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Free Download: Project Jenny, Project Jan "Zoobar"

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Is there such a thing as "barnyard pop"? Check out the crazy fun "Zoobar" by emerging Brooklyn synth-pop duo Project Jenny, Project Jan. It is like an R-rated Disney animal cartoon filled with bartending hyenas, a lion bouncer, partying alligator ladies and boozing mosquitoes. Pretty hilarious and a lot more entertaining than that disappointing critter flick Evan Almighty. The track is taken from the group's upcoming debut "XOXOXOXOXO" that is out on August 14.

Project Jenny, Project Jan is the duo of vocalist Jeremy Haines and electronic wizz Sammy Rubin. The two met via common friends in college and coincidentally started to jam together one night and immediately hit if off. In 2005, the two released their first-titled EP that will be followed later this summer by their first full-length effort. The group will also be touring with Fujiya & Miyagi in July.

"Zoobar" is a genre-crossing and intoxicating concoction with its thumping bass, punchy electro beat and even a bluegrass banjo that is totally original. And Jeremy Haines' David Bryne-esque vocals add a frantic buzz to it. Listen and you might be "rocking until the Cock-a-doodle-do from the last call." Just for fun try to guess how many animals Haines mentions in the song. Full lyrics after the jump for the answer. (Thanks to Might Records for allowing me to share).

Download Project Jenny Project Jan "Zoobar" [MP3]

"Zoobar"
by Project Jenny, Project Jan

A place called the Barnyard is where everybody goes
all the animals in the bar, they never wear clothes.
You've got to watch out for the flamingos,
because they've got the bad shit here but everybody knows
You get your drinks from the hyenas
They got the works from the wine(ya) to saki-tinis
oh, but they're just a little dosed up with Roofies
all the alley cats chat, they're feeling kind of goofy because
The Ecstacy is impressing me.
The blind bat gets the best recipe.
You better see the water buffalo in the back
blowing lines off and alligator lady smoking crack.

I got stoned to the bone never wanted to come down
all the monkeys running wild acting like clowns.
They're spilling over beers, knocking people down
so the bouncer who's a lion runs the suckers out of town.
The whole place is bouncing up and down again,
but who cares? The cops are on the payroll, man
and everybody knows that the place is never closed
all the animals are partying even the mosquitos.
They drink blood full of alcohol!
They dance with the birds and have a ball yes, have a ball.
they don't stop rocking until the "Cock-a-doodle-do" from the last call
rooster
telling you the night is through.

June 29, 2007 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (4)

Download Andre 3000 "Class Of 3000"

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While I'm eagerly awaiting new Outkast material, the duo's Andre "3000" Benjamin is releasing some new solo material next week. The Atlanta artist will be putting out the soundtrack "Class Of 3000," which features 14 songs that he exclusively wrote and produced for his Class of 3000 series on Cartoon Network.

Set to the backdrop of Atlanta, Class of 3000 follows international music star Sunny Bridges who gave up his flourishing music career to teach a group of gifted musical prodigies at his alma mater, the Westley School for the Performing Arts. The soundtrack feature the voices of the characters from the innovative series, including Sunny Bridges, who borrows his voice from Andre 3000 himself. 

Lead single "Class Of 3000" is the ideal lecture on different muscial genres with its wild caphony of styles. Professor 3000 keeps the kids entertained.

Download "Class Of 3000" here. (Link provided by Sony BMG and is approved for posting.)

June 29, 2007 in MP3 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Listen to Scott Simons "Umbrella" (Rihanna Cover)

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Several covers of Rihanna's summer smash "Umbrella" are popping up on the mightly internet such the acoustic remake by Swivel that I blogged about recently.

Scott Simons has also created a new version of Rihanna's hit. The handsome crooner has turned "Umbrella" into a very wistful, emotive ballad with an atmospheric piano arrangement and subtle synthesized beats. Very pristine. You can get more information about this cover on Scott's web site.

You might know Scott Simons as the lead songwriter of indie outfit The Argument who were named one of the top ten unsigned bands in the country by the American Music Awards in 2003. They received national fame by opening acts as Keane, Fountains of Wayne and Howie Day.

The singer singed indie label Rostrum Records in mid-2006. Since then, he worked on several new tracks with Neal Pouge (Outkast, Citizen Cope, Stevie Wonder) and John Fields (Bleu, Semisonic, Switchfoot, Andrew WK) and produced by Ted Comerford (Zox, Virginia Coalition). He plans to tour regionally in 2007 and has been co-writing songs for major label artists. (Thanks to Rostrum Records for sharing.)

