TUNESDAY: “Toast” by Streetband

 

I promised I would put this song on #Tunesday when I posted Reasons to Be Cheerful Pt 3. I was introduced to this song in high school and have loved it ever since. Like “Reasons to Be Cheerful Pt. 3” it is a nonsense song talk-sung by a British guy. And I do love those.

This one is about toast. How many songs do you know about toast? Not many, huh? If I hadn’t been introduced to this song by a friend many moons ago in high school, I wouldn’t be able to name one, either!

“The upper crust was not for me,
I could tell that”

Geddit? Don’t you just love toast puns?

Go take a listen, what have you go to lose?

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Do you know of other toast related songs? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!

TUNESDAY: “Powerplay” by HOLYCHILD ft. RAC

 

And when I think of time past
And wasting body tightness
I cry for all the babies
Their beauty quickly fading

Something about this music video makes me think of Arthur’s little sister, DW. Like, HOLYCHILD is DW all grown up, going to the mall with her friends, growing aware of societal pressures on women’s bodies. But, like, in a fun, catchy way that is not at all sad as it suggests.

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!

TUNESDAY: “Rebirth” by Nina Diaz

 

 

I am a sucker for girl punk, especially when it has a Tarantino, western rock and roll feel.

Nina Diaz is fierce. NPR’s Felix Contreras agrees with me. Or, namely, I agree with Felix. I gotta check out the rest of this album. If I believed in god, I’d ask that Nina Diaz’ voice would come out when I sang. And if her backup band could follow me around and make me look and sound cool as I walk around, that’d be cool to. Thanks.

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!

 

TUNESDAY: “I’ll make it worth your while” by Artificial Pleasure

 

Let me out, I really wanna dance so
Let me out, I’ll make it worth your while so

This song is dedicated to anybody currently sitting in a classroom, or an office space and would rather be out enjoying the sun. Bonus dedication if you are reading this midday on a Friday and would like the weekend to start.

Since it’s the 4th of July when I’m posting this, this song is also dedicated to all you Americans. As someone who cannot look away from the daily Trump-wrecks, I bet there are a lot of Americans who just want to escape the political nightmare.  I scheduled this post in May, but hopefully by the time July 4th rolls around, a miracle might have happened and the Whitehouse might be a little less orange… Fingers crossed, reader from the future.

Also, did I mention that the vocalist sounds a lot like David Bowie? That’s pretty awesome. All of the songs I’ve heard from Artificial Pleasure have a 70s classic rock/Bowie vibe, so I’m a big fan.

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!

p.s. Happy belated Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians! 150 years (give or take the many thousands of years the First Nations were on this land…)

TUNESDAY: “Wobbly” by Ezra Furman

 

 

Genders: my friends
I’ve just been changing genders, fluidly
cause they’ll never pin me
Down in the pages
Like a bug or bumblebeeEzra Furman has a great, grated voice. He also has a fantastic “about me” blurb that I am seriously thinking about stealing:


Ezra Furman is a guy you want to know all about. That’s why when the Internet was recently invented (ca. 2008?) Ezra snapped into action and began his two-year preparation of his blog. On this blog he will include every single thought that crosses his mind, all the songs he likes, all the bands he likes, all the songs he makes up, and everything he writes including poems prose and grunts.

Basically it’s just about music and poems. Probably just music actually.”

 

See? Doesn’t that capture Manic Neon Wasteland pretty well, too? I think so! Just substitute poems for visual art, and boom!

I love the humour in his videos (see the great stop motion adventure in his “Restless Year” music video below). I am also totally happy to send some love to genderfluid artists. His band name, when not performing solo, is super cute too:  Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends. I love it.

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!

TUNESDAY: “Money” by That Poppy

My friend sent me a facebook message: “Have you heard about Poppy? I have a feeling you would like her. She’s weird.” With accolades like that I had to take a look. A quick google search led me to, not her own videos, but instead page after page of “Youtube Conspiracy Theory” videos analyzing the pastel creepiness that is Poppy. I do love things creepy and weird, but this does seem a little too forced. Not enough story? I’m not sure. I do admire her dedication to the narrative, speaking in third person in all her interviews and what not. And her comments on human’s relationships with technology. It might be attention grabbing, but is it enough to maintain our attention? In the end, I admire the attempt at doing something different, putting something odd out there. Good for you, Poppy and her producer overlord Titanic Sinclair. Oh, and Titanic? 100 points to you for having an amazing name.

