Month: May 2018

Weekly New Wonders Playlist !

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Know what, there was some very, very pretty music kicked out over the past week and so this week’s playlist is a little lengthy to accommodate the myriad of foxy ass things that appeared…and with that here is the Weekly New Wonders playlist. As usual some tracks are only on Soundcloud and some are only on Spotify so go both ways if you don’t want to miss anything.

Soundcloud Playlist:

Spotify Playlist link:

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/esperanza19/playlist/7aNhnt0SvZy1pWEfotYvCQ

 

 

 

The Guest List…with Cherophobiac

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Welcome to our newest blog addition, The Guest List, featuring playlists made by artists responsible for some of our favorite music this year, spotlighting the tracks that have inspired, crushed, and sustained them. Our latest playlist is from Alexandra Sullivan aka Cherophobiac who released one of THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2018 thus far,”Surgery”. Take it away girl…

“Hello World!
I’ve created a playlist for you called ‘d e s t r o y e r’ – and it’s full of songs that kill me/break my heart/offer me catharsis… and, generally, destroy me (in a good way!). I’ve worn these songs out listening to each of them over and over again, and they still remain the songs that make me feel the most. I tried to order them in a way that cycles through different layers of ‘destruction’ (and that sounded good to me).
Some songs from the playlist that are particularly close to my heart as I write this: ‘Erica Western Teleport’ by Emperor X (it has been for about three years), ‘Saturday Come Slow’ by Massive Attack (“Do you love me?”), ‘Over The Ocean’ by Here We Go Magic (the album that this song comes from, ‘A Different Ship,’ is probably my favorite album to date), ‘Siren Song’ by Bat For Lashes (this song is just about my definition of a ‘destroyer’), and ‘Advice’ by (Sandy) Alex G (it took me about two weeks to decide whether to include ‘Advice’ or ‘Change’ from his album ‘Trick’…)
I hope that you enjoy all of these songs as much as I do, and I hope that they destroy you as much as they destroy me.”
Here’s the playlist ! :
And here is the aforementioned album “Surgery”. Encourage you to check it out because honestly it’s pretty special.

 

 

Astronauts, etc. “The Border”

Now for something to take us all higher, a song of no fixed time or space ( could be 1978, or 1987 or 2001 or now). “The Border” oozes otherworldly wonder, featuring a warm yet mannered vocal ( think The Beloved) and plush melody ( think Hooverphonic ) topped with an ascending violin line so exquisite that it may inspire some involuntary swooning. Yes, it’s a beauty. And if you dig this and feel like some more organic space music after you’ve played it 100x, go have a listen to “You’re Not Alone”, the 1978 album by the late guitar genius Roy Buchanan wherein the blues based virtuoso goes all spaced out and synthy and confused in a not dissimilar feeling vein, link below.

 

Coral Pink “Daydream”

Like a piece of candy that’s been soaking in a a barrel of vodka, the tuneful “Daydream” is a woozy, pretty confection featuring some memorable carnivalesque keyboard flourishes in it’s dizzy body and is reminiscent of some of Ariel Pink’s more embraceable moments.

The Feens “Slip Away”

“Slip Away” is a panicked, and anxious marriage of britpop and power pop, both a little Ash, and a little Cheap Trick, and employs the classic model of deceptively cheery melody/ bad news lyrics. It’s a simple and compact anthem, sticky as hell and pretty damn cool.

Mama Kokomo “Primavera Feel”

While there is an undeniable air of Cocteau Twins about this ( always a welcome thing), this also brought to mind this antique instrumental off Paul McCartney’s homespun, and first, self titled solo album, “Hot As Sun”. “Primavera Feel” is basically the melodic equivalent of shafts of light spilling through the trees on a sunny afternoon. It’s gauzy, and fat, and really, really handsome.

The Guest List…with Mute Choir

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Welcome to our newest blog addition, The Guest List featuring playlists made by artists responsible for some of our favorite music this year, spotlighting the tracks that have inspired, crushed, and sustained them. Our latest playlist is from heavenly popmeister  Mute Choir , take it away Sam :

“Most of the music I love and am inspired by consists of one of two elements: raw honest great songwriting, and exploration and experimentation within the music that pushes the envelope. As a songwriter and a producer these are generally what really catches me. Every song and artist in this playlist to me contains either one or both of those traits.”

Here’s the Playlist ! :

And please take a listen below to the latest, lustrous offering from Mute Choir, “Minefield”…and hey, as an added bonus, reposting one of our faves,”Behind the Bars”  because it’s just such a beauty :

Weekly New Wonders Playlist !

