Once again I am aboard, this time in Europe, so daily postings will be sporadic.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
“Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales”
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.
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.
“First Page of Kerouac’s Tristessa” William Fitzsimmons with Tim & Adam
“We Are Nothing” Alela Diane
Beverly was the Brooklyn duo of Frankie Rose and Drew Citron.
Citron carries on with a new partner, Scott Rosenthal, and a new album The Blue Swell.
Here are two:
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!
“All For One”
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.
The band Garbage have recorded off and on since 1993.
Through all these years the band has maintained the original lineup of Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig, four terrific people.
Strange Little Birds will be their 6th studio album.
“Empty” is the first single.
In 1996, I was invited to Paisley Park to hear Emancipation.
Prince was finally free of his prohibitive recording contract with Warner Brothers Records, thus the title of the album, a 3-record set.
It was his first recording to include covers of songs he loved. He told me that he wished that he had written “One of Us”, a hit by Joan Osbourne.
In this song, he famously changed the lyrics “What if God was one of us / Just a slob like one of us” to “…Just a slave like one of us”.