Amy Kuney: Would You Miss Me

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Amy Kuney was once kidnapped by rebels while on a Guatemala sightseeing trip.

That’s pretty frikkin’ unbelievable… but it’s apparently true. I’ve never been kidnapped by rebels before. I have no frame of reference to even fathom what that must have been like.

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But there’s a silver lining to everything (so they say), and this awful experience inspired Kuney to throw herself into her music. She converted her basement into a studio and began writing, recording, and eventually getting noticed by some industry folk. She’s in her mid-20’s, but has already scored spots on television shows like One Tree Hill, Passions, and Gilmore Girls.

Maybe I should get kidnapped someday. Any takers?

Kuney’s latest release, Bird’s Eye View, came across my desk a while back… I’ve spun it often because it’s hard to forget. Her voice has that soft quality to it that is so pleasing to hear, and when she does eventually belt it out, all you can do is sit back and thank your lucky stars that it was captured on tape.

Here’s a gorgeous performance of a Damien Rice‘s “Blower’s Daughter.” Watch this video, and then make sure to play the second one as well… it’ll give you an idea of how powerful a tool the Internet is.

I’ve posted one of my favorite Amy Kuney tracks, “Would You MIss Me” down below in the Dig-It section. It’s poppy, it’s catchy, it’s a road trip with your windows down.

Check out her MySpace page, check out her show dates, check out her music.

Jul 23 2009 @ 8:00P – Troubadour – The Rescues’ Record Release in West Hollywood, California
Aug 6 2009 @ 1:00P – OC Fair (Main Stage) in Costa Mesa, California
Aug 21 2009 @ 7:00P – America’s Camp – Private Event in Hinsdale, Massachusetts
Sep 16 2009 @ 10:00A – Hilton Head Preparatory School in Hilton Head Isle, South Carolina
Sep 17 2009 @ 10:00A – Calhoun Academy in St. Matthews, South Carolina
Sep 30 2009 @8:00P – Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington

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Download: Would You MIss Me

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Don’t Feel Sorry for Michael Jackson

The news of Michael Jackson‘s death is still at the forefront of most every conversation I’ve been having for the past few days. “So… Michael Jackson’s dead,” or “So… did you hear that Michael Jackson died?” or “So what do you think of Michael Jackson’s death?” are typically how the subject is brought up. Even my mom wanted to talk about it.

It seems that MJ’s death resonated deeper into our hearts than we expected it to.

The conversations I’ve been having usually start with how shocked we were when we heard the news… how young the man was… how amazing he was as a performer, singer, artist… and how there won’t be another one like him for a LONG time. Since his 1982 release Thriller, has there been anyone to come close to Jackson as a performer? I’d argue no, not even close. Not by a long shot. Sure, there are other singers who dance, and they’re all good in their own right, but compared to Michael Jackson? Everything else is just a lite.

Just check out his Super Bowl performance again… the way he stands there during the first couple of minutes is bone-chilling to me. Every head turn, hang gesture, kick, and spin was a statement.

The thing about these conversations, though, is that they take a turn to the darker side of things. Jackson’s upbringing always comes up… how he was never given a chance to be a “kid,” how hard his parents pushed him, how he was thrust into the spotlight at such a young age… this topic always comes up, and the big conclusion is that everybody feels sorry for Jackson.

Now, I consider myself an artist. I write music, I perform, and I am always creating something. I can’t NOT create. I can’t NOT push myself to find the next level of my artistic side… I may not be as prolific as I used to be, but it’s still there, and it will always BE there. I would venture to say that most every other artist is the same… we all long to create something from nothing. We all have to find a new way to communicate what’s inside. We are all driven to share, to connect, to reach out, and to (hopefully) inspire.

I can only guess that Michael Jackson was cut from the same cloth.

Please understand, I’m not saying that I’m anywhere close to Michael Jackson’s talent. I’m just saying that I think I can relate to him on an artist’s level.

