Archive | June, 2014

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.”

Song of the Week: “Catgroove” – Parov Stelar

2 Jun

Parov Stelar is an Austrian DJ who’s released some great electro-swing albums during the last few years. The popularity of this week’s song was boosted dramatically by this super-fun, homemade dance video by TakeSomeCrime. For another great pairing of these artists, check out “Phantom (1930 version).”