Friday Music

Sorry, this one is late today — feeling like crap. (Just in time for the weekend! Woohoo! *Cough*)

Kate Nash has a new album coming out in April, and she’s posted a track on her website. It’s a very different sound — not so much the keyboard-singer-songwriter vibe of her first album. This one is a lot more guitar-driven and simplistic (basically just her repeating the title over and over). I like it, but it’s a major departure — and I find myself hoping that this track represents something of an anomaly on the album. Kate Nash – “I Just Love You More.” (Note: the mp3 is mistagged as “Kate Bush”, but it’s Kate Nash.)

Speaking of things Nash…. Here is one of the most cheerfully optimistic songs ever written. I can’t hear this without getting my mood lifted (which, given how my day is going, is a good thing): Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now.”

A smoking bit of electronica from French artist Étienne de Crécy (and yes, I fully admit that I first gave a listen because of his surname. So what — I’m a history geek as well as a music geek). This particular version is given some nice tweaking by the Bloody Beetroots. Étienne de Crécy – “Welcome (The Bloody Beetroots Remix).”

Dotta Numba 2 has been listening to Flogging Molly, so I figured that I’d post this, so she could know who they were shamelessly imitating: The Pogues – “Bottle of Smoke.”

A track from the FIFA 10 soundtrack that’s been stuck in my head: Matt and Kim – “Daylight (Troublemaker Remix, feat. De La Soul).”

A new single from Swedish pop band The Radio Dept., from their forthcoming album Clinging to a Scheme. I really like this track. The Radio Dept. – “Heavens On Fire.”

If loving this bit of instrumental funk from a group of Scots is wrong, then I don’t wanna be right. Average White Band – “Pick Up The Pieces.”

One of my favorite tunes by The Clash (most recently featured in Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla soundtrack, which is what came across my iTunes today and reminded me): The Clash – “Bankrobber.”

Lastly… get pumped, people. Sometimes the situation calls for an 80s motivational montage. This is one of those times. Bask in the RAW AWESOME. Robert Tepper – “No Easy Way Out.”

Enjoy.

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