Each Friday I like to share a few tunes that made me smile all week. See them below and/or grab this Spotify playlist of my recent music recommendations.
2. 13 (Under a Bad Sign), Sloan. This week I was happy to premiere a new track from these guys, who have been cranking out high-quality tunes since the ’90s.
3. Hey Baby (Que Paso), Meat Puppets. This upbeat cover of a Texas Tornados tune comes from a split, 7-inch single the Puppets and Cass McCombs are releasing Oct. 28 on Domino Records.
4. Ben Watt and Bernard Butler‘s cover of Dance Hall Days. Wang Chung tonight with this version of the ’80s classic from Watt (half of Everything But the Girl) and Butler, formerly of Suede.
5. A Simple Design, The Juan Maclean. I wish I were having a dance party this weekend just so I could play this excellent track from the electronic musician, who has a new record out Sept. 16 on DFA.
6. Buffalo Nickel, Allah-Las. Perhaps this groovy band was born in the wrong decade, but I’m glad to benefit from it. Look for their new record, Worship the Sun, out Sept. 16.
7. Home (Leave the Lights On), Field Report. This is really growing on me; it’s structured like a pop song but the lyrics are a cut above what you hear on the radio. The band releases its second album in October.
8. Every Moment, Dead Times. This is make-out music, pure and simple — as an added bonus, it’ll make your honey fall for your music collection, too.
9. Is It My Body? Selected Texts by Kim Gordon. I just started this cool book of essays, art and poetry (originally penned in the ’80s and ’90s) by the rock icon, which was published earlier this year.
10. Darren W.’s crowd-funded album. This week I wrote about a longtime Pop Candy reader who hopes to record his first album. I’m happy to report he just surpassed…