Tuesday, August 11, 2020

“The Moon”, The Microphones

This way: The Moon

The Microphones are an American rock band from Olympia, Washington, founded in 1996 and ended in 2003, with a short reunion following in 2007. The band was fronted by Phil Elvrum (who now spells his surname Elverum). Elverum was the principal songwriter and producer behind the band's albums, but he has also collaborated with other local musicians on his other recordings and tours. Many of Elverum's recordings from this period were released by the label K Records. 

Since 2003 Elverum has recorded and performed primarily under the name Mount Eerie. He played a one-off concert in Anacortes, WA under the name The Microphones in June 2019 and announced the release of a new Microphones album, Microphones in 2020, in August 2020  

[Spotify] The Moon

Monday, August 10, 2020

“Television Screens”, Fontaines D.C.

This way: Television Screens

Fontaines D.C. are an Irish band formed in Dublin in 2017. The band consists of Grian Chatten (vocals), Carlos O'Connell (guitar), Conor Curley (guitar), Conor Deegan III (bass), and Tom Coll (drums).
  After meeting while attending music college, and bonding over a common love of poetry, the band began self-releasing singles and performing live regularly, signing to Partisan Records in 2018. The band's debut album, Dogrel, was released on April 12, 2019 to widespread critical acclaim, winning 'Album of the Year' accolades from both Rough Trade and BBC Radio 6 Music, and was nominated for the Mercury Prize and Choice Music Prize.

The band's second studio album, A Hero's Death, was written and recorded in the midst of extensive touring for their debut, and was released on July 31, 2020. This sone is from the 2019 release "Dogrel".

[Spotify] Television Screens

Saturday, August 8, 2020

“Nightclubbing”, Grace Jones

This way: Nightclubbing

Grace Jones OJ (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican model, singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. Jones influenced the cross-dressing movement of the 1980s and has been an inspiration for artists including Annie Lennox, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Solange, Lorde, Róisín Murphy, Brazilian Girls, Nile Rodgers, Santigold, and Basement Jaxx. In 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 40th greatest dance club artist of all time. 
This song is from the 1981 LP, Nightclubbing. Song written by Iggy Pop and David Bowie.

[Spotify] Nightclubbing

Friday, August 7, 2020

“Whole Life”, Perfume Genius

This way: Whole Life

Perfume Genius, is an American singer songwriter. Hadreas's music explores topics including sexuality, his personal struggle with Crohn's disease, domestic abuse, and the dangers faced by gay men in contemporary society. From the album Set My Heart on Fire Immediately released this year.

[Spotify] Whole Life

Thursday, August 6, 2020

“I Knew”, Zeitgeist

This way: I Knew

Yes, ok, History has been rewritten and now we have The Reivers. But I will always know them as Zeitgeist. The Reivers were an American pop band from Austin, Texas. Formed in 1984 as Zeitgeist, they were forced to change their name before releasing their second album in 1987, due to another group claiming prior rights to the name. They chose the name The Reivers from the title of the William Faulkner novel.

The band included John Croslin, songwriter, vocalist, guitars; Kim Longacre, vocals, guitars; Cindy Toth, bass, violin; and Garrett Williams, drums. They were the best-known of a cluster of Austin-based bands loosely grouped under the name New Sincerity. Writing for No Depression in 2008, critic Peter Blackstock described The Reivers as "a classic pop band...They balanced memorable melodies and unstoppable energy with seemingly effortless ease, contrasting the rough and sweet vocals of frontfolks John Croslin and Kim Longacre (respectively) amid an infectious swirl of chiming guitars and the unbelievably lively rhythms of drummer Garrett Williams and bassist Cindy Toth." Translate Slowly is the 1985 debut album by The Reivers. This album was originally released under the band's original name, Zeitgeist, but was remixed in 1988 and re-released under the band name The Reivers, after another band claimed rights to the name "Zeitgeist."

[Spotify] not likely

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

“Downtown Train”, Tom Waits

This way: Downtown Train

Tom Waits is an American singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and actor. His lyrics often focus on the underbelly of society and are delivered in his trademark deep, gravelly voice. He worked primarily in jazz during the 1970s, but his music since the 1980s has reflected greater influence from blues, rock, vaudeville, and experimental genres.

