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SONG of the DAY: La Gran Pérdida de Energía - "De Los Que Viven Bajo el Agua"

SONG of the DAY: "De Los Que Viven Bajo el Agua" by La Gran Pérdida de Energia. Majestic instrumental post-rock inspired by the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, Argentina. Origin: Villa La Angostura, Neuquén, Argentina. Genre: Post-Rock/Instrumental.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Sundays – “Here’s Where The Story Ends”.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Sundays – “Here’s Where The Story Ends”.

 

England’s the Sundays enjoyed several albums and some chart hits with their pleasant brand of coffeehouse rock.

 

Perhaps their most popular radio hit was 1989’s “Here’s Where the Story Ends,” a contemplative song camouflaged in a mid-tempo, alternative pop package. The lyrics, which are somewhat indecipherable, effectively document an idealist’s view of the world, which, in this song, reveals an apathetic and cynical society.

 

“Here’s Where the Story Ends” continues to be heard on modern rock, college, and alternative radio stations.

 

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PHOTO: My Bloody Valentine photographed by Paul Rider

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PHOTO: My Bloody Valentine photographed by Paul Rider.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: And Also The Trees – “Midnight Garden”.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: And Also The Trees – “Midnight Garden”.

 

Song taken from And Also the Trees, the debut studio album by English alternative rock band And Also the Trees. It was released in February 1984, through record label Reflex.

 

The album was recorded in September 1983, and was produced by The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst. Their sound stands out from that of their gothic rock peers, as it was greatly influenced by the rural surroundings of Worcestershire (the band’s place of origin), poetry (on the lyrical side) and Old England. John Peel described their sound as being “too English for the English”.

 

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SONG of the DAY: LOCAL NATIVES – “Breakers”.

SONG of the DAY: LOCAL NATIVES – “Breakers”.

 

Opulent, orchestrated indie rock that soars from spare and fragile to tense and powerful.

 

Origin: Los Angeles.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Cure – “A Forest”.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Cure – “A Forest”.

 

A Forest (At Night – Pré Version 1979).

 

While the Cure have had many more well-known hits, if there’s such a thing as an ultimate, no-question-about-it Cure song of Cure songs, this is it.

 

Regularly transformed by the band live into a massive, epic-length monster — some versions have been known to last anywhere up to 20 minutes — in its original studio form “A Forest” is and remains a surprisingly spare song, suggesting rather than directly producing its astonishing overall effect.

 

Starting with a low, steady four-note synth hook from Matthieu Hartley, Robert Smith then adds an equally stripped-down guitar line, with slight variations popping up when bassist Simon Gallup adds a brief quote. Lol Tolhurst’s reverse-echoed drums then set the nervous, uncertain pace for the remainder of the song, while Smith quietly lays down a series of chugging, psych-via-surf rock guitar melodies that would swiftly become the group’s overall trademark.

 

The overall performance is remarkably straightforward and unassuming, making it remarkably catchy and artistic angst — a feeling intensified by Smith’s lyrical portrait of a futile pursuit of romantic obsession. After the last verse, Smith fully lets loose with a spiralling series of notes that brings the song to a climax along with Gallup’s ominous two-note bass conclusion, repeating itself down to one ultimate echoed flourish.

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SONG of the DAY: AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR – “A Little Solidarity Goes A Long Way”.

SONG of the DAY: AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR – “A Little Solidarity Goes A Long Way”.

 

Euphoric orchestral arrangements bludgeoned by colossal rhythms.

 

Origin: Belfast, North Ireland.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Propaganda – “P-Machinery”.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Propaganda – “P-Machinery”.

 

“p:Machinery” is the third single by German new wave/synthpop band Propaganda, released in 1985. The song is taken from their debut album A Secret Wish.


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SONG of the DAY: LIESA VAN DER AA – “Lou”.

SONG of the DAY: LIESA VAN DER AA – “Lou”.

 

Theatrical avant-garde experiments in rock and classical music.

 

Origin: Antwerp, Belgium.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jam – “Going Underground”.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jam – “Going Underground”.

 

Issued at what would be the start of the the Jam’s career peak, “Going Underground” captured both the punk energy of the band’s nascent releases while also maintaining commercial appeal.

 

Paul Weller had spent the previous three years defining himself as one of the quintessentially English pop songwriters in the tradition of Ray Davies and Pete Townsend, and the advent of this song proved that he was on fire. The thundering drum and crunching guitar intro is an instantly arresting launch pad for social disgust Weller wrote into the song’s lyrics. Propelled by his pronounced London accent, Weller outlined his distaste for the media and how the British seemed all too willing to swap beneficial government programs for the follies of a healthier nuclear arsenal. He punctuated the song’s ferocity with the lacerating sound of his guitar pick being scraped across his strings before the band headed stridently toward the bridge.

 

It is the sort of visceral performance that had long made them a favorite on the live circuit, and one that Weller would rarely recapture during his later R&B adventures with the Style Council.

 

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SONG of the DAY: THE BLACK ANGELS – “Entrance Song”.

SONG of the DAY: THE BLACK ANGELS – “Entrance Song”.

 

Post-millenial psychedelic rock transcended by prismatic organ grooves.

Origin: Austin, Texas.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Tom Tom Club – “Genius of Love”.

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Tom Tom Club – “Genius of Love”.

