THE SUPER EDIT: 09/17 + 09/24
A bite-size run-down of the best stuff of the week.
1. This Music Video For "Dreams Tonite" by Alvvays
Alvvays' Antisocialites was my favorite new release in the last Edit, and they've earned a spot once again with this super cool, retro-future video for the dreamiest track. The band is actually spliced in to footage from Montreal's 1967 International and Universal Exposition (no idea what, in fact, that is). Vocalist Molly Rankin is easy to spot in her little red dress, having a go on a very stylish monorail and riding up an escalator.
2. This Instagram Post by HAIM
This was by far the best social media post from any band in the last few weeks. The choreography! The fashion! The song choice! If you don't follow HAIM on Instagram. You're blowin' it.
Just a heads up, this sent me into a "I Love LA" listening spiral that I still haven't hit the bottom of. Join Me.
(Sophie, look it's Burrito King!)
3. This Scene From Before Sunrise
Ok, so I just watched Before Sunrise this week. I know. I've been living under a cultureless rock. I have fallen completely in love with it like everyone else, but the one scene I couldn't get out of my mind was this little piece of magic. I don't know if it's because it's in a record store, or because the song by Kath Bloom is so gorgeous, but wow this makes me feel some kind of way. The looks they're stealing while they're so close together in the listening booth...I could go on. Just watch it. It's very sweet. Kudos to music consultant Arlene Fishbach and director Richard Linklater for creating such a moment.
4. Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives Trailer
A lifetime spent reading books penned by artists (let's face it, their ghostwriters) has ensured that I was aware of the name Clive Davis. I knew he was some big-wig excec at Columbia, but it wasn't until I read Davis' autobiography, "The Soundtrack Of My Life," that I realized he's got a star-making, golden ear to rival his Columbia Records cohort----and mac daddy of all A&R dudes ever----John Hammond (responsible for discovering Billy Holiday, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Bruce Springsteen...casual). Hammond may have found The Boss, but it was Davis who signed him, along with dozens of other literal icons like Patti Smith, Janis Joplin, and Whitney Houston. This film is bound to be a big ol' life-affirming, star-studded, pat on the back----which, I'm a total sucker for. Any single man whose career has paralleled actual decades of popular music history is worthy of a freakin' documentary.
5. "Turth Hurts" by Lizzo
I'll make this simple.
Modern. Dating. As. A. Female.
If it's as baffling to you as it is to me, meet your new anthem. A self-love banger so catchy, it should come with a warning label.
6. "Just Let Me Cry" by Lesley Gore
I had Lesley Gore's I'll Cry If I Want To playing in the background while I was chatting with my mom one day (Check it out. It's a concept album where every song is about crying. Also, it was produced by Quincy jones. Hi.), and when this song came on she lit up like she does when she's watching Dance Moms. She explained that she knew all the words because she had to lip-sync it for one of her classes back in her all-girl, Catholic school days, and went on to perform the rest of the song for me. Needless to say, it's now one of my favorites.
7. "Beautiful Strangers" by Kevin Morby
Oh, Kevin. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I'm not actually gonna count, but I this guy is the best, and I finally got to see him at the Teragram Ballroom on Thursday night.
From his music note suit, to his white cowboy hat, it was everything I wanted, but it was this song that stole the whole show. Inspired by the innocent victims of recent terror attacks and police brutality, Morby manages to take truly the bleakest of subjects and turn it into something wholly life-affirming. Seeing him do it live, just him and a guitar, brought the whole room to a hush, until the lines, "Pray for Paris/They cannot scare us/Or stop the music," which had everyone cheering their approval----palpably filling the room up with strength and love.