Rain Dogs is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Tom Waits, released in September 1985 on Island Records. A loose concept album about "the urban dispossessed" of New York City, Rain Dogs is generally considered the middle album of a trilogy that includes Swordfishtrombones and Franks Wild Years. 

The album, which includes appearances by guitarists Keith Richards and Marc Ribot, is noted for its broad spectrum of musical styles and genres, described by Rolling Stone as merging "Kurt Weill, pre-rock integrity from old dirty blues, [and] the elegiac melancholy of New Orleans funeral brass, into a singularly idiosyncratic American style."

[Spotify] Downtown Train

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

“Two Black Eyes”, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

[Spotify] Two Black Eyes

An experienced player of the melodeon and anglo concertina, Cohen has performed in numerous line-ups over the years but is probably best known as a member of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominated trio Granny's Attic. Cohen is a singer whose style and approach is rooted in the traditions of the British Isles. A highly regarded singer, Cohen had the fortune of winning Bromyard Folk Festival's Future of Young Folk Award for young folk singers at the 2014 festival. This from the compilation of field recordings by Stick in the Wheel from 2019. 

[Spotify] Two Black Eyes

Monday, August 3, 2020

“Villon Song”, Stick in the Wheel

This way: Villon Song

Stick in the Wheel are an English band with its origins in East London. It is led by vocalist and artist Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter, their producer, arranger and Dobro player. They bring a contemporary approach to folk music with raw minimalism, setting vocals to simple accompaniments and handclaps. They sing both their own compositions and traditional songs, which hold a strong relationship to each other through their subject matter. They were praised by Eliza Carthy for bringing important new songs to the repertoire. 

[Spotify] Villon Song

Friday, July 31, 2020

“Airborne”, Wussy

This way: Airborne

Wussy is an American five-piece indie rock band formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2001. The band consists of Chuck Cleaver (vocals/guitar-Former Ass Pony), Lisa Walker (vocals/guitar), John Erhardt (pedal steel), Joe Klug (drums) and Mark Messerly (bass).Cleaver and Walker write most of the songs and either alternate lead vocals or sing them in harmony. Live performances feature the two vocalists having a "combative rapport". They have released six albums, one live album, two EPs, one mini LP and a number of singles. Rock critic Robert Christgau lists this at number 4 on the Best Songs & Albums of the 2000's.  

[Spotify] Airborne

Thursday, July 30, 2020

“Mr. Superlove”, Ass Ponys

This way: Mr. Superlove

Ass Ponys was an indie rock band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The band was formed in 1988 from members of Ohio band the Libertines and Midwestern band Gomez. Their sound combines rock and country into an off-kilter blend of Americana music. They have gone on national tours with bands such as Pavement, Throwing Muses, and Possum Dixon. Among other periodicals, they have been featured in Rolling Stone, CMJ, and The Cincinnati Post.

The Ass Ponys went on hiatus in 2005, after releasing the compilation album The Okra Years – 4 years after their last original material was released in Lohio. More importantly, it appears that core band members are focused on new projects, so new Ass Ponys output seems unlikely any time soon. Vocalist Chuck Cleaver is focusing his attention on a new band, Wussy. Bill Alletzhauser currently fronts the band The Hiders. Randy Cheek plays with The Libertines US, The Fairmount Girls and The Ready Stance. Chuck Cleaver and Randy Cheek performed together at TedxCincinnati in November 2013. 

[Spotify] Mr. Superlove

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

“free dumb'”, Illuminati Hotties

This way: free dumb

Here is a cool new band. illuminati hotties are an American indie pop band (wait, what? indie pop? this is punk rock) from Los Angeles, California. They were founded in 2017 as a vehicle for the songwriting of Sarah Tudzin. 

Sarah Tudzin began her career in music as a recording engineer. In 2018, Tudzin and her band released their debut full-length album, Kiss Yr Frenemies, on Tiny Engines.

In October 2019 Tudzin released a song for download called "ppl plzer," with all proceeds from the track going to the suicide prevention group The Trevor Project.

After it had "leaked" on 3 July 2020 Illuminati Hotties announced a mixtape, Free I.H.: This Is Not The One You’ve Been Waiting For, would be released that month. An interview with Stereogum on 10 July made it clear it was connected to "an exit agreement that allowed Tudzin to buy out her Tiny Engines contract with a cash settlement and a payment of royalties on a future project" and would be released on 17 July.

