Daniel Amos - Noelle (c.1978)
Sam Cooke - Tennessee Waltz
…A little Sam Cooke on your birthday never hurt anybody.
I’d often passed over Cooke’s version of this tune until @thebrothersal pointed out how badass it is.
Nick Waterhouse - This Is A Game
The Cure - Faith (c.1981)
…Recently some friends and I started listening through the Cure discography in chronological order. This is from their third album, 1981’s Faith.
Certainly not the “darkest” the Cure would eventually get, Faith is, as represented by the cover art, one of the most “gray” records out there. Melancholy and despondent (the feel of funerals and old churches just oozes from this record) without the anger that would over take Pornography, Faith comes off as not just a collection of songs, but as a full piece. “The Holy Hour,” “All Cats Are Grey,” and the spectacular “Faith” are slow atmospheric pieces that take the softer elements from Seventeen Seconds, and — when sidled up next to faster tracks like the single “Primary” and “Doubt” — paint an overall picture of the ups and downs contained within a greater depressive period… allmusic.com
The Cure - Secrets (c.1980)
…Recently some friends and I started listening through the Cure discography in chronological order. This is from their second album, 1980’s Seventeen Seconds.
While it is not the study in loss that 1981’s Faith would become, or the descent into madness of 1982’s Pornography, it is a perfect precursor to those collections. In a sense, Seventeen Seconds is the beginning of a trilogy of sorts, the emptiness that leads to the questioning and eventual madness of the subsequent work. Mostly forgotten outside of the unforgettable single “A Forest,” Seventeen Seconds is an even, subtle work that grows on the listener over time. From short instrumental pieces to robotic pop, Seventeen Seconds is where the Cure shed all the outside input and became their own band. - allmusic.com
The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys (c.1979)
I consider myself a somewhat casual Cure fan. I’m intimately familiar with Disintegration and Mixed Up, the Staring at the Sea Singles collection and a few others. Every now and then I like to go through the back catalogue of bands I like but don’t know as well as I could. Recently some friends and I started listening through the Cure discography in chronological order starting with 1979’s Three Imaginary Boys.
Three Imaginary Boys is not only a very strong debut, but a near oddity (it’s an admittedly “catchy” record) in the Cure catalog. More poppy and representative of the times than any other album during their long career, Three Imaginary Boys is a semi-detached bit of late-’70s English pop-punk. Angular and lyrically abstract, it’s strong points are in its utter simplicity. There are no dirges here, no long suites, just short bursts of energy and a rather strange cover of Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady.” Many fans of this album were in no way prepared for the sparse emptiness and gloom that would be the cornerstone of future releases. For the most die-hard Cure-head, however, it’s an interesting sidenote, hard to place in the general flow of the band’s discography…What the Cure would do next wasn’t entirely obvious to the listener of this album, but there are some definite hints. - allmusic.com
Münchener Freiheit - Keeping The Dream Alive (c.1988)
…an 80’s tune I hadn’t thought about in a very long time. Thanks for the reminder today Batesy.
Poliça - Chain My Name
Elbow - The Long War Shuffle
Elbow - New York Morning
Elbow have put together a short documentary/music video chronicling the story of Dennis and Lois, a couple who grew up in the New York music scene in the heyday of CBGB and the Ramones. The video serves as a tribute to old New York: “This was where the music was, and this was where the intelligent people were, and this was just where life was. That’s it. Most of the things we knew and loved are gone but we’re still here,” says one half of the couple. Elbow’s music takes a backseat to the story of this couple and their experiences, from their first date to the time they didn’t pick up Andy Warhol on a street corner. - stereogum.com
From Elbow’s 6th studio album The Take Off and Landing of Everything out March 10th, 2014.
Sylvan Esso - Hey Mami
Sylvan Esso is a new project from Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun. Their first single “Hey Mami” is the perfect synthesis of both group’s sound — folksy crooning and layered harmonies from Meath and Sanborn’s crunchy synths that both bounce and stutter.
Kodaline - All I Want
Brian Wright - Over Yet Blues
RA Scion - On Saturnalia Eve (Feat. Blake Lewis)
…missing my Broner.