Laura Marling-“Devil’s Spoke”
Kate Nash-“Kiss That Grrl”
Cypress Hill (feauring Evidence and The Alchemist)-“Pass the Dutch”
In Tall Buildings-“The Way to a Monster’s Lair”
Matt Pond PA-“Starting”
Dum Dum Girls-“It Only Takes One Night”
Archie Bronson Outfit-“Magnetic Warrior”
Janelle Monae (featuring Big Boi)-“Tightrope”
Oasis is releasing a greatest hits album, Time Flies 1994-2009, which features 27 UK singles. Included on the record is the one-off single “Whatever” that has never been on an album. It came out between their debut Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. To some it is an Oasis classic.
We once did a live broadcast with Oasis form the Orpheum Theatre in Boston in 1995. Even then Liam Gallagher was an incorrigible prick: stupidly belligerent, boorishly uncooperative and unknowingly but blatantly displaying flashes of true ignorance. It was immediately apparent that Noel Gallagher was the true talent in the band. Besides being the leader and main songwriter, Noel was even forced to sing the remaining few songs of the set when his brother had a snit fit over something never explained and walked off the stage. The listening audience never knew the difference. Noel has since left the band and it’s amazing the band lasted as long as it did.
“Whatever” is the Song of the Day.
“Whatever” by Oasis
The duo known as The Black Keys released their latest album, Brothers, last week. The band has been very prolific since they formed in 2001 with now their 6th album. Their songs can be heard in a variety of films, advertisements and TV shows. With the blues/rock guitar stylings and vocals of Dan Auerbach and the drumming of Patrick Carney, “Tighten Up” is the Song of the Day.
“Tighten Up” by The Black Keys
School of Seven Bells is a three-piece New York band consisting of Benjamin Curtis (formerly of Secret Machines) and identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza (ex of On!Air!Library!). They amusingly claim to take their name from a mythical South American school for pickpockets. From their forthcoming Disconnect From Desire album, “Babelonia” has such an infectious lilt and is the Song of the Day.
“Babelonia” by School of Seven Bells
Sleigh Bells is a duo out of Brooklyn, NY: Alexis Krauss, vocalist; Derek E. Miller, songwriter, guitarist and producer. Noisy and intense, they just released their debut album, Treats, on M.I.A.’s label, N.E.E.T . Recordings. “Infinity Guitars” is free on ITunes (here) and is the Song of the Day.
“Infinity Guitars” by Sleigh Bells
Angelique Kidjo is one of Africa’s greatest musical exports. As her website states: “With joy and passion Angelique embodies the spirit of Africa. Through her music, life and exuberant commitment to advocacy she exemplifies unity, peace and diversity”. On her new album, Oyo, she covers Curtis Mayfield’s 1970 hit “Move On Up”. It has been remixed by Radioclit and features Bono and John Legend. Besides being a great dance song, what is fascinating about this version is trying to decipher Bono’s vocals as they have been altered considerably. Perhaps you can pick out his phrasing. For all world music, U2 and Bono aficionados, this is the Song of the Day.
“Move On Up” by Angelique Kidjo
Kay Hanley, former lead singer for the band Letters to Cleo, and beloved Boston chanteuse, has teamed with Linus of Hollywood to form the band Palmdale. With their first release, “Here Comes the Summer”, the pop jauntiness of the song belies the dread of living through the approaching sunny season with a broken heart and is the Song of the Day.
“Here Comes the Summer” by Palmdale
Shel Silverstein was a man of many colours: cartoonist, author of children’s books, musician, poet, and songwriter. He penned “A Boy Named Sue” forJohnny Cash as well as “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” the hit by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. In June the album Twistable Turntable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein will be released featuring such artists as Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams and a couple of the Pixies. Here is the Black Francis with Joey Santiago of the Pixies covering “The Cover of the Rolling Stone” as the Song of the Day.
“The Cover of the Rolling Stone” by Black Francis with Joey Santiago
Band of Horses is celebrating the release of their new album, Infinite Arms, with a free download of one of the tracks from the album. This 5-piece Seattle band is currently on tour with Pearl Jam. “Laredo” is the Song of the Day.
