1: Marissa Nadler – Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover) ~ Tincanman
Marissa Nadler writes her own songs, but her claim to fame is coming to be her uncanny elucidation of mumblers (Young, Cohen. Dylan, Petty et al). She gives her covers away on her channel to subscribers. (Did I get that right?)
2: Shivaree – Lost In A Dream ~ Zalamanda
A fantastical mix of angels, rainbows, and ugly things that come out at night (some of which bite) – topped off with jazzy horns and the laidback vocals of one Ambrosia Parsley. Really. That is her name.
3: Warrior Soul – The Drug ~ Beth Noir
Acid punk is one description, I find this song, which I first bought as a single in 1994 utterly addictive in a sneery metal way. So much energy, I’ll have what he’s having.
4: Susannah Hoffs – November Sun ~ Abahachi
Yes, it’s very retro – a 2012 record that sounds like it was recorded nearly half a century ago – but not that many people are reviving the glories of 60s pop, and very few of them can do it as well as the former Bangles singer.
5: June Tabor And The Oysterband ~ Lullaby Of London ~ Treefrogdemon
Rather too jaunty for a lullaby, I’ve always thought, but the inspired Tabor/Oyster collaboration weaves its magic spell as ever.
6> Katsuko Kanei – Tanin No Kankei (Like Strangers) ~ HoshinoSakura
I found this CD by 1960 decade pop singer Katsuko Kanai in a bargain bin in a record store and it has this really nice Bossa Nova style number on it which feels somehow sweet and sexy and sad all at the same time and it has a great rhythm ! ! ! It really captures how I imagine Tokyo in the 1960 decade was, cool and swinging ! ! ! I have been humming the song ever since I bought it ! ! !
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