(4/22/2014)

Shocking Blue- “Venus”

Genre- Blues rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a5AICDKs7g

Fun Fact: The Muppets parodied “Venus” in a commercial about TV ratings and the V-chip.

(4/21/2014)

Wavves- “Dog”

Genre- Los Angeles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVaCQNLhqz4

(4/20/2014)

Max Romeo and The Upsetters- “Chase The Devil”

Genre- Reggae

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpIAc9by5iU

Fun Fact: In 1976, The Upsetters recorded a version of “Chase The Devil” with different lyrics called “Croaking Lizard”.

(4/18/2014)

Death Cab For Cutie- “Your Heart Is An Empty Room”

Genre- Indie pop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEZk9A67f-E

Fun Fact: Death Cab For Cutie is named after a song by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

(4/15/2014)

Curtis Mayfield- “Freddie’s Dead”

Genre- Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPVjkm2ayu8

Fun Fact: The soundtrack for the film “Super Fly” made more money than the film. This song appears in the film as an instrumental only.

(4/14/2014)

Kool Moe Dee- “Wild Wild West”

Genre- Hip-hop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBgHGafPet0

STORY: “Isn’t Kool Moe Dee the guy with the cool sunglasses?”

"I’m not gonna answer that, because I wouldn’t consider those sunglasses cool." 

Discussing the merits of Kool Moe Dee’s sunglasses with mom.

FUN FACT: Kool Moe Dee was the first rapper to perform at the Grammys.

(4/10/2014)

Spinal Tap- “Gimme Some Money”

Genre- Pop rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-BYzaDwNoE

Look at Nigel’s face during the guitar solo.

Fun Fact: This song is from Spinal Tap’s fourteenth album Back From The Dead. Eleven of those albums are fictional.

(4/9/2014)

Hudson Mohawke- “Fuse”

Genre- Space-hop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrsaB0Uune8

There’s not enough songs like this. Make some more. Now.

(4/8/2014)

SIMØNE- “Lose Yourself To Dance (SIMØNE Remix)”

Genre- House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9orhXIB_Wg

Fun Fact: Daft Punk’s live album “Alive 2007” won a Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album two years after it was released.

(4/7/2014)

nakinyko- “Dou Kangaetemo Watashi wa Warukunai (Climax)”

Genre- R&B

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh1MR0_i-Rc

Songs Used: “Climax” by Usher

"Dou Kangaetemo Watashi wa Warukunai" by Izumi Kitta

I actually don’t know what to say about this one.

(4/6/2014)

Blue Öyster Cult- “Astronomy”

Genre- Progressive rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3YehBkrXNw

This is one of those songs where the live versions are significantly better than the studio recording.

Fun Fact: Blue Öyster Cult’s original name was Soft White Underbelly.

(4/4/2014)

Torpeedoh- “Party People”

Genre- Mash-up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8zkeO0Tq_Q

I recognize “A Bay Bay” by Hurricane Chris and “Wham City” by Dan Deacon. No idea on the rest.

(4/1/2014)

Kumi Koda- “Real Emotion”

Genre- Pop 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1VzFrwnNIk

Fun Fact: This is my signature song on karaoke night.

(2/28/2014)

The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony- “Notorious Thugs”

Genre- Rap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf9FzEmt4mM

Fun Fact: Layzie Bone’s verse references “The Shining”. As you know, “red rum” is “murder” spelled backwards.

(2/16/2014)

Nas feat. Kanye West and Chrisette Michele- “Still Dreaming”

Genre- Hip-hop

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZJKl0uWXWQ

Samples:

"The Interim" by Diana Ross

"Use Me" by Bill Withers

Fun Fact: Cashews are a good source of antioxidants.