Today, we are halfway to St. Patrick’s Day as celebrated on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Thus this week’s song is an Irish folk tune from halfway around the world in the Czech Republic, where the band Poitín is one of the most prominent members of the Irish pub music scene. I can related to…
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.
“Ya” by Factory Floor is reminiscent of “Oh Yeah” by Yello, perhaps even less lyrically challenging, but I can still envision it played over an action montage in an 80s comedy. It’s Labor Day Weekend after all, and the workers of the world don’t want to think too hard, but they do want to dance.
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…
The legendary post-punk band The Mekons have composed what may be the first protest song of Brexit. Appropriate for a boozy sing-a-long at a pub, it is also a call to action
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.”
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!