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.
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!
Posting a Thao and the Get Down Stay Down song of the week for the second time this year because their new album A Man Alive just came out and the first single “Astonished Man” is … well astonishing.
Minneapolis punk rockers Kitten Forever have a new album 7 Hearts out on March 25th. Here’s the video for their song “200X”.
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.”
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.
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.
Japan’s Nisennenmondai‘s upcoming album #N/A includes the track #3. It’s pretty cool. More from Said the Gramophone.
Roots rockers from Minneapolis The Pines present the Dylan-esque/Josh Ritter-esque “Hanging from the Earth” off they’re upcoming album Above the Prairie. More about The Pines from Paste.
Senegalese singer and guitarist Baaba Maal combines traditional music with electronic sounds on “Fulani Rock” a track from his new album The Traveler.
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!”
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…
The distinctive voice of Welsh legend Tom Jones works well in duet with Irish vocalist Imelda May on this bluegrass/rockabilly cover of “Honey, Honey” by The Milk Carton Kids. The song comes from Jones’ album The Lost Suitcase, a collection of tunes to accompany his recent autobiography. What are you listening to in 2016?
A new song by Thao and the Get Down Stay Down is always worth the wait and not just because I share an alma mater with the band members. “Nobody Dies” presages their new album A Man Alive, due out on March 12.
A very Merry Christmas to you if you celebrate, and if you don’t I hope it’s a peaceful day off and the Christians and consumerists don’t get you down. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been featured twice before on Song of the Week for holiday-themed songs and now you can hear an entire holiday-themed…
Every year the editor of the excellent MP3 blog Said the Gramophone publishes a list of 100 Best Songs of the Year. The list is diverse, and not every song is going to resonate with everyone, but I always discover something new I missed over the course of the year. One of the songs from…
Two years ago, Song of the Week celebrated the holiday season with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. This year the same band returns with a funky sound for The Festival of Lights on “8 Days (of Hanukkah).” Happy Hanukkah and enjoy!
The spectacularly-talented Canadian artist Grimes (a.k.a. Claire Boucher) has a new album Art Angels which features the track “Kill v. Maim.” I’m still making my mind up about it, but do have to share this post from Said the Gramophone on the song.