Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens is Héloïse Letissier.

A star in France, she is not yet well-known in the U.S.

It is only a matter of time with the irresistible song “Christine” sung in French and translated to “Tilted” sung in English.

Which version do you prefer?

Christine and the Queens

“Christine”

“Tilted”

Bon Iver

Bon Iver, the man with the searing falsetto, offers his 3rd album, 22, A Million, at the end of September.

Our first hearing is a remix of one of the first song on the record “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”.

Bon Iver

“22 (OVER S∞∞N) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]”

Tall Heights

Tall Heights is a folk duo out of Boston featuring gorgeous harmonies.

Their album Neptune comes out in a week.

Listen to the beauty of “Spirit Cold”.

Tall Heights

Deap Vally

Deap Vally is the L.A. rock duo Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards.

We will soon have their 2nd album Femejism.

“Smile More” has attitude to spare.

Deap Vally

Margaret Glaspy

Singer/songwriter Margaret Glaspy, a California transplant, spent a few years in Boston before moving off to New York.

Emotions and Math is her Indie folk debut.

“You and I” showcases her voice and songwriting.

Margaret Glaspy

Regina Spektor

The wonderfully eccentric artist Regina Spektor will give us her 7th album, Remember Us to Life, in September.

Her songs are rich and varied, each unique unto itself.

Regina Spektor

“Bleeding Heart” is from her forthcoming album.

“Oedipus” from her 2nd album Songs.

Warpaint

Warpaint, one of my fave female quartets, have a new album, Heads Up, coming out in September.

Cleverly titled “New Song” is an early taste.

Warpaint

The Julie Ruin

Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame is currently leading The Julie Ruin.

Hit Reset is her long-awaited newly released second album having struggled with Lyme disease since her debut in 2013.

This feminist provocateur continues where she left off as heard here on “I Decide” and “I’m
Done”.

The Julie Ruin

“I Decide”

“I’m Done”

Kula Shaker

Kula Shaker, the London quartet fronted by Crispian Mills, were prominent in the late 90s.

They disbanded in 1999 and have been on and off since 2004.

Their debut album K reached No. 1 on the U.K. charts in 1996.

K 2.0 was released earlier this year with the song

“Let Love Be (With U)”

Kula Shaker

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”

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