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STREAM: BullyBones’ New Single

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“I Feel Sorry For You,” the latest single from up-and-coming UK band, BullyBones, is a deliciously classic-rock sound that will compliment any playlist. It’s rough, with an edge to it almost reminiscent of the Kinks and/or Billy Boy On Poison.

The band have a garage-rock double-a-side single coming out on November 17th on BMG. You can stream the single below:

 

The band, named after a song by The Birthday Party, have a bold sound that is impossible to ignore. With classic-rock influences, it would appear that BullyBones have the potential to lead in the next British Invasion with punk music. “I Feel Sorry For You” may ignite that fire, with a live-quality crackle, and firecracker attitude, the four-piece, comprised of Charlie Pullinger (vox), Aaron Lee (guitar), Illy Webster (bass), and Elliot Little (drums), are announcing their arrival with gusto and confidence.

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STREAM: Honeymilk’s New Single

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Honeymilk, an indie-rock act from Stockholm, have just released their brand new single, “Let’s Talk About Compassion.” You can stream the song below:

 

 

The band, consisting of Marcus, Nikki, and Erik, have been compared to The Strokes, Wilco, and man more. The Sweden-based trio are an act of pure quality, exploring a variety of styles that showcase their versatility. With thumping rhythm, a retro classic-rock tone, and energetic style, “Let’s Talk About Compassion” pulls listeners in from the beginning and leaves them wanting more. Mch like The Kinks, Marcus’s vocals explore different ranges, reverberating the soul of classic vocalists that so many artists aspire to mimic. Between Erik’s beats and Nikki’s epic guitar skills, Honeymilk are a notable new act. Every second of the track oozes the very think it is searching for: compassion.

 

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1001 Song Challenge: Day 27

*ORIGINALLY INTENDED FOR POSTING ON MAY 16TH, 2014.

 

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Nearing the one month mark for this challenge makes me feel excited and nervous all at once, and I’m not sure why, as I still have a ways to go. One thing’s for sure, I’m going to enjoy every day until the end!

 

1. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones

The beats featured on this track, along with the fading in of the piano is brilliant. What a great Rolling Stones’ track. It just has such a great vibe to it.

2. Pressure Drop – Toots and The Maytals

Yet another song I think many people will recognize by sound, but would probably not know by name. This incredible track has been covered numerous times, and no matter what, the happy energy of it is irresistible. One thing I love about the original though, is the pure reggae sound that it has.

3. Cyprus Avenue – Van Morrison

I love Van Morrison, and it’s for his ability to sing in what feels like a stream of consciousness. Everything sounds so natural and unrehearsed (in a good way), and it just gives his music a really raw, clever feeling.

4. Hey Jude – The Beatles

Easily one of my favorite Beatles’ songs of all time. There is something so perfect about it, it’s just a wonderful song. It also contains the ultimate group vocals.

5. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

There is something very haunting about this song. I don’t know whether it’s because Jimi Hendrix’s guitar playing is so epic in this song or if it’s the thought that he was probably about 25 years old when he managed to put this together.

6. The Pusher – Steppenwolf

I do respect this song, if not for its narrative or for the honesty that it comprises. However, I wish the vocals, as wonderfully gruff as they are, were stronger. Its greatest trait is how it is cold and apathetic and yet caring and passionate all at once.

7. The Weight – The Band

When I say you know this song (“You know, the track by The Band?”), you really do. With their somewhat precocious name (which is now probably leaving modern-day Hipsters feeling aggressive that they didn’t get to use the almost-anonymous name themselves) and fantastic sound, it’s no wonder this song is such a classic. I imagine that it sounded familiar even at the time of its debut, with its timeless feel.

8. Days – The Kinks

I’m on a real kick with The Kinks right now; love them. I love this song when they do it. I hated the majority of the covers I’ve heard of it over the years. No one seems to be able to capture the wistful spirit of the track. If you can find a cover that does this song justice, please feel free to link it or send it my way.

9. My Way – Frank Sinatra

There really isn’t much to say, except that, once again, I love Sinatra. He really can do no wrong in my eyes. A true classic, I love Sinatra’s showcasing of his vocals on this track. He really seems to push them to the next level to make the song stand out from his amazing discography.

