Jan 31, 2009

So, there's this game tomorrow...

...or so I've heard. Here are a few reposts of Photocrap covers from artists who've played the Superbowl halftime show and a couple of football-related covers.








Jan 30, 2009

Best of '09

Okay, so 2009's only been here a short time, but I've already managed to hear some great music. Here's my very very early top 10 (and yes, a couple haven't been released yet... I have a man on the ground).

1. Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light in the West
2. The Gourds - Haymaker!
3. Phosphorescent - To Willie
4. Scott Miller - For Crying Out Loud
5. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - s/t
6. Doug Burr - The Shawl
7. M.Ward - Hold Time
8. Mark Olson and Gary Louris - Ready for the Flood
9. The Derek Trucks Band - Already Free
10. Bruce Springsteen - Waiting on a Dream

Jan 28, 2009

Fun With Charts & Graphs

Here's the first in a new series called "Fun With Charts & Graphs." Click on the chart for a closer view. This one's entitled "Lucille's Marital Satisfaction."

Jan 27, 2009

JC Remixed?

http://www.amazon.com/Johnny-Cash-Remixed/dp/B001EC6JYO

No no no no.... I gave some of these songs a fair listen... and I like Snoop Dogg, but this is not good. Stop it, John Carter.

Jan 26, 2009

.99 Review - Eric Church

.99 Review
Eric Church - Love Your Love the Most

The People's Take
THIS SONG IS GREAT (5 Stars) – IF THIS SONG ISNT A HIT, THEN YOUR NOT COUNTRY
-M-88

I'd expect better from Eric (2 Stars) – As much as I love Eric Church's music and would recomend it to anyone, I hate this song. It's a copy of "I love my old bird dog (and I love you too)." Whoever thought a girl would like being told that "I love nascar, but I love you the most" would make a girl swoon was very wrong. I would certainly hope you love your girl more than you love nascar....
-Country Girl 93

My Take
Well, this is a kick in the balls. I was counting on Eric, whose debut album is one of my favorite commercial country releases in recent years, to be my first positive ".99 Review," but alas. Church is grinding hard for another hit, or at least some airplay, and it shows. Boy does it show. My stomach turned just three lines into the song as I realized Eric was listing, and I don't mean like a ship. Eric listed mama's cooking. Eric listed boots. Eric listed beer. Eric listed Nascar. I almost expected him to start listing his favorite list songs after a while. Now that's an idea for a song! The only redeeming factors in this tune are Eric's voice and the hope that maybe, just maybe, he is actually satirizing this type of song. Or maybe his mention of "Faulkner books" gave me a false impression of his intelligence. "Love Your Love the Most" rates an amazing 8 on "The Checklist," but only thirty-four cents on the value chart.

Total value: .34/.99























The Checklist

Church/God
Check mark symbolMama
Check mark symbolBoots
Check mark symbolName Dropping
Dying Person
County Fair
Lost Love
Check mark symbolLove
Hometown Pride
Kindly Advice
Check mark symbolTruck
Check mark symbolWhiskey
Check mark symbolBeer
Check mark symbolLife Affirmation
USA
Soldiers
Pop Sheen
Star Power

Jan 24, 2009

This is cool

I've heard country and rap mixed together before, mostly to horrible effect (I'm looking at you, CBT), but this is completely different, in sound and artistic merit. Gangstagrass is a mash up of real hip-hop and bluegrass (and some country blues). It's not as gimmicky as early attempts at this blend, and all genres are strongly presented in their use. Be warned that the hip-hop is gritty and explicit, but this is a unique and interesting sound for sure! The album is posted free here: http://gangstagrass.com/

I actually like George but...

...the picture of him pulling on that locked door at that China press conference was too good not to Photocrap.

Jan 22, 2009

Country Day: January 09

No more numbering the country album cover days... they're monthly anyway.












My other Rascal Flatts cover contest submission

This one's a little more traditional (and a little less stomach turning... but only marginally so)

Jan 21, 2009

.99 Review - JR

To reiterate...This is a new feature...I'll buy a single from the featured/new section of the country genre on iTunes, post some select unedited "reviews" from iTunes buyers (The People's Take) then give my own quick, strange review (My Take) with a value rating (x/.99), plus an occasional Photocrapped single cover and a handy, dandy Hit Country Song Checklist.

