Spoon – Hot Thoughts

I love this song. I know it’s been out for a couple months now and that other bloggers had it up right away, but I wanted to wait until it gained more traction. And that it has. And I’m so happy because I’ve been a fan of Spoon for a long time and I never think they get the recognition they ought to. These Austin boys always fly a little under the radar and I think they kind of like that about themselves. But their ninth record has changed all that and I think they’re officially on the map with this one.

I love the punctuated keyboards beneath the lyrics, punching it up. It has a lot of quirky, moving parts with vocal effects and exploratory electronic sounds adding to the sonic depth of the tune, but I don’t think it would have worked quite as well without the provocative lyrics. I mean, who doesn’t have hot thoughts in their mind all of the time? About someone?

This song is great to listen to while trying to keep the current love of your life off your mind. (So, maybe go on a run to this one?)

Lyrics:

Hot thoughts melting my mind
Could be your accent mixing with mine
You got me uptight, twisting inside
Hot thoughts all in my mind and all of the time, babe

Hot thoughts all in my mind and all of the time, yeah
Hot thoughts all in, all in my mind and all of the time

Your teeth shining so white
Light up this sad street in Shibuya tonight
Hot thoughts melting my cool
Is it your motion, signal and cue?
Hot thoughts all in my mind and all of the time
You must be trouble for sure

Hot thoughts all in my mind and all of the time, yeah
I’ll tell it to your soul, I want you to know
Hot thoughts all in, all in my mind all of the time

Took time off from my kingdom
Took a break from the war
Took time off from my kingdom
Raise up my creatures
Diamonds from space
Pure facets and features

That drag drug from your lips
Making you think how good it was to let baby kiss on the lows
Hot thoughts melting your cool could be the
(It’s all on my mind and all of the time)
Motion, the signal and cue
You’ve got

Hot thoughts all in your mind all of the time
I’ll hold it to my rhyme
Maketh your mind, yeah
You know, I think I, I think all your love is a lie

Hot Thoughts/Spoon: Matador Records, 2017

 

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Bridget Kearney – Wash Up

This song has been spinning around on Music Choice (cable TV’s only redeeming factor anymore) for a couple weeks now and every time I hear it, my ears perk up. It stands out. The vocals are soft and steady and have a strumming quality to them, which contrasts the heavier lyrics, really. And although it sounds like a kind of upbeat song, her vocals have a sorrow to them. It’s about her not being able to save her lover or the relationship and in the video, we see her just running over the course of a whole day. She’s trying to get it out of her system that this guy ruined her self esteem on some level and she’s just trying to wash him out of her mind and “what you left inside of me.” She starts in the city and by nightfall, ends up at the ocean and we see what a journey the relationship has been for her. We all have to learn what it is that we are supposed to learn about ourselves through others. Maybe that’s the only way we can unlock parts of ourselves, through that key that only a stranger holds. That’s why it’s always worth it. No matter what.

Lyrics:

Honey, you look so washed-up
Still with those wandering hands
You must be hitting hard stuff
And you got me wondering why
I ever thought we would be happy
Oh my god, I loved you madly
The reflection reflects badly
Upon me
What I should have seen

Honey, you look so disheveled
You really let yourself go
You used to seem like a rebel
And now it’s more like joke
And you might think you make me happy
After things ended so badly
But I just can’t believe you had me
To the bone
When I should have known

So wash up
And wash over me
And wash out
What you made me be
Wash up
Wash out to sea
Wash up
What you left inside of me

Honey, you look so washed up
It’s really breaking my heart
Thought I could pull you together
But you pulled me apart
I thought I could pull you together
But you pulled me apart

So wash up
And wash over me
And wash up
What you made me be
Wash up
Wash out to sea
Wash up
What you left inside of me

Wash out to sea
Wash out to sea
Wash out to sea
Wash out to sea

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Hungry Ghost

This song is great. Heard it last week. Great bass line. For some reason, it reminds me of a Garbage song the way it’s arranged. Not sure why Wikipedia is calling this band Americana, folk-blues. It doesn’t play that way to me. I listened to several songs this morning. Definitely adult-alt or alternative.

The song is about the narrator ready to move on. She recognizes that she’s been down or depressed for a while, but is ‘ready for the world.’ And she’s obviously been overlooked by her current lover because he can’t even pick her out of a crowd, hence the title Hungry Ghost. Pretty straightforward lyrics sung by Segarra’s (lead) deep alto voice and a nice driving bass/drum beat.

This song is great to listen to while putting on your make up, getting ready to go out and get noticed. 