The free download is available here: Amazon
“Laredo” by Band of Horses
Muse has written the lead song for the 3rd film in the Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This trio from England has become one of the biggest bands in the world with precise complex musicianship, soaring vocals and a dynamic live stage presentation. Progressive Rock 21st century style. “Neutron Star Collision” from the film is the Song of the Day along with one of my favorites, “Map of the Problematique”, from the Black Hole & Revelations album.
“Neutron Star Collision”
“Map of the Problematique”
Broken Bells is the collaboration between the great producer Danger Mouse and James Mercer (lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Shins). Danger Mouse thrilled us in 2004 with the Grey Album, his clever mash-up of the vocals from the Black Album by Jay Z and the White Album by the Beatles. His brilliance continued when he formed Gnarls Barkley with the out-of-box hit “Crazy”. The self-titled Broken Bells album has been out for a couple of months and continues to delight. Here are two as the Song(s) of the Day.
“The High Road”
“The Ghost Inside”
Of late I’ve been combing through my 20,000+ CDs, filing and re-filing and weeding and searching and re-discovering what lies hidden in this treasure trove. I happened upon a disc entitled Peace Together, a benefit album for the youth of Northern Ireland that was released in 1993. Chances are you may never have heard of this disc. I didn’t remember it. But it features bands from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Listen here to U2 with Lou Reed, Blur covering Elvis Costello and a beautiful version of the obscure song “Be Still”, by Peace Together, an illustrious combination of British and Irish musicians including Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor, Feargal Sharkey, Jah Wobble, mixed by Robin Guthrie and featuring Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins. Peace!
U2 featuring Lou Reed-“Satellite of Love”
Peace Together-“Be Still” (Robin Guthrie remix featuring Elizabeth Fraser)
Avi Buffalo is a young 4 member band (oldest at 21 years) out of Long Beach, CA lead by guitarist/vocalist Avi-Zahner-Isenberg. Their very charming eponymous debut album has just been released and we feature “What’s In It For?” as the Song of the Day.
“What’s In It For?” by Avi Buffalo
We just found out that you’ve played our song “Hearts & Bones” in your first podcast at Oedipus1.com! We are honoured and proud, and since it’s our first air time ever in the states (that we know of), also very happy!
We are not a big band, and we haven’t got our break even in Sweden yet, so the fact that you both found us and liked us, came as a bit of a shock. We are also a bit curious about how you found us, how come you stumbled over our music?
At last, if you’ve got any tips on how or where we could try to send our music to in the states, we’d be overwhelmingly happy (can you even say it like that?)!
We wish you the best with your site, and hope you’re able to find a minute to spare, for a tiny trio from Sweden.
All the best!
Greta & The One Night Stands
Greta & The One Night Stands
I received this wonderful letter from Sweden. This is one of the reasons that this site exists. Less than 10 years ago, to hear new artists from around the world, you would have to tune into my Sunday evening program, Nocturnal Emissions. I found these new music gems by hunting through the import bins at the local record store or by listening to the countless CDs, records and tapes that were mailed to the radio station. But due to the demands of commercial radio, programs of new music were relegated to off-night, late-night programming. Although new undiscovered music could be heard on low-powered college stations, the presentation was generally in lengthy multiple song set segments with the songs and artists laundry-listed at the end. And like all radio, it was appointment listening.
Fortunately this has all changed. Now we can listen on-demand–when we want and how often we want. Also, digital delivery has supplanted much of the difficulty in obtaining new music. This particular song came from MPE, a music delivery service available to music programmers. Yes, I still have to listen to hundreds of songs weekly to separate the wheat from the chaff, but the speed of the net allows more time for research and discovery and communication. The future of radio is on the net and only bandwidth limitations and digital copyright laws will inhibit its exponential growth. But the net has shrunk the world and Sweden is right next door.
“Hearts & Bones” by Greta and the One Night Stands
The new album by The National is so good that I’m having difficulty deciding which two tracks to feature today to share for a taste. The album, High Violet, was released yesterday and it is richly powerful, personal and passionate from start to finish. About a month and a half ago we featured the poignant “Bloodbuzz Ohio” as a previous Song of the Day. “Sorrow” and “Afraid of Everyone” (the latter with a little help from Sufjan Stevens) are today’s Songs of the Day.
“Afraid of Everyone”