Old Fellas New Music Episode 45!

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Death Wish

Blesse –  Gant Noirs

The Nude Party – Ride On

Logan Richard – See Me  Like This

Lana Del Rey –  Did you Know there is a tunnel under Ocean Blvd

Nickybaby – She Sees Me

The Weather Station – Endless Time

Dart Trees –Bong and Mcquade

Valerie June – Stay

new video for the June release of Weathervanes

I seem to be going for the dark songs.

This one is compelling. Would love to see this live.

This is what Rolling Stone wrote, I would like to know lots more.

“Death Wish” immediately evokes a feeling of urgency with its sweeping guitar arpeggios and Isbell’s tense vocal delivery. “Did you ever love a woman with a death wish?/Something in her eyes like flipping off a light switch,” he sings, recounting a story about trauma and substance use seeping their way into a couple’s relationship. By the end, the song has grown to massive proportions, with swirling strings and multiple tracks of Isbell’s voice giving it a head-spinning effect.

Rolling Stone

This is the promo video for the new album

The Nude Party – Ride On

I don’t know this band, but they sound a bit like Lou Reed’s second coming.

Here is a video of them, not the song we are playing – this is more interesting

The Nude Party – Things Fall Apart (Nude Years Eve)

A review. I think this is their second album. Definitely a vintage sound. A review:

Following a debut EP and two albums with Black Lips‘ Oakley Munson in the producer’s chair, the Nude Party offer up their first self-produced effort, Rides On. It’s the culmination of an over-two-year period that generated over 20 songs — among them experiments with county and electro-pop — all tracked at the septet’s leisure in their own barn studio in upstate New York. When it came time to sequence the record, they homed in on songs that favored ’70s blues-rock à la Sticky Fingers-era Stones, albeit with conspicuous diversions into the ’60s among the 13 tracks that made the cut on an album full of vintage flair.

All Music

OK, here is a link to the song, but nothing but a visualization video

Lana Del Rey –  Did you Know there is a tunnel under Ocean Blvd

Not worth watching, but here is the song.

Pretty haunting, could I say dark?

Pitchfork would seem to agree that this is where she was at in 2014:

In 2014, Lana Del Rey told a journalist that she wished she was dead, and for what seemed like years after, scarcely an article was written about her that didn’t mention it. Back then, the singer was still miserable at the sour critical reception of her debut album. She was, perhaps, peddling its underlying fatalism, pushing back on allegations that her noirish Born to Die persona was fabricated. Almost certainly, she was harboring the sort of creative ambition that craved association with tragic geniuses like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.


I learn nothing from garbage writing like this, but it fills the pages but says a little about the song we are featuring.

Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd arrives as a sweeping, confounding work-in-process. It’s full of quiet ruminations and loud interruptions; of visible seams and unhemmed edges, from the choir rehearsal that runs through its opening moments to the sound of the piano’s sustain pedal releasing at its end. Beauty—long Lana’s virtue and her burden—fades or is forgotten, like that titular tunnel, its mosaic ceilings and painted tiles sealed up and abandoned. Here, Lana is after something more enduring, the matters “at the very heart of things”: family, love, healing, art, legacy, wisdom—and all the contradictions and consternation that come along with the pursuit.

Yes, more Pitchfork.

The Weather Station – Endless Time

The Weather Station – Endless Time (Official Video)

But it’s only the end of an endless time
We laughed so much, we wore lines around our eyes
You can see it in that picture of us from long ago
How we changed
And it happened so slowly, we couldn’t even say
I gotta find that picture, I want to look again
I used to think that I could see everything
That met my eyes

Tamara Lindeman from an interview on Pitchfork

“When I wrote Ignorance, it was a time of intense creativity, and I wrote more songs than I ever had in my life,” the Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman said in a statement. “The songs destined to be on the album were clear from the beginning, but as I continued down my writing path, songs kept appearing that had no place on the album I envisioned. Songs that were simple, pure; almost naive. Songs that spoke to many of the same questions and realities as Ignorance, but in a more internal, thoughtful way. So I began to envision How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars, a quiet, strange album of ballads. I imagined it not as a follow-up to Ignorance, but rather as a companion piece; the moon to its sun.”

