The new album by Screaming Headless Torsos (a.k.a. the Torsos or SHT), Code Red, is a very unique blend of funk, soul, pop and rock.
The standout tracks are the catchy “Brooce Swayne” and “Wizard of Woo,” which sounds like Black Sabbath and Living Colour jamming on a cover of the Shaft theme.
There’s a surprising hint of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” in the melody of “Field of Light,” but plenty of blues-funk guitar to shake it up.
I’m not sure this is an album I’d listen to repeatedly as a whole, but the aforementioned tracks are certainly noteworthy.
In case you missed Lorde‘s mesmeric performance of “Yellow Flicker Beat” live on last night’s American Music Awards, here ’tis. It’s a shame camera hog Taylor Swift is getting more publicity for her brief appearance in the clip, our girl Lorde threw her entire body into what was already a magnificent song. I liked the unusual setting and choreography even more than the official video, which you can also watch below…
I’ve been enamoured with Bell X1’s Paul Noonan since his spectacular 2008 set at Mountain Stage and he seems determined to make me adore him even more with this new song. “Hole in Her Heart” was inspired by the literal hole in his baby daughter Aislinn’s newborn heart and the care she received during her stay at Crumlin Children’s Hospital in Dublin. If that doesn’t tug your own heartstrings enough, all of the song’s proceeds will be donated to the hospital. The song was recorded as a lovely duet with Aislinn’s mother, Amy, for Noonan’s side project, Printer Clips…
I recently stumbled upon some gorgeous music while listening to France Musique, entitled Bal•Kan : Le Pays du miel et du sang. Translated Bal•Kan: Honey and Blood, the collection is Jordi Savall’s exploration of music from The Balkans and it is glorious. The 3-disc collection comprises songs from Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, along with Jewish songs of praise, gypsy improvisaton and many other elements. It’s an explosion of music that needs to be heard to be believed and is almost certain to be my favorite recording of the year. Hear more about it at NPR.