Richard Hell & the Voidoids
Many would say that punk started in the late 70s, with bands like Ramones, Sex Pistols, and The Clash (though Iggy Pop and the Stooges laid the ground work a few years earlier). While that status is certainly deserved there were other punk groups at that time, like Dead Boys, Germs, or Wire. Another such group in that first punk wave was hugely influential American artist Richard Hell.
"Blank Generation" is off the 1977 album Blank Generation by Richard Hell & the Voidoids.
I Should Watch TV
David Byrne & St. Vincent
I mean, it’s David Byrne & St. Vincent. There is nothing else to really say here.
So Serious by Electric Light Orchestra
God the 80s were awesome. Aside from all the fantastic music, there are the amazing music videos. I love ELO. I love this song. And I love at one point, someone said “yes, this is perfect.”
Looking for A Fight
Punk rock doesn’t seem 100% accurate but it’s close enough. Bleached is Jennifer and Jessica Clavin. “Looking for A Fight” is off Ride Your Heart, if you like this song I recommend finding the album on Spotify and just listening to it front to back. You will not be disappointed.
15 to 20
The Phenomenal Handclap Band
I just can’t stop listening…
Psychedelic funk from New York City. “15 to 20” by The Phenomenal Handclap Band
"Mr. Quiche" by Wildcat! Wildcat!
I can’t explain exactly why, but I find this song and video work really, really well together. The song is great, the video is simple but fun (what else would a cat on his last life do?), but there is a dreaminess to both that really drew me in.
There isn’t much out there yet from this band, but I’ll certainly keep an eye out.
I don’t know about you but I needed some rockabilly today. Glen Glenn is from Joplin, Missouri, this single “Everybody’s Movin’” was released in 1958.
Spank Rock (feat. Santigold)
I just stumbled across Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is a Fucking Lair and was pretty blown away. I’m not too familiar with the relatively new electronic rap / alt-rap scenes but I feel like every time I find something I’m routinely impressed.
Spank Rock is the stage name of Baltimore rapper Naeem Juwan. “Car Song” is off his second album. If you like this, “Baby” is another great song off the same album.
And here is a folk-pop song about addiction. “Baby Drugs” is off Tristen Gaspadarek’s 2011 album Charlatans at the Garden Gate. Tristen has been involved in the indie music scene for awhile and I would highly recommend anything you can find from her. Though this is certainly a good place to start.
Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)
How else could I close out the week?
"Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)" by Pete Seeger