[Spotify] free dumb

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

“Steak for Chicken”, Moldy Peaches

This way: Steak for Chicken

This charming band: The Moldy Peaches were an indie group founded by Adam Green and Kimya Dawson. Leading proponents of the anti-folk scene, the band has been on hiatus since 2004. The appearance of their song "Anyone Else but You" in the film Juno significantly raised their profile; Dawson and Green made a handful of reunion appearances together in December 2007.  

[Spotify] Steak for Chicken

Monday, July 27, 2020

“Best Kept Secret”, Earwig

This way: Best Kept Secret

Here is a great one from back in the day. Earwig is an indie rock band from Columbus, Ohio. They have released music on micro-indie LFM Records and Anyway Records. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Lizard McGee, bassist and vocalist Costa Hondroulis, and vocalist and keyboardist James McGee-Moore. Their most recent album Pause For The Jets was released in October 2016. This one from 2000.

[Spotify] Best Kept Secret

Sunday, July 26, 2020

“Purple Rain”, Prince

This way: Purple Rain

Is this Princes finest moment? Well he has plenty of those. And I love the plethora of bands that covered this one. Above is the original, below enough covers to float a cruise ship.

[Spotify] Purple Rain

Bruce: Purple Rain

Dwight Yoakam: Purple Rain

Etta James: Purple Rain

Inter Arma: Purple Rain

Saturday, July 25, 2020

“Atmosphere”, Peter Murphy and Trent Reznor (Joy Division cover)

This way: Atmosphere

Trent of Nine Inch Nails teams up with Peter Murphy from Bauhaus to cover a bunch of cool songs, here is a great cover of Atmosphere by Joy Division.

[Spotify] Not likely

Friday, July 24, 2020

“Caught in My Eye”, Kevin Morby

This way: Caught in My Eye

Caught in My Eye is a song by one of my all time favorite bands the Germs.

Kevin Morby (born April 2, 1988) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He has released five studio albums: Harlem River (2013), Still Life (2014), Singing Saw (2016), City Music (2017), and Oh My God (2019). During live performances, Morby is accompanied by his backing band consisting of Meg Duffy on guitar, Cyrus Gengras on bass, and Nick Kinsey on drums.

[Spotify] Caught in My Eye

[Extra credit] Caught in My Eye (original)

Thursday, July 23, 2020

“Top of the World”, Shonen Knife

This way: Top of the World

This band knows how to cover a song. I’m not even sure how you would go about coming up with something so much improved over the original. That amazing guitar line that isn't even in the original. This is from an LP of all covers of songs by the Carpenters. From 1994.

[Spotify] Top of the World

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head”, Deadbolt —covers week—

This way: Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head

Deadbolt is a rock band from San Diego, California, U.S. They describe themselves as "The Scariest Band in the World." The band often features two or more bass players, who are called "The Wall of Thunder."

The band originally formed in 1988 as a trio, featuring guitarist and vocalist Harley Davidson, bassist and vocalist Robert "RA" MacLean and drummer Les Vegas. Both Vegas and MacLean have since left the band. Vegas' departure is chronicled in the song "Po' Boy" on the album Hobo Babylon.  

Deadbolt's music combines surf rock, goth, psychobilly and blues sound with unusual and offbeat lyrics, a style the band dubbed "voodoobilly." Besides the release of several CDs, the band has toured both North America and Europe extensively.

 [Spotify] Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head

[Extra credit—not recommended] Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on my Head (orig)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

“Black Star”, Gillian Welch

This way: Black Star

Here comes the Radiohead. I love it when the new song meets the old sound. This version is pulled off to perfection.

Gillian Welch is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Their sparse and dark musical style, which combines elements of Appalachian music, bluegrass, country and Americana, is described by The New Yorker as "at once innovative and obliquely reminiscent of past rural forms."

Welch and Rawlings have collaborated on seven critically acclaimed albums, five released under her name, and two released under the name Dave Rawlings Machine. Her 1996 debut, Revival, and the 2001 release Time (The Revelator), received nominations for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. 

This from 2005.

[Spotify] Black Star

[Extra credit] Black Star (original)

“The Moon”, The Microphones

This way:  The Moon The Microphones are an American rock ...