4 Tracks You Should Hear This Month [SotW May]

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OK, I dropped the ball. It’s almost the end of June already and I’m way behind. Let me try using these four cracking tunes to beg your forgiveness…

May 6

Lou Reed – Street Hassle

An eagle-eyed friend recently reminded me that, two months ago, I promised to include Lou Reed’s Street Hassle next time around. Well, two segments on, allow me to share this magnum opus and one of my all-time favorite tracks.

Split into three parts and clocking in at just over 11 minutes, Lou ruminates on life, sex, drugs, parties and more in this rock opera, all the while exuding that cool that he personified. I mean, just look at him drinking his Coke.

NB. I just learnt that The Boss (Bruce Springsteen) contributed vocals to the third part of the song. Who knew?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkG9BKgDvNI&w=560&h=315]

May 13

Radiohead – True Love Waits

Way to return fellas! After a(nother) hiatus, the world’s premier band made headlines last month with the surprise release of their eighth album A Moon Shaped Pool.

As with any Radiohead album, it was met with fierce opinion but thankfully, after a bit of deliberation, most listeners voiced their ardent support. Practically every song on this album is a ‘grower’; they get better with each subsequent listen.

I wanted to include the album’s closer True Love Waits, which has been in circulation (at least on the live circuit) since 1994, and is a real gem but the video for Daydreaming is just too good. See for yourself:

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTAU7lLDZYU&w=560&h=315]

May 20

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – John Taylor’s Month Away

After discovering Diamond Mine earlier this year, it quickly became one of my favorite albums.

A collaboration between Scottish folk/indie artist King Creosote and English minimal producer Jon Hopkins is not an immediate recipe for success, on paper at least. But somehow it works.

Each song is packed full of nostalgia, cultural references and crafty narratives, all assembled over Hopkins’ great ambient atmosphere.

If you haven’t heard this album yet, I highly recommend getting your hands on the Jubilee Edition, which adds six extra tracks. You won’t be disappointed.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqRF6UkW4iM&w=420&h=315]

May 27

Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere

What regular song segment would be complete without at least one Talking Heads track? Mm, that’s what I thought. David Byrne and co. always placed a high emphasis on funky, arty, melodic sounds and this is one of my favs.

Plus, while I wait anxiously for the new LCD Soundsystem album to materialize, these guys (who undoubtedly influenced them) are about as close as I can get.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWtCittJyr0&w=420&h=315]

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