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Going Steady: New Singles 1-25-19 – 1-31-19

Uncomfortably Numb (feat. Hayley Williams) – American Football, Hayley Williams – covert rock ballad and Hayley sounds sweet – C+

Save Me Tonight – Arty – EDM  based r&b track, should do well on the dancefloor – B-

If My Heart Had A Heart – Cassadee Pope – Really -kinda lame concept and a touch overblown – C

Father’s Son – Celeste – Straddling between old school soul and chill r&b, pretty but make a decision – C+

Con Calma – Daddy Yankee, Snow – If you want to up the dance qualities of reggaeton, good idea to use Snow (who we never hear from) – B

Give You Up – Dido – Pretty good post-break up song, third off the upcoming album so the thrill is gone – B

Lost My Mind – Dillon Francis, Alison Wonderland – A terrific electronic, beat based pop song by a top DJ, Alison  had a terrific Taylor Swift in pop mode where is Max Martin mode last year, she is really worthy – A-

Communication – Disq –  Over long indie rocker, the first minute instrumental is pretty good – C+

Swan Song – From the Motion Picture “Alita: Battle Angel” – Dua Lipa – Mood pop for the new superhero movie – B

Haunted House – Florence + The Machine – Hand her this, the breathy sub-K.D. Lang vocal is lovely and the metaphor works – B

Exits – Foals – I was in between with the UK sound of modern rock guys, till I saw em live – C-

My Year – GASHI, G-Eazy – Yeah, white pop rap pop – C+

Hazy Shade of Winter (feat. Ray Toro) – Gerard Way, Ray Toro – Far be it for me to offer Gerard advise, but he is not okay, I promise: GET THE BAND TOGETHER AND PLAY ARENAS FOR NOSTALGIC 20 SOMETHINGS – C

Got Muscle (feat. Peewee Longway & WaveIQ) – GoldLink, Peewee Longway, WaveIQ – When it comes to this moody sound merchant cum rapper, if you know, you know – B+

My Favorite Fish – Gus Dapperton – Direct from bedsitland, nerd pop mood music with a smidgin of jazz – B-

can’t calm down – Hand Habits – This is what happens when Saddle Creek chose a band without helping them out on song releases, it isn’t bad but it is sure a mid-album lull whose instrumental would function better in context – B-

Heartbreak – Hunter Hayes – Not bad country pop with a clever lyric sunk by the chorus – C

Pro Procrastinator – Indoor Pets – Will these pop punkers never learn? – B+

MIDDLE CHILD – J. Cole – Cole feels underappreciated and has the flow to make his point, but he isn’t, you know, underrated: the sung portion is excellent  – B

Red Bull & Hennessy – Jenny Lewis – Sure it is asinine, but the two times I’ve met Jenny, both as just a garden variety stalker, she was so nice to me that I no longer spend my time just wishing she’d write “Portions Of Foxes” over and over again… Not crazy about this song as a song, but I like the arrangement, and I love the build towards the end. Plus I love Jenny, so there’s that – B+

Front Porch – Joy Williams – She’d be better off and also be performing superior music, if she would just reform the Civil Wars (you know how bad my ears are? I panned Barton Hollow in 2011), but even so this is another post Wars folk Americana of the first order – B

Violins – Kassi Ashton – Great little country rocker from the UMG Nashville find  – B+

I Know (feat. Fiona Apple) – RISE Recording – King Princess, Fiona Apple – “I have to say also that this particular song of mine is a really, really important song to me and  I can imagine if I heard someone else sings it I might be really really pissed off about it because it’s really close to me …” That was Fiona Apple discussing Elvis Costello’s 2006 cover, a goodie, and this one with King Princess taking the lead and Fiona handling the harmonies is even better. A good Fiona song to resurrect by the way and a fine way for Mikaela to tribute the strange Ms. Apple – SINGLE OF THE WEEK – A

i’m so tired… – Lauv, Troye Sivan – Lauv is a 24 year old songwriter for EDM popsters, and with a coupla hits on his hands. This is indie pop, joined by Troye Sivan, and catchy as hell – B+

That Feelin’ – LHITNEY -soulful little dance track – B

White Lies – M-22 – Pro DJ dup working on the line between Tiesto and Calvin Harris – B-

Ode to Billie Joe (feat. Lucinda Williams) – Mercury Rev, Lucinda Williams – Electronic mood version that takes the Billie Joe “never had a lick of sense” McAllister suicide sorry story seriously as fuck – A-

Pulverturm – Tiësto’s Big Room Remix – Niels Van Gogh, Tiësto – Sublime remix, try it, really – B+

You Don’t Know Me – Peter Manos – Singer songwriter sad song with electronic sounds in the background and an 808 leading the way – C+

Fuck The Rain – Ryan Adams – No wonder Phoebe Bridgers was super down to fuck Ryan, he can write the fuck out of a song and here John Mayer kills the instrumental break – A-

Vivir Bailando – Silvestre Dangond, Maluma – Traditional Colombian pop singer given a taste of the new via Maluma and not harmed by it at all – B

Cut Dat Check – Soulja Boy – No fooling, that’s an awesome hook he’s got there – B+

Viktor Borgia – Stephen Malkmus – I saw Pavement at a tiny club back in the 1990s and loved them, but they sucked at their reunion, and nothing Malkmus has done since then has move me… not even this 80s inspired gameboy synth song – C+

Getcha Roll On (feat. Tory Lanez) – T-Pain, Tory Lanez – What happened to T-Pain? This ain’t bad, Troy is always a pleasure, and you don’t hate T-Pain’s autotuning, but it is minor league stuff – C+

Girls Have Fun – Tyga, G-Eazy, Rich The Kid, DJ Snake – Nice one from Tyga, great beat, good and dirty rap – B

2021 – Vampire Weekend – Five years for this?  Samples Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono and should do nothing for Hosono (not to mention Ezra’s) career – C

Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall is a nostalgia trip to Columbia University  where the building exists, where he finds hate groups. At Columbia University? Get the fuck outta here, Anne Coulter can’t give a speech on campus without getting booed off stage, they’d lynch hate groups. The solo is good, the song is lovely, the metaphor stillborn, and is Rostam missed? Good question, we will see – B+

Boasty (feat. Idris Elba) – Wiley, Stefflon Don, Sean Paul, Idris Elba – Two big time grime rappers, the great dancehall Sean Paul, and the black James Bond -consider me all in – B+

BOOM – X Ambassadors – Nice beat and a rocking electronica – B-

Put a Date On It (feat. Lil Baby) – Yo Gotti, Lil Baby – All trap click boards and hi hats and twi top rappers doing what they do, man a flow by Lil Baby -Twista would be impressed – B

Dance and Chant – Yolanda Be Cool – EDM duo sound more disco than pure dance, or maybe both – B

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