This week’s song “America Says Hello” is a caustic broadside fired at the hegemony and militarism of my native country by New Zealand’s The Chills. I’d never heard of the band before this week, but they had much success in New Zealand in the 1980s and 1990s with their jangly-guitar rock style reminiscent of R.E.M. Their new album Silver Bullets sounds musically like it could’ve been released 25 years ago, and sadly the political and environmental messages in the lyrics sound like not much has changed since 1990. An excellent album, worth a listen.
After a long absence, song of the week returns with “Put a Flower in Your Pocket” by The Arcs, a side project of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. The always excellent podcast Song Exploder breaks down the song.
The depressingly violent animated video is below:
A little gospel to knock your socks off to start the week. The sock-removers are the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers of Los Angeles, performing “Little Light.”
“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.
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.