Eddie Floyd’s “Knock On Wood” is a timeless Stax classic. Don’t let the new movie Easy A tell you otherwise (its the featured number near the end of the movie) everything about “Knock On Wood” is in a groove, the rhythm guitar is warm and pounding, the vocal performance is electric and those horns are as pumping as ever. If you want to download it, stay tuned after the jump.
Head on over to Art of the Song for a very special version of the Led Zeppelin classic “Hey Hey What Can I Do”. Come back here after if you love (or even notice) the difference and download the song after the jump.
The Morning Benders are, quite unabashedly, one of my favorite current bands out there, and one of the few that I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person, albeit briefly. So when i heard of a new single coming out by way of the wonderful French blog La Blogotheque there was absolutely no way i could pass it up. With their debut album Talking Out of Tin Cans being a mainly jangly acoustic affair, it was a pleasant surprise when their follow-up Big Echo showcased their growth wherein they had honed in a more accessible Grizzly Bear sound without forgetting their rootsy background. “Virgins” seems a grand mixture of both, somehow capturing a similar feel to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and although performed live, it remains unhindered and quite breathtaking. Check it out, and if you like it download it over at Art of the Mixtape
For all the years after John Lennon’s death that his fans waited, first for Julian, and then for Sean, to follow in his footsteps, Friendly Fire would prove to be the first album to almost live up to their (unreachable) expectations. Yet Sean Lennon’s second album is not the work of his father, their similarities are limited only to the Lennon nasal timbre, only Seans is an octave higher. Yet Friendly Fire is a great work of melody, each song beautifully worked to be as visual as the movies that go along with them (look for them on youtube) and “Dead Meat” is perhaps the best, and most unique song on here. Head on over to Art of the Mixtape to download the song if you like it.