“The Tattoed Lady and the Alligator Man”
Ok, this tune is slightly out of my wheelhouse. My boss was quite surprised to hear that I loved it…but how can I resist?! The silly story combined with the killer old timey piano is so much FUN! I’ve always thought Marcia Ball kicked some serious ass. Try to keep still while listening to this one… not easy!
“Are You Behind The Shining Star”
I’ve heard Trampled by Turtles a bunch before…both live performances and recorded tracks. This single is the first they’ve ever caught my ear. I’m not sure what it is about this particular track but I’m diggin it…
Trampled by Turtles
Sometimes I really dig a light, poppy tune and George Ezra really delivers with this one…
“Time To Pretend”
This song is one of my favorites at the moment. Sonically it’s just so flippin’ good…it’s one of those tracks that goes right through my entire body when I hear it. Do you know what I mean by that? I’ve also been listening to the lyrics more and more and they are so outstanding…
I think everyone can relate to the concept – at some point in life wanting to say “f*ck everything” and go kinda wild or at least dream big. And yet when you listen to the words till the end and get to some of those killer final phrases, it’s clear that the whole “live fast and die young” concept can be really sad, dangerous, unhealthy, etc…
I’m feelin rough I’m feelin raw I’m in the prime of my life.
Let’s make some music make some money find some models for wives.
I’ll move to Paris, shoot some heroin and fuck with the stars.
You man the island and the cocaine and the elegant cars.
This is our decision to live fast and die young.
We’ve got the vision, now let’s have some fun.
Yeah it’s overwhelming, but what else can we do?
Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?
Forget about our mothers and our friends.
We were fated to pretend.
I’ll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms.
I’ll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world.
I’ll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home.
Yeah I’ll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.
But there is really nothing, nothing we can do.
Love must be forgotten. Life can always start up anew.
The models will have children, we’ll get a divorce,
We’ll find some more models, everything must run its course.
We’ll choke on our vomit and that will be the end.
We were fated to pretend.
Yeah yeah yeah
“Rainy Day Woman”
What a unique voice Kat Edmonson has! At first I wasn’t so sure about it…but the more I hear this single, the more I like it! The music itself reminds me of a Paolo Nutini or Sharon Jones track, but her voice really can’t be compared to anyone contemporary. It’s got a very old fashioned sound. Check it out:
This music video will brighten your day! The track “Smile” is so lovely and light. It has a bit of a throwback vibe, with surf guitar sounds and backing vocals. Add in this funny, sweet music video and you’re sure to be delighted…watch till the end:
Dwight & Nicole
“Stronger Than That”
The new album from Afie Jurvanen (aka Bahamas) is dynamite. I’ve been listening to it again and again in my car and I just secured tickets for the show in Boston on Saturday at Great Scott. I saw Bahamas live once before at an outdoor festival so I’m excited to experience the sound in an intimate bar-like venue.
Top to bottom, the album’s tracks are solid but I’m especially impressed by the single. “Stronger Than That” feels fun and catchy with it’s horns, electric guitar and backing vocals. Can’t wait to hear it live!
The new Counting Crows album comes out September 2nd and this is the single. I would have never called myself a big Counting Crows fan, but this song is killer! It’s catchy and fun and I’m excited to hear the rest of the album…
“She Always Takes It Black” [LIVE]
Wow, sorry it’s been 2 weeks since my last post. Still thinking about Newport Folk Festival and all the great musical discoveries there were to witness… Gregory Alan Isakov’s music is right up my alley – beautiful folk tunes with thoughtfully crafted words.
Gregory Alan Isakov
“Cherry Wine” [LIVE]
Alright, I’ve caught up on sleep and had a bit of time to process everything I experienced at the Newport Folk Festival last weekend. What an incredible three days of music it was!
I hadn’t heard the Irish musician known as Hozier before Newport and WOW, he’s amazing. Check this out, it’s easy to hear in this live performance…his voice is quite intoxicating: