Morning After Resolutions (We Start All Over Again)
“Hey Sunshine” by The Charlatans
“For What It’s Worth” by Liam Gallagher
“The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” by Declan McKenna
“505” by Arctic Monkeys
“Last Words” by The Real Tuesday Weld
“Your Balloon is Rising” by Stone Foundation, featuring Paul Weller
“Take It Out On Me” by White Lies
“At Most a Kiss” by Blossoms
“This Year” by The Mountain Goats
“T-Shirt Weather” by Circa Waves
“Black and Blues” by The Jesus And Mary Chain, featuring Sky Ferreira
“Lola + Joseph” by July Talk
“How To Say Goodbye” by Paul Tiernan
“Places We Won’t Walk” by Bruno Major
“4 Seasons” by Rex Orange County
“B.H.S.” by Sleaford Mods
“All the Wine” by The National
“Wreckless Heart” by Glen Hansard
“The Cranes are Back” by Paul Weller
“The Right Stuff” by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
“Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” by The Lemonheads, featuring Liv Tyler
“10,000 Emerald Pools” by Børns
“Tea-Soaked Letter” by Anna Burch
“Trying” by Bully
“Planet Hunter” by Wolf Alice
“Turn of the Century” by Pete Yorn
“A Smiling Face” Yellow Days
“New Girl (Tom’s Song)” by The Walters
“No Peace” by Syd Arthur
“(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon
Morning After Resolutions (We Start All Over Again)
Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018. We welcome the New Year with all its Resolutions and Things to Come. But, before we turn completely away from the year that’s now passed, let’s have a listen to some of the stellar Albums of 2017.
This list of 30 Albums spans the genres of Post-Modern Rock, Indie Pop, Electro Pop, Dark Wave, Indie Rock, Ambient Pop, Neo-Folk, and Alt-Country. It starts with my most played Artist of 2017, Paul Weller, then on to Laura Marling, who had one of my favorite Songs of the year, and then it’s my most played Album since its release, Liam Gallagher’s As You Were. There’s 27 more to go, and after reading a 3-sentence mini-review of each album you can listen to a Top 30 Albums of 2017 Playlist below, either on Spotify, or YouTube.
Lyriquediscorde’s Top 30 Albums of 2017
1. A Kind Revolution by Paul Weller
2017 was the year I saw Paul Weller live for the first time, it was the year of Weller Wednesday, and of finding the love of my life who re-introduced me to the Mod Father’s Music. Complex and Ever-Changing, much like the man himself, A Kind Revolution offers harmonic hope in a time full of political and social dissent and disagreement. “The Cranes Are Back” (my favorite track on the album) gifts us a promise of recovery and rebuilding, “Woo Sé Mama” makes us want to dance, and his new baby daughter’s namesake, “Nova”, showcases Weller’s ability to cross genres and surprise his listener.
Favorite Tracks: “The Cranes Are Back”, “Nova”, and “Satellite Kid”
2. Semper Femina by Laura Marling
I’ve always been a fan of Laura Marling, and not just because we share a first name. This Album, by far, is Marling at her best, taking her storytelling skills a step further in the development of a Concept Album centered around Women and their friendships with each other. This was a year of change for me as I reevaluated my some of my closest female friendships, also it was one of loss as I let go of toxic friendships for good – I really needed this Album this year.
Favorite Tracks: “Nothing, Not Nearly”, “Wild Fire”, and “Next Time”
3. As You Were by Liam Gallagher
I never imagined a Gallagher would be in my Top 5 of anything, especially not Liam, but then 2017 happened and his Album As You Were came out, and every time I listened to it I loved it more. Also, a surprise to me is that I prefer As You Were to Noel’s new High Flying Birds release (it didn’t even make this list). Age has changed Liam, or maybe age has changed my perspective, either way, I can’t seem to get enough of this one, the tracks range from melodic to rock with a Britpop sheen, and lyrically (despite some criticism I’ve read) the songs are feel honest and humble (surprisingly), and “read” like a life-so-far biography; I do so wish I’d gotten to see him play live at The Wiltern this year.
Favorite Tracks: “Paper Crown”, “For What It’s Worth”, and “Greedy Soul”
by St. Vincent
I was slow to the table where St. Vincent was concerned, even though so many of my fellow Music Obsessives raved about Annie Clark/St. Vincent, and then Masseducation came out. More electro-clash/indie pop than her off-beat guitar heavy predecessors, this Album convinced me of Annie’s genius and explained why she is often referred to as the “Female Bowie”. The storytelling is out of this world, unfolding as if the skin has been peeled back to show raw true feelings, both joyful and full of pain.
Favorite Tracks: “New York”, “Hang On Me”, and “Los Ageless”
5. Self-Titled by Cigarettes After Sex
Ever since a Fellow Blogger and Friend introduced me to Greg Gonzalez’ Brooklyn Sonic-deliciousness, Cigarettes After Sex, I’ve been longing for more. This Album was deliriously anticipated and did not disappoint one bit. Greg had me at Track One (“k”), and never let go, inhaling and exhaling Ambient Indie Pop that is highly addictive, seductive, and impossible to quit.
Favorite Tracks: “K.”, “Truly”, and “Apocalypse”
6. Self-Titled by Slowdive
Shoegaze meets Dream Pop meets Ambient Pop, with a little bit of Dark Wave thrown in, is what this unexpected new Album (first release in 22 years) from Slowdive is made of. The Songs’ gorgeous distortion and ethereal sounds transcends the “reunion curse” that plagues many beloved bands who come back together and subsequently release Music that disappoints – but not this time Honestly, Slowdive sounds better on this Album than on any of their past creations, and with each new listen, this Album affixes itself more to my Music-Obsessing heart.
Favorite: “Star Roving”, “Don’t Know Why”, and “No Longer Making Time”
7. No Shape by Perfume Genius
Mike Hadreas’ magical creation of Perfume Genius feels like a Sonic merge of 70’s Disco, Early New Wave, and Alternative Pop – think Blondie meets Shirley Manson meets St. Vincent, with Andy Bell sewing them all up and producing them into one sound. I have been a fan of Hadreas since I first heard his Song “Queen” on the First Season of the TV Series Mr. Robot, and have not stopped listening to Perfume Genius since. This New Album is everything I wanted and more, bringing together so many of the Musical genres I love, all finely tuned into story-told Songs that sound magical and mystical, and, at times, a little alien.
Favorite Tracks: “Slip Away”, “Just Like Love”, and “Die 4 You”
8. Silver Eye by Goldfrapp
I was slightly disappointed with this album when I first listened and reviewed it, but after months of picking it up, spinning it, and selecting Songs from it for Playlists, my initial qualms have dissipated and disappeared. Butch Vig/Garbage/Shirley Manson still come heavily to my mind when I listen, especially to the song “Ocean”, and “Become the One” and “Anymore” take me into a synthetic state of bliss which makes me want to dance. This is one of those Albums that just gets better with each listen.
Favorite Tracks: “Ocean”, “Everything Is Never Enough”, and “Become the One”
9. Pussycat by Juliana Hatfield
Juliana is one of my all-time favorite songwriters, an Artist I discovered back in the late 80’s/early 90’s when she was part of Blake Babies, and have loved ever since. At times the Songs on Pussycat are confessional and slightly self-deprecating, a songwriting style she’s carried with her, but at other times there is an anger and outrage to the world around, and people in power, especially predatory men. Even in her angriest moments though she still keeps her signature sound of a jangly guitar and vulnerable vocals intact, making every moment – even the angry ones – play out sincere, melodic, and beautiful.
Favorite Tracks: “I Wanna Be Your Disease”, “You’re Breaking My Heart”, and “Good Enough for Me”
10. Losing by Bully
The 90’s feel like they returned with Losing, and Bully (Alicia Bognanno) reminds me of a cross between Sonic Youth, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., and Riot Grrl bands. That said, lyrically the Album is 100% now. Bognanno’s Chicago roots, and relocated Nashville now, add a quality to the Songs overall that is unique, adding Pop melody sensibilities to a Punk-meets-Grunge attitude.
Favorite Tracks: “Kills To Be Resistant”, “Blame”, and “You Could Be Wrong”
11. Sleep Well Beast by The National
in 2016, The National ruled my world, their Songs reflecting so many of the inner conflicts, confusion, and roller-coaster whip of emotion I was experiencing. In 2017, with Sleep Well Beast, I held some distance, partially because of the way my life had changed, and partially because I wasn’t bleeding feelings anymore. But, as one of the Tracks on this Album Sings, “I’ll Still Destroy You”, and The National still does, in the very best of ways.
Favorite Tracks: “Born to Beg”, “I’ll Still Destroy You”, and “Nobody Else Will Be There”
12. Visions Of a Life by Wolf Alice
Sophomore Albums are hard, disappointment is almost always the pitfall that a Band falls into, especially if, like Wolf Alice, their debut is a hit. I feel like Ellie Rowsell and Wolf Alice know it and played with it a bit, especially with Loud and Angry “Yuk Foo” (with the repeated lyrics “I don’t give a shit”) – I almost wish they had opened with this Track. Other Songs, such as “Beautifully Unconventional”, harken a Brit Pop meets Indie Rock sound, think Jack White circa White Stripes getting it on with Ian Brown of the Stone Roses. Visions of a Life feels like Dream Pop meets Grunge (back to that 90’s influence again), with an underlying bite, lyrically, and in Rowsell’s vocals – compelling stuff.
Favorite Tracks: “Planet Hunter”, “Heavenward”, and “Yuk Foo”
13. The Other Side Of You by Aimee Lay
Aimee Lay’s Album, The Other Side Of You is the last Album that I got Music-Obsessed with, in 2017, last, but not at all least, as I fell hard and fast for it at first listen. Reminiscent of Hope Sandoval and Mazzy Star, also Isabel Monteiro, and her Band Drugstore. Dream-Pop meets Indie-Pop meets Shoegaze-distortion doused with sprinkles of Garage on top of it all. Aimee’s voice is stunning, mysterious, and cinematic, turn up songs like “Heavy Clue After Clue” and can’t you see scenes from a film in your head (think desert, late at night, indie thriller).
Favorite Tracks: “Cosmic Exchange”, “Heavy Clue After Clue”, and “Psychedelic Morning”
14. don’t smile at me by Billie Eilish
The last time a legitimate teenager wrote and sang about the teenage experience in a raw and realistic kind of way was Lorde and her Debut Album. Billie Eilish, along with 19-year-old brother Finneas O’Connell, wrote and produced don’t smile at me, which is the Music equivalent to the 90’s short-lived TV Series, My So-Called Life, in regards to real, sometimes painfully so, look at teenagers and teenage life. The Tracks on this EP cross-genres between R&B, Jazz, Big Band/40’s (See “my boy”), and Indie Pop, all weaved together with an electronic buzz and whir. At times the Songs are dark lyrically, especially “bellyache”, at other times they are empowering and strong; all are sung with Billie’s gorgeous voice, full of range, warmth, and unique tone.
Favorite Tracks: “bellyache”, “COPYCAT”, and “idontwannabeyouanymore”
15. Mental Illness by Aimee Mann
Mental Illness is the kind of Aimee Mann Album that I love, a stitched together set of Sung short stories that unfold like an anthology of cinematic tales, similar to her earlier Albums, Lost in Space and The Forgotten Arm. This collection is set in Los Angeles, set in the city of so many cracked souls and broken lives who mostly keep their eyes pointed up to the sky, still believing there’s something more. After my first listen, once I got to the last Song, I wanted more of the story.
Favorite Tracks: “You Never Loved Me”, “Lies of Summer”, and “Patient Zero”
16. Out In the Storm by Waxahatchee
Katie Crutchfield’s (Waxahatchee) fourth Album is my favorite Album. A manic-panic urgency in this “break-up” Album that gets better and better with each and every listen. The introspection and “extraspection” (think emotional meet-ups between your introverted self and your extraverted self – or maybe that’s just me), this Album will have you singing-a-long loudly while you sort your issues out.
