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Archive for April, 2007

Psapp – Hi


Apparently, this is the only band endorsed by cats. If you go to a live show, you might catch a cat. They tend to be thrown by the band into the crowd. No worries, they’re hand made — not real cats.

Psapp has a myspace page (doesn’t everyone?)

If you watch Grey’s Anatomy, then you’ve already heard this band. Their song “Cosy in the Rocket” is the theme song for the show.

eclectic percussion – that’s what this music is all about. Have fun with this one.

From the Album: The Only Thing I Ever Wanted

Michael Buble – Feeling Good

Michael Buble
“Feeling Good”

This week — Jazz (popular) standards. Michael Buble gets to lead the charge because he’s the modern day Sinatra. He’s got the big crooner voice, and the loudtastic band behind him.

If you buy this CD (and I strongly suggest you do), take note of “Quando, Quando, Quando”. You’ll be delightfully surprised by Nelly Furtado’s vocal quality in the song.

From the Album: It’s Time

Ella Fitzgerald
“Whatever Lola Wants”

Some call her the greatest female jazz singer ever. Ella’s career spanned 7 decades, and she recorded prolifically. Amazon has at least 3 pages of CDs of her recordings. There are plenty more songs from her on other CDs.

This is a classic. It was a tossup between Sarah Vaughn and Ella. Ella won out.

From the Album: Ella Sings Broadway

Harry Connick Jr.
“A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square”

I first stumbled across this song while in college. An amazing pianist I knew (Andrew Armond) showed me this CD and said we’d be playing this song at a luau. We played this song that same night. I had to listen to it about 20 times first, and my solo didn’t sound nearly as cool as this one (not to mention I was playing an alto sax, instead of a tenor sax).

I am still reminded of my college days when I hear this song. I love it.

From the Album: We Are in Love

Julie London
“My heart belongs to daddy”

Something tells me she isn’t really singing about her daddy. Anyway, this is a classic. This CD is a pretty good overview of her career. What makes these classics are the arrangements — They’re just as classic.

From the Album: The Very Best of Julie London

Mel Torme
“Too Close for Comfort”

Many people don’t know this, but Mel wrote “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…).
That alone should attest for writing abilities.

Be wise, be fair, be sure.

From the Album: Mel Tormé Swings Shubert Alley

Frank Sinatra
“I’ve Got The World on a String”

When I do these “weekly genre” things, I usually end them on Saturdays. That gives me sunday to do something off the wall and give me time to think on a new genre for next week.

Today we end the Pop Jazz Standards with Sinatra. Really folks, who else could end it? I can’t say anything about Sinatra that hasn’t been said already. He was an innovator and a master interpreter of classic music of his time.

From the Album: Classic Sinatra

Colin Hay
“Waiting for my Real Life to Begin”

I was a fan when I first heard Men at Work when I was a kid. Knowing that Colin hasn’t stopped writing makes my heart feel warm.
His music has been featured all over the place. Most recently on scrubs, the T.V. show.

If you like this, listen to his “Beautiful World”, “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You” and “Water Song”.
It’ll make your day, I promise.

From the Album: Going Somewhere

Colbie Caillat

This song makes me happy. Today is Monday. It’s spring.

I don’t know too much about Colbie, but I do know I like this song. I’m not sure if she has a CD, but she needs one.
Check her out on her myspace page. She’s apparently pretty popular around here.

Update: She’s so popular, I got a DMCA notice and an email from the RIAA. For this reason, I am removing the track, until the copyright holder grants me explicit right to post this song:

Dear Mr. Gulledge:

I am contacting you on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA). The RIAA is a trade association whose member companies create, manufacture and distribute approximately ninety (90) percent of all legitimate sound recordings sold in the United States.

It has come to our attention that your website,, is offering a sound recording by the artist known as Colbie Caillat, which has not yet been commercially released. This recording is owned by one of our member companies and has not been authorized for this kind of use. We request that you immediately stop offering this unlicensed sound recording.

You should understand that this letter constitutes notice to you that you may be liable for the infringement of our member’s recordings. This letter does not constitute a waiver of any right to recover damages incurred by virtue of any such unauthorized activities, and such rights as well as claims for other relief are expressly retained.

We await your immediate confirmation that you have removed the infringing sound recording from your site. We may be contacted at RIAA, 1025 F Street N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20004, Tel. (202) 775-0101, or e-mail


Traci Crippen

Online Anti-Piracy


Fear not, You can still hear this song on her myspace (linked above) or download it from here (at a higher bitrate, even):

I believe she posted it herself, so I don’t think this song will be going anywhere =)
Download it while you can!!

UPDATE!: 08/08/2007 Colbie’s online marketing agency sent me mp3s and CD’s and other promotional material and said I could post this online again!


Tom Waits

You’ve heard nothing like swordfishtrombone, unless of course you’ve heard other Tom Waits music. He has a truly unique take on the art of song and poetry. He’s pretty obscure in verse. Give this one a go.

From the Album: Swordfishtrombones

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