Moon’s Song of the Week – Happy Pills (Max Tannone Remix) by Norah Jones

 

There’s never a bad time to break out a Max Tannone track. This is a one off remix that he did for Norah Jones a little while back. As always Max’s seemingly limitless knowledge of dub reggae has allowed him to take a well known song and put a totally new slant on it. Effortlessly cool.

Enjoy!

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Moon’s Song of the Week: Tears To Cry by The Paul Hegley Band

 

Since starting Song of the Week I’ve been getting regular emails from people wondering if we can feature their band on our site. These emails are more often than not the kind of copy/paste “unique opportunity for your readers” rubbish that signals the fact that we’ve been added to yet another PR company’s mailing list. Every so often however, such as in the case of the guys from The Paul Hegley Band, the email is from genuine artists who are just trying to get their work out there.

That’s not to say that we feature every person we get a nice email from, but as it turns out I’m a sucker for the kind of moody, Dire Straits-esque guitar playing that Paul has going on in the opening of this track and I reckon it’s well worth a listen.

Tears to Cry comes out July 11th.

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Moon’s Song of the Week: I Still Believe by Frank Turner

 

I’m off to see Frank Turner play at Wembley tonight so it’s only right to throw one of his songs up on the blog today. Frank’s a criminally under publicised folk singer who has produced some of the finest songs of the last ten years. If you’ve not heard his music already then you owe it to yourself to go check out some of his albums. I’d recommend starting with Love, Ire and Song and going from there.

Tonight Frank takes to the stage with some help from Beans on Toast, Dan le Sac & Scroobius Pip and the legendary Billy Bragg. To say it’s gonna be a special one is something of an understatement.

Tickets are sold out but there’s bound to be a few people trying to flog spares on the door. If you’re going, I shall see you there.

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Moon’s Song of the Week – The Unlocking by Sam Airey

Moon’s feeling the folk today and has come up with this gem to share with us. I first heard this track on Lauren Laverne’s 6Music show a week or so back. Sam Aiery is a singer/songwriter from Anglesey who now resides in Leeds and is doing a fine job of re-enforcing the notion that everyone from Wales has an amazing singing voice.

The Unlocking comes from his recently released EP and while the video may be pretty simple, the music is rich, mournful and utterly engrossing. A perfect bit of folk for a Friday morning.

You can purchase the EP from his website.

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Moon’s Song of the Week – The Fruity Track by Lemon Jelly

 

Moon’s had me dredging the vaults today in search of a track that would help keep that summer spirit alive as the temperatures dip over the weekend. This is one of two fantastic B-Sides (I may post the other one someday if I can find a good quality upload of it) to feature on Lemon Jelly’s 2004 single, Stay With You. It’s based around a sample of a well known song, but you probably won’t guess which song until close to the end, an element that adds a tonne of fun to an already great summer track.

While we didn’t know it at the time, this would end up being one of the last songs the band ever released as, shortly after it came out, the London duo announced that they were going on indefinite hiatus. A sign on the band’s website simply reads “Not Dead, But Sleeping.”

May they awaken soon.

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Moon’s Song of the Week: Johnny Got A Boom Boom by Imelda May

 

Moon’s doing requests this week. It’s my lovely wife’s birthday tomorrow and since she’s an avid fan of Rockabilly femme fatale, Imelda May, Moon decided to dedicate our feature to one of her splendid tracks.

We’ve both been in love with Imelda May and her music ever since her barnstorming performance on Jools Holland’s New Year’s Eve show last year. Here fiery vocals and filthy double bass evoke images of a life led dangerously and the video is as cool as the track. It’s music to dance, music to drink to and music to rob banks to. Best grab those Ed Brubaker books again.

Happy birthday, Fi!

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Moon’s Song of The Week – Johnny Too Beef by Max Tannone

I know it’s a bit early to be showcasing another Max Tannone track, but this video literally went live yesterday and Moon wanted to get it out there while it was still fresh.

Johnny Too Beef comes from Max’s Mos Dub project, an album which fuses the lyrical genius of Mos Def with some classic dub reggae. It’s probably my favourite of the Tannone projects and this fan made video for the album’s stand-out track is long overdue.

It’s made by youtuber Goodfear and you can check out the rest of his stuff here.

You can also download all of Max Tannone’s albums for free from his website.

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Moon’s Song of the Week: Kinda Outta Luck by Lana Del Rey

Moon is an astral body of many hobbies but one of his greatest loves (right behind a quality coke float) is that of music. Many scientists believe that the happiest day of Moon’s life was the one in which he discovered a pair of headphones big enough to fit over his massive head and, with that in mind, the great globe headed one has now elected to share some of his musical tastes with the general public.

Moon’s inaugural pick comes from rapidly ascending mega star, Lana Del Rey. Lana’s first album “Born to Die” came out this week and, as is the way with such things, critics are already queuing up to try and take shots at the new kid. Moon has never been one for such mudslinging (largely because he has no mud) but he does have one gripe with “Born to Die” and that is the sad omission of this little gem.

Released via youtube back in May last year, Kinda Outta Luck is a beautifully simple tribute to femme fatales anywhere. Moon recommends enjoying it with a glass of whiskey and your favourite Ed Brubaker comic.

Check back next week for another Moon Song of the Week!

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