Valerie June – Stay

Valerie June Stay

much more interesting, from another show

Since darkness seems to be my theme for the week, here is an excerpt from a New York Times article about her written in March, 2021.

Above all, a willed and unblinking optimism courses through Valerie June’s songs. “One of my lessons for this life is, how can I keep my energy?” she said. “I know darkness. I know the blues. And so how can I use the blues as a fuel for what I wish to say? You know, the negativity is always going to be there. It’s just, how do you work with it? We all have these seeds of darkness within us and we all have these seeds of light. We get the choice.”

New York Times

Blesse – “Gant Noirs” from Normal

Montreal’s Blesse are a trio from Montreal who have just recently released the lp Normal.  Members Léo Leblanc, Charles-Antoine Olivier (aka CAO), and Xavier Touikan used to be members of Polaris nominated Zen Bamboo.  Blesse display an eclectic mix of sounds ranging from psych-pop to bedroom lo-fi LCD Soundsystem grooves.  The song “Gant Noirs” sounds like a male Quebecois Wet Leg.  

Readrange gets us all caught up with Blesse.

Logan Richard – “See Me  Like This” from Learning to Love ep

Logan Richard has been described as the Canadian East Coast’s answer to John Mayer, Bahamas, Billy Joel and Colin James all rolled into one.  While that may not be a good idea, this track is: 

Richard reminds me more of Scotland’s late great lamented The Thrills


Logan and lupins? 


Logan Richard‘s latest release, “See Me Like This,” is a fantastic blend of retro and modern sounds. It is the kind of song, for me, that Harry Styles would pay good money to have written for him. The piano takes the lead in the song, with its live sound providing a sense of authenticity. The bass line is groovy in an old-fashioned Paul McCartney sense, while the percussion gives the song a nice swagger.

Up To Hear Music

Nickybaby – She Sees Me from “Nickybaby”

Nicholas Goszer, who records as Nickybaby, was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  As evidenced, his music is influenced by Elliott Smith, Silver Jews, Jonathan Richman and The Velvet Underground.

However, don’t confuse him with this Nickybaby 

  Always request the Canadian one!

Nickybaby features 10 deeply personal tracks with themes of addiction, loss, doubt, friendship, and love
Winnipeg’s Nickybaby (Nick Goszer) shares his debut self-titled LP with the world via Slow Shine Records. The album features Nicky’s deep and honest songwriting and poetry backed by a full band. The album was produced by Adam Soloway and Gilad Carroll (Living Hour) and mixed by Brady Allard (Warming). The album also features contributions from Sam Sarty and Brett Ticzon (Living Hour).

Canada Beats

Dart Trees –Bong and Mcquade  from “Consider Two Beers”

I believe Dart Trees is one of the first Ottawa bands featured on this venerable podcast and what a good choice it is!  I’m gonna get lazy and describe Dart Trees as giving off a  slacker stoner “Mac Demarco” vibe but there you go.  This ep is a lot of fun.

  The track reminds me of the Parquet Courts which is definitely a good thing.

Check out the whole ep here:


Old Fellas New Music Episode 44

Episode 44 show as recorded on Mixcloud
And our current Spotify Playlist

This week’s songs

Sunny War – New Day

July Talk – After This

The Mary Wallopers – Love Will Never Conquer Me

Crown Lands – White Buffalo

Gina Birch – I Play My Bass Loud

Caroline Rose – Miami

Joe Henry – Mission

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers – Bad Night

Robert Forster – Go Free

Sunny War – “New Day”  from  Anarchist Gospel

Sunny War is actually Sydney Lyndella , a singer/songwiter based in California. She started playing guitar at 13 and became enamoured with punk/folk  rock and a wide variety of music as evidenced by her participation in The Anus Kings.

She spent a rough period combating substance abuse and poverty and she eventually shifted to blues and folk and adopted the moniker Sunny War.

Mary Wallopers – “Love will Never Conquer Me”  from The Mary Wallopers

The Mary Wallopers are an Irish folk music group based in Dundalk, County Louth.   The main members are brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy who also front TPM, a comedy rap duo.  If you liked The Pogues, you’ll like these folks.

