The Nashville blues/country/folk/rock duo Muddy Magnolias ask the important question “Brother, What Happened?”
Moby is back with a band called The Void Pacific Choir and a new album called These Systems are Failing. “A Simple Love” is a great track off the album.
The new release from D.C. punk band Priests is dark and cynical and features a casually violent video. It seems all too fitting for our times.
Just when you thought there was already enough David Bowie content on this blog, today’s Song of the Week comes from the recently released cast recording of the David Bowie musical, Lazarus. Sophia Anne Caruso’s interpretation of “Life on Mars?” is the perfect Bowie and the musical theater. I can’t stop listening to it. Take…
The 1980s saw a low point in David Bowie’s creative output. He was not alone, as many of the great artists of the sixties and seventies released a lot of dreck in the 1980s. Many of them never recovered, while others regained relevancy only as nostalgia acts, touring on their old hits and/or recording new…
This week’s track is “Bounce” and improved electronic piece by Edinburgh’s Lauren Sarah Hayes.
The song “Your Best American Girl” by Mitski has been out for several months, but I only became acquainted with it a few weeks ago, and then I heard it broken down in this excellent episode of the Song Exploder.
This week’s song of the week, “Big Bad Good,” features the alluring harmonies of the Scandanavian folk duo My Bubba.
“O B 1” by Jagwar Ma is reminiscent of the industrial dance music inflected alternative rock of the early 1990s, a style of music that seems to be overlooked in 90s music retrospectives, but one I dug. The Australian band will release their full album Every Now & Then in October. More at KEXP Song…
Mary Jane Dunphe and David Jaques, a duo from Olympia, WA, perform as CC Dust who produce an exuberant dance pop you can experience on the track “Never Going to Die.”
A long time ago I found a random album at the library by a band called The Avalanches and was blown away by the sound collage of samples, sound bites, and dance music, especially the track “Frontier Psychiatrist.” 16 years later, The Avalanches finally got around to releasing their second album Wildflower featuring the delightfully…
The lo-fi punk band from London DIRTYGIRL offers “Transition,” a track with a tight power pop sound and vocals reminiscent of early Liz Phair. It’s off their Junk Food EP released in October, and made known to my by The Sounds in My Head podcast.
You haven’t heard the music of English alternative superstar Morrissey until you’ve heard it in its original Mexican version, or so it would seem upon listening to Mexrissey‘s rendition of “Everyday is Like Sunday” called “Cada Dia Es Domingo.” It’s a sad song, but I’m happy it exists. http://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/todays-top-tune/mexrrissey-cada-dia-es-domingo
This week’s track come from Seattle’s soulful duo Fly Moon Royalty. “Grown Man” features a clever video too.
“Comicon” is a funky celebration of going to a science fiction/fantasy convention dressed as your favorite characters. It comes from “space aged singer, songwriter & producer” SassyBlack, aka Cat Harris-White.
I believe A Tribe Called Red becomes my first third time Song of the Week honoree with this post. But I can’t resist the Ottawa, Ontario groups mix of electronic dance music with traditional First Nations chanting and drumming. And on “Stadium Pow Wow” they’ve somehow turned this unique blend into a jock jam! The…
This week’s track comes from Seattle emcee Draze. “The Hood Ain’t the Same” addressed issues of urban America – gentrification and displacement, inequality and segregation.
“1973” is a song by Beth Orton off her new album Kidsticks. Orton is an English singer-songwriter who blends folk music with electronica to create “folkltronica.” 1973 is a significant year since that was the year I was born, but I expect Orton isn’t aware of that.
Konono N°1 is a band from Congo that makes instruments out of used car parts. On their new album they’re working with Angolan-born, Portugal-based producer Batida. “Kinsumba” is a great way to kick off your weekend.
Paul Simon certainly does not need a small-time blogger to get publicity, but I’m going to share his wildly inventive and unique new song “The Werewolf” anyway. Even better, check out the All Songs Considered podcast where Paul Simon breaks down the song’s creation with Bob Boilen. And don’t these lyrics speak to our time!…