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Here’s some real heart medicine, the latest in soul squeezing, daydream soundtracking, fever inducing pop songs for your every need…in other words, it’s time for the Weekly New Wonders Playlist. You know the drill: you can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify but note that there are actually 5 tracks only available on the former at the moment ! And they are awesome so if you are a strict Spotify-Head, please cave this week and check out the Soundcloud too ! Dig in my people…

Listen on Soundcloud :

Listen on Spotify :

 

When You Hear This Song : “Never Forget You” by Noisettes (2009)

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Ed Zed speaks on the song that completely shreds his soul, brings the rain, and lives eternally in his heart : “Never Forget You” by Noisettes

Pop music. The gasoline in our veins. The cobra in our hips. The tears lying in wait so close behind those misty, unreliable eyes.

The first time I heard ‘Never Forget You’ by Noisettes, a great tear was rent in my emotional fabric that I knew could never be repaired. Nor would I want it to be.
As that taut, muted bassline is joined by the achingly gorgeous, soul-kissed voice of frontwoman Shingai Shoniwa intoning ‘Whatcha drinkin’? Rum or whiskey? Wontcha have a double with me?’ I can already feel the tears gathering.

I love ambiguity in pop music, particularly when a seemingly ambiguous song has the power to stir with such profundity it’s almost painful. ‘Never Forget You’ could be a paean to a former lover, friend, fling, bandmate, none of the above, but it is very definitely imbued with a yearning for those fragile human connections consumed by the inexorable march of time.

But despite its nostalgic pathos, ‘Never Forget You’ is also undeniably jaunty, perhaps even hinting at some bold future whilst reveling in the bittersweet present. That it at once sounds so utterly timeless and like the greatest Motown song you’ve never heard seems very fitting indeed.

I cannot listen to ‘Never Forget You’ without crying. Crying for the past, for the present and the future. Crying for the beauty that radiates from its every note. Crying with sheer joy at the canon of incredible pop music to which it belongs, and of which it is so vital a component. At this point I cannot even think about it without crying, which is presumably why people keep glancing at me uncomfortably as I sit here writing this on the subway. May it always, always be so.

The Guest List…with Little Alien

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Welcome to our newest blog addition, The Guest List featuring playlists made by artists responsible for some of our favorite music this year, of tracks that have lit an eternal flame inside their hearts. Our latest playlist comes courtesy of our favorite manic-epic-pop-prog purveyor Little Alien ! Allow the man himself to shine a light on a few of his picks before you listen :

Kings of Leon “Arizona”: I appreciate this song for it’s beautiful soundscape created around a simple I-IV progression. The storytelling and the melodic bass are features of this era of Kings of Leon that I have always appreciated.

Renata Zeiguer “Wayside”: A relatively new release but it was the candor of the opening rhythm and the soul crushing dissonance of the third chord in the progression that instantly made this a classic in my eyes. 

Noname “Shadow Man”: Incredibly tender production and adept performance instrumentally speaking. The lyrical content is deep and the execution is superb by Noname, Saba and Smino (three of my favorite rappers).

Colour “Unicorns”: Colour’s entire “Anthology” is full of zany tunes with catchy hooks and eclectic rhythms. This album introduced me to math rock and heavily influenced many aspects of the Little Alien self-titled album. 

Hiatus Kaiyote “Building a Ladder”: An early live performance of this song introduced me to Hiatus Kaiyote and epitomized groove when I heard it for the first time. The harmonies are delicious and I’m attracted to the ambiguous and sometimes hard-to-perceive lyrics. 

Gang Starr “Moment of Truth”: In this tune, Guru offered deep heartfelt wisdom that speaks to me on many levels. The lyrics and monotone flow have stuck with me for years.

Time King “Main Street”: This song combines progressive rock with straight-up groove. It’s full of tasty harmonizations, catchy vocal melodies, and delightful interplay between the guitars and rock solid bass. It’s the whole package for me as a single. 

Marble Moon “Rosey Eyes”: The highlight of this song for me is the personal and prose-like lyrics that are delivered with strong and spirited vocals. The instrumentation seems to have been crafted with purpose and feels very meaningful in each section. Along with that, the dynamics of the song are drastic and impactful from beginning to end. The entire album is well worth listening to from beginning to end.

Tom Jobim & Elis Regina “Águas de Março”: This is possibly my favorite song of all time. The chords and instrumentation create a sense of continuous falling or similarly, a cascading waterfall or endless rain that is reflected in the lyrics. But even without understanding the lyrics it seems to me that you can take a lot away from this song and it immediately conveys a certain emotional state somewhere in between melancholy and rebirth. 

And now, the Playlist:

And hey, make sure to check out Little Alien’s exceptionally fine and crazy self-titled debut album if you haven’t yet ! Here it is ! :