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…

Song of the Week: “Memory” by Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes are back after a 15 year absence with their new album We Can Do Anything.  By the sounds of their new song it could still be 1983 – which is a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective.  The song that looks back so far musically is appropriately called “Memory.”

Podcast of the Week: “Music of the Civil Rights Movement” by Sound Opinions

Show 534 of WBEZ Chicago’s music show Sound Opinions combines some of my favorite things: music, history, and social justice!  Hosts Jim and Greg discuss the importance of music to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s and play uninterrupted tracks of brilliant songs such as “Mississippi Goddamn” and “A Change is Gonna Come.”…

Song of the Week: “Transe Animale” by Pranavibes

Chanting, didgeridoo, sampling, roaring animals … what’s not to love.  Pranavibes as far as I can tell is from France, and “Transe Animale” is the first song off their new album Explorations.  It’s a nice touch of tropicalia for the waning days of winter.

Song of the Week: “Ten Cuidado (Jock Club Remix)” by Pelada

Not much information about this Song of the Week by way of Said the Gramophone, the track is “Ten Cuidado (Jock Club Remix)” by Pelada, but it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it. The song is available to download for free from the link below.

Song of the Week: “Poyekhali!” by Úlfur Eldjárn

Úlfur Eldjárn is a composer from Iceland.  I tend to post a lot music by artists from Iceland. But we’re now in the darkest coldest part of winter and I have three friends traveling in Iceland right now.  So I’m posting another tune by an Icelandic musician. Here is Úlfur Eldjárn live at KEXP with “Poyekhali!”

Song of the Week: “Lazarus” by David Bowie

No doubt you’ve read the many tributes to David Bowie after his death this week at the age of 69. “Lazarus” is the video Bowie made to support the release of what appears to be his final album Blackstar.  The video and lyrics are full of premonition of his impending death, and may well be…

Song of the Week: “Honey, Honey” by Tom Jones & Imelda May

The distinctive voice of Welsh legend Tom Jones works well in duet with Irish vocalist Imelda May on this bluegrass/rockabilly cover of “Honey, Honey” by The Milk Carton Kids.  The song comes from Jones’ album The Lost Suitcase, a collection of tunes to accompany his recent autobiography. What are you listening to in 2016?

2015 Year in Review: Favorite Songs

Once again, it’s time to look back on the music of 2015 with my favorite songs of the year. I’ve featured many of this songs in my Song of the Week posts this year.  If you see a link from a song title it will take you back to the Song of the Week post…

Songs of the Week: Christmas Special

A very Merry Christmas to you if you celebrate, and if you don’t I hope it’s a peaceful day off and the Christians and consumerists don’t get you down. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been featured twice before on Song of the Week for holiday-themed songs and now you can hear an entire holiday-themed…