I been a lonely girl
I been a lonely girl
But I’m ready for the world
Oh, I’m ready for the world
I been a heart for hire
I been a heart for hire
And my love’s on the funeral pyre
Mmm, my love’s on the funeral pyre

When will you —
When will you help me out?
Oh, you can’t even pick me out of the crowd
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

I been nobody’s child
I been nobody’s child
So my blood’s starting running wild
Oh, my blood’s starting running wild
I been a hungry ghost
I been a hungry ghost
And I travelled from coast-to-coast
Oh, I travelled from coast-to-coast

When will you —
When will you help me out?
You can’t even pick me out of the crowd

Oh, and, I, I don’t need you anymore
So then, why, am I standing at your door?
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh, oh

I been a lonely girl
I been a lonely girl
But I’m ready for the world
Oh, I’m ready for the world
Well, I’m ready for world
Oh, I’m ready for the world
Oh, I’m ready for the world
Oh, I’m ready for the world
Well, I’m ready for the world

Lyrics: Segarra, Alynda. Courtesy ATO Records.

A Little Throwback Thursday

This song pretty much sums up my life. I remember how profound the moment was when I discovered it. We were driving back from Christmas Eve dinner with my grandparents and my parents had this horrendous fight that almost killed all of us. My dad nearly drove off the highway and when it all finally calmed down, I remember sitting in the back seat of the mini van and this song coming on. In the first few bars of this song, I knew I would never allow any of this to affect me. Nor would I allow people to ever get me that unhinged. It was a solitary vow from that moment on.

This song is great to listen to when you’re done with people’s bullshit.

Lyrics

A winter’s day
In a deep and dark
December
I am alone
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow
I am a rock
I am an island

I’ve built walls
A fortress deep and mighty
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship, friendship causes pain
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain
I am a rock
I am an island

Don’t talk of love
But I’ve heard the words before
It’s sleeping in my memory
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died
If I never loved I never would have cried
I am a rock
I am an island

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armor
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb
I touch no one and no one touches me
I am a rock
I am an island

And a rock feels no pain
And an island never cries

Written by Paul Simon • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

First Aid Kit’s Silver Lining

I know this was published in 2014, but this is the first I’m hearing it. These girls from Stockholm have a magical kismet together and I first fell in love with them hearing their song Emmylou. I mean, what kind of self-respecting music lover wouldn’t love a song entitled Emmylou with mentions of Johnny Cash, June Carter and Gram Parsons?

This song has no cryptic language, the lyrics are straightforward and, dare I say, inpiring(?). It’s all about determination in life and they capture this well with this tune with the repeated mantra throughout, “I try to keep on keeping on.” The alto and soprano mix of the girls’ voices keeps great pace with the driving music beneath it, giving us a sense of movement. And forward movement is what the song is all about.

This song is great to listen to while driving to work. Especially to a job you hate.

Lyrics:

I don’t want to wait anymore I’m tired of looking for answers
Take me some place where there’s music and there’s laughter
I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow
Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go
There’s no starting over, no new beginnings, time races on
And you’ve just gotta keep on keeping on
Gotta keep on going, looking straight out on the road
Can’t worry ’bout what’s behind you or what’s coming for you further up the road
I try not to hold on to what is gone, I try to do right what is wrong
I try to keep on keeping on
Yeah I just keep on keeping on

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I’ve woken up in a hotel room, my worries as big as the moon
Having no idea who or what or where I am
Something good comes with the bad
A song’s never just sad
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining
Show me my silver lining
Show me my silver lining

I hear a voice calling
Calling out for me
These shackles I’ve made in an attempt to be free
Be it for reason, be it for love
I won’t take the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

I won’t take the easy road
The easy road, the easy road

Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on
Show me my silver lining, I try to keep on keeping on

Written by Johanna Kajsa Soederberg, Klara Maria Soederberg • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Kings of Leon – The Final Chapter, Reverend

Okay, I’ve been totally addicted to this song for a week now. I heard it probably a month ago and it has really grown on me. Caleb and the boys bring themselves back to a more melodic tune with a serious bass drive that underscores the sobering video images, which, might I just add, thank God somebody’s doing good videos again. If you listen to the lyrics without the video, though, they’re just as strong visually, so you get a good sense of what they’re trying to say here: That the relationship is at an impasse.

This song is great to listen to while walking your dog. 

Lyrics

On the limb cut down in the middle of the night caught in a trap
Cursed by the crown of the wandering man who was never coming back
Stuck on the line spinning all of his time with his back to the throne
With the flash of the round everybody in town said leave me alone

Just like a reverend, like a reverend on the radio
Your heart will never say so
Your heart will never let you go
Just like a reverend, like a reverend on the radio
My heart will never say so
My heart will never let you go

I got caught in the middle of a hurricane fight facing the ground
Beast to the wild with the porcelain smile as it passes around
The truth in the skies from the billowing eyes isn’t working on me
Don’t you think you gotta give me
Give me something I want
Give me something I need

Just like a reverend, like a reverend on the radio
Your heart will never say so
Your heart will never let you go
Just like a reverend, like a reverend on the radio
My heart will never say so
My heart will never let you go

Just like a reverend, like a reverend on the radio
Your heart will never say so
Your heart will never let you go
Just like a reverend, like a reverend on the radio
My heart will never say so
My heart will never let you go

Just like a reverend, like a reverend on the radio
My heart will never say so
My heart will never let you go

Written by Matthew Followill, Ivan Nathan Followill, Caleb Followill, Jared Followill • Copyright © BMG Rights Management US, LLC