10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

If you say this song doesn’t give you chills every time you hear it, you’re a dirty liar. The slow, sweeping entry, followed by the gorgeous build of the tempo, there’s just no way to resist this song.

 

Today really was a day of true classics. I enjoyed every single one of these songs in some way, and a majority proved to be a great picker-upper after a “blah” day.

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1001 Song Challenge: Day 24

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Today, I enter the challenge like a kid in a candy shop; desperate to try more. Each day, each playlist has something interesting to hear, a musical snapshot of the world in that time. In this case, the 1960s.

 

1. I’m a Man – The Spencer Davis Group

Very soulful, especially when listening to the vocals. It has a very 60s sound, with a vocal melody that is surprisingly infectious.

2. Venus In Furs – The Velvet Underground

For its long, steady drone, it initially sounds like a very rustic, Southern folk tune. It’s really not a favorite of mine, but that’s because  find the instrumentation too constant and repetitive.

3. Fire – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

This is really a typical, down-and-dirty, fast-paced, lust-driven track. The difference is that there is something so obvious, and yet so subtle, about the subject matter, that it’s hard not want to listen again and again.

4. Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks

I am surprised by how much I find myself enjoying The Kinks. I liked them prior to the challenge, but I have a full-on appreciation now. I love the narration on this track. There is something so beautiful about the outsider-perspective that is done without coming off as ridiculously self-depreciating.

5. Ode to Billie Joe – Bobby Gentry

What a beautifully written and delivered piece of music. Bobby Gentry had a stunning, simple voice, that seemed to stand out among the belters and the screechers of the 1960s, especially as she had more than proven her narrating skills.

6. The Dark End of The Street – James Carr

A brilliant, soulful song about cheating. It’s a song you want to hate, but you can’t help but love, especially when you add in the amazing gospel chorus adding harmonies to James Carr’s sensational voice.

7. Suzanne -Leonard Cohen

Lyrically, “Suzanne” is beautiful; a melodic love letter that spans across generations. However, I wish that Leonard Cohen had put more emotion behind his vocals; he sounds almost unimpressed to me up until the bridge.

8. Respect – Aretha Franklin

I don’t think there’s much to say on this track. It’s been heard a million times, paraphrased/quoted a million times more, and everyone knows how stunning it is.

9. Montague Terrace (in Blue) – Scott Walker

Scott Walker practically paints a picture in your ears every single time you hear this song; the lyrics are full of spectacular imagery, and Walker’s voice is booming and almost cinematic, accompanied by melodies that play like perfection.

10. A Day in the Life – The Beatles

I must admit, I love the way this song builds, and the fact that it builds with a forty-piece orchestra doesn’t hurt its case either!

 

And so ends Day 24! I’m almost nervous for tomorrow…

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Twenty-one

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Day Twenty-one of the Song Challenge! Woo! I’m pretty happy, because this is another playlist where I know a handful of the songs, but not all of them. Discovery is what it’s all about!

 

1. Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

Confession: I’ve never been super into The Beatles. But before I get hate mail galore, let me explain; I like a lot of their songs, and really love a lot of their lyrics. However, I have also grown up around a lot of band boys who cited them as like, demi gods of music. After a while, it gets a little old. But that doesn’t mean I won’t sing along at the top of my lungs. “Eleanor Rigby” is obviously a classic, with gorgeous melodies and a stunning accompaniment by a string section. A definite must-hear.

2. River Deep–Mountain High – Ike and Tina Turner

I don’t know anyone who hates this song. It’s a brilliant song that is ridiculously catchy and wonderful. Just…ah. I cannot say enough about this. It’s a classic. Even as a little kid, this was a favorite amongst my friends and I.

3. 7 and 7 Is – Love

The pace of this song may or may not give you whiplash, and the lyrics are almost nonsensical. At first, I couldn’t decide if I thought this song was ridiculous and unbearable or if it was somewhat genius. If I’m entirely honest, I’m not sure how I feel about it. However, I do know that I love the drumming on this song; so much skill in such a condensed frame of time.

4. 96 Tears – ? & The Mysterians

Organ-driven, bizarre, and somewhat biting enough to be somewhat perfect. There really isn’t much to say about this track; it has a stereotypical 60s sound, provided by the organ, but an attitude that is all its own.

