Celebratin’ Life – Jimmy Buffett in concert in Toronto

As a 17th wedding anniversary gift for ourselves, my wife suggested we go to a Jimmy Buffett concert.  She lived in Florida as a kid for 10 years and last saw Mr. Buffett’s show in the mid-90’s.  So I had to try to get my parrothead on… we got our Hawaiian shirts… didn’t quite work, but a good time was definitely had listening to Jim’s southern stories that basically celebrate everything that’s good about life.  All of the most recognizable tunes to music fans were played – “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Volcano”, “Fins”, “Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes”, “Come Monday”, and a little ditty called “Margaritaville” – as well as some solid new songs from his new CD Buffet Hotel like “Surfing in a Hurricane”, “Summerzcool”, and particularly “Lot to Drink About”.  The latter song is a bit of a novelty but a breath of fresh air in a world full of hi-tech and autotune.  I think it definitely would have been helpful to have good weather – and a beach – to see the Buffett show, so maybe next time.  But he puts on a genuine, entertaining show where your troubles of the day are left at the door.

Trevor Guthrie (ex-soulDecision) solo


After soulDecision (whose huge hit “Faded” was, hard to believe, 10 years ago!!) imploded after a club tour in 2005 supporting their terrific and underrated Shady Satin Drug CD, I was wondering when we’d hear again from lead singer and songwriter Trevor Guthrie. The Vancouverite’s MySpace site was quiet until now, when a new called “All I Ever Wanted” was posted. Here’s what Trevor’s MySpace bulletin said today:

Date: Nov 14, 2009 5:48 PM
New Trevor Guthrie song.
Hi everyone, though i would let you know the album is finally done and i have put a new song up here if you would like to check it out. I wrote this song about my friend Ryan Gosling

Do check this one out at his MySpace site.   I look forward to hearing more new Trevor Guthrie songs in 2010!

Lifehouse returns with “Halfway Gone”


One band whose music I’ve always looked forward to hearing during this decade is Los Angeles based quartet Lifehouse.  Singer Jason Wade has a recognizable, weary-journeyman-kind of voice and he sings his songs in a straight-forward way, allowing the audience to identify with the music.  Some of my favourite tunes of the 00’s are “Everything”, “You and Me”, “Spin”, and of course “Hanging By A Moment”.  The pic above is the cover of their forthcoming CD Smoke and Mirrors.  It’s hard to find a source online where you can hear the full version of their latest soon-to-be-hit, but I found “Halfway Gone”here.  Enjoy!

Globalchart #397, November 8/09

Each week, the Globalchart on the M4B Charts Central (M4BCC) message board is updated to reflect the week’s musings over music from approximately 50 personal chart compilers around the world on the Internet.

Chart #397 has “Fireflies” by Owl City dethroning Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone”. Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance” makes a huge jump into the Top 10, with other big moves from tunes by Kris Allen, Rihanna, Kesha, Shinedown, Weezer, and Alicia Keys. The highest debut belongs to Lifehouse’s “Halfway Gone”.

View the November 8 chart here.

Tuned-On! Top 30 #313 November 9/09

The new edition of the Tuned-On! Top 30, my personal chart, is available here.

100 Akres & Roz Bell fended off significant challenges to hang on to #1 for two more weeks with their free download of “Pink Cadillac” (the free download link is on the chart page). Now we’ll have to wait and see in two weeks if either Dan Black’s “Alone” or Mika’s “Blame It On The Girls” will top the chart. Calvin Harris’ “Ready For The Weekend” and Matt & Kim’s “Daylight” (also a free download) both advance into the Top 5. David Rush’s “Shooting Star”, Hot Chelle Rae’s “I Like To Dance”, and “We Are Okay” by Joshua Radin all become top ten entries.

Just below, the fastest riser on the chart is another great Dan Black track, the club-worthy “Pump My Pumps”. Dan’s CD UN is supposed to come out in North America digitally towards the end of November. Also making a big move is one of last week’s debuts, “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys. Alicia’s chorus should become the new slogan for NYC!

