Epoch Tycho Ghostly International, 2016 I wish I could just leave this at “Tycho released a new album; go buy and listen to it,” so everyone’s lives can be a little bit easier and nicer. Tycho, initially the musical moniker of San Francisco-based Scott Hansen, deals with electronic music, combining Boards of Canada‘s foggy atmospheres […]Read more "Tycho – Epoch"
(Note: After reviewing, I felt the first post you saw was an incoherent and muddled piece of crap that didn’t really convey what I wanted to say about this lovely song. Here’s hoping this one does a better job!) “Thirteen” (Chris Bell / Alex Chilton) Big Star #1 Record (Ardent Records, 1972) I’ve never really […]Read more "“Thirteen” – Big Star"
A couple weeks ago on Sound Opinions episode 551, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discussed their personal “anxiety anthems.” The songs they’ve chosen, ranging from Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” to Toots and the Maytall’s “Pressure Drop,” convey the feelings and experiences of nervousness and mental unease in different ways. One way can be through […]Read more "Anxiety Anthems"
If your mind wanders into wondering what July 4th is about in between beer and barbecues, another show on Netflix or blowing shit up, how about a traditional ditty? While “Soldier’s Joy” floated around for a couple of centuries as a fiddle tune, this rendition by Laura Veirs from her 2011 album Tumble Bee goes with lyrics penned […]Read more "“Soldier’s Joy” – Laura Veirs"
Hiperasia – El Guincho Nacional Records Released: February 19, 2016 Formats: Digital, LP, CD Pablo Diaz-Reixa jettisons technicolor tropicalia for a more abrasive electronic sound, making Hiperasia his purest musical vision yet. There’s a line from “Momma,” on Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly, that goes, “I know what I know and I know it well not to ever […]Read more "Hiperasia – El Guincho"
Mambo Sinuendo – Ry Cooder & Manuel Galbán World Circuit/Nonesuch Records Release Date: January 28, 2003 Formats: CD, Digital ¡Los Twangueros ride again! Back in 1997, Ry Cooder hit the paydirt with Buena Vista Social Club, a recording date with Cuba’s legendary folk musicians that continues to make the lists as one of the greatest albums […]Read more "“Mambo Sinuendo” – Ry Cooder & Manuel Galbán"
Back in May 1 this year, I heard Jason Bentley put together a pretty fitting mix for May Day (a.k.a. International Workers’ Day) on Morning Becomes Eclectic, which featured The Clash, Manu Chao, Jimmy Cliff, and The Wailers singing songs of freedom and protest. With Labor Day today, here’s a list of songs in (dubious) celebration of the […]Read more "Labor Day"