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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/10/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/10/17
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Today’s My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day’s music starts off with a remastered version of one of my all-time favorite songs by Elliott Smith, available now on the new released Either/Or: Expanded Edition. Next up is one of my all-time favorite songs from Ian McCulloch’s solo from the Bunnymen projects. Goldfrapp’s new single “Ocean” swims beautifuly into Doves’ “Meet Me at the Pier”. And, it all ends (or begins, if you hit replay this week’s playlist full of musical obsessions) with my favorite track off of Laura Marling’s new release, Semper Femina (reviewed here).

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I will add each five songs shared to the playlist each day. 

 1. “Say Yes” :: Elliott Smith

“Situations get fucked up,
and turned around sooner or later.
And, I could be another fool,
or an exception to the rule,
you tell me the morning after.”

An unconventional love song, some might say, but it has always been one of my favorites. I think it speaks to taking a chance on love even when you’ve been burned and broken before, even if your heart feels damaged, even if you don’t really know if it will work out – but you hope that this time is the “exception to the rule”. Hey, it just may be.

2. “Faith and Healing” :: Ian McCulloch

“One more time inside the dream,
where nothing has to be this real,
and I don’t ever care to feel,
what I don’t want to.”

The song I woke up to, playing in my head.

3. “Ocean” :: Goldfrapp

“I’ve lost the will to.
I’ve lost my way.
I’ve lost this ocean,
that poisoned me.”

New single released today from Goldfrapp’s upcoming album. I’m obsessing over it big time, hitting replay, and taking in the darker edges, the lyrical refrains, and the sonic complexities. It reminds me a bit of Garbage. It is addictingly good.

4. “Meet Me at the Pier” :: Doves

(Instrumental)

My exploration and discovery of Doves music continues. Isn’t this track stunningly beautiful?

5. “Nothing, Not Nearly” :: Laura Marling

“The only thing I learnt in a year,
where I didn’t smile once,
not really.
Nothing matters more than love,
no,
nothing,
no,
not nothing no,
not nearly.”

This may just be my song obsession of the week. I’ve been playing it, off-and-on, since I heard it the other night for the first time (before I knew there was a new album out today – see review here). I don’t know what I like most about it – the guitar? The lyrics? The rhythm that feels almost spoken word poetic at the start? Laura’s vocals? All of the above? Yes, I think it’s all of the above.

Nice to see you Friday , along with Friday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day.

What are you celebrating Friday listening to?

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 10, 2017

Top 5 New Releases :: New Music Friday :: March 10, 2017

Looking for the best new album releases on this New Music Friday? Look no further. I have dove in and listened to the selections of albums, and singles, out today (there are so many this week) and selected my Top 5 New Releases of the week. So, relax, read on, and get ready to press play for the Top New Releases from this week’s New Music Friday.

Top 5 New Releases:

1. Semper Femina :: Laura Marling

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Three-Sentence Review: Themed album, Semper Femina, began as a concept to describe women from the lens of men, but evolved into something different as Laura turned the gaze on herself, to delve into her perspective on women – turning women into the songs subjects and storytellers. Laura’s voice is as striking as ever, pure, raw and beautiful. The sonic mood shifts and melodies hit me in a way that I haven’t felt since her debut, in 2008.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Soothing”, “Wild Fire” and “Nothing, Not Nearly”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

 

“Nothing, Not Nearly”

2. Jawbone :: Music from the Film/Music by Paul Weller

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Three-Sentence Review: Seven tracks of score and song from the prolific musical genius Paul Weller. “The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe” has had my attention since the single was released a few weeks prior, and “Bottle” is just as emotionally rich, and beautiful. The score tracks, especially the electronically shaped “Jawbone”, are compelling and cinematic, and left me wanting more.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “The Ballad of Jimmy McCabe”, “Jawbone” and “Bottle”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Bottle”

3. The Order of Time :: Valerie June

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Three-Sentence Review: I love when I stumble on an artist I’ve never heard of, spin the tracks of their album, and find myself being drawn in and won over. A little bit folk, a little bit torch song singer, a little bit alt-country, and a lot singer-songwriter stunning, Valerie’s voice is raspy and bluesy, vulnerable and soulful – I am definitely intrigued by this throwback meets right now collection of sounds. Songs like “Shakedown”, “Astral Plane” and “Just in Time” are instrumentally complex, stark at times, resounding at other times, and act as the perfect accompaniment to Valerie’s unique voice.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “Long Lonely Road”, “Shakedown” and “Just in Time”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 5

“Shakedown”

4. 50 Song Memoir :: The Magnetic Fields

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Three-Sentence Review: Autobiography as album, that’s what The Magnetic Fields 50 Song album is, or should I saw 5-albums is (that’s right, 50 songs, 5 albums, each song representing a year in Stephin Merrit’s life). The musical complexities and evolving differences, song-by-song, reflect the evolution of a life, as one might expect. This is an epic project, and an epic listen, one that will take more than one sitting – but it will be worth the time to take in the melodies and melancholy of Merrit’s first 50 years.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “How to Play Synthesizer”, “Dreaming in Tetris” and “You Can Never Go Back to New York”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“How to Play Synthesizer”

5. Yours Conditionally :: Tennis

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Three-Sentence Review: This new album, the fourth from the husband and wife duo, Tennis, springs to mind the late seventies to me, and yes, i do mean in a good way. Yours Conditionally was self-produced, and sounds more stripped down and raw than the prior three. All the songs seem to overflow with that soft rock and soul that had me “nostalga-ing” about the late seventies (think AM radio, 8 Track and bins of 45’s), and thematically dissect the idea of marriage, individualism, and feminism within the construct of committed partnerships.

Initial Favorite Track(s): “My Emotions are Blinding”, “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” and “10 Minutes 10 Years”

Rating (1-5 Stars): 4

“My Emotions are Blinding”