Song of the Day

Song of The Day: JARV IS – House Music All Night Long

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Now that most everyone’s self-isolating and staying inside for much of our days, the question arises: is it socially acceptable to listen to house music all night long? No, it really isn’t. At least not if you care at all what your neighbours think about you. If perhaps you don’t care, or if you’ve got really thick walls, or you live out in the middle of nowhere with no neighbours, then go right ahead I guess. If that’s not the case, then maybe just spare 5:54 to give Jarvis Cocker‘s latest a spin.

“House Music All Night Long” is the latest single off of Beyond The Pale, the upcoming album by Cocker’s latest project JARV IS. That album is set to be released in September of 2020, which feels very far off right now, but then again time has pretty much lost all of it’s meaning these days, so who really knows?

In the meantime, check out the video for “House Music All Night Long” below. With lyrics like “Saturday night, cabin fever in house nation/This is one nation under a roof/Ain’t that the truth”, I find it resonates pretty well with our current situation.

Song Of The Day: Gruff Rhys – Pang!

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Gruff Rhys

In the wake of our current Britpop tournament here at the Panic Manual, we figured we might as well make this Britpop week, taking a look at some of the acts that are featured in the tournament or some other projects featuring members of those acts. And maybe even some of the Britpop acts that didn’t make the cut for the tournament. You get the idea.

Today we take a look at Gruff Rhys, frontman of Cardiff-based Super Furry Animals, who has always followed his muse wherever it takes him, no matter how weird or esoteric it might get. This is, after all, the man who once played a concert to an audience of one lone horse in a field in his film Separado!

That muse has taken Rhys to his latest release Pang!, released in September of last year. Check out the video for the title track off that album below.

Song Of The Day: Sleeper – The Sun Also Rises

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Ricky’s Britpop tournament, which he posted to this site recently, acted not just as a fun way to pass the time while everyone’s staying inside, but also as a nice walk down memory lane to the heyday of ’90s Britpop. So we’ll use that an an excuse to check in on Sleeper, one of the acts in Ricky’s bracket who are still at it today.

Releasing their debut Smart 25 years ago, the band went on to release their breakthrough album The It Girl (which just got the Tim’s Twitter Listening Party treatment yesterday) a year later before putting out one more (Pleased To Meet You) and then disbanding for a couple decades or so.

After splitting at the end of the ’90s, Sleeper got back together a couple of years ago and just last year released The Modern Age, the first album of this century for the band who once wrote “Sale Of The Century.” It’s a solid return for the band, with “The Sun Also Rises” standing out as a highlight.

Check out the video for “The Sun Also Rises” below.

Song Of The Day: Esther Rose – Blue On Blue

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Esther Rose‘s You’ve Made It This Far was one of my favourite discoveries of last year. The New Orleans-based Rose caught my attention with the lovely tunes collected on that album such as “Lower 9 Valentine” and “Handyman” and definitely impressed when I caught her opening for Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets back in September of last year.

Rose pays tribute to her former tour mate on her upcoming EP My Favorite Mistakes, a collection of covers from the likes of Lowe, Roy Orbison, Hank Williams and Sheryl Crow, whose “My Favorite Mistake” provides the EP with its title.

My Favorite Mistakes is out May 29 via Father/Daughter Records. Check out Rose’s version of Nick Lowe’s “Blue On Blue” below.