Friday, November 16, 2018

Song of the Day: "Do You Need Power?"

It's nice hearing something new from Bon Iver that doesn't sound like a bunch of other Bon Iver songs. It's from the forthcoming Creed 2 soundtrack, but he performed it months ago at Bonaroo, so I'm not sure if he wrote it for the soundtrack or it's just being included.

It only really matters to me in the context of whether or not it'll be eligible for an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (which, frankly, doesn't require the song to be written for the movie, in truth).

Anyway, hope the next album isn't 11 more songs just like this one.

Song: "Do You Need Power?"
Artist: Bon Iver

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Song of the Day: "Come Smile With Me"

Every now and then I get an email about new music that turns out to be great. But like more than great: revelatory.

Except that's probably a bit much. It's not like they invented "dream gaze" (or "shoe pop") music; they're just making fine music in that style.

Cheers to that.

The band is Sleepspent, from El Paso (in times past I might have seemed surprised by that, but pfff, any style of music can come from anywhere, there are no borders on sound). The email I got discussed how the band, via leader Austin North, deals with mental illness from a place of personal experience. I haven't listened to it closely enough to appreciate that, but I will. Crazy respects crazy (or depressed respects depressed). 

Song: "Come Smile With Me"
Artist: Sleepspent

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Song of the Day: "Locked & Loaded"

The question isn't "am I shallow enough to post a song based on the looks of one or more of the performers (or someone in the music video)" because we all know the answer to that is "duh."

No, the question is do I find one or more members of The Brevet attractive enough to motivate me to post this as a song of the day.

Or do I like the song?


Song: "Locked & Loaded"
Artist: The Brevet

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Song of the Day: "The Big Unknown"

Sade are back ("are" because Sade is the band's name, and Sade Adu is the singer's name) with a second song that could garner an Oscar nomination (previously there was an original song they contributed to A Wrinkle in Time). This new song is from the upcoming Widows, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo [Viola and Cynthia each lack 1 award for full EGOT--an Oscar here for Cynthia would finish her quest]).

While the song is downbeat, it is said to accompany a dramatic scene near the finale (it's similar in tone to "Skyfall" and "Writing's On The Wall"). If it does earn a nomination, it still has original songs from A Star is Born to beat, which may be tough.

Still, nice track, good to hear them again.

Song: "The Big Unknown"
Artist: Sade

Monday, November 12, 2018

Song of the Day: "Elastic Days"

When worlds collide, it's been said, they go boom.


Dina Martina meets J Mascis in the video for "Elastic Days," the title track to J's forthcoming solo album.

It's awesome and all, but really Dina needs a much larger canvas for her personality.

Maybe J can lip sync to one of her songs next!!!! 

Song: "Elastic Days"
Artist: J Mascis

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Song of the Day: "This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore"

When I started writing about a song for today, it was going to be the title track from Rosanne Cash's She Remembers Everything, her new album. The song features vocals from Sam Phillips--one of a handful of guest performers on the 10-song collection (Colin Meloy, Elvis Costello and Kris Kristofferson are the others).

But the minute I heard her duet with Emmylou Harris from one of the 2 Elton John/Bernie Taupin tribute albums from earlier this year, I decided to change horses midstream. "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore" is from Elton's 2001 Songs From the West Coast: an album I did not know of until just now (critics hailed it as a return to his early piano-centric albums). This version is on Restoration, the tribute album focused on country* and Americana covers of John/Taupin songs (Revival has pop, rock, and R&B-styled covers).

While I don't know that Cash's husband John Leventhal produced the song, it does have hallmarks of his best work (all of which is showcased on Shawn Colvin's A Few Small Repairs). Plus I think he's worked on everything she's done since they married.

Sadly Miley Cyrus's cover of "The Bitch is Back" is not worth writing about.

* The album adheres to the current operational definition of country music: no black performers and no rapping. Otherwise it's whatever sound the performer wants to call country.

Song: "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore"
Artist: Rosanne Cash/Emmylou Harris