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Yes, I’ve seen all the tabloid nonsense. I was there along with the rest of the world to see if he would be charged with child molestation. I thought he was a bit weird to have a monkey with him at various awards shows. I felt it odd that he went through so many physical changes when he looked perfectly fine and well on the Thriller cover. I read the stories about how he felt alone and isolated…

But do I feel sorry for him? The answer would have to be no.

He worked his tail off for his success and recognition. He could have quit after the Jackson 5, but he didn’t. He moved forward and carved himself quite a nice solo career. He had to create… he had to inspire… he had to connect… and he did, in a HUGE way, in a way that maybe less than 1% of the artists EVER have.

He didn’t emulate, he became his own brand name. People copied him, and will continue to copy him until the end of time. His talent and abilities can only come from dedication, commitment, and long hours of hard, hard work. He’s a great example of what one can achieve if they would dedicate their lives to something. He put more hours in than any PHD, any MD, any lawyer out there, guaranteed.

His last days were even filled with him on stage, working and further developing and perfecting his craft.

Don’t feel sorry for an artist who has the opportunity to do that. That’s all an artist ASKS for in life: a chance to grow and share.

So to all those people who write about what went wrong with Michael Jackson, I can only shake my head and ask why they can’t focus on what went RIGHT, and what we can all learn from it.

Commitment, dedication, and the never ending quest for perfection. For an artist, for ANYONE no matter what their profession is, there is no other greater purpose in life.

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Goodbye, Michael Jackson

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By now you’ve probably heard that Michael Jackson passed away this last Thursday in Los Angeles, California. He was just 50.

By now there are probably thousands upon thousands of articles written on his death, and most of them probably trace his life from The Jackson 5 to Thriller to all the tabloid scandals.

And by now a bunch of radio stations around the world are or have probably had Michael Jackson Music Marathons.

I was shocked to hear of the news, because I honestly didn’t know life without Michael Jackson. I was just a kid when Thriller hit… it had a huge impact on me because I had never heard ANYONE sing like that before. Then I saw him perform live on TV. I’ve never seen anyone move like him, and I doubt I will ever it again. His style was unmatchable.

My mom bought me Thriller, and I played that LP until I had to buy another one. Every track was a killer, and almost every track hit the Top 10. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” is by far my favorite track off the album… the attitude that Jackson spit out the lyrics with was such a great opening for the record.

My favorite Jackson, though, is “Smooth Criminal,” off the follow-up to Thriller, the 1987 album Bad. It was the seventh single off the album and hit the Top 10. That’s amazing. You’d think that the seventh single off an album wouldn’t do as well because most people have probably picked up the album already… but Jackson pulled it off. That’s a testament to his popularity. I’m listening to the song right now… frikkin’ awesome.

I’m glad to hear that radio stations are playing his music… hopefully now people will focus on that again rather than the tabloid bullshit. Sure, some can argue that Jackson brought all the tabloid nonsense on himself, but it’s his music that really matters. It’s his music that will last through the years. In the end, it’s the music.

I know that the public loves to know about their favorite celebrities… scandals sell magazines, newspapers… and it probably even drives up sales of whatever products those celebrities are attached to, be it movies, music, books. Our thirst for finding some way to get “closer” and more “intimate” with celebrities will never go away, but I hope that when it really comes down to it, it’s the art that matters most… not what they said on Twitter or Facebook.

I hope that in the end, when it really comes down to it, fans can leave the gossip behind and just focus on the art. With Jackson, that got lost somewhere along the way. Like I said before, hopefully that will change from this day on.

I’m sure I’ll spin Thriller again today… and again and again. I might dust off the old vinyl and give that a go… it’s a shame that it takes an artist’s death to make me revisit his/her art… I’ll have to make sure I don’t take an artist for granted again.

What a sad, sad day for music.

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Download: Smooth Criminal (LAZRtag Remix)

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Happy Father’s Day!!!!

Happy Father’s Day to all of you fortunate dads out there! It’s YOUR day today, so go get what’s yours…. you know what I mean… yeah, that’s right…

It’s June so that must mean that a bunch of people graduated from somewhere. It’s that time of year where we see a lot of “Congratulations!” or “Congraduations!” type of stuff, and it’s not uncommon to see people do-up their cars with those sorts of messages. So I’m driving down the road and pull up behind one of those cars.

