Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky – Estranged

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“When you’re talkin’ to yourself
And nobody’s home
You can fool yourself
You came in this world alone”

These lyrics start off the nearly ten minute epic “Estranged” off of Guns N’ Roses’ 1991 album Use Your Illusion II (to my mind, the superior of the Use Your Illusion albums – don’t @ me).

It’s a fairly bleak lyric that at the time was somewhat overshadowed by the insanity of the track’s video, which featured helicopters, live footage from huge stadiums, Slash rising from the water messiah-like to rip a solo, and Axl swimming with dolphins – basically the height of GNR’s early ’90s ‘they’ll pretty much let us do whatever we want’ excess.

The darkness of those lyrics is at the forefront, however, on the cover of that song featured on Droneflower, the new collaboration between Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky (of Mutoid Man and Cave In fame), with their sombre, haunting version sounding just as epic as the original despite coming in at almost two minutes shorter. Check it out below.

Droneflower is out April 26, 2019 on Sacred Bones Records.

Song(s) Of The Day: International Women’s Day Edition

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Happy International Women’s Day! In honour of the occasion, here’s a selection of songs from a bunch of badass women in music:

Le Tigre – Hot Topic
We’ll start things off with this song from Le Tigre that name-checks a lot of great ladies, musical and otherwise.

Hazel Dickens – The Rebel Girl
A true legend of folk and bluegrass, Hazel Dickens is just one of the many women referenced in the Le Tigre song above.

Sleater-Kinney – Get Up
The Hot Rock just turned 20 this year. And 20 years later it’s still my favourite Sleater-Kinney album.

Queen Latifah – Ladies First
A classic from Queen Latifah’s debut album, All Hail The Queen.

Helen Reddy – I Am Woman
I just had to include this one too.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Fresh Start
And finally – Joan fucking Jett. ‘Nuff said.

If you’re in Austin next week for SXSW, Joan Jett will be playing the Interactive Bash at Stubb’s on March 12.

SXSW Song Of The Day: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Fire

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Every year at SXSW, there’s usually at least a handful of old school veteran performers in attendance alongside all of the newbies and this year one of the artists filling that role is The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown.

Yes, the God of Hellfire himself is still at it more than 50 years after he first started and he’ll be appearing at SXSW this year on a solid bill put together by LPR and Psycho Entertainment alongside ’60s occult rockers Coven and newer acts such as Bambara and The Comet Is Coming. It promises to be a hell of a show (corny pun absolutely intended).

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown plays Empire Garage on March 14 at 10:45pm.

SXSW Preview: The Comet is Coming – Final Eclipse

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The Comet is Coming is a trio from the UK that plays something that could generally be classified as jazz, but with some sort of EDM influence as well. The tunes move along at a steady pace and there are things that you might consider akin to bass drops.

Take “Final Eclipse.” With its rapid firing saxophone and the relentless bass, the track plays with an urgency that catches you by surprise and it’s great.

They have already been nominated for a Mercury Prize so it’s not like they are a mystery. They’ll be at the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30. The show will be awesome. Be there.

The Comet Is Coming plays St. David’s Historic Sanctuary on March 13 at 10:10pm as well as the aforementioned British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 on March 15 at 12:00am. Check out a playlist of all the artists playing at the British Music Embassy below (“Final Eclipse” is track 18).