Here’s some hot tune-age for a hot month.
- Discovery – I Want You Back
Listen for the explosion about :30 seconds in. This is a remake of the Jackson 5 song. I would like to note that the inclusion of this song has nothing to do with the recent death of Michael Jackson. I just really f-ing like it.
- All Time Low – Hello, Brooklyn
You knew I was going to include some New York related song on here.
- Dirty Projectors, David Byrne – Knotty Pine
Off the “Dark Was the Night” compilation. The lyrics were actually written back in the mid ’70’s by Byrne, and the Durty Projects set them to a tune. I’ve always admired David Byrne’s work and recently became a big fan of the DPs, so it was like magic when I discovered this.Knotty Pine Lyrics:
HERE IS THE SOUND THAT PHOTOGRAPHS MAKE
WHEN I SEE THEM
WHEN I HEAR THEM
I SEE REGIONS OF SHARP PRECISION
TIED TOGETHER WITH ROPE AND TWINE
STUCK TOGETHER WITH PASTE AND GLUE
TWO OLD PLANKS OF KNOTTY PINE
A COUPLE OF NAILS THAT POKE RIGHT THROUGH.
Read David Byrne’s commentary on the collaboration at DavidByrne.com
- Joe Pug – Hymn #101
This guy is an incredible talent. I had the pleasure of seeing him open for Josh Ritter earlier this month at the Vaudville Mews in Des Moines. He started playing and the room went silent. His voice is hypnotic. I see great things happening for Mr. Pug. Like what you hear? You can get his album “Nation of Heat” send to you for FREE! This is totally legit, I promise. Visit JoePugMusic.com for the details.
- Tim Brantley – The Race
I’m still not 100% where or how I got my hands on this one, but it was one of those songs I heard and it immediately felt familiar.
- Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow
This is July’s guilty pleasure, the song that I’m ashamed to say I can’t get enough of. If auto tune makes you sick, don’t touch this one with a 20 foot pole. I had to look up the lyrics, because at one point I thought I heard “Shittin’ on ya’ll you with the boom boom” and I thought to myself, that doesn’t even make sense. Turns out, I heard right.
- Imogen Heap – First Train Home
- Yael Naim – Far Far
Wow, she has a beautiful voice.
- Vetiver – More of This
- Micachu – Golden Phone
This chick and Simply Red have the same haircut.
- Santogold (Feat. Spank Rock) – Shove It
- We Were Promised Jetpacks – Ships With Holes Will Sink
This has been in my head all month. “Make time for us, time for us.”
- Frightened Rabbit – Backwards Walk
July is Scottish fetish month. I’ve been trying to find something that Frightened Rabbit has done that I don’t like. I’m still looking.
- Rye Rye – Bang (Feat. M.I.A)
Can’t get enough of Rye Rye. She’s the first artist to be signed to M.I.A’s N.E.E.T label. She’s working on a new album and collaborating with some big names. Keep your ears open for more from her in the next year.
- Icarus Himself – Coffins
Icarus Himself is actually a fellow named Nick Whetro. As far as I can tell he is of no relation to Raab Himself from MTV’s Jackass. His most recent album, Coffins, was described by CokeMachineGlow as a “…lost Bowie demo tape overdubbed with acid confessions.” I think that pretty much sums it up.