5. Pushin’ Too Hard – The Seeds

If this is what happens when people get bored waiting in the car in a supermarket parking lot, I daresay people need to be bored more often. For garage-bands, this is iconic. I must admit, I find it to be an enjoyable track, but I wouldn’t say it’s ever been a favorite of mine.

6. Psychotic Reaction – The Count Five

Noisy. Messy. Thrilling. Pure rock and roll. This is a group that isn’t afraid to test their limits, and in this song, they push the boundaries with soul and style. The instrumentation alone is enough to make your eyes widen in awe.

7. Reach Out (I’ll Be There) – The Four Tops

Soulful. That is the best word for this song. There is a wonderful urgency and a back-and-forth-banter quality about it that make “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” so legendary. I personally love this song, if not just for how much emotion is packed into the song.

8. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys really do remind me of being a little kid, specifically going to water park as a kid. I grew up going to Typhoon Lagoon in the summertime, and the Beach Boys are the main soundtrack, with this song being no exception.

9. Dead End Street – The Kinks

I’m not sure why, but I really love this song. The Kinks just knew how to relate to people, and create music that gave them an outlet. The storytelling capabilities demonstrated are enough to make you want to hit the replay button, but pair that with the powerful music that accompanies it, and you can’t help but fall in love.

10. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More – The Walker Brothers

With cinematic undertones, amazing vocals, and lyrics that read like poetry, it’s impossible to want to shut this song off. It builds and builds, and it’s like heaven coming out of your speakers. The Walker Brothers had something of a perfect sound, especially once you hit that bridge.

 

Listening to songs I’ve never heard before is what this challenge is all about, and I am happy that the 60s are surprising me bit by bit. I found so many new favorites. I know I’ll be picking up a lot of classic albums on my next CD store binge.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Twenty (…and The Playlist of ‘The’)

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Day Twenty is upon us, and during a very hectic weekend, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get it done. However, I mustered up half an hour and got it done. Friday was fun, with a work day that felt a lot more like play, so jumping into this playlist had to be viewed as a perfect addition.

 

1. Substitute – The Who

This song starts off perfectly with such a simple, happy sound, and then this heavy bass kicks in and brings it full circle. The lyrics are also amazing, and just make the song ridiculously memorable, just for its biting wit. Definitely a new favorite for me.

2. Eight Miles High – The Byrds

It may be a drug song, but unlike a lot of the typical stoner songs, this actually has some skill to it, and an edge that makes it a good listen. When played live, the long, bass heavy introduction is incredible (but admittedly grows repetitive). On the recording, it sounds so typically sixties, without making you feel like you’ve heard it all before, and its melodic tone contrasts beautifully with the darker instrumentation that seems to carry the song.

3. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks

There is something so charming about this song, with the contrast between the lyrics, which have an edge of darkness, and the melodic tones that give a “sunny” feeling. I found myself adoring each line, desperately wanting to go on a The Kinks binge and listen to every song they ever made, if not just to experience a piano melody as perfect as this one.

4. Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones

What a fantastic song. It may not be the most optimistic of songs, as it really deals with the hopelessness that comes along with the loss of a loved one, but it such an incredible track. The stylistic flair that makes this song up started a movement that shaped rock and roll.

5. Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful

When I was a kid, I read a book called “Summer In The City,” and it did not start off as ominous as this song of the same title. However, this track soon picks up a peppier sound. Before you gag, it’s not like a jittery kid jumping around at an hour far too early. It’s catchy as hell, with clever lyrics, and a brilliant, original sound.

6. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

I love The Beach Boys. The introduction to “God Only Knows” is iconic. This is how a love song should be. I’m not crazy about the melancholy love songs. Some of them can be very beautiful, but I am a believer that a love song should make you feel like that person should make you feel: happy. While this song is repetitive as hell, The Beach Boys get their point across.

7. (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone – Paul Revere & The Raiders

The attitude of this song is incredible. It is an epic “F-you” to users and fakes alike, with a great instrumental to boot! Taylor Swift, take notes!

8. Mas que nada – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66

I was shocked to realize I had heard this before. This melodic, magical number is enchanting. Airy vocals accompanied by stunning piano; cannot go wrong.

9. El muerto vivo – Peret

The rhythmic tone to “El muerto vivo” pulls you in immediately. This is like a time machine for me, sending me back to Spain in the summer, watching flamenco dancers, and just being in awe. The steady pace and the pop-infusion only add to its charm.

10. Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Elvis Presley

No surprise that the 60s contain a lot of Elvis. “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” is a brilliant Bob Dylan song, but Elvis made it his, without making it completely unrecognizable.

 

This was an interesting playlist for me, because I hadn’t heard a majority of these songs. I liked the exploratory aspect. I loved not knowing if I was going to find a new favorite song or if I was going to be scoffing, and pleading for it to be shut off.

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Seventeen

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The 1960s had some amazing tunes. It’s when rock and roll really started to take shape, and funk slowly started to come about. In retrospect, it was an inspired time for music. During Day Seventeen’s playlist, I continually found myself listening with more and more enjoyment than ever.

 

1. You Really Got Me – The Kinks

This is the song that seemed to launch 1000 ships, with its legendary power chord and gritty style, it was a sleeper hit; no one could have seen it coming. I love how there is a blues-influence, along with a totally original, distorted sound via the guitar.

2. The House of The Rising Sun – The Animals

An old American folk song, The Animals took this song and made it their own, putting themselves and the song on the map. Personally, this is a favorite of mine, because it’s such a haunting track. It’s the type of song and slow, drawling melody and tone that you cannot get it out of your head. Incorporated with such a smooth blues style, and everything about it screams, “NUMBER ONE HIT.”

3. Go ‘Way From My Window – John Jacob Niles

Vocally, John Jacob Niles is impressive. The fact that he can go from haunting, deep, dark vocals to high, energetic falsetto is a feat all on its own. However, I will own up to the fact that this song freaks me out and is not my cup of tea. Whether or not it just reminds me of something from a horror film, I don’t know. All I know is that when John Jacob Niles popped up on my screen, and his voice filled my speakers, I admit to being a little spooked.

4. Amsterdam – Jacques Brel

Here’s another dark, brooding type of song. Something about it is very eery, and if you watch the performance, it’s easy to feel a little terrified, especially as the song’s pace picks up, accompanied by the frighteningly aggressive accordion. What’s more, the artist disappears at the end of the song, in a wave of theatrics that both delights and terrifies.

5. La paloma – Caterina Valente

Beautifully expansive, embracing all sorts of instrumentals to form a melody that will send shivers up your spine. Caterina Valente’s vocals shine, flowing beautifully without a hitch. Perfection like this is hard to come across unless it’s been doctored by today’s typical studio software.

6. Sinnerman – Nina Simone

An opus of sorts (it’s just over ten minutes long), Nina Simone gives this song a life all of its own, making it strong, but maintaining it’s spiritual beginnings. She was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and performed this at the end of her shows, which is easy to understand; the emotion she puts behind each “Power!” she cries is more than heard; it is felt. Musically, this song stands alone as a triumph, instrumentals accompanied by rapid clapping, breathing pure character into the track as it builds.

7. The Irish Rover – The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem

I’ll own up: this song made me giggle. As someone who has grown up hearing folk songs from all over, including Ireland, this was so familiar and wonderful, and each line was filled with humor, I couldn’t help but laugh. It’s such a great, early comedy song. I recommend this if you’re having a downer of a day.

8. Needle of Death- Bert Jansch

Of course, every playlist must contain a sad song or two, and this is by far the saddest. A beautiful expression of loss, Bert Jansch’s voice shines on this track, accompanied by the light strumming/plucking of an acoustic guitar, there is something so powerful and moving about this simple song.

9. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag – James Brown

It’s impossible to dislike this song. I love how catchy it is; it so original and just a purely funk song. I will always remember the first time I heard this song: I was five years old and watching Mrs. Doubtfire for the first time (the scene where Robin Williams, as Mrs. Doubtfire, walks across the San Fran streets, on his way to work for Sally Field’s Mrs. Hillard).

10. La Boheme – Charles Aznavour

Now this man had a gorgeous, classical voice. From the opening notes, he delivers each word with every bit of feeling he seems to be able to muster, and it’s striking. Everything about this song is memorable.

 

…And so concludes Day Seventeen. I found today to be a perfect collection of songs; a great mix of tracks I knew and loved to sing along to, and songs that were entirely new to me. If today is any indication of how the next few are going to flow, I am more than excited to listen!

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