1. The Last Shadow Puppets pick “Prisencolinensinainciusol” by Adriano Celentano
Justin: Alex, I was wondering, what is one song that you can’t stop listening to? Or one song that you love?
Alex Turner: It’s an Italian artist called Adriano Celentano. He was like the Italian Elvis in like the 60s and he has this song called “Prisencolinensinainciusol” which is like a made up word and all the lyrics to it are made up English words for this tune. It’s far out but it’s really invigorating. I just love that idea; I’ve never heard of that before. It’s like between the cracks of language.
- “Prisencolinensinainciusol” was released in 1972 on Adriano Celentano’s album, “Nostralrock.”
- Listen if you like: I have never heard anything like this song in my life.
2. Bon Iver – “22 (OVER Soon)
I have a confession to make. I do not love Bon Iver. Like, yes, when “For Emma” came out I brandished a flannel, romanticized Wisconsin, and told my friends that I had finally found an artist that understood me. And I still do all of those things, and love that album. But then the “Blood Bank EP” came out and I felt very conflicted. Was Justin Vernon using…autotune? I felt betrayed and honestly, didn’t listen to much Bon Iver after that. Maybe I was closeminded and just didn’t give that a chance. I’ve changed since then. I can forgive, and maybe I should. Possibly this is my penance, loving this new song. Maybe enough time has passed and I can just see the light, because I love this song.
It has the hushed gentleness of “Emma” and it has that progressive electronic sound that went over my head on the “Blood Bank –EP.” And it has this sample from Mahalia Jackson which fits perfectly. Maybe this is the time where it is truly hitting me now, but this song is perfect. I can proudly say, again, that I love Bon Iver.
- Bon Iver’s new album, “22, A Million” will be released on September 30th.
- Listen if you like: Old and new Bon Iver, Mahalia Jackson, Northern Wisconsin
3. AJJ – “Cody’s Theme”
Nothing about this song is right. The guitars are way over modulated and blown out, Sean Bonnette’s voice doesn’t really hit a lot of actual notes, or sound great, and the chorus has no words. BUT these are all reasons that I love this song. It’s the kid at school that is in his own world and doesn’t really get it and just lives in his world. These are my people. The weirdos, the miscreants, the picked on, and the oblivious. I want to go up to that kid and say, “Be my friend.”
“Cody’s Theme” is about a kid acting out against inanimate objects. The says, “The world beat the hell out of me, I took it out on a tree.” I don’t know if the world ever stops beating the hell out of anyone, but now instead of taking it out on a tree in the backyard, he is taking it in, and making it into art.
- AJJ’s new album, “The Bible 2” is out now.
- Listen if you like: Jeff Rosenstock, power pop, Jeffery Lewis
4. Herizen Guardiola – “Set Me Free”
Justin Barney: Marcus Doucette, what is one song that you are listening to?
Marcus Doucette: So I’ve been devouring this new Netflix piece, “The Get Down” which in some ways is surprising because I’ve never liked a musical in my life.
This one has been different for me mainly because not only is it a cool coming of age drama, it’s set in the late 70’s which I can sort of remember from my earliest memories, it’s also set in the Bronx and I have family in NYC so I know what NY felt like in that era.
I also like that it chronicles this era that is the beginning of my own musical journey. When funk and disco were really being cannibalized at underground parties by the kids and turned into something of their own that would ultimately become hip-hop.
I like how the show respects the music, and it is a cool primer for anyone who has no idea about how hip-hop came to be. The plotline rather artfully entwines the music that drove the scene at the time through some super relatable characters and through a super dope soundtrack that has this fresh fresh fresh cut. It’s this song that sort of drives not only the drama, but it ends up being the secret weapon in what might have been one of the earliest DJ battles that happens at the end.
The song is produced by Nile Rodgers who had some hits with Chic. He’s got the chops. The actress sings the song and she does a killer job, and it captures the spirit of the movie, the spirit of the times, and it’s got this deadly, deadly funk breakdown.
- Listen if you like: the Netflix series The Get Down, deadly funk breakdowns, the beginning of hip-hop
5. Whitney – “No Woman”
I think the overarching quality that I like most about Whitney and this song is that… it’s just so gosh darn pleasant.
It feels like a memory that’s about to happen. It’s slow and easy. The crazy thing is there is actually a lot going on in this song. There is organs, a string section, shakers, and brass section over the electric and acoustic guitars and drums. And yet it sounds so simple and easy going. If you are stressed out or upset right now this song is musical barbiturate. Just listen to this song and chill out, man.
- Whitney’s debut album, “Light Upon the Lake” is out now.
- Listen if you like: Bob Dylan, timelessness, relaxing