I am all about LA these days. I read a less then rave review of It's Not Me, It's You today and I couldn't disagree more. It inspired me to do my own track by track breakdown of the album, so prepare for it's unleashing tomorrow. But chew on these acoustic gems for nowsies. Elaboration to follow, but my personal favorite is "He Wasn't There."
Ooooh... That's the monosyllabic mush my vocabulary turns into when I hear myself a fun cover song. Bloc Party does just that with this live lounge version of UK's neo-Spice Girls' (Girls Aloud) hit song. White Lies is probably on here just so I can have another excuse to talk about 'em. And First Aid Kit drives it home with a phenomenal cover of one of last year's indie favorites. The vocals are melodic, but just offputting enough to echo the folksy, raw feel of the original. So quality it'll make you forget it's not one of their own.
... Or just a few Timid Tiger (s). The self-titled "electro hip-hop" quintet is making waves among the music community thanks to grand exposure and promotion by Pretty Much Amazing's fabulous webmaster, Luis. Though the guys hail from Cologne, they seem to be one import we just can't get enough of. Look out 2009, here comes Timid Tiger! If the remix below doesn't make you excited for their new LP (released again, with the help of Luis) then you might need medical attention. By the way, how badass are these outfits they're wearing? I can't decide if they're headed to a pow-wow or just out to play lazer tag, maybe a little of both.
Her hair is Harlowe gold Her lips a sweet surprise Her hands are never cold She's got Bette Davis eyes She'll turn her music on you You won't have to think twice She's pure as New York snow She got Bette Davis eyes
And she'll tease you She'll unease you All the better just to please you She's precocious and she knows just What it takes to make a pro blush She got Greta Garbo stand off sighs She's got Bette Davis eyes
She'll let you take her home It wets her appetite She'll lay you on her throne She got Bette Davis eyes She'll take a tumble on you Roll you like you were dice Until you come out blue She's got Bette Davis eyes
She'll expose you, when she snows you Off your feet with the crumbs she throws you She's ferocious and she knows just What it takes to make a pro blush All the boys think she's a spy She's got Bette Davis eyes
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