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Throwback: “Changes” Cover by Seu Jorge

27 Jun

Some personal changes are afoot for me on this fine Monday, and I can’t get the David Bowie classic “Changes” out of my head. And while the original song by the Thin White Duke will always be the definitive version, Seu Jorge does sing a mean Portuguese cover.

Songs for a Weekend Apocalypse

21 May

According to Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, the beginning of the end of the world starts today. But instead of selling all my belongings and heading to a mountaintop, I thought I’d put together a quick playlist for the end times.

Here’s what the apocalypse sounds like to me:

Montage, “Wake Up, Jimmy (Something’s Happening Outside)”

Kicking things off with the not-so-well-known closer on the sole album by ’60s Baroque pop band Montage (also not well-known, but GREAT). Recorded smack dab in the middle of the Cold War, this jaunty tune is actually about the dropping of an atomic bomb. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to think happy thoughts while your flesh is burning.

David Bowie, “Five Years”

Obvious choice from Bowie’s magical Ziggy Stardust years. One of my favorite songs of all time, and one to surely belt out while watching a rising mushroom cloud.

Kate Bush, “Breathing”

I’ve been discovering Kate Bush little by little over the last few weeks and I’m steadily becoming fascinated with her. She’s just so damn ballsy and artsy! “Breathing” is another Cold War era joint — it appeared on Bush’s hit 1980 album Never for Ever — but unlike the Montage track, this song is quite melodically dark. I love how Bush blends murky, impressionistic soulfulness with her lyrical take on the aftermath of nuclear war.

Wu-Tang Clan feat. Isaac Hayes, “I Can’t Go to Sleep”

Rousing strings from the Isaac Hayes sample + Ghostface Killah and RZA’s anguished delivery + rhymes dripping with conspiracy theories and hopelessness = one powerful f***ing song.

TV on the Radio, “No Future Shock”

No world (or not much of one) after today? TVOTR says we might as well dance about it. I agree.

That’s gonna do it for my shortlist. So tell me, what’s on your end of days mixtape?