Song of the Day

SXSW Song Of The Day: Common Holly – Nothing

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A short blurb featured on Common Holly‘s Bandcamp page reads as follows: “Music 4 u – Hope it’s not too sad – Oh well”. It’s a good line – funny, while also a somewhat fair assessment of the music made by Montreal’s Common Holly AKA Brigitte Naggar. I’d argue it’s just the right amount of sad though. “Nothing” is a good example – there’s a bit of a melancholy tone to the music and lyrics, but it has a certain sweetness to it as well. Besides, sometimes you just want to wallow in sadness for a bit. You know how it is.

Common Holly plays Swan Dive on March 16 at 9:30. In the meantime, if you’re in Toronto and not going to SXSW, she’s playing a show this Wednesday (February 28) at Velvet Underground opening for Phoebe Bridgers.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Cut Worms – Till Tomorrow Goes Away

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In his guise as Cut Worms, Brooklyn’s Max Clarke has shown that he knows his way around a catchy tune. “Till Tomorrow Goes Away” is one such tune – a seriously Harry Nilsson-esque tune that inspires toe-tapping and head-bopping, at least in this writer.

Along with his official and unofficial appearances in Austin during SXSW, Clarke will also be taking Cut Worms out to Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas Ranch as one of the acts at this year’s Luck Reunion, the side festival outside of Austin that has occurred concurrently with SouthBy for the last few years (and which just announced it’s lineup today).

Cut Worms plays Barracuda on Thursday, March 15.

SXSW Song of the Day: Silibrina, Ponteado

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I have always found instrumental music much more cerebral than lyrical pieces. Having something said aloud appears to drain most of the energy, fun, and originality from it. It’s like having David Attenborough detail, in the Queen’s English, how a sensible fellow should emote as penguins take the plunge down a 50 ft cliff amidst titanic waves to begin a week-long journey in order to provide for the next generation. And some of them don’t make it. How is one supposed to scavenge that second-hand emotion and still stand tall as a human being? Has that merry-morning slammed the door on you?

Jolly good. Here’s some up-beat jazz to parley with the newly settled gloom. As usual, my familiarity with jazz in particular is rather limited to superficial bouts. I seem to write of this every time. Yet it has never stopped me from following that boiler-plate with some protracted analysis using said facile expertise.

Silibrina is a septet from Brazil, fronted by Gabriel Nóbrega, who arrange/compose most of the numbers on their new album O Raio. “Ponteado” is one of them. The theme running through the whole set is at once exciting, catchy, and familiar. I find it hard not to quantum-entangle this track with sunny beaches (“entangle with boggy quagmires” would technically be more accurate if you think about it, but those are scientific facts that we don’t have time for). Those of you better educated might immediately recognize it as a part of some standard – but it’s eluding my identification. Regardless, it’s a center point worth revisiting throughout the 5 minutes, though still a bit on the brash side for me. This is less a track for quiet contemplation, more something that I would use at Halcyon to tune out the common masses as they drink their cafe latte, too poor to spare a thought for those penguins. Heartless bastards.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Idles – Mother

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One of the most memorable acts I caught at last year’s SXSW was Bristol band Idles. For the band’s final set of the week, they packed themselves onto the tiny stage at BD Riley’s and proceeded to blow all those in attendance away with a powerful performance. Political lyrics, heavy guitars, and a bit of a confrontational vibe all made for an exciting show that night, and so I was happy to see that the band would be returning for this year’s edition as one of the bands playing The British Music Embassy at Latitude 30.

The lineup for this years British Music Embassy has just been released and it features notables such as Gaz Coombes, Frank Turner, Pale Waves, Girl Ray, Goat Girl, and Jade Bird taking to the stage at Latitude 30 throughout the week with Idles closing out the night on Thursday, March 15 at 1:00am. It will be intense.

Check out the video for “Mother,” off of last year’s Brutalism, below: