Credentialed alterno-god Johnny Marr, who was cool when today’s hipsters weren’t even glimmers in their parents’ eyes, returns with a stark, riff-fueled message: “The underground is overground.”
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The team that brought you the Pirates of the Caribbean series has once again turned its attention to pirate ballads, chanteys and sea songs on a forthcoming release. Who better to convey that boozy sense of cock-eyed adventure than these two?
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VnAnyN41FI?list=PLiBatcGAw37n4mgLvfZ4rsxquHkuM4-C0&w=420&h=315] Ever since Dave Brubeck brought tunes like “Someday My Price Will Come” and “When You Wish Upon a Star” into the jazz world in 1957, savvier cats have found a melodic gold mine from the Disney movie soundtracks.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ughyl0WTOBU&w=420&h=315] When I listen to Patricia Barber sing, I think of her not so much as a jazz singer than as a poet reciting her work, with the depth and feeling that only the originator of that work can deliver.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSj7Km3YH8&w=385&h=280] Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lincoln Street Exit encountered a wealth of local popularity during the freak years.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi3V569WwEY&w=500&h=305] Peaking at the No. 40 slot on the national charts in the summer of 1968, “Naturally Stoned” ropes together a spate of different elements, piercing the song with a relatively odd but undeniably catchy sound.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSBvJG2yLJQ&w=420&h=315] According to Wikipedia, the modern holiday standard “This Christmas” has been covered on record no less than thirty times, and it’s getting ever more popular: five of those recordings are from this Christmas season.
On a day that had everyone from the president on down wiping away tears and parents hugging their kids extra long and hard, we’re reminded that great tragedies often collide with great beauty.
Paul McCartney joined an almost-reunion of Nirvana with drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and former touring guitarist Pat Smear on Wednesday during the 12-12-12 benefit event. Stream their new song here!
There’s a broken majesty, a scraggly hopefulness, surrounding “Long Emotional Ride” — like a rebirth after a lengthy time gone.