The duo from Berlin, Germany, Africaine 808, mixes global music with dance beats. A simple concept but it works oh so well on tracks like “Ngoni.”
Eter Dub is a dub reggae project lead by DJ and producer Federico Balza of Mendoza, Argentina.
The Nashville blues/country/folk/rock duo Muddy Magnolias ask the important question “Brother, What Happened?”
Moby is back with a band called The Void Pacific Choir and a new album called These Systems are Failing. “A Simple Love” is a great track off the album.
The new release from D.C. punk band Priests is dark and cynical and features a casually violent video. It seems all too fitting for our times.
Just when you thought there was already enough David Bowie content on this blog, today’s Song of the Week comes from the recently released cast recording of the David Bowie musical, Lazarus. Sophia Anne Caruso’s interpretation of “Life on Mars?” is the perfect Bowie and the musical theater. I can’t stop listening to it.
Take a gander and see if you think the same.
This week’s track is “Bounce” and improved electronic piece by Edinburgh’s Lauren Sarah Hayes.
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 subject matter of this tune “Tired By Kids” as related on the band’s website:
Tom (concertina) wrote the last tune in this set and named it after his own experience as a father of three kids and owner of a very boisterous dog. Celebrating the ups and downs of parenthood!
“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 of the Day.
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.”
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.
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 video is spectacular as well.
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.