ‘I like them Asian girls’ and he’s also, really tall and once leaned over me. Dance, trance, mix it up, rock it out. This is like a flashback to late night club scenes.

Arctic Monkeys: Old Yellow Bricks (Cryptonites Tease The Monkey Remix) a fun mash-up that will have you scratching your whackness. Of course: I am wearing out  Humbug (Album) – it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. I’m loving how moody Arctic Monkeys are transporting me to my high school days, kicking leaves on the way to school, always accompanied by my Walkman (remember those?!)

Liam Finn & Eliza Jane: On Your Side: from their EP “Champagne In Seashells” this duet features the vocal stylings of Eliza Jane most prominently and it’s become my favorite track (that changes every week!) on the album for the last two weeks in a row.  I cannot wait to see them live in November at The Bell House. A tour priced so nice it can’t miss, neither does this quirky duet. (note this quality isn’t amazing on this one)

Florence & The Machine: You’ve Got The Love (Jamie XX remix) well, I know, a lot of hipsters are like Flo vs. La Roux. Then there’s the ever loved Annie, who has a new single out that’s decent too, but I love the strumming, wind down, beat and feel of this one the most.

Civil Twilight: Soldier unlike Athlete’s new video for Superhuman Touch, the upbeat feel of this tune plus shots of converse, black of course, hightops and the earnest looks minus entirely depressing footage, makes this one my final random rocktober pick.

Arctic Monkeys Live Ramble

Get on your dancing shoes you dirty little swine because Arctic Monkeys are on tour in support of their 3rd album ‘Humbug’ or as Alex said at the Highline Ballroom on Monday ‘umbug’, that’s with a ‘Heych.’ I’m not posting/embedding/linking to the first video “Crying Lightening” since websheriff said boo! and killed my blog until I deleted it. Um, people it was on the interweb with embed code…..c’est la vie, the timing was fabulous being show day. The Domino folks found this proof web sheriff was working & somewhat hilarious since it was the video and not the links to the leaked tracks.

The video made me think of the scene in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting’, when Will analyzes the painting of his psychologist, who proceeds to get ‘Southie’ and go for a stronghold on Will’s jugular.

Looking around at that crowd of males, English, British, and French??? it probably does seem unlikely that I’m a huge fan. Arctic Monkeys

As soon as I took a listen my Arctic Monkey love was instant and over the top as their first album ‘Whatever People Say I Am…I’m Not.’ The driving rhymes and clever lyrics reminded me of many nights spent in the pubs of Australia. It’s one of those albums that is a pure shot of adrenalin and I used to blast in my chili red MINI convertible with the top down taking all my favorite shortcuts to work in LA. I miss that ride *love my powder white MINI hardtop!

‘Mardy Bum’ in particular always makes me think of a certain Liverpudlian friend and just makes me smile about the awkwardness of relationships. It did shock me they didn’t play that particular tune. They’ve come a long way playing the entire album/set in 45 minutes, and we are lucky for that!

I’d be remiss if I failed to mention the sideshow of P. Diddy, who the fellas visited in his Miami home.

Well Diddy and posse were freaking out, putting on a sideshow, our crew pondered:
1) how does one apply to be a member of the Diddy concert posse?
2) does Diddy ask people the week before a show who wants to go and makes sure to prep them?
3) did Diddy really think it was okay to emulate Alex Turner by taking off his t-shirt to also reveal a wife beater?

My love of Arctic Monkeys has never extended to finding myself wanting to snog any of them, especially after meeting the pasty Englishman of slender build a few years ago. However…..I have to admit there was a cougar moment as a result of Alex stripping down to his navy tank, his awkwardness of not having ‘sleeves’ and his lovely long mop of hair. Thus stated ‘I’m having a cougar moment’ to my party, the chords of ‘Florescent Adolescent‘ quickly followed aka their recount of a cougar’s racy past gone by. Insert snort laughter by myself and their product manager. Yeah, I’m not afraid to point out my inane behaviour!

If you missed the web transmission, you can watch “Red Right Hand” and “Potion Approaching” on their official site.
Red Arctic Monkeys

The new material was still driving yet darker and moodier= Arctic Monkeys prove the 3rd time’s a charm. They’ve never let me down live or recorded. Now it’s time to turn off shark week and relive a bit of Arctic Monkey magic because this house is a circus, berserk as f*ck but can’t think why…okay I know why, I hope I don’t go mental waiting to collect my pre-order of ‘Humbug.’ Now websheriff be gone!