Showing posts from June, 2007

Flipping the Sirius Satellite Dial, 6/22/07

A couple of songs caught my ear this morning while channel surfing Sirius satellite radio. Mutya, formerly of the Sugababes has a new song called "Real Girl" that is built on the string riff from Lenny Kravitz' "It Ain't Over Till It's Over" which will insinuate itself into your brain if you hear it more than once, a testament to the songwriting power of the original. She's no slouch vocally, either. If you spend any time checking out BBC1 , you won't be able to avoid it, seems to be in heavy rotation now, resistance is futile so here's the video from YouTube, courtesy of bkmassive. Mutya's myspace. Buy Real Girl (Import CD Single) at Amazon On a more serious note, Sirius Disorder (channel 32) played a great new version of Bob Dylan's "With God on Our Side" by Gurf Morlix. Give a fresh listen to Gurf performing it live, as posted to YouTube by mopacmedia. In his intro he makes the excellent point that this song "is e

Joan Osborne - Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 6/16/07

Joan Osborne was positively brilliant performing before her hometown Brooklyn crowd as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Her well selected set spanned her entire career, including nice chunks of both of her current albums. Although Joan has been well known as a singer-songwriter since releasing Relish (1995) with its huge hit "One of Us", the range of versatility as a performer that she has displayed over the past few years, singing on Standing In The Shadows of Motown (2002), singing with The Dead (2003) and also with Phil Lesh & Friends (2006); combined with her highly developed songwriting skill (the originals on her two current albums are equal to or better than the superbly chosen cover songs) is proof that she is totally an artist working at the top of her game. Her nearly two hour performance at Prospect Park embodied all of these qualities and then some. The sound and lighting at this venue are quite impressive, with ab