From their first show. RIP Michael Kandel.
Australian TV, 2013
This song was quoted in Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge"
Pet Shop Boys cover, Sweden, 2004.
Top of the Pops, 1978
With Jill Johnson, on Jill's Veranda, Somewhere in Sweden, Late 2015/Early 2016
(Here billed as Annika Norlin, which probably is easier because she sings songs in English as "Hello Saferide" and in Swedish as "Säkert!", but as Säkert! did an album of English translations of her originally Swedish songs.)
So until I found this, I hadn't seen anything visual from Norlin worth sharing. This makes up for that and more. Fantastic performance, awesome song. If she's not up for more writing in English, an album of Americana self-covers a la Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's Sings Greatest Palace Music would be equally cool. She hasn't toured the US since I learned of her. Would I drive to Chicago if she did again that was the nearest show? Probably, and this video strengthens that.
North Carolina, 2015
I think this is my favorite song off the new album.
Arkansas, December 2015.
This is the first song from her new album.
Real, out in 29 days. Yes, a Friday release.
Live at the Brits, 1992
"The KLF have now left the music business."
New York, 2014
Half-jokingly, I called this the "Best kids' song I've heard in ages". It's not just that, but it works like that.
This band reminds me of Postal Service and Lamb. The Lamb comparison is probably because Amelia looks a lot like Lou Rhodes.
Baltimore, 2015 "Truthers" is the first song played, but there's another.
This is like my favorite new song this year.
...when he thinks, oh wait, it's Friday already?
Okay, um, how about everyone talk about that time... when they dropped their lists?
No one's supposed to read these things anyway, right?
Comin' down from the mountain
I have seen the high and mighty
I may go again some day
but for now I'm comin' down.
I think it's time for me to step aside from my role as curator of this place in the schedule, this "column".
I haven't written much here* for months, and I haven't gotten in to much new music besides. I'm kindof tired and bored with music right now and ready to stop hogging the space.
Who would like to take this for a few months on a trial basis? If at the end of some time, you want to give it back, maybe I'll want it back and maybe someone else does. If someone takes it and wants to keep it, I'm not going to want it back.
Let's not make this about whoever claims it first; if more than one person wants it, I'll either pick by next week Wednesday or ask for citizens to vote or something.
*meaning the lead of this "column". The writing isn't necessary; it's just a fun ritual and a place to talk about music. Yet I feel good writing can stir up good discussion. But: anything written as the "post" could just as easily be placed in a comment for the same effect.
OK now, share your random tens!
Here's a track from the "Misc. - AMR" milk crate by the register.
I took advantage of my cold to listen to some new music. Aided by a Saturday trip to the library.
Some quick takes on passing listens:
Mitski Bury Me at Makeout Creek.
Mitski Retired from Sad, New Career in Business.
Mitski Lush (less about this one).
There's love for her around here, but I didn't have the same immediate reaction as everyone else. Her music reminds me a lot of Angel Olsen (I'm sure Will Oldham has already asked her to sing on an upcoming album), but more dangerous. I'm not sure her best songs hit the highs of Olsen's, but the albums are better overall. There's no drag at all... hit hit hit (as in "punch" or "jab"). I hear a bit of Regina Spektor in Mitski's vocal acrobatics, but Spektor could have turned each of these songs into 6-minute meanderings. I went to bed last night listening to "Shame"... uh, wow.
PS. Can someone translate "胸がはち切れそうで "? Or even give a phonetic transcription?
Continue reading FMD: Texas is a landlocked state
After a few years of feeling blah about most new music, I'm excited about some things again. Maybe it's that Random Access Memories is enough in my rear-view mirror that I don't hate music any more. Though that album couldn't have been the cause, it might have slowed my recovery.
Copied from last year (with a slight edit)
My rules, you don't have to use them:
Songs from the album list are pretty much excluded from the song list.
Released in the calendar year.
This is some mix of "favorite" and a more objective "best", but "best" is just about how well things meet my (capricious) tastes.
I go until I don't.
A few years ago, I also explained my editorial idiosyncracies. (A/k/a the "Why no
Radiohead Run the Jewels?" explantion.) Also, I don't want to spend so danged much time writing this as I have in the past.
With no further caveatting...
Albums of the Year.
1. Lydia Loveless Somewhere Else
I expected something like this (though I feared I might not). You probably expected this. You may even agree with this. Lydia (and her band) continue to impress me with their songs and performances. This album was a change in style from a rockin' outlaw alt-country to something with a lot more pop songwriting built into it, while still sounding like Lydia. Love the songs I'd been craving for years, love the new songs. Whenever I decide a favorite, I change it to one of seven others. Right now, I think it's "Verlaine Shot Rimbaud", definitely the best love song told through the prism of French poet-lovers and their violent discharges of firearms at each other that I've ever heard. Continue reading Friday Music Day: Best of 2014
A look at the Australian League.
Brisbane wins a see-saw game. Sydney hangs on to win.
Bird is the word.
Thanks for a great week, tweetles.
Nice little percussive song.
Continue reading Sedge Wren “Song”
His song is more like static. They breed in NW MN in grassy areas.
More sparrows... Continue reading Nelson’s Sparrow “Song”
I didn't have a plan. I'd been listening to some decent Einstürzende Neubauten, but I looked up their videos, and Blixa Bargeld is someone whose voice you want to hear, not see. He comes across as too theatrical, campy. I didn't want to share that.
I've been putting bird songs in my Random tens, so I figured I'd go with mostly them. Hope you enjoy them.
Time to share your ten.
I saw these a bunch one summer on a lake and just barely since. I loved their chainsaw/dialupmodem "song". Continue reading Yellow-Headed Blackbird “‘Song'”
I first saw these migrating through this spring. Calling, but not singing. They're alleged to breed here, but I've only encountered them as migrants (I saw a handful more this fall).
The video is mislabeled a bit. Though it's a thrush, the bird is just the "Veery", named after its call note of "Veer". Bonus thrush action after the break... Continue reading Veery “Call and Song”