We love the acoustic version even better.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer ad helped launch Alex and we gotta say the entire album is worth a listen.

At first we thought this was Johnny Depp's Spinal Tap attempt.  Then we realized they were for real and damn good.

They're just getting started...
A great live mix of Shakira live in Paris from her new BD/DVD release.

A perfect mix for the 4th of July of tracks all releaed in 1976, a great year for America and music.  Enjoy! 

Another classic Americana release from The Jayhawks.

In addition to being a great musician and song writer Dave Grohl has some comedy chops as well. This is another quality track from those that would fight the foo.

Rock N' Roll is free if you want it. Amen.

Foo Fighters Rope played live on Letterman as a tribute to the Beatles performance on Ed Sullivan in the '60s. The Foos are clearly one of the best live bands on the planet.

It's the Best of Leon Russell what more do you need to know? Pick it up now.

A solid new release from Peter, Bjorn And John with several solid tracks. Very catchy stuff compared to the last album. If you're into the alternative pop thing it's worth getting. Sure, we'd give it three thumbs up on a severed hand. Listen now.
jack has been on fire with his latest collaborations and he just keeps it rolling with this downtempo ultra cool track.

We're glad Cage The Elephant rereleased some its tracks and made another go. They're making a much bigger splash in 2011. Good alt Rock from Kentucky. Listen to it now.

We like the new Adele album. It's got a funkier, harder sound and she gets to showcase her soulfulness even more than her previous release. You can certainly hear the influence of producer Rick Rubin capturing the strife in Adele's personal life at the time.  Give it a spin. You'll be singing the chorus the rest of the day.
Here are the funkyfresh Grammy picks. Bold are winners.  Orange but not bold are second runner ups.

Song of the Year
'Beg, Steal or Borrow' -- Ray LaMontagne - funkyfresh pick
'Forget You' -- Cee-Lo - funkyfresh pick
'The House That Built Me' -- Miranda Lambert
'Love the Way You Lie' -- Eminem Feat. Rihanna
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum

Album of the Year
'The Suburbs' -- Arcade Fire - funkyfresh pick
'Recovery' -- Eminem - funkyfresh pick
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum
'The Fame Monster' -- Lady Gaga
'Teenage Dream' -- Katy Perry

Best New Artist
Justin Bieber
Florence and the Machine - funkyfresh pick
Mumford and Sons - funkyfresh pick

Esperanza Spalding

Record of the Year
'Nothing on You' -- B.o.B. Feat. Bruno Mars
'Love the Way You Lie' -- Eminem Feat. Rihanna - funkyfresh pick
'Forget You' -- Cee-Lo

'Empire State of Mind -- Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
'King of Anything' -- Sara Bareilles - funkyfresh pick
'Halo (Live)' -- Beyoncé
'Chasing Pirates' -- Norah Jones
'Bad Romance' -- Lady Gaga
'Teenage Dream' -- Katy Perry

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
'Haven't Met You Yet' -- Michael Bublé
'This is It' -- Michael Jackson
'Whataya Want from Me' -- Adam Lambert
'Just the Way You Are' -- Bruno Mars - funkyfresh pick
'Half of My Heart' -- John Mayer

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
'Satisfied' -- Jewel
'The House That Built Me' -- Miranda Lambert - funkyfresh  pick
'Swingin'' -- LeAnn Rimes
'Temporary Home' -- Carrie Underwood
'I'd Love to Be Your Last' -- Gretchen Wilson

Best Pop Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals
'Don't Stop Believin' (Regionals Version)' -- 'Glee' cast
'The Only Exception' -- Paramore
'Babyfather' -- Sade - funkyfresh pick
'Hey, Soul Sister (Live)' -- Train

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
'Airplanes, Part II' -- B.o.B., Eminem & Hayley Williams - funkyfresh pick
'Imagine' -- Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare
'If it Wasn't for Bad' -- Elton John & Leon Russell
'Telephone' -- Lady Gaga & Beyoncé
'California Gurls' -- Katy Perry & Snoop Dogg

Best Pop Vocal Album
'My World 2.0' -- Justin Bieber
'I Dreamed a Dream' -- Susan Boyle
'The Fame Monster' -- Lady Gaga
'Battle Studies' -- John Mayer - funkyfresh pick
'Teenage Dream' -- Katy Perry

Best Country Song
'The Breath You Take' -- George Strait
'Free' -- Zac Brown Band - funkyfresh pick
'The House That Built Me' -- Miranda Lambert
'I'd Love to Be Your Last' -- Gretchen Wilson
'If I Die Young' -- The Band Perry - funkyfresh pick
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum

Best Country Album
'Up on the Ridge' -- Dierks Bentley
'You Get What You Give' -- Zac Brown Band - funkyfresh pick

'The Guitar Song' -- Jamey Johnson
'Need You Now' -- Lady Antebellum
'Revolution' -- Miranda Lambert

Best Rock Song
'Angry World' -- Neil Young
'Little Lion Man' -- Mumford & Sons
'Radioactive' -- Kings Of Leon - funkyfresh pick
'Resistance' -- Muse
'Tighten Up' -- The Black Keys

Best Rock Album
'Emotion & Commotion' -- Jeff Beck - funkyfresh pick
'The Resistance' -- Muse
'Backspacer' -- Pearl Jam
'Mojo' -- Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
'Le Noise' -- Neil Young

