Music Discoveries: Kate Bush


Kate Bush is an artist I’ve always thought was really talented and important, but never got around to listening to anything beyond a select few popular songs.  So this week’s Music Discoveries addresses that. I first heard of Kate Bush 30 years ago through her duet with Peter Gabriel on “Don’t Give Up,” a song that…

Song of the Week: YOU the Audience Decide!


Okay, so here are four new (to me) songs that I like, but none of them jump out as THE Song of the Week.  So I’m going to let my readers write this post with an unprecedented Song of the Week poll. Here are the contenders: Courtney Barnett – “Three Packs a Day” Jack Klatt…

Music Discoveries: Janelle Monáe


Today I finally begin a new feature on this blog I’ve been planning for a long time called Music Discoveries.  The idea is to find musical artists and bands I’m familiar with and do a deep listen of their full catalog of recordings.  I was inspired by a fellow blogger on Desert Island Mix Tape when…

Song of the Week: “Psychotubes” by Moon Hooch


“Psychotubes” is the first single off of the forthcoming album from Moon Hooch, Red Sky. It’s another example of their saxophone-heavy dance music so unique it has its own genre, cave music.

Song of the Week: “Papa Loko (Se Van)” by RAM


Hailing from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, RAM is a prominent mizik raisin (roots music) band.  “Papa Loko (Se Van)” is a track from their most recent album Manmanm Se Ginen. The sound is amazing!

Song of the Week #2: “Atomic Number” by case/lang/veirs


Wow, this song really blew me away.  “Atomic Number” is a track from the forthcoming debut album of supergroup case/lang/veirs that has me anticipating the full albums June 7th release.   I’m a big fan of Neko Case, like and admire the work I’ve heard by k.d. lang, and don’t really know anything about Laura…

24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 24: “Alternative Ulster”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour. 24: “Alternative Ulster” by Stiff Little Fingers Finishing up St. Patrick’s Day with this uprising in music by Ireland’s premier punk rock band.

24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 23: “Bad”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour. 23. “Bad” by U2 I couldn’t get through the day without posting a U2 song, even though I’ve never been a huge fan.  This song about heroin addicts in Dublin is a powerful example of their early work in…

24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 20: “Dreams”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour. 20. “Dreams” by The Cranberries The ethereal vocals of Dolores O’Riordan are one of the defining sounds of 90s alternative music.

24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 19: “The Drunken Piper”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour. 19. “The Drunken Piper” by Natalie MacMaster w/ Cookie Rankin Sure, this is a Scottish tune by way of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia, but you’re three sheets to the wind by now and who can deny the fine…

24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 18: “”Funky Céilí”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour. 18. “Funky Céilí” by Black 47 Black 47 brought Celtic punk with a socialist-leaning political bent to New York, although they could still party.  Still one of the best live bands I’ve ever seen.    

24 hrs of St. Patrick’s Day 16: “Marble Halls”


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m posting one of my favorite Irish songs every hour. 16. “Marble Halls” by Enya Written by Irish composer Michael William Balfe for the 1843 opera The Bohemian Girl, the words to this tune appear in James Joyce’s works.