Saturday, February 9, 2019

Song of the Day: "Beverly"

The band is Loose Wing, from Seattle. They come to my attention via a promotional email list I'm on. The content, which I read about half the time when I get these, promises a sound I'll like: R.E.M. but with PJ Harvey on vocals. The email name drops Neko Case, Teenage Fanclub, Slowdive, Echo & the Bunnymen.

This is not the track to experience with that heightened sense of possibility. It's nice but really tepid.

I mean, I guess it's possible this is the most raucous track from the album, but if that's the case... yikes.

Song: "Beverly"
Artist: Loose Wing

Friday, February 8, 2019

Albums of the Year 2018

The longer this stupidity continues, the more I expect albums like Music for the Long Emergency, What a Time to Be Alive, and Record, music that's not just inspired by the socio-political craziness, but created in an attempt to thwart it. Well, maybe not, that's a bit lofty.

TL;DR: several people don't care for Donald Trump, and some of them made albums.

25 Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel
24 Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon
23 Brandi Carlisle: By the Way, I Forgive You
22 Lucy Dacus: Historian
21 Melody's Echo Chamber: Bon Voyage

20 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Hope Downs
19 I'm With Her: See You Around
18 POLIÇA & S T A R G A Z E: Music for the Long Emergency
17 Ashley Monroe: Sparrow
16 Chromeo: Head Over Heels

15 Beach House: 7
14 Anna Calvi: Hunter
13 Superchunk: What a Time to be Alive
12 Neko Case: Hell-On
11 CHVRCHES: Love is Dead

10 Soccer Mommy: Clean
9 The 1975: A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
8 Low: Double Negative
7 Mitski: Be the Cowboy
6 Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour

5 Mastersystem: Dance Music
4 Tracey Thorn: Record
3 Blood Orange: Negro Swan
2 Pinegrove: Skylight
1 Spiritualized: And Nothing Hurt

Thursday, February 7, 2019

2018 Singles: #10 to #1

I was amazed at how well Childish Gambino pulled a Beyonce (a la "Formation") with "This is America." It's stunningly brutal and oh so deserved by this facile, uncaring, vituperative society.

The loss of a friend named Diane made Cam a close runner-up on the list. The actual Diane wouldn't have given a fuck but might be fleetingly amused that I'm writing about her now (in a Carly Simon kind of way, but the opposite of that). Also, it's a really great single, if you haven't heard it.

10 The Beths: 'Future Me Hates Me'
9 Spiritualized: 'A Perfect Miracle'
8 Young the Giant: 'Superposition'
7 Tracey Thorn: 'Queen'
6 Pinegrove: 'Intrepid'
5 The Honeysticks: 'I Don't Love You Anymore'
4 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: 'First Penis I Saw'
3 Mitski: 'Nobody'
2 Cam: 'Diane'
1 Childish Gambino: 'This is America'

2018 Singles: #20 to #11

I think it's awesome that Carly Rae Jepsen has milked the sessions for 2015's E-MO-TION for a fourth consecutive year on my singles lists. Tracey Thorn's second entry on the singles list is the girl power song you didn't know you needed for your daughter(s) (although technically her album is pretty much all girl power songs). 

That's sexist. It's the non-gendered power song you needed for your non-gendered offspring or non-offspring whom you are helping to rear because of _______(reasons) and whom you want to help get over an early heartbreak... as one does.

20 Jade Bird: 'Lottery'
19 Tracey Thorn: 'Guitar'
18 Carly Rae Jepsen: 'Party For One'
17 Chromeo: 'Don't Sleep'
16 Mastersystem: 'The Enlightenment'
15 Maggie Rogers: 'Fallingwater'
14 Childish Gambino: 'Feels Like Summer'
13 Dua Lupa: 'IDGAF'
12 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: 'Don't Be a Lawyer'
11 Post Malone: 'Better Now'

2018 Singles: #30 to #21

Is it worse that I have Florida Georgia Line or Post Malone on my singles list? Probably Post Malone. Plus he's ranked way higher, so double worse. But as if to undermine my last post, look, it's Kendrick Lamar! And Childish Gambino's first (of 3) appearances.

