Song of the Day: ‘I Can’t Seem To Make You Mine’, The Seeds
Forerunners of trashy pop as well as the punk movement, Sky Saxon and The Seeds epitomized the garage rock ethos: biting and simple riffs, unpretentious lyrics and lots and lots of energy. If you’re looking for good, untainted yet not dim-witted music, they won’t fail you.
God is in the house - Pop Music Heroes: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Hear This!⇔ Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “As I Sat Sadly By Her Side”
I knew Nick Cave was a music genius on the first time I heard his band many moons ago; I was so struck by the juxtaposition of beauty and darkness in his songs and the poignancy of his lyrics. To me, he masters the most difficult job of transposing the crucial elements inherent in traditional poetry fittingly fusing it with a post-modern pop aestheticism. I could choose a number of songs to exemplify his talent, but I am convinced that “As I Sat Sadly By Her Side” is the perfect case in point for my argument.
Bastards of young - Pop Music Heroes: The Replacements
Hear This!⇔ The Replacements, “Johnny’s Gonna Die”
I’ve always thought The Replacements needed more credit for their rightfulcontribution to the American alternative scene. And only a handful of bands can claim to have had a strong musical influence over new generations of musicians like they can.
Here is a live version of their superb song “Johnny’s Gonna Die”, recorded in 1981 when they were at their prime.
New band Avi Buffalo really have a winner with their single “What’s in It For?”. I first heard the group while attending the South Street Seaport Festival back in 2010 and I immediately took a liking to this tune. I found the melody to be surprisingly soothing, delightful and captivating. This is their best single to date, hands down.
The Singer, Not The Song - Pop Music Heroes: Scott Walker
Hear This!⇔ Scott Walker, “The Old Man Is Back Again”
A powerful balladeer and one of my favorite crooners in the pop cosmos: Scott Walker - is another forgotten musical genius (I know this is a tired old cliché, but it still true). If you are not familiar with his body of work then you must unfalteringly check the above link for a great performance of his song “The Old Man’s Back Again”.
Song of the Day: ‘To Bring You My Love’, PJ Harvey
Utter beauty hurts. It hurts even more when it comes from unexpected places. This is always the case with PJ Harvey and her work. It fluctuates and grabs you by the neck and it won’t let go for anything in the world. Such music is similar in many ways to the art of incantation: to escape its power is one of the hardest task on earth by all means.
This undeniable classic song comes straight from Iggy’s mythological album Lust For Life. Co-written by David Bowie (who also recorded it on his albumTonight), the tune has a great pop-punk atmosphere and an uptempo that is both virulent and uplifting. This is also a great performance by Iggy Pop and his all-star band. It’s definitely worth checking out.