Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The UnCola Playlist 8-24-10

Nilsson-Jesus Christ You’re Tall
Josh Rouse-Marvin Gaye
Semisonic-Secret Smile
The Fortunes-Storm In A Teacup
Gino Vannelli-The Longer You Wait
Kere Buchanan-Never Be Another Next Time
Was (Not Was)- Knocked Down, Made Small (Treated Like A Rubber Ball)
WestCoast Breeeze: Mackey Feary Band-You’re Young
Seaside Stars-Summer Holiday
Sunrise Highway-Life On Mars
Horn Rock Blast: Myrth-Myrthadrine
Café Jacques-Meaningless
Joe Jackson-One To One
Res-Let Love
Forgotten Top 40: Harriet-Temple Of Love
State Cows-Mystery Jane
Pages-Who’s Right, Who’s Wrong
Mr. Mister-Into My Own Hands
Billy Joel-I’ve Loved These Days
k.d. Lang-Get Some
The UnSung Hero: Brothers Johnson- “Q”
Michael Franks-Eggplant
Los Amigos Invisibles-Groupie
Rhythm Heritage-Do It Again/Cisco Kid Medley
XTC Song of the Week: I Bought Myself A Liarbird
Robbie Williams-Lovelight
Average White Band-This World Has Music

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Artist Spotlight: State Cows

One of my favorite albums of 2010 is from the Swedish duo of Daniel Andersson & Stefan Olofsson otherwise known as State Cows. It's already hailed as WestCoast classic and its only a few months old. Here's some more info about them:

After releasing the album "Days in L.A." to rave reviews in 2008, Daniel Andersson and collaborator Stefan Olofsson decided to embark on a full-fledged, no-compromise Westcoast/AOR project. The project eventually turned into the band STATE COWS and an upcoming album of brand new songs. Smooth guitar lines, half-time shuffles, funky bass lines, slick harmonies, real Fender Rhodes, tight horn sections and some California sunshine ... it's all in there.

Daniel Andersson is a singer/guitarist from Umeå/Sweden. Together with bass player Peter Starefeldt, he released the Westcoast EP "Strange Ways" under the acronym DP. While an exchange student in L.A. he had the chance to meet David Foster and Jay Graydon as well as do some recordings with, among others, Jason Scheff (CHICAGO) and Jimmy Haslip (YELLOWJACKETS). In 2008, he released his solo debut album "Days in L.A." based on his experiences in Hollywood. It was very well received by critics and the listening community.

Stefan Olofsson is a keyboardist/bass player from Umeå/Sweden. He was a session player on "Strange Ways" and "Days in L.A." and released a solo album in 2003 entitled "Story of a Woman" combining elements of jazz, classical, progressive and Swedish folk music. He has worked with, among others, Jay Graydon and Jeff Richman. In STATE COWS he's taking a more active role of songwriting and production. He's also a member of art rock band DYNAMO BLISS, who released critically acclaimed "21st Century Junk" in 2010.

Enjoy a this video for New York Town with legend Jay Graydon on guitar:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The UnCola Playlist 8-17-10

Jamestown Massacre-Summer Sun
Crowded House-Saturday Sun
Private Lives-Living In A World (Turned Upside Down)
Ben Folds Five-Your Redneck Past
Curiosity Killed The Cat-Know What You Know
Dusty Springfield-Nothing Has Been Proved
Marc Jordan-Margarita
Neneh Cherry-Buddy X
Horn Rock Blast: Tower Of Power-What Is Hip?
Jules Shear-Steady
Supertramp-Breakfast In America
The Knack-Africa
Ronnie Dobbs-Y’all Are Brutalizing Me
Atlanta Rhythm Section-Champagne Jam
Sonia Dada-You Don’t Treat Me No Good
Forgotten Top 40: The Rockets-Oh Well
Queen-I’m Going Slightly Mad
WestCoast Breeeze: Patrick Simmons-Why You Giving Up
Bruce Cockburn-If I Had A Rocket Launcher
Mary Russell-Right Or Wrong
Tom Monroe-Turning Japanese
XTC Song Of The Week: I’m The Man Who Murdered Love
DVDA-Now You’re A Man
The Tubes-Sushi Girl
Graham Parker-Local Girls
The Bible-Crystal Palace
Jon Astley-Jane’s Getting Serious
Cat Stevens-Tea For The Tillerman

