Kerri's Latest songs
I heard Kidjo interviewed on NPR yesterday and immediately was excited about her covers of the Talking Heads Remain in Light album (in its entirety) - her versions almost feel like THEY are the originals. Of course that's because of the deep inspiration Byrne et al got from West Africa in creating the soundscape of the album, but it also has to do with how she interpreted the sometimes seemingly nonsensical lyrics - they spoke to her in a way that translates to me. Even if that's not the case for you, it's a great interpretation and hope you enjoy this Most Important Song.
The Go! Team are such a fun group, they totally earn that exclamation point in their name. A sis-piece band out of Brighten, England that likes to mix genres such as garage rock, Bollywood, old school hip hop, and, in the case of this album, a high school marching band. I'm so happy our cool friend Karin introduced me to their music recently. Spotify compares them to another exclamation point using band: Los Campesinos! as well as the Tune-Yards, Of Montreal, Dream Wife, and Broken Social Scene... I think you have to name a whole lot of other bands, throw them in a bag and shake it up to get this unique mix. Like I said, fun!
James Bay is a UK pop singer/songwriter working (on this second album - out next week) to slightly remake himself, and the genre. I like pop, but I also like the trend of these guys wanting to be more than hipsters with a guitar (or boy band, in the case of Harry Styles). But whatever, I didn't know two bits about him until coming across this track, despite him winning all the Brit awards in 2015. This track grabs me for the same reason so many others on this blog do: it sounds vaguely 80s. This time more like Billy Idol than New Order but still. I guess, despite coming of age with grunge and techno, my brain first formed it's love of music around the pop radio dial of my childhood.
ACL 2018 lineup is out this morning! So many TMIS artists, the whole bill looks like fantastic fun. Wilderado will be there Weekend One only (a lot of the smaller bands are just one or the other weekend but most big names are both -- like Wombats this time 'round). Just some of the other mid-to-lower billed Most Important featured bands: Gang of Youths, Twin Shadow, Parquet Courts, ARIZONA, Alvvays, flor, Sir Sly, tired of linking... most of the headliners/second billing... And I'm going to say Paul McCartney counts, as well! Anyway, VIP & Platinum prices are INSANE so grab your GA badge while you can. Or wait for the summer single-day lineup/ticket release if you can somehow decide on just one day.
Here's a delightfully peppy tune to start your week off right. Lola Marsh is an Israeli duo we serendipitously discovered during SXSW, while simply ducking into the Swan Dive for a drink between must-see acts on our agenda. Her live energy immediately infected me with just the right verve to dance instead of rest, and made me remember to expect more such revelations throughout the week, or just maybe always around the corner.
We've taken a long break from blogging so I have quite a backlog on my intending-to-post list. I've been listening to this track since November 2017 (that seems ages ago, yeah?) but now is a perfect time to share, since VHSC have just released their next new single ("One"). They're touring CA and the NE this summer. First ever full album dropping later this year! Anyhoooo, happy practically-weekend and I'm making a public promise to post at least weekly again going forward.
TDCC is 10 years old, well their first EP is, and they've just released it online for the first time. Consequently, I just heard "Standing On Ghosts" for the first time and, yep! It sounds like early TDCC ("Cigarettes in the Theatre" is also on this EP). What surprised me more than a little bit was learning the Irish boys were just 16 when this came out. So they were, like, 15 when they formed the band?? And were bang on this good??
Going old school on TMIS again today. You may remember that I read both of Peter Hook's memoir/band biographies last year. And then, I don't think I mentioned it on here but, one of the highlights of ACL last fall was seeing Day Wave on a small stage, with a small crowd, and hearing him cover this song, Ceremony (just like he did at SXSW the year before). The bass on this is like plucking my heart strings, pulling on my joints to make me bob and sway and feel it -- and I'll get to see the original dude playing it in a relatively small venue!!! I am enormously stoked because Hooky is coming to Austin this summer on his "Substance" tour where he's covering BOTH complete Substance compilations from JD & NE!! (Link to set list.) Fingers crossed for what the vocals sound like but I'm already expecting this to be an all-time-highlight show, for me, and I kinda can't believe it's not sold out here already. Check out the tour dates below to see if you'll be as lucky! (Yes I'm posting Peter Hook & The Light tour not New Order)
Montreal duo She-Devils have a dreamy, U.S. 60's psychedelic-meets-80's U.K. shoegaze that is perfectly mid-oughts indie. I was hoping they'd pop up at SXSW but they're not on any official lists I've seen. Still, a lot of the states (and some of their native Cananda) can catch them on tour this spring.
A fun throwback track that floods me with memories. Definitely worthy of a Most Important Song, although not in the band's top 10. This song was never a hit in the U.S. but I must've been friends with some people who had cool older siblings because we used it to choreograph one of our high school competition routines. I don't think I've heard it in 25+ years, and even then it was at least 10 years old. Yazoo holds a special place in the amazing music history of Vince Clarke. If you don't know: he penned and played on Depeche Mode's debut album before leaving them to create this brief (2 album) duo with Alison Moyet, and then went on to partner with Andy Bell and form the everlasting Erasure. Love all that original new wave synthpop awesomeness. Let it lift you over the midweek hump.