Posts Tagged ‘imelda may’

The Chieftains “Voice of Ages”

April 1, 2012

Those who know me may think I like this band because of the hockey reference. The real reason is their appearance on “Brak Presents the Brak Album Starring Brak.” Twelve years later, I can return the favor and review this compilation.
So unlike that record, this one features all Chieftains stuff, and it’s the vocalist who is a guest. Pick your favorite act or read on for my favorites:

  • On “Carolina Rua/Reel – The Ladies Pantalettes” Imelda May provides great lyrics
  • Bon Iver slows it down with “Down in the Willow Garden”
  • Punch Brothers do well on both “The Lark in the Clear Air/Olam Punch” and “The Frost Is All Over”
  • The Decemberists give completists another song to download with “When the Ship Comes In”
  • Paolo Nutini is downright nutty on “Hard Times Come Again No More”
  • NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman helps out on “The Chieftains in Orbit,” which has to be heard to be believed
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Joel’s Hit Show, Episode 128, 5 October 2011 Playlist

October 5, 2011

Jolie Holland, Gold and Yellow
Maria Taylor, Idle Mind
Hildur Victoria, Palisades
Sleeping in the Aviary, You and Me, Ghost
The Hindi Guns, She’s All Right
Hissyfits, Tired
St. Vincent, Cruel
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, On the Low
Feist, How Come You Never Go There
Jesca Hoop, Bed Across the Sea
Horrorpops, Bring It On!
Diva, Glow Worm
The Hot Toddies, Wet Dream
Hot Lava, Mummy Beach
Family of the Year, 6 AM
Frida Hyvonen, Djuna!
Lida Husik, Fly Stereophonic
HTRK, Synthetik
The Icicles, New Haircolor
Ida, So Worn Out
The Big Scary, Spring
Imperial Teen, City Song
Imaginary Cities, Cherry Blossom Tree
Radiation City, Salsaness
Ida Maria, Oh My God
Lia Ices, Love Is Won
Caroline Smith & the Good Night Sleeps, Strong Shoulders
Imogen Heap, First Train Home
Immaculate Machine, Only Love You for Your Car
Exitmusic, The Hours
Is/Is, So Long
Innocent Bandits, Madman’s Cackle
San Cisco, Golden Revolver
I Was a King, Someone Is Waiting
The Innocence Mission, Bright as Yellow
Release the Sunbird, Come Back to Us
Ivy, Digging Your Scene
Internal/External, Various Transmission
Imelda May, Pulling the Rug
Sarah Jaffe, Two Intangibles Cant Be Had/Working for a Nuclear Free City Remix
Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Strong Black Coffee
Shugo Tokumaru, Video Killed the Radio Star
Jenny and Johnny, Big Wave
J. Perdiod and Nneka, Spread Love
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sinner

Imelda May “Mayhem”

September 18, 2011

Beat-wise, this has the party atmosphere that Bow Wow Wow has. The voice is much sultrier, however. “Pulling the Rug” tugs at your heart as she flirts her way through it.
The best slower track is “Kentish Town Waltz.” There’s nothing ish about it — this is a bona fide waltz. “Eternity” and “Proud and Humble” are for alt-country fans.
If you liked “Goodbye” by Save Ferris, you’ll appreciate “Bury My Troubles.” One would never confuse Imelda May as a ska vocalist, but regardless, many appropriate comparisons can be drawn here.
“I’m Alive” is a happy sort of iced-tea-on-the-balcony good time. The vocals are mixed slightly higher, and there is a bit of a tropical beach theme. Better make that iced tea a Corona.