Songs You May Have Missed #436


Rooney: “Stay Away” (2003)


With “Stay Away” you can add the Raspberries to my previous list of bands from past decades that I hear echoed in Rooney’s propulsive tunes and harmony-laden choruses.

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Songs You May Have Missed #435


Andy Burrows: “Stars in the Sky” (2012)

As I said about Andy Burrows last December:

This guy actually gets played on English pop radio stations. He’ll probably never get played on American pop radio stations. Yes, we won the Revolutionary War–but at what cost?

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Pop Music’s Best and Worst-Ever Whistlers?


A study in contrasts, and perhaps validation for those who claim pop music’s current state is a sign of End Times. First Bing Crosby, the number one pop artist of the pre-Rock ‘n Roll era, checks in with “Just an Echo in the Valley”, circa 1933. It may not be your style I realize, but you’ve got to admire dude’s whistling chops. (At 1:55)

…and Ke$ha’s brand new single, “Crazy Kids”, featuring perhaps the worst whistling ever heard in a non-novelty song. What can you say? The girl does it her way (’cause she don’t give a whaa) and pop culture markers such as Rolling Stone magazine prop her up like she’s the current generation’s answer to Aretha Franklin. And hey, maybe she is. But she sure as hell can’t whistle. (:00 and 1:07)


Songs You May Have Missed #434


Mull Historical Society: “The Lights” (2012)

Scotland’s Colin MacIntyre records by the name of Mull Historical Society, because it pleases him to do so.

His 2012 album City Awakenings is described as a love letter to three cities (Glasgow, London and New York) that have shaped him as an artist.

President Obama ‘Sings’ Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’

Songs You May Have Missed #433


Ben Folds Five: “Magic” (1999)

Another sad, gorgeous, and lushly orchestrated melody from The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner, in my opinion the best Ben Folds album by a wide margin. Folds and company take cues from Queen, Billy Joel and perhaps Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys at various points of the record.

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David Letterman Really Likes Drums


(Source: CBC Music)

by Dave Shumka

David Letterman is really into drums. There’s a thing he sometimes does after a band plays on his show: he walks up to the drummer, compliments them on their drums and asks if they’re rentals. We noticed it happening often enough that we combed YouTube for a few dozen instances and created this supercut of Letterman talking to drummers. We also threw in the occasional cellist and harmonium player for good measure.

During our research, we learned a few things:

• David Letterman is pretty much the most charming man in the world.

• Lots of drummers rent their drums to appear on The Late Show.

• Singers tend to look uncomfortable when attention is being paid to a drummer.

• Not surprisingly, Letterman himself plays drums.

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