The Week in Music: The Both, Natalie Merchant and more – USA TODAY
So much music is thrown at us each week that it can be hard to separate the good from the not-so-good. (And trust me, much of it is not good!)
Below is a roundup of videos, songs and records I’ve been digging lately. Feel free to point out any that brightened your week, too. These go to 11:
1. The Both‘s video for Milwaukee. The duo, aka Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, posted a funny clip for a rockin’ song off their new record, out April 15. Both of these performers have a clever way with words, so it’s always exciting to hear them collaborate.
2. Sweet Apple‘s The Golden Age of Glitter. OK, so the fact that the band is fronted by J Mascis is cool enough. But add guest appearances by Robert Pollard and Mark Lanegan, and you have a must-hear record!
3. Giving Up Everything, Natalie Merchant. The former 10,000 Maniacs singer has a new album out May 6. I can’t take my eyes off this hauntingly beautiful video. (The full clip can be seen at NPR.org.)
4. Daddy’s Car, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde. I’ve already raved about the new material from these guys, and this new song delivers something unexpected about every 30 seconds. You could call it retro or futuristic and be right either way. Album comes out May 6.
5. Home, Dawn Landes. Well, this is the best sad song I’ve heard in a long time. The latest album from the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Bluebird, is out now — and oh yeah, she’s on tour with some guy named Bryan Ferry.
6. Tokyo Police Club‘s Hot Tonight. After watching the fun arcade-inspired video, play the game! This cheerful, catchy track could be a candidate for Song of the Summer (or, at the very least, Song of the Spring).
7. Man or Astro-man?. When I heard a Negativland interview a few weeks ago, I wondered what these guys (also ahead-of-their time artists who put on a great show) were up to. Turns out they’re about to hit the road in support of their 2013 album, Defcon 5…4…3…2…1. Make plans.
8. The Afghan Whigs‘ Do to the Beast. Greg Dulli’s sexy, demanding voice is one of those things that make life worth living. Stream the album now, buy it next week.
9. Every Nirvana reunion performance from last night. I can’t get enough of these shaky videos showing St. Vincent, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Lorde and the aforementioned J Mascis playing the hits at the induction ceremony and secret after-show.
10. R.E.M.‘s vintage merch sale. Some official merchandise was discovered in a warehouse, and now the band is selling it (pretty cheap!) on their site. I’m glad I got my ’87 tour shirt before it sold out!
11. That little number from last weekend’s SNL. I don’t think I’m allowed to type the title, but you probably know which one I mean. Watch out, or you’ll start singing it in line at the grocery store …