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Thursday, June 29, 2006

guys who sing sweetly... so sweetly (paolo nutini, mike rosenberg band, jim noir, alexi murdoch)

i don't know if trends come in waves or not, but it seems like there are a slew of male artists coming out over the next month with some considerable buzz. luckily they are all talented and worth mentioning. here are the men with the sweetest voices collected just for you.

Get this video and more at
paolo nutini - last request

VIDEO: mike rosenberg band - stray dog (live)
mike rosenberg band - things you've never done

jim noir - eanie meany

VIDEO: alexi murdoch - live on kcrw
alexi murdoch - song for you

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

final fantasy

thank goodness he dropped the costumes for proper attire. oh the wacky canucks!

friends of wongie have heard me go crazy for two musical acts this season; beirut (see below) and final fantasy.

the combined talent that these two young geniuses have made me wish that i should have taken all those piano lessons a bit more seriously when i was a kid.

final fantasy was born when music student, owen pallett, was invited to perform at an influential toronto music showcase where acts like peaches and broken social scene first got their start. combining his classical music training with his love of indie, final fantasy quickly became a local darling with invites to perform with arcade fire, jim guthrie band and the hidden cameras.

last month, final fantasy released his amazing 2nd album called 'he poos clouds' which continues his audacious presentation in both name and performance (probably one of the reasons why i love him so).

i was lucky enough to check out owen at a gig last month and what progressed was easily one of the most mesmirizing performances i've seen in awhile. just solo, he managed to create the orchestral feel of the album with a loop machine and serious multi tasking skills. if you ever get the chance, you gotta go see it to believe it.

final fantasy - this is the dream of win and regine
final fantasy - many lives -> 49mp
final fantasy - arctic circle

while you're here, check out a gig that final fantasy did last year (when he had silly hair) via the awesome blog you ain't no picasso
say say say

also this performance of bloc party's this modern love

and a sweet cover of mariah carey's fantasy with ed from grizzly bear

Friday, June 23, 2006

r&b chick vids - just a video collection of some of my fave tunes now

cassie - me & u
for those us who do remember janet doing this as 'the pleasure principal' then you could say flattery is the best compliment. unfortunately she's not as good of a dancer or singer. the good news is that she's super cute and well... she's friggin cute!

letoya - torn
if this girl looks familiar it's because letoya used to be part of the initial lineup of destinys child (before she was ousted). but looks like she's over all that and is under the watchful eye of jermaine (i saved mariah carey's career) dupri. and to think no one thought the 'other' girls could sing a note...

cheri dennis - i love you
cleveland soul/r&b is in the house. just like this song really. no other reason.

cherish - do it do it
apparently it does take four sisters (biological and not in that 'sistas' way) to sing a song these days

Thursday, June 22, 2006


*zach condon is only 19 years old
*zach condon is the band leader of the band beirut
*beirut have been the blog darlings since the beginning of this summer which is where i discovered them
*beirut's music is inspired by balkan gypsy troupes but filtered with zach's sweeping tenor vocals and a backup band that are all genius multi-instrumentalists
*i've seen beirut perform twice in the past two weeks and it's sickening how much i have a crush on a 19 year old kid

here are my favorite songs from his current album gulag orkestar

beirut - postcards from italy
beirut - mount wroclai (idle days)

here are two more songs that beirut performed at soundfix last weekend
beirut - shiki shiki baba (live) [this is apparently one of the songs that inspired his love of balkan okestar music. the vibe is awesome!]
beirut - new song (live) [this is one of my favorite new tunes of his. it's love-r-ly!]

and if you wanna see what beirut look like live, check out two videos from the gig that i was at last night at northsix

beirut - postcards from italy (live at northsix)
beirut - unknown song (live at northsix)
[the camera work is horrendous, but this song was written last week and is absolutely beautiful! just click on the link and listen to the song without watching the video]

finally, if you want a really nice profile of the band, check out this one from the village voice

Saturday, June 17, 2006

madonna - get together video

i know, it's been AGES since i posted something here
but i promise a barrage of stuff next week now that my life is finally getting into a semblance of normalcy. but until then, here is the latest video of good ol madge. using footage of her concert at 'koko' last year, the design team of logan have done a great job of making the video gorgeous!