From Kurt to Katy, here’s what’s orbiting our musical universe this week…
A Favorite Band Name:
The New Pornographers
These Canadian indie-rockers produce spirited songs you can sing in the shower … hopefully, they’re not filming…
Songs We’re Listening To This Week:
* Fresh From The Sonic Shores… Villagers: “Courage”
Wow, we were about to deem this acoustic tune a syrupy dud, and then, like Rudy, this little charmer came out of nowhere to win us over:
* A Relatively Recent Ripper… Royal Blood: “Figure It Out”
After the Northeast snows kinda melted, we got in our car, and just cranked this one up:
* Oldie, But Goodie… Love Tractor: “I Broke My Saw”
Just a great 1980s riff from one of the founding members of the Athens, GA, scene:
Music Video Review:
SOKO: “Ocean of Tears”
French model-slash-singer SOKO knocks it out of the park with this simple, fun vid.
LIGHTS: “Running With The Boys”
A raspy voice, a purple flare, a sunny day in Canada…
Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney: “Only One”
In case anyone was wondering, Kanye West does in fact have a soft side; we just wish it didn’t require so much auto tune.
Courtney Barnett: “Pedestrian At Best”
One of Australia’s true talents clowns around, but we don’t mind.
Classic Music Video of the Week:
Fatboy Slim: “Weapon of Choice”
Actor Christopher Walken relives his Broadway past in this toe-tappin’ music video:
Top Headline of the Week:
The Verge interview with Brett Morgen
Film director Brett Morgen is releasing his latest film. This time he’s documenting the life of legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Morgen says there are intimate, funny, and witty sides of Cobain that haven’t been properly portrayed… yet.
The film, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and will make television appearances on HBO starting on May 4, 2015.
Here’s the full interview:
Black History Month Spotlight:
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
South Bronx, New York, 1978. One DJ, five rappers… and the rest is hip-hop history.
Review of the Week:
NewsWhistle’s own rock n’ roll sphinx Chad Werner tackles Matthew Ryan’s latest album “Boxers”…
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
In case you missed it… Here’s Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliot getting their freak on during the halftime show of the Super Bowl:
Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org