Perfume Genius has released his cover of Mary Margaret O’Hara’s 1988 song “Body’s in Trouble.” The cover, and a live version of “Slip Away” are available now as part of Spotify’s Singles series. Listen to the tracks below. “I started covering this song on tour almost immediately after hearing it for the first time,” Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas said in a statement. “There are brief moments where the music fully connects in a traditional way, but after a few listens, the most satisfying part is the song’s magic formlessness. I wouldn’t dare try to mimic or recapture her performance, but I tried to sing in the same wandering, mantra-like way, but taking it somewhere a little more sinister. My relationship with my own body is confusing and I use music to try and puzzle it out, or as rebellion against needing a form at all.”
St. Vincent appeared on the latest episode of “Song Exploder.” She talked about her most recent single “New York,” and particularly the lyric, “You’re the only motherfucker in the city who can handle me.” “I get a lot of pleasure from saying ‘fuck,’” Clark begins. “I just like the idea of using really blue language as a term of endearment. ‘This motherfucker, that motherfucker—no way! Motherfucker better get his shit together.’ My mom would be horrified, but I’ve been cursing like a sailor since I was 8. … ‘Motherfucker’ says, like, I know you inside and out. And you know me. Don’t pretend.” Listen to the full podcast below.
Clark explained that “New York” began in a text she sent a friend saying, “New York isn’t New York without you.” She then recorded an early, guitar-led version of the song in a voice memo, which can be listened to around the 4:20 mark, before hashing it out with Jack Antonoff. She talks about the line “I have lost a hero/I have lost a friend,” and the connection to the “purge” of music legends in 2016. “It’s very silly to make something like David Bowie’s death about me—it has nothing to do with me—but I will say that I was really affected. And I cried. I cried for somebody I didn’t even know. And I don’t know that I’ve done that before.” She says later in the episode, “It’s the first song I’ve written that I thought, ‘This might be someone’s favorite song.’ I’ve never had that experience before [laughs].”
Three days ago milo released his third album, Who Told You to Think??!!?!?!. To put it simply, this album is great.
From the opening sample to the last bass warble this album is truly a masterpiece. Always a strong lyricist, milo flexes his muscles throughout and delivers many memorable lines. Some personal favorites include “I be to rap what Keynes be to Locke” and “Said the target audience was mothers of blonde-headed/Black boys, we shouldn’t be complimenting/Fence-building nihilists”. The more one listens to the album the more and more rewarding the lyrics become. With great production milo is able to weave words into clever poems that will leave you thinking about what he truly meant. There are certain aspects of the album and the way it makes one feel that are truly indescribable. In a year full of great rap this one seems to set itself apart from the rest.
Grizzly Bear have released a new music video for their song “Mourning Sound.” The clip was directed by Beatrice Pegard and features French actor Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter). According to a press release, it is a “playful, pastel-drenched commentary on women’s liberation.” Watch it below. “Mourning Sound” is from the band’s upcoming fifth studio album, Painted Ruins, which is due out on August 18th via RCA. It is the follow-up to the band’s last full-length, 2012’s Shields.
1. Teenage Girl – Cherry Glazerr
2. Love Jam – MT. OSSA
3. High Fantasy – Lace Curtains
4. 100 Million – Charlie Hilton
5. Could Be You – Allah-Las
6. you’re dead – Blood Orphans
7. You’re Smiling (But I Don’t Believe You) – Margaret Glaspy
8. In The Yard – Jons
9. Night on Earth – Jerkcurb
10. I Want a House – Mr Twin Sister
11. California Analog Dream – Vondelpark
12. Going Out – Hospitality
13. Defense – Sarah Jaffe
14. Love Survive – Michael Nau
15. Play – iamwhoiam
16. Roller – Quilt
17. Benny – Mauno
18. Ocean to City – High Highs
19. Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime – The Field
20. Eras – Juana Molina