Chance the Rapper debuted a new track on The Late Show that he wrote a few days prior, and I loved it. I love the leap he took to perform something with all the raw edges still on it. I find that art when it’s new, before all the edits and revisions, is sometimes the most powerful, and certainly the most risky.
Also, I’m pretty sure the light set they used was also pretty new, because they made Stephen Colbert wear shoe protectors when he walked out at the end… :)
I don’t always love Van Morrison, but when his stuff works, it REALLY works well. You always get a clear sense that he cares deeply about his art, and I will listen to “Into the Mystic” or “Moondance” any day of the week. This track off a live album is a great performance by the whole band, faithfully lurching their way through the blues. I also happened upon an alternate version that Mr. Morrison did with Tom Jones and Jeff Beck. It’s pretty killer.
I wish they would re-record this. It’s a kick-ass song from Cake’s early career, with incredible energy and a great arrangement. But the mix kind of sucks, and the drums sound horrible — like when I tap on my steering wheel and my drummer friend says it sounds like banging on wet sandbags. This is an incredible song, but I keep turning it up to try and compensate.
I love this track–it’s got a late-70s Elvis Costello / John Lennon feel to it, and it manages to cram a lot of layered instruments into a seamless mix. Great chord changes, an awesome woody bass line, a synth, an accordion, some trumpets… can’t go wrong!
This track is one of 64 that were written by the band to each represent one hexagram of the I Ching… 30 have been released so far.
While waiting to see a live Green Day show in Hyde Park, the massive crowd of over 65,000 people, without being told to, sung a rousing version of the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Man, it’s nice to see a huge group of people acting collectively to create something beautiful. Skip to ~4:00 for the obligatory head-banging; it’s kind of like stuffing 65,000 people into Wayne and Garth’s car.
Radiohead’s OK COMPUTER came out 20 summers ago. To mark the occasion, today the band released OKNOTOK, a remastered version of the original album, along with a lot of really good b-sides and three previously unreleased tracks. You can listen to it all on Apple Music and Spotify, or get it the old fashioned way from Radiohead’s site. I know “Paranoid Android” is considered the album’s most revolutionary track, but 20 years later I think we all understand that the better choice is the video above for “No Surprises.” It is simply extraordinary.
I won’t burden the world with two decades of feels from someone who was graduating high school the same year the greatest artwork ever made on modern sadness was produced. No one wants that, and there is already a ton to read about it over at Pitchfork. I’ll just say that listening to OK COMPUTER again today, sitting in my office, in these times, was like running into an old friend when you’re in a tough spot. A reminder.