My Favourite Band

Je Suis France offer new LP for free

Well, it's not really free so much as it is pay-what-you-want; it's just that "free" is going to get so many more people to check it out. Je Suis France's new album Let's Give Em Something To Talk About is out now on Bandcamp. They also have some really unique pricing options to reward those fans who pay for the album.

$5 - You get a FREE TSHIRT

$10 - You get a copy of the album on Vinyl & a FREE SHIRT!!

$1000 - You get to ride around in the back of a Uhaul partying with the France (with a keg) while we try to play a private show back there.

Really hoping one of you goes for that $1K option just so I can hear what it's like.

Rufus Wainwright et al: "What'll I Do?" - f

As much of a pop junkie as I am, I can still be brought to my knees by a stirring piano piece and dreamy harmonies. "What'll I Do" is an Irving Berlin cover that was featured on The McGarrigle Hour, an album put out by Kate McGarrigle, her friends and family. On this track, you'll hear Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Kate's children, and Loudon Wainwright III, her ex-husband.

MP3: Rufus Wainwright - What'll I Do (Irving Berlin)

A good friend of mine remarked that Rufus sounds "listless" during his sections. I agree, but in a completely different way than what she intended. "What'll I Do" is supposed to be performed in a manner which implies that the person singing it has been emotionally destroyed. In that respect, yes, it does seem that Rufus has drained any semblance of happiness or passion from his voice. Both he and his father seem to be just shadows of themselves. They're heartbroken, and there's no point in trying to hide it.

Thao & Mirah

I was really excited when I heard about the Thao/Mirah team up, but kinda forgot to follow the project until it was already released. The good news of this, though, is that the collaboration is even better than I expected. Their voices are quite complimentary, as are their songwriting styles.

MP3: Thao & Mirah - Eleven

I don't know that I would have expected a track like "Eleven" to come out of either Thao or Mirah's solo work, so maybe we can chalk this one up to the power of the collaboration. There's some quick, light percussion and an effortlessly catchy pop song at the heart of it. I must admit, though, that Mirah steals the show in this one. Thao has great accent sections "to sweet for my mouth! too soft for my hands!" but this one's Mirah's to win. It's OK though - Thao gets more than her share of the spotlight through the rest of the album. You'll have to pick it up to see where she really shines.