Two Tracks: K’Naan and Cage The Elephant

K'Naan is a rapping Somalian. English is his third language and you will never rhyme as well in your native tongue as he can. Have a nice day.

K'Naan is a rapping Somalian. English is his third language and you will never rhyme as well in your native tongue as he can. Have a nice day.

It turns out writing blog posts on a regular basis is really hard. The more you actually do during the day, the less time there is for writing (who knew?).

Blogging without a bull-whipping editor behind you requires serious motivation — or readers who IM you a few times an hour asking what the hell happened to the updates (thanks Mike-O) :)

I have sudden newfound respect for bloggers everywhere — except you Matt Drudge. Your giant headlines still suck, even if you do update them 6,000 times daily.

But enough talk, more rock:

Track 1: Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked
Artist: Cage The Elephant
Sounds Like:
Citizen King, Rehab, and Jason Mraz jamming in an Austin juke-joint.
More: Remember that song “Curbside Prophet” by Jason Mraz? Blend it with Citizen King’s classic “Better Days” and the White Stripes “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and give it a gutsy blusey catchy slide-guitary sweetness. And clocking in at just under 3 minutes, these guys know radio-friendly.

Track 2: Wavin’ Flag
Artist: K’Naan
Sounds Like: Wyclef Jean and Bob Marley sharing a spliff with that guy who sang the chorus in Shaggy’s “Angel” (girl you’re my angel, you’re my dar-ling an-gel — who was that dude??).
More: I’m a big fan of this guy — not too many dudes rapping about Somali pirates these days. At least 3 solid singles on his album Troubador — super fresh sound.

Two Track Tuesday: Resident Hero, The Script

The Script: So cool we don't even have to acknowledge the camera

The Script: We don't acknowledge cameras

Today’s two tracks brought to you by the letter “D” for Dope. As in, these tracks are.

Track 1: Happy Without Me (right click to download)
Artist: Resident Hero (unsigned?!)
Genre:
Emo Rock
Sounds Like:
The best parts of Vendetta Red, Chevelle, and Switchfoot
More: Hard to listen to this track and believe no one has signed this act yet. Super catchy, powerful hook. I would buy this today if I could.

Track 2: Breakeven (right click to download)
Artist: The Script
Genre: Alt Rock
Sounds Like: The Fray and One Republic harmonizing in a phonebooth
More: It’s alt rock with catchy hip-hop undertones. Not quite sure why this isn’t on the radio yet.