Here’s what I saw:

Take a closer look and notice what’s around the word “son.” Yep, you see it, too? QUOTATION MARKS.

Like air-quotes.

Like meaning that their son isn’t really a “son.”

Like it’s their daughter… or llama?

I don’t get it… do you?

Is there ANYONE out there that can possibly shed some light on this for me? If I were their “son,” I’d be BUMMED. I mean, what are those parents trying to say?

And now, in honor of all the dads out there, is the most perfect song for this day.

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Download: Daddy Needs a Drink – Drive-By Truckers

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This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

Ok, so I’m a day late with This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes, but the point is that it’s here and it’s AWESOME.

Yes, this week’s list will please everyone… it’ll make you laugh, make you cry, make you think, and make you want to cuddle.

CUDDLE, I say. CUDDLE. Sometimes you just gotta cuddle.

Are you ready? Are you fully prepared to experience this list?

I think you are. Here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

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Are You Gonna Go My Way? (live) – Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz‘s hit “Are You Gonna Go My Way” floored me when I first heard it. It was released in 1993 from the album of the same name, and remains one of his most popular songs. I remember seeing him perform it on the MTV Music Awards with John Paul Jones, the bassist from the mighty Zeppelin.

It was then when I said to myself, “Man… he’s a lucky dude.”

Yeah, I was jealous.

Jealous like a… like a….

What the hell is known to be jealous? Like a fox? No. Like a chinchilla? No.

Like a guy who saw Lenny Kravitz perform “Are You Gonna Go My Way” with John Paul Jones on the MTV Music Awards?

I think so.

I played this live version 14 times this week. I think this is the MTV Music Awards performance. It’s rad, man. Rad.

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Download: Are You Gonna Go My Way? (live in ’93)

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Hide Your Matches – Julianne Hough

I don’t remember when Julianne Hough and I first crossed paths. It was probably somewhere in New Orleans, because whenever I “cross paths” with someone, it’s usually in New Orleans.

If memory serves, though, Julianne was the ninja dressed in red… yes, I said NINJA.

Red ninjas are the worst because they feel no pain. I mean, they biologically feel NO pain. I have no idea what they do in order to achieve this, but it probably has something to do with “Unagi.”

Hough is probably best known for her performances on the TV show Dancing With the Stars. She did so well, in fact, that ABC’s 20/20 said she was one of the “very best dancers on the planet.”

They forgot about her ninja abilities.

I rather enjoy her music… never saw her dance, but she’s quite a singer.

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Download: Hide Your Matches

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Point of No Return – Expose’

Here’s another 80’s song that has somehow found its way onto this list.

Expose’‘s “Point of No Return” was originally recorded by different members. It was released in 1985, I think. I remember my neighbor had the 12″ single and brought it over, announcing that it was “pretty cool.”

Now, I am never one to ignore things that are “pretty cool,” so I took a listen and concurred that it was, in fact, “pretty cool.”

The 12″ single did well, as did the follow up, “Exposed to Love.” After securing a record deal, the group went through some changes. All the original members left and were replaced for some reason. Weird.

That’s like all the members of the current Lakers team quitting right before the final game of the NBA Finals.

Or like Luke Skywalker quitting right before becoming a Jedi.

It doesn’t matter… Expose’ still rocks. And I listened to “Point of No Return” 10 times this week.

One question, though… what the HELL is with that girl on the right in the album cover???? What was she looking at?

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Download: Point of No Return

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Lone Tree – Sarah Siskind

What the hell is with the movie The Devil’s Rejects? It’s weird. Like REALLY weird. Like so weird that Mr. Weird would say, “Dude, that’s f***ing weird.”

I’ve always wondered what it takes to be that weird. I know that I’m weird, but I’m not THAT weird. Am I? Maybe if I allowed that weird side of me to come out, I’d be a super-rich movie producer and stuff. I just have to think of weird images and characters… the weirder the better.

