With tomorrow marking the 27th year I’ve been breathing, this week’s choice is based on my favorite song. Blind Melon’s “No Rain” has yet to be topped on my list ever since I heard it when I was little and first seen that little bee girl. It embodies the spirit of the ‘90s while shining a light on individuality – two big reasons it’ll forever cause a smile to appear on my face when it plays. So below are some of the best covers I found while digging through YouTube this week. Hope you enjoy!
Meg & Dia
The Barefoot Movement
At first I was iffy, thinking Sledding With Tiger’s A Necessary Bummer was going to be like that uber-weird hipster stuff my best friend and her boyfriend thinks is magical (love you guys, but I can’t with that), but alas as the songs unraveled I came to appreciate the way this indie, folk yet punkish record played. Plus, any record that shouts out Limp Bizkit in any way shape or form is one I can fully support.
From the get go you were introduced to folk music being played on an indie landscape with lyrics that matched that of an self conscious kid just trying to figure shit out. It was like if you transplanted some of The Wonder Years’ earlier songs into a new musical layout. I loved and attached myself to the self-doubt of “Never Really Good At Sports” and “National Public Radio,” but it was “Not So Body Posi After All” that really did it for me. A Necessary Bummer could’ve been this song 10 times and it’d still would’ve been great to me. The idea of self image is something that’s not talked about in this light too often, so it’s nice to hear that self consciousness in song.
Aside from the tracks that made you reflect and connect, there were some that were just plain adorable. Anyone who’s ever watched Victorious (I was not too old for it, don’t hate) will agree that Matt Bennett could’ve written “Handshake (Never Trust Relationship Advice From The Lead Singer In A Pop-Punk Band).” The same goes for “I Got The Blues Macaroni And Cheese” and “Oh, Right. Damn, It.”
It’s been a minute since I’ve enjoyed a record as much as I have this one, so while I’m noting this for my end of the year list – make sure you get in tune with Sledding With Tigers and check out A Necessary Bummer right now because it’s out for your listening pleasure on Antique Records. I’m serious, waiting any longer will be bad for your health.
It’s unusual for me to sit down on a Sunday afternoon and try and get ahead on anything, but here I am trying to be on top of things by listening to Ingrid Michaelson’s Lights Out. It incorporates a lot of style elements while still maintaining the core of what she’s known for – soft, singer songwriter vocals that never fail to be endearing.
The current single, “Girls Chase Boys” is great. That hook is killer for a mature pop song, but there were others that stole the “best of” crown. “Afterlife” was the full package from the music to the insightful lyrics, but the Disney like ways of the dreamy “Handsome Hands” wasn’t too far behind. As for all the elements, you had some Duffy tendencies in “Warpath” and some folk going on in “You Got Me” featuring Storyman. Which, speaking of…the guests on Lights Out are great from Trent Dabbs to A Great Big World. While there was a lot to offer on this record, there were some not so interesting moments. “Time Machine” was just okay, and “Home” failed to convince me to stay in.
From styles that cross the board to guest spots that do their part, Ingrid Michaelson has a record that’s really eclectic but true to who she is. If you’re the kind of music lover who has some vinyl from A Fine Frenzy or Sara Bareilles, then you’ll have to add this album to your collection. Lights Out is out now, so check it.