She calls herself Grimes.

Claire Boucher moved from Vancouver to Montreal, was expelled from McGill University after a year, and began recording in 2010.

Visions, her marvelous 3rd album, has just been released.

“Oblivion” is a delectable introduction.

Lopsided World of L

Jonathan L enthralls us every week with new music. Plus this week a rare Frank Black demo!

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Blue October “The Worry List”
*Mariachi El Bronx “Love Sick”
*Kid Savant “Drop It On The Stereo”
*Favez “Like The Old Days”
*One Model Nation’s Elliot Barnes aka “Sebastian Schell” introduces
*One Model Nation “East Berlin”
*Nachtblut “Gedenket Der Toten”
Kasabian “Velociraptor” (replay)
*Buddy Holly “Slipin And Slidin” (Jaques Renault remix)

**Never ever heard rare 1997 demo for KROQ Los Angeles
of Frank Black (Pixies) with JL and one acoustic song live**

*Grand Duchy “Silver Boys” (Rolling Stone version)
*Buck Satin and the 666 Shooters “What’s Wrong With Me”
*Ryan T. Hope of Lifeline f/ Geno Lenardo “You Won’t See The Light”
Fernthal f/ LORE “Kings & Queens (A Sailors Melody)”
(Tony deKaro remix) (replay)
*Frogg “Shut Tha F**k Down”
Wideboy Generation “Looters”
*Foxy Shazam “Biggest Black Ass”
*Super Geek League “Naked Machine”
*First Aid Kit “The Lions Roar” (Full version)
*Astral Doors “The Day After Yesterday”
*Boris “Flare”
*Eisbrecher “Verruct” (Combichrist remix)
*Feritta “Karma”
*Downtown Mystic “Hard Enough”
*Delta Spirit “California”
*The Blue Van “Mama’s Boy”
*Soulicit “Hell Yeah”

School of Seven Bells

Identical twin sister Claudia Deheza has left the band but Alejandra carries on with Benjamin Curtis, now as a handsome duo, known as School of Seven Bells.

Ghostory, their third album, comes out next week.

“The Night” is the luscious first track on the album.

M. Ward

M. Ward will release A Wasteland Companion in April.

This will be his 6th solo project.

During the 3 years since his last album he recorded 2 marvelous records as She & Him with Zooey Deschanel as well as an album with the indie “supergroup’ Monsters of Folk.

A Wasteland Companion was recorded on-the-road with a slew of indie musicians.

“Primitive Girl” is an inviting preview.

Lopsided World Of L

Jonathan L continues to discover intriguing new music.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Super Geek League “JJ Skewers”

**(JL mix) “Kafka In A Groove” Hans Jorg Grosse
reads Franz Kafka
Music by Air “Electronic Performers”**

*Wideboy Generation “Looters”
*Howler “Back Of Your Neck”
*Buck Satin And The 666 Shooters “Ten Long Years In Texas”
*Michael Franti “Subterranean Homesick Blues”
*Lillian Axe “Lava On My Tongue”
*Digitalism “Reeperbahn”
*Source Victoria “Taking Me On”
*Immortal Technique “Black Vikings”
*Blue October “The Getting Over It Part”
*[:SITD:] “Code Red”
*Bad Religion “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue”
*Illuminati Congo “Filthy”
*Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “The Witness’ Dull Surprise”
*Buck Satin And The 666 Shooters “Drug Store Truck”
*Sinead O’Conner “Property Of Jesus”
*Purien+ “+++Crosses”
Anthrax and Public Enemy “Bring The Noize” (live)
*The Melismatics “Divided Devotions”
*Skinny Puppy “Vyrisus”
7Horse “Low Drug Fuel Run”
*Blue October “The Feel Again (Stay)” (album version)
*Taj Mahal “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”
*Ben Kweller “Jealous Girl”
*The Barbarellatones “Poledancer”


Last year we showcased the video of “Staircase”, a new song by Radiohead.

This song was included as part of a live performance of their most recent album known as The King of Limbs-From the Basement (available on DVD).

“Staircase” in a slightly edited form is now the new single from Radiohead. Just another great song from the greatest band on the planet.


The husband wife team that is Tennis delighted us with their debut Cape Dory, inspired by their Atlantic sailing journey.

