It’s always good to look at a rabbit with it’s tongue out when you aren’t feeling well. Things are currently crap in the universe but here’s this guy with his northwest ears to offer up at least a few seconds of peace. He’s here to stare at, Marina Abramović style, as you dig into the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the best new songs that have crossed our path over recent days. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below. Here’s hoping you find a song or two that melts your heart & takes you there..
This work of art was made by a teenager (me) several decades ago. It is a ballpoint drawing-collage & is taken from one of my teenage sketchbooks. I was obsessed with Prince at the time which meant that every person I drew had to have heels on as a tribute. I also liked to cut & shred bits & pieces from department store catalogs & repurpose them for my own questionable ends (shout out to JC Penney). I have no idea what I was thinking when I made it though I’m sure I thought it would be “shocking” as I was often trying (aka failing) to achieve that effect in anything I drew. I now recognize that these guys are ridiculous but trust me they were created with the utmost seriousness. Anyway, both they and I present to you the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the best songs we’ve heard over the past week. This weeks list is fulsome, grand & heavily chorus’d & stars a whole lotta guitars. All are # 1 songs in an alternate universe . You can listen on either Soundcloud or Spotify below:
My very first job was at a one hour photo lab. I took the pic above of the back side of the shop during a lunch break one day. The median age of the staff was 18 which was no doubt a cost cutting strategy as the owners could get away with paying us nearly nothing. Based on those 2 facts it should come as no surprise to know we behaved in a very, very unprofessional manner. There was of course a tacit agreement when a customer brought in a roll of film that no matter what type of pictures were contained within it, we would happily develop & print them with no judgement. Even if they were of the “Adults Only” variety. Unfortunately when a bunch of teenagers are confronted with photos of naked strangers all bets are off…which is to say that when anything remotely porn-like appeared on a roll a film, an additional copy of the photo was printed & then hung on a wall in the darkroom. It wasn’t long before there were hundreds of pix on this wall. In my defense, because I was a total nerd I was solely interested in making copies of people’s concert pictures ( oh my God it’s Bryan Ferry !) & stealing ( also bad) rolls of film for my own photographic pursuits (see pic above). It’s truly a case of you get what you pay for. And it’s clear, horny teenagers will work for cheap. And so even though the pseudo-arty pic above seems harmless, all I can think of when I look at is the sinister teenage kicks that were going on behind those windows.
Anyway, it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLISTfeaturing the absolute finest pop music that came our way over recent days. There was a ton of handsome stuff this week & you can check it all out below on Soundcloud or Spotify. Rock on…
There’s this gorgeous old song from 1997 by Adam F. that features legendary Everything But The Girl goddess Tracey Thorn on vocals called “The Tree Knows Everything”. This past week, I was parked on my bike in a random spot in Central Park I’ve passed a million times over the years. For some reason I looked up as I was sitting there & was confronted by this amazingly human tree bearing a benevolent face, sweet smile & exposed heart…and I thought of this song. Also I can’t stop staring at this beautiful tree & how absurdly life affirming it feels right now. And with that welcome to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the most handsome & heartfelt pop songs we’ve heard over recent days. The tree knows everything…
There’s never a bad time to look at David Bowie being both very chill & very hot in 1992 whilst cradling a saxophone…in fact right now is probably the ideal time with all that’s happening. Maybe put on some of that latter day Bowie this week too, a little “5.15” from the Heathen album or “I Can’t Give Everything Away” from Blackstar. Then just breathe in & breathe out.
Anyway, it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the greatest, most embraceable and infectious musical discoveries of the week. You can listen on Soundcloud or Spotify below. Rock on…
The pic above is of a wall in my Mom’s house that features artwork of animals who are all looking in the same direction. Whenever I see stuff like this I am convinced she is some kind of mad genius because seriously I would never, ever have thought to do this. Though I admit I’m considering drawing a creature looking the opposite way just to see if she starts a new wall. Okay enough weirdness, it’s time for the WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the finest songs we’ve heard this week. It’s full of lush, jagged and handsome pop songs all of which are currently # 1 in a better alternate universe.
Hey All, it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the best new music we’ve heard over the past week. There was a whole lotta POP of the regretful, wistful & wanting variety ( the best kind) & you can hear every last bit of it below. I took the pic above on 4th & Broadway about 5 years ago (aka better times) & it looks a lot like what this week’s playlist sounds like. Dig in below…
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There’s also a particularly exquisite album to check out this week ! Cannibal House Rules by Jonathan Something is an unabashed love letter to the neon sound (and soundtracks) of the eighties. It’s full of endlessly lush and evocative synthpop storytelling and is the perfect backdrop for all the fantastical climactic scenes you could ever want to daydream.
Many years ago, I bumped into a table at my friend Robbie’s house & spontaneously apologized…to the table. Just an “oh sorry table”. It turned out this was a teachable moment as Robbie then explained to me the literary term known as ‘pathetic fallacy’ which is defined by Oxford as:
‘the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals, especially in art and literature’
I then realized I’d lived my whole life abiding by this ‘pathetic fallacy” thing. Getting angry at individual bottles that didn’t open, complimenting comfortable chairs & so on. Anyway, I was rummaging through some old pics I took back in the 20th century & stumbled on this thing above. I instantly thought about good ole ‘pathetic fallacy’ because those 2 guys in the pic are definitely giving off some kind of weird, creepy energy & I don’t trust it.
Okay, enough absurdity, it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST, featuring the best new music that crossed our path this week. There are A LOT of gorgeous things in there, good for heart-healing, air-punching or lying still & pondering the universe. Check ’em all out below….
Here’s another suburban hometown childhood pic I took 10,000 years ago i.e. in the early ’80s. SABBATH. OZZY. SMOKE DOPE. PCP. BOBBY+BARBRA. TRACY WAS HERE. You can tell the wall artists had a really good time exulting all the stuff that most pissed off & terrified the adult population ( like Bobby himself I’m guessing). Anyway, I’ll never get tired of looking at this & just wanted offer eternal belated thanks to the Dirtbag Picasso(s) responsible for it wherever they are in this life right now.
And now it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLISTshowcasing the absolute finest songs we’ve heard in recent days. I have to add that we were positively BLESSED this week as there were an astoundingnumber of brilliantly wonderful songs that crossed our path. Seriously. It doesn’t happen that often ! And so special thanks to all the beautiful Musical Dirtbags responsible from this Dirtbag here. You’re all at #1.
I loved taking pictures when I was a teenager in the ’80s. I mostly skulked around my Long Island town and gravitated toward minimally populated places, making a conscious effort to avoid human contact and questions ( namely the infamous “why are you taking a picture of that ?”). And so I have a lot of photos taken from behind storefronts and in deserted parks. Parking meters, fences, construction equipment, if it was inanimate and couldn’t talk back, I was all over it. The picture above was taken behind the local 5 & 10 ( 20th century equivalent of the dollar store) up the street from my house. I don’t know how many clearly, nearly empty spray paint cans it took to capture Beelzebub enjoying his doobie but the effort was absolutely worth it. That fiery butt-end is a treasure.
Speaking of fiery treasures, it’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLISTfeaturing the finest and most fabulous songs we’ve heard over recent days ! Check ’em all out below….