Today, I’m featuring a song from one of my favorite new(ish) bands, Wolf Alice. Hailing from London, England, members Ellie Rowsell, Theo Ellis, Joel Amey, and Joff Oddie have a sound that seamlessly blends rock, pop, folk, and other genres. I discovered Wolf Alice’s music in late 2013 when “Fluffy” played on my “Hole” Pandora station. I liked what I heard, but after hearing the Blush EP, I was 100% sold.
After a mac ‘n cheese cook-off and fireworks show on July 4, I watched Singles, one of my favorite feel-good movies, with a relative who’d never seen it. I got inspired to watch the film again after seeing the Facebook event for a screening of Singles at the Seattle apartment where it was filmed, which ultimately did not happen (bummer). Since then, “Dyslexic Heart” has been stuck in my head on repeat. Usually I like to feature weightier songs, but hey, some Tuesdays call for catchy, upbeat tunes. Reminder to self – you can enjoy music that doesn’t punch you in the gut with its heaviness.
Lately, I’ve been listening quite a bit to Pearl Jam’s Binaural (2000). I feel it’s their most underappreciated album, and this week I’ve chosen my favorite track, “Parting Ways.” Several songs on the album use binaural recording techniques, which is the use of two microphones to create a “3D” sound. The band employed producer Tchad Blake to help create that sound and feel for Binaural. I’m really interested in binaural recording and every time I listen to this album, I uncover new sounds. Although “Parting Ways” does not use the binaural technique, it’s no less of a treat to listen to. Make sure you’ve got a good set of headphones for this one. It makes all the difference.
After a bit of a hiatus, Tuesday Tunes is back! For the
two people wondering where I’ve been, my next post will explain.
Today’s tune is “I Am Not Waiting Anymore” from Field Report’s 2013 self-titled debut album. Like some songs I’ve previously featured, I feel that the accompanying music video directed by Manny Marquez greatly enhances the song. The video has beautiful cinematography, with a recurring “ocean/water” theme that reminds me someone reflecting on life, aging, and relationships. Enjoy this tune :-)
I have read between the lines / I have been wrong every time / It burned up on the altar but I am fine / I am not waiting anymore
Stone Gossard is a founding member and guitarist of Pearl Jam. He has released two solo albums, Bayleaf (2001) and Moonlander (2013), both of which I feel are highly underappreciated. Although the studio version of “Your Flames” appears on Moonlander, this live version was recorded in 2008. Don’t tell Stone, but I like the live version a tad more. (It’s the vocal harmonies and that bass clarinet, guys.) But don’t get me wrong, the studio version is great, too. I’ve chosen to feature the live version today as I’ve listened to it on repeat while relaxing, studying, and writing papers. It’s so calming, and on top of that, it’s just a darn good song. Hope you enjoy!
You’ve got a light inside, so there’s no need to hide your flames.
Virginia-based band Carbon Leaf has been going strong for more than twenty years. The founding members met while attending Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia before relocating to Richmond, Virginia. Current members Barry Privett (lead vocals), Terry Clark (guitar/vocals), Carter Gravatt (guitar/vocals/various instruments), Jon Markel (bass), and Jason Neal (drums) are known for their energetic live shows and a sound that blends elements of folk, Celtic, and other musical styles. In August 2014, Carbon Leaf released Indian Summer Revisited, a tenth anniversary re-recording of their 2004 major label debut, Indian Summer. On March 20, 2015, the band played an excellent set at the Cat’s Cradle, which included a beautiful, completely unplugged performance of “One Prairie Outpost.” A few hours before the show, I sat down with Barry Privett to discuss the band’s decision to leave a major label, songwriting process, and contributions to save Sweet Briar College, among other things.
Have you ever associated a song so closely with its music video that it feels weird to listen to the song by itself? For me, Switchfoot’s “Awakening” is one of those songs.
This music video takes us back to 2007, when Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero were culturally significant games played at high school parties across America. Then again, maybe that was only my high school experience.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today’s tune is a new single from Janet Devlin, a 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. Devlin rose to fame after appearing on The X Factor (UK) in 2011. Since then, she has released two albums, 2013’s Hide and Seek, which received a limited digital release through Pledge Music, and 2014’s Running with Scissors, which is available on iTunes and in stores.
X Ambassadors are an alternative rock band from Ithaca, New York. They are currently supporting Canadian pop singer Lights on her Little Machines tour. Over the weekend, a friend and I had the pleasure of seeing them live. “Unconsolable” is a song that stood out to me at the show, so I’ve selected it as this week’s tune.
This week, I’m featuring one of my favorite Sonic Youth songs, “Chapel Hill,” from the band’s 1992 album, Dirty. The song is based on the city of – wait for it – Chapel Hill in North Carolina. There are also references to people and places related to the state, such as late bookstore owner and activist Bob Sheldon, the famed venue Cat’s Cradle, the city of Durham, the Char-Grill restaurant, and politician Jesse Helms.