Thursday, April 27, 2017

Epigram of the Day: "Timeless"

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Song of the Day by Foster the People

You think that age 40 (that was me a coupla years ago, not tryna shave any years off) you're too old to fangirl over new rock music.

After all, who has ever topped the fine music of the '80s? For instance, who can do better than the Psychedelic Furs' 1984 hit "The Ghost in You"? I mean, really. Or INXS' "Don't Change" or Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels" or U2's "With Or Without You"? I could go on endlessly, because I go full Rainman when it comes to talking about music. That's a compliment to Rainman, by the way, because I admire his focus.

But anyhow, then my friend Josh invited me (and, quite generously, Brian) to a Foster the People concert. And, get this. Right before going, I had to write a non-interview story on the band back when I was freelancing for the Reno Gazette, so I had to delve into their catalogue before the show and I was blown away.

"Pumped Up Kicks," I can take or leave, although it may well start to grow on me. I'm just starting to appreciate the Rolling Stones, for God's sake.

But the rest of the catalogue, tout alors!

Anything off Torches and most particularly "Coming of Age" off their sophomore album "Supermodel," is a keeper. Such a cool mix of electronic music, indie rock and a soupcon of R&B, disco and funk. That's a sexy recipe.

So my point, and I have one, is that Foster the People has dropped a new joint. In fact, they've dropped three new songs on an EP I gotta get.
I've only listened to one of them, "Doing It for the Money," but I'm obsessed. I've got that biz on repeat—I'll risk overdosing.
Those with similar musical taste may grok why.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Song of the Day by The Screaming Females

I am absolutely in love with a band called The Screaming Females. It's an indie rock band from New Jersey and I'm told by Wikipedia they've already released six albums.

The lead vocalist, one Marissa Paternoster is a wonderful singer. Her voice is higher and she's her own lady, but her aggression, angst, and complete commitment reminds me of the late Mia Zapata of The Gits. And the guitar on this tune will put hair on your chest, in a good way.

I'm ready to see this group live ASAP.

Song of the day on battlestar eclectica is "It All Means Nothing" by The Screaming Females.


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Song of the day by Joan Osborne

Most people are familiar with Joan Osborne's "What if God Was One of Us," which was all kind of catchy. The song was off her 1995 debut, "Relish," which means I was about 21 when I bought this record.

The aforementioned song was one of the first songs I played while teaching myself guitar, along with the whole of Hole's "Live Through This"—with "Violet" and "Miss World" being favorite tracks.

Back to Joan Osborne. My song of the day is her "Relish," which is a quite, hushed, pretty and, lyrically speaking, subversive song. It is, after all, a retelling of the Adam and Eve story.

I could be mistaken but I think it was on the soundtrack of "Walking and Talking," a romantic comedy featuring Catherine Keener and Anne Heche, which is one of my favorite movies.

For another song in this vein, and from a similar era, try Liz Phair's "California." Sometimes quiet speaks loudly.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Song of the Day by Taio Cruz

This weekend, I went to a wedding where I had the great joy of gathering on the dance floor with many relatives. You haven't lived until you've seen my 87-year-old great-aunt Lorrie cut a rug to tunes like  "Dynamite." by Taio Cruz
And while the video is basically a jiggle show for the men-folk, "Dynamite" IS an amazingly catchy song. Picture the scene. You're at the wedding of your cousin, someone you've seen only a handful of times over the years but for whom you are developing a slow-burn familial affection. 

You're talking to another relative who's "blood," but you can't quite figure out how. You've just complimented her beaded blouse and she's telling you why she hates her job. Suddenly, Taio Cruz summons you to put your hands in the air. And you're at a wedding, so you're obviously, like him, wearing all your favorite brands—or at least are in a presentable state. 

So you bid goodbye to your cousin/aunt twice removed, saying, "Girl, I've gotta catch up with you later, because they're playing my jam."

Chances are, she gets it.

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Song of the Day by Lionel Ritchie

I'm so hip, I actually purchased a piece of choice vinyl on Saturday, National Record Store Day. It came from a thrift shop, but still. . .
It's a record whose grooves I wore out as a child, and it's in cherry condition. It is. . .Can't Slow Down by Lionel Ritchie.
"Running with the Night" was my favorite track on the album as a kid. I believe I co-owned the album with my sister Andrea, who is two years older, and a pre-pubescent pioneer in Columbia Record membership.

There's a lot going on in this vid. And how did I never notice how heavy the guitar is on this bad-boy? Who needs rock 'n roll when you can have rock 'n soul?

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