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Going Steady: New Singles, Thursday, July 16th, 2020, Reviewed

Get Paid – Aluna, Princess Nokia, Jada Kingdom, AlunaGeorge – At a festival a coupla years ago, the organizers put Alunageorge in a small tent so they had to only allow a number of people in at the time: the line twisted right around the ground, I didn’t come close to catching the EDM pop duo. Aluna has a terrific sensibility, a cool pop breeze and this terrific song is a cool summer breeze of a song – B+

Dead Billie Jean – Blitzen Trapper – pleasant enough and for sure a great idea (plus: “I was smoking dope with Lincoln in a Chrysler on a hill” is sure worthy) but they don’t execute their desolation rows quite well enough – B-

Roll Back Your Clocks – Buck Meek – Who likes all that tasteful blah indie Americana,? The blah not so much, Big Thief is another matter entirely, they seem incapable of a bad move even when songwriter Adrianne Lenker goes solo, and apparently even when lead guitarist Buck Meek writes his own songs on this purely lovely folk song – B+

Trials – Cults – lush is the word they use, with violins and keyboards and a softly whispered vocal, better than their usual stuff – B-

Tangled Man – Green Gartside – Green was the leader of the politically motivated but beautifully penned Scritti Politti -by Green. The lo key lo fi “Tangled Man” is a beauty – B+

Jeepster – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts -this should be bread and butter for Jett, the glam rock classic could have been written by her, so why is this such a lackluster take? A real disappointment – C

Break – Julia Stone – Love this woman’s voice, ten years into her career she still sounds weird and into it, the song is an obtuse folk and it works all the way through – B+

SHOES (feat. Virgil Abloh) – Lupe Fiasco, Kaelin Ellis, Virgil Abloh – Fiasco is a an acquired taste and I acquired it years ago when I caught him on stage at (I think) BB King’s and was blown away. This song isn’t about blowing you away, though mixing shoes with sole and then with soul should keep your attention, the back track has something of the moodiness of Wu Tang Forever – B

Sometimes He’s In My Dreams – Mary Lattimore – beautiful harp instrumental, Mary must improve everything she plays in though as a single artist it is a little boring – B-

Wishing Well – Mike Polizze – Mike joined by Kurt Vile, who usually drives me up the wall, on a truly lovely, guitar picked song – B+

Source [Feat. Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kinoshi, Richie Seivwright] – Nubya Garcia, Ms MAURICE, Cassie Kino – the first four minutes of mainstream jazz soungs and hi hat drums are great, the next 8 minutes less so – B-

Down By The Water – Demo – PJ Harvey – From PJ Harvey’s greatest era with a strapped on guitar and a sexy demeanor -I saw her FOUR TIMES on the To Bring You My Love, literally every time she played New York on the tour.  The next time she played New York was at the Hammerstein behind another killer album (Is This Desire?) but the guitar was gone. I digress, the problem, if it is a problem, is that the song was finished and just missing the shading so big whoop… on the other hand, it’s a great song – A-

The Soul Singer – The Waterboys – The horns are nice – C+

Don’t Call Again – Tkay Maidza, Kari Faux – good rap, great chorus – B

Sweet Transvestite – T.S.O.L., Keith Morris – nothing if not a fun punk take on Timmy as Rocky, though I recommend they try his “Paradise Garage”… you don’t know it? It goes like this… – B

Hammond Song – Whitney – A fine cover of the great song off the Roches debut album, and Julian doesn’t even double (triple?) track his voice, the instrumental break is fabulous  – B+

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