 

One of the most sampled rhythm tracks in all of hip-hop — Grandmaster Flash copped the backing track in toto for 1982’s “It’s Nasty (Genius of Love)” and Mariah Carey had not one but two hit singles that lifted the rhythm — Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love” has other charms besides its immediately appealing, rubbery rhythms.

 

For one thing, Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel’s animated video, which took off from the cartoony style of the Tom Tom Club album cover, was one of MTV’s first classics. More importantly, the dreamy, sighing, yet curiously flat and emotionless lead vocals of Tina Weymouth and sister Laura Weymouth are in themselves wonderful and also predict the rise of singers as distinct as Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and the girls of Bananarama, to mention only two acts that could do some fascinating things with this song.

 

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SONG of the DAY: GOLDEN STATE – “Bombs”.

SONG of the DAY: GOLDEN STATE – “Bombs”.

 

Rampant, bombastic alternative rock with an apocalyptic edge.

Origin: Los Angeles.

 

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LIVE SESSION: Psychedelic Furs – “Dumb Waiters” (live 1981).

LIVE SESSION: Psychedelic Furs – “Dumb Waiters” (live 1981).

 

The Psychedelic Furs at Rockpalast Germany 1981 performing “Dumb Waiters” with the full original line-up of Richard Butler, Duncan Kilburn , John Ashton, Roger Morris Time Butler and Vince Ely.

 

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LIVE SESSION: The Pixies – “Gigantic”

LIVE SESSION: The Pixies – “Gigantic”.

 

The Pixies Live Fa. Onrust 1988.

 

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SONG of the DAY: “Summer In The City” by FREEDOM FRY.

SONG of the DAY: “Summer In The City” by FREEDOM FRY.

 

A French-American indie pop duo inspired by the Wild Wild West.

 

Origin: Paris and Los Angeles.

 

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PHOTO: New Order at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, July 2014

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PHOTO: New Order at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, July 2014.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: Damon Albarn – “Lonely Press Play”.

UNDER THE RADAR: Damon Albarn – “Lonely Press Play”.

 

“Lonely Press Play” is the second single by Damon Albarn, from his solo debut album Everyday Robots. It was released as a single in digital format on 27 February 2014.

 

The music video for the song was edited by Matt Cronin, with footage by Damon Albarn.

 

The footage in the video is shot by Damon on a tablet and you’ll see scenes from Tokyo, London, Dallas, Utah, Colchester, North Korea, Iceland and Devon.

 

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PHOTO: Sonic Youth

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PHOTO: Sonic Youth.

 

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LIVE SESSION: The Charlatans – “One To Another” live at Glasgow Barrowlands.

LIVE SESSION: The Charlatans – “One To Another” live at Glasgow Barrowlands.

 

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PHOTO: DAVE GROHL - FOO FIGHTERS

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PHOTO: DAVE GROHL – FOO FIGHTERS.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: The Acid – “Basic Instinct”.

UNDER THE RADAR: The Acid – “Basic Instinct”.

 

Song taken from the album ‘Liminal”.

 

The Acid unites Brighton based Adam Freeland, Californian artist Steve Nalepa and Australian producer Ry X. Aiming to create genre-less music, the trio have applied every ounce of their experience to the project.

‘Basic Instinct’ fuses nasty, noisy electronics with some meditative, gentle acoustic guitar, all the while matching soothing harmonies with stripped back percussion.

 

Los Angeles dance troupe WIFE star in the resulting video, with Ry X and film maker Dugan O’ Neal coming to the fore. A slow motion, extremely beautiful dance routine, WIFE’s Kristen Leahy, Jasmine Albuquerque and Gabriella Vincenza Cataldo bring the track to life in the most vivid manner.


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PHOTO: Sonic Youth live in Holland, 1991. Kim Gordon walking on her bass.

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PHOTO: Sonic Youth live in Holland, 1991. Kim Gordon walking on her bass.


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UNDER THE RADAR: Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days”.

UNDER THE RADAR: Zola Jesus – “Dangerous Days”.

 

With each new release, Nika Danilova, better known as Zola Jesus, has encountered a new stage of evolution on the path to her latest record, TAIGA, due out October 7, 2014. Though she’s dabbled in goth rock and industrial, Taiga finds her experimenting with her most accessible version of electronic pop music yet, and sounding all the more fully formed and interesting for it.

 

The video for Taiga’s first single, “Dangerous Days,” was shot in the actual taiga of the Hoh Rain Forest in Washington state. Danilova calls the song “a distillation of the record overall,” which addresses, in her words, “man’s perceived position in nature and how we interact with it, how we feel alienated.”

 

Directed by Timothy Saccenti, who has in the past worked with Phantogram and Depeche Mode, the video employs imagery reminiscent of the nineties video game Myst and a goat-wool cape by InAisce that Danilova insists has only ever been worn once before, by none other than Marina Abramovic.


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PHOTO: Throwing Muses

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PHOTO: Throwing Muses.


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LIVE SESSION: Bob Mould Performs “The War” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

LIVE SESSION: Bob Mould Performs “The War” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

 

The former Hüsker Dü/Sugar frontman Bob Mould is a punk rock legend, and it turns out that he’s also really, really great at performing on late-night TV talk shows.

 

Mould was on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and he once again rocked hard enough that I’m worried he’s going to break something one of these days. Mould usually plays with Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster, but this time, he had a ringer behind him, as Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins filled in.

 

On the show proper, Mould played “The War,” a song from his recent album Beauty & Ruin.


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