“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!…
Cate Le Bon is a Welsh musician although her song “Wonderful” sounds like a French pop song to me. You can find it on her 2016 album Crab Day. What’s your song this week?
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…
“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.
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!
Relax to the smooth and sultry sounds of “Sangria” from Brazilian artist Céu.
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…
Bilingual socialist punk rock with horns from Providence? Sign me up! “Wave of History” is the lead track off the Downtown Boys most recent album Full Communism. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T23wfhddpYY]
Don’t read too much into this, but I feel this song speaks to me right about now. Bethlehem Steel is band All Songs Considered describes as “shrug rock.” Despite the name, they’re not from Pennsylvania, but based in Brooklyn. The song is “Yeah, I’m Okay With My Shit Life.” Enjoy!