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Song of the Week: “The Liar” by Fennesz

Fennesz is electronic artist Christian Fennesz of Vienna, Austria.  “The Liar” is a track that is a pure aural attack that affects some other senses as well.  I learned about it through NPR’s All Songs Considered.

 

What’s buzzing in your ears this week?  Let me know in the comments.

Song of the Week: “Proxy (Original Mix)” by Martin Garrix

My groove this week is “Proxy” by Dutch DJ/Producer Martin Garrix.  I first heard this on the most recent Tiesto’s Club Life Podcast.  This certainly makes me want to dance, or maybe just strut.  Actually, with baseball season starting this week, I think this will be my walk-up music.

What’s making you move this week?  Let me know in the comments!

Song of the Week: “Digital Witness” by St. Vincent

I’m a hipster for St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, and thus excited by the release of her recent eponymous album.  “Digital Witness” is one of the most striking tracks off that album with its funky horns (or synths disguised as horns) and get-up-and-dance-at-a-funeral groove.

Take a listen & see.

The video will freak you out.  I think St. Vincent has usurped Bjork for the artist who frightens  me in the best way.

More commentary on this song via Stereogum and Pitchfork.

What are you listening to this week?  Let me know in the comments.

RetroMusic: Shriek of the Week Playlist

I recently signed up with Rdio, a music streaming social network that provides access to a boatload of music for a monthly fee.  I’ve enjoyed being able to listen to a lot of new discoveries and digging up old favorites.  For example, I listened to Prince and the Revolution’s “Around the World in a Day” for the first time in at least 25 years.  That was a new album around the time we moved to a new house in 1985, and while all my other tapes were packed in a box, that one had just arrived in the mail so I ended up listening to it over and over.  It’s surprising how many of the songs seemed completely unfamiliar despite that.

On that same nostalgia vibe, I also payed tribute to one of my favorite New York area radio stations of my youth, which was known as 92.7 WDRE-FM when I listened to it, but was also known as WLIR.  This was the “left of the dial” radio station that played Post-Punk, New Wave, Modern Rock, Alternative Music, whatever moniker you wanted to slap on it (oddly, the term “alternative” became most popular around the time that R.E.M and Nirvana lead the music into the mainstream in the early 90s).

One of the features of WDRE was a contest for the best new song of the week called the “Shriek of the Week.”  Apparently, during the WLIR days there was the rhymeless “Screamer of the Week” that did the same thing.  There is a list of all the Screamers & Shrieks from 1980 to 1996 here: http://www.advancedspecialties.net/wlir.htm

I made a Rdio playlist of the Screamer/Shriek of the week covering my junior high and high school days from 1985-1991.  Rdio had many, but not all, the songs from the list and sadly it seemed to be the quirky one hit wonders that didn’t make it to the playlist.  Still it’s a good playlist that gives one the sense of those exciting days of the 80s and early 90s, if one can excuse a little too much exuberance for artists such as The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Erasure, U2 and Morrisey who seemed to have entire albums elected as Shrieks over the course of several weeks.

If you are on Rdio and have the time and energy to populate the rest of the list, have at it.  I may go back and fill in the earlier days of the 1980s.  I feel it may be too sad to go forward in the 1990s and watch the musical erosion, especially when you get to the third week of June 1994 when alternative music officially jumped the shark.

Oh, and apparently WLIR lives on as an internet station with some of the original DJs.

 

 

Song of the Week: “Elon Mentana” by Clap! Clap! (feat. DJ Khalab)

Clap! Clap is the alter ego of jazz artist Cristiano Crisci of Toscana, Italy.  I’m having trouble finding much about him on the internet, but he does have Facebook and Soundcloud pages.  I learned about it via NPR’s All Songs Considered, who also mentioned that Crisci made an electronic album for children.

“Elon Mentana” is described as Afrofuturism, but I just call it a groove like no other.

What makes you groove this week?

Song of the Week: “Triumph of Disintegration” by of Montreal

I dug this post out of my file of half-written drafts, so consider this the Song of the Week (delayed).  of Montreal is one of those bands like I’m From Barcelona and Eddie from Ohio that lie about where they’re from as they’re actually from Athens, GA. “Triumph of Disintegration” is reminiscent of 60′s psychedelia with a little britpop mixed in.   I learned about it via Said the Gramophone.

You can listen to “Triumph of Disintegration” and the rest of of Montreal’s Lousy with Syvianbriar below

What new music are you listening to now, or even 6 weeks ago?

Song of the Week: “Batuque” by Dom La Nena (Jeremy Sole and Atropolis Remix)

Today’s song is a remix by KCRW DJ’s Jeremy Sole and Atropolis of the song “Batuque” by Dom La Lena.

Dom La Nena is a Brazilian-born cellist, singer and songwriter now based in Paris whose debut album Ela was released in 2013.

What are you listening to this week?  Let me know in the comments!

Song of the Week: “Yawa Dey” by Burna Boy

This week’s song is a hip-hop number by Nigerian artist Burna Boy.  Said the Gramophone writes that “Yawa Dey” is a song that “would sound as good in summer as it does in winter.”

 

What new music is keeping you warm (or cool) this week?

Song of the Week: “Dying Breed” by Marissa Nadler (Stefan Biniak Private Edit)

Marissa Nadler is a singer-songwriter from Boston, but I’d not heard of her before now. In fact, “Dying Breed” is not a new song, but one she released back in 2007.  Luckily, German DJ Stefan Biniak is more up to date on Boston artists and has added the perfect groove to her vocals in this remix.

What musical discoveries have you made recently? Let me know in the comments.

Song of the Week: “Vengo” – Ana Tijoux

This week our song is the hip-hop number “Vengo” by French-Chilean MC Ana Tijoux in which she declares her pride in her indigenous history.  I learned of this track via Feministing.

What are you listening to this week?

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