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This column is like the title says - its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the '60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.
I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don't miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD'VE been!
Below is a jukebox containing all the songs I picked this week. After you read about them below, go back and listen to whatever you like by just clicking on that title in the jukebox, or stream the whole playlist by clicking on the "play" icon at the top. It's free and it's the entire song. We're not selling anything. We're just in the business of hopefully making your days better by listening to great music.
1. "Finally Falling" — Mayer Hawthorne (3:23)
The Mayer of Soul is back with an engaging track from his hit album How Do You Do. This is great as it upholds the precepts of his influences such as Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald. I think we are enjoying the start of a long artistic career.
2. "I Feel Better" — Gotye (2:48)
Walter De Becker, born in Belgium in 1980 but raised in Melbourne, Australia, built his career over the last ten years. His mother’s nickname for him, pronounced go-tee-yay, became his stage name. This is a lo-fi production of a quite good composition, using sampling and other electronica doo-dads. One of his singles reached as far as the UK in winning awards this year. He’s a bit of a soul man himself, so maybe with a little luck, he’ll wrestle The Mayer for the championship.
3. "Somebody That I Used to Know" — Walk Off the Earth (3:34)
This is a Canadian band that covered a Gotye hit and, with one of the most innovative videos of the decade, acquired 47 million views in 29 days! I was amazed by the video (below) and you can’t help but mail it to your friends, especially if you are a musician. They are playing live in the video, by the way.
4. "Of Course" — Rahim (2:07)
I can’t find much info on this band but I do love this track. Of course you do, Al...
5. "Stay" — Aftermath (4:03)
Same here. No info on this group. This has a great grandeur to it, especially the intro and ending.
6. "Enough" — The Autumn Film (3:08)
I am including a video of this band because they have a down-to-earth look and are not “dressing” for the occasion. It’s obvious it’s the music that counts. The singer/pianist is a great composer and continues to grow. Strangely I liked their first album better than their latest, but no bad music is being made anywhere. If they could tour nationally they could easily raise their popularity. This is the second female-led aggregation from Carolina I got into — Mt. Moriah being the first.
7. "What the Water Gave Me" — Florence & The Machine (2:48)
I don’t like all of this album, but I do like this track and think she is quite talented and will keep getting better, hopefully. I am not in the majority with my opinion as this group is enormously popular.
8. "Since the Days of Pigtails" — Chairmen of the Board (2:33)
From the daze of '70s soul, this B side remains a close friend. Holland-Dozier & Holland, the biggest writing team at Motown, started their own label called Invictus and had a buncha hits immediately. The Chairmen were one of their big moneymakers. Lead singer General Johnson had a voice worthy of Motown.
9. "Get a Maid!" — Monique Ford (3:12)
Ladies, this woman is singing for you! If you don’t like your living conditions at home, this song is for you.
10. "Clean House" — Vick Allen (2:28)
Gentlemen, this man is singing for you! If you don’t like your living conditions at home, this song is for you.