Not a huge list this week — usual reason (busy as fuck).
First up — this song is used in a commercial for, inexplicably, insurance. Can’t remember which company, so the ad obviously doesn’t do the job. But what it did do is make me want to track down this song, which I can only describe as “haunting.” So I did. And here it is: Hem – “Half Acre.”
Next, a *brilliant* mashup — thanks to
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have a new album coming out this month! Woot! New album means (hopefully) new tour, and even more hopefully, a new date in Lawrence! This is the title track: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – “I Learned The Hard Way.”
Yesterday while I was laptopping, Henry’s (the coffee shop where I was ensconced) played this album, which I hadn’t heard in ages. It got a lot of guff for being “Pop-punk”, but I had a lot of respect for the group sticking with their indie label and telling the majors to fuck off. Plus, any “pop” group savvy enough to name-check Desmond Dekker gets serious authenticity points in my book. Rancid – “Roots Radicals.”
Lastly, one of my favorite tracks from The Police, which doesn’t nearly get the airplay of their bigger hits. They performed this one on the last tour, but Sting isn’t really capable of hitting this register any more, so it was an octave down. Gettin’ old. Phooey. The Police – “So Lonely.”
There ya go, kids. Enjoy.