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Hey everybody, I'm back for another Pick of the Week! This pick focuses on the Bonnie Raitt classic, "I Can't Make You Love Me". Now, I'll admit, this is some cheesy stuff...but sometimes cheese is a good thing: think about it as a nice brie as opposed to Velveeta. You might know Bonnie Raitt from her 1991 hit "Something to Talk About", a standard, upbeat, Shania Twain-esque 90's pop song. In contrast, "I Can't Make You Love Me" is very intimate and personal. While it has broad appeal, it comes across as a song that was written for personal healing, not for record sales. I honestly can't listen to this song without being moved to goosebumps or even tears. Maybe I'm a softie, but there is something very raw and honest about it. Breakup songs are sad, sure, but unrequited love, that's downright tragic. To me, this ballad perfectly personifies the feeling of loving someone who doesn't love you back. Lyrically, it is direct but beautiful. The song itself, in terms of craft, is also really fantastic, and on top of all that, Raitt's vocal delivery is genuine and powerful. (The only thing I might complain about in this recording is the pianist, who in my humble opinion overplays his part a bit and makes some stylistic choices I find distracting.) I recommend experiencing this beautiful track wrapped up in a warm blanket, enjoying some high quality hot chocolate. You may also want some tissues nearby. I mean seriously, who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2015 at Loose Filter Media
Happy Monday everyone! I'm back again for my Pick of the Week! This week I'm highlighting "AKA M80 the Wolf" by Portugal. The Man. This track is a throwback for a group that has gained most of its popularity fairly recently (recording since the early 2000's, the band released an album produced by Danger Mouse in 2012, which has understandably brought them much more attention). I first encountered their music before they were all big and famous (FIRST!), back in the days when they only had one album - Waiter: You Vultures!. They specialize in a what I like to call 'trippy-rock', music that sounds both familiar and foreign at the same time. While their new music is definitely cool, it all just made me want to come back and listen to their early stuff, which brings me to "AKA M80 the Wolf". One of the main tracks from their first album, this is, simply put, a fantastic rock song. It evokes the sounds of bands like The Mars Volta, and features a steady groove with light, haunting, tenor male vocals, sweet keyboard parts, and a psychedelic guitar line. Their sound varies a lot from song to song, and they can get really crazy (see "Chicago"), but I enjoy how this song seems to age so well and how I find myself regularly drawn back to it. I also appreciate the odd yet beary entertaining music video. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2015 at Loose Filter Media
Happy Friday everyone! I'm excited to kick off my weekly post, Pick of the Week! I'll be sharing selections of music that will hopefully tickle your fancy, or at least provide you with some tasty food for thought. My first pick is "Nakamarra", by Hiatus Kaiyote. From their 2013 album Tawk Tamahawk, this track was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Performance that year, and it's been tweet-recommended by artists like Prince and Questlove (which is a pretty legit pair of endorsements). The song itself is a soothing ray of sunshine that always seems to calm me, regardless of my mood. It has a gentle, comforting groove that invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy its caress. Unlike most popular music, "Nakamarra" does nothing to hide its complex rhythmic movement and jazz harmonies. The song is a refreshing and welcome change from the standard sound palette that currently prevails in popular music. The band has only been together since 2011, hailing from Melbourne--though honestly, this band sounds like they have been playing together for much, much longer. Self-described as "Future-Soul", Hiatus Kaiyote play tight, jazz and R&B driven tunes that seem to evoke both Erykah Badu and Billie Holiday at the same time. Their lead singer, Nai Palm, is also their guitarist, and she is an incredible musician. Her soulful, velvety voice entwines beautifully with the colorful chords and polyrhythms that make up their music. To truly get the best experience out of the little slice of heaven... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Loose Filter Media
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Nov 11, 2015