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Going Steady: New Singles, Thursday, September 17th, Reviewed

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Dolly Parton – from her upcoming Christmas album, a little croaky but better than the first single we received – B-

Cartography – Eddie Vedder – from the soundtrack to the documentary about RFK, a guitar instrumental – B

Cartography – Nick Zinner RFK Remix – Eddie Vedder, Nick Zinner – The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick adds RFK after MLK’s assassination speech – B

See Monkey – Elvis Perkins – an eerie singer songwriter indie sound saved by a haunting use of horns – B

Moonlight – Future Islands – Future Islands are the best of the dreamscape performers, the acoustic note and the sparing synths make for an artistic transmogrification of moonlight and sadness into sound  -a perfect song – A

Reservations – Lambchop – the most boring cover in the world of the most boring band known to man (Wilco), thirteen minutes of stately blah – C-

Pop Song 1 – NICE. – catchy indie pop rock like it was 2014 – B

Enough – No Thank You – Post punk sinker, somewhere between grunge and indie – C+

7 Seconds – Porridge Radio – you can tell when a good, young band have reached the next plateau: they get more tuneful while losing none of their soul. Here the post-punks sound like an 80s synth band but not at all, on a tremendous song – A

Didn’t I – Regina Bonelli – Ms. Bonelli’s cover of the time  Darondo’s  gave Al Green a serious run for his money, emerges out of the 2020 pandemic holocaust as a moment that doesn’t just go to Memphis, it echoes Philly as well. Regina’s exquisite take on the soul song is far from her blues smackdown version of “Killing Floor”. Aided by her True Groove family, Regina includes a sumptuous vocal which evokes some form of feminism as she is the provider, slipping a sense of her does what for whom, more than smart in a woman who has always dealt in sexual politics. Regina feels as though it is a silky soulfulness to take you away from this terrible moment, but it isn’t that: it just moves the chains on what is being done to whom by whom -something that is an addition to her artistry and has always been there. One more thing about the song itself, Darondo quit the business and became a pimp and once you learn that? Suddenly you can notice a hidden menace in the lyric  – A

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I never said I didn’t like Sharon Jones, indeed in 2015 I wrote this: “Sharon is a great old time soul woman who has been known to leave me cold, but any problems I’ve had in the past were put to sleep on this soulful Etta James cover, it was where the band paid off their protean qualities by transferring from rock to soul. They did em both at the same time” (here). I certainly never claimed the late soul singer couldn’t do justice To Stevie Wonder, she clearly did and does – A-

feel away (feat. James Blake & Mount Kimbie) – slowthai, James Blake, Mount Kimbie – slowthai first seemed to be art grime, but here with James Blake singing and the UK electronic Mount Kimbie, it sounds like a soul Britannicana that echoes endlessly from slowthai’s rap – A-

Juliefuckingette – Stephen Malkmus – Nobody has been harsher on post-Pavement Malkmus than me,  I have not been a fan of just about any of it (I didn’t even much care for their Summerstage reunion). Having said that, this would fit onto Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, though recorded at the same time as Traditional Techniques earlier this year, on “Juliefuckingette” Malkmus digs into his Pavement catalog that you could swear you heard before. It might not be “Range Life” but it is awful damn good – A-

Sugar – Sufjan Stevens – his eagerly awaited follow up to the instant classic Carrie And Lowell hasn’t given us anything but slow and dreary ambience on all three singles- C

Get Famous – The Mountain Goats – The horns are pretty awesome and soulful and the song is a smart rumination of the price of famous – B+

What’s The Deal? – The Nude Party – terrific guitar lick, followed by drum roll, and then a Lou Reed-y singer with a sweet tune to sing and a frat rock persona that is more indie and less punk than their Black Lips connection suggests – B+

All Weekend – The Vaughns – According to Flood Magazine’s Mike LeSuer (here) “The duo of Anna Lies and Ryan Kenter are announcing today the signing of their band The Vaughns to Equal Vision Records, and to christen the deal, we’re getting a refreshingly laid-back single “All Weekend,” wherein Lies’ vocals recall the blasé observations of Phoebe Bridgers without much of the anxiety…” Yeah, it is like indie folk for kids graduating High School next year – B+

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