Vashti Bunyan is for slow, cold Sundays like today. “I’d Like To Walk Around In Your Mind” moves in that strange flow of time that occurs this moment in the week. Vashti’s tender voice and introspective lyrics are reminiscent of lonely, reflective Sunday thoughts, but leave you warmed by the fuzzy psych-folk instrumentals that wash over them.
This song has drawn me into a whole new genre of music. Distinct jazz influences are a mainstay of this song, especially the prominent saxophone. With more prominent percussion as well, this song is a great mix of new and old. It is a great example of acid jazz style music. I’ve been jamming to all kinds of jazz-based music since someone showed me this song a little while ago and I’ve really been enjoying it.
It’s been easy to feel powerless as I hear about friends and family who have already faced racially fueled harassment as consequence to this election. As a person of color processing events that have transpired these past few days, music has been a necessary tool in reaffirming my worth and power. “Alright” is an anthem of persistence and revolt, and Kendrick’s words are a source of reassurance and solidarity in a time that feels hopeless to many.
That’s great, it starts with an earthquake. An escalator, actually. “President-elect Donald J. Trump?” Christ. Well, at least Lenny Bruce is not afraid. Because he’s dead, presumably. Don’t misserve your own needs. Seems a little late for that.
Reporters baffled, trumped, tethered, cropped. TRUMPED. What in the fuck, Michael Stipe. What a prophetic line. Except who the fuck saw this coming? But while you and I are freaking the fuck out, the vitriolic and patriotic sure are feelin’ pretty psyched.
Six o’clock, TV hour, don’t get caught in Trump Tower. A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies. No shit. Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline. Sounds like a quote you’d see in gilded letters on a wall in Donald’s office.
Is it really the end of the world as we know it? I guess we’ll see.
But I’m pretty fucking scared regardless.
Changing it up from his Pearl Jam days, Eddie Vedder’s Into The Wild Soundtrack is some of his finest work. Ever since I read the book and watched the movie, I’ve been obsessed with this soundtrack. It captures everything I love about being in the outdoors. “Society” is definitely the highlight of the album for me. It is both my go-to adventure stoke song and my song for a good Sunday night existential crisis.
I can’t quite remember the first time I heard a ‘Kinks’ song, but it was definitely before ninth grade, when this song became my weekend anthem: almost every Saturday evening, I would catch the train back from Waterloo Station in London back to my house, looking for the fabled sunset that, unfortunately, rarely appeared; England is really submerged in clouds most of the time.This song has a lovely, Beatles-ey rhythm, that so far I’ve found perfect for people-watching, driving back from DIA at three a.m., and, of course, watching the sunset. I have no doubt that the list of places and times that this song fits impeccably goes on and on.
Ravyn Lenae hails from the Chicago music scene. She has already collaborated with Noname and Mick Jenkins and is part of the Zero Fatigue collective in Chicago. In “Blossom Dearie,” Lenae’s lyrics pulsate through the song as her ad-libs guide the listener & various sounds loop in the background. “Blossom Dearie” is featured on Lenae’s most recent EP, Moon Shoes.
Mick Jenkins and Jean Deaux link up for a great track with “Noah and the Reign.” The song comes from Mick’s 2013 mixtape “Trees and Truth.” Mick Jenkins’ entire discography is worth checking out and this track is a small sample of his range from catchy, poppy funk on “Your Love” to hard-hitting bars on “The Truth” (also from Truth and Trees).
Coining the term “Beach Goth,” the Growlers are known for their psychedelic/surfer blend of garage rock. However, “I’ll Be Around” shows the Growlers distancing themselves from this genre, delving deeper into the neon-soaked night sound they explored in their previous album Chinese Fountain. Produced by Julian Casablancas, the song has a danceable beat and is rife with spooky synth solos. It’s the perfect tune for a Halloween night out.
My first exposure to Broadcast was “Come On Let’s Go” off of their stellar debut LP The Noise Made By People. That track, characteristic of Broadcast’s glitchy, psychedelic brand of dream pop is truly unique. “Black Cat”, while still retaining the repetitive, minimal melodies and atmospheric drones Broadcast mastered on their first two records, is a different beast; Broadcast trade in live drums for a drum machine and replace gentle synth swells with glitchy melodies and walls of feedback. “Black Cat” features a simple groove that gets turned on its head by fuzzy, stuttering synths and swells of guitar noise. The late Trish Keenan’s hypnotic vocals rise above the droning instrumentation, floating gracefully above a sea of static. It is rare for a band to so successfully incorporate noise and experimental elements into pop music, but Broadcast do it flawlessly. Certainly one of the more original and inventive groups of the early 2000s, Broadcast is a fantastic band well worth a listen. Fans of Animal Collective, Stereolab, MBV, or Yo La Tengo, this’ll be right up your alley. Check it.