New music every Sunday.
“By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” – from Brunch: A Plea, by Guy Beringer, in “Hunter’s Weekly”, 1895.
A Canadian, a Mexican, and an American walk into a brunch….
The Sadies – “First Five Minutes” (from Internal Sounds, 2013)
Energetic barnstormer power pop with a twang. But it’s sort of a psychedelic twang. This is the first song on long-lived Canadian band The Sadies’ new album, and it’s just over 5 minutes long. If the second song was also five minutes, they could have called it…well, you get the picture.
Natalia Lafourcade – “Aventurera” (2013 acoustic version) (original from Mujer Divina: Homenaje a Agustin Lara, 2012)
A swaying, timeless sounding slice of confection. It puts a smile on my face, even though I have no idea what she’s singing about. I do know that “aventurera” translates to “adventuress” in Spanish. But Google Translate is no help with the rest: “Since you ruin the infamy of destination / Withered you admirable spring / Make you way less rugged / Sell expensive you love adventurous”. I knew I should have taken that extra Spanish class in high school….
Beck– “I Won’t Be Long” (from I Won’t Be Long 12″ single, 2013)
Hazey, smooth pop electronica with subtle detuned guitar flourishes a la Sonic Youth. And in fact, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon guests on the long, extended version of this song. But this is not that version.