Favorite Tracks: “Sparks Fly”, “A Little More”, and “Never Been Wrong”
17. Everything Now by Arcade Fire
Oh my stars, this Album is a grower, one of those sets of Songs that at first fall slightly unnoticed, lingering, and singing, just out of reach. But, then I kept playing it and playing it more, and then it hit me like a semi-truck on an all-night drive through the desert, with a driver that is falling asleep – in a good way. The Album has not been well-received, it seems, but perhaps they just haven’t listened enough; after 5 listens Everything Now stole my heart (and ears).
Favorite Songs: “Creature Comfort”, “Everything Now”, and “Electric Blue”
18. Humanz by Gorillaz – Deluxe
This was one of a few “grower” Albums on my list of 30 Albums. It took about a half a dozen listens before Humanz started to sink in and stick with me, though there were a few first-listen-favorites that had me enthralled (see “Charger, with the fabulous Grace Jones, and “Andromeda”). I keep coming back to this Album feeling like a giant Mix Tape of Sound and Style that lift and fall in a way that just works, also, Humanz is best played loud.
Favorite Songs: “Charger” (featuring Grace Jones), “Andromeda” (featuring D.R.A.M.), and “Strobelite” (featuring Peven Everett)
19. English Tapes by Sleaford Mods
In April my boyfriend and I went to see Sleaford Mods at the Echoplex, and we were both blown away. The Album quickly became a favorite, and one I played often in the car, especially when in the throes of Los Angeles traffic. Jason Williamson’s vocal stylings, which are like a brilliant mash-up of spoken word, slam poetry, and rap, blow me away, both on this Album, and live (if you get the chance, go see them live).
Favorite Songs: “B.H.S”., “Moptop”, and “Carlton Touts
20. Savage (Songs from a Broken World) by Gary Numan
I had no idea what to expect from a new Gary Numan Album, especially since I’d not listened to his Music since his late 70’s brilliant New Wave Release, The Pleasure Principle (I have a lot of Albums to catch up on). Savage is a Post-Modern New Wave-Industrial thing of Sonic Beauty, full of passion, emotion, evocative storytelling, darkwave sensibilities, and an underlying beat you can dance to. This is the unexpected, underrated, surprise of the year, and this list.
Favorite Songs: “Bed of Thorns”, “The End of Things”, and “Broken”
21. Damage and Joy by The Jesus And Mary Chain
Damage and Joy was one of my most anticipated New Albums of the year, and despite some trepidation (high anticipation can lead to disappointment and regret), the Album turned out to be everything I was hoping for, starting strong with a Song that reminds me of a mix of The Dandy Warhol’s’ hit “Bohemian Like You” and Love And Rockets’ “So Alive”. Brothers Jim and William Reid were quoted as saying they “buried the hatchet” this past year, and the brilliance of this Album is proof of that. There are so many favorite Tracks on here – see “All Things Pass” and especially the electronically-fused”Simian Split” without losing their quintessential sonic sound (see the Darklands’ sounding “War On Peace”). Track 7, “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)” is by far my favorite, the nod to Los Angeles, the layers of sound, and the lyrical story told within.
Favorite Songs: “Los Feliz (Blues and Greens)”, “Song for a Secret, “Amputation”, and “All Things Pass”
22. Melodrama by Lorde
It felt like years between Albums for Lorde, and I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Melodrama, drinking in the Pre-Album Singles as they came out, anticipating more and more. Lorde beat that so-called “Sophomore Slump”, with an Album of Songs that showed how she has grown as an Artist, and as an individual. I love the more “grown-up” Lyrics, the reminders of Kate Bush, Florence Welch, and at times, Madonna and Robyn – Melodramatic Dance Music with an Edge, that’s what this Album has felt like to me from the very first listen.
