If there's any track from Humanz that really blew me away, it was "Let Me Out" featuring Pusha T and the legendary Mavis Staples.Read More
If there was such a thing as a pleasant hangover, I'm guessing it would feel like how "Equal Powers" soundsRead More
What happens when you combine Kim Possible's twin brothers, Foxygen and eyeliner?Read More
And now for something completely different!Read More
John Roderick of The Long Winters remains one of my favorite songwriters to this day, and if you've never heard him before, it's time to start listening.Read More
Hold on to your socks, because Merrill Garbus is about to knock you out of them.Read More
It's a Song-a-Day Double Feature!Read More
Oh, the mid-2000s. I miss your piano pop.Read More
The Books's ability to make melodic beauty out of blatant chaos makes me jealousRead More
Rarely do I find myself recommending songs to friends and saying, "I don't want to tell you anything more about it. I don't want to spoil it." "All This Time" makes me do that though.Read More
It's Michelle from Japanese Breakfast singing about falling in love with a robot. What else do you want?Read More
Public Service Broadcasting continues to be one of the most innovative and compelling music acts around today.Read More
It's a late cover song Saturday! This week, I'm featuring a performance by the fantastic Punch Brothers.Read More
Sydney-based Middle Kids have managed to encapsulate the sound of young adulthood confusion in one of their first singles. But in a kinda fun way?Read More
Don't make the opera singer angry. You won't like her when she's angry.Read More
Everybody Works has been released with an overwhelmingly positive reception. "The Bus Song" is, in my opinion, the song that best represents the lovely album as a whole.Read More
BANKS's Goddess is one of the sultriest albums I have ever listened to, and "Stick" is one of the jewels in its tantalizing crown.Read More
NPR Music released the first of five Sylvan Esso studio session videos today, and I'm very excited.Read More
HAIM is doing everything they can to save Top 40 radio.
Combining the sounds of Los Angeles pop with hints of classic Americana rock 'n' roll and R&B, the Haim sisters weave track after track of their new album, Something To Tell You, with strands of heartbreak, longing and passion. "Little Of Your Love" is a prime example of the band's talent for creating anthemic hooks and landing impeccable harmonies (somewhat reminiscent of 1950's Doo-wap) on top of a solid pop-rock track.
Most of this summer's hits have been redundant in tone and approach; lots of four-chord synth jams with increasingly odd rhythm-makers leading the beat and some other singer sampled on the track. I don't know if "Little Of Your Love" or Something To Tell You's other single, "Want You Back" will be able to match the hype of Days Are Gone's "The Wire" or "Forever" but I hope they do. HAIM is a wickedly talented band.
I declare thee, cover song Saturday!
Nataly Dawn, best known for her work with with husband Jack Conte in the band Pomplamoose, is a remarkable artist in her own right. Her first solo album, How I Knew Her, is still a personal favorite and her more recent release, Haze, only continues to show off her talents as a songwriter and performer.
For this groovy little Tame Impala cover, she's joined by fabulous cellist Sarah Clanton, as well as a crazy talented full band. In particular, make sure you wear headphones to listen to the track so you can appreciate Sam Wilkes on bass. Woof. It's clear that the band wasn't trying to one-up the original, but instead work out the song in a new and fresh way that makes it equally enjoyable.