Monday, April 27, 2015

Trio 13: Art Criticizes America (Three Examples)

Because the moment criticism of country is banned, we are truly screwed...


Fascism in America

Meanwhile, Back in the States (origin unknown)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wonderful One-Hit Wonders: “Just Got Lucky” by JoBoxers

This song from JoBoxers is one of the seemingly endless stream of New Wave singles that came out of England in the ‘80s and found a temporary home on MTV, pretty much their only exposure to American audiences.

This is a sunny, bouncy love song with a great refrain, the kind of song (If I may skew old and cranky for a moment) that they just don’t make anymore. The English have always been very good at being influenced by sounds from other places like American R&B and you can hear the flavoring this genre has in this track’s beat and vocals.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Stick This In Your MP3 Player: "Get Your Gun" by The New Law

A hushed, intense Spanish-style guitar riff with a stiff bass line underneath that slips into a High Plains Drifter-ish Hip-Hop groove, this track from The New Law could be the soundtrack to a modern Western fable like There Will Be Blood.

(original audio source courtesy of KEXP's Song of the Day)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stick This In Your MP3 Player: "Are You Ready" by Luscious Jackson

I don’t know much about New York's Luscious Jackson apart from their excellent mid-‘90s alternative hit “Naked Eye.” This new millennium track from the band reminds why they’re still going strong – their method of loose and funky pop fun just doesn’t go out of style.

Courtesy of KEXP's Song of the Day. (Link)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wonderful One Hit Wonders: "Nite and Day" by Al B. Sure! (1988)

Al B. Sure's 1988 hit is modern RnB at its finest, combining the best characteristics of Soul and Pop while avoiding the clich├ęs that have caused so much mediocrity in contemporary Black music. Instead of overwrought vocal gymnastics, the melody is clear and concise. The lyrics are impressionistic instead of jarringly literal. And the music is light, almost ethereal, setting a mood instead of demanding one. Where so many artists insist on ripping their hearts out with dramatic gusto on every track, this is an example of how subtlety (with a great hook) can work, too.