Gotta get down on Friday! Here are 5 songs I’ve recently discovered and/or rediscovered and want the whole damn world to hear.
1. Marlena Shaw, California Soul. I know this was in a commercial but I can’t remember which right now. All I know is that this is almost enough to make me wish disco would make a comeback. But not really.
2. Tennis, Marathon. I’m a sucker for feel-good poppy indie goodness.
3. John Mayer, Queen of California. A great new summer jam for the car with a chockful of classic rock references from Neil Young to Joni Mitchell.
4. The Rolling Stones, Tell Me. This song is so old it barely even sounds like the Stones you’ve heard on the radio. But it’s also so good I remember exactly where and when I first heard this. It was the only original song on their debut album.
5. Fountains of Wayne, Hackensack. Now for the heartbreaker song. Boy meets girl, girl moves away and becomes a movie star, boy is stuck back home where his life kinda sucks. Really sweet though. It made me realize Fountains of Wayne is much, much more than Stacy’s Mom, even if I’m 10 years late to the party.
The new Best Coast album came out Tuesday and a lot of it is re-recordings of their old demos. I’ve been in love with the demo of this song for a year, which is super lo-fi and fuzzy.
Even though I love hearing the clarity of Bethany Consentino’s unique and lovely voice, I have to admit the demo has a dreamier quality to it. To me, that’s what this song is about…those early days when you first fall in love and can’t function like a normal human being.
Bottom line - this song rules. I won’t be surprised if tons of music off this album shows up on HBO’s show GIRLS.
Portugal. The Man, “People Say.” I found out about this band when they co-hosted a poster design contest with the company I work for. They’re awesome! Their other stuff is more psychedelic so if you’re into MGMT you’d like it. If you’re not big on Palin I can safely say that they’re the coolest thing to come out of Wasilla, Alaska.
“All the soldiers say it’ll be alright/We may make it through the war if we make it through the night.”
Elbow, “Grounds for Divorce.” Just some smooth catchy Britpop.
Grateful Dead, “Box of Rain.”
Green Day, “Waiting.” This came up on my Pandora last week and made me revisit some classic alternative.
Dawes, “Time Spent in Los Angeles.” If you in any way shape or form like The Eagles you’ll like this.