Young and Old is their sophomore record produced by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys.

“Origins” is the first featured track.

Sleigh Bells

This is the year of Sleigh Bells.

Noise pop at its finest, expect the second album from this duo next week.

“Comeback Kid” is the current single and video from the new album Reign of Terror.

“Crush” is another taste.

Wild Nothing

Wild Nothing is the brainchild of Jack Tatum.

Hailing from Virginia, his music features jangling guitars and pop melodies.

“Nowhere” is the new single and free.

Lopsided World of L

Our week begins once again with so much new music from Jonathan L.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*Buck Satin And The 666 Shooters “Down The Drain”
*Blue October “The Money Tree”
*Ugly Buggs “Young Girl”
Shirley Levi “Re-Bel”
*Brian “Head” Welch “Paralyzed”
Joey Ramone personal message (interlude)
Joey Ramone “Spirit In My House” (2002)
*Childish Gambino “Backpackers”
*The Love Me Nots “End Of The Line”
*Source Victoria “All That You Taught Me”
*Angels And Airwaves “Surrender”
*Super Geek League “Here Come The Cops”
*Super Geek League “Fight (Book 1)”
*Ben Kweller “Mean To Me”
*[:SITD:] “Beacon Of Hope”
*Cross Border Players f/ Gift Of Gab “Higher”
*The Strange Boys “Me And You”
*Tremor Low “Peter Murphy’s Dead”
*Primus “Hoinfodaman”
*Gary Numan “When The Sky Bleeds He Will Come”
*Blue October “For The Love”
*Feritta “Karma”
*The Shins “Simple Song”
*The Vibe “Suicidal Happiness”
Spacehog “Dancing On My Own” (2001)
*Stellar Corpses “Vampire Kiss”
*Canasta “Mexico City”
*Mona “Lean Into The Fall”
*Heartless Bastards “Parted Ways”

Porcelain Raft

When we last heard from Porcelain Raft he was living in London via Rome. We featured his 2010 EP Gone Blind.

Now living in New York, he has released his debut album Strange Weekend.

“Drifting In and Out” leads the album and is another lovely song from this itinerant musician.


Air, the French electronic duo, has just released La Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon).

The title is from a silent black & white film from 1902. Directed by Georges Méliès, La Voyage Dans La Lune is considered to be the first science fiction film.

In 1993 a hand-coloured, badly decomposed version of the film was discovered and only last year was fully restored.

Air was asked to compose a soundtrack for this 16 minute film.

Inspired by the experience Air gives us an album of the same name.

“Seven Stars” is from the album and features the vocals of Victoria Legrand from Beach House.

Watch an excerpt from the film here.

St. Vincent

Strange Mercy by St. Vincent was one of my favorite albums of last year.

“Cheerleader” is the new single and new video.

And the song is free from Google Music in the US only.

Lopsided World of L

He scours the world for new music.

From Berlin, our Monday podcast from Jonathan L.

Lopsided World of L (Hour 1)

Lopsided World of L (Hour 2)

*The Ivy Walls “She Was European”
*Immortal Technique “Goonies Never Die”
The Cult “Dirty Little Rockstar” (2007)
*Jeryl Bright/M.C.B. “Feels So Right”
*Humbucker “Black Nickel”
*Lee-Leet “Leave It All Behind”
*Angelsplit “Jailbait”
*Rebelution “Sky Is The Limit”
*Victorian Halls “It All Started In The Hall”
*Vaudeville & Bad Omens “Cannon Fodder”
The Damned “My Desire” (1995)
*Immortal Technique “Angels & Demons”
*One Black Orchid “Poor Folks Lament”
*Saint Motel “Puzzle Pieces”
Neon Trees “Everybody Talks”
*Little Shalimar f/ Killer Mike “Melting”
*Gift Of Destiny “Play That Funky Music” (Wild Cherry cover)
*Say Anything “Burn A Miracle”
Hanzel Und Gretyl “Fukken Uber Death Party (2009)
*The Astroids Galaxy “Heart Attack” (CSS remix)
*The Trophy Fire “Modern Hearts”
*Panamah “Looking Up” (English version)
*The Dead Milkmen “Some Young Guy”
*Yael Meyer “I Wonder How”
*Abigail Williams “Ascension Sickness”
*Annie Automatic “Then We All Woke Up”
*Sonic Adventure Project “Who Are You?”
*Two Choices “My Side Of The Street”

Ke$ha: Chimes of Freedom

Ke$ha:  Chimes of Freedom

I never expected to highlight Ke$ha on this website. However, her version of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” begs to be heard on the album Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.

