January 05, 2007

Tune in

Where have I been for so long? It's been a month! Well, with the end of the fall TV season, a busy schedule followed by holiday vacation and travel...I just haven't been doing much exciting in the world of entertainment. But now I'm back and ready to get back into the swing of things leading up to the winter TV season, and of course Oscar time!

For a little warm-up, I thought I'd share some recent iTunes purchases. I don't buy songs there all that often, but I received a lovely gift for Christmas, so I went crazy. I even bought an ALBUM! Which was a little bizarre.

First let me share with you a little ditty I heard in a Chicago music store - it's a blues song by Fruteland Jackson. Imagine an old-time beat-driven blues song lamenting all your problems. And updating the lyrics to reflect 2007. That's it! It's the blues about traffic, too many emails and workin' 9 to 5. And the title? "Blues 2.0" - how perfect is that?

Image courtesy of Big Hassle

As for the album, I decided to try out the much-lauded Panic! At the Disco. It's really unlike anything I have in my music library. It's full of passionate driving music that really feels like it's pushing you to (or perhaps away from) something. The beat can only be described as relentless. And the lyrics are very witty. To sum up the sound, I'd call it Depeche Mode singing the soundtrack of Rent as produced by No Doubt.

Coming up - some great DVDs I got as gifts this year. And of course my review of the Christmas miracle known as Dreamgirls!


ScottE. said...

Christmas Miracle!!!!

While we were in Chicago, we were at the Virgin Megastore looking at discounted DVD's and CD's. This song was playing and I swore it was a remixed/updated version of Be My Husband by Nina Simone. Curious.

Panic?! I'll have to listen to the full album, I've only heard snippets and don't have a favorable opinion.

Stef said...

I have "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" from Panic! on my Nano, and I love it! I plan to download more of their tracks eventually - any recommendations?

Dancer in DC said...

Why yes actually, I can.

My favorite is "Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks." Also fun is the final song, "Build God, Then We'll Talk" - assuming you can handle his inflection of the word "caricature." (Which kind of bugs me.)