Saturday, July 20, 2019

Wy - Free Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) song each Saturday.
    Wy is comprised of longtime lovers Ebba and Michel, from Malmö, Sweden. “Softie” is the title track of their 2019 album. The album is a statement on the turbulence of human existence, written from Ebba's experience of being bipolar. With clarity in emotion and unapologetic use of lyrics, it's an important record in more ways than one way. “Softie” was released via Hybris/Beatnik.

     "Softie" by Wy


Lyrics of “Softie” by Wy
I just wanna tell you how I feel
But I don’t talk about my misery
To you, to no one
Don’t wanna drag you in
I just try to tell you how I deal
With all the shit I think
All the dark I see
And how I push through anyway
I do it all for you
I break my back for you
It's all I wanna do

I feel like a shell of a person
some new version of me
something you didn’t think
I would be

Can’t act like I care
Can’t tell you enough
You’re enough
Can’t bring myself to say loud that I love you
I just hope you know

I am tired of feeling in control
Being good and being pure
It’s overrated
Complicated
And I’m off my meds now
And I’m doing it again
And it’s getting harder acting like a friend

Can’t act like I care
Can’t tell you enough
You’re enough
Can’t bring myself to say loud that I love you
I just hope you know

I just hope you know
I just hope it shows
I’m trying harder
I’m trying harder than before
I just hope you know

I just hope it shows
I’m trying harder
I’m trying harder than before

I just hope you know
I just hope you know
I just hope you know
I just hope you know

Friday, July 19, 2019

“Death By Love” by Yonaka – A Song Feature


     Yonaka has made its impact upon Europe, but the U.S. is inexplicably lagging behind.

     The members of Yonaka are Theresa Jarvis (vocals), George Edwards (guitar), Alex Crosby (bass, keys), and Robert Mason (drums). Yonaka is named after the Chinese word for “midnight.”

      “Death By Love” by Yonaka



Lyrics of “Death By Love” by Yonaka
Promise you won't let me go
I could be your demon
Together we could rule the world
It could be our secret

No one else will know it's us
We'll wear gloves and camouflage
Sleep like angels in the night
Hold on to our pillow-knives

It's you and I
It's you and I
I set fire to the guy with a drink in his hand and his jeans all turned up
I took a ride from a guy and his girlfriend cried when my gun went off
And I'd turn suicidal if it meant I'd earn my baby's trust
And when my body drops declare this woman: death by love

Passing out at 3am
Somewhere on the road again
Filling up without paying
Waking up with bloody hands

I could never tell him “No!”
'Cause he does not like being told

It's you and I
It's you and I
I set fire to the guy with a drink in his hand and his jeans all turned up
I took a ride from a guy and his girlfriend cried when my gun went off
And I'd turn suicidal if it meant I'd earn my baby's trust
And when my body drops declare this woman: death by love

We were driving really fast down the wrong side of the lane
You grabbed me and you told me life would never be the same
You'll never live another day that's quite like yesterday
But I wouldn't want it any other way

'Cause we fight too much and we cry too hard
And we drown our sins and we make new scars
You're a dangerous man, it's a dangerous game
But I wouldn't have it any other way

I set fire to the guy with a drink in his hand and his jeans all turned up
I took a ride from a guy and his girlfriend cried when my gun went off
And I'd turn suicidal if it meant I'd earn my baby's trust
And when my body drops declare this woman: death by love
[Repeat]

Thursday, July 18, 2019

“UFO” by Bad Books – A Song Feature


     Bad Books’ long-awaited, much anticipated new album “III” is out. “UFO” is the song that has a grip on our attention. Bad books is Andy Hull, Robert McDowell (both of Manchester Orchestra), and Kevin Devine.

     “Bad Books was always peripheral in our minds because we really like doing it,” Devine says. “We were waiting for the right time to circle back. It was never completely out of our sight lines, but more often than not schedules and life would intervene.”

     “A cool thing about Bad Books is not overthinking it and doing what instinctually makes sense,” Hull says. “Manchester is the opposite, it’s all overthinking all the time. Songwriting is always about evolution and how you can do things differently, and it was exciting to try to push ourselves and to embrace this space.”

     “It gave us a chance to stretch out and breathe, and not fixate or obsess on them,” Devine says. “No one was working in isolation; no one’s hand got too heavy. It felt like 10 individual sticks we tried to wrap up into a bundle and make them feel like they talk to each other.”
    
     UFO” by Bad Books


Lyrics of UFO” by Bad Books
8:45 appears
I'm privately alarmed
Taking shots out of a spray paint can
Shot flares into the dark

Tree bark in the glass
Our Homewood permanent cocoon
And you're trying to remember
The last year you saw the moon

Was it 1998?
Was it 2002?
Were there aliens among us?
Were they treating us like food?

Was it 2003?
Was it 2024?
Was it back when I realized there'd be no more
Your other lore

What an empty, gorgeous place
Oh, what an empty, gorgeous place

2:25 appears
And I'm hanging by a thread
Your arms bend with a frustration
Like I'm already dead

Just because I can't remember
Who I used to be
It doesn't mean that I can't tell you
When I'm evaporating

There is nothing in your eyes
There is nothing in the wind
There were two individual trauma cases to amend

I'm a million years away
You're another million more
So, we count the days
Until they just don't need us anymore

What an empty, gorgeous place
Oh, what an empty, gorgeous place
Oh, what an empty gorgeous place
I belong here
I belong

Bad Books Tour Dates:
8/13 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
8/14 - Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
8/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
8/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
8/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
8/19 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
8/20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
8/22 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
8/23 - Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn