Tag Archives: Suzanne Vega

Say Your Last Goodbye

In my musical musings of late I have come upon a number of fantastic new artists (new to me at least) that I feel the need to write about. I had intended to take today off & write solely in the book I’m writing about wandering through Europe like some sort of hedonistic werewolf, but being that tomorrow is Bootleg Thursday & there isn’t much writing involved in that I figured I could write a bit today & really crank it out tomorrow. You’re welcome.

We’ll start with a delightful young female artist that was recommended to me by Ryan Adams (Totally just name dropped). Her name is Laura Marling & while she’s been around for a little bit I have recently just come upon her as she is finally gaining some traction in the U.S. She has a Suzanne Vega/Lily Allen feel about her that I adore & since she’s only 20 she could be around for a very long time. She’s part of a wave of British artists that accentuate their accents when singing. It used to be that British artists would hide their accents or they would naturally go away when singing, but it seems that trend thankfully has fallen by the wayside. There is nothing sexier in this world to me than a British accent on a hot girl & if that girl can sing I’m over the moon (my new favorite phrase).

Ghosts – Laura Marling

I’m a Fly – Laura Marling

Goodbye, EnglandLaura Marling – From her latest album I Speak Because I Can

Italian Japanese is a So-Cal/Silverlake band that just recently was named the #1 Local Band by KROQ. Now, normally that would automatically disqualify them as being good, but in this case, for once, KROQ got it right. Italian Japanese, aside from having an odd name are really talented. They’re reminiscent of a band that was blowing up when I was at Live 105 in San Francisco, Silversun Pickups. They have the same tonality & space rock style as SP with a slightly better singing quality. They’re headlining the Locals Only Showcase at the Roxy in Hollywood on Thursday August 19. If you’re out there it would definitely be in your best interest to check them out.

Le PonyItalian Japanese from their album The Lush, Romantic Weirdness

Fitz & the Tantrums are a different kind of band from what you’re used to hearing. They’re a true throwback to the ’60’s. Reminiscent of the 5th Dimension they have a soulful sound all the while keeping it very current sounding. Their new album comes out on Tuesday & I already know I will be raving about it in much the same vain as I have with Ray LaMontagne & Arcade Fire. It has truly been an epic summer for music & next Tuesday (My birthday) will be no different.

Money Grabber – Fitz & the Tantrums – Pickin’ Up The Pieces

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Dark Night of the Soul

I think I’m a little late to the table on this one, since I just heard about the Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse album “Dark Night of the Soul” & it’s consequent shelving by EMI. Danger Mouse did not, obviously, endear himself to EMI when he made the Grey Album, but the ignorance of record companies to see the forest through the trees is becoming maddeningly ridiculous. So Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse have decided to release the 100 page booklet filled with pictures taken by David Lynch (who also shows up on one of the tracks) & a blank CD-R so that you may seek out the music & burn it for yourself. Now where, you may ask, might you find such a place where the music will be available? More on that a bit later.

Filled with artists such as: Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas, James Mercer, Suzanne Vega, Black Francis, Gruff Rhys, Wayne Coyne, Vic Chesnutt, Jason Lytle & Nina Persson. Dark Night of the Soul is destined to be a classic album if only classically underground. With the advent of the internet keeping an amazing album like this under wraps for long must be extremely difficult, but when BOTH artists want this album to be heard it’s downright impossible.

This is Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse’s opus. Their Sgt. Pepper, if you will. It is melodically beautiful & lyrically spectacular. The perfect mix of the two brilliant artists & their accompanying vocalists. Perhaps, it is just another amazing marketing scheme to garner a little more public interest before the album is eventually released, but for the time being take that CD-R and burn the album right here on the De Mello Theory.

Revenge – Featurning Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips

Just War – Featuring Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals

Jaykub – Featuring Jason Lytle from Grandaddy

Little Girl – Featuring Julian Casablancas from the Strokes

Angel’s Harp – Featuring Black Francis from the Pixies

Pain – Featuring Iggy Pop from The Stooges

Star Eyes – Featuring David Lynch

Every Time I’m With You – Featuring Jason Lytle

Insane Lullaby – Featuring James Mercer from the Shins

Daddy’s Gone – Featuring Nina Persson from the Cardigans

The Man Who Played God – Featuring Suzanne Vega

Grim Augury – Featuring Vic Chesnutt

Dark Night of the Soul – Featuring Vic Chesnutt & David Lynch