Here is the second installment of my spring cleaning tracks. The songs I've featured are all relatively new, so have a listen!
(All of the spring cleaning "songs of the week" can be found on Lonely Note radio, along with a bevy of other great tracks from the contributors)
Love and Memories
Stories of a Stranger
Every year around this time, I find a song that captures the essence of the upcoming season. It's a track that usually finds a lot of play throughout the summer. Two years ago, it was the Von Bondies' "C'mon C'mon." Last year, it was Gwen Stefani's "What You Waiting For?" This year, "Love and Memories" gets the nod for feelgood track of the summer. I acknowledge that this O.A.R. track may be a bit too poppy for its own good, but we all have our guilty pleasures, so now you know mine.
O.A.R. - Love and Memories
Kansas City Shuffle
Lucky Number Slevin soundtrack
A couple weeks ago, Tae (Lonely Note contributor) and I went to see "Lucky Number Slevin" at a local movie theater. Both of us found the movie to be extremely entertaining. However, what made this film all the better was the playing of "Kansas City Shuffle" at the beginning of the credits. I'm usually right out the door as soon as a movie ends, but I couldn't help but stay in my seat until the end of this song.
In addition, the song applies to the movie's plot line pretty well, so kudos to whoever chose it for the soundtrack.
J Ralph - Kansas City Shuffle
Tool's fifth studio release 10,000 days hit store shelves yesterday, which required an immediate purchase from yours truly. It takes a lot for me to purchase an album in this age of internet downloading, but Tool is among an elite group of artists in which I will buy anything they put out. Now that i'm done giving praise, i'll get down to business.
"Vicarious" is the first single on an album that has been five years in the making. It's a rarity that an artist has such freedom to create an album in an industry that encourages output, but Tool shows that quality over quantity wins every time. In a nutshell, the album was worth the wait. Check out "Vicarious" and realize the obvious: Tool rules.
Tool - Vicarious
You're right, Tool rules. I've heard the new album five times now, and I like it more each time. It took a little effort to get past the sound effects, like on "Lost Keys," but overall I think it's a solid album. I'm becoming more sure that it won't replace "Lateralus" as my favorite Tool album, but even if it ends up being what I think of as Tool's weakest album, it's still going to be better than half the stuff out there these days.
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