Thank God For Sinners – Ty Segall

It’s no secret that sometimes I enjoy things that are delightfully strange.

While carpooling to practice last week, a teammate and I struck up a conversation about music. “Have you ever heard of Ty Segall,” she said. I had not. She immediately played this song, and it’s been in my rotation ever since.

However, it wasn’t until I looked up the video that I realized that Ty is letting his “freak flag” fly, and it only made me love him more.

I love grungy, crunchy garage rock. The kind where the guitar and vocals sound like they’re battling sandpaper. This song has that quality.

It also helps that the title alone makes it appealing. The video has a strange effect of making me feel slightly uncomfortable as body parts rotate through a kaleidoscope of shapes and forms. At the very end, Ty’s tongue is ripped out violently by the hands that have been in the video the whole time.

His odd mix of Marc Bolan, Iggy Pop and David Bowie make his music infectious, and his videos squirm-worthy.

Regardless, Ty is someone I’ll be listening to on the regular from now on. His aesthetic and sound match perfectly with a hard workout or chilling at home.

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Love Me – The 1975

Would you like the recipe for this delectable song by The 1975?

Here goes:

Take an immersion blender and a metal bowl. Toss in a bit of “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel, a shake of “Fame” by David Bowie, and just a pinch of “It’s Your Thing,” by The Isley Brothers.

Bake it on the current Billboard Hot 100 Charts for a few weeks, and you’ll have “Love Me.”

When I heard this track on the radio, I seriously placed it in the 80s. I swore I was listening to an original MTV rotation copycat. And maybe I was. But I’m okay with that.

It helps that the “Love Me,” video is frolicking throwback with Matt Healy dancing shirtless in mirth around cardboard cutouts.

The bands pastel-colored play-fest mixed perfectly with the bouncy nature of the song. It was fun, light, and uber-catchy.

My husband is highly-cynical of modern music and usually uses my playlists as an opportunity to make fun of the current “One Hit Wonders.” He loves to remind me that these artists won’t matter next week.

That’s perfectly fine, though. Because I plan on tricking him with this one. I can see him being shocked when I proudly announce that The 1975 is currently receiving air time. He’ll be embarrassed that he likes it. After all, I was.

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Life On Mars – David Bowie

I’m just going to be honest, here. I’m not usually addicted to television, but I’m madly in love with American Horror Story. The season could be a total dud, and I’m still going to watch every episode (*cough cough Asylum cough cough*)

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While I wasn’t wildly impressed with Freak Show, they did feature a lot of covers of music. One that initially slipped by me was “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie.

I’ve never been a huge Bowie fan. I know his popular songs, but I don’t plan on buying an album anytime soon.

But when Elsa Mars sung that song over – and over – and over, I had to look into it. The damned thing got stuck in my head!

Usually a song reference doesn’t slip past me, but I’m glad I eventually picked up that this wasn’t an original composition.

Of course, this was during Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust phase, and his one dilated pupil only adds to the eeriness. He’s pale as hell, and truly does look otherworldly. So, good on him for pulling that one off.

I do applaud AHS for their nod, including matching suit and makeup. I really do love it when a show takes a song and makes it their own. So while Bowie’s version is still best, it’s still fun to see references and how a song really can fit into – and transform – a show.