The Mary Wallopers name has an interesting backstory.  To quote, “We were named after a boat; the harbourmaster at the dock had a little rowing boat and he wrote on the side, the “Mary Walloper”. “Walloper” actually means “a mad person”. When Seán was a child, his father would say, “There’s the Mary Walloper!” as a joke. It was a tiny row boat and those don’t even have names on them. But this fella wrote a massive name for Mary Walloper on his boat. We only found out later on that there was actually a sex worker who used to work around the docks called Mary Walloper. She used to drink cider and like starting riots and having craic. So, he named the boat after her.”

Let’s get to know these fine fellows.  https://roarnews.co.uk/2022/getting-to-know-the-mary-wallopers-interview/

“Love Will never Conquer Me” is simple but powerful. 

Gina Birch – I Play My Bass Loud from I play My Bass Loud

Gina Birch is an English musician and filmmaker.  She is best known as a member of the seminal late 70’s band The Raincoats.  Probably their most “famous” song is this one:

The Raincoats broke up in 1984.  Birch went on to attend art college.  She has spent the last 40 years directing film, video and painting.  This year at the age of 67, she created her first solo album.  An AllMusic review noted that “It’s a loud, celebratory album that perfectly boils down Birch’s 40-plus-year journey as a tireless, boundless, and most of all fearless, creator”

From Pitchfork

The song has a very cool video  

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers – Bad Night

The Steep Canyon Rangers have been together since 2000 and have produced nine albums, two with Steve Martin. In 2013 they won Best Bluegrass Album at the Emmys. They toured with Martin for a few years and produced two albums with him.

A great band, glad to include them here. They are still playing, but there have been several personnel changes. I would think there was lots of comedy during their touring time with Steve Martin including this one.

Crown Lands

We saw this band when they opened for July Talk this week. We didn’t know anything about them, but they are pretty amazing. Just a band of two with an incredible story.

a little from one of their interviews:

“We don’t really do a lot in solitude for this band,” Comeau says. “When I’m alone and making music, it’s synth music, kind of like Vangelis or Tangerine Dream or John Carpenter. And when Cody’s on their own, Cody’s playing all these amazing flutes these days, and that’s a whole other world. But when we come together, it’s like, what would Pink Floyd do if they jammed with Rush? It’s a different kind of headspace.”

From their bio

This I didn’t know, from Wikipedia

Crown Lands won the Juno Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year (this is their acceptance speech) at the Juno Awards of 2021.[6] The band were also nominated for Rock Album of the Year.[7]

The band consists of vocalist and drummer Cody Bowles, and guitarist, bassist and keyboardist Kevin Comeau.[1][2]

and from their Facebook Page

They also do an amazing cover of Come Together

Their influences (from e-talk) include Rush, Yes, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin. If you hear them this makes lots of sense.

They also do a great version of Come Together. They were asked to play this for the FIFA World Cup.

July Talk – After This

Everything this band does energizes. We saw them this week at the NAC, and really I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage. Every song was a dynamic dialogue among the members, especially Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay.

They have been together since 2012 and won a Juno for Alternative Album of the Year. Their new two albums also won Alternative Album of the Year – why not Album of the Year?

(thanks Wikipedia)

July Talk – After This [Official Music Video]

Their latest album Remember Never Before is now out. Exclaim loved it saying this is a return to their “hurl yourself into the moment” style of playing. I really didn’t know that they had to return to this – looking at their material it’s always been there.

Listening to Paper Girl right now – produced ten years ago now. And of course – Picturing Love which they played perfectly at the NAC.

Caroline Rose – Miami (Official Music Video)

Caroline Rose

Just because I’m brooding
And wanna kill everything moving
It doesn’t mean I’m losing my marbles
I’m just moody

Carolyn Rose – Miami

I keep on hearing this song. What really captures me first is the ending of the plaintive song. The video is dramatic and she comments on the featured song Miami

“I’m not one to shy away from drama, and so this was a perfect opportunity to really bring out every ounce of desperation and anger and all those confusing emotions that happen after a big heartbreak,” Rose elaborates on “Miami.”


