It was a note in my phone for a Sunday Music post. It said, "Sunday music, hold me now by Thompson Twins, god it hurts." When's the last time you really listened to this one? https://youtu.be/H9694K85Xc8 https://youtu.be/JTaKMU_JuIc
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”
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
YouTube has been trying to get me to watch this video for months, and I finally clicked play. What follows is Conan teaching a group of elementary-age kids how to write blues music. https://youtu.be/J7f26d-AIrM "My sister and my mommy / they just eat edamame" will now be stuck in my head for weeks.
Some songs just wreck you in all of the good ways. It's a song about struggle and release. It's a song about tension and peace. It's a song about freedom. The words go, Some glad morning when this life is overI'll fly awayTo a home on God's celestial shoreI'll fly away I'll fly away, oh, … Continue reading Sunday Music: I’ll Fly Away
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
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