Saturday, September 14, 2013

Song of the Day: "Broken"

The next Mercury Prize shortlisted type is Jake Bugg who includes Nick Drake among his influences.

You don't say.

A plaintive British singer-songwriter singing about failed romance citing the perkiest Brit of the last half century? Tell me more...

And for the record, I liked Nick Drake long before his music was used in an AT&T commercial. I liked him from the very first VW commercial. I only like OLD Nick Drake.

The same will inevitably be true for Jake Bugg who, apparently, I couldn't be bothered to learn anything about.

Song: "Broken"
Artist: Jake Bugg

Friday, September 13, 2013

Song of the Day: "White Noise"

Next up as we work out way through the Mercury Prize shortlist is electronic music duo Disclosure, nominated for their debut Settle.

This track, the second single from the album, features AlunaGeorge on vocals. Yes, THAT AlunaGeorge. The Fabulous Clinton is truly fabulous. He really needs to do a monthly post.

There's definitely something to the music--it's not instantly lovable but it fits the lack of attention I'm giving it. Or not giving it.

Song: "White Noise"
Artist: Disclosure/AlunaGeorge

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Song of the Day: "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"

The Mercury Prize shortlist (or the Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist if you're a slave to the man) has been released and obviates my need to think of a song today. And thematically this song, from Arctic Monkey's nominated AM,  is perfect since I was just having an email exchange about something similar with a coworker.

But here's what I consider to be a perfectly acceptable response to this question:
Because I'm always high.
Next question?

Song: "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"
Artist: Arctic Monkeys

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Song of the Day: "Find My Way Home"

I've been listening to The Jam box set at work the last few days and yadda yadda yadda here's something new (newish, late last year) from Bruce Foxton.

Yesterday the fox, today the Foxton.

I know, I'm cliché.

Song: "Find My Way Home"
Artist: Bruce Foxton

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Song of the Day: "The Fox"

This year's "Gangnam Style" comes by way of Norway.

Ylvis addresses the deep philosophical question of what the fox does, or doesn't, say.

Song: "The Fox"
Artist: Ylvis

Monday, September 9, 2013

Song of the Day: "Oh My"

This was a great day for Eric to send me details about the state of the Blow Monkeys. Turns out they're still together.

And they have a new album, as happens when one is still together. Feels Like a New Morning is possibly their 11th album. Not including Dr. Robert albums.

This is the first single and I have to get back to the pie charts...

Song: "Oh My"
Artist: The Blow Monkeys

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Something something his last name IS tomorrow

A Tom Tomorrow cartoon (that seems a bit diminutive a description for his work) editorial from Spin back in 1994. Frankly I'm appalled by his depiction of the incarceration of white people. They must not work on Wall Street.

"Tune in Tomorrow"-Tom Tomorrow, Spin 1994

Song of the Day: "Don't Wanna"

Scary Cherry
(Bang Bangs not shown)
Where has the time gone? It's riot grrrl nostalgia time--has it really been 20 years since L7, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill and the Spice Girls became the first females to play guitars and sing simultaneously? I mean songs about hating men, which is my cursory understanding of feminism in general and riot grrrl specifically.

Or I'm trying to be clever and I'm really not. That happens a lot.

Scary Cherry isn't defined by her gender any more than tiny little Glenn Danzig is.  Or normal sized Rob Halford. Shit, I'm off track again.

I love this song because it's a needed reminder that I don't appreciate The Runaways enough combined with a tinge of glam. Like a punk rock version of glam, which I guess makes me think of Psychedelic Furs. If you find this stream of thinking annoying, imagine living in my head all day.

Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs are playing the Ash Street Saloon here in Portland on Sunday, October 6th (we're the midpoint in a tour that takes them from Lubbock to Chapel Hill... by way of Portland).

The riot grrrl nostalgia intro was supposed to pay off with a Courtney Love joke here, but when you think about it, she beat me to it.

Song: "Don't Wanna"
Artist: Scary Cherry and the Bang Bangs