This is Rose’s third album all since 2020.

and the ending

This is the hard part
The part that they don’t tell you about
There is the art of loving
This is the art of forgetting how

This is gonna break you
You’re gonna rip your own heart out
There is the art of loving
This is the art of forgetting how

This is the art of forgetting how
This is the art of forgetting how
This is the art of forgetting how
This is the art of forgetting how

You’ve gotta get through this life somehow
You’ve gotta get through this life somehow
You’ve gotta get through this life somehow
You’ve gotta get through this life somehow

Joe Henry – “Mission”  from  All the Eye Can See

Joe Henry has had an illustrious and varied career as an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer. He has released multiple studio albums and produced countless recordings for other artists, including three Grammy Award-winning albums.  Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina he moved to Brooklyn in 1985 after graduating from the University of Michigan. He has produced Solomon Burke, Billy Bragg, Louden Wainwright 111 , Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello and many others. 

He has co-written with Madonna as he has been married to her sister since 1987. From his 15th solo album, “The Mission” 

The new release is garnering good reviews.  

Years ago, Henry released “Our Song”  Always loved these cryptic and melancholy lyrics.

“ Our Song”

I saw Willie Mays
At a Scotsdale Home Depot
Looking at Garage Door Springs
At the the far end of the 14th row
His wife stood there beside him
She was quiet and they both were proud
I gave them room but was close enough
That I heard him when he said out loud
This was my country
And this was my song
Somewhere in the middle there
Though it started badly and it's ending wrong


Robert Forster – “Go Free” from The Candle and the Flame

Robert  Forster  is a a former of the great 80’s  Australian band The Go- Betweens mainly with the late great  Grant McLennan.   The Go-Betweens broke up in 1989 after six stellar underappreciated albums.   Fave track? This gem:

The Go – Betweens reformed in 2000 and miraculously didn’t lose a beat releasing three more wonderful albums.  Unfortunately, MacLennan succumbed to a heart attack in 2006 at the age of 48.  Since then, Forster established a career as a music journalist in Australia and has over the years, released solo material. From his eighth solo lp, “Go Free”  

The Guardian article  excellently describes Forster’s tribulations which inspired his latest release, The Candle and the Flame

Digital Humanities: Making my researcher’s journal visible

I haven’t written anything about my research in a very long time. Time for an update.

This is now my second year of work on my Ph.D. I find this an incredibly slow process, but I also see how my ideas are changing into something that might eventually become original research.

I am doing lots of reading about Digital Humanities and especially Digital History and the material is fascinating. Researchers are writing about entirely new ways to represent information. Every day I come up with another communication tool that is new to me. I bookmark each one so I can go back later to figure out how it works.

The work is leading me to look for links between Digital History and the teaching of Historical Thinking skills. Does the use of digital history teaching tools make it easier to develop historical thinking practices in students?

It is not easy to make this connection in the literature, but I may have finally found something today.

Cristian Parellada and Mario Carretero have recently written an article that connects the use of digital maps with the development of historical thinking skills (2022). It is explicit connections like this that I am looking for.

I am really open to suggestions!

My current set of bookmarks – growing every day.

I am relying on visuals to chart my way now. To help me keep track of where my thinking and reading are going I am using Canva and Prezi to create a visual record of my current research journey.

I am putting this out to my blog first because I made a commitment last year to create a researcher’s journal. I also would love to hear from someone about how all this looks. I am pretty excited about this and I believe that the visuals are helping me plan for my upcoming comprehensives.

Does this visual record make any sense? How will it evolve over time? What am I still missing here?

My Prezi detailing my first year and a bit of a projection into the fall.

I have created a group of Canva boards to keep everything in one place – all my readings and questions so far on Digital History and Historical Thinking, a section on methodology and one on epistemology.

All three are certainly a work in progress, but they represent my thinking up to this point.

So this is where I am at. What do you think?

Where do I go next?


Old Fellas New Music Episode 43

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Episode 43

Stephen Sanchez – Evangeline

boygenius – Cool About It

Momma – Bang Bang

Valley – Good But Not Good Together

Cassandra Lewis – Six Stars

New Pornographers –  Really Really Light

Rahul Sipligunj, Kala Bhairaa, M.M. Keeravani – Naatu Naatu

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Electric Youth Remodel)

Begonia – Married by Elvis

Cassandra Lewis

I could listen to her voice all day. Maybe I’ll do that.

