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


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

“Running Wild” by Little Chief - A Song Feature


     Powerful percussion, enchanting harmonization, infectious energy, and effective hooks – there are at least four reasons to love “Running Wild.” The song is from the Indie Folk Rock band Little Chief. They are based ion Fayetteville, Arkansas.  

     The current and past members of Little Chief are Matt Cooper, Andrew Myers, Matthew Heckmann, John-Lewis Anderson, Isaac Foley, Dalton Dallas and Ellie Turner. Quoting content from their website:
  “After a 4-year long hiatus, Little Chief returns with the release of the EP "Running Wild". The 5-song record was recorded at the legendary Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX with grammy-nominated producer Chad Copelin (SYML, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Rector).  The EP features a vibrant, energetic tone balancing Little Chief’s songwriting roots with a fresh and creative sound.”

     “Running Wild” by Little Chief




Saturday, July 13, 2019

Future Haunts and Camel Power Club - 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.

      Future Haunts are a band from Brisbane, Australia. The members are Ben Speight (guitar, vocals), Daniel Sergiacomi (bass), Tom Lindeman (guitar), and Stu Mckenzie (drums). Their bio reads:
  Melding the cosmic studio journeying of The War on Drugs with the melodic immediacy of The Stone Roses, Future Haunts are a group that exist on the blurry edges of rock music. Their songs are malleable; tonal excursions where textured guitar-scapes dissolve into fuzzy freakouts above always driving backbones. Agile melodies are foregrounded, stacked on top of each other, and scaffolded to smart structures that push, but never get lost in their own boundaries.

     “Weather Vane” by Future Haunts – To access the free download, go to the Triple J site and click the download arrow (www.triplejunearthed.com/jukebox/8087621). 


      “Inana” by Camel Power Club begins in a manner similar to a Vampire Weekend single; thereafter the song holds a little of a number of interesting elements. “Inana” has a Surf Dream pop vibe with a children’s choir. They are based in France.

           “Inana” by Camel Power Club 


Lyrics of “Inana” by Camel Power Club 
Back to the city
In the costume of a penguin
I network with the dolphins
While the fat cats are laughing
What’s the point to be on track
In a race with a wolfpack
A Prozac in my backpack
Does the sound of a whiplash feels good to me
But as far I can see
You crave to be free
And feel just like me
That call of the Sea

Are we all Seamen inside
Are we all Seamen inside

Kids in circles clamoring for change
Fear has vanished now we make a plan

Are we all Seamen inside
Are we all Seamen inside
Are we all Seamen inside
Are we all Seamen inside
Yahiiiihihihihi

Friday, July 12, 2019

“dontbesoblue” by Sleeptalk – A Song Feature


     “dontbesoblue” is an aerial drop of energetic bounce. With its release, Sleeptalk delivers a tightly packaged supply of Indie Pop Rock. The guitar work sets this song apart from most synth-seated tracks that draw attention in the current music universe.

      Sleeptalk is based in the Los Angeles area. The members are Anthony Fitzpatrick (vocals), Jason Fitzpatrick (guitar), Justin Melchor (guitar), Paul McGill (bass), and Tyler Kusnier (drums).  “dontbesoblue” is the lead single from an upcoming EP, “Desert Daze.”  In talking about the song, the band explained:
  “‘dontbesoblue’ was one of the first songs we wrote when we began coming up with new ideas for our upcoming EP, ‘Desert Daze.’ The concept for this song came together when our band was looking to refresh ourselves from previous obligations along with me coming out of a long-term relationship. Relationships of any sort can get exhausting at times and get to the point where a fresh start is ultimately needed. This song is about that much needed fresh start and moving forward while finding yourself at the same time.”

     “dontbesoblue” by Sleeptalk


Thursday, July 11, 2019

"Western Fog" by Kongos – A Song Feature


     The band hasn’t reinvented itself after its leap into Indie relevance in 2014, but the music of Kongos has evolved. The strengths of this band of four brothers remain. Power percussion is still the backbone and infectious song energy is a constant. The magnetism of the vocals continues. The change: the South African roots of Kongos are less apparent now.

     The rhythm section begins “Western Fog,” the most recent single from Kongos. The drums and bass combine to establish an invigorating tempo on which the synth floats and the vocals dance. Close to the one-minute mark of “Western Fog” a guitar grabs some of the spotlight. But the more aggressive instrument is the synth, which is the driving force in the final portion of the song, providing a melodic feel that will make Future Islands envious.  

      “Western Fog” is the lead single on “1929: Part 2” which is scheduled for release on October 1, 2019. “1929: Part 1” dropped earlier this year. The upcoming opportunities to see Kongos are:
    10/01: Tulsa, OK
    10/03: Nashville, TN
    10/04: Memphis, TN
    10/05: St. Louis, MO
    10/07: Asheville, NC
    10/08: Birmingham, AL
    10/09: Atlanta, GA
    10/11: Louisville, KY
    10/12: Cincinnati, OH
    10/13: Kansas City, MO
    10/16: Denver, CO
    10/17: Taos, NM

     Kongos are an Indie Rock band of four brothers - Dylan Kongos (bass and vocals), Daniel Kongos (guitar and vocals), Jesse Kongos (percussion and vocals), and Johnny Kongos (accordion, keyboard, and vocals). They are the sons of British singer-songwriter John Kongos. After grewing up in London and South Africa, the brothers are now based in Phoenix, AZ. The band launched an 8-part docuseries, “Bus Call”, which follows their story and gives a compelling and realistic window into life on tour. The brothers also host a weekly podcast, “The Front Lounge”, where they discuss music, ideas and more with guests that include other musicians, artists, touring professionals and entrepreneurs.

     "Western Fog" by Kongos


Lyrics of "Western Fog" by Kongos
Some days the blanket doesn't lift
Like a Western fog it hangs around
And doesn't give, doesn't give a shit

In some ways, you gotta see it as a gift
Like it or not, it brings you to your knees
When you never thought you'd quit

Oh it comes and then it goes
Like the cold before the dawn
But when it comes and doesn't go
What can you do to keep yourself warm?

I wish I knew a way
To keep from going under
Getting pulled under
Then I'd hold my breath
And I'd share it, I'd share it
I wish I knew a way
To keep from going under
Getting pulled under
Then I'd hold my breath
And I'd share it, I'd share it with you

Some days it's hard to admit
Just how hard it is to love somebody
Any more than a bit

In some ways you feel it when you're split
Like the Eastern sun that shines
While one side's asleep and the other side is lit

Oh it comes and then it goes
Like the cold before the dawn
But when it comes and doesn't go
What can you do to keep yourself warm

I wish I knew a way
To love somebody
Love somebody
Then I'd hold you close
And I'd share it, I'd share it
I wish I knew a way
To love somebody
Love somebody
Then I'd hold you close
And I'd share it, I'd share it with you
I'd share it with you
I'd share it with you

I wish I knew a way
To love somebody
Love somebody
Then I'd hold you close
And I'd share it, I'd share it
I wish I knew a way
To love somebody
Love somebody
Then I'd hold you close
And I'd share it, I'd share it with you