Posts Tagged ‘tragic’

December 7, 2017

The year is closing out rather splendidly for a Sufjan Stevens fan like me. Aside from his new The Greatest Gift mixtape that just dropped recently, he surprised us today with a new one off single named Tonya Harding (not affiliated with the movie about the infamous figure skater arriving soon). And what a gorgeous folktronica and chamber pop song it is, heavily drenched in melancholy, with a bit of a cheeky undertone if you catch all the lyrics. In a way, the story of Tonya Harding is tragic, yet so American. It’s about the fall of an amazing athlete, who succumbed to her demons and became tabloid fodder for the world. We get to watch one of Tonya Harding’s routines, an undeniably pristine performance, while we listen to Sufjan Stevens coos in his mellow, laid back fashion. Seeing that perfection only adds to the sadness of how everything turned out. To get that close to pure excellence and to descend in such a fashion, it’s like a Greek tragedy, or nearly Shakespearean, in a way. Tonya Harding is out on Asthmatic Kitty. Stream/download, here.

February 14, 2016
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When I was contemplating compiling a best debuts of 2015 list, Viola Beach’s Swings & Waterslides was an obvious must. The wonderfully springing anthem from the English band is such an infectious anthem, it’s no wonder it accrued nearly half a million streams on Soundcloud in just five months. The indie pop outfit returns in the new year with their second single, Boys That Sing, a gleaming jangler drenched in warm rays of sunshine and brimming with endearing charm. The quartet were chosen as one of Annie Mac’s New Names of 2016 and Boys That Sing only serves to add to the up and coming band’s growing clout. The single gets a release on January 22nd via Communion.

UPDATE: In light of today’s tragic news, I’m re-sharing Viola Beach’s Boys That Sing. It’s with a heavy heart this morning that I announce all proceeds from this song, Viola Beach’s second single, will be donated by Communion Records to the band and their manager Craig’s families. Boys That Sing is available on iTunes. The band, including all four members plus their manager, have perished in a car accident in Sweden on their way to Arlanda Airport. Such bright lights extinguished, such burgeoning careers cut down cruelly… RIP, Viola Beach, my thoughts are with your friends and family. I had hoped to see you at SXSW, a rather minuscule detail in such a massive loss. Thank you for the music you’ve given us during your short time here. Your song Swings & Waterslides, was one of the best debut singles of 2015. 

October 21, 2014
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Quickly catching my ears today is Chløë Black, a new artist who was born in Australia, raised in Paris and the West Coast of the USA, and now lives in London. 27 Club is her debut single, and it’s one powerhouse, emotional pop song that immediately evokes Lana Del Rey in its tender, sadcore first moments, before Chløë Black launches into powerful BANKS meets Amy Winehouse like soulful territory with some superb vocal capabilities. And really, it doesn’t get more glaringly obvious with the sadcore glam reference, considering the song itself. 27, as most of you should know, is the tragic age when so many artists like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and so many others were lost. Chløë Black has seriously captured my attention and imagination with 27 Club.

October 21, 2014
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Quickly catching my ears today is Chløë Black, a new artist who was born in Australia, raised in Paris and the West Coast of the USA, and now lives in London. 27 Club is her debut single, and it’s one powerhouse, emotional pop song that immediately evokes Lana Del Rey in its tender, sadcore first moments, before Chløë Black launches into powerful BANKS meets Amy Winehouse like soulful territory with some superb vocal capabilities. And really, it doesn’t get more glaringly obvious with the sadcore glam reference, considering the song itself. 27, as most of you should know, is the tragic age when so many artists like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and so many others were lost. Chløë Black has seriously captured my attention and imagination with 27 Club.

The Day The Music Died

February 3, 2012

Let me just take a little moment to pay tribute to “The Day The Music Died”. Thank goodness that wasn’t really the case, but it was still a tragic day and it spawned a heckuva outpouring of emotion and creativity in the industry afterwards. Let’s all sing along (quietly or in your head if you’re at work). RIP Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, it’s been 53 years…. 

And for those of you who reside in San Francisco, eerily, someone has just tragically and abruptly passed who was a DJ and mashup icon and major talent. RIP DJ Solomon.