Favorite Songs: “Sober”, “Green Light”, and “Writer in the Dark”
23. Prisoner by Ryan Adams
The first Ryan Adams Album that I did not immediately fall head-over-heels for, Prisoner is still one of my favorites of the year, and a definite “grower” to me. The Songs feel denser than previous Ryan songs, sonically complex, but with a lyrical distance that I’m not used to with his music. That said, with time and with some leaning in, and repeat listens, the Songs and the Storytelling made their way in. “To Be Without You” is the most immediately accessible of the bunch, but the others are a bit more hard to get, though I do believe they are worth the time, the re-listens, and the “throw the album on, get in the car, and drive” effort taken to get this album under my skin.
Favorite Songs: “Do You Still Love Me?”, “To Be Without You”, and “Shiver and Shake”
24. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon by King Krule
I feel like King Krule is an Artist I kept hearing about, so much so that I swore I’d heard the Rap/Jazz Fusion/Punk Archy Ivan Marshall before. But, I hadn’t, not until the end of the year when the Song “Easy Easy” got played repeatedly in my car (part of a Playlist my teenage daughter made and played more-than-often). I dove in deeper and started to play 6 Feet Beneath the Moon in its entirety, more-than-often, in my car. wowed by the dynamics and style-shifts of this young (age 23) Artist/Producer.
Favorite Songs: “Easy Easy”, “Baby Blue”, and “A Lizard State”
25. Apricot Princess by Rex Orange County
Another Artist that my daughter introduced to me, in the car, as part of one of her Playlists, Alex O’Connor (a.k.a. Rex Orange County) is a Poetic Songwriter who weaves stories that make you feel like you are right there, in his day-to-day, living life, merging R&B and Contemporary Jazz with Indie Electronica. Alex is from Haslemere, a suburb in the southern county of Surrey, and went to the BRIT School at sixteen, where he began writing music. Calling himself Rex Orange County threw me off, at first, as “Orange County” is where I grew up – also a suburb, but even though he’s from nowhere near there, I feel like I’ve been where he did start from, because Lyrically these Songs are like seeing the world through his eyes.
Favorite Songs: “4 Seasons”, “Happiness”, and “Never Enough”
26. Kill For Love by Chromatics
The more I listen the more I love Kill For Love, and the more I feel lost in it, the kind of swirling in sound kind of lost, the kind of lost that stories are created in, and mysteries become clear in. Some of the Tracks on here send chills throughout my body, and tears to my eyes (see: “Into the Black), and others make me want to wander into the Double R Diner in “Twin Peaks”, or take a road trip with Sailor and Lula in Wild At Heart (I was so glad when Lynch used the Chromatics in his new installment of “Twin Peaks”). Darkwave meets Shoegaze at its best here – doesn’t it make you want to swing and sway?
Favorite Songs: “Into the Black”, “Kill For Love” and “These Streets Will Never Look the Same”
27. A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs
I keep waiting to open my eyes and find myself in the midst of a movie when I listen to “Strangest Things”, closing my eyes and letting this cinematic collection of Songs take me in. There is something so perfect here, every sound in its right place, and lyric a page-turning, every note played with intent – and yet, the “perfection” does not take away the raw and real feeling of Adam Granduciel’s (a.k.a.) The War On Drugs fourth release emanates. If you listen close the song-told-stories that unravel are mostly about loss and longing, but there is such warmth and honesty in the Music I just feel wrapped up in it – blissfully.
Favorite Songs: “Strangest Thing”, “In Chains”, and “You Don’t Have to Go”
28. Self-Titled by Harry Styles
No, I was never a fan of One Direction, but that did not matter when it came to giving Harry Styles (former member of One Direction) solo work a spin, with an open mind, and open ears. First and foremost, I was taken back by songwriting and storytelling, especially on songs like “Sign of the Times” and “Ever Since New York”, and the Seventies Folk-Pop style (think solo Paul Simon, Carly Simon, Harry Nilsson) that is underlying in many of the Album’s Tracks. Though I prefer the more “ballady” of Tracks, there are some high energy, dance-with-an-edge Songs, too, that will probably make their way onto my 2018 workout Playlist.
