Song of the Day: Rat Boy – Laidback

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Ratboy hails from England and is poised to follow a long line of UK musical story tellers highlighting all the disappointing aspects of growing up in England. Whatever the message is, the man/band is having a promising start.

“Laidback” is one of many tracks on Ratboy’s debut album SCUM that is quite pleasing. It sounds a bit like Jamie T but with better vocals. Check it out.

Song Of The Day: Wand – Bee Karma

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Los Angeles psych rock band Wand is back with a new album (Plum, out September 22 on Drag City) and their video for first single “Bee Karma” is a bit of an odd one. Starting out, it almost resembles a remake of Alanis Morisette’s “Ironic” clip, but with subtitles and a sad clown instead of Alanis. From there, it moves on to some flower eating and culminates in some kind of manic one man (one clown?) dance party at the end of it all. And what’s with the little duck in the corner of the screen?

We may never uncover the true meaning of the duck, but bandleader Cory Hanson sheds some light on the video’s narrative: “The video stars my brother Casey as the clown that I drive around. Abby Banks shot all the footage of him in the car, then I shot all the double exposure dancing parts on a high school assembly stage. It’s an age old story. In the end, the good clown wins and gets to be free. He dances.”

OK, that settles that question then, but I’m still not sure what “bee karma” is exactly. Does it have anything at all to do with rain on your wedding day? And is that even ironic? The mystery continues …

Song of the Day: Womps – Darling

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WOMPS!

An odd band name, but one you won’t forget. They are a duo from Scotland so I’m not quite sure if how I think I’m pronouncing it is the actual way it should be announced. Recently in my life I realized I may have been pronouncing some prominent artists incorrectly.

For example, I was pronouncing Lorde as LOR-DAY, because I was thinking it was like Starbucks, which I believe is pronounced Gran-Day. So then I was like, how do you pronounce Ariana Grande? Does anyone know? English is not my first language, how dare you make fun of me.

Anyways that has nothing to do with this song by WOMPS. With those synth lines and those lovey dovey lyrics, you can definitely tell Womps were listening to The Cure when they wrote this song, as that will be the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear it.

Having read their PR release it appears that the two members of Womps take influence from “Scottish working class culture, the aftermath of the Thatcher reign and the disappointment of a failed independence referendum and the personal loves and losses entangled within” which is impressive if you think about it. I mean, being in a band is their job and those things inspire their actual work. If I was to write about my job, I would say, “my influence comes from wanting to make money.”

Anyways, here’s the song, I don’t know why I kept on going off track with this post but we’ve arrived at the same point.

Song of the Day: Tellef Raabe – Next to You

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New Wave has hit Norway! This doozy of a tune feels right at home at any retro night disco you might go to. You know the ones you go to and you suddenly are like “damn I’m old” but then you are like … “fuck it, time knows no bounds” and dance anyway.

Anyways, Tellef Raabe is a Norwegian artist who I know next to nothing about, but who has written this gorgeous pop tune that is now on one of my spotify playlists. His deep voice combined with friendly synths, what appears like two choruses and plenty of handclaps make this an overtly pleasant tune to listen to. I feel like you’ll feel the same when you hear this.

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