Sarah Siskind isn’t weird. She’s the opposite of weird. She’s the non-weird. Siskind released her latest, Say It Louder, this year and is a gorgeous listen.

Not a “weird” listen, but “gorgeous.”

Yeah. I’m all out of weird.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Lone Tree

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Sultans of Swing (early demo) – Dire Straits

I didn’t really get into Dire Straits until their hugely successful 1985 album, Brothers in Arms. I thought it was a breath of fresh air compared to their previous material. The songs were catchier, the production crisper, and the songs were just… better.

That’s not to say that I didn’t dig on “Sultans of Swing,” though. Who DOESN’T like this song?

I came across this early demo of “Sultans of Swing” a while ago and totally dug it. It doesn’t sound that much different than the official release, but it’s an interesting listen.

Waitaminute… you know what’s weird? The movie Made of Honor.

In many ways, it’s weirder than The Devil’s Rejects.

Totally, completely weird.

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Download: Sultans of Swing (early demos)

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KT Tunstall: Acoustic, 3-17-2006

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Man, this last week was a killer. I’m taking a class this summer, and it’s been a pretty intense time so far. I’ve got class pretty much every night and if I don’t keep up with the material, I might as well give up and drop it… something that I do NOT want to do.

I took my second test of the summer session yesterday, and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The professor does an excellent job on covering the material, and his tests are a good representation of his lectures. I didn’t get 100%, but that’s ok. I kinda wish I DID get 100%, but I had a massive brain fart and forgot that Alport’s Syndrome is a genetic disorder, NOT Goodpsture’s Syndrome.

Stupid brain fart.

I probably got other questions wrong… crap.

Here’s something funny… when my mom asked me how the test went, I told her that I know I missed at least two. She said to me, “But you got most of the right?” I said yes. She told me that I’m always looking at the negative side of things. “Why don’t you say that you got at most 98 questions right instead of saying you got at least two wrong?”

I never thought about that. I guess I am pretty negative. Are you the same way or do you see the cup as half full?

You’re probably wondering, “Swap, why don’t you take the summer off and enjoy the sun?”

Well, the quick answer is that I can’t do that. The not-so-quick answer is that I can’t do that.

I know that I haven’t been posting on as often as I used to, but don’t worry, I’m still here and I haven’t forgotten about you all. Thank you all so much for checking in and still making this site a regular part of your daily Internet activities. The summer class is crammed into just eight weeks, so by the end of July, my time should open up again for a spell before the Fall semester begins.

If you just cannot WAIT to hear about my daily nonsense, you can follow me on Twitter or Facebook… just go click on the link below and WHAMMO! You’re all set to go.

Anyhow, I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still here. I was diggin’ on some KT Tunstall the other day and came across awesome live performance from 2006. It’s just her and her guitar and some pretty awesome looping. A lot of solo artists are doing the looping thing… it’s really quite effective and VERY cool to hear when done well.

If you haven’t checked out her wonderful debut album, Eye of the Telescope, I think it’d definitely be worth your time. Most of the songs from this bootleg are off that record. She’s a fantastic artist… pick up an album or two. You won’t be disappointed (unless you are).

Ok… I’m gonna hit the books again. And I want an iPhone.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Intro
Download: Miniature Disasters
Download: Other Side of the World
Download: Another Place to Fall
Download: Under the Weather
Download: Joke Song
Download: Dirty Water
Download: Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Download: Outro

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What IS is About Die Hard That is SO Awesome?

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I’ve been studying for most of this weekend. Oh, it’s a good time, I assure you… I’m having a blast with all these hip phospholipids. They’re really becoming my friends and if I were any more familiar with them, I’d be called a phospholipideophile.

Anyhow, one particular movie that I’ve been enjoying is Die Hard. It just keeps coming on the TV for some reason. I’m not sure if this is some special weekend for Bruce Willis or something, but he’s getting quite a few residual checks from the movie’s airing. I wonder what AFTRA pays him, and how I can get a piece of that. Too bad I didn’t write Die Hard.

