Labour Day Hot Tracks!

Benjamin Booker – Have You Seen My Son?

Francesco and I saw Benjamin Booker put on an unbelievable show opening up for Courtney Barnett a few months back. His self titled album just came out (or dropped, as the kids are saying), and its pretty awesome. The current single off the album, “Have You Seen My Son” is a gritty hard rocker with a little southern spice. Enjoy!


Only Real – Pass the Pain

Another Hot Tracks Friday favorite. Only Real’s latest single is another smooth, rap-ish summery jam. Keep ’em comin’ you snap-back wearing wannabe living in the 90s boy genius!


Iggy Pop – Dum Dum Boys

Takin’ it back to 1977, Iggy Pop’s The Idiot is probably one of the best albums no one’s heard. Dum Dum Boys, the song from which the Dum Dum Girls received their name, is just an awesome gritty sloppy rocker that will slowly crawl into your ears and stays there for days.


Hot Italian Sunday

I’m posting this on behalf of Francesco who is currently visiting his motherland:


I’ve been driving around Italy for a bit, with sketchy WiFi, and I’ve noticed a few things about the Italian people; they don’t seem too concerned about rushing. (Unless they’re driving. That’s a whole other story. Buy me a gin and tonic sometime and I’ll tell you all about it.) No, they go with the flow. I’ve sort of adopted that method this week, so here’s my Italian-themed Hot Tracks Sunday.


Eros Rammazotti feat. Tina Turner – Code de la Vita

Looking at the video now, I see a guy who looks like a Backstreet Boy, and I hear the nasal quality of his voice. But the song is pure 90s Euro power pop. It was a favorite of mine before I was introduced to contemporary North American rock ‘n roll. Plus, this version (not his original) has Tina Turner.


REM – Try Not to Breathe
Speaking of my intro to rock music, this was it. Track two from Automatic for the People, a song that will forever be linked to my adolescence in Italy. This wasn’t a shiny, happy REM. This was about everybody hurting, just before the snarl of Monster brought the band to the brink of disaster.


Red Hot Chili Peppers – Parallel Universe

I remember Italian kids asking me to translate Anthony Keidis’s words. I gave a literal translation, which must’ve been terrible, since his lyrics sometimes only make sense in the most roundabout of ways. But this song is from Californication, an album I played to death, and while I don’t remember it being a single in North America, I heard it on the radio in Italy yesterday, so I thought I’d include the track here for anyone who doesn’t know the album inside-out.


FLEETWOOD FRIDAY (Monster Hits Edition)

You’ve been asking/expecting it since the formation of this blog – well here it is! Here is a tiny sampling of Fleetwood’s biggest hits.
Although three members shared the role of lead vocalist, you’ll notice all of my selection are sung by the one and only Stevie Nicks.

FLEETWOOD MAC – Dreams (Album: Rumours – Released: 1977)

Arguably their biggest hit of all time. If you are somehow only hearing this song for the first time let me be the first to congratulate you on out-smarting your captor and escaping the sex dungeon!

Murray: Mind you, they did make some of their best music back then.
Bret: Rumours.
Murray: No. No, it’s all true.

FLEETWOOD MAC – Sara (Album: Tusk – Released: 1979)

Speaking of rumours, it’s alleged that Stevie Nicks wrote this song about an abortion she had after becoming pregnant from then boyfriend Don Henley.
Don Henley, Don Henley from the Eagles, Fran-man! You know, Hotel California? No? God dammit, Fran-man!!!

FLEETWOOD MAC – Gypsy (Album: Mirage – Released: 1982)

Hey I just noticed that this album was released the year I was born! Which is cool since this is without a doubt my favourite Fleetwood Mac song. I wish I could have directed this video. Stevie doing the splits while staring at herself in the mirror – perfection!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for FLEETWOOD FRIDAY (Deep Cuts Edition)