Song of the Day #10 – “Purple Rivers” by The Swimming Pool Q’s

“Purple Rivers” – from The Swimming Pool Q’s by The Swimming Pool Q’s (1984) From the same fertile early 1980s Georgia scene as R.E.M., the B-52’s, Pylon, etc., The Swimming Pool Q’s were Atlanta based, though leader Jeff Calder started the band in the late 70s while living in north Florida.  After a very quirky…

Song of the Day #9 – “Letting You Go” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

“Letting You Go” – from Hard Promises by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1981) There’s always another Tom Petty song to discover or re-discover. “Letting You Go” is a strange one in his catalog.  A video emulating those old “American Bandstand” style shows and displaying his trademark sense of humor was made (I especially like…

Song of the Day #8 – “Texas Sun” by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges

“Texas Sun” – from Texas Sun by Khruangbin & Leon Bridges (2020) Now this is a interesting track, pairing Texas psych/dub/soul band Khruangbin and Texas soul singer Leon Bridges for a panoramic drive through a desert landscape into the burning sunset. Starting off with some strummed cowboy acoustic, when that lo-fi high plains drifting electric…

Song of the Day #7 – “Spectral Mornings” by Steve Hackett

“Spectral Mornings” from Spectral Mornings by Steve Hackett (1979) Way back in my younger days I used to volunteer at a community radio station. At one point the program director let me make a demo tape in their studio to fill in as an occasional DJ on the daily morning show. This was a folk…

Song of the Day #6 – “November” by Real Estate

“November” – from The Main Thing, by Real Estate (2020) A bright, upbeat reminiscence of young love. Nostalgic in the best way, slightly psychedelic when the vocals get briefly watery in the middle for a little variance in tone, as we go tripping back in time to a past piece of mental real estate.

Song of the Day #5 – “Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser” by Quarteto Em Cy

“Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser” – from Quarteto Em Cy, by Quarteto Em Cy (1972) Some tropicalismo (is that a word?) for the day today. This group was comprised of four sisters and, somewhat obviously I suppose, they’re from Brazil.  Even though I’ve been a casual and at times more-than-casual listener of Brazilian music for…