.99 Review
John Rich - Another You

The People's Take
Not Hardly (3 Stars) – ok so i love Big n Rich but not just Rich...lost in this moment was good but when he is by himself there is no magic...sorry Rich
-BayBay2121

woahh (4 Stars) – his voice is ahhhmazing :D i lovee himm. this sonnng is greattt!
-Chels-E

?? (3 Stars) – where is the other guy
-musky81

STOP WHINING (4 Stars) – THIS SONG IS BOOTY BUT AS LONG AS OBAMA THINKS HE WILL BE BETTER THAN THE LAST GUY OLD WHATS HIS FACE...
-AZMAN2208

My Take
Like 90% of you, I'm not fond of the mustachioed, egotistical, bottle-wielding "genius," John Rich, but I must recognize the fact that he's written and co-written some of the best... errr, biggest hits Nashville's put out in recent years. Like Akon in hip hop music, John Rich is ubiquitous; you can't read The 9513 or Country California or flip on CMT without seeing that grinning mug or hearing about that almighty master of hype daily. He's done reality TV, he's done Big & Rich, he's done jailbait, he's done bar fights. Here, he steps away from the underachieving Big & Rich and does the first single from his second solo album. The verdict: stick to the ho's. John's thin voice can't begin to carry this country-pop power ballad that never really takes flight because of it. Keith Anderson has a similarly thin voice, but manages to pull off his ballads fairly well because his voice at least has some grit and personality to it. Without Big Kenny's contrasting deep drawl, John's just another singer and this is just another song. Oddly enough, this sounds like a tune Lonestar might have recorded... after John left the group (and just an album track at that). Perhaps in the hands of a singer with a more distinctive voice, this might be affecting. As it stands, it's a slightly below average performance of a song that is utterly unmemorable. An additional 5 cents are deducted for rhyming "world" and "girl."

Total value: .20/.99























The Checklist (w/two new categories)
(4 or more checks indicates a higher probability of this being a hit song)

Church/God
Mama
Boots
Name Dropping
Dying Person
County Fair
Check mark symbolLost Love
Check mark symbolLove
Hometown Pride
Kindly Advice
Truck
Whiskey
Beer
Life Affirmation
USA
Soldiers
Check mark symbolPop Sheen
Star Power

Jan 20, 2009

The Rascal Flatts Project

So, Rascal Flatts is running a contest for fans to design the cover of their next album, entitled Relentless. Well, I'm not actually a fan (though I'll admit to between one and four of their songs being guilty pleasures), but I'm entering anyway. They provided a handy dandy logo and photo kit for prospective contestants, but I had no use for the photos, yet anyway... heh heh heh (evil laugh). Anyway, my actual entry is first (yeah, the tattoo design scheme is kinda tired, but I haven't seen it used on a major label album cover yet), followed by 5 designed exclusively for Farce the Music (warning: not particularly safe for viewing at work or before a meal). Here you go! *For the record, my better half doesn't think it's right to enter the contest and "make fun" of it at the same time... eh, I'm not making fun, just having fun. :)







Jan 19, 2009

Daryl Worley parody

I normally don't parody serious songs (well, serious songs I don't hate), but this just fit so well...

I Just Came Back from a Walmart
(parody of Darryl Worley’s “I Just Came Back from a War”)

The first thing I did when that sliding door opened was run like hell
The next thing I did was to go find a mug down at the Wishing Well
Drank some beer and cried a lot into my glass
And when my buddy Billy Joe walked past
He said I don't know what it is, but you seem different to me

I said I just came back from a place where they hated me
and left me alone and ignored
A hell where fat mothers were blocking the groceries that I was there looking for
If I ain’t exactly the same good old boy that walked into that damned ol’ store
I just came back from a Walmart

The very next moment I took a shot of whiskey and stood
I said you’re lucky your wife don’t make you go there, you really got it good
People were cursing and children wore no smiles
There was gnashing of teeth in the baked goods aisle
And I stood in the express lane for an eternity

I just came back from a place where they hated me
and left me alone and ignored
A hell where Nascar displays were blocking the groceries that I was there looking for
If I’m not the well adjusted fella that last came through those swinging doors
I just came back from a Walmart

I hope this never happens to you
Cause a mind is a terrible thing to lose

I just came back from a place where they hated me
and left me alone and ignored
A hell where ratty kids were blocking the groceries that I was there looking for
Chances are I never will be the same
I really don’t know anymore
I just came back from a Walmart

You don’t know me (repeated)

I just came back from a Walmart

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