January Song of the Month: Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat

Mando Diao - Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat
Mando Diao - Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat

I was going to skip January, but then remembered this Mando Diao tune Blue Lining, White Trenchcoat.

This track begins at what sounds like a rail station and rips right into a piano driven frenzy.  Later on the song breaks down and then comes back together.

The lyrics are a lock often ending with the call for the blue lining, white trench coat:

“I’ve got my Armageddon boots, brown shades and brand new leather suit. Blue lining, blue lining, blue lining, white trench coat.


“I’m burning, like a combat zone, so sharp my senses cutting stone Blue lining, blue lining blue lining white trench coat”

This LP went on sale mid February, but for some reason is not available on Amazon.com or iTunes.

Listen to the track

February Song of the Month

I’m selecting a song from Vetiver’s  Tight Knit record (official release 3/4/09) for the February song of the month.

The album as a whole is quite good. I like the upbeat spring-day-type songs like Everyday and More of This.

The tune that gets my commendations is Another Reason To Go, which has a funky keyboard and horn backing.

December Song of the Month: "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll"

I first noticed The Rapture when closing down a bar on Beacon and Harvard Ave.  Boston doesn’t seem to support a strong alternative scene, but it was going strong in the bar and the DJ closed the house with “Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks.”

People were going nuts.When I saw that the band had put together a mix of dance tracks for a new album,  Tapes (!K7), I had to check it out.  There are a lot of great sounding cuts on the record, but the stand out track is “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll” which was originally released in my birth year of 1980 by Vaughn Mason & Crew.

The track is unchanged, but cheers to The Rapture for the back-of-the-crate selection.  I was a fan before I hit up Oak’s Park Jam Skate this past week.Here are some handy links to pick these up:

November Song of the Month

I’m going to try and start identifying songs of the month.  I think that these will be from artists that have released something new, for instance, a new album or perhaps a new remix of an old song.November’s song of the month was released in late October of this year by the Kaiser Chiefs.  This band is totally awesome.  I’ve seen them twice now, and this new album, Off With Their Heads is an absolute must have, must rock out to album.

The song I’ve selected for November 2008 is Never Miss a Beat, which clowns on the disinterested, apathetic youth of today.  The chorus is an early turn-off, repeating, “its cool to know nothing.” but the bridge is what saves the song where vocalist Ricky Wilson begs the listener, “Take a look at the kids on the street, no they never miss a beat.”

Buy Never Miss a Beat from Amazon for 99 cents.  Bonus: Pick up You Want History for more excellence.