T5 – Swet Shop Boys – T5 stands for Terminal 5, the place where Swet Shop Boys have the biggest problems, moving across the world, as 20 something Muslim boys. “Oh no, we’re in trouble”, they worry “TSA always want to burst our bubble.” Leaving SSB somewhere between bemused and terrified as they suffer through constant random checks
No Surprises – Ramin Djawadi – If you’ve been watching HBO’s “Westworld” series, a show I toggle from love to dislike, though my bet is episode six will see if they have managed a payoff. Except for Evan Rachel Wood, who is stupendous as always. I have admired her since 2007’s “The Life Before Her Eyes” and her performance in “Westworld” is bravado and then some. This song is the Radiohead one, an instrumental on piano, played at the saloon in Westworld.
No Surprises – Radiohead – Egotistically and self-serving by the Cambridge boys, who seem to believe that the woes of life that fulfill themselves in their existence are wasted. Why can’t they all be upper middle class public school planks like Radiohead? Anyone? Sileeence...
Lonesome Town – Paul McCartney – This is Paul dealing with Linda’s death through a Ricky Nelson cover, so heartbreaking that the always optimistic Sir Paul can’t find his way through it. It is a quiet pal over a song that deals in loss through retreat and also through nostalgia.
Make America Great Again – Pussy Riot – I’m not crazy about the video, it imagines a hyperbolic Trump Presidency, while the song itself occurs in the here and now and flips the catchphrase. Nadya makes a valid point, what would make America great(er) are the very things that Americans seem to think are weakening it. This song, which will probably be more single of the year, is catchy, sexy and scary, the whispered song title is eery and terrifc at the same time.
TaylorSwift’s “The Era Tour” Reaches MetLife Arena, May 28th, 2023, Reviewed
tried way too hard and ended up a crushing bore
US Top Ten Albums Tracking 5-19-23 – 5-25-23
Morgan is the first country star with twelve consecutive weeks at # 1 since Billy Ray Cyrus 30 years ago
Sneak Peaks: Upcoming New Album Releases 6-2-23 – 6-8-23
excellent, deeply melodic, indie rock
Going Steady: New Singles 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed
sort of Neil Young without the head cold and in full pop mode.
L.A. Burning, West Coast Concert Picks, May 29th To June 4th
Grace Jones will be at OUTLOUD Music Fest
UK Top 10 Albums 5-26-23 – 6-1-23
outsold the rest of the Official Albums Chart Top 10 combined
UK Top 10 Singles 5-26-23 – 6-1-23
an EDM plonker on top
Dead Babies: Helmut Berger And Martin Amis Leave Us
about how time decays us
The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 5-26-23 – 6-1-23 Reviewed
a major slice of bad news
The Cure At The Hollywood Bowl, Wednesday, May 24th, 2023, Reviewed
The most heart-pulsing moments took us back through the past 45 years.