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….
Wanted to post one more Mom pic in honor of her 80th b-day last week. This one above dates back to a time in the ’80s when I was completely infatuated with photography & would regularly coerce she & my brother into posing for me. But because of my innate teen weirdness most of the pictures look like this one you see above. See I was obsessed with Hipgnosis, the designers behind all those classic Pink Floyd album covers & wanted to be part of their team ( obviously they needed a nerdy suburban teenage girl with “progressive” ideas). And so I looked at the world as if it were an immense album cover, gatefold sleeves & all. All that remains of the dream are nonsensical pics like this that wish they were “Atom Heart Mother” or “Houses of the Holy” but aren’t. Still, it’s cool to have captured Mom serving up her best ‘spectral queen on her way to a sacrifice’ pose for eternity. Okay enough sentimental reminiscence & onto NEW MUSIC ( Happy 80th Mom) !
It’s time for the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST, featuring the absolute finest songs we’ve heard over recent days. All beautiful, enveloping & plush, all #1’s in a better alternate universe. Listen below & sail away…
That up there is a collage my Mom made back in 1970. She was (is) a bit of a hippie. Got her first tattoo in the late ’60s when young, single, suburban Moms didn’t do that sort of thing. She had a curtain of beads instead of a door for her bedroom. But most significantly, she had a white Chevy Nova with a huge yellow sunflower painted on the side. When my brother & I were in grade school it was huge source of embarrassment as it wasn’t unusual for other kids to come up to us & say “Hey, I saw your Mom’s car today !”, but like, not in a good way. Of course, 10 trillion years later, I now think it was the coolest thing ever. Anyway, she’s gonna hit the big 80 next week & just want to share this insane piece of art, full of counterculture heroes, rolling paper wrappers, evil politicians, Janis, Jimi & Jim & all the stuff that rocked her world. I’m biased but I think it rivals anything Picasso kicked out :).
Speaking of fine art, welcome to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the finest new music we’ve heard in recent days. You can listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify. It’s a good one.
Under normal circumstances we would be at what is considered the halfway point of the year. Even though all demarcation points & terms of measurement are now officially irrelevant & we are operating one day at a time, we’re gonna follow the lead of other music blog friends & mention some of the finer albums we’ve heard this hellacious year. The albums depicted above each provided something different & have served as perfect salves, ideal distractions & best friends during this mess of 2020.
Owen Pallett: Island
Bibio: Sleep On The Wing
Tenille Townes: The Lemonade Stand
They are melodic medicine & I’m glad they exist. Links are attached below if you want to check ’em out !
And now back to the regular programming which is to say welcome to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST featuring the finest songs we’ve heard in recent days ! You can listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify.
I bow with a flower to all these artists for these brilliant songs that are all currently # 1 in a better universe.
No weird stories or anecdotes to offer up this week, just going to stick with the facts & welcome you to the latest WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST . Listen below to the finest, sleekest & sweetest new songs we’ve heard over the past week, all of which are #1’s in a finer universe.
I have this giant book with pictures of old baseball cards. It weighs 10 lbs. so looking at it requires you to actually sit upright & rest it on your lap or an actual table. In other words, reclining with it is potentially dangerous. There are literally thousands of cards depicted in it & it’s oddly, hypnotically fascinating looking at all these faces dating back from the early ’50s onto 1990, the overwhelming majority of whom are not famous nor have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a percentage of whom are no longer earthly beings. These guys with their “weird” names, once relatively common, now extinct ( Herm, Milt, Connie). Every time I’ve ever perused this book, I’ve gotten the same “existential” thoughts, wondering what they were thinking ( assuming they were) as they were being captured for posterity at their official moment of glory ( assuming it was). “I’ve made it”.”I’m now immortal”. “Am I ever going to get off the bench and start ?”. “This isn’t as gratifying a career as I thought it would be”. Never “I’m the shit”. It’s always something marginally insecure. Maybe I’m giving them too much credit but I like the idea of them questioning the universe. Anyway, the cards above date back to the early ’60s & every one of these guys seems to have something on his mind & I thought I’d give them a bonus moment of glory just because …
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