Song of the Day: “September Song, pt. ii” by Lightning Bug

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Lightning Bug (Photo by Ingmar Chen)

Lightning Bug’s upcoming album A Color of the Sky is an album of many firsts: the band’s first album with their new label home, Fat Possum, the band’s first time recording together as a live band.

Recently, Lightning Bug released “September Song, pt. ii,” the second single from the album.

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Song of the Day: “Why Only You” by HAERTS

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HAERTS (Photo by B.Asch)

German-born, New York-based duo HAERTS (Nini Fabi and Benny Gebert) open up another chapter from their upcoming third album Dream Nation (out May 21st via Anti-Fragile Records).

One could detect the usual comparisons to Fleetwood Mac or First Aid Kid in the fourth song “Why Only You” while making way for additional influences such as Portishead and Lamb.

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Song of the Day: “Pay Your Way in Pain” by St. Vincent

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St. Vincent (Photo by Zackery Michael)

Daddy’s Home, the sixth album from Annie Clark a/k/a St. Vincent, is the latest facet of an ever-evolving artist regarded by many as the most consistently innovative and intriguing presence in modern music. Daddy’s Home is out May 14, 2021 on Loma Vista Recordings.

St. Vincent’s synthesis of this era reaches us in the form of “Pay Your Way In Pain,” a slinky slab of sweaty funk—punctuated by a few examples of Clark’s ability to shred vocal cords rivaling her shredding on her signature Ernie Ball Music Man guitar.

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Song of the Day: “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Black Marble

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A still from the video for Black Marble’s cover of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (Photo courtesy Motormouth)

Today Black Marble aka Chris Stewart announces the release of a very affectionate cover of Mariah Carey’s beloved 1994 classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Putting his signature on the track, the Black Marble version is synth-based and perfect for these winter months.

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Required Reading: David Bryne’s Reasons to Be Cheerful Presents We Are Not Divided

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David Byrne (Photo by Jody Rogac)

Reasons to Be Cheerful, the solutions-based online magazine founded by David Byrne, recently announced We Are Not Divided, a six-week collaborative journalistic exploration of our capacity to overcome division.

We Are Not Divided tells the stories of places and institutions that are succeeding in overcoming division. The multimedia series brings together dozens of written features, infographics, video content and other powerful interactive storytelling to infuse the public dialogue with a perspective that highlights the human capacity for finding ways to move toward each other. We Are Not Divided will also feature a collection of original illustrations hand-drawn by Byrne.

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