Yes, we are back. We haven’t done a show since the New Year and things are calming down a bit on the academic scene, so why not start back up?
And here is our link: https://www.mixcloud.com/live/paul-mcguire3/
Here are this week’s tracks:
- Britney Spears and Elton John: Hold Me Closer
- Girl in Red – Serotonin
- Rayland Baxter Casanova
- Eddie Vedder – Long Way
- Rami Randhawa & Prince Randhawa Vair
- Susanna Hoffs/Aimee Mann – Name of the Game
- Wax Mannequin – People Can Change
- Manchester Orchestra – Telepath
- Kaê Guajajara – Essa Rua é Minha
I will include a few of my notes right here and Bob will add his soon. Then I will update the post.
I am not sure what kind of show this is, but if we are doing popular culture, I have to lead with this song. Elton John has been by hero since grade 11 and he still continues to entertain and amaze. He did a great duo with Dua Lipa, so why not with the recently freed Britany Speers. My Peloton coach really likes Brittany so that works for me. No more to say.
Girl in Red – Serontin
Girl in Red is the indie pop music project of Norwegian singer-songwriter and record producer Marie Ulven Ringheim. Her debut studio album If I Could Make It Go Quiet was released on 30 April 2021.
Serotonin is the hormone that stabilizes our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone impacts your entire body. It enables brain cells and other nervous system cells to communicate with each other. Serotonin also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion
I’m running low on serotonin
Chemical imbalance got me twisting things
Stabilize with medicine
There’s no depth to these feelings
Dig deep, can’t hide
From the corners of my mind
I’m terrified of what’s inside
The video is lotsa fun. There are almost as many red balloons as Nena!
Girl in Red
Rayland Baxter Casanova
Wide Awake 2018
I don’t know anything about this guy, but I heard this song and immediately loved it. That is how it goes on this show (for me). That is how I found so much great music last year – now I have lots of their music which includes the first new additions to my collection in years – never stop collecting!
Baxter is a Nashville artist and has some great tunes. Here is a promo video from the same album. Song Hey Lorocco
Here is a bit from the Wikipedia article on him. A close look will tell you this needs an update to 2022
Baxter began performing in 2010, when he was featured on the song Shanghai Cigarettes by country musician Caitlin Rose. In 2012, Baxter released his debut full-length album, titled Feathers & Fishhooks (stylized as feathers & fishHooks), via ATO Records. In 2013, Baxter released his first extended play, titled Ashkelon (stylized as ashkeLON) also via ATO Records. The title is named after the town Ashkelon in Israel. On August 14, 2015, Baxter released his second studio album titled Imaginary Man. In 2018, Baxter released his third full-length album titled Wide Awake. In 2019, Baxter released Good Mmornin, an album of seven Mac Miller cover songs. The record was released the day before he played the Newport Folk Fest where he debuted several of the songs live for the first time.
Eddie Vedder – Long Way
Eddie Vedder released “Long Way.” in late 2021. The song sees Vedder channelling his “inner Tom Petty” The song features Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and drummer Chad Smith, alongside Hammond organ by Benmont Tench, of The Heartbreakers-fame. here he is doing it live in 2021.
Rami Randhawa & Prince Randhawa Vair
I included this track because I really like this music. I hear lots of this on Frequencies and it has such great energy and wonderful videos!
Have a New Name 2018
I really don’t have much on the band, but I really like this song.
From my old stand-by Wikipedia doesn’t help here – again looks like a good opportunity for editing with new info:
Wax Mannequin is the stage name of Chris Adeney, a Canadian indie rock singer-songwriter. His style has been described as “a hybrid of Bruce Cockburn and Frank Zappa“, “Tom Waits and Type O Negative jamming on the early Beatles catalogue”, and “Rheostatics via Savatage“. Carl Wilson of The Globe and Mail noted that “crowds are often baffled whether to be awed, irritated or amused by Wax’s all-rockets-flaring, un-Canadian-like extravagant performances” (2004).
Beneath the unsettling imagery and musical left turns there is a steady questioning of life’s inherent strangeness and his own neuro-divergent experience.Bandcamp Page
Manchester Orchestra – Telepath from The Million Masks of God
Manchester Orchestra is an American indie rock band from Atlanta formed in 2004. They are named after the English city of Manchester, a city frequently viewed as rich in musical history (The Smiths, The Fall, The Buzzcocks, The Stone Roses, Joy Division, Oasis, New Order, Happy Mondays, Magazine) The group is composed of rhythm guitarist-singer-songwriter Andy Hull, lead guitarist Robert McDowell, bassist Andy been releasing albums every 3 years or so since 2006. Here is a great acoustic version.
Manchester Orchestra – Telepath from The Million Masks of God 2021
Kaê Guajajara – Essa Rua é Minha
I picked this song off a CBC show. While I missed what the show was about, the music stuck with me.
From her website:
Weaving a line between ancestry and indigenous futurism, Kaê Guajajara has been breaking the silence and the chains imposed by racism and colonization, raising up cries of resistance that span and echo across half a millennium. Kaê’s music presents a great opportunity to raise awareness among non-indigenous people about who the true owners of this land are and where we are todayhttps://ifnotusthenwho.me/who/kae-guajajara/
Compelling song and part of a really interesting Latin American tradition of protest hip hop.
You can read more and see some great video material here –
“The Indigenous Voice Is the Voice of Today”:
A Music Video Playlist of Indigenous Latin American Hip-Hop
More from The Guardian on Brazilian protest which Kaê Guajajra is a part of:
When the president (Jair Bolsonaro)assumed office, the singer and composer Kaê Guajajara worried she was “going to die” as a result of his hostile actions and rhetoric. Kaê belongs to the Guajajara ethnicity, located in the Amazonian part of Maranhão state in north-eastern Brazil. Merging hip-hop, traditional instruments and elements from her mother tongue Ze’egete, Kaê makes music about the reality of urbanised Indigenous peoples and the erasing of Indigenous identities.