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Song of the Week: “Eden” – 10,000 Maniacs

8 Aug

Been away from my media for a few weeks, and as I ease back into everyday life it’s interesting to see how some things that used to occupy my mind are much less appealing now. This week’s song has held its appeal for me for more than 20 years, and doesn’t let up. This is from Our Time in Eden, Natalie Merchant’s last release with the band (except for the MTV Unplugged adventure, of course). The video is grainy, balcony-shot concert footage with poor sound, but still utterly entrancing.

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.”

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).”

Song of the Week: “The Story in Your Eyes” – The Moody Blues

26 May

My family had a couple of Moody Blues albums on vinyl, and I found the cover art of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour to be utterly entrancing. Combine this with the wordless, evolutionary tale of the first track, “Procession,” and I always felt there was some great symbolic tale expressed in that record that I just couldn’t grasp. Currently, this song is still my favorite from the album.