Song of the Week: “The Werewolf” by Paul Simon


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!…

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…

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…

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…