Thursday, December 30, 2010

Top Ten FREE DOWNLOAD Songs Of 2010

Hey, cheapskates! Here's an end-of-year list you'll REALLY like! It's my Top Ten Favorite FREE (Safe & Legal, too!) Music Downloads of 2010!

I've posted some video clips so you can preview the songs first. Click on the band & song title to get the free downloads:

1. FREEZEPOP "Doppelganger"
Any music list I'd compile would have Freezepop at the top! Their latest album Imaginary Friends came out mere weeks ago, and it's already taken over my iTunes. My favorite band of all time, and they just happen to be from Boston.

2. CHROMEO "Night By Night"
The best song on Chromeo's Business Casual album.  You can actually download three different versions, but the original is the best.

3. KELE "Everything You Wanted"

I admit it: I discovered Kele because he was looking all cute on the cover of a British gay magazine at Barnes & Noble.... 

I wasn't familiar with his band Bloc Party. This song is from his first solo album, The Boxer. [NOTE: The free download is a remix, which is a little dancier than the original version in the following clip.]

4. BAG RAIDERS VS. SAMMY BANANAS "Fun Punch" (Feat. Carrie Wilds)
Here's the original version of the Bag Raiders song...

...Sammy Bananas added the Carrie Wilds vocals & created a better dance song than any of the crap Katy Perry put out this year! [Sorry, I couldn't find a clip of the actual'll just have to click the link. Trust me, you'll like it!]

The Young Punx is another one of my Favorite Bands That No One Knows About. All twelve songs on their Mashpop & Punkstep album are remixed and mashed up with the likes of Michael Jackson, Oasis, The Pixies, Depeche Mode, Lady Gaga, N.E.R.D., Suzanne Vega, EMF, Goldfrapp, and (in the clip below), Poison!

6. JANELLE MONAE "Tightrope"
The reason I know of this singer is because my good friend Chantal Ambroise does an awesome version of this song! [NOTE: The free download is a remix of the original version in the clip.]

7. EL PERRO DEL MAR FEAT. ROBYN "Change of Heart" (Robyn's Rakamonie Remix)
I knew I had to include something by Robyn on this list, but none of the amazing songs from her three genius Body Talk EP's are available as free downloads! That's OK, because they're worth every penny. So we'll have to make do with this El Perro Del Mar song that features Robyn...and it's actually quite lovely.

8. BENI & SAM SPARRO "Maximus" (Harvard Bass Remix)
Sam Sparro is another cool singer I discovered this year. The video for his collaboration with Beni is just too cute...and I bet you none of these kids had access to Willow Smith's choreographers.

[NOTE: The free download is for a remix of the song. It's a li'l more 'hardcore'!]

9. TELEPHONED "Off the Hook Mixtape"
This is another Sammy Bananas project. He teams up with singer Maggie Horn to form Telephonedgenerously giving you a whole album–18 tracks!–of fun, dancetastic covers of songs you may have heard before. This is a mixtape I would (seriously!) play at a party. Here's a clip of my favorite, "Pop Champagne":

10. CASEY SPOONER "Faye Dunaway"
One half of the fantastic electroclash group Fischerspooner, Casey Spooner released a solo album, Adult Contemporary, which is a little less electro...and a little less clashy, too, I guess. "Faye Dunaway" is offered up as a free download on his site as a taste test. The song is good...the video is a little disturbing!

So there you have it! Enough new music for you to listen to and enjoy until...well, next week, at least. How much $$$ did I just save you? You're welcome.

Oh, did I miss anything? Any other musical freebies I should be aware of? Let me know! 

Monday, December 13, 2010

For Your Consideration

Oprah Winfrey may have lost the Oscar for The Color Purple years ago, but she delivered a tour de force performance on "The Barbara Walters Special: Oprah, The Next Chapter", cinching her chance for an Emmy Award. 

For your consideration:

BEST ACTRESS for Oprah Winfrey. 

Asked a simple, straightforward question about her relationship with her best friend Gayle King, Oprah loses her composure completely and oh-so convincingly. The long, loooooooong, exaggerated pause. The "I swear to GOD!" hand in the air. The fake tears. The way she goes off script, asking for a tissue–a tissue!–when we all know that when Oprah needs to wipe her nose, she uses the corner of a 1500 thread count Egyptian cotton California King Size sheet, and then has the sheet destroyed in an incinerator.


“She is … the mother I never had. She is … the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don’t know a better person. I-don’t-know-a-better-person.” There wasn't a dry eye in MY house! Too much!  

When asked why she's crying, Oprah explains that she just realized that she has never told Gayle this before. It suspends any element of disbelief to think that in their decades-long friendship, Oprah, a women who spent several million dollars to throw a three-day party for her favorite African-American women to let them know how much she loved and appreciated them, has never told Gayle how she thinks of her. Yet Oprah's brilliant performance makes us believe. I'm sure that Gayle was home watching the program, shocked–shocked!–to hear Oprah speak of her this way. I bet they shared a big hug when they saw each other again.


It's clear that Ms. Winfrey and Ms. Walters spent HOURS rehearsing these scenes together to make it look spontaneous. And Barbara played her part beautifully. What a commitment! 

And of course, there's the obligatory "I wasn't gonna cry!!" moment. This is Ms. Walters' calling card, which she requests to be placed in all of her costars' scripts. We wouldn't have it any other way!

I especially love when Barbara asks about those 'to me, dumb rumors'! Don't you love when 'journalists' try to shame us?!? I'll think again the next time I go 'round spreading rumors about poor celebrities!


Was Oprah's voice manipulated? She pronounces the word 'lesbian' as 'lezsh-a-bee-in', giving credence to the script; she's so NOT a lesbian that she's not even familiar enough with the word to pronounce it correctly! Brilliant.

She then elaborates, saying she's "not even kinda lesbian." Not even kinda lesbian? Like...Anne Heche? Is this some kind of low blow directed at her de facto replacement Ellen Degeneres? Edgy!

Oprah says the gay rumors "irritate" her because "why would you want to hide it?" Surely she herself has interviewed enough closeted celebrities to know why they would want to hide has something to do with greed, doesn't it? Projecting an image to the public? Remaining viable and marketable? The interview leaves these questions open...perhaps for a sequel?!

I don't know if Oprah is gay or not...but I do know she's a great actress!