This week I’m recommending the new single from one of my favorite contemporary artists. It’s the song “Humility” by the coolest animated band around, Gorillaz. I’ve been a long time fan of them since I accidentally stumbled across the video for “Clint Eastwood” watching MTV in the late hours back in 2001. This new track is so cheery and light. Catchy grooves and smooth vocals by Damon Albarn as 2D. The music video for “Humility” features a delightful cameo by Jack Black who hams it up in the best way. Definitely my new summer jam and I’m excited to hear what else the band has in store for their new record “The Now Now” when it comes out later this year on June 29th.
Today’s recommendation is the latest release from Weezer, which is their cover of the 1982 classic “Africa” by Toto. Covers are super important to me. They show many things about the artist doing said cover. It displays influences, likes, dislike, and more. I’m always intrigued by the earliest decision a band makes when covering, should it be an homage or make it more original to ones own style. I personally like both kinds of covers but many music listeners prefer one over the other which is OK too. For me this cover specifically important because I love Weezer a lot and “Africa” is one of my got to jams from the 80’s. It’s a fusion of two things I love very much.
This week I’m recommending one of my all time favorite songs by Peter Gabriel which is of course “Sledgehammer.” There are so many reasons to love this song, the vocals, the lyrics, the instrumentation and so on. For me thou it’s the incredible music video. Between the stop motion, claymation and incredible costumes it is a delight to watch from start to finish. Considering this came out in the mid 80’s the effects are just stunning and I don’t think to this day I’ve ever seen anything quite like it. This song is from his highly acclaimed 1986 release, “So”,…
For this week’s recommendation, In honor of the Bohemian Rhapsody, I’m recommending my favorite band of all time and one of my biggest influences and idols. I’m of course talking about Queen and Freddie Mercury. What is there to say about this band that hasn’t been said. Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest showmen and singers to ever live. Queen as a band defied genres and expectations. They were more than just their music. They were a theatrical experience. Picking one song of theirs for the playlist was tough. In the end I went with “Another One Bites The Dust” from their 1980 release “The Game.” This was one of the first songs I remember from my childhood and the first song I ever heard by them.
For this week’s recommendation I’m excited to talk about one my favorite vocalists, Florence Welch from Florence + The Machine. The band has a brand new single out called “Hunger.” It has an uplifting instrumentation and Florence’s heavenly vocals. The song has a climbing energy and strength that is not new for this band. If you’re looking for a song with a sense of self and power I highly recommend this one.
This week’s recommendation is the first single off Jack White’s new album “Boarding House Reach” and that song is Connected By Love. I’ve always been a huge fan of Jack’s work whether it was in the White Stripes, The Raconteurs (one of his many many other bands) or just solo. His last solo record “Lazaretto” was my favorite album that year in 2014. His mix of classic rock, synth, blues, and gospel has always resonated with me. I’m always interested in where he takes his work and how it continues to evolve.
This week we’re traveling back to 2012 for my album recommendation. It’s for one of my favorite pop albums and my favorite album by MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS. That album is “Electra Heart.” If you like synth and sting filled pop/dance music then this is the album for you. Marina has such a stunning voice and there is this chip on her shoulder this whole record which gives each song so much power and impact. It is a frequent go to for me. The song Homewrecker is definitely one of my favorites, and the one I’ll be putting on my playlist, thou on this record I can listen straight through. Every track is great on this one.
For week number six I want remind everyone how important it is to laugh. My latest choice is the newest release from the folks over at Bad Lip Reading called “It’s Not A Moon” What I love about every song they put out is that not only are they funny and charming but they are also catch as hell. These human know who to make solid, get stuck in you head for days type music. The songs are great on their own but the video is the complete experience. FYI the song isn’t on Spotify yet but I’ll add it to my playlist as soon as it is.
For this week’s recommendation I’m sharing a brand new record from one of my favorite artists, Andrew W.K. He is one of the kindest and most down to earth people I’ve ever met. His music and personality are raw joy and positivity. His new record is called “You’re Not Alone” and it is a cacophonous party of rock and pop. If you need a something that is fun and heartfelt this is definitely the record for you. My song focus is the single “Ever Again” which is incredibly uplifting and powerful.
This week’s recommendation starts with a thank you. Thank you to Bunny Buxom and Schaffer the Darklord for introducing me to this artist. The song I picked this week is “Run For Your Life” by the incredible K.Flay from the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. I love this track for so many reasons. Her seamless shift from singing to rapping. The instrumental progression is killer and keeps it interesting. The verses are about the lyrics but the chorus is about a feeling and the sound. The instrumental bridge is stunning.