Right now it’s the scene where John McClane calls the police for the first time. The classic line “Do I sound like I’m ordering a pizza?” is a riot, especially since it sounds something I totally wouldn’t say. I’d probably say something like “Do I sound like I’m ordering toner?” I don’t think that has quite the same punch as “pizza.” Oh, there’s the first scene with Al Powell… he’s buying Twinkies. Everyone know where I am in the movie?

Holy crap. Powell just walked out and took a look at the Nakatomi building… in 1988 (when the movie was released), gas was only 74 cents per gallon. WOW. I’ve GOT to start working on my time machine again.

So what IS it about Die Hard that is so awesome? Is it the fact that John McClane is the “everyman” who beats the bad guys? Is it the fact that McClane’s trademark scream “YAAAAAAAAA!” is so much fun to imitate? Is it the face that I love calling out the name “Holly!” with a dirty tank top, a limp, and an automatic rifle in my hands?

Who here hasn’t seen Die Hard?

“Who’s driving this car, Stevie Wonder?” is another great line from Mr. John McClane.

Say, did anyone else think that the bad guy stationed at the front desk of Nakatomi Plaza looked like Huey Lewis?

Here’s some interesting triva… the movie’s title was changed for different countries:

– In Thailand it was called Big Building Fight.
– In Spain it was called The Glass Jungle (La Jungla de Cristal)
– In Greece it was called Too Tough to Die (that’s a pretty cool title)
– In Yugoslavia it was called Die Like a Man (pretty cool, too)
– In Isreal it was called Dying to Live
– In Hong Kong and China it was called Tiger’s Bravery and Dragon’s Might (huh????)

You know my favorite lines of the movie? I can’t decide which one tops the list…

1. “We’re gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.”
2. “Hey, sprechen-zie-talk?”
3. “Let’s see you take THIS under advisement, Jerkweed!”

My favorite characters of the movie are the two FBI guys, Special Agent Johnson and Special Agent Johnson (no relation).

I totally dig this movie and think it’s the best one of the series. John McClane got a bit TOO unstoppable in the others. I really think the big draw for the first Die Hard was the fact that he was some guy who didn’t know what he was doing.

I’m so inspired by this movie right now. So inspired, in fact, that ALL my answers for my classes will be “Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!”

    Professor: Can you tell me how an Allosteric Inhibitor works?
    Me: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!

    Professor: How many carbons does Glucose have?
    Me: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!

    Professor: Mr. Lee, you keep answering you questions like that. Do you really think you can get an “A” with that kind of attitude?
    Me: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker!

Yeah, maybe I should turn off the TV and study. Here are some songs that die… die HARD.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Die a Little (Viva Voce)
Download: If I Die Sudden (live) (John Mellencamp)
Download: Day I Die (Drug Rug)
Download: Die (Iron & Wine)
Download: Had to Die (Caddle)

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This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

Ok, so I missed last week’s Top 5 list. Sorry about that. I DID, however, make a pretty cool domino set up that looked cool… until it didn’t work. There’s nothing worse than spending a long-ass time setting up dominos only to discover that it doesn’t work because of ONE misplaced domino.

Stupid misplaced domino.

I wish all the stupid misplaced dominos would NOT be misplaced so that my cool domino set up would work. It would have been so cool. Something to write home about… or at least write about here.

Waitaminute… I AM writing about it here. I guess it was pretty cool despite the stupid misplaced domino.

What the hell am I talking about????

Here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

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If I Give You My Soul – Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash is larger than life. He’s become the subject of countless songs, and is the ultimate “outlaw.” He’s The Man in Black, a Highwayman, and is my best friend.

Here’s what I wrote in his high school yearbook:

“Johnny – was great to have you in a few of my classes! You sure made Mrs. Mahoney jump when you Ralphed on her! Have a summer and I’ll see you next year! Stay cool! – Swap.”

The number one song this week, “If I Give You My Soul,” is from a collection of outtakes off his American Recordings albums. It’s just him and a guitar… and he sounds like the voice of the everyman.

Cash’s American Recordings are among some of my favorite albums… they all resonate deep inside of me, and I can’t get enough of them. These outtakes are a wonderful listen. I’ll post what I have in the near future.

