Sunday, November 16, 2014

10 Minute Documentary: Buy Sell Trade

Over the years I have kept most of my vinyl records. Today vinyl has made a comeback and it is good to see that young people have rediscovered vinyl.

This short film has been out for about a year, published to YouTube in April 2013.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Found The Cocktail Slippers

Cocktail Slippers' "St. Valentine's Day Massacre"

Every now and then I "find" a band or artist that I never heard of but then almost instantly fall for their music. A few years ago a friend of mine turned me on to the band Dengue Fever. Been a fan ever since.

Recently while searching YouTube for any video of the old Connie Francis track "Don't Ever Leave Me" written by Ellie Greenwch, I found this band called Cocktail Slippers. Their version was released in 2009 and totally updates the original bringing the song into the 21st century with a sassy, electric, rock n roll edge it truly deserves. Just below the fold then is Cocktail Slippers' version of "Don't Ever Leave Me":

The video is Cocktail Slippers' tribute to all of the "girl groups" of the 1960s. For some reason the audio on this video is not as sharp or loud as the version posted just below:

Of course Cocktail Slippers have recorded many more songs beyond this reworked 1960s gem. Then again who are Cocktail Slippers?

From Wikipedia: "Cocktail Slippers is a five-piece, all-female rock band from Oslo, Norway. Current band members are: Hope (vocals), Rocket Queen (guitar), Piper (keyboard/organ), Bella Donna (drums) and Aurora de Morales (bass). Cocktail Slippers was formed in 2001 and has since released three studio albums and two Christmas singles. They are known for their entertaining live rock n roll performances and have played alongside artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Crowded House, Elvis Costello and The Strokes.[1][2] The band is continuously touring Europe and the USA. The band's main musical influences are Blondie, The Shangri-Las, Joan Jett, Foo Fighters, The Ramones, and The Beach Boys."

So once again I have become a fan of another musical artist from overseas who have yet to be discovered in a big way in the United States. Still their music is quite good and Cocktail Slippers' have amassed quite a discography of catchy rock songs, many of which could be huge hits. A leading example is at the top of this post..... a song called "St. Valentines' Day Massacre".

I'm still "discovering" more of their music and have posted a few more tracks below.

Doesn't the old guy in the bar resemble the old guy in Churchill's roller skater version of "Change"?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - Week of July 20, 2014

First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining

First Aid's "My Silver Lining" is #1 for a second week.

First Aid Kit Holds @ #1;  
Train Close Behind
Mel's Weekly To 20 - Week of July 20, 2014.

This WeekTitleArtistLast Week
1 My Silver Lining (2nd week @ #1!) First Aid Kit 1
2 Angel in Blue Jeans Train 3
3 Riptide Vance Joy 4
4 Night Like This LP 5
5 Love Runs Out OneRepublic 2
6 Fever The Black Keys 6
7 Try Colbie Caillat 9
8 Maps Maroon 5 14
9 A Sky Full of Stars Coldplay 8
10 Paris Magic Man 10
11 Cool Kids Echosmith 20
12 I Love You (But I Hate Your Friends) Neon Trees 15
13 Happy (From "Despicable Me 2") Pharrell Williams 7
14 Dangerous (feat. Joywave) Big Data 16
15 Best Friend Foster the People 17
16 Back To the Earth Jason Mraz 11
17 Girls Chase Boys Ingrid Michaelson 12
18 Raging Fire Phillip Phillips 13
19 Stolen Dance Milky Chance --
20 Tongues (feat. Kopps) Joywave --


First Aid Kit holds on to the #1 position for a 2nd week with "My Silver Lining". They are a duo consisting of Sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg who come from a suburb in Stockholm, Sweden. Their latest album Stay Gold was released on June 10 in the U.S. and features the hit single along with 9 other tracks.

Train could soon have a #1 song as "Angel in Blue Jeans" moves up a spot from #3 last week to #2 this week. It's a great song and to me compliments our #1 song with a similar sound. Following Train we see Vance Joy also moving up 1 from #4 last week to #3 with his breakout hit "Riptide". Again another good song that could go to #1.

Rounding out the top 5 we find newcomer LP moving up 1 from #5 to #4 with "Night Like This" and OneRepublic slipping 3 with their former #1 track "Love Runs Out" losing 2 dipping to #5 from last week's #3.

We see that Maroon 5 is back with their latest single "Maps" breaking into the top 10 at #8. That song is up six points from last week's #14 position.

Still the fastest charting track belongs Echosmith as their single "Cool Kids" jumps up 9 points from last week's #20 debut position to hold on to #11 this week. Only 2 weeks on the chart this song is destined to go higher!

Songs That Went to #1 in 2014

My Silver Lining - First Aid Kit (2)
Love Runs Out - OneRepublic (1)
Fever - The Black Keys (3)
Happy - Pharrell Williams (8)
All of Me - John Legend (3)
Says She Loves Me - Aer (2)
Sleeping With a Friend - Neon Trees (4)
Timber - Pitull featuring Kesha (4)
Unconditionally - Katy Perry (3)

(x) = Total weeks @ #1