I want to see behind the scenes of Poppy so bad! I mean, she “reacted” to “Kids react to Poppy” by quoting herself with the same intonation and did not react at all. Her performance deserves applause at the least!

Odd internet presence aside, her music is wonderfully pop-y… geddit?

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!

 

TUNESDAY: “Magnets” by Disclosure ft. Lorde

 

Uh-oh, dancin’ past the point of no return
Let go, we can free ourselves of all we’ve learned
I love this secret language that we’re speaking
Say it to me, let’s embrace the point of no return

I will admit I didn’t much like this song when I first heard it. I can’t explain why. I also cannot explain why, after stumbling upon it in the list of recommended/related videos on youtube, it became my new obsession. Is it because the guy she dances with/has an affair with/murders reminded me of David Tennant… and therefore is quite a looker? Is it because the video is beautifully moody with its deep rich purples contrasted with pale blue and vibrant grass green? Is it because the hook is really catchy (probably this one is the culprit, though the other things don’t hurt). This song had me frantically downloading Disclosure’s album Caracal so that I could listen to the rest of it during my commute… and almost made me late in the process. In my opinion, this song is the strongest on the album, but I have a feeling that with enough repetition, the other song will grow on me too.  

I have a weak spot for Disclosure. I dislike most of their music (I fall madly in love, go to check out the rest of their music and it leaves me flat. Ah well), but they have made a few songs that have got me right in my musical achilles. The My first Disclosure love was “Latch” ft. Sam Smith. This song would come on at work (two years before it became a radio hit, oddly enough) bewitching myself and my fellow servers. We were hooked.

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!

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TUNESDAY: “Shaky Hands” by Foxtrott

 

Is this St. Vincent and David Byrne writing songs together again? Oh I wish. At least it sounds so much like it that I am hooked. A steady beat accompanied by alto horns… is that a Tuba I’m hearing? This is the first Foxtrott song I’ve heard, but if the rest of their music is like this I’m definitely going to have to check them out.

The music video for this song looks hella cool too. Modern dance, masks and perpetual quarry rock faces. I couldn’t help but think of cyriak’s masterpiece “cows & cows & cows.”

 

I think this the Shaky Hands music video is definitely a fascinating video worth checking out… for the skillful editing alone. Feel free to impose any metaphor about the grueling grind of life onto this video as you see fit.

— p.s. I have since listened to a few other of Foxtrott’s songs. I like them, but can’t help but notice they share a similar tone. Many songs have an almost mechanical and marching drum beat to them. Definitely will give them another listen though.

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!

TUNESDAY: “Reasons to Be Cheerful Pt. 3” by Ian Dury & The Blockheads

 


I’m a sucker for a nonsense song talk-sung by a British guy. Have I posted Toast on #Tunesday yet? That’s another great nonsense song talk-sung by a British guy. Stay tuned! 

“Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 3” is a wonderful mix of a groovy beat, a wicked guitar and saxophone solo, a charming British voice listing everyday objects that are definitely reasons to be cheerful, all accompanied by quite a lot of cowbell.

The juice of the carrot, the smile of the parrot
A little drop of claret – anything that rocks
Elvis and Scotty, days when I ain’t spotty,
Sitting on the potty – curing smallpox

I highly recommend putting this song on when you’re on your way to something you don’t really want to go to… like work, or school, or visiting a relative.. Whatever the obligation of the day may be. This should have you dancing and grooving down the street, lifting your spirits just a little bit.

I’m not sure if Ian Dury & The Blockheads made a “Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 2” or “Reasons to Be Cheerful, Pt. 1” but my quick internet search says no. I guess we’ll just have to wonder what wonderful items were in the early versions, or what didn’t make the cut for part three. Maybe I should make a part four…?

Was today’s song a hit or a miss? Let me know in the comments below! Song recommendations are always welcome!