Rainforest – Noname – the new vanguard’s first release since last year’s best song of the year starts is this year’s best song of year, no doubt the album will put the year on its ear
drivers license – Olivia Rodrigo – since the first week of the year, this has been the song of 21, a heartbreaker with a singalong bridge that was has the world enthralled
Everything I had – Sun June – The Austin, Texas indie-pop five piece band have crafted a mini miracle of mood, an austere brooder that simmers till it becomes a wall of brooding sound as it falls into the one, undoubted truth of 2021: “everything I had, I want it back”
Every Star Shivers in the Dark – Lael Neale – based around a drumbeat and a synth hook, Lael is on it from the beginning to the end as she emerges as a pilgrim of love, rhyming luxury and country by syllable
rubberband – Tate McRae – Tate is sadgirl pop with electronic backing and a top, highly intelligent vision of her reality on her break-up song: “And I got this rubber band on my wrist, on my wrist and I snap it every time that I think about your lips”
Tryin’ To Get To Heaven – David Bowie – Much more successful than his cover of Lennon’s “Mother,” recorded around the same early 90s vintage, on this one Bowie records the Dylan song a year after Dylan initially released it and Bowie gives it an epic sweep a la Station To Station, turning the break-up song into an epic surrender to death
Girl Like Me (feat. H.E.R.) – Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R. – The best song on Jazmine’s neo-r&b album, has her trading lines and harmonizing with one of our great singers, Gabriella Wilson and around the two thirs way they scat and sing through a terrific bridge which makes the song
Fillin’ My Cup (feat. Little Big Town) – Hailey Whitters, Little Big Town – a superior drinking song from the country singer, rides a snappy fiddle
Off the Yak – Young M.A – if Angel Haze was masculine still wouldn’t be as good as Young. M.A., with the MC putting down the Courvoisier and a word to listen to: “three things I hate are liars, bills, and paying my taxes”
Friday (Remix) – Rebecca Black, 3OH!3, Big Freedia, Dorian Electra – the absolute hypothesis of hyperpop, they couldn’t throw any more at it
Missing Out – Syd – all the altiness of The Internet disappears on an 808 hammered r&b stupendousness
Albuquerque – Nick Cave, Warren Ellis – if the album is a bitter and a disappointment, the half way point finds cave with his powers on full beam
This Mess We’re In – Demo – PJ Harvey – Harvey sings both Thom Yorke’s parts and her own and here is a demo in case you wondering what Thom added to the song (his voice, Harvey already had the lot
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!