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Songs of the week

BADBADNOTGOOD – “Velvet”

 

Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD are probably best known for their interpretations of hip-hop songs. The band has covered Gucci Mane, Tyler, The Creator, A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West and everyone in between, giving them a reputation throughout the music industry and making them loved by music-lovers and professionals alike. Their new track, “Velvet,” has the smooth feel of, you guessed it, velvet. Like any good jazz song, “Velvet” lets each member show their skills, with different instruments and overall feelings coming in and out of play. The song could easily be the backdrop for an artist to rap or sing along to, but that doesn’t mean it is needed. The instruments tell enough of a story.

 

Sun Kil Moon – “War on Drugs: Suck My Cock”

 

The beef between Mark Kozelek, a.k.a. Sun Kil Moon, and The War On Drugs all started in our capital. Both bands were performing at the Ottawa Folk Festival in early September. During Sun Kil Moon’s set, the sound of The War on Drugs performance on another stage was so loud that Sun Kil Moon’s drummer would have had an easier time “to play along to [their] set than ours.” For anyone who has ever been to a festival, this isn’t a huge surprise, and Kozelek admits that “it could have been any band’s music blaring from over the hill, and I still would have made jokes.” Since then, there has been a back and forth between the bands, in a sort of tongue-in-cheek feud that has now escalated in a song released by Sun Kil Moon, titled “War on Drugs: Suck My Cock.” The seven-minute song tells the detailed story of the infamous performance, along with another concert where he told the crowd to “shut up.” Kozalek takes on hillbillies, bloggers and even himself. “Sun Kil Moon, go fuck yourself,” he sings at one point before going back to The War on Drugs and saying that they are the whitest band he has ever heard. I wonder what rappers think about this feud.

 

TV On The Radio – “Careful You”

 

The release of TV On The Radio’s sixth studio album is just a month away, and in anticipation for the new record, the Brooklyn band has released their second single, “Careful You.” The new song is centred around electronic synths and a steady drum machine that are like the heart of the song, keeping everything moving at a fast pace, so that even though the track comes in at over five minutes, it feels more like a sprint than a leisurely stroll. Tunde Adebimpe, lead singer of the band, has said that the new album is “1,000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we’ve ever done.” That statement, along with “Happy Idiot” and “Careful You” should certainly get fans excited for the Nov. 18 release of Seeds.

 

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