I played “If I Give You My Soul” 15 times this week.

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Download: If I Give You My Soul

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Walk in My Shadow – Free

I rediscovered Free‘s song, “Walk in My Shadow,” through the Foamfoot bootleg. The rawness of the song really came to life in this live recording, which made me go back and take a listen to the original.

The song is just a 12-bar blues progression, but the riff is so bad-ass that it has become one of my favorites to play. There’s a meanness to it that exudes a road rage sort of attitude. The band hit it big in 1970 with “All Right Now,” but I always go back to “Walk in My Shadow” because for some reason I feel it represents them the best.

The song is off their Tons of Sobs album from 1968. One amazing bit of trivia regarding this record is that at the time of recording, none of the members were over twenty years old.

That’s frikkin’ stellar.

Let’s see… what was I doing before I was twenty? Oh yeah… playing at some dive called The Rio. My band actually played U2‘s “October” and thought we ROCKED.

Maybe if we had played “Walk in My Shadow” 12 times (like I did this week), we would have been asked back.

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Download: Walk in My Shadow

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Mama Said Knock You Out – LL Cool J

LL Cool J‘s “Mama Said Knock You Out” was my first rap record.

Here are the exact steps I took when I first heard it…

1. I turned to my friend
2. I said, “Dude, I gotta have that,”
3. I drove to a record store
4. I bought it
5. I drove around for about thirty minutes while blasting the song from my Subaru.

In case you’re wondering, those are the exact steps one has to take to look cool in front of chicks. And to prove it worked, I got a LOT of stares and flirty laughs from girls… they really wanted me to know that they were directing their attention at ME, too, because while laughing, they pointed right at me.

I am SO cool.

So is LL Cool J, which is why I played this song nine times this week.

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Download: Mama Said Knock You Out

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My Sisters Return From Ireland – The Innocence Mission

The Innocence Mission has been around since the mid-80’s, but I really didn’t get into them until their 2007 record, We Walked in Song. I can’t recall what exactly drew me to the record… maybe it was the super-cool album title… I don’t remember.

We Walked in Song IS a great album title.

The track “My Sisters Return From Ireland” served as the perfect backdrop for an evening of studying. I only played it eight times, but it was all in a row… the song is about 2:45 minutes long… I remember studying phospholipids during that stretch.

Man, them phospholipids are gonna haunt me in my sleep.

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Download: My Sisters Return From Ireland

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Love Land – Martina McBride

Martina McBride is awesome. There’s really no other way to put it.

Well, I guess I could say she’s REALLY awesome, but seriously… the level of awesomeness she is at right now is pretty much really frikkin’ high.

Her 2007 album, Waking Up Laughing, contained one of her biggest hits, “Anyway.” The album marked the first time that McBride co-wrote any songs, and “Anyway” was one of them. Not a bad way to start.

I didn’t play “Anyway” this last week, though… instead, I spun the last track of the record, “Love Land.” It’s a gorgeous piece of music that made me stop studying for a good while. Phospholipids don’t stand a chance when they’re up against Martina McBride.

Those blasted phospholipids…

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Download: Love Land

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Bruce Does Bonnaroo… and so does Fuse

As you all know, one of the most popular music festivals out there, Bonnaroo 2009, kicks off today in Manchester, Tennessee… I think I read that almost 80,000 people are expected to attend. Wow. Around 150 acts will grace the various stages and cafes over the next few days, including some of my absolute favorites (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco… just to name a few).

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If you’re like me, you’re sitting at home studying about phospholipids, just wishing you were able to make the trek down to Tennessee to partake in the festivities. And even though that’s obviously not the case for me since I’m sitting at home studying about phospholipids, with the way technology is these days, even if I can’t physically BE at Bonnaroo, I can SORT OF be at Bonnaroo through streaming video (by the way, you can watch the LIVE Bonnaroo webcast June 12th – 14th here), blog posts from the lucky bastards that are there, and through other photos, videos, and reviews that will undoubtedly be popping up online over the next several days and weeks.

