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New Music Week Of August 4th, 2009: A quiet week

Taylor Swift – Tyler Dean
Thug Story – Taylor Swift and T. Pain
Hard on the heels of my posting that taking MP3s without paying for them is theft Alix gave me a CD she got from her friend Alli in Boston of Swift’s best song since “Love Story” (and better than anything else on “Fearless” except MAYBE “Hey Stephen”), “Thug Story”. Swift is so charming on this song you just wanna hug her and T. Pain is amused and bemused and his autotuning “I had a dream last night…” makes me laugh. It’s not my fault they haven’t extended it into a 2 1/2 minute song and FORCED ME into a career of crime. Tyler Dean is cuter than Taylor herself, if he ever got sent to jail he’d never walk again and this come on to TS is quite as charming as “Thug Story”; a country pop with electric guitars and really funny lyric and a hooky instrumental break which is always the sign of a song that really wants to grab you and keep you, “every time I look she’s at the top of my list, I want a girl like Taylor Swift.” before the last line of the YEAR: “656 0003… call me, text me, call me baby”. Singles Of the Week

Everybody Else – Care Bears On Fire
These girls are fourteen, fifteen year old and they look like their twelve. Teen girls can look hot or teen girls can look like children and Care Bears On Fire look lpre-pubescent. Catchy punk pop with a killer chorus “Nya nya nya nya”. These cats are the real deal.

Celebration – Madonna
Sounds like a lost “Erotica” outtake and better than anything on “Hard Candy,” “Celebration” is a drum machine, synthy dance track off her forth coming retrospective. Retrospective? Translation: the two greatest hits plus “4 Minutes”

Tribute To EP – Yim Yames
No One’s First And You’re Next EP – Modest Mouse
Recorded Lo-Fi style covers of George Harrison as personal eulogy to the late Beatle back in 00 before My Morning Jacket. On listening to Yames “Dear God” he seems to be trying for the simple, deep spirituality he gives to Harrison here. A song like “All Things Must Pass” with just an acoustic voice and Yames singing in mid-range is just about perfect and “Love You To” an interesting dischordant version of the :”Revolver” song. One complaint: couldn’t he have gone a little bit further into the catalogue -this is just Beatles and the “Pass” album. MM are the real care bears on fire and while this doesn’t hit the heights of “History Sticks…,” “I’ve Got In All (Almost)” is a smart mash of rock and experimental.

Uprising – Muse
I saw these cats opening for Red Hot Chili Peppers once and didn’t like em though in their native England they’re a big deal. The problem is Mathew Bellamy’s histrionic vocals of course and I’ve found when I’ve had a problem with a lead vocalist it is gonna make me dislike the band. “Uprising” is a snooze.

CNR – “Weird Al” Yankovic
Al takes on southern rock in this paean to the very gay when gayness was frowned upon Charles Nelson Reilly but Weird Al is getting too good at this, it’s hard to be sure he’s joking on this re-write of “Ironman”.

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