The sacred and the profane for you today – accompanied by Dionysus, who was the only hilarious god I could find. Do keep those .mp3 worms flowing to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a couple of lines to say why you’re sending them. Thanks to all.
Laibach – The Whistleblowers – beltway: A track from the new Laibach album! I know that they divide opinion, but you can’t deny how firmly this song plants itself in your mind – many of the usual Laibach elements are here – a martial beat, words that fit as easily as totalitarian rhetoric as pop lyrics (perhaps subverting both), but this is the most poppy thing they’ve done – it’s been on a loop for most of the last couple of weeks for me.
Maria McKee – You Gotta Sin To Get Saved – DsD: Someone (Bish?) recently pondered on the subject of “favourite Maria McKee song”. This would probably be mine. Ideally, heard played live’n’loud, in a small club, where I’m in the middle, swaying, arms round each other, of a happily-drunk-but-still-enthusiastically-singing-along crowd comprising you lot. Oh and someone keep hold of Chris, before he decides the camaraderie is all too much for him, and tries to sneak out the back! Yoo-ur all my besh mates, yunno?
Doo Wap (That Thing) – Quantic y Anita Tijoux – albahooky: Here’s one from the talented Mr. Holland joined by Anita Tijoux – who, if I remember correctly, was recommended on the ‘Spill a few summers ago. A cheeky wee 45 that puts a Cumbia spin on a Lauren Hill tune. Muy bueno!
Al Wilson – The Poor Side of Town – tincanman: Despite valiant efforts by the Eels and Walkabouts, no one has yet gotten everything out of this superbly written song. This is the best version, marginally; the door is wide open music world.
Regina Spektor – Laughing With – treefrogdemon: I saw Regina Spektor in concert a couple of years ago and I was a bit disappointed, to be honest, because though I liked the first couple of songs she did, the rest of them seemed very much of the same thing. She should have done this one. It’s a thinker, all right.
Alpha Blondy – Jerusalem – goneforeign: Blondy is probably the most popular reggae artist in Africa, he’s from the Ivory Coast. He’s a very political artist and sings in many languages, his native language is Dioula. In1986, he recorded “Jerusalem” at the Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica with The Wailers, he attempts to promote unity between the religions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity in that conflict torn region.