Category Archives: Listen! It’s Good For You

Anyone Remember this Cardigan Tune?

The Cardigans is pretty good. I underestimate their fluidity and structure pop sound. They stretch the melody and coolness of their music beyond most type of music, but has that underground recording studio sound that gives their sound a natural feel.


What Does Chingy, SWV, and Jaco Pastorius Have In Common?

I was listening to a radio bit on National Public Radio, and I was stunned by the riff I heard.

Hitting me, was a bass riff that was so familiar and so soothing; it came at me as a backup song during the credits of an interview. I listened, not thinking of its importance, for all backup music to endings of radio bits are made up of obscure pieces from other musicians ( or musicians pertaining to the interview/ journalist piece at hand ).

As I comforted myself into the NPR piece, the bass line hit me. It was an exact ( almost exact ) riff of an R&B song that I heard when I was a kid:

But it wasn’t this song at all. The surprise came first with the intuition that the former song took the riff fromĀ a piece that was older:

It is one of those times that you would be upset that you didn’t know a song you liked was semi-covered, but you are comforted somehow with the fact that the riff did exist some time before, and that it was liked by others. It was liked by others who wouldn’t neccesarily be privy to any hip-hop or R&B. Not others who would give any importance to those who used the riff for their albums.

But to hear it, and hear where it was given birth, it gives me a better love for those who “covered” it and felt it was a good enough riff to exchange it in a tengent genre for others to listen. It makes me like the songs that use this riff so much more. It makes me want to find other similar ventures of current and past music; to find musical pieces that have been used in history to create mainstream music.

Let’s be honest: Could you ever think a Chingy song would be derived from a Jaco Pastorius bassline? I don’t think so.

Kitty Daisy & Lewis Review on Late Night W/ Fallon

Very great show.

The band is featured as a duo-lead singing piece ( I am guessing Kitty and Daisy ) anchored by a pianist ( I am guessing Lewis ), a guitarist and bassist.

The two lead women are on stage wearing beautiful ruffle dresses ( strapped, with one green and one blue ), along with Lewis, formally dressed in a nice tuxedo. The whole motif is pretty much a homage to the 50’s swing-like atmosphere, and their musical talent pulled it off.

They played this song for Jimmy Fallon’s audience:

I have heard this song in the past, but was very unfamiliar when they had played it. But the emotion, the vocals, and the affect of the combination of all the acoustic instruments made it worthwhile to listen.

The song was very hard and had a head-bopping appeal, especially considering the only rhythm was created by the initial clapping of the band supplemented with one the of the girls performing on a single snare while singing in tandem with the other.

My only qualm ( and it might be because of my affinity to Burt Bacharach ) might be that towards the end of the song there wasn’t much they did to enhance their combined vocals. They didn’t really get louder, nor did they harmonize any chords with each other. It might have been the way the audio was rendered to television, but it didn’t sound as loud as it should’ve been for three voices to belt out the chorus simultaneously.

But the talent is there, the ferocity is there. Hopefully the fans will follow. I happen to have the unlucky luck to write about them without having a chance to expand upon my knowledge of them live, since they won’t be touring in my area. I will try to check them out though.
Here is their Myspace page:

Flying Lotus & Gas Lamp Killer ( Live Video ).

I heard about these guys before and never looked them up until now. They sound amazing. I guess this guy posted the video so here is the link to his blog:

Flying Lotus Video

Doyle & Debbie : Country Duo With a Hilarious Edge

Doyle & Debbie
Doyle & Debbie: Marriage of Melodic Perfection

I think I am done writing today, but I will leave you with the country parody duo Doyle & Debbie. I had seen them on Conan O’Brien a few months back. I thought these guys were at least getting somewhere in the Flight of the Concords popularity, but they are still pretty much underground.

Watching it I thought it was weird, since they were arguing and he kept talking about her being “his third singer” (since it is a husband/wife duo, I guess you can get the hint from there). Great singing, and it ended up being really funny. Reminds me a lot of Ween’s country album, but its way more wacky.

Screwin’ Other Women is a great song to start off to. Check out their Myspace page here.

FrostBiterz Production: Free Fall Lover

On Frostbiterz Myspace Page, it looks like they produce more music on the hip-hop level ( Its AIIIIIGHHHTT, can’t complain). But the first song I heard from them was Free Fall Lovers on Ourstage.

Beautiful song. It reminds me a lot or Royksopp. I would want to have sex with my girl listening to this song. I wish there was more to it. It leaves you hanging, and I hope they could produce more like this in the future.

They seem like they are pretty geared on the hip-hop edge ( On a Count Bass D level) , but if they ever decide to produce more subtle house movement music, I’ll be trippin’ & hoppin’ to their site again. ( Also, check their Myspace Beat 4 Sale, pretty good for a hip-hop beat)

Listen to Free Fall Lover Here.