New Music Tuesday (On Wednesday): Macy Gray, The Pierces and more

Welcome
back to Part 2 of this week’s New Music Tuesday! There’s a lively debate
going on in the comments section of yesterday’s post and I can’t help
but love it. If there’s one thing I know about music-lovers, it’s that we are stubborn as hell. To add to my stubbornness, I am also pretty much the epitome of a Taurus. When I get angry, my
nostrils flare and I legit kind of look like a bull. While not the most attractive feature to have, I suppose it could be worse and I could look like Newt Gingrich.

Yesterday I mistakenly stated that there was a new release from style="font-weight: bold;">Ladyhawke
this week. I had an outdated press release that I was going off of so
to make up for that oversight, so here’s a link to a free download of style="font-weight: bold;">The Big Pink‘s remix of the album’s
first single, “ href="http://www.spin.com/audio/download/98864/Black_White_And_Blue_The_Big_Pink_Remix_1.mp3"
target="_blank">Black White and Blue.”

Macy
Gray
Covered (SLG, LLC)

Wow — this album. If I weren’t trapped
in a room all by myself while listening to this, I’d probably think
someone slipped some crazy pills into my Diet Dr. Pepper while I wasn’t
looking. No judgements here – trust this – but I’d be willing to speculate that that the concept and execution of this album could have gone something like this: While out with a
group of friends and new acquaintances, Macy ripped a few bong hits;
saw the neon glow for a place that allows you to rent a karaoke room by
the hour; went over armed with a selection of go-to jams in mind — but
also maybe forgot a few and added some new ones before lighting up a
joint and hitting the record button.

The first two songs, “Here Comes the Rain Again” and “Creep,” are much
darker than their original versions — almost as though style="font-weight: bold;">Gollum had joined her in the
recording booth. After the first interlude, where she and style="font-weight: bold;">JB Smoove talk swords — BAM! Change
of pace and all of a sudden Sublime‘s
“Smoke 2 Joints” (mmhmm) lightens the mood.

The first song I really get into is her fantastic cover of “Teenagers”
by My Chemical Romance. She
has made it a total hand-clapping good time and has a total style="font-weight: bold;">George Clinton vibe to it without
even being all that funktified. There aren’t a lot of songs I’d play
over again, but I have to give it to her — she has made these songs her
own and brought new life to them. She really knows how to not take
herself too seriously. One of the funniest moments comes during an
interlude where she and Nicole
Scherzinger
are talking about Alanis
Morisette
. To be a (most likely very stoned) fly on the wall in
that room while they were taping that skit.

I can’t seem to find any song embeds but you can check out href="http://teamcoco.com/video/macy-gray-teenagers" target="_blank">Macy’s
performance of “Teenagers” on Conan
O’Brien’s
show.

style="font-weight: bold;">Dawn RichardArmor On EP (Our
Dawn Entertainment)
Dawn is officially done with the Dirty
Money
crew and has stepped out on her own as a solo artist. This
may be too early to say, especially based on an EP and without knowing
what her live show looks like, but from what I’m hearing so far, I’m
excited to see where she takes her career because she has got something
really special to build from. Her voice has the sex appeal needed from
a soul/R&B artist; she’s got the pop sensibility, but she’s also
got an alternative quality that, while I don’t think it’s been fully
realized just yet, has made her stand out from the pack. I can only
describe it as being a similar quality to what style="font-weight: bold;">Kelis has — and that’s saying a lot
considering Fleshtone is
probably on my list of top 20 most-played albums of all time.

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href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carla-Morrison-Club-de-fans-Oficial/270531756315892"
target="_blank">Carla Morrison
Déjenme Llorar (Digitalpressure/Cosmica records)

I’ve now been listening to Carla
Morrison
‘s album for the entire morning and it has been the most
welcome massage to my senses I could imagine. Her voice and
accompanying guitar are smooth and light; minimalist without being its
presence being slight. I know that for some of you, an album sung
entirely in Spanish may not be something you have considered checking
out for fear of not being able to understand – but in the same way I
have no problems enjoying Coeur de
Pirate’s
songs without understanding a word she’s saying,
Morrison’s songs are structured in such a way as to break any language
barriers and be palatable to any fan of light indie folk-pop. Now, if
you’re trying to find her page on Facebook,
there are about 12 different ones that have been started. The one I
linked to above goes to her official fan page.

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href="https://www.facebook.com/thepiercesmusic" target="_blank"> style="font-weight: bold;">The Pierces — You & I
(Polydor)

It’s kind of funny for me to think that these are the same voices that
creep me out when the Pretty Little
Liars
theme song comes on. Sisters style="font-weight: bold;">Catherine and style="font-weight: bold;">Allison can definitely do the creepy
thing — and they certainly dip their toes into that pool on this album
— but they mostly just make powerfully sung, beautifully harmonized,
guitar-driven rock songs. A personal favorite is “Love You More,” which
has the dirty bass line I find so appealing on many of style="font-weight: bold;">The Kills‘ records. So, yes, please
and thank you. Also, good gawd, they are gorgeous!

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Alright! That’s it for this week everybody. Thanks for making it back
here and if you missed yesterday’s post, make sure you go back to check
it out. You can feel free to drop me a line on here, follow me on href="http://twitter.com/chubbyjones">Twitter, friend me on href="http://facebook.com/chubbyjones" target="_blank">Facebook or
perform a random google search and see what you come up with. Until
next week, happy listening!

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