Song of the Week: “Strong Woman” by Jen Cloher

by Douglas Cowie on 16 February 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Strong Woman” by Jen Cloher:

This week on the advice of my Australia-based pal Jeff I went to see Jen Cloher. It was a really good show. Her band, two guitars, bass, drums, had a big sound (the drummer has a Slayer-sized bass drum), and Jen Cloher herself writes good songs, has a good voice, and maybe most of all, performs with a nonchalant and natural swagger. Courtney Barnett’s lead guitar playing was superb as well.

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Song of the Week: “Stereo” by James Carter

by Douglas Cowie on 9 February 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Stereo” by James Carter:

Back in 2004, jazz saxophonist James Carter recorded an album of Pavement songs, for a 2005 release called Gold Sounds. The track listing is a mix of obvious and less obvious choices from the Pavement catalog, and the album itself is playful and fun.  It’s always interesting to hear a group of musicians where you can tell they’re having a good time. For comparison’s sake, here’s the Pavement original.

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Song of the Week: “Sea Calls Me Home” by Julia Holter

by Douglas Cowie on 2 February 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Sea Calls Me Home” by Julia Holter:

My friend Hamish gave me Julia Holter’s album Have You in My Wilderness about a year ago, and I’ve listened to it quite a bit in the meantime.  This week End of the Road Festival made its first lineup announcement for the 2018 festival, and one of the names on the list is Julia Holter. I’m looking forward to hearing her perform live at the end of the summer.

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Song of the Week: “Big New Prinz” by The Fall

by Douglas Cowie on 26 January 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Big New Prinz” by The Fall:

“Big New Prinz” is the first song by The Fall I ever heard. RIP Mark E. Smith.

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