UNDER THE RADAR: DAMON ALBARN – “Lonely Press Play”.
Damon Albarn is gearing up to release his next solo album, Everyday Robots, (out April 28, 2014), and he’s released a video for the song he recently played on BBC Radio 2 and at Sundance, “Lonely Press Play”.
The jet-lagged, Lost in Translation-esque video is comprised of scenes Albarn shot on a tablet while traveling all over the world: Toyko, London, Dallas, Utah, Colchester, North Korea, Iceland and Devon.
NEW SONG: THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART – “Simple And Sure”.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will follow up 2011′s excellent Belong with Days of Abandon, out April 22, 2014 through Yebo. They’ve shared the first taste of that record. It’s called “Simple and Sure”.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: SCRITTI POLITTI – “The Sweetest Girl”.
“The Sweetest Girl” can be seen either as a complete cop-out or a canny piece of subversion. In reality, the song is a little of both. Too odd to be a huge hit but undeniably catchy and seductive, the song sounds like a more experimental version of the pop-R&B-reggae hybrid and Gartside’s soulful voice is a perfect fit to the slick but not over-processed production. The song was released in 1981 as a single. The piano is played by Robert Wyatt.
Scritti Politti are a British pop band, originally formed in 1977 in Leeds, by Cardiff-born singer-songwriter Green Gartside.
Initially a left-wing-inspired post-punk British rock group, Scritti Politti developed into a more mainstream pop music project in the early to mid-1980s.
Scritti Politti’s music was characterised by sophisticated studio production, Gartside’s sly, punning wordplay and the tension between the polished pop-funk stylings of their music and the subtle radicalism of the political and social messages embedded in their lyrics.
SONGS TO REMEMBER: NINA HAGEN – “Universelles Radio”.
Song taken from the 1985 album “In Ekstasy”.
Catharina “Nina” Hagen (born 11 March 1955) is a German singer and actress.
LIVE SESSION: THE GUN CLUB – “Sex Beat” @ Hacienda, Manchester, 1984.
The Gun Club performing “Sex Beat” at Hacienda Club, Manchester, 1984.
The line-up of the band was Jeffrey Lee Pierce (guitar and lead vocals), Kid Congo Powers (lead guitar), Patricia Morrison (bass guitar) and Terry Graham (drums).
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE GUN CLUB – “Sex Beat”.
“Sex Beat” was probably Gun Club’s most straightforward punk rock song; most of their 1981 debut record, Fire of Love, was rooted firmly in Delta and country-blues traditions, revved up with hardcore punk energy to something like psychobilly. But the boys always sound as if they are loose cannons. It is just that on “Sex Beat,” the record’s opening number, they sound like a fiery urban punk band as opposed to the loose-cannon, voodoo-possessed country boys of their other Fire of Love songs. But while that blues/country-punk sound helped to distinguish them, the single “Sex Beat” established Gun Club as significant players from the early-’80s Los Angeles underground.
The Gun Club was a punk blues band from Los Angeles, California that existed from 1979 to 1996. Led by flamboyant singer and guitarist Jeffrey Lee Pierce, The Gun Club merged the contemporary genre of punk rock with the more traditional genres of blues, rockabilly and country music.
LIVE SESSION: PIXIES – NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert.
“Greens And Blues”
“Monkey Gone To Heaven”
Black Francis played an acoustic guitar for this set, while drummer David Lovering set up a simple snare and a cymbal, tapping a tambourine with his foot where a bass drum might be. With his electric guitar, Joey Santiago was the only plugged-in member of the group. The newest member of the Pixies is Paz Lenchantin, a musician of many talents who played violin at the Tiny Desk, though she handles bass duties at larger concerts. You may miss Kim Deal on bass for all the good reasons one might miss Kim Deal, but Lenchantin rhythmically fits in well, and was a treat to hear (albeit quietly) on violin.
NEW SONG: ANGEL OLSEN – “Hi-Five”.
Song taken from the excellent new album Burn Your Fire For No Witness.
“Angel Olsen sits down next to someone and asks, “Are you lonely too? Hi-five!” The best part is she doesn’t sing the word “Hi-five” like some hangdog act of commiseration—she sings it loud and proud, like it slipped out on some gawky but truthful impulse. Or maybe it’s a relief when she gets the answer she was looking for. Whatever the case, now that Olsen’s songs are in these dynamic and electric spaces, there’s so much more room play with and interpret the sheer geometry of her voice.”
Angel Olsen is an American folk and indie rock singer and guitarist, who was raised in St. Louis, and is now based in Chicago. She first toured as a backing singer and guitarist with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and The Cairo Gang.
UNDER THE RADAR: WILD BEASTS – “A Simple Beautiful Truth”.
Wild Beasts provide soaring sonics on their new album, Present Tense (2014). Here performing “A Simple Beautiful Truth” in a live session when they return to Morning Becomes Eclectic.