June 28, 2007 in Audio Streams | Permalink | Comments (15)

Watch Passenger "Do What You Like"

Jon tipped me about "Do What You like," an excellent new single by British band Passenger. The song is promoted as a "tale of unrequited love and regaining control and self respect." But what stands out to me more is its combination of twitching guitars, electronica-influenced stylings and Mike Rosenberg's idiosyncratic crooning. It is one of those songs that immediately stands out at first listen. It sounds so familiar yet so unique. This is the stuff hits are made of.

Mike Rosenberg met guitarist Andrew Phillips at a Free Burma benefit in 2002 where they bonded over a mutual love of hip hop and traditional country and folk. A year later they were joined by bassist Marcus O’Dair, drummer Alon Cohen and keyboardist Richard Brincklow, which made the line-up complete.

Rosenberg and his pals named the band after their song "Passenger" that sums up their songwriting vision. "It's about being disengaged," says Rosenberg in the group's bio. "An observer, slightly outside of a situation. And that really resonates throughout everything we do. It sets an aesthetic tone for us."

"Do What You Want" will be available in straight-up MP3 format at 7Digital on July 2.

June 28, 2007 in Passenger, Video Premieres | Permalink | Comments (6)

Transatlantic Tunes

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Yes, that's right. That's an Arjanwrites logo on a luggage locker at a busy airport somewhere in Europe. I just arrived here a few hours ago and I'm writing this post in an attempt to beat my jetlag. A nice, long sleep is verrrry tempting right now!

I listened to a great iPod mix on my way here. Airplanes are a great place to listen to music. Cramped legroom, salty meals and smelly bathrooms (yuck!) really make music the ideal escape for long haul travel. I decided to to put my iPod on shuffle and write up all the songs that came by with lyrics that stood out to me. Let me share a few with you.

Pet Shop Boys "Psychological" [link]
"I thought I heard a baby cry. I thought I heard a train. It's second nature to you. All in the mind. It's psychological." - Great tune to kick off this Transatlantic shuffle. I love that driving synth bass of this track. And it sort of reflects the feeling that you get after sitting in a confined cabine space for more than 8 hours. It makes you go a little cuckoo.

Keane "Bend & Break" [link]
"If only I don't suffocate. I'll meet you in the morning, when you wake." - A classic Keane track. Glorious piano pop.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Gold Lion" [link]
"There was a crowd of seas. Inside, outside." -  This song packs a potent punch. Infectious rock 'n roll swagger with Karen O's charismatic delivery. We need more of this.

The Killers "When You Were Young" [link]
"They say the devil's water, it ain't so sweet. You don't have to drink right now. But you can dip your feet every once in a little while." - This song gets better and better the more I hear it. Epic.

Amy Winehouse "Back To Black" [link]
"I'm a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside." What is a frantic, dark and turbulent airplane ride without the hot mess that is Amy Winehouse?

Charlotte Gainsbourg "Little Monsters" [link]
"I could handle sticks and stones, but those words still break my bones." - This song sounds so delicate and fragile, but the lyrics are filled with hilarity. I think she's singing about those screaming toddlers two rows behind me. It's time to turn up the volume.

Every Move Is A Picture "St. John's Night" [link]
"Don't avert your eyes. It's hard enough to show you mine. As they will tell you." - This post-punk, new wave-ish band never got the attention they deserved last year. Great, punchy track. Fans of The Killers, The Bravery and Duran Duran should have a listen.

Royksopp "Only This Moment" (Braxe & Falke Mix) [link]
"Love without pain isn't really romance." Braxe and Falke are the absolute masters at reworking existing (pop) tracks and creating something completely new. This one is a stunner. Strong on the beats without cutting out the song's underlying emotion.

Goldfrapp "Fly Me Away" (C2 Remix 4) [link]
"Fly me away on an aeroplane. High in the sky." This one is pretty appropriate, don't you think? This shuffle feature is totally with me today. This Carl Craig house revamp is bleepy and fun.

Chester French "Neal" (unreleased)
"Grease your hair down, polish up your shoes." Brashy, big beat inspired song of a duo that is going strike it big.

Lo-Fi-Fnk "City" (The Teenagers Remix) [link]
"Boy it's great to be back home, the city, that's where we belong." French pop outfit The Teenagers has produced an excellent remix of Lo-Fi-Fnk's kicky original. They have given it a crunchy, indie edge that sounds a lot rockier, which fits its coming of age lyrics well.

June 27, 2007 in Mixtape | Permalink | Comments (3)