Friday 5 knocks ‘em dead

The Baseball Project – “Harvey Haddix” from Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails
Nevermind the fact that the members of The Baseball Project are accomplished songwriters in their own rights…Steve Wynn, Scott McCaughey, guitarist Peter Buck and (Wynn’s) Miracle 3 drummer Linda Pitmon had it almost too easy, since baseball’s crazy history practically writes itself into catchy and hilarious songs…this one in particular, is about the eponymous pitcher, who threw 12 2/3 innings of a perfect game before a fielding error cost his Pittsburgh Pirates the game…the song names the 17 pitchers who have thrown perfect games and asks for Haddix to be remembered in their company…

Mojo Nixon – “I Hate Banks” from Frenzy

The psychobilly icon spouts tales almost like Jonathan Richman did, but with an angrier, more cynical edge…on what might be his best album, Mojo expresses his disgust for getting paid a mere “seven George Washington dollars and two cents less than fifty cents”…no wonder the Dead Milkmen were looking for his records…if the dude at your local record store tells you “he don’t work here”, perhaps you’ll find Mojo on Sirius Radio, where he hosts three (!!) radio shows…

The Dandy Warhols – “The World The People Together (Come On)” from …Earth To The Dandy Warhols…

Courtney Taylor-Taylor and his psychedelic crew are back with a self-released disc that’s streaming on their website and is available for download if you join the ranks of their fan club…it’s not quite the same release deal as In Rainbows, and it’s hardly The Slip, but it’s better than nothing, I suppose…for those of you who insist on holding your music in your hands, the album will be out in August while the Dandys are on tour…though I haven’t heard either one, I am pretty confident that the new Dandys album is better than the new BJM record…

Fatboy Slim – “Gangster Trippin’” from You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

Formerly of The Housemartins, Freak Power, and a bunch of other projects, Norman Cook is best known as big beat-master Fatboy Slim…though it may sound like Cook uses the same sample for the middle of this song as Lily Allen would later do with “LDN”, there are so many bits from other songs that they become almost inseparable…it’s incredible how many people flock to see Cook in action (such as at Brighton beach, where he drew a crowd of over 250,000), considering it’s just one guy at a few turntables for the whole show…Cook is working on a new project called Brighton Port Authority, which should give British Sea Power a run for their money…

Tom Tom Club – “Wa Wa Dance” from Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom

The third album from the Talking Heads’ dance-poppers exists in a few different versions, depending on where you got your copy…I’m pretty sure that this song is on all of them, along with a few covers (including The Velvet Underground’s “Femme Fatale”, which makes about a billion covers of that song)…say what you will about “Genius Of Love”, but there would hardly be an indie dance-pop scene without Tom Tom Club’s perpetually playful pop…

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~ by E. on June 27, 2008.

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