Monday, June 30, 2008

And I Drink Your Love

I promised you I'd be posting today and what better time to do so than during an unexpected layover? I'm making my way down to Florida for business...but you don't come here for my ramblings. You come here for the music, so I'll get on with it.

Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Barber has already scored a number one hit in his homeland and I think it's about time he conquer America. Okay, very slim chance of that happening with the current tastes of most Americans. Given the opportunity (which isn't likely, either), he could very well storm the adult contemporary charts. While his lyrics are simple and a tad trite, he somehow makes it work. If you're anything like me, you'll find yourself putting him on repeat.

Listen to And You Give, the first single from the new album, Ghost Notes.

Like what you hear? Then check him out over on MySpace for additional songs and upcoming performances. Pick up his album via iTunes (use link below) or get in the old fashioned format via Amazon (import only).

Matthew Barber

Sunday, June 29, 2008


So it's Pride today and I should have been having a fantastic time. While I did have some fun prior to all the rain, it pretty much spiraled downward quickly. Oh well, I'll post all the pictures and videos tomorrow. In the meantime, I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek. It's helped steer my mood into better territory, so I thought I would share it with all of you.

BTW, I also have pictures and video from Friday night's Celebrate Brooklyn concert that features Cold War Kids.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Bring Your Nieces And Your Cousins

One of my favourite bands, Cold War Kids, is putting on a free show this Friday as part of Celebrate Brooklyn. Other artists performing will be Elvis Perkins In Dearland and Sam Champion. The show will be at the Prospect Park Bandshell and starts at 7:00 p.m. I'll be there and so should you!

For those in NYC, take the F train to 7th Avenue. Exit at the front of the Brooklyn-bound train leaves you at 8th Avenue and 9 Street. Walk 1 block to park's 9th Street Entrance.

A Hundred Millions Ways To Break A Heart

I'm making a conscious effort to bring more male artists into the fold. For a while there my playlist consisted of female singers and female-fronted bands, so that was reflected on my blog. But now that I'm finding worthy songs from male artists, I need to start posting here.

One such artist is Benji Hughes. It's hard to pin him down, but he's kind of a mixture of Beck and The Eels. The tracks are a bit lighter and fun, though. And he definitely doesn't look anything like I thought he would. The song I have here is called You Stood Me Up, and it's about exactly what you'd think. He gets stood up by a girl. It's a really great track that's a nice summer vibe. Enjoy!

If you like what you hear, head over to iTunes (via the link below) to pick up his EP, A Little Extreme. His double disc album A Love Extreme is due out next month.

Benji Hughes

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Last night I saw The Ting Tings at Southpaw in Brooklyn, and it was hands down the best concert I've been to. Okay, so I may be a little biased considering they are my favourite band, but there is a reason that it was sold out last night. Their set list played out like a greatest hits set would for a band that's been around much longer. Each song had the entire club dancing, jumping about and singing. Yes, just about everyone there seemed about as in love with The Ting Tings as me.

Katie White (pictured) and Jules De Martino infused so much energy and fun into their performance that it didn't really matter that some of us had waited nearly three hours to hear 10 songs. Thankfully, I was one of those few that was there early, which got me a spot front and center at that stage. Little did I know that by the end of the night I would have White's crotch in my face on multiple occasions. She was constantly jumping over the equipment and getting right at the edge of the stage...her favourite spot being directly in front of me. Had I known that I was able to bring my camera, I would have been able to get close ups of her pores. I will say this, she's become far more greater presence on stage than some of the early footage I've seen. Meanwhile, Jules De Martino (who I must say I have a slight crush on) was pretty much confined to his drums, but he was equally energetic. I just wish he would take his sunglasses off for once.

Oh, and lest I forget, their opening act, Anni Rossi, was amazing. She did wonders with just her voice, a violin and a suitcase. Definitely check her out.

Please go visit The Ting Tings' Myspace page to find out if they are coming to a city near you. If so, I highly recommend you go see them. You won't regret it.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh

So I told you that I would be back, and here I am. A little later than I said, but better late than never...right? I swore to myself that I was going to avoid posting songs by female artists (or groups w/ a female on vocals) because this blog has way too much estrogen for its own good. I know I'm gay and all, but still. well, my best friend informed me that one of my favourite Mexican singers was back with some new material and I just couldn't resist posting here since I've fallen in love w/ the song. You don't have to know Spanish, this song is addictive regardless of what language(s) you understand. The artist is Julieta Venegas and the song is Gol. It was originally done by Anita Tijoux (she actually is featured on this version, as well), but Venegas got a hold of it and put her twist on it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Prospect(ive) Park

Since moving to NYC about a month ago, I've discovered that I'm far more popular with the men here than back in Texas. Maybe they smell fresh meat. Or it could just be that I feel more comfortable here than I have elsewhere. Or maybe there's just something in the water that impacts their judgment. Whatever it is, I'm enjoying the attention. There's been a drought for the past two and a half years, so all the attention is really rather refreshing. A little strange for me, though, since I'm not used to it yet.

That being said, I went on my first date since this past Friday. It was with an attractive fellow that I had bumped into the previous weekend. We enjoyed a movie (The Strangers), followed by coffee. While we have a second date lined up for Friday, I'm not holding my breath. It isn't that I'm necessarily being pessimistic, it's just that there hasn't been a second date in the past three years. If it happens, it happens. At this point, I'm really just focused on having some fun, not necessarily looking for a boyfriend. Not that I'm opposed to that either.

Speaking of having fun, I actually have another date this weekend w/ another very recent transplant from Texas. Well, it's kind of a date. We're both really attracted to each other, but are trying to approach this first as friends. That's why we are doing non-typical date activities, such as shopping for window a/c units. He'll also be meeting my friends and me out in Prospect Park for Brooklyn Pride that night.

So yeah, I'm really loving NYC. It's just amazing to finally feel at home somewhere.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Lets Try This Again

I have good news for anyone that has been waiting for me to return to this here blog: I'M BACK!

I'll understand if you have your doubts, as I've said this before in the past month. This time it's true, though. Since I am only home roughly two days out of the week, I have been trying to simultaneously get settled in my new flat and go out exploring my new home. Naturally, the blog suffered as a result. But never fear, I am back in nearly full mode. Unfortunately, the site I use to store all the music I pay here has canceled my subscription because of an issue with Paypal, so I'm going to spend my free time this week searching for another site. So while I'll be updating, new music will most likely not hit the site until this weekend.