“Darlin”-Official Music Video- Cassandra Lewis

Something about her

Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Cassandra Lewis played her first real show in a retirement home. As a child, she grew up loving music and “dissecting” the voices of other singers she listened to. By five years old, she hosted little concerts in her basement, singing to a little karaoke machine her grandparents had bought her. 

“When people ask,” says Lewis, “I just tell them [I create] Cosmic Americana. Dolly Parton on acid. Janis Joplin on Jesus. I think people are starting to get what that means. I’ve gone through a lot of phases musically, but I’ve always been deeply rooted in classic country western, the blues, soul, and psychedelic rock.”

American Songwriter

Hall of Fame DJ Marco Collins’ Top 10 PNW Artists He’d “Sign Right Now”

Historic DJ Marco Collins is one of two Seattle disc-jockeys honored in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Collins, who broke bands in the ‘90s like Beck and Pearl Jam on his now-infamous radio station 107.7 The End

His number 1 choice is Cassandra Lewis:

“Cassandra is hand’s down one of the most authentic and striking voices I’ve heard in decades. I first saw Cassandra play on the Willamette River in front of a tugboat, in her hometown of Portland, Oregon where she stunned and brought an unfamiliar audience to their feet for a standing ovation. Not many artists can bring me to tears, Cassandra does it within three songs. That’s how pure this shit is.”

again American Songwriter

Stephen Sanchez

Stephen Sanchez

With a dusty baritone as bright as an eternally lit jukebox and tattooed fingers around the fretboard of a rare guitar, Stephen Sanchez tunes into longing and love with the acuity of a triedand-tested troubadour—yet he’s only 19 years-old. Transcending eras, he writes the kind of songs that can play just as well from your parent’s vintage record player as they could from the main stages of festivals a la Bonnaroo. If somebody told you he just pulled up from the fifties in a gorgeous Caddy, you’d have a hard time disputing it. 

From The Opera House (Toronto)

Just love this song. It is trending in Canada – on CBC’s Top Twenty this week, so I am a little late to this, but he has a great voice and the song has a unique sound (IMO).

Two videos featuring Stephen Sanchez – the second one is amazing – Unchained Melody!

Unchained Melody – Stephen Sanchez The Newport Columbus Ohio

He is ONLY 21 years old and his career seems to have started during COVID.

A bit from Wikipedia:

In June 2020, Sanchez posted a cover of Cage the Elephant‘s “Cigarette Daydreams” on TikTok and he built an audience through a steady stream of content, attracting over 122.1K followers on TikTok.[1]

After sharing a snippet of “Lady by the Sea”, singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker reached out offering to produce the official version, which was released in July 2020; as a result Sanchez signed a deal with Republic Records. Sanchez worked with producer Ian Fitchuk on his debut EP What Was, Not Now which was released in October 2021.[1]

On November 4, 2022, he released a single with Ashe, titled “Missing You”.[2]

January 25, 2023, he then released a single titled “Evangeline” which kicked off his upcoming headline tour.

Sanchez appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to help promote the new song and his headline tour. Sanchez performed his song “Evangeline” on the show.

Rahul Sipligunj, Kala Bhairaa, M.M. Keeravani – Naatu Naatu

“Naatu Naatu” Wins Best Original Song in a Motion Picture | 2023 Golden Globe Awards on NBC

From Pitchfork:

RRR’s “Naatu Naatu” Wins Best Original Song at 2023 Golden Globes

M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose have won Best Original Song at the 2023 Golden Globe Awards for “Naatu Naatu” from RRR

“I’m very much overwhelmed with this great moment happening,” M.M. Keeravani said upon accepting the award. “It’s been an age-old practice to say that this award actually belongs to someone else. So I was planning to not say those words when I get an award like this, but I’m sorry to say I’m going to repeat the tradition because I mean my words.” Keeravani then went on to thank RRR’s director S.S. Rajamouli, actors N.T. Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan, and the song’s lyricist, co-composers, programmers, and scene animator.

M.M. Keeravani and Chandrabose triumphed over Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and more – Pitchfork

Naatu Naatu” (transl. Native, Local, Wild)[a] is an Indian Telugu-language song composed by M. M. Keeravani, with lyrics by Chandrabose and recorded by Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava for the soundtrack album of the 2022 Indian film RRR.[7] 

and you have to see this!

