Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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.

Songs of the Week: Third by The Baseball Project

Baseball returned this week and appropriately the band The Baseball Project released their third album, named Third.  The Baseball Project seems an unlikely collaboration of 80s rockers including two members of R.E.M – Peter Buck and Mike Mills.  Good songs about baseball are few and far between with the typical lyrics being cheezy tributes to some moral ideal of the game or a hagiography of great players (see Terry Cashman).  The Baseball Project is better than that as the music varies from punk rock to country twang and even talking blues on “The Baseball Card Song.”  Lyrically, they celebrate the good and bad of baseball, most vividly in “They Played Baseball” which lists a gallery of baseball’s worst rogues, who someone ended up loving anyway, because, well it’s in the title.  Similarly, the troubled life of Lenny Dystrka – one of my favorite Mets when I was a kid – is summed up in “From Nails to Thumbtacks.”  Players like Dock Ellis, Alex Rodriguez, Dale Murphy, and the entire Oakland A’s also get their own songs.  Then there’s “Extra Inning of Love” which makes baseball metaphors far more sexy than Meat Loaf could ever hope to.

It’s a fun album, worth checking out if you like baseball, good music, and good stories.

“They Played Baseball”

“From Nails to Thumbtacks”

“The Baseball Card Song”

“Extra Inning of Love”

 

Check out Desert Island Mix Tape for another review of this album.

 

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: “Call Me” by St. Paul and the Broken Bones

“Call Me” is a classic soul tune in the Bobby Bland style by a combo out of the capital of Minnesota Birmingham, Alabama (perhaps they’re fans of the Apostle to the Gentiles).  Led by crooner Paul Janeway, St. Paul & The Broken Bones released their first album Half the City in February.

What are you listening to 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.

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.

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