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Saturday, March 01, 2008

In Like a Lion - Songs of the Week

Songs of the Week: 5 Enlightening Tracks

I do this about once every week or two... I share songs that make life just a little more endurable... I have been completely under the weather - with the flu for the last three days. Just when I thought I was pulling out of it, the flu "morphed" into one of the nastiest head colds I have ever suffered through. Still, with songs like this... there's still a lot to be grateful for. This series celebrates the songs that helped bring a little light into my life this week.

Songs of the Week



About: Pearl Jam live on April 6th in Atlanta. Recorded live off the radio in April 2004. This is one of the band's most famous and most important recordings. Exceptional sound quality due to the fact this show was sponsored for a free radio broadcast. The show was Pearl Jam at its popular peak - and it marked the end of the Seattle grunge era. After the show during the press interview, the band implores the missing Kurt Cobain to return home. The Nirvana frontman was found dead the next day.

Despite the dark history I just shared with you - this is a brilliant song about aspiring for better when you're feeling low. It's not my favorite Pearl Jam song but certainly the best version of this track I have in my collection. A special extra treat - at the end of the track, Mr Vedder addresses the crowd and introduces the band... A rare treat! I selected this track, because - ultimately, I'm trying to feel better.


It is rumored that Canadian Super Group Swan Lake is planning a new album. If that's true, I couldn't be happier! The trio of Daniel Bejar, Spencer Krug, Carey Mercer produced one of the most hypnotic, soul-stirring melancholy albums ever (and certainly one of the best of 2006) in "Beast Moans".

Get lost in one of my favorite songs in "The Freedom." Now listen to it again. At this point we are really friends.


The world lost a great drummer last week. Buddy Miles, the drummer in Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys and a successful musician in his own right, passed away in his Austin home due to a pre-existing heart condition. Miles, who was 60, brought an important element to Hendrix's songs with his brisk, upbeat yet minimalist style.

I selected to share "Wait Until Tomorrow" simply because it's a beautiful song and that it really captured how the spirit of how I'm feeling.


For no good reason: The Brit-Pop sound of KOD was a purely serendipitous pick. I was scanning the music collection in my laptop and it landed up on this group. In my musical mind, Kitchens of Distinction are the dotted evolutionary link between past bands like Echo and the Bunnymen (amazing) and the Editors (today's supremely good indie rock).

Want to know more about Kitchens of Distinction? Check: KOD on the Braggin Billy blog.


The Breeders are back! A four-month long tour beginning this month will put this important alternative rock band before a whole new generation. Audiences across the US and in Europe will get to hear this band rock this year.

Check the band's myspace for all the tour dates. Here's the link to the RSL Record Breaker write-up: "Last Splash" (highly recommended).


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