Naatu Naatu Full Video Song (Telugu) [4K] | RRR | NTR,Ram Charan | MM Keeravaani | SS Rajamouli

an additional interesting story – the Naatu Naatu dance scene was filmed in the Ukraine just before the Russian invasion – From Screen Daily

The search was on for a grand civic residence that might look as if it were in colonial India, but was actually in a part of Europe that was accessible to white western performers. The producers settled on Ukraine’s Mariinskyi Palace in Kyiv. In August 2021, just six months before the Russian invasion, Rajamouli’s team decamped to a setting that would soon be known by the wider world for very different reasons.


3 albums since 2019

Momma consists of Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten, who have been friends with each other since meeting at Viewpoint School, as well as drummer Zach Capitti Fenton

again from Pitchfork:

The Brooklyn duo’s cheeky spin on Gen-X slacker rock asks: What does it take to become a 1990s alt-rock star right this minute?

Should Momma indeed become household names, it’s the hooks that will get them there: The beefy riffs and call-and-response chorus of single “Speeding 72”—their best shot at a true hit—just barely outweigh its cliché of a good old-fashioned joyride. 



Begonia is the stage name of Alexa Dirks, a Canadian pop singer-songwriter from WinnipegManitoba.[1] She is most noted for her 2019 album Fear, which was longlisted for the 2020 Polaris Music Prize[2] and shortlisted for the Juno Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2021.[3]

and from the Georgia Straight 2020

The singer isn’t new to the game; before going solo as Begonia she spent years kicking around the Winnipeg music scene, perhaps most notably as a member of the prog-folk unit Chic Gamine. With Fear, she decided to rip up her own playbook and push herself artistically, supported and guided by producers Matt Peters and Matt Schellenberg of ’Peg indie heroes Royal Canoe. Two-and-a-half years went into the writing and recording process, leading to Fear being hailed as an under-the-radar masterpiece by tastemakers (NPR, CBC, The Line of Best Fit) around the world.

A CBC video The Other Side

Begonia | The Other Side | First Play Live

a little too serious, this works much better

Begonia – Married By Elvis (Official Music Video)

Boygenius – Cool About It

Boygenius is a group formed in 2018 by Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus. If those names sound familiar, it’s because Dacus and Bridgers have been featured on Old Fellas in the past.  This “indie supergroup” released their first full-length album simply called The Record, earlier this year.  “Cool About It” seems to be the lead single


Lucy Dacus explains that boygenius sardonically refers to “the archetype of the tortured genius, [a] specifically male artist who has been told since birth that their every thought is not only worthwhile but brilliant. The “boy genius” trope as boys and men we know who’ve been told that they are geniuses since they could hear”

Valley – “Good But Not Good Together”

This is the second or third Valley song featured on the Old Fellas podcast.  The Juno-nominated band is about to embark on their first headliner North American Tour.  See them if you can.

Good but not Good Together” is the latest single from the Toronto foursome. 

A new album is forthcoming.  Valley has developed a rabid fan base in Asia.  Here’s a clip of the band performing last year in Seoul.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TotigJntc30

New Pornographers –  “Really Really Light”

“Really Really Light” is the lead song from the New Pornographers 9th album Continue as a Guest.  Pitchfork has described the band’s sound as “peppy, gleeful, headstrong guitar pop” and “Really Really Light” is no exception.  The band welcomes back into the fold Dan Bejar (Destroyer).  

The video is kinda fun and quirky too! 

The New Pornographers – Really Really Light (Official Music Video)


Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” (Electric Youth Remodel)

Ryuichi Sakamoto  passed away last week at the age of 71.  Few people can claim to have made their mark on classical music, synth pop, dance music and hip-hop. His musical career began with the Japanese electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra, which he co-founded in 1978. The group’s fusion of pop, rock and electronic music helped to pave the way for the emergence of synthpop in the 1980s.  Sakamoto composed scores for several films, including The Last Emperor (1987), The Revenant (2015) and, perhaps most famously, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983).  Canadian duo Electric Youth have reimagined the classic 80’s track for a new Sakamoto tribute album.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – Electric Youth Remodel | A Tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto (Music Video)

I can recall picking up a second hand copy of this single at Vortex records in the early eighties

Pitchfork pays tribute