100: “Astro Blue” by Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls

The actual musicians.100th song.  Throw some streamers and drink a cold one.

Here’s another post with the touch of Money Mark on it.  He teamed up with Tommy Guerrero and Shawn Lee to form Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls.

This is my favorite from their self-titled debut from 2009.

Rock out with your socks out, and enjoy.

[UPDATE: Originally posted “A Phase Shifter I’m Going Through,” but copyright people removed the audio from the YouTube video.]

Song: Astro Blue
Artist: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Album: Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls
Label: Ubiquity Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

88: “Come In Please” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros

Waking Up ain't easy.The Wikipedia entry for Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, the band led by Alex Ebert, is worth reading.  An excerpt:

After breaking up with his girlfriend… Ebert began work on a book about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe. According to Ebert, Sharpe “was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind… but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” Ebert later met singer Jade Castrinos in Uruguaiana. In the summer of 2009, as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Ebert and Castrinos toured the country with a group of fellow musicians in a big white bus.

Here’s their song called “Come In Please” from their self-titled 2009 release.

Sound like some damn hippies to me.


Song: Come In Please
Artist: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Album: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Label: Vagrant Records
Buy from: Amazon

81: “100%” by The Slew

The Slew roll hard.Here’s another Kid Koala-related project.  This time he’s teamed up with DJ Dynomite D and two former members of Wolfmother to form The Slew.

This has the faint aftertaste of Run DMC collaborating with Aerosmith.  Hip-Hop-Rock.

Here’s “100%” from the album of the same name, released November 2009.

Give it at least 98%. Enjoy.

Song: 100%
Artist: The Slew
Album: 100%
Label: Puget Sound Rec.
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)

79: “Broke Down” by Radio Moscow

Band picture? Yes, here's a polaroid. Stay golden.Radio Moscow is a couple of Iowa rockers cranking out 70’s style guitar rock.  Thick and chunky musical stew so hearty you can eat it with a fork.

Here’s a classic the first time you hear it, called “Broke Down,” from Brain Cycles (2009).  The lead guitarist and vocalist, Parker Griggs, also plays the drums on their studio albums.  They have a drummer tour with them.

So, turn it up, man!  And enjoy.

Song: Broke Down
Artist: Radio Moscow
Album: Brain Cycles
Label: Alive Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

47: “Little Bittern” by John Zorn

Rock star, right?  It's Ribot, it's all right.Marc Ribot shreds the gee-tar on this one.  “Feelgood” is not usually a John Zorn adjective, but it is here.

Get ready to nod your head with vigor, whilst you enjoy.

Song: Little Bittern
Artist: John Zorn
Album: O’o
Label: Tzadik
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

1: “Riffin’ Ed” by Medeski, Martin & Wood

I hope to do this for a while…  Select songs to share with people and post them here.

MMW Show You A Thing.For the first post, a fairly current song from my favorite trio, MMW, a jazz(?) band out of NYC.  The song, Riffin’ Ed, is a strong acoustic offering from the trio, a band that will be featured again here.  John Medeski’s piano-work is sublime and soulful.  Billy Martin’s percussion is garage-sale-funky and well-timed.  Chris Wood’s rou-ound bass is the glue.

The song is from their Radiolarians recordings, created over the course of about a year.  They performed this formula three times: 1) write a bunch of songs, 2) play them in front of their audiences on tour, 3) record an album of the material.

Here’s a great article about the band and the Radiolarians process.  I’ll ignore the fact that they trash mp3’s as a medium in this article.  I assume they know you don’t need vinyl, vacuum tubes and gold speaker wires to really HEAR a song.  Anyone who’s fallen in love with something they heard over some crappy old car stereo speakers knows what I’m saying.  So I’ve taken their comments in the article as a hyper-sensitivity to the quality of a recording rather than snobbiness about how people should consume their music.  Yeah… I think they’d want you to buy their mp3’s.  And so do I.  Give this one a shot.


Song: Riffin’ Ed
Artist: Medeski, Martin & Wood
Album: Radiolarians II
Label: Indirecto Records
Buy from: Amazon.com | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube


Watch MMW performing “Think” at the Umbria Jazz Festival several years ago.