Gush: “I Know the End” by Phoebe Bridgers (again)

I swear when I wrote the last post, I had no idea that this tune would be a single or have a video launch less than 24 hours later.

The strangeness of this video draws you in and… well, I’ll just let you watch it for yourself.

Also, this video is probably the first time you’ve met 72-year-old Lili Hayes, who truly does her own thing. I highly recommend burning an hour of your day on her Instagram. Her son Kevin is full of chuckles and has no shame when bothering and video recording his mom. My own relationship with my grandpa was built on that playful, and slightly annoying reality TV-like surveillance and entertainment factor.

Hayes is no stranger to the music scene, living in LA, Fiona Apple and other notable famous people pop up on her page.

THE END IS NEAR!

Gush: “I Know the End” by Phoebe Bridgers

Full satisfaction is finding a stranger who confirmed your feelings.

The lushness and dazzling horns made me think of long-time Bright Eyes contributor Mike Mogis. Turns out he mixed the album.

My love of celebrity buzz and seemingly good people connecting is summarized in this article here, but that’s not what this blog is about…

I’ve fell hard for Bridgers’ new album Punisher. I thought maybe it was the COVID mood, but I revisited her first album Stranger in the Alps and still after my new found love of it’s younger sibling, I just don’t like it as much. All this to confirm that Punisher is incredible.

Special acknowledgement to the outro of “I Know the End” and @crescendollsx who is feeling me.

Gush: Hannah Georgas

I first learned about Hannah Georgas from Rich Terfry and his CBC 99.1FM radio show Drive. I then saw her tour with Kathleen Edwards in support of the perfect album Voyageur. Then, many years later, with the National in Hamilton, with their female-infused album, I Am Easy to Find.

After some internet searching, I found out that Georgas has been working with the National’s Aaron Dessner on her new music. Here are two gorgeous tunes that I listen to at least twice daily, soak it up!

Gush: Darondo “Let My People Go”

Neo soul is a genre I’m so happy to see a resurgence. It’s also served as a platform to help aging artists have a second-wave career (thinking: Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones, Darondo, Lee Fields).

Sadly Darondo died in 2013 (wow – seven years ago TOMORROW), but his music lives on in TV shows – the song “Didn’t I” was used in both Breaking Bad and Love Life.

Gush: Matt Berninger takes on Big Thief’s “Not”

Thanks to Toronto’s Hayden Desser (aka Hayden), the National play Toronto more than they probably would without knowing him. Desser hosts Dream Serenade as a fundraiser for children with exceptionalities and their caregivers.

Today I’m gushing over the almost one year old cover of Big Thief’s flawless tune “Not”. That Berninger ambitiously took on less than a month after it’s release on October 11, 2019. For nerds like me who’d want to know, he performed it on November 2 with the lyrics held close to him throughout his performance.

Throughout he struggled with the lyrics, but most noticeably at the beginning (although Berninger’s been known to screw up beginnings, even of his own songs) and a huge sigh of relief when he hits 3min27sec, when he no longer has to sign. He threw the lyrics into the audience as finishing gesture.

The only other member of the National on the stage is trumpet player Kyle Reznick, who adds some colour to the end of the song, giving it the grit that a cover of it needs.

Gush: ‘Harlem River’ by Kevin Morby

Harlem River was released in 2013, a little while ago. I was still living in Guelph. I don’t think I knew who Morby was at the time, at least his music. I think I had seen him live with the Babies and possibly Woods.

Morby and girlfriend/musician Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee) did a series of Thursday hangouts via Instagram where they serenaded fans with requests, indulgent covers and fun chat. They sweetly referred to them as “rodeos”. Solidifying themselves as the coolest people that I’d hang out with any day.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to today. The album is good, but the song “Slow Train” is just epic and it has surprise guest vocals from Cait Le Bon. For this moment, physical distancing and pandemics aren’t so bad.

 

 

Gush: “What Will Tomorrow Bring” by Wendy Rene

Stax gem, Wendy Rene, was something I discovered while watching the show Casual. It was the song “After Laughter” and with its very distinct reggae-like organ sound and Rene’s ripping wails, it served as the perfect credit pairing. 

I stumbled upon this song and felt like it was pretty fitting to what we’re all going through in this pandemic. 

What will tomorrow bring,
What will tomorrow bring,
I came to wonder, what will tomorrow bring
I said I wonder, what will tomorrow bring
And joy to my heart and a happiness
And you, darling you, and now
What will tomorrow say, oh what will tomorrow say
I’m thinking of what I’ll say, I wonder what I’ll say
How are you, how have you been and I, I, I love you and now
It’s been so long since you’ve been in my arms
And over long time since…
So honey tell me, what am I to do
Oh, oh, oh, oh what will tomorrow bring
I think I got the right to know
What will tomorrow bring
I kinda wanna know
What will tomorrow bring
Now, will it bring sadness, a blood, a pain, a shame, a will in…
What will tomorrow bring
I think I got a right to know
Tell me, somebody have to tell me
I really wanna know, I really wanna know
I’ve got to know