Maximo Park Releases “Missing Songs”

If you’ve seen Maximo Park live, you know two things: 1. That they’re a great live band and 2. Their lead singer, Paul Smith (no, not that Paul Smith) looks like Jason Schwartzman on speed.

Anyway, they’ve decided to release a new “companion” album to their LP A Certain Trigger that features 9 tracks from the b-sides of the band’s UK and European singles and also “never-before-heard” demo versions of “Apply Some Pressure,” “Graffiti,” and “Once, A Glimpse.” The album is called Missing Songs, which I guess is sort of a misnomer seeing as how so many of these songs have officially been released before…how can something be missing if you know exactly where to find it? Er…am I thinking too much about this?

Yes, ok…”Apply Some Pressure” is one of my favorite songs off ACT, so I thought I’d share the demo version that’s found on Missing Songs [sic], which is available in stores on February 21st.

DOWNLOAD: “Apply Some Pressure” (Demo Version) by Maximo Park

Maximo Park Missing Songs

New Tracks from Nelly Furtado’s Upcoming Album

Oooohhyeahhh. I am such a closet Nelly Furtado fan. Back in the day I stole my mother’s Woah Nelly! CD because I loved it so much. I think she’s not only ridiculously beautiful, but she manages to blend hip hop, pop, and a little Portuguese and make it sound delicious and catchy.

Now’s the time to get a sample of Nelly’s new album, Loose, by listening to two hot tracks, “Maneater” and “Promiscuous Girl”, both produced by Timbaland. Personally I love “Maneater” the most. The catchy chorus is like 80s Madonna meets…well…Hall and Oates. Watch out for guest vocals by none other than Chris Martin to pop up on the song “All Good Things Come to an End”, also on the album. Chris and Nelly at one time sparked rumors of a love connection a few years ago during Glastonbury.

Move over Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado is back to reclaim her crown of “most annoying female voice you can’t help but love”. Hot! Link from ONTD.

DOWNLOAD: “Maneater” and “Prommiscuous Girl” by Nelly Furtado

Lost Songs from the NYTW Version of “RENT”

April 23, 2006 will mark the 10th year anniversary of “RENT” on Broadway–which makes me feel really old. In honor of that I dug out some really old tape bootlegs of the original New York Theater Workshop version of “RENT”, hooked them up to my new analog output adapter and made some crappy mp3 versions of some of the “lost” songs from the show. My original tape wasn’t of the highest quality, so neither are these mp3s, but if you are a fan of the show and you haven’t heard these before I’m sure you will get a kick out of ’em.

The song “Right Brain” has the same melody as “One Song Glory” but the lyrics aren’t nearly as developed. I think you’ll see why Jonathan Larson decided to do a re-write on them. Tony Hoylen plays Roger.

The other song I have is called “Over It.” It’s a duet between Mark and Maureen discussing their relationship but it seems as though it was cut out of the show in favor of “Tango Maureen” between Mark and Joanne. It’s a pretty funny song. You can hear original Broadway cast member Anthony Rapp as Mark and Sarah Knowlton as Maureen.

DOWNLOAD: “Right Brain” from the NYTW version of RENT

DOWNLOAD: “Over It” from the NYTW version of RENT

NOTE: These mp3s are strictly for promotional purposes. If you need me to take them off for some kind of legal reason, please contact me.

Catch more lame “RENT” stuff I wrote about here and here.