Archive for the ‘Song of the Week’ Category

Song of the Week: “Downtown” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ tribute to riding mopeds “Downtown” is fun.  And funny. And infectious.

The video is very literal in a whack-a-doodle way.

Song of the Week: “If I Was” by Vök

Vök, a indie electro-band from Iceland, provides us with the first Song of the Week of September with “If I Was.”  Ethereal vocals, pulsating rhythms, dreamy lyrics, and a general sense of Icelandicness.  What’s not to love.   Learn more from KEXP.

Song of the Week: “Sapokanikan” by Joanna Newsom

I embrace my inner hipster and declare that I have a mad crush on Joanna Newsom.  Her latest track “Sapokanikan” relates a hidden history of New York City.  I mean, it’s certainly the best song I’ve ever heard that invokes Tammany Hall.  Read more about why we love this song at NPR Music.

Song of the Week: “Hell You Talmbout” featuring Janelle Monáe, Deep Cotton, St. Beauty, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, and George 2.0.

Janelle Monáe brought together artists on Wondaland Records to record the stark protest song of our times.

Won’t you say their names?


Song of the Week: “Most Space” by Worriers

Brooklyn-based punk band Worriers just released an excellent album called Imaginary Life.  The humorous video for “Most Space” is below, although my favorite song on the album is “Life During Peacetime,” which I could not find a way to stream.

Also check out the All Songs Considered interview with Lauren Denitzio of Worriers and Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!, who produced the album.

Song of the Week: “Black Magic” by Prom Queen

The retro-lounge act Prom Queen of Seattle take a spooky turn on “Black Magic.”  Lush instrumentation is layered up with the vocals of bandleader/songwriter Celene Ramadan.  More at KEXP:


Song of the Week: “Monterrey” by The Milk Carton Kids

I heard The Milk Carton Kids for the first time last week at the Green River Festival.  The California folk duo offers beautiful harmonies reminiscent of The Everly Brothers or Simon & Garfunkel.  Listen to the melancholy beauty of “Monterrey,” the title track from their latest album.


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