Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a Music Monday post. Part of the problem is that I tend to schedule these a few weeks in advance, and if things get hectic time can pass and then there’s no posts in two months.
So, of course, I’m going to start this off with something lighthearted and fun. Nah, I’m kidding. For whatever reason, melodrama has been appealing to me pretty hardcore for the last little bit, and Spotify has been more than happy to provide.
So let’s take a listen to “Songs For Teenagers” by Fake Problems. Which is a song about being super high. Like, really strung out, and not in a good way. It’s a song about lying to yourself to convince you that you’re okay. It really just kind of speaks to me. Also, the video has mermaids.
Anyway, give it a listen, let me know what you think.
Hey folks! Happy Monday! … or is it?
Hopefully yes, but for the sake of this post we’re going to assume that it’s as dark as your goth-y soul, as we dive into the second single off the Mountain Goats latest album Goths (look at all that 2017 music I’m posting about)
Rain in Soho combines John Darnielle brilliantly evocative lyrics with a pounding sense of impending danger and doom. The production values of each Mountain Goats album have steadily increased, but Darnielle’s voice has the same raw energy that drew me in all those years ago.
Anyway, it’s a fun, dark, twisting little song. Give it a listen, hope you enjoy!
This week we’re doing a weird flash-back to the present type thing. “Louder in Outer Space” by Skating Polly was released this year, but I bet it stirs all kinds of feels for you folks that love nineties music.
(That’s because it features Nina Gordon & Louise Post of Veruca Salt) (!!!!)
Anyway, this song rocks and I’ve been jamming out to it for a while.
Hope you enjoy!
It’s pretty rare that I’m actually glad that I can’t find an official music video for a song, but for Filistata by Stolen Babies, I’m willing to make an exception. I’d been rocking out to this song for a little while before I bothered to look up exactly what the title meant. Spoiler: It’s spiders. Which, on re-listening to the lyrics, I should have realized was what they were talking about way sooner.
Anyway, this ditty comes from 2006, has a female vocalist, and has a lot of traditional rock rhythm with a couple of cool playful things mixed in their to give it a bit of a rockabilly feel. Enjoy!
Remember Flobots? I’m pretty sure you listened to their song “Handlebars” way back in the day, thought it was really cool, and then wrote them off as a one hit wonder. Except, they didn’t write themselves off. They’ve kept producing. They’ve gotten involved with their communities, with our communities, trying to make the world a better place. They’ve certainly done a lot more for this world than I ever have.
When it came time to fund their latest record, they went to Kickstarter, and the world gave back. Fast forward to the release of NOENEMIES, an album full of amazing songs that deserve to be huge. My personal favorite is Carousel, a kaleidoscopic melody that (unless I’m interpreting it completely wrong) is about social media addiction and making sure we don’t let this boundary breaking technology keep us from seeing the humanity in the people around us.
Anyway, give it a listen, and if you like it, listen to the rest of NOENEMIES and buy a copy or two if it hits home for you.
Welcome to the last Music Monday of May! (Which may be the last music monday, depending on how good I am on keeping up with this). Anyway, if this is what I go out on, I think it’s got a certain poetry.
This week’s track is “Fuck Everything” by Hairy Soul Man. Some of you might be thinking “Wow, Fred, that’s vulgar and/or goes against the general theme of positivity that we’ve come to expect over the last few weeks” and to that I say “Okay, maybe, but hear me out” by which I mean, give the song a listen. It’s nihilism at its best, with a catchy beat. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself humming “Fuck everything, fuck it on down a hill” when you least expect it.
On a production note, I have to say that they manage to do a pretty great job with limited sets/props/costumes. So Kudos on that.
As always, let me know what you think in the comments below. Have I gone to far? Have I not gone far enough? Is this something I should keep doing? Is anyone even reading these questions?
Hey folks! Happy (or equivalent) Monday!
This week’s track is the creative anthem by Japandroids, the tweet-killingingly-long-titled “Near to the Wild Heart of Life”. It’s a really rockin’ song about a singer leaving town to pursue his dreams, surprisingly with the support of pretty much everyone in his life. It’s one of the most absurdly positive songs I’ve heard in a long time and I love it.
Some of you might thinking “Fred, you love every song you post here,” and that’s right. I’m not going to post a song just to hatefuck it. These are songs that I like. I liiiiiiiiike.
Anyway, I couldn’t find a video that would stream from the blog, so instead I’m including a link to their bandcamp page. If you’re going to have to click anyway, you might as well click to the source.
Hope you enjoy it, but either way, let me know what you think!
This week’s Monday starts off a little differently than most. Normally, I include a video for the song just to make it easier for you to watch. I’ve also, up until now, been including songs that have come out in the last year or so.
The song is “Sweep the Leg” by No More Kings. Released all the way back in 2005. This song is a ballad about the tragic tale of Johnny Lawrence from the Karate Kid, in what I can best describe as the style of Maroon 5. I’m a little sad I’m only finding about it now.
Now, the video for this song is part of what makes it so great. It’s directed by and also stars William Zabka, better known as Johnny Lawrence. He plays a washed up version of himself confronting a karate pizza boy. It’s as amazing as it sounds, but fair warning, the music doesn’t kick in until the 3 min mark.
Anyway, hope you folks get the same kick out of it that I did! Let me know what you think in the comments or on twitter!
It’s time for another addition of Music Monday! This week I’m highlighting Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox’s Cover of Blink 182’s “All the Small Things” (feat. Puddles Pity Party). I’ve always said, whenever you cover a song, you should make it your own, and Post Modern Jukebox does that and more. If I’m being honest with myself, I think I like Puddles’ vocals more than the original. It’s over the top, it’s dramatic, it’s silly, and it’s perfect.
It’s been a little quiet on the blog front, so I’m trying out a new feature: Music Mondays!
I’m going to do my best to find one song a week to showcase, probably one that I’m loving listening too this year. It could be a song from any year (spoiler: week after next is going to be from 2005).
This week is the new single from Jukebox The Ghost called Stay the Night. It’s a delightfully poppy song about a booty call that at least one person involved wants to be more. This song hits a lot of the upbeat checklist for me (simple and kinda goofy, quick clap rhythm, and dramatic piano) but I think the thing that clinched it for me was the Queen style breakdown at the end.
Anyway, I’m loving it and wanted y’all to be aware it exists. (And I’m testing if the share feature of wordpress will embed video) (spoiler: it doesn’t)