Dylan is our greatest living contemporary poet and his words helped define the latter half of the 20th century. His songs have been covered countless times and this set of 75 additional versions featuring 80 artists from very diverse musical genres adds to the catalog.

Here is the tracklisting:

Raphael Saadiq: Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Patti Smith: Drifter’s Escape
Rise Against: Ballad of Hollis Brown
Tom Morello the Nightwatchman: Blind Willie McTell
Pete Townshend: Corrina, Corrina
Bettye LaVette: Most of the Time
Charlie Winston: This Wheel’s On Fire
Diana Krall: Simple Twist of Fate
Brett Dennen: You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
Mariachi El Bronx: Love Sick
Ziggy Marley: Blowin’ in the Wind
The Gaslight Anthem: Changing of the Guards
Silversun Pickups: Not Dark Yet
My Morning Jacket: You’re A Big Girl Now
The Airborne Toxic Event: Boots of Spanish Leather
Sting: Girl from the North Country
Mark Knopfler: Restless Farewell

Queens of the Stone Age: Outlaw Blues
Lenny Kravitz: Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35
Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli: One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
Blake Mills: Heart of Mine
Miley Cyrus: You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Billy Bragg: Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Elvis Costello: License to Kill
Angelique Kidjo: Lay, Lady, Lay
Natasha Bedingfield: Ring Them Bells
Jackson Browne: Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Joan Baez: Seven Curses (Live)
The Belle Brigade: No Time To Think
Sugarland: Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (Live)
Jack’s Mannequin: Mr. Tambourine Man
Oren Lavie: 4th Time Around
Sussan Deyhim: All I Really Want To Do
Adele: Make You Feel My Love (Recorded Live at WXPN)

K’NAAN: With God on Our Side
Ximena Sariñana: I Want You
Neil Finn with Pajama Club: She Belongs to Me
Bryan Ferry: Bob Dylan’s Dream
Zee Avi: Tomorrow Is a Long Time
Carly Simon: Just Like a Woman
Flogging Molly: The Times They Are A-Changin’
Fistful of Mercy: Buckets of Rain
Joe Perry: Man of Peace
Bad Religion: It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
My Chemical Romance: Desolation Row (Live)
RedOne featuring Nabil Khayat: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren: Abandoned Love
Darren Criss featuring Chuck Criss and Freelance Whales: New Morning
Cage the Elephant: The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
Band of Skulls: It Ain’t Me, Babe
Sinéad O’Connor: Property of Jesus
Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project: Shelter From the Storm
Ke$ha: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Kronos Quartet: Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Maroon 5: I Shall Be Released
Carolina Chocolate Drops: Political World
Seal & Jeff Beck: Like a Rolling Stone
Taj Mahal: Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
Dierks Bentley: Senor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Live)
Mick Hucknall: One of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
Thea Gilmore: I’ll Remember You
State Radio: John Brown
Dave Matthews Band: All Along the Watchtower (Live)
Michael Franti: Subterranean Homesick Blues
We Are Augustines: Mama, You Been On My Mind
Lucinda Williams: Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
Kris Kristofferson: Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
Eric Burdon: Gotta Serve Somebody
Evan Rachel Wood: I’d Have You Anytime
Marianne Faithfull: Baby Let Me Follow You Down (Live)
Pete Seeger: Forever Young
Bob Dylan: Chimes of Freedom

Outernational: When the Ship Comes In
Silverstein: Song to Woody
Daniel Bedingfield: Man in the Long Black Coat

Everyone worked pro-bono and all proceeds help fund Amnesty International’s life-saving human rights work.

Obviously with an album of this scope there are some compelling versions, some of varying degrees of interest, some merely passable and some of lesser quality. Ke$ha’s take on “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” is an unexpected pleasure. With minimal instrumentation this otherwise bombastic pop star turns this song of loss into one of devastating heartbreak. Purists may be appalled but Ke$ha makes the song her own.

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