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Friday, May 12, 2006

TMBG records NSA ringtone!

Oh my! How is this for fast!!!

The brilliant John Flansburgh and John Linnell of They Might Be Giants have recorded and posted 3 ring tones with a connection to phone calls -- and more importantly -- the NSA wiretapping scandal. My hunch is that these were written before the recent USA Today story that George Bush and his minions have been "data mining and trolling" (his words) through every phone call made since around September 11 by customers of AT&T, Verizon, Cingular, etc.

Listen to this great TMBG ringtone:
Call Connected Thru The NSA

Buy the rest here:
TMBG ringtones

Sunday, May 07, 2006

RIP Grant McLennan

This news just broke at Billboard: Go-Betweens' Grant McLennan has died at 48. All Music Guide called the Go-Betweens "arguably Australia's greatest pop group ever."

AMG also described them thusly:
The Go-Betweens were perhaps the quintessential cult band of the '80s: they came from an exotic locale (Brisbane, Australia), moved to a major recording center (in their case, London) in a sustained bid to make a career out of music, released album after album of music seemingly tailor-made for the radio in spite of their having little use for contemporary Top 40 musical/lyrical formulas, and earned considerable critical praise and a small but fervent international fan base.

Listen to these great Go-Betweens tracks:
Go-Betweens: Streets of Your Town
Go-Betweens: Quiet Heart
Ivy's Go-Betweens cover: Streets of Your Town

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Corinne Bailey Rae does The Editors

I predict sucess for Corinne Bailey Rae . She sounds like a cross between Norah Jones and Billie Holiday. She's a little funky, a little smooth. So check out one of her best album tracks and also her amazing cover of the Editors (from a BBC radio performance).

Listen to these great Corinne Bailey Rae tracks:
CBR covers the Editors' Munich
CBR's original Breathless