Oct
4

Rob Thomas' Streetcorner Symphony

Posted by Aaron West at 9:03 AM in Music

Anyone reading the Music category of this blog knows I'm a big fan of music and how it's used in television and movies. A few weeks ago all the major television networks ran primetime ads showcasing cuts from their season premiers. One in particular caught my attention - ABC's. The ad showed scenes from several of ABC's shows including the already popular Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, and brand new shows like Six Degrees, and The Nine. What caught my attention however was the music chosen for the ad. The song was upbeat, catchy, and made me want to get up and dance. And considering I don't dance - at all - that's saying something.

I immediately began looking for the song and was surprised to see the artist was Rob Thomas. With Matchbox Twenty Thomas had some huge hits like 3 AM, Unwell, and Push, but his solo work has yet to compell me to lay down any cash. I'm still not hip on his solo work, but his track used in the ABC promo - Streetcorner Symphony - is definitely worth the $1 in the iTunes Store.

Oct
4

Switchfoot has released their latest single Dirty Second Hands and after a few listens I'm really disappointed. I've bought Switchfoots last two albums Nothing Is Sound and The Beautiful Letdown. The Beautiful Letdown was an absolutely fantastic album where every track had it's own uniqueness and sound. Following that album, Nothing Is Sound was released. It had some good songs like Stars but I found I wasn't really listening to the album much at all. Dirty Second Hands seems unpolished, almost like they wrote a few songs and stitched them together to form one track. It just seems chaotic with no real musical balance. I do like the guitar riff at the beginning which is also interspersed throughout the entire song. Check it out for yourself and see if you like it.