TV Girl’s Benny and the Jets is a wonderful affair that features soft ’60s pop with a palm full of soul colors that not only lo-fi fans love but also our grandmothers. Since listening to that EP, I had always wanted to write about the band but did not have the chance to do so. Only this time when I saw TV Girl do a new song from their formal debut next year that inspiration sparked once more.
For Knocksteady, the band performed “I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now,” a seemingly wordplay of a Ray Charles classic “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” if you would consider TV Girl’s love of sampling soul jams. As always, TV Girl delivers a party of a track backed up luscious bass teasing Trung Ngo’s vocals. “So take me up the mountain/ bring me to the temple/ stole my guts into the sacrificial vessel,” the band charms, promising their debut out on February 16th as exciting as their past EPs.
Listen to “I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now (LIVE)” below.
Icelandic enchantress Sóley saw the release of her debut, We Sink, this year which has gathered international adulation from fans of her work on the collective Seabear and from new listeners of her music as well. Last September, before the release of the record, I spoke to her in an interview about her music, her dream venue and her own personal favorites. From that time compared to now, Sóley’s popularity has amassed greatly due to the singer’s talent of capturing dreamy moments through her delicate vocals, deep-well of melodies made by her keyboards and sampling. In this KEXP performace, Sóley performs We Sink‘s outstanding track “The Sun is Going Down” for Icelandic and international listeners. Appearing shy at first, the video shows Sóley’s live interpretation of the two part song, sounding confident and bewitched by her music throughout the end— a charming moment for fans of her music.
On what seems to be the year of independent and talented female musicians, Miss Leslie Feist jumps on the train on the way to Lilith Fair together with pals Björk, Marisssa Nadler, Sóley, Tori Amos, Zola Jesus, St. Vincent and PJ Harvey blessing us with their new records this year. Feist’s Metals comes in right at the heart of autumn and from what I have read from reviews and seen in this live performance she can actually be (gasps!) happy. Thinking about The Reminder of course, a record which I cannot lend my time listening without stopping “Intuition,” “The Water” or “The Park” to catch some air, Feist looks vibrant and a little playful here with a complete band supporting her and three choir girls devoted to their queen. Even though I haven’t gone through Metals yet, by the register of “How Come You Never Go There” it seems that the record is a new taste of what this Canadian songstress can pitch in to the growing roster of Lilith Fair line-up.
Beirut’s “Goshen” from Rip Tide was the song that sparked my Incendiary series where I write about a particular song on personal interpretation while trying to key myself in with what the musician tries to convey. Since writing about it, I have received some search hits about their live performance of the song. Though sadly they did not get to perform that song in this NPR Tiny Desk Concert, they played two from Rip Tide and a bonus A Hawk And A Hacksaw and The Hun Hangár Ensemble original “Serbian Cocek,” a band favorite they played earlier in Berlin four years ago.
From their current record, Zach and Co. started with “East Harlem,” a sprightly number with repetitive verses and one of many Condon’s poetic propensities to cities and places, for which he stated in his New York Times interview is relatively influenced by Chilean poet Roberto Bolaño. More of this likeness was a song he introduced (looking a bit exhausted and shaky coming in straight from his show at Bonnaroo) as ‘song about my hometown in a loose sense’ is “Santa Fe,” the second track from Rip Tide. The performance is highlighted by that Scandalli and Condon’s playing his revered instrument, which he also did in “Serbian Cocek” though more relaxed and engaged in his parts in the instrumental.
Caught Live! is making the best out of available video services that get to tape our favorite bands doing what they do best- rock their songs. Since nothing beats the real thing, we Google our way for those special live embellishments not available on MP3s, and MTV.
From Handsome Furs’ Sound Kapital, the band played “What About Us” for KEXP with much fervor, complete of free hugs and Dan Boeckner chilling with the crowd as wife Alexei Perry make superhero poses at her synths. The track is a standout from their third full-length built by French pop dynamic beats and catchy chorus as Boeckner throw the words like he usually does, profused wordplay that would redmark you if not catch with zest. Best moment is when he joins the crowd and Perry gives out the melodic, foot thumpers to the number. By the way, were they planking?