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Song of the Day: ‘Inside Out’, The Mighty Lemon Drops

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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.

You got a fate that calls you - Pop Music Heroes: Half Japanese

Hear This!Half Japanese, “Put Some Sugar On It

Lo-fi yet exhilarating, this track is the closest anyone can get to Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers without passing as just another one of their many sorry-ass imitators. 

Half Japanese — with their primitive minimalism — took the DIY ethics beyond the limits imagined by the punk subculture and expanded it ad infinitum.

And you thought you knew avant-garde rock before you stumbled on this, huh? Well, think again, Sonny.

Song of the Day: ‘Bring Me Coffe Of Tea’, Can

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How CAN this be totally ignored by most people is simply beyond me!

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 rightful contribution 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.

Song of the Day: ‘What’s In It For?’, Avi Buffalo

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”. 

 

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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.

Hypnotizing chickens - Pop Music Heroes: Iggy Pop

Hear This!⇔ Iggy Pop, “Neighborhood Threat

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 album Tonight), 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.

Personnel

  • Iggy Pop – vocals
  • David Bowie – keyboards, piano, backing vocals
  • Carlos Alomar – guitar, backing vocals
  • Ricky Gardiner – guitar, backing vocals
  • Tony Sales – bass, backing vocals
  • Hunt Sales – drums, backing vocals

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