Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: ShitKid – waste of time

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Much like practically everyone else, Åsa Söderqvist’s plans for 2020 have certainly turned out differently than expected. When things took a sharp turn for the worse earlier this year, Söderqvist’s band ShitKid were already in the midst of a series of U.S. tourdates leading up to an expected appearance at SXSW which, of course, never did happen. Since then, the band have made it safely back home to Stockholm, released a soundtrack album (for the documentary Always Amber), and seen the departure of longtime bassist Lina Molarin Ericsson. And now, with plenty of time on her hands, Söderqvist has recorded yet another album, the upcoming 20/20 ShitKid. So all things considered, ShitKid has kept herself pretty busy.

After delving into heavier, grunge-influenced sounds on January’s Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete” (wow, January already seems like a lifetime ago), 20/20 ShitKid sees Shitkid returning to the synth-based sounds of earlier recordings. “Waste of time” is the first single off the album, which is out August 21 via PNKSLM Recordings. Check it out below.

Song of the Day: Torres – Gracious Day

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“Gracious Day” is a simple, stripped down and beautiful song from Silver Tongues, the latest record from Torres. How good is it? It’s good enough for me to rise from the ashes to present you with a music post.

Here’s a version of the song recorded last year. Check it out. It’s on Spotify and Google Music and RDIO and Pandora and Orbit and Myspace.

Live In Berlin, a recording of Torres’ final show this year “before the world slowed down” is out today via Merge Records.

Song of The Day: Tugboat Captain – No Plans (For This Year)

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As it turns out, it’s entirely coincidental that Tugboat Captain just recently released a song called “No Plans (For This Year)”. In fact, that song was already written well before everything that’s happening in the world right now had even begun, so it seems that the London-based indie pop band just miraculously fluked their way into writing a song that now feels very timely. Either that or the band has some impressive Nostradamus/Edgar Cayce level prognostication skills. You can choose to believe whichever story you like.

As it also turns out, the band were initially scheduled to play this year’s edition of SXSW before it was cancelled for the first time in the festival’s 33 year history. So yes, they did have some plans for this year, but you know how the old saying goes about best laid plans and all that. Of course, the year’s not nearly over yet and the band does still plan on releasing their upcoming debut studio album Rut (which was recorded at the famed Abbey Road studios) later this year on Double A-Side Records.

If you don’t have any plans at the moment, give “No Plans (For This Year)” a listen below.

Song Of The Day: Molly Tuttle – Fake Empire

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The title of Molly Tuttle‘s upcoming album,…but i’d rather be with you, seems like a fairly apt one for our times. After all, after months without any live shows, both performers and audiences would surely much rather be gathered together to share the live music experience. But of course that won’t be happening for a good while still, so a new album is a pretty good compromise in the meantime.

That album, recorded entirely under quarantine, is a collection of covers from a wide rage of sources – everything from Rancid to FKA Twigs to The Grateful Dead (a lyric from the band’s “Standing On The Moon” gives the album its title). The lead single from the album is Tuttle’s version of The National’s “Fake Empire”, also a rather apt choice for our times.

The video features historical footage of past instances of protest and activism mixed in with Tuttle’s performance of the song. As she explains, “We wanted to leave the meaning of the video somewhat up to interpretation, just like the lyrics of the song. Matt Berninger commented that the song is about ‘where you can’t deal with the reality of what’s really going on, so let’s just pretend that the world’s full of bluebirds and ice skating.’ Right now a lot of people in our country are waking up to the realities of police brutality, racism, and bigotry all around us. I hope that people, like myself, who have the privilege to turn a blind eye to these injustices, can maintain this awareness and action to create a better society.”

…but i’d rather be with you is out on August 28 via Compass Records.