Paul McCartney feat. Rihanna-“FourFiveSeconds”
This weekend saw the wrap up of the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California. McCartney was probably one of the biggest draws when the festival was announced, but he brought out a special guest who is definitely more suited for Coachella.
Aimee Mann-“Can’t You Tell”
The 30 Days, 30 Songs campaign has been a recurring story here at BurgerADay for the past week. Aimee Mann’s song is easily one of the best songs to come out of it. It’s a driving number that takes on a much sadder point-of-view that almost forces the listener to emphasize with the Republican Presidential Candidate
The Who-“Baba O’Riley”
Another “Oldchella” act. While The Beatles and Rolling Stones are essentials for any music fan, I always preferred Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon growing up. It’s hard to find a song as timeless as “Baba O’Riley.” That synthesizer riff is one of the most iconic in history.
Kevin Devine-“Freddie Gray Blues”
As the release of Kevin Devine’s Instigator draws closer, we’ve been treated to the album stream. Devine did release this track right after the murder of Freddie Gray, and it’s just as haunting. Devine both acknowledges his white privilege and relationships with cops, and it’s chilling.
The UK pop-punk outfit has just embarked on a US tour opening for The Wonder Years. Where their first album had more emo-influence, Blush is sugary sweet pop-punk, and the lead single is probably the best song from the album. The band is sure to be exciting.
Modern Baseball-“Phone Tag”
Another tour-opener. Modern Baseball has just kicked off a tour with Brand New and The Front Bottoms. While their setlist mostly features takes from the excellent Holy Ghost, I’ve been revisiting their B-sides. This reworking of “It’s Cold Out Here” is a nice change of pace, and the altered lyrics at the end are much better than the original.
Brand New-“Not the Sun”
Brand New has been playing Devil and God front to back on their current tour, forcing me to revisit the album. While the most popular tracks never fail to entertain, I’m pleasantly reminded how great songs like “Welcome to Bangkok” or “Not the Sun” are.
Bob Dylan-“Desolation Row”
The biggest music news story this week has been about the Nobel Prize winner. Dylan’s poetry is perhaps best summed up in this song, and here’s a video from this weekend’s Desert Trip.
Black Kids-“Obligatory Drugs”
Black Kids are back with this fun-as-hell track. “Obligatory Drugs” is a dancey, indie-rock song with an undeniable hook. I’m definitely in.