“Lost” by Minneapolis producer & DJ Mike Gervais gets a remix by Seattle’s Brian Sonnleitner a.k.a. Sone. It features repetitious rhythms, the monotony broken by a growing tension that never resolves. It just about sums up my life right now.
Read more at KEXP Song of the Day.
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.
The fifth annual JP Music Festival took place at Pinebank Field on September 13. Too my shame, I missed the first four festivals, but I took the kids to a few hours on Saturday afternoon. Sadly, the kids weren’t too interested. My son was completely bored, my daughter was having fun but mostly because she enjoyed tackling me. We did get ice cream from the JP Licks tent and the kids enjoyed a bunch o’bacon from The Bacon Truck.
The performances are impressively organized with acts coming on to stage with very little break in-between. If you didn’t like what you heard, just wait a few minutes and someone else would be on stage. In the short three hours we were there I must’ve seen 8 different acts ranging from jazz to punk to Afro-Latin percussion to dance. Highlights for me include Junko Ogawa‘s song about a caterpillar, the punk saxophone of Fur Purse, and the young dancers of the Tony Williams Ballet Youth Ensemble pretty much stole the show.
The food trucks are a yummy part of the festival.
Junko Ogawa takes the mic.
This photo would be much better if you could see the shiny silver pants of the lead vocalist of Fur Purse.
Festival art honors the albino squirrel of Jamaica Pond.
Tony Williams dancers.
More dancing in the grass
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.
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.
Janelle Monáe brought together artists on Wondaland Records to record the stark protest song of our times.
Won’t you say their names?
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.