Kind of surprised by the reaction to my Japandroids comment. It clearly wasn’t meant to be a pick for Song Of Summer 2014. More of a statement about how much fun “Celebration Rock” was a few years back, and how nothing has really jumped out this year. Either I’m in the minority for liking that song/record, or people didn’t like the fact that I didn’t select a new song. For those in the latter camp, my real pick would be “Brill Bruisers” by The New Pornographers.
For the third Summer in a row…Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”
You weren’t lying about “You Know Me Well”. I love this record, but I’m kind of wishing it had been released in the Fall. It just feels more like an Autumn type of record than a Summer record.
Yeah, even though I’m greatly anticipating hearing the rest of it, I’m holding off on listening to the whole thing until it is officially released. Actually, I just lied because I did check out the Amazon UK Studio Sessions videos earlier, and there were two new songs there that I had not heard. I’ve liked the progression of her music. Some probably prefer her earlier, stripped down recordings, but I’m liking her stuff more and more as she continues to expand her sonic palette more. Maybe it is just me, but when SVE unleashes her voice during the chorus of “Your Love Is Killing Me”, and it takes on that really raw tone, it reminds me a bit of Patti Smith’s later era croon. Could be that little vibrato thing.
You’ve got my attention regarding “You Know Me Well”. Looking forward to hearing that one in particular based on your description above.
I keep seeing the phrase “gut-punch” when reading about Van Etten’s upcoming album, “Are We There”. After hearing the three pre-release tracks, and after reading this piece, that seems pretty spot on. I also now have some context for those beautifully raw vocal turns that I’m hearing in the new songs. It sounds cliché, but the new material has really stuck with me, both musically and lyrically.
I used to listen to Lauren Laverne’s XFM radio program every day about 10 years ago. Their drivetime broadcast was my morning show, so it worked out well. Her guest spot on Mint Royale’s “Don’t Falter” is pretty much how Summer sounds.
Pretty solid list. With a few adjustments, mine would be closer to this:
1. Seven Nation Army
2. Fell In Love With A Girl
3. You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
4. Ball And Biscuit
5. Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
6. Hello Operator
7. The Denial Twist
8. I’m Slowly Turning Into You
10. You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)
They always did a really good job with covers. That list is just as hard to compile in my opinion. I would add “Black Jack Davey”, “Love Sick” and “Good To Me” to your list above.
I’ll Follow The Sun
What percentage of the live video clips of your favorite artist on YouTube are even watchable? Most are out of focus, distortion heavy, partial recordings from the back of the venue. That’s what people are capturing for posterity and sharing with the world. The majority of the clips that are worth watching are professionally shot, and are set up through the venue and artist. I totally agree that going to a show is a social event, and not everyone there is totally focused on the musical performance. Still, you can’t shout “Fire” in a movie theater. Venues have rules that have to be adhered to. I don’t know if that is the case in this situation with Neko, but either way, if the artist doesn’t want that going on during the show, then be respectful to the artist and everyone else around, and just put the phone back in your pocket for an hour or so.