Better Late Than Never

See that smiling, cartoon face above? It’s my attempt at creating an avatar so you’ll get an idea of the man on the other side of the computer screen. It doesn’t exactly look like me but it was the best I could do with the choices I had available. (For example, I have really tiny ears.) You can make one for yourself at www.faceyourmanga.it.

As for the music, there is a bit of a backlog in the underrated music pipeline. (The backlog actually existed when I first started the website back in September of last year because I have so much music I want to share with you.) When you add the many wonderful recommendations from other people, the backlog gets even bigger. But don’t worry, I’ll eventually get them up on the website so you can enjoy them as much as I have.

When we were in need to print out some really large custom order for our company we didnt knew where to go, but then our friend told us about Flexography ,not sure I spelt that correct? and from that day we bought our very first own flexo printing machine and now it has been breeze to print out new customer covers!

All four of the CDs below were supposed to be on the website weeks ago. Jason Mraz’s CD was supposed to be part of the “Boys! Boys! Boys!” recommendations until Elisabeth Withers’s voice chirped up and commanded my attention with “The World Ain’t Ready.” Now Mraz is finally making an appearance here and you’ll see why I’ve been playing him (and the other three CDs) so much. They’re all worth the wait.

By the way, thanks so much for using the Feedback button to tell me about your favorite music. That’s what it’s for…well, one of the reason. And I’m grateful you’re using it. I’m enjoying alot of the music so you can be sure I will be recommending them to you soon.

For now, check out the great music below.

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Jason Mraz – We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things – Alternative Pop
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We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things is the third full-length release from this incredibly talented singer/songwriter/guitarist from Virginia. His style of music is generally described as “blue-eyed soul” but you can easily see the many other influences in his music…from acoustic guitar/folk to funky R&B horns, to catchy pop melodies to hip-hop lyrical phrasing. It all comes together to make Jason Mraz a unique artistic gift.

Jason Mraz moved from Virginia to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy but dropped out after a year. He eventually moved to San Diego and quickly became a favorite at a local coffeehouse. He’s been at it for a long time and the dedication to his art clearly shows in his clever and intelligent lyrics, his vocal style and his willingness to embrace and challenge his uniqueness, instead of attempting to fit the molds created by more popular artists.

As you hear his voice skateboard over tightly-constructed grooves, you’ll appreciate just how special he is.

Jason Mraz – We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things
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Duffy – Rockferry – Soul
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Everything old is new again. The sounds of the 60s are once again making a comeback and noone does it better than Duffy (born Aimeé Ann Duffy). But, unlike the current crop of throwbacks who attempt to dress today’s sound in yesterday’s clothing, this Welsh singer cranks up the time machine and drives us back to the fat, bell-bottomed pop-soul sound of that decade. It’s the good stuff. I cannot find enough words to adequately express how much I love this CD. From beginning to end, Duffy’s melodious voice gives you your money’s worth and more. It’s absolutely amazing.

She’s frequently compared to Amy Winehouse. And though Winehouse sounds more believable at times (especially in her expression of pain), the superior quality of Duffy’s voice and CD makes Winehouse seem more like a singer playing dress-up after rummaging through Mommie’s closet.

I’m grateful her record label let her record a CD that’s an expression of who she is and the music she loves instead of attempting to fashion her into the next Britney. (No disrespect intended. I actually like Britney.) Now break out your tambourines and ease into this one.

(Here’s an interesting piece of trivia. In the late 1990s, Duffy and her family had to go into police protective custody when it was discovered that the ex-wife of Duffy’s stepfather hired someone to murder him.)

Duffy – Rockferry
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Halou – Wholeness & Separation – Electronica
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I must admit I’m a little close-minded when it comes to trip-hop. Though my mind allows an artist like Tricky to slip in with a special exemption (there’s something incredibly special about his raspy voice), I usually want my trip-hop performed by a female singer….and I usually want the vocals performed on a sweet and sour mashup of lush strings and noisy beats and samples, especially when the resulting tracks have a dark, industrial or ethereal quality to them. Halou is exactly that. They do electronica exactly the way I like it and I can feast on their tracks forever.

Wholeness & Separation is the third full-length album from this husband/wife duo out of California. This is another one of those CD where I like every single track. I particularly enjoy the way the variety of sounds and samples used in their tracks battle for attention…delicate sounds and voices poking their heads from the background battle against powerful (sometimes harsh) sounds that hog the musical spotlight. To enjoy them both, you just have to surrender. If you’re a trip-hop fan, Halou will take you on a ride you’ll definitely enjoy.

Halou – Wholeness & Separation
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Various Artists – Once – Soundtrack/Score
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Once
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Even if you don’t like musicals, you’ll love this phenomenal underrated movie and the companion soundtrack. You may not even realize it’s a musical until you’re about halfway through it. It’s an engaging romantic story of what happens when two struggling artists find each other. The film stars musicians/singers Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (now a real-life couple), who wrote the songs for the film. They also recorded a CD under the group name The Swell Season prior to the making of this movie.

Even if you haven’t seen the film, you may recall Hansard and Irglová when they won the Oscar for Best Original Song. The telecast cut to commercials before Irglová was able to thank anyone. When the commercials ended, Jon Stewart had her return to the stage so she could give her thanks.

Both of these singers sing with an intensity that will instantly penetrate your heart. Hansard, with his fiery vocals that can singe your eyebrows and Irglová, with a vulnerability that makes you want to protect her from all the evils of the world. Definitely go out and rent this one today. Then, after the movie, you can enjoy the soundtrack over and over again…like I have.

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova – Once (Music from the Motion Picture)
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