SOCC Live: Jack Lite

“I worked at a pizza joint, a hotel, sold beach chairs for a while, landscaped, worked at a couple restaurants, a Denny’s. There is always downtime, and I recorded some melodies I liked on a pocket recorder while washing dishes. With the money from the jobs I craigslisted a guitar, drums, bass, and a synth. COLD CUTS was born straight out of my experiences with life, friends, women, and selling beach chairs.”

 

SONG OF THE DAY: MANDOLIN ORANGE – “FROM NOW ON”

It’s a softly Americana acoustic piece that sounds kind of like what it feels to watch a sunset alone. There’s also something deeply and enticingly sad about it, especially once you get to the piquant, silvery mandolin solo toward the end. I’ve been obsessed with this song for months, and it’s one of those rare songs that I think I’ll remain obsessed with, you know, from now on.
(P.S. I think this band almost came to CC last year and then got replaced by Caribou Mountain Collective at the last minute. Fun fact.)

SONG OF THE DAY: BRYAN SUTTON – “GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN”

I don’t have enough positive affirmations to adequately express how much I am freaking out about this particular Christmas song. In the remarkably diverse genre of holiday music, I’m mildly confounded by the fact that all Christmas radio stations play are 80s throwback love songs, excessive Michael Bublé, remastered Nat King Cole, and ex-Beatles’ half-assed attempts at holidazing. (Sorry, Lennon/McCartney. Your other music was way cooler.) This bluegrass rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is a breath of fresh, pine-scented air compared to most other attempts at the very kitschiest of genres. Not only that, but within the tiny niche genre of Christmas bluegrass (check it out sometime), this song is definitely one of the most masterful and toe-tappin’. I’d even go so far as to say I’d probably kiss the song under the mistletoe if it were a person.

SONG OF THE DAY: GOLDEN EARRING – “RADAR LOVE”

This is the only Dutch band I’ve ever listened to, but lately Golden Earring is making me want to branch out. “Radar Love” just gets me. I’m not exactly sure what Radar Love would be, but it sounds like a cool thing to have. The song “Twilight Zone” by the same band is also a good one. For more, there’s Spotify.

SONG OF THE DAY: JOHN WILLIAMS – “LOVE PLEDGE AND THE ARENA”

‘Tis the season. The new Star Wars movie is coming this month, and I am stoked. This is one of my favorite songs from the soundtrack albums- it appears during the scene on Geonosis while Anakin and Padmé are about to be brought into the arena. The scene can probably be found online, but why stop there? Watch the whole movie tonight. There are worse things to do instead of homework. John Williams has a Spotify if you want more.

SONG OF THE DAY: COLDPLAY – “ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME”

Before you inwardly groan upon sighting this Song of the Day post and begin yelling some diatribe about how Coldplay is overplayed, over-commercialized, and destined to become the new Nickelback, shut the fuck up and press play. This brand new release may not be as good as Coldplay’s old haunts like “Clocks” or “Speed of Sound” or “Viva la Vida,” but it’s also much better than any of their other releases in the past few years. “Adventure of a Lifetime” is colorful, whimsical, infectious, and well-engineered. At least give it a shot, please?