June 29, 2007

Summer of Groovy Tunes

My apologies for the lack of posts recently - it's been a busy time traveling for work. Things are starting to calm down, fortunately.

It may be a busy summer, but nothing makes summer more bearable than some great music! And I've been hearing a lot lately. Here are a few recommendations for you to check out.

Erasure - Yeah, OK, so they've been around for decades. But we had the chance to rediscover how great they are at a recent True Colors concert. The whole show was fun (well, except for Deborah Harry), but Erasure turned the amphitheater into a party palace! I can't wait to see them in concert again soon. What songs should you listen to? Pick one! A good place to start is the classic album, The Innocents.

The Gossip - The opener for the True Colors show was this group that I hadn't heard before. Turns out they are great fun with killer beats and a hard-edged sound. Their latest album is called Standing in the Way of Control. My favorite cuts are the title track, and "Listen Up!"

Once - I mentioned it in my previous post, but the soundtrack for this movie is a winner.

Rihanna - I've been a fan of her singles for awhile, and this chanteuse from Barbados keeps coming out with a hit for summer each year. Past favorites have been "SOS" and "Pon de Replay," but this summer it's all about "Umbrella." (And check out the video - gotta give a girl props for dancing en pointe.)

Mika - ScottE had been looking at this guy for awhile, but it's thanks to our friend in Wisconsin that we got the album. And it's definitely good. He's a mix of Jake Shears, Freddie Mercury and Robbie Williams. For fun you can groove to "Love Today" and for more spiritual moments you can sing along with "Happy Ending."

3 comments:

ScottE. said...

FUN FUN FUN.

With Erasure, Joyous gave us some of their newest songs and I must praise I COULD FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU. Love that song. But the three songs that were shared are awesome. They are from the newest album.

The Gossip rock. I think they classified this album, Standing in the Way of Control as punk rock soul. I love it!

Hey Mika, What's the big idea?!! I love this album, so much fun! Especially LOVE TODAY and BIG GIRLS! RELAX is a great homage to the 80's!

joyous said...

I am so happy to have shared the wonderousness that is Erasure and to have some new converts. They keep getting better as they age. My favorite album is still Nightbird.

And I can't stop listening to Mika. He's so fun. I wish we had gone to see him at the 9.30.

Stef said...

A new Freddie Mercury / Robbie Williams type? Okay, guess I'm gonna have to download some Mika! And some new Erasure, too, though I have THE INNOCENTS on my iPod already thank to Joyous. She's an Erasure Evangelist! :-)