January Music Roundup: The Tossers, Leslie Hall, Rodeo Ruby Love

I review my music playlist for each month, compiled from albums that drift across my transom and tunes I download from eMusic.


Burger Records Sampler
An enjoyable, if not particularly striking to me, mix of contemporary pop and rock songs.  Several of my favorites feel like songs from a different era, recalling pop songs from the 50s and 60s. Highlights include: “Oh Cody,” which is an enjoyable classic sounding pop song that made me think of “Where the Hell is Bill” every single time it played, because the opening chords are either similar or identical; “Send Me Your Love” by Fletcher C. Johnson also has that classic 60s feel; “You Need a Big Man” by Memories is pretty cool, evoking They Might Be Giants just a bit. “Dolphin Patrol” by The Pizzaz is pretty good too.

Rodeo Ruby Love: Your Love Has Made Everything Beautiful
These Indiana alt-rockers continue writing evocative, harmony-driven songs.  I like this album a lot.  “Boys vs. Girls” is a lovely example of the kind of song this band does best.  We have a return of “A Small House in the City,” which is a great song, still.  “Boyfriend” parts 1 and 2 make a nice two tracks, though I think Part 2 is better.

Leslie Hall: Songs in the Key of Gold
Andrew sent me this album to highlight Hall’s “Zombie Killer,” and this kind of dance music isn’t usually on my radar.  But Hall brings nerd culture to the genre, which gives me the rabbit hole into it.  And letting the album play, I’d say it’s pretty great.  Highlights include “Tight Pants Body Rolls,” “How We Go Out,” and “Shake Your Hips.”  “Zombie Killer” is pretty great too.  Recommended!  Check out these lyrics from “How We Go Out”:

Cuz this dance challenge is harder than it looks
J. K. Rowlings (sic) writes very thick books
Never did I say you could rest your body
If your heart rate slows, then you do karate

The Tossers: Purgatory
I’ve wanted to download albums from this band for a while, so I was happy to find them suddenly available on eMusic.  They don’t disappoint.  This fast-paced punk/folk celtic music is right in my wheelhouse, sitting comfortably near Flogging Molly, the Pogues, the Dropkick Murphys, and so on.  The Tossers are closest to The Pogues in feel, with not too much in the way of electric guitar, and quite a few ballads or calm songs.  Highlights from this album: “Monday Morning,” “Chicago,” which includes an epic rant about gentrification, and “The Squall,” which continues the old folk tradition of advocating for causes.

2 thoughts on “January Music Roundup: The Tossers, Leslie Hall, Rodeo Ruby Love”

  1. Success with music! Leslie Hall’s music is very dance-oriented, but she reminds me of Weird Al–as though dance music is her polka.

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