Category Archives: Music of the Moment

Friday Double Play : The Presidents of the United States of America

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The Presidents of the United States of America : Peaches & Lump

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Wednesday Live: Her Eyes Dart Round by The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers : Her Eyes Dart Round

Greg Farley, Ian Felice, James Felice, New Paltz, Christmas

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Monday Cover : There is A Light That Never Goes Out performed by Braid

Braid: There is A Light That Never Goes Out (originally by The Smiths)

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Throwback Thursday: Cut Your Hair by Pavement

Pavement : Cut Your Hair

Dripping with mid 90’s sarcasm and post grunge revolt, Stephen Malkmus and the boys in Pavement take a shot at the shallowness of ones image particularly in the music industry.  If the underlying person has little to attribute then it doesn’t matter how beautiful or shiny they look.  If any “hair bands” were still roaming the streets in 1995, this song surely put them on notice that they were no longer welcome.  Throw on some tattered flannel and enjoy.

Tuesday New Music: Rooting For You by London Grammar

London Grammar : Rooting For You

How long does the wave last when you release a smash debut album?  Well for London Grammar it was a long four years since their burst onto the scene with their rookie offering in 2013.  The first released single off their sophomore album is a deep and haunting ballad of the trials of finding your balance in a relationship.   Hopefully the band has found the balance they need to produce another hit album in 2017, we will all be rooting for them.

Monday Cover: Just What I Needed performed by Damone

Damone: Just What I Needed (originally by The Cars)

One of the best aspects of cover songs is the different perspective that an artist will take when approaching another artists work.  They may decide to amp up the energy or even switch around some of the song structures here and there, or they may decide to just stick as close to the original as possible.  Regardless of any artistic changes one might make, having a female vocalist belt out a notoriously male melody is always incredibly intriguing to me.  This is the exact case with Noelle of Damone and her 80’s power metal voice taking on The Cars classic.

2016 In Review: Weekend Wake Up – Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits

Weekend Wake Up: Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits

Tom Waits: Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis

Gravelly crooner Tom Waits comes from the perspective of a hooker writing to a past acquaintance about how her life has changed for the better only to resolve the song by saying it was all a lie and she needs money and is in prison.   While my time in Minneapolis hasn’t been quite as eventful as Waits described it has been a blast.  Hopefully your weekend has been as equally enjoyable.

2016 In Review: Friday Double Play: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen & Jeff Buckley

Friday Double Play: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen & Jeff Buckley

With the tragic passing of Leonard Cohen yesterday, it is only fitting that we dedicate today’s Double Play to him.  As a masterful lyricist and song writer, Leonard Cohen’s influence on the music world was immaculate and wide reaching.  Artists all across genres resoundingly always dote Cohen as one, if not the, best songwriter of his generation.  With his trademark spoken word-esque style he could paint the most vivid of pictures that resonated deep within the listener.  As with the passing of David Bowie and Prince earlier this year, the music world lost another true trailblazer and visionary.  On this Friday we take a look at his most famous hit, Hallelujah.  The haunting ballad tells of the dichotomy of love.  Using religious overtones and the same ceaseless chorus, Cohen carries the listener through the stages of a relationship, all being separated by a chorus of Hallelujah which symbolizes very different things each time around.  The plodding nature of the song adds to the tension that is thereby applied to the relationship.  Overall, the song is often held up as an expert case of fine songwriting, which is only exemplified by the fact that it is so often covered.  Jeff Buckley was a rising star in the music industry who sadly was snuffed out too soon, before he was able to hit his peak.  But on his way up he recorded what would become a sweetly prophetic eulogy to his brief career.  The sadness conveyed in his voice does justice to such an emotive Leonard Cohen classic.  Both Leonard and Jeff will be deeply missed.

Leonard Cohen

Jeff Buckley

2016 In Review: Thursday Throwback: Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy

Thursday Throwback: Dancing in the Moonlight by Thin Lizzy

Thin Lizzy: Dancing in the Moonlight

More known for their smash hits The Boys are Back in Town and Jailbreak, for my money there was no greater song that Thin Lizzy ever made than Dancing in the Moonlight.  The song tells of a wayward night on the town where a young lad falls to the attraction of a lady and possibility while balking the responsible actions he should have taken.  It is a ballad for true romantics, giving up conventional rational for that very special moment you find something truly special that must bee pursued.  The bass line is infectious as well, walking you along the story with  a swing in your step.  Enjoy a little up beat romantic swing this morning and next time fate and possibility comes your way, take some time to flesh it out.