Favorite Songs: “Ever Since New York”, “Sign of the Times”, and “From the Dining Table”
29. Dropped Again by Brick + Mortar
Another Band/Album discovered via my daughter, who saw Brick + Mortar as an opening band at a show in San Diego. Brick + Mortar have been spreading more than Music, they also believe in spreading messages of empathy, positivity, and self-motivation (they popped balloons of “good feelings” at the show my daughter discovered them at; she came home with “find a lizard” from the good feelings balloons). Dropped Again is a collection of mostly previously recorded Songs, released now after Brick + Mortar acquired ownership of the songs Masters, with two new Songs added to the mix.
Favorites Songs: “A Hollow Tune”, “Move to the Ocean”, and “Staying Gold”
30. Sugar at the Gate by TOPS
TOPS and their album Sugar at the Gate are categorized as “Indie Electronic”, though I think this Album transcends the label, adding in Dream Pop, Indie Jazz, Indie Pop, and straight-forward Pop into the mix weaved together by their Electronic style. This Album is so catchy, sometimes reminiscent of 60’s Girl Groups, sometimes channeling 90’s Alternative Music such as Sonic Youth and The Breeders, and then at other times still it is Indie Pop babies such as Beach House, Camera Obscura, Best Coast, and Ariel Pink. To me, this was the Album that most felt like Summer this year.
Favorite Songs: “Marigold & Gray”, “Petals”, and “Dayglow Bimbo”
Take a Listen to 30 Songs from Lyriquediscorde’s Top 30 Albums of 2017
The Echoplex, Los Angeles, California
April 9, 2017
Post-gig exhaustion sets in the day after, a hangover of the Sonic kind that despite its heavy nature, is ever the price worth paying to see Live Music. There is something about the Experience, the Energy, and the shared space that makes Live Music so incredible to me. When the Music is beyond Good, and I’ve been in that shared Musical space, that venue, be it big or small, explosions go off inside me, triggering a Manic state of bliss and hyper-energetic “something” addeds to the Mix that is a part the Music Obsessive Freak that I am.
I had one of those experiences this past Sunday night, and now that the post-gig tired is shed, let me tell you about it.
It was a Sunday night, cool Los Angeles weather pervading, while we made our way via a bit of a walk-and-wander to get to the show. Anticipatory excitement was alive in the air as we made our way past the gates, down the alley and inside. This was the first time I’d been to the Echoplex, and I was immediately taken in by the layout and feeling of the place. It was reminiscent of clubs I used to frequent in the late 80’s: the shape of the room, the nearly pitch dark lighting, the spaces between the bar, the floor and the stage. I felt completely a part of it, as if I had actually been there before.
One of the opening bands was playing their way to the end of their set as we grabbed drinks and searched out an ideal spot to stand. That Perfect spot was set a bit away from the stage, but not too far, with a small, bar table to set our things on, freeing our bodies to move to the music, if the music moved us to. Between sets, as the stage was being cleared, the DJ played a mix of mostly 90’s alternative music, Folk Implosion’s “Natural Blues” a standout Song, one that’s not too often heard in a club these days.
Andrew Fearn made is way out to the stage then, briefly appearing, drink in hand, engaging with some of the front standing audience. You could feel the electricity start to spark when he came out, though it did not fully set off when the DJ continued to spin his between-sets mix. Soon he disappeared backstage, waving a teasing wave at the crowd.
Yes, we were all ready.
I thought then about the Tracks I’d heard from the Sleaford Mods, both from their new Album, English Tapas, and from the duos earlier releases. I’d checked out a few live recordings beforehand, as well, noting immediately the energy emitted from them, that certain something that had me itching to see them live.
But, that something I’d noticed in the handful of YouTube videos I’d watched was nothing but a tease to what we were all about to experience. It definitely didn’t tell the whole story.
I’ll preface this by saying that “back-in-the-day” I was too young to experience a live punk show at the height of the scene,in the late 70’s/early 80’s, and when I was old enough to make my way to a myriad of live gigs I was tightly embedded in my New Wave obsessions. I’d never been a part of that kind of fueled musical power that I’d heard from friends who’d been at punk shows; that mixture of anger and passion and turned on its head pop-sensibility that busted at the seams, only to be held together by a beat that gets the crowd bouncing and bashing about.
