Cory Recommends: “Lonely Tonight” by The Power Station

You’ve probably heard of this super group made up of Robert Palmer, John Taylor and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran on bass and guitar respectively, and Tony Thompson of Chic on drums, via their best known track “Some Like It Hot” which unequivocally showcases the sound on offer from the band.

I’ve got a theory that the best songs on albums are usually the odd numbered ones, and this song fits that mold, tracking 3rd on group’s eponymous first album.

This one is a restrained and simmering song about the electricity of falling for someone. The lyric that seals the deal for me is “I can’t remember life without your music”. The syncopation of marimba-toned synth overlay on a crisp and funky drumbeat offset the soulful sensuality of Palmers voice that finds room to move in the tight production of the track.

(Song recommendation by Cory Funk)

 

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2, Track 12

Jewel’s Spirit by Laura Gill

“All people want is to be touched. They don’t care if it’s Celine Dion or Meat Loaf or me.” — Jewel, Rolling Stone

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The year Jewel’s album, Spirit, came out, I was in ninth grade, and transitioning into life at boarding school. I was learning to blow-dry my hair and put on makeup, and Jewel was twenty-one, navigating the life of a famous musician. What she lacked in being edgy, hip, or cool, she gained in being earnest and sincere. She kept her crooked tooth; she wrote her own lyrics; she lived with her mother.

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Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2, Track 11

Year of Dismantling Myths by M.Stone

I heard it on the radio station
broadcast from a college town fifty miles away,
reaching my backwater Bible belt notch
through intermittent static:

a piano that roared, then a rich voice–
honey with an orange peel tang, purr escalating
to a wail–Tori Amos singing about a Cornflake Girl.

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Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2, Track 10

Heavy with Mood: On Fiona Apple’s Tidal by Emery Ross

The bedroom of a teenager is her entire world, or at least it was for me. When I think of my teenage years, I always come back to those rooms – first, the one in the small town where I grew up, where I hung tin foil over hideous blue-flowered wallpaper. Next comes the larger town with the room next to my parents’ and later the converted third garage bedroom. In those last two rooms, I pinned dozens of photographs of my friends, square inserts from my favorite CDs, and one large poster. In those rooms, I discovered music and writing and used both to work through the torment of adolescence.

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Kevin Recommends: “Classic Man” by Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur

Gotta keep your look classic so your best-dressed day isn’t in a casket.

I wish I could pull off Jidenna’s dandyism, but a) I’m not sure it jives with my already firmly-established Ryan-Gosling-in-Drive-inspired A E S T H E T I C and b) I ain’t got that kind of spend for so many hand-tailored suits.

Still, he looks so cool. And this song is catchy as hell. Jidenna makes new-wave mafia life sound so damn appealing.

BONUS: Check out this chopped and screwed version used in Moonlight because it’s fucking dope.

I could go into the song’s application in the movie, with Chiron listening to a chopped and screwed version of a song called “Classic Man” and how that reflects his struggles wanting to be a better, classic man but he’s too chopped up and screwed up by life, but I think I’d need more space than I have. Either way, Moonlight was incredible. Watch it after you’re done listening to this song.

(Song recommendation by Kevin D. Woodall)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2, Track 9

Drink With The Grown-Ups And Listen To The Jazz by Prewitt Scott-Jackson

Eschaton half-past nigh
1999

Don’t buy the Book of Stories
but
can’t help chewin’ on the collective anciety teeming all around me

He never understands why everybody plans for tomorrow and not today

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Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2, Track 8

Fear of a Black Planet by Yoshio Drescher

I was eleven years old when I heard Public Enemy for the first time. My family and I were driving from Honolulu to my Uncle’s apartment on the North Shore, cruising past rows of pineapples and sugarcane. I was absentmindedly staring out the window, rolling the radio dial back and forth on my black plastic walkman trying to catch a station worth listening to when “Welcome to the Terrordome” by Public Enemy suddenly burst through the static.

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2, Track 7

Sylvester’s Step II: Sylvester Taught Me How to Be Queer by Peter Piatkowski

I’m an atheist, but I believe that Sylvester is my guardian angel. I believe he watches over all of us nelly queens, sissies, nancyboys, and marys who sought solace and escape on a dance floor. Sylvester is no mere disco diva, but our Francis Scott Key. The United States has The Star Spangled Banner but we have “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).”

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Sam Recommends: “Flow With It (You’ve Got Me Feelin’ Like)” by St. Paul & the Broken Bones

They play the same playlist in the building I work in every single day. Some of the songs have gotten under my skin in a very bad way. But I’m not here to talk about those songs. I’m here to tell you about a song that has gotten under my skin in a very good way. The best way.

The first time I heard it, I pulled out my phone and opened Shazam so fast your head would spin.

And I’m glad I did. Because now I can pass the mic over to St. Paul & the Broken Bones…

Play that funky music, white boy.

(Song recommendation by Samantha Lamph/Len)

Memoir Mixtapes Vol.2, Track 6

The Rainbow’s End: A First Taste of Doom by Eric Bryan


2003 was a strange year to be a young metalhead.

Aside from the looming shadow of global terrorism, a quickly developing surveillance state, the dissolving housing market and the unnamable tension that would become the general social unrest that we currently exist in, it was also very hard to find old metal CDs!

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