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Artist Spotlight: Little Dragon

The song, Fortune by Little Dragon has been haunting me lately. It was recently put on The Kids Are All Right soundtrack and can also be found on Little Dragon's Machine Dreams.
Here's what AllMusic has to say about them:

An enticing blend of twee indie pop hooks and crisp electronic beats in the style first perfected by Saint Etienne's Foxbase Alpha, Little Dragon are a showcase for Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano, a mainstay of the European downtempo and lounge scenes. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Nagano first broke through in 2000 and 2001 as the singer on several singles by Swell Session, the project fronted by Swedish DJ and producer Andreas Saag. She later sang lead on the club hits "Summer Sun" and "Bright Nights" for the Swedish electronica duo Koop, as well as Hird's house singles "Keep You Kimi" and "I Love You My Hope," along with several contributions to the acid jazz collective Stateless' 2003 album Art of No State and the stylistically similar Sleepwalker's 2006 album The Voyage. Little Dragon, by way of contrast, are Nagano's own band, featuring keyboardist Hakan Wirenstrand, bassist Fredrik Kallgren Wallin, and drummer Erik Bodin. Bodin is also the percussionist for Swedish alt-folkie José González; in fact, Nagano sings harmony vocals on González's second album, In Our Nature. Little Dragon debuted in 2006 with the "Test" single, on the Scandinavian label Off the Wall. The following year, Little Dragon signed with the larger British indie Peacefrog Records (Nouvelle Vague, etc.) for their self-titled debut album. Machine Dreams, showing flashes of new wave inspiration, followed in 2009.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The UnCola Playlist 8-10-10

The A’s-A Woman’s Got The Power
Jane Child-Welcome To The Real World
Rita Jean Bodine-Sweet Inspiration
Some Like It Odd-Kiss Me
Jamiroquai-Little L
Russ Ballard-Voices
WestCoast Breeeze: Roger Voudouris-She’s Too Cold
Clover-Take Another Look
Deee-Lite-Who Was That?
XTC Song Of the Week: Summer’s Cauldron
10cc-I’m Mandy, Fly Me
Little Dragon-Fortune
Joe Chemay Band-You Saw Me Coming
Forgotten Top 40: Gunhill Road-Back When My Hair Was Short
Scritti Politti-First Boy In This Town (Lovesick)
Lewis Taylor-Send Me An Angel
The Entertainers-Hot On A Thang
John Farrar-Reckless
Tears For Fears-Pale Shelter
Alessi-Oh Lori
Horn Rock Blast: Ambergris-Play On Player
Jean Beauvoir-Feel The Heat
Sweet-Funk It Up (David’s Song)
Dirty Vegas-Candles
Tony Manero's Dance Classic: Jackson Sisters-I Believe In Miracles
Tony! Toni! Tone!-My Ex-Girlfriend

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The UnCola Playlist 8-3-10

Average White Band-Whatcha Gonna Do For Me
Spats-Hot Summer Madness
Rod Kinny-Water To Wine
Dexy’s Midnight Runners-Geno
Gino Vannelli-Santa Rosa
Jellyfish-Watching The Rain
WestCoast Breeeze: Frankie Bleu-Take Your Time
Crackin-Take Me To The Bridge
Jamie Cullum-I’m All Over It
Dag-Sweet Little Lass
Babe Ruth-Since You Went Away
Horn Rock Blast: Ides Of March-Superman
The Pursuit Of Happiness-She’s So Young
Kere Buchanan-Heartbreaker
Byrne & Barnes-Never Gonna Stop Loving You
Forgotten Top 40: Electronic-Getting Away With It
Elvis Costello & the Attractions-The Only Flame In Town
Raphael Saadiq-100 Yard Dash
Charles & Eddie-December 2
Randy Brown-You Say It All
George Michael-Waiting For That Day
Toto-Georgy Porgy
XTC Song of the Week: Knuckle Down
Week End Millionaire-French Music Par Excellance
Erykah Badu-Umm Hmm
Grum-Can’t Shake This Feeling
Tony Manero's Dance Classic: Norma Jean-I Like Love
Sister Sledge-B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Baby)
Chic-You Can’t Do It Alone

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