Song of the Week: “Haunted” – Poe

14 Jul

First encountered Poe in the 90s, and then the great album cover to Haunted caught my attention again. Her cowriting and vocal work with Conjure One years later brought her back into my musical orbit. Great voice here, and wonderful tune.

Song of the Week: “Litany (Life Goes On)” – Guadalcanal Diary

7 Jul

The musos in my high school newspaper class got me into this band. Guadalcanal Diary were contemporaries of R.E.M., working in Georgia during the same era and using the same producer, Don Dixon, on three of their albums. (Dixon coproduced R.E.M.’s Murmur and Reckoning.) As far as I know, Guadalcanal never had a hit of any kind, though this week’s tune was released as a single. I have many favorite tracks from this band, including “Trail of Tears,” “Prayers for Rain,” “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” “Winds of Change,” “The Likes of You,” and “Ten Laws.” Album-wise, I recommend both 2×4 and Flip-Flop.

Happy National Detonation Day!

5 Jul

By guest blogger, Colby Smith. 

Ah, the 4th of July. The day we Americans celebrate our independence and freedom by blowing stuff up.

Wait, what? Shouldn’t we celebrate with parades and performances honoring our country?

Well, maybe a little, but our favorite part is when we teach the 10-year-old how to detonate a mini-grenade or fire a cannon, or reenact the War of Independence by using small tanks and Roman candles. And who could forget the semi-legal mortars? These are very important to our country. 

All in all, we are proud to live in  a home where we are legally allowed to show off our military power for the neighbors, after dousing the flaming roof, of course. 

Song of the Week: “It Don’t Come Easy” – Ringo Starr

2 Jul

After the Beatles officially split in 1970, Ringo Starr continued to release music, putting out seven albums in that decade alone. For these many hit records and singles, he collaborated with all three members of his famous former band and many other 1970s superstars. This week’s song was written by Starkey and produced by George Harrison. It was released as a single, and didn’t appear on an album until being added to the 1991 reissue of 1973’s Ringo.

Song of the Week: “Vapour Trail” – Ride

23 Jun

This week’s track is a shoegaze classic from 1990. The official rock video distracts from the song, I think, so I chose a video with a still shot of the Nowhere album cover, which is one of my favorites of all time. This tune made Pitchfork magazine’s list of the top 200 songs of the 1990s (#145) and (according to Wikipedia) Ride’s bassist played with Oasis (if that interests you).

Song of the Week: “The Raven” – Rebecca Pidgeon

17 Jun

Best known for her acting career (I highly recommend The Winslow Boy), including roles in many David Mamet films (she is, after all, married to the director), Rebecca also recorded a half dozen albums. This is my favorite track, coming from her 2007 album of the same name. Other favorites are “Kalerka” and “Her Man Leaves Town” (also from The Raven), “Black Jack Davey” from Four Marys, and “The Wedding Dress” from New York Girl’s Club.

Song of the Week: “Wrong or Right” – Kwabs

10 Jun

I ran across Kwabs a few months ago, and what really attracted my attention was the first line of this song—“I don’t want to be you leader, I don’t want to let you down”—in his distinctive voice. The phrase just kept running through my head for days. Then his label released this creepy-but-cool official video and here we are. This is off his four-track “Wrong or Right” EP. The freshly coined music term that I heard used to describe his sound: “Synth&B.”

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