Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mix Monday: No Rest For the Wicked

Oh, there ain't no rest for the wicked, money don't grow on trees, I got bills to pay, I got mouths to feed, there ain't nothing in this world for free... (Cage the Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked)

We are just over the halfway point of the year and it has been a fairly solid year musically. In January we had a Superbowl performance from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and a new CD Working On a Dream. In March U2 dropped another fine album with No Line on the Horizon. Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Buddy & Jullie Miller, The Smithereens and Rhett Miller have released albums this year. Also just out is Wilco (The Album) by Wilco (the band). Based upon initial listenings the album is excellent. I'll review Wilco (The Album) soon.

As for today's mix, I've included songs that are on my current playlist. Most of the songs are from 2009, but a few are a year or two old. The mix includes U2 which has been on my playlist all year (or at least since March). Wilco is in there and I expect them to be the rest of the year.

July Mix on IMEEM Summer Playlist

Cage the Elephant, a new band from Bowling Green, KY is on the playlist with Ain't No Rest For The Wicked. A catchy pop tune that sounds like a cross between Beck and Jack White.
Ain't No Rest For The Wicked - Cage the Elephant
Wilco (The Song) is a great lead off song to (of course) Wilco (The Album). An upbeat song with a droning guitar in the background. Wilco will love you baby.
Falling in Love in a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg is a beautiful tune that I admittedly first heard in an AT&T commercial. Landon Pigg is from Nashville, TN.
Use Somebody by Kings of Leon (also from Nashville, TN) is from 2008's Only By the Night. Use Somebody reached number 2 on the UK charts.
Magnificent by U2 is one great song. With it's dance beat and personal lyrics, Bono and the boys were born to sing for us. I have raved about this one in previous blogs Disco Returns and No Line on the Horizon.
Magnificent - U2
Hang Me Up To Dry by the Cold War Kids is from their 2006 debut album Robbers & Cowards. The Cold War Kids are from Fulerton, CA.
Hang Me Up To Dry - Cold War Kids
The '59 Sound by New Jersey's The Gaslight Anthem sounds like Bruce Springsteen meets the Ramones. A great tune.
Rhett Miller is the lead singer for the Texas alt-country band the Old 97's. If you haven't heard them, I suggest Satelite Rides or Too Far To Care. Rhett has made several solid solo albums. My favorite cut from his new CD is Happy Birthday Don't Die. Rhett is a solid song writer who writes great lyrics. The words in this song are very interesting.

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