Five terrific debuts round out the chart this week, and three of them are downloadable for free. In the past few weeks in this blog, you’ve already read about Simon Curtis’ “Delusional”, Mitchell Hunter’s “Somebody Else’s”, and Lady GaGa’s “Bad Romance”, but my other debuts belong to Dutch DJ Dash Berlin (who has actually teamed up with former Alice Deejay members) featuring vocalist Emma Hewitt in impending club smash “Waiting” and UK pop/dance singer Luigi Masi with his free download of “Radar”. Luigi also released a CD this past summer called Save His Shoes but it does not include “Radar”. Check out more information about these artists by clicking on their picture on the chart, which links to either their MySpace page or their websites.

Have a great week and post any comments you might have!

Below is the video for Dash Berlin’s “Waiting”, featuring Emma Hewitt.

Pet Shop Boys – Christmas EP

I’m the worst one to want to talk about anything to do with the holidays until later in November, but knowing that Pet Shop Boys have an intriguing EP in store for us makes it all seem a little warmer.  News came from Twitter @petshopboys yesterday.

1. It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas
2. My Girl (cover of a Madness song)
3. All Over The World
4. Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing (medley)
5. My Girl (“Our House” mix)

It’s one of their lesser songs and videos, but it is their latest, and here’s the video for “Did You See Me Coming”.

Today’s iTouch Shuffle Playlist and Flashback Video

Today’s hour-plus drive to work yielded the iTouch shuffle playlist below.

K’naan featuring Adam Levine “Bang Bang”

Eve 6 “Promise”

DJ Tatana featuring Jael “Always On My Mind”

Chris Cornell “You Know My Name”

Alcatraz “Give Me Luv” (all 8 wonderful minutes of the extended mix)

Michael Buble “Georgia On My Mind”

Danity Kane “Damaged”

Level 42 “Eyes Waterfalling”

Donnis “I Am Me”

Newton White “Breathless”

Al Green “Let’s Stay Together”

Gibson Brothers “Cuba”

Lindsey Buckingham “D.W. Suite”

Faith Brothers “A Stranger On Home Ground”

And today’s flashback video song was heard on shuffle a few days ago – Adamski featuring Seal with “Killer” from 1990 (before Seal’s first solo CD was released, and, of course, when he had hair).  Great pop ‘mad scientist’ video!

Rόisín Murphy “Orally Fixated” is Hot ‘n Steamy!

“Orally Fixated” has taken me for a bit of a loop.  As different “Ramalama (Bang Bang)” was from “Overpowered”, we find our Rόisín on a funky 80’s bent (MJ or Prince influences, anyone?).  And I think there’s a sample from a 90’s dance hit in here that’s driving me mad.  If there’s any track that might break Ms Murphy into the North American mainstream, this is it.  And clubbers are probably already clamoring for remixes.

For Chartphiles: Tuned-On! Top 30 Database

Since the inception of my personal chart back in 1998, I’ve been keeping an archive of the chart’s history in Excel.  A few years back I created a Java database, which I recently updated and moved to a new website.  So if you’re interested in finding out all about my chart ‘hits’, click on the link below.  There’s also a link on the right sidebar.

The Tuned-On! Top 30 Database

Simon Curtis “Delusional”

Simon Curtis

If there’s one pop track you need to hear this week, it’s “Delusional” by new U.S. singer Simon Curtis.

Simon’s been gradually breaking into the biz over the past few years, most notably with a role in the Nickelodeon movie “Spectacular”, which we unfortunately have not yet seen in Canada.  He’s been actively tweeting his upcoming project, and promised fans that if he reached 6,000 followers he would make “Delusional” available for free.  He accomplished that this past week, and voila – “Delusional” is available for download at the link below.  What’s particularly stunning about this track are his high notes, which are Darren Hayes-worthy!

Get “Delusional” here