Sunday I felt like I’d experienced a taste of that – a big, heaping taste.
Vocalist and spoken word/rap afficiando, Jason Williamson, was overflowing with kinetic energy. It leapt off of him, like lightning and thunder together, punching the air and all of us in the crowd hard. Yet, despite that explosiveness coming off of him, he possessed a control that kept every word and rhythm in synch, making his verbal expressions spit out like a venomous poetry, both eloquent and violent, all at once.
Some of the highlights of the night were their newest Single “Mop Top”, fan favorite “Jobseeker” and the first Track I ever heard of theirs, “B.H.S.” (see video below). “Tweet Tweet Tweet” and “TCR” were also incredible, as was “Jolly Fucker”.
Sonically, I was reminded at times of Joy Division. At other moments it was Johnny Rotten and Henry Rollins that came to mind. But, all of those comparisons aside, there was something more there, something unique and addictive.
Jason Williamson seemed to be emit words from deep inside his body, each syllable and sound just seemed to push out of him – hard – his body bcoming spasmatic at times, hand flailing back and forth, and body shaking as the beat persisted. His magnetism poured out of him and onto all of us. We could feel it in the audience, and we were moving along with it. It was impossible not to.
Andrew Fearn spent the majority of the set throwing back drinks and standing relatively still. He was most often set in one spot, solid, barely moving, in total juxtaposition to Jason’s constant movement. It created an odd balance on stage, and made me wonder if that dynamic was part of the creative force that exists between them.
Whatever it is, it worked its magic on all of us Sunday night. I know I couldn’t stop moving, the beats creatied felt like they were becoming part of my own pulse rate. Every word Jason power-spoke to us, often political, often full of societal commentary and disdain, may have been more from their home country, then ours – but it still moved us. You could feel it everywhere in that room. The power – the crazy power compressed into each beat and word – is still with me, making me want to do it all over again.
The show at the Echoplex was the duo’s first in Los Angeles. Towards the end, before their encore, Jason asked us to not forget to ask them back. From the sold-out crowd’s energy that continued out into the street as we all disembarked the Echoplex, makes me think that Sleaford Mods have a standing invitation to return, whenever they want to use it – which I hope is soon.
Below catch a glimpse of what the show was like. I urge you though to find out for yourself, if you get the chance. This duo needs to be experienced live.
“B.H.S.” and Intro (live)
Thank you to Rich Sihilling for the majority of the photos used, as well as the video above.
My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 4/10/17
Need a Music Fix this Monday? Need a shot of some Epic Tunes to start another week? You’ve come to the right place because My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day are ready made to get you through your Monday. It will require you turn up the volume of the nearest Music system you have, but that’s all you need to do. Easy, right?
Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day starts off with one of the Best Tracks off of the New Sleaford Mods’ Album, English Tapas. I had the pleasure of seeing Sleaford Mods (pictured above) play last night at the Echoplex (review on its way later today), and have had their Music in my head ever since. Song 2 is off of The Jam’s Quintessential Album, The Gift. I was in Need for a Song from The Jam this morning, to help me conquer my own Monday. “Clean, Clean” is up next, a Song from a band who is almost always only remembered for their Song about Radio Stars being murdered by Video, but trust me, they made a lot of other Great Songs. Clem Snide’s cover song “Beautiful” is Song 4, a Favorite Track of mine off of their EP entitled A Beautiful EP. The Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, for today, come to a close with an ode To Mondays themselves, or the distaste thereof, with The Boomtown Rats’ classic, “I Don’t Like Mondays”. I know that many of you will be turning that one up, for sure.
You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify or YouTube link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to both playlists each day, so they expand as the Month unfolds. Each Month will have its own ever-expanding Playlist, so if you missed a day, or a past week, its all there for your audio perusal.
My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:
1. “Moptop” :: Sleaford Mods
“These pleasantries and intelligence are no real match for the spoon and tuppence,
of ale stops and tired minds.”