30 Bebe Rexha/Florida Georgia Line: 'Meant to Be'
29 Kylie Minogue: 'Dancing'
28 Death Cab for Cutie: 'Autumn Love'
27 Phoebe Bridgers: 'Motion Sickness'
26 POLIÇA & S T A R G A Z E: 'Music for the Long Emergency'
25 Hop Along: 'How Simple'
24 I'm With Her: 'Overland'
23 Anderson .Paak/Kendrick Lamar: 'Tints'
22 The Carters: 'Apeshit'
21 Childish Gambino: 'Summertime'

2018 Singles: #40 to #31

You know who continued to not make my list again, despite having one of the most acclaimed albums and singles of 2018? That's right, ________. You can fill that in with Kendrick Lamar or Car Seat Headrest (is that a band? maybe its Head Rest Carseat) or Robyn (in this case it was Robyn I was thinking of).

40 AJR/Rivers Cuomo: 'Sober Up'
39 Varsity: 'The Dogs Only Listen To Him'
38 Florence + the Machine: 'Hunger'
37 Half-Alive: 'Still Feel'
36 Courtney Barnett: 'City Looks Pretty'
35 Unknown Mortal Orchestra: 'Hunnybee'
34 Friendly Fires: 'Heaven Let Me'
33 Passenger: 'Hell or High Water'
32 Brandi Carlile: 'Fulton County Jane Doe'
31 Janelle Monáe: 'Make Me Feel'

2018 Singles: #50 to #41

I'm feeling really good about my singles list with the following observation: it's very white, and that's not because it's super country. Non-mainstream artists about: not even high profile indies, but I don't claim coolness because of this. I'm merely observing how out of sync I am with pop culture these days. I'm not sure the last time I listened to a local radio station that plays music.

Tracey Thorn is well represented on both the singles and albums list. It's not that it's an exceptional album, but it's very of the moment (see also: Superchunk), and the huskiness of her voice is the world-weariness we're all feeling.

50 Tracey Thorn/Corinne Bailey Rae: 'Sister'
49 Kane Strang: 'Not Quite'
48 Peace: 'You Don't Walk Away From Love'
47 MGMT: 'Me and Michael'
46 Melody's Echo Chamber: 'Cross My Heart'
45 Kacey Musgraves: 'Space Cowboy'
44 Celine Dion: 'Ashes'
43 Mastersystem: 'Notes on a Life Not Quite Lived'
42 Lovely the Band: 'These Are My Friends'
41 Superchunk: 'What a Time to be Alive'

Frances Bean Cobain... in a role that will surprise you

Frances Bean Cobain / Patsy Kensit
Coming this summer, to, I don't know, let's say OWN, it's Eighth Wonderful: The Patsy Kensit Story. Patsy Kensit is one of a small number of performers who's managed to be a hot new actress in 3 different decades: from her turn as the Bird's Eye Frozen Peas girl in 1973 to Absolute Beginners in 1986 to Lethal Weapon 2 in 1989; from Angels & Insects in 1995 to Emmerdale in 2004.

Kensit has tackled a variety of roles, playing characters both sexual and slutty.

The movie also tackles the emotional roller coaster of her marriages to members of Big Audio Dynamite (a lesser member), Simple Minds (the most important one), Oasis (the second most important one), and Haysi Fantayzee (the best Haysi!!!).

Do you have any musical talent? Look out, Patsy maybe marrying you next!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Song of the Day: "Timebomb"

Phi Delta Theta Bomb Squad
from Washington University
Walk the Moon apparently go by WALK THE MOON because I guess they're shouting. This is a new song from them.

I'm a bit surprised I was able to find some gratuitous beefcake to accompany this post (well, not that surprised, it is the internet), and lacking that I might have to learn something about the band. The Hurt Locker-type bomb squad suits aren't aligned well with the principles of shirtlessness.

Was there even a Hurt Locker porn parody? Oh, yes, yes there was. The Squirt Locker... thank you again, internet!

Song: "Timebomb"