Monday, December 10, 2007

Best Christmas Song mp3 blog posts of 2007

As we all prepare for our office parties, some of us are thinking about the Xmas-holiday playlist for those miserable couple hours of small talk. Have no fear the Review Stalker is here!
To start out with this list of lists. The Flamming Lips always have the best attitude toward this time of year. If you have seen them live before you know what I mean(there has never been a show of their's where I didn't walk away all fuzzy inside), where they wish it were Christmas all year around. Get their track from the is/yes blog "Christmas at the Zoo and A Change at Christmas (Say it Isn't So)". See them live. buy a record.

Next up: You should visit: Bag of Songs who is posting a track a day until the grand day. I say just do it all at once but here are a few highlights so far. Elvis Presley - "Merry Christmas Baby" day 10,Ryan Adams - "Hey Parker, It's Christmas" Day 9,
and John Lennon's - Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Day 8.

For indie prog rockers check out The Dismemberment Plan - This Christmas. it's not very jingly but Alas a cool track posted on can you see the sunset. If you dig the older rock, posted Redd Kross's - “Super Sunny Christmas”,Ramones - “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight)” and Rufus Wainwright - “Spotlight On Christmas”. If you dig these you are now in the AAA market. (Adult Alternative)

There is a Excellent 2 zip 45 song set here featuring, Yo La Tengo ~ "Rock N Roll Santa", Jamaica All Stars ~ "Here Comes Santa Claus", Neko Case ~ "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis" and Mogwai ~ "Christmas Song" and a whole vatte full of other nuggets. Finally to add to your holiday misery office party
dig these highlights: john denver - please daddy (don't get drunk this christmas), the staple singers - who took the merry out of christmas?
or steve martin - five wishes on christmas . go to site and down the leather canary xmas mix


Friday, December 07, 2007

Review: Joe Strummer The Future is Unwritten by Julian Temple

It is very easy to put Joe Strummer up there in the top 10 most influential list of Rock History. Julian Temple's movie The Future is Unwritten, really captures Strummer's enigma and beginings from a hippy squater, to his punk, to world traveler. The one thing that lasted, besides the band is his Punk Icon status up there with the like of Che, the Man in Black, Elvis, John Lennon and dare i say Bono. Temple uses a campfire for all the people in his past to talk about him and people he influenced or knew (Flea, Johnny Depp), which was one of Strummer's things near the end of his life where he was inspired to put the Mescaleros together and perform. Bono's sentiment said it best "...there is no reason why The Clash are still not a band today, they were victims of some classic mistakes", he and the Edge obviously learned. One of the reasons I love The Clash still today was completely illustrated in the movie in the way they completely embraced all kinds of music(disco, Rega, Rap, etc) and also how relevant his words are still today even with their mega hit that put them on the global map and ironically destroyed them in the end.

Rock the Casbah
Now the king told the boogie men

You have to let that raga drop

The oil down the desert way

Has been shakin to the top

The sheik he drove his cadillac

He went a cruisnin down the ville

The muezzin was a standing

On the radiator grille

The shareef dont like it

Rockin the casbah

Rock the casbah

The shareef dont like it

Rockin the casbah

Rock the casbah

By order of the prophet

We ban that boogie soundv
Degenerate the faithful

With that crazy casbah sound

But the bedouin they brought out

The electric camel drum

The local guitar picker

Got his guitar picking thumb

As soon as the shareef

Had cleared the square

They began to wail