NEW MUSIC 11.21.06

It's been a lil' while, so let's get all caught up, shall we?

THE DEPARTED (soundtrack)

One of my favorite films of the year is also one of my favorite soundtracks. Bought it for the Van Morrison version of "Comfortably Numb," loved it for the last two Howard Shore tracks...

1. Comfortably Numb - Roger Waters, Van Morrison, The Band
2. Sail On, Sailor - The Beach Boys
3. Let It Loose - The Rolling Stones
4. Sweet Dreams - Roy Buchanan
5. One Way Out - The Allman Brothers Band
6. Baby Blue - Badfinger
7. I'm Shipping Up To Boston - Dropkick Murphys
8. Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz
9. Tweedle Dee - LaVern Baker
10. Sweet Dreams (Of You) - Patsy Cline
11. The Departed Tango - Howard Shore Featuring Marc Ribot (dobro) and Larry Saltzman (Guitar)
12. Beacon Hill - Howard Shore Performed by Sharon Isbin


Honestly, I haven't found a copy stateside yet, but I reeeeeeeally can't wait to hear some of these amazing bands perform childrens tunes!

1. Four Tet featuring Princess Watermelon - Go Go Ninja Dinosaur
2. Rasputina - A Skeleton Bang
3. Franz Ferdinand - Jackie Jackson
4. Snow Patrol - I am an Astronaut
5. The Divine Comedy - Three Cheers For Pooh, Cottleston Pie, Piglet Ho
6. The Kooks - The King & I
7. Half Man Half Biscuit - David Wainwright's Feet
8. The Barcelona Pavilion - Tidy Up Tidy Up
9. Jonathan Richman - Our Dog is Getting Older Now
10. Ivor Cutler Trio - Mud
11. Belle and Sebastian - The Monkeys are Breaking Out the Zoo
12. The Flaming Lips - The Big Ol' Bug Is The New Baby Now
13. Kathryn Williams - Night Baking


...just kidding...


Besides having new music from Jack Johnson and Matt Costa, it also has a beautiful solo song from Eddie Vedder just playing the ukulele. I wish he'd just release an entire album of that. Yes, I'm totally being serious...


When I first read about this album of "mesh-ups" of Beatles classics, I just kind of rolled my eyes. "How many MORE collections can they pump out of those guys?!" Then, I was lucky enough to score a 4-song EP from my awesomest record store and gave it a listen. I'm telling you...it's brilllllliant!!! They have made a remix album that...dare I say it...sounds fresher than the originals?!

...just try, (unlike Jamie) to keep the thoughts of Gay French Circus Performers out of your head as you listen to it...


...and of course I saved the best for last. I don't know where to even begin with this one. If you at all a fan of Tom Waits, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Sure, being 3 discs, it's not the cheapest set out there, but damned if it isn't one of the greatest. I listened to disc one last night and disc two today...without even touching disc three, I'm telling you that it's remarkable that #1. He had this much good music just laying around and #2. Even after all these years, he's still at the top of his game.

Best song thus far HAS to be "Road To Peace." It's over six minutes, doesn't have much of a chorus, but god damn is it powerful. This and "Day After Tomorrow" proves that Tom ain't no slacker when it comes to writing political ballads. You can download a MP3 of it here and read the outstanding lyrics below...

Young Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay) was only 18 years old,
He was the youngest of nine children, never spent a night away from home.
And his mother held his photograph, opening the New York Times
To see the killing has intensified along the road to peace

There was a tall, thin boy with a whispy moustache disguised as an orthodox Jew
On a crowded bus in Jerusalem, some had survived World War Two
And the thunderous explosion blew out windows 200 yards away
With more retribution and seventeen dead along the road to peace

Now at King George Ave and Jaffa Road passengers boarded bus 14a
In the aisle next to the driver Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay)
And the last thing that he said on earth is “God is great and God is good”
And he blew them all to kingdom come upon the road to peace

Now in response to this another kiss of death was visited upon
Yasser Taha, Israel says is an Hamas senior militant
And Israel sent four choppers in, flames engulfed, tears wide open
And it killed his wife and his three year old child leaving only blackened skeletons

It’s found his toddlers bottle and a pair of small shoes and they waved them in front of the cameras
But Israel says they did not know that his wife and child were in the car
There are roadblocks everywhere and only suffering on TV
Neither side will ever give up their smallest right along the road to peace

Israel launched it’s latest campaign against Hamas on Tuesday
Two days later Hamas shot back and killed five Israeli soldiers
So thousands dead and wounded on both sides most of them middle eastern civilians
They fill the children full of hate to fight an old man’s war and die upon the road to peace

“And this is our land we will fight with all our force” say the Palastinians and the Jews
Each side will cut off the hand of anyone who tries to stop the resistance
If the right eye offends thee then you must pluck it out
And Mahmoud Abbas said Sharon had been lost out along the road to peace

Once Kissinger said “we have no friends, America only has interests”
Now our president wants to be seen as a hero and he’s hungry for re-election
But Bush is reluctant to risk his future in the fear of his political failures
So he plays chess at his desk and poses for the press 10,000 miles from the road to peace

In the video that they found at the home of Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay)
He held a Kalashnikov rifle and he spoke with a voice like a boy
He was an excellent student, he studied so hard, it was as if he had a future
He told his mother that he had a test that day out along the road to peace

The fundamentalist killing on both sides is standing in the path of peace
But tell me why are we arming the Israeli army with guns and tanks and bullets?
And if God is great and God is good why can’t he change the hearts of men?
Well maybe God himself is lost and needs help
Maybe God himself he needs all of our help
Maybe God himself is lost and needs help
He’s out upon the road to peace

Well maybe God himself is lost and needs help
Maybe God himself he needs all of our help
And he’s lost upon the road to peace
And he’s lost upon the road to peace
Out upon the road to peace.

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