Friday Music

I know, I know. Late today.

First off — storms rolled through Kansas yesterday, marking the light-switch-flicking changeover from Summer to Fall. Upper 80s and low 90s with high humidity has given way to low humidity and mid-70s. In honor of the coming of my favorite season (and for those who might only be familiar with the singer’s more famous “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone”): Bill Withers – “Lovely Day.”

The video was an internet meme, so I’m sure you’ve heard it by now, but fuck it — I love the song, so here it is. (NSFW, as if that wasn’t obvious by the title) Cee-Lo Green – “Fuck You.”

Earlier this week, I caught Streets of Fire, one of my favorite cult films of the 80s, on late-night cable. Here is the big opening number, written by Meatloaf muse and bombast specialist Jim Steinman. The soundtrack says it’s by “Fire, Inc.”, but for me, it will always be Ellen Aim and the Attackers — so that’s how I’m going to credit it. Ellen Aim and the Attackers – “Nowhere Fast.”

The best poem I’ve ever seen performed. Absolutely beautiful. Leonard Cohen – “A Thousand Kisses Deep (recitation).”

A great bit of 80s-influenced power-pop: LCD Soundsystem – “Drunk Girls.”

HBO’s True Blood has featured some great music, which I’ve posted about before. This is the track that closed the most recent season –a new track from the same artist who performs the theme song to the show (“Bad Things”): Jace Everett – “Evil (Is Goin’ On.) (feat. C.C. Adcock)”

But in my opinion, the best song ever used on the show is this one, from back in the first season. I’ve posted this one before, back after it first aired, but it’s been a while. A country group that does a fairly impressive echoing of the classic Fleetwood Mac sound: Little Big Town – “Bones.”

There you go. Enjoy.

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