YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO MY LISTENING PARTY

If Joy Division = Mad Max (the original), then Savages = Imperator Furiosa. You can't really overthink it, people. Just hit play, let them melt your face off, and thank me later (probably after their second album drops). LA, you will be graced with their presence later this year. Don't miss it. 

ALABAMA SHAKES

Brittany Howard has the voice and stage presence of an earth-shaking blues goddess, even though she is a tiny 20-something babycat. I love really, really old blues and tend to shy away from anything too radio-ready, but it was love when I first heard the Alabama Shakes, owed 100% to her pipes. 

Watch the new video for Sound & Color below: 

“I don’t really know how to warm up,” she said, laughing. Maybe she was joking. Maybe not. Then, as if to punctuate the point, she let loose a guttural roar that reverberated up and down the stairwell. (NYT)

YE-YE FOREVER

-yé is a (mostly) French genre of sugary 1960s pop made completely out of magic and pure, unabashed girl. It was on regular rotation in our house long before Mad Men's Zou Bisou Bisou or that one scene in Moonrise Kingdom, and I distinctly remember how life-changing it was to go to my first Bardot A Go Go party in San Francisco many, many years ago.

If you're in the 415/510 (I refuse to acknowledge the new area code, sorry), I suggest you drop everything and RSVP for a one-time reprise at Rickshaw Stop on July 11. 

Most of the music I like makes me wish I was anywhere but where I usually am. It makes me wish I was sweaty and raw and drowning on a dance floor.

BONUS: NASHVILLE (THE TV SERIES), GUILTY PLEASURE

Tami Taylor, Rayna Jaymes. It doesn't matter, just give me Connie Britton playing the Southern mama of a teenage girl and I will watch it and love it forever and ever, amen. Nashville takes that and adds lots of sparkly stage outfits and serves up subtly feminist soap opera drama, and you know what else?

A lot of the songs are genuinely damn good. Which reminds me, there are a bunch of new ones I have yet to download on iTunes. LATER.