Artist: John The Conqueror