Suicide

My friend Alan Vega of the NYC duo Suicide has died.

Alan’s intense vocals over the electronic sounds of his partner Martin Rev was punk rock at its purest.

Ric Ocasek of the Cars asked Suicide to open for his band at a show at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club, a show that I MC’d. The audience’s reaction was one of shock and then violence as they booed and threw glass ashtrays at the band which only inspired Alan to scream even more passionately. Their set was cut short.

Suicide, their self-titled debut album in 1977, with patched-together synths and drum machines was the precursor of electronic and industrial music to follow.

Nick Lowe, Suicide, Elvis

[Nick Lowe, Martin Rev, Elvis Costello, Oedipus, Alan Vega]

“Frankie Teardrop” is one of Suicide’s seminal tracks.

Nice As Fuck

With one of the best bands names in years, Nice As Fuck is the supergroup trio of Jenny Lewis, Au Revoir Simone’s Erika Forster, and The Like’s Tennessee Thomas.

They are playing a few shows together.

Great band name, great song: “Door”.

Nice As Fuck

Jill Sobule

Singer/songwriter Jill Sobule has given us a protest song so pertinent for our times from the compilation album My Song is My Weapon.

Jill Sobule

“When They Say We Want Our America Back, (what the f#%k do they mean)?”

MOURN

Once again I am aboard, this time in Europe, so daily postings will be sporadic.

Appropriately, I’m listening to my favorite Catalonian quartet, MOURN, their new sophmore effort entitled Ha, Ha, He.

The title is taken from the poem “Laughing Song” by William Blake.

I’ve reprinted the poem here; hear “Evil Dead” and “Second Sage”, two from the album.

“Laughing Song”

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

when the meadows laugh with lively green,
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing “Ha, ha he!”

When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread:
Come live, and be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of “Ha, ha, he!”

MOURN

“Evil Dead”

“Second Sage”

Merchandise

Merchandise is a post-punk trio originating from Tampa.

Their new song “Flowers of Sex” is lush and dreamy.

Merchandise

“Flowers of Sex”

clipping.

clippling. is an experimental noise/rap trio featuring producers William Huston and Jonathan Snipes and rapper Daveed Diggs.

Diggs just won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical. This musical is the brilliant Hamilton in which he plays Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.

His rapid fire delivery is heard here on “Wriggle”, a new song from clipping.

Wriggle

“Wriggle”

Car Seat Headrest

Car Seat Headrest is Will Toledo’s band.

What began as a solo project in 2010, Car Seat Headrest evolved into a band self-releasing 11 albums.

Their 2nd album via Matador Records has just come out.

“Vincent” and “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” are from the latest Teens of Denial.

Car Seat Headrest

“Vincent”

“Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales”

Lissie

Lissie is an American singer/songwriter who has just released her 3rd album, the 1st on her own label.

My Wild West features the song “Daughters”, a charity single for Charity Water, an organization dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to every person on the planet.

Lissie

“Daughters”

Esperanza: Kerouac’s Tristessa

Esperanza is an album by various artists interpreting in song Tristessa, a novella by Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac.

The story explores Kerouac’s love affair with Tristessa, a drug-addicted Mexican prostitute. Tristessa means “sadness” in Spanish.

Her real name was Esperanza, “hope” in Spanish.

A fascinating album concept, listen here to two selections.

Esperanza

“First Page of Kerouac’s Tristessa” William Fitzsimmons with Tim & Adam

“We Are Nothing” Alela Diane

Beverly

Beverly was the Brooklyn duo of Frankie Rose and Drew Citron.

Rose was also an original member of Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls and Vivian Girls. She has since moved to Los Angeles.

Citron carries on with a new partner, Scott Rosenthal, and a new album The Blue Swell.

Beverly

Here are two:

“Bulldozer”

“Contact”

The Stone Roses

The Stones Roses debut in 1989 is considered to be one of the best British albums of all-time.

Due to various record label hassles the band did not release their 2nd until 1994.

Then they broke up.

Now over 20 years later, we have a new song!

The Stone Roses

“All For One”

Pure Bathing Culture

Pure Bathing Culture is duo from Portland, Oregon.

Sarah Versprille and Daniel Hindman released their 2nd record, Pray for Rain, in late 2015.

“She Shakes” is delicious understated memorable Indie pop.

Pure Bathing Culture

“She Shakes”

ANOHNI

Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons is now known as ANOHNI.

Now a transgender woman, she continues to sing with of the most mesmerizing voices in music.

Hopelessness is her first album as ANOHNI.

ANOHNI

“Drone Bomb Me”

Radiohead

Nothing like having new Radiohead.

Radiohead

New album on Sunday.

Here are 2 songs:

“Burn The Witch”

“Daydreaming”

Beth Orton

Endearing British singer/songwriter Beth Orton’s new album will be called Kidsticks.

“1973” has a bouncy melody as Twin Shadow provides the guitar.

Beth Orton

“1973”

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