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Song of the Day

Song of the Day – Faithless – “Insomnia (Monster Mix)”

EDM? EDC?

NEOPHYTES ALL!

Here’s the real sound of 1995, a rave anthem if there every was one. Wait for the synths to kick in around 6:30, now that’s a fucking drop.

PS – hi, good to see you too!


Song of the Day – Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”

Because a full-length version* is finally out. Oh yes it is. They should call it “Get Funky”: dis shit NAAAAIIISTY!!!!

[audio https://jshare.johnshopkins.edu/cfranck1/Get%20Lucky.mp3]

*EDIT April 18, 11am-ish – this appears to be a radio edit, the full album version is about two minutes longer. So what? It’s still sweeeeet!


Song of the Day – Phoenix – “Armistice”

The last track on the aforementioned BRILLIANT Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, and maybe one of the more underrated songs from the album (if it’s possible to underrate a song from that masterpiece). It’s just perfect, from the dark, moody guitar arpeggio at the start, to the beautiful chorus and Thomas Mars’s catchy but not-quite-sensible lyrics, to the 1960s psychedelic bridge and uptempo climax and outro notes. Perfect.


Video

Song of the Day – Sergio Mendes + Brasil 66 – “Mas Que Nada”

Yeah, it may be overplayed, but it’s awesome, perfect for the summer heatwave that’s hit us now, a dose of rio, beaches, and sexiness as DC swelters. Funky cool beats meets samba and sultry female vocals, laid over Sergio’s groovetastic piano. This video is special too – the uploader took live footage and replaced the audio with a remastered studio version, cleaning up and enhancing the voices. Good stuff.


Song of the Day – “Re-Make/Re-Model” by Roxy Music

Remember the first music post on We Ball Harder? About T Rex and the birth of glam rock? We come back full circle to some of Marc Bolan’s contemporaries: Roxy Music, one of the pioneers of glam rock, if not the very first – with an artier, more eccentric edge, at least while synthesizer bad boy/future production genius Brian Eno was with them, looking like a feathered, glammed up Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. “Remake/Remodel” is the first song from their first album, and hands down my favorite. It has everything: a driving beat from drummer Paul Thompson and bassist Graham Simpson, scorching guitar from Phil Manzanera, off the wall sax playing by Andy Mackay, Brian Eno’s bizarre synthesized squelches (all of which get solo time), and of course frontman Bryan Ferry’s signature wail and killer opening piano chords. Recorded in 1972, this song is a mashup before mashups existed, and it fuckin’ rocks!

Studio version first, then live version (which is great cos you can see everyone freaking out onstage)


Song of the Day – “California Dreaming”

Come on spring, yalla already!

“All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey /
I’ve been for a walk on a winters day /
I’d be safe and warm if I was in LA /
California dreaming on such a winters day.”

 


Song of the Day – “Ada Sahillerinde”

Time to reveal one of my favorite genres to listen to when deep in writing – Türkü, Turkish folk music, which can come in several forms, but I like them for working as I can sort of ignore the lyrics (since my Turkish isn’t fluent by any means), and let the music drive me and concentrate in a way that more hypnotic and entrancing genres like Qawwali and Persian classical don’t allow. That’s not to say Türkü isn’t great on its own merits though – today’s song of the day is one of my favorites, “Ada Sahilleri,” AKA “Ada Sahillerinde Bekliyorum,” “Adalar Sahilinde,” or several variations (“The shores of the island,” “I’m waiting on the shores of the island,” and “on the shore of the islands,” respectively), referring to the Prince’s Islands, simply known as the “Islands” in the Marmara Sea just off the coast and within sight of Istanbul.  This is, then, one of the more famous Istanbul türküs, about waiting on the shores of the island, and among other things, watching over the lover’s travels, and asking to be made happy and later remembered as he passes away.

Being a folk song, there’s no definitive version, so here are a couple of the better ones. İyi çalışmalar! -work well (for the weekend is nigh!)

(first half)