Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: Alex Lahey – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

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Alex Lahey’s 2017 album I Love You Like A Brother was one of the stronger debut albums of the last couple of years, with songs like “Every Day’s the Weekend”, “Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder” and “I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself” grabbing the listener immediately with their poppy, punky tales of relationships and general ennui.

And now Lahey’s back with sophomore album The Best of Luck Club and it is indeed a worthy successor to her debut. Lead single “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” builds on Lahey’s standard sound by adding a sweet, sweet saxophone solo to top it all off. Check it out below:

Song Of The Day: Sasami – Morning Comes

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Just in case you thought every concept for a music video had been done already, Sasami has figued out an angle that I’m fairly certain hasn’t been done before – just film your grandmother as she cooks.

Yes, Sasami recruited her own grandmother, Halmoni, to show us her “world famous recipe” for kimchi (that includes tips like “Always spank your cabbage”) in the video for her latest single “Morning Comes,” directed by Sasami herself alongside Eric Notarnicola.

According to Sasami, the song was the first one with lyrics that she ever wrote and recorded and it “marked a (fleeting) chapter of independence, confidence, and feeling in control.” So it made sense for her to recruit her grandmother, the most stable and strong person she knows (and also, in her words, “a boss ass bitch”) to star in the video.

Check out the video for “Morning Comes” below. And in the word of Halmoni, “enjoy your kimchi!”

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.