We went to see Sleaford Mods last night at the Echoplex. I was blown away. They are exponentially better live, but I enjoy the recorded Music, too. This one has been stuck in my head since the show. Turn this one up Loud…it’s a Must.
2. “Running on the Spot” :: The Jam
“Intelligence should be our first weapon.”
Weller’s songwriting never ceases to amaze me, especially in the way it withstands, hold’s up, and remains relevant still – even in a song from a 1982 Jam Album.
3. “Clean, Clean” :: The Buggles
“I’m gonna take a ride,
gonna pick up the team,
gonna go where we’ve never been.”
My Favorite Track off of The Age of Plastic Album. This one always makes me want to dance – dance like its 1980 – in all its glory.
4. “Beautiful” :: Clem Snide
“I am beautiful,
no matter what they say –
words can’t bring me down.”
I love an unexpected Cover Song, and this one is certainly unexpected. Hearing Clem cover Christina Aguilera, when I discovered the Song via Spotify’s “Discover Weekly” Playlist, made me smile, and become Song Obsessed with it.
5. “I Don’t Like Mondays” :: The Boomtown Rats
“And he can see no reason,
’cause there are no reasons –
what reason do you need to be sure?
Hearing this on 8-Track reminded me how much I Love the Song, and the Album, The Fine Art of Surfacing. Also, I couldn’t resist. It is Monday, after all, and I’m already missing the weekend.
So, did the Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day help your Monday, at least a little bit? Did you turn up the volume to Loud? I hope you did, and sang-a-long to at least one song, and hey, if you danced too, then we all win. See you here tomorrow, same place, five different Epic Songs.
My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/17/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Friday start out with the song that was stuck in my head on waking this morning. I think it has been spinning around in my subconscious ever since I watched The Jam documentary this past Wednesday (About the Young Idea – check it out here). Next up, Music-wise, is Sleaford Mods’ “B.H.S.”, which gets stuck in my head at about the halfway mark of my daily commute, for some reason. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds brings it next, with my favorite track from his self-titled, bird-flying album. Pete Yorn comes around with “Crystal Village” next, a song and video he recently posted, explaining the inspiration for the brown suit in the video (i.e. Nic Cage in Valley Girl). Tones on Tail ends this My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day in honor of finding out today that they put more Poptone tickets on sale…can’t wait to see them in Las Vegas, in May.
My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:
1. “The Eton Rifles” :: The Jam
“Thought you were clever when you lit the fuse.
Tore down the house of commons in your brand new shoes.
Compose a revolutionary symphony,
then went to bed with a charming young thing.”
Eton, in the “Eton Rifles”, refers to England’s elite college, Eton, in this class warfare anthem. As I mentioned before, this song was stuck in my head when I woke up today, as well as going in and out of my consciousness ever since watching The Jam documentary this past Wednesday. I do wish I had a time machine to go back in time to see live Music that I’ve missed – like a Jam show – yes, please.
2. “B.H.S.” :: Sleaford Mods
“It’s at night when they come,
when I’m alone,
and not with anyone.
Through the shouts and music,
of the crowd down the road boozing,
near the free car park,
the bins and the alleyway,
of the Chinese restaurant:
number 3 for 2,
and number 4 for 1.”
I can’t wait to see Sleaford Mods play next month. I’m so ready.
Also, turn this one up loud.
3. “If I had a Gun…” :: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
“Excuse me if I spoke too soon,
my eyes have always followed you around the room.
‘Cause you’re the only god that I will ever need.”
I love this song. It definitely holds a permanent place in my all-time favorite songs list. It holds a lot of new meaning to me now. One of my favorite love songs…yes.
4. “Crystal Village” :: Pete Yorn
“You were there,
and it was good in the beginning.”
Another song that will live in my all-time favorite songs list permanently. Another song that will always be very special to me.
5. “Go!” :: Tones On Tail
“Living it up.
It’s a big kick.
It’s good for you..”
Turn this one way up loud, too. This song makes me want to dance so badly. I remember so many nights dancing to it, smoky dark clubs, the vibration of the music ricocheting off the walls. I could feel this song beat in the center of my chest.
I can’t wait to see them in May.