Sunday Music: Angel Olsen’s Hot Take on “Gloria”

angel olsen aisles album cover

I have to be in a certain mood for Angel Olsen's synthy-orchestral stuff, but when I am, the production, arranging, and the performance is nothing short of impeccable. Olsen has a new EP of all 80s covers coming out mid-August. Here's her take on "Gloria" by Laura Branigan. If you don't know the original, I'm … Continue reading Sunday Music: Angel Olsen’s Hot Take on “Gloria”

Sunday Music: Remembering Gift of Gab

gift of gab on stage at power to the peaceful festival in 2006

The first time I heard him, it was (probably) a Napster lifted version of "Alphabet Aerobics." Somebody inevitably pitched it to me as, "dude, you've gotta hear this. He does the whole alphabet in rhyme and it's just redonculous." Yes, that was certainly my gateway introduction to Gift of Gab. Yes, we also said redonculous. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Remembering Gift of Gab

Sunday Music: I’m Going Through Changes

album cover for Charles Bradley's "changes"

When Charles Bradley’s producer asked him to sing “Changes” by Black Sabbath, he had never even heard of them. What’s a soul singer got to do with a heavy metal band anyway? He read the lyrics. He’d been going through a personal crisis caring for his sick mother. The song took him there. To her … Continue reading Sunday Music: I’m Going Through Changes

Sunday Music: Stop Making This Hurt

Jack Antonoff in the Stop Making This Hurt video by Bleachers looking out of place and time in a Jersey diner

Jack Antonoff and Bleachers are back. This one is just a rising well of emotions, full of 80s Jersey nostalgia, production tricks, and evocative lyrics. Three of those things to point out (in reverse order): Evocative lyrics: I’m not sure I can tell you what this song is about (the video won’t help), but it … Continue reading Sunday Music: Stop Making This Hurt