I have landed in Utopia today, but landed totally confused. By accident, I happened upon a band named Olympic Swimmers (Glasgow, Scotland), and yet it doesn’t appear as if many other folks have discovered them – at least not many Americans (not yet). How can this be? The voice of Susie Smillie just melts me. Good God, when she belts out the word “on” in the … Continue reading Pears and Apples – Olympic Swimmers
I love MGMT. They seem to understand one thing better than most people – and they don’t mind calling us out on it – life is full of stupid adults doing stupid things. They make fun of us. And they don’t hesitate to make fun of themselves, either.
Time to Pretend is about these two young adults just breaking into this new stage of their life: “I’m feeling rough, I’m feeling raw, I’m in the prime of my life.” They ask the question: “What else can we do? Get jobs in offices and wake up for the morning commute?” As if that option is absolutely absurd for them.
Which, in fact, it is… they’re way too talented Continue reading “Time To Pretend by MGMT”
Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert This song by Micah Gilbert (an American musician born in Athens, who now lives in Scotland) is a beautiful reminder – or an urging, rather – to stop carrying the heavy pain we feel. Sometimes it just feels so damned comfortable to accept the role of the victim. You’ve been hurt. It hurts. It’s so unfair. Sometimes we really do … Continue reading Ghost Songs – Micah Gilbert
The layers in this song. No emotions are strong enough to explain this song. Even the words… they don’t do it justice. It’s the mood. Just listen: Jan lays down and wrestles in her sleep Moonlight spills on comic books And superstars in magazines An old friend calls and tells us where to meet Her plane takes off from Baltimore And touches down on Bourbon … Continue reading Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand – Primitive Radio Gods
New Christmas songs that aren’t cutesy and irritating – and aren’t remakes of the old good chorals – are hard to come by. And until now, there’s probably never been a seasonal Christmas song that could be added to a non-seasonal playlist. Enter the song In Excelsis Deo by the Glasgow-based band There Will Be Fireworks.
What’s so brilliant about this song is the way it actually captures the mood we get when we go home for Christmas. That special mood where the world has kind of stopped and you’re taken back in time to Continue reading “In Excelsis Deo by There Will Be Fireworks”
MGMT has been deemed a “Brooklyn psychedelics” band, but the talent of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Vanwyngarden shouldn’t be put into one slot. Yes, there’s some funky sounding music going on here, but it isn’t just noise for the head. There are words in some of their songs (reference Time to Pretend) that make fun of things, that say, “Look, sit up and stop being so stupid.” This is one of those songs.
Yes, we are all children at one point, adorable and cute. But soon we become adults and all our little pranks aren’t so funny any longer. Now there are Continue reading “Kids by MGMT”
If there was ever a song to listen to after these elections. No matter which way you voted or didn’t vote.
Whenever I’m irritated at myself or other people (which is often), I listen to the song “Missed The Boat” by Modest Mouse, because it reminds me to stop taking everything so seriously.
The lyrics are perfectly self-deprecating in such a way that hearing them actually reminds me that I’m not such a bad person after all. We can all suck! Continue reading “Missed the Boat by Modest Mouse”
Morning Parade is one of the all-encompassing great bands right now. You won’t find any gimmicks here, just solid band goodness. The lead singer, Steve Sparrow (he also plays piano and guitar) belts out songs that will make you say, “Yeah, Steve. I’ll wash your dishes and clean your floors for the rest of your life if you’ll just sing for me.” Phil Titus (bass), Chad Thomas (guitar) and Ben Giddings (piano/synths) certainly deserve praise, of course. Yet the drummer, Andrew Hayes, wow… he just drives me crazy with love. He goes off on a tangent without taking away from the music, which is a rarity. It’s as if the rest of the band has said, “Okay, just ignore Andy and let him do his thing… he’s perfect that way.” And he is. In fact, he opens almost every song….. Hayes drums and then the band lets loose. Continue reading “Headlights—Morning Parade”
Micah Gilbert was born in Athens, Ga., and after years of self-taught intellect, and going from here to there, he landed in Scotland and is now finally being seen for what he has always been: a prodigy. Like the duck-billed platypus, Gilbert is sui generis (one of a kind), because
Continue reading “Waking From A Dream—Micah Gilbert”
Dark Horse District has, perhaps, the coolest name for a band. Well, I like it anyway. And I like the songs they’re churning out, even if they are only on EP’s right now. My favorite song of theirs is “Never Was,” but following at a close second is “Rose,” which is an absolute spot-on, perfect wedding song.
The meaning of “Rose” is fairly apparent and doesn’t really need to be broken down, except, perhaps, in the beginning… Continue reading “Rose by Dark Horse District”