Daily Tune: Cockbullkid ‘Asthma Attack’ (VIDEO PREMIERE)

One of the albums that I’ve been looking forward to hearing since the year began is the debut album from UK-based songstress, Cocknbullkid. To say I’ve been obsessed with just about every song Cocknbullkid has released thus far would be a bigger understatement than saying ‘I like having sex with men.’

Cocknbullkid’s music can be very sad, lyrically, but you’d never know it from the music she produces. Her sound generally stays in the dance pop, 60s girl group space, and songs like Boys & Girls, Cocknbullkid, One Eye Closed, I’m Not Sorry, and Hold On To Your Misery are nothing short of pop masterpieces.

True to form, Cocknbullkid’s new single, Asthma Attack, is a huge breath of fresh air in a pop music scene that so desperately needs a new star. (Do you like what I did there?)

You must must must must must watch the just-released music video for Asthma Attack! And stay tuned for Cocknbullkid’s debut album, Adulthood; which should be hitting stores 23 May on Moshi Moshi/Island Records.






Daily Classic: ‘Til Tuesday ‘Voices Carry’ (VIDEO)

This week Fred Hystere celebrates the 80s! However, there will be no whipping it good as you come on Eileen while she runs so far away. Instead, I’ll be sharing a few of MY favorite 80s songs. Finishing up the week is my favorite 80s song of all-time, Voices Carry, by ‘Til Tuesday.

I’m sure many of you are scratching your heads and wondering why Voices Carry is my favorite 80s song of all-time. Those that know me well, know that I’m a huge fan of all things Aimee Mann. I consider her, along with PJ Harvey and a few others, one of the greatest songwriters of my generation. For some reason her underrated, deceptively versatile, low voice has always spoken to me. I’ve always been able to understand what she’s saying; both from an annunciation and lyrical point of view.

It’s really funny how you become introduced to music and artists that you end up falling in love with. I can guarantee you that Aimee probably never imagined that Voices Carry would act as a gateway towards the type of profoundly special songwriter that she’s become. The song was my introduction to Aimee’s music when I saw the video in the early 90s after it was featured on some on one of VH1’s specials on 80s music. While the song is more 80s new wave-y than anything she’s ever released as a solo artist, I’ve always maintained it to be my favorite song from that decade; for sentimental reasons.

If nothing else, for me Voices Carry represents the growth that artists go through and the growth that we all go through as individuals. I will forever love this song for introducing me to Aimee’s music and hopefully you like it too. Check out the video below.


Daily Tune: Foster The People ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ (VIDEO)

The reason I know that writing about music is what I should be doing for a living was evidenced again today by my discovery of a band named Foster The People. Originally I had a different artist scheduled to be today’s Daily Tune, but just wasn’t convinced that I wanted to write about her. Last night I remembered that, a few days ago, I’d come across a new band (Foster The People) that I really loved. I did a little digging and discovered that they have a music video for my favorite song off their 3 song EP and here we are…

Foster The People formed in 2009, are based in Los Angeles, and feature lead singer Mark Foster, bassist Cubbie Frank, and drummer Mark Pontius. Their self-titled EP was released back in January and reminds me of what MGMT would sound like if they focused on making songs full of hooks to go along with their mysterious, atmospheric sound. The music is catchy as hell, with plenty of beats to keep you bopping all day long. (aaaaaaand the guys are sexy, too! I know, I know..)

Their latest single, Pumped Up Kicks, got a significant amount of airplay on KROQ in LA, and they already have a large (and seemingly rabid) fan base.  I’m pretty stoked to hear their debut album, TORCHES, when it hits stores 24 May. Take a look at the video for Pumped Up Kicks and then head on over to the band’s website for a free download of the song.







Daily Classic: Romeo Void ‘Never Say Never’ (VIDEO)

This week Fred Hystere celebrates the 80s! However, there will be no whipping it good as you come on Eileen while she runs so far away. Instead, I’ll be sharing a few of MY favorite 80s songs. Today’s song is the Romeo Void classic, Never Say Never.

Romeo Void were one of those artists that fell victim to the birth of MTV back in the day. When MTV was launched back in the early 80s there became an increased emphasis on the appearance and image of bands and artists. I remember seeing an interview with Romeo Void’s lead singer, Debora Iyall, where she said that she distinctly remembers Clive Davis (Arista Records) walking out of one of the band’s shows once he noticed that she was overweight. Show business is a tough business and, in my opinion, MTV just made it that much harder for musicians to survive.

Romeo Void had 2 hit singles but the better of the two was definitely Never Say Never. The lyrics ‘I might like you better if we slept together’ were considered very controversial back then and several radio stations around the country refused to play the song. (My my my, how times have changed..).

Never Say Never has just about everything I could ever want in a song: Great beat, great hook, catchy lyrics, horns, and female vocals. I don’t have any specific memories associated with the song besides being able to relate to the sentiment of assuming you might like someone better upon sleeping with them. As one slut to another, let me give you a piece of advice: It doesn’t work.

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