Best R&B Song
'Bittersweet' -- Fantasia
'Finding My Way Back' -- Jaheim
'Second Chance' -- El DeBarge
'Shine' -- John Legend & The Roots
'Why Would You Stay' -- Kem - funkyfresh pick

Best R&B Album

'The Love & War Masterpeace' -- Raheem DeVaughn - funkyfresh pick
'Back To Me' -- Fantasia
'Another Round' -- Jaheim
'Wake Up!' -- John Legend & The Roots
'Still Standing' -- Monica

Best Contemporary R&B Album
'Graffiti' -- Chris Brown
'Untitled' -- R. Kelly
'Transition' -- Ryan Leslie
'The ArchAndroid' -- Janelle Monáe - funkyfresh pick
'Raymond V Raymond' -- Usher

Best Rap Song
'Empire State Of Mind -- Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
'Love the Way You Lie' -- Eminem & Rihanna
'Not Afraid -- Eminem - funkyfresh pick
'Nothin' On You' -- B.o.B & Bruno Mars.
'On To The Next One' --Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz

Best Rap Album
'The Adventures of Bobby Ray' -- B.o.B
'Thank Me Later' -- Drake
'Recovery' -- Eminem - funkyfresh pick
'The Blueprint 3' -- Jay-Z
'How I Got Over' -- The Roots

Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
'Crazy Heart' -- Various Artists
'Glee: The Music, Volume 1' -- 'Glee' Cast
'Treme' -- Various Artists
'True Blood-Volume 2' -- Various Artists - funkyfresh pick
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' -- Various Artists.

What will be the song of the summer? Who cares really. Anything that becomes an anthem for the summer usually has very little staying power. It seems everyone has a list of sorts for “summer hits” but our favorites are missing so it’s time to chime in.

First what other's are picking. Katy Perry “California Gurls” – it’s got Snoop, monster hooks, Katy in a video and is clearly this summer’s front runner. The problem is staying power. The song is so damn catchy it may burn out even faster than it explodes if that makes any sense at all.

Eminen “Not Afraid” - Who debuts at number 1 on the charts without even trying? The boy from eight mile, that’s who. Love him or hate him Eminem has incredible talent that seems yet to be fully tapped. This will be in the running and show up in college sports highlight reels for the next year.

We don’t have the patience to comment on the rest of the tracks from Usher, Drake, Lady Gaga (was the blood bath routine in the UK really necessary?), B.o.B., LCD Sound System, 3OH!3 and others so let’s get to the funkyfresh pick for summer anthem.

M.I.A. “XXXO” . Say what you want about the polarizing Born Free video, XXXO makes everything feel like it’s back in its right place. “Tweet’n Me Like Tweety Bird on Your iPhone” is surely the line of the summer. So there you have it. We’re expecting great things from this album even if M.I.A. may have cashed in some of her chips be marrying a record label executive’s son. We don’t card. The urban production with a little sugar on top, street cred and the funky UK accent make her hard to resist.

Buy this record. ArchAndroid is a complete work with ear candy and myriad style amalgamations that will keep you on your toes. You certainly have to listen to appreciate the diverse styles on this record. It’s interesting and accessible and the sonic journey pays dividends.

‘Tightrope’, featuring Big Boi, is sure to be a break out track with lots of radio airplay. ‘Mushrooms & Roses’ is what happens if the Beatles and Prince were to back a funkyfresh soul like Janelle. She's the R&B/Soul/Pop equivalent of XTC.

This album will garner some mainstream attention with some of the infectious grooves on this album but don't let that fool you. Janelle is complex and interesting in a way her SXSW shows have only shown us a glimpse.

Do you think the album art was inspired by Earth, Wind and Fire's 'Raise'?

The slotRadio Motown card is the latest addition to SanDisk’s lineup of slotRadio cards. The pre-loaded cards are for people that are too busy to be bothered with downloading or for folks that simply want to jumpstart their music collection without having to rip their CDs or download everything.

Funkyfresh has been working with SanDisk on the slotRadio project so we’re able to offer an insider’s look at the cards themselves. Yes, we’re biased, but you know we always keep it real here at funkyfresh. These cards offer incredible convenience and value to anyone, tech savvy or not.

If you love Motown and you own a Sansa slotRadio, Fuze or Clip+ player you owe it to yourself to check out this card. It truly is a definitive collection of Motown music. And having worked on the slotRadio Motown card we can tell you it contains a nice bonus collection of music in addition to the 500 tracks advertised for only $29. That’s an incredible deal

We have a lot of Motown vinyl here at funkyfresh. Now instead of digitizing all of it and making playlists it’s already done. So we did have a selfish motivation for working on this project. This is a timeless collection of classics that truly contains every Motown hit from all of the great Motown artists.

Visit SanDisk for more information and to hear samples from the Motown card and the entire slotRadio lineup.

Need your classic rock fix? How about if Zeppelin, Nirvana and Queens of the Stone Age got together and made a record? Them Crooked Vultures is close to what you would expect.  The recording has a big room bleeding sound.  It's gritty enough, loud and dynamic.  This is one worth grabbing. The track, “Bandoliers” is the ultimate amalgamation of this supergroup’s influences.  Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones playing together alone makes it worth it.  Enjoy!