They Might Be Giants – love them! /
A Miss: Jukebox the Ghost /
New Music Friday with Franky, LOLO, & Black Pistol Fire

morning babble / Friday 08-05-22

This is the scribble that leads to the babble. Sometimes, it gets tidied up; but other times, not so much. When all else fails: watch the video!

A lot of copyright flags today, but remember I do this for fun. But still – spread the babble!

First an update – family is feeling way better. In particular, little Violet has definitely bounced back nicely.

149 days until EXIT PLAN

They Might Be Giants – one of my dearest friends – Joe – introduced me to this band back in college. Yesterday, the playlist got me through some work trying moments. You have all heard of They Might Be Giants – they’ve done some TV themes: Malcom in the Middle and the Hot Dog Song from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show One of my favorites was when their song “The Statue Got Me High” was used for MTV Movie Awards – the very first one back in 1992.

Speaking of MTV – you remember 120 minutes. TMBG clip

Anyway, Spotify played for me yesterday, their “This is TMBG” playlist

Afterwards . . . when the playlist is over, they act like Pandora and begin pulling music that sounds similar. First one up was a song from Fountains of Wayne. You probably wouldn’t have known that one – it was a deep cut. Everyone knows their hit though – “Stacy’s Mom”. Video is pretty memorable too.

From there, it went on to Jukebox the Ghost who just played a show last night in Lewes, DE at the Grain on the Rocks – awesome place to visit by the way. Anyway – it made me dig into that band a bit more. I’ve always been a fan, but never really dove in. Well, they recently had an album come out this past May and I searched my website . . . I didn’t talk about it. The album is called Cheers. They’ve released several singles from it: Hey Maude, Wasted, and Million Dollar Bills. (play clip) I like that video. So, do yourself a favor and go back to any of their past albums but definitely their most recent one which is called Cheers and check out Jukebox the Ghost.

New Music Friday:

  • Topping the new music releases this week for me is Black Pistol Fire with their new song “Bad Habit” – love it. I would probably say that of anything new from these guys, but I really am enjoying this one. Not sure if more is coming, but I’m ready. (For a recap of my daughter’s first show with Black Pistol Fire, click here)
  • Now, the bigger name and full album drop that is truly topping this week’s new music releases is the record from Calvin Harris and his Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2 – all kinds of stars are on it – Dua Lipa, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Lil Durk, Busta Rhymes and even more. When an album like this comes out, I’m always curious how many of those people will be able to join in on the tour. How many are just video images of them singing? Great sounding party album though to help wrap up your Summer of 2022.
  • Fun song that I heard the other day was “PDA” by Franky. (clip) It’s an upbeat poppy song. I liked it. I found it in my head a bit too much later that I had to go back and write it down for this. Another random song – been out a couple months though – that got into my head was by LOLO singing “The Floor is Lava” (clip) Any time you drop a Nirvana reference – I’m in.
  • New stuff but old stuff – Fancy Box Set Number One is from a Beatle – Paul McCartney – McCartney I / II / III Box Set includes the solo work done by Sir McCartney that were produced 1970, 1980, 2020. Little gap there between the 2nd and 3rd one. Anyway – whether you want CDs or Vinyl – you can get this specialty box set beginning today.
  • Alright this 2nd one isn’t a box set really, but it is a greatest hits – round 2 from Eminem. Officially, it’s called Curtain Call 2 and highlights Eminem’s hit singles from 2009 through today. This is a sequel to his 2005 greatest hits album Curtain Call: The Hits which includes songs that can be heard on some “oldies” stations now. It’s true. (clip) That song is 20 years old. It’s on some stations that are calling themselves Oldies.

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