Well, as I was going through my emails yesterday, I came across one that I received from Aaron, a visitor to the site, and since I know there are a few Bruce fans out there reading, I just wanted to pass along the info from his message to you.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are making their 2009 Bonnaroo stage debut and Fuse is getting the fans ready by honoring The Boss for one whole night of live music, classic videos, and behind-the-scenes footage. Fuse is airing the band’s “Live in New York City,” Madison Square Garden Hallmark performance followed by “The Making of Working on a Dream” (where viewers can relive Bruce’s musical journey and get an exclusive look into the making of his latest album) and finally, “Loaded: Bruce Springsteen.” It’s the Best of the Boss: Thursday, June 11th from 8-11PM!

Additionally, Fuse is celebrating the countdown to their own Bonnaroo 2009 highlights show on June 20th with the launch of the ultimate online music news source, Tweetaroo – “Mashing Twitter and Music since 2009!” The site lets you follow the Tweets from all of the artists playing Bonnaroo this year including Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg and much more… all in one centralized online hub: here.

Be sure to tune-in to Fuse TV on June 20th @ 9pm/8c to catch the Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009 concert special! For more Bonnaroo ‘09 information like trailers, photos and downloads, head here.

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Bruce Springsteen: The Line

Well, classes have resumed again for me. I’m taking summer classes now, which are far more intense than the regular semester courses. Professors have found a way to cram a semester’s worth of material into seven weeks. That’s pretty awesome, especially because seven weeks is a pretty damn short time. Yep. I’m gonna have a grand time keeping up with Mr. Psycho professor who things we’re not humans, we’re frikkin’ flash drives.

I realize that I haven’t posted anything here lately, and for that I can only say that I decided to take some time off before classes started up again. Don’t worry, though, I’m still here and the site is still here… so make sure you stay subscribed to stay updated.

So what did I do for the past few days? NADA. I bought a box of dominos and tried to build something REALLY cool… but alas. You know what the hardest thing to do while building a dominos thingy? The hardest thing is to make it COOL. Now, that may seem like a really vague thing to say, but it’s true… COOLNESS is so vital with any domino setup. I have yet to master the COOL factor. Once I do that, I’m gonna write a book on it. It’ll be short, maybe about 5 pages long. Ok, it’ll be more of a pamphlet, but I’ll charge $25 for it and make a frikkin’ killing because everyone wants to know how to be cool with dominos.

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Show me someone who says differently, and I’ll show you someone who secretly loves The Jonas Brothers and has made their own custom Jonas Brothers Underoos.

Anyhow, while studying tonight, I spun Bruce Springsteen‘s most underrated album, The Ghost of Tom Joad. This all-acoustic album didn’t do quite as well as his first all-acoustic album, the amazingly amazing Nebraska.

I absolutely love The Ghost of Tom Joad, though. The stories and characters are engaging, and it contains one of Springsteen’s best story songs, “The Line.”

This is an absolute heartbreaker of a song that tells the tale of Carl a California Border Patrol officer. His career is put to the test when he meets Louisa, a raven haired beauty that eventually betrays Carl and the disappears into the night. If you aren’t familiar with this song, take the time to listen to the original version below right now in the Dig-It section.

I think the thing that draws me to this song is the emptiness that Carl possesses. He tries to replace the memory of his wife with Louisa, and ultimately moves backwards in life because of it. This is a rather depression idea, but I think it’s something some of us can relate to.

I don’t know if we suffer through this notion of replacing someone because we genuinely miss them or if it’s all habitual and we’re running off of that habit.

Springsteen throws a bit of a twist at the end of the song… after Carl is betrayed, he goes on a quest to find Louisa. Now, this may seem romantic, but what if… what if Carl is looking for her to get revenge? Springsteen doesn’t quite make it clear what Carl’s intentions are with Louisa here. I love the idea of getting revenge, considering how horribly things turned out. I guess I’m sick that way.

I’ve also posted a live 2005 performance that is beautiful to hear. The song comes to life here. Totally and completely dig it.

And now, I shall return to my studies.

Your Dig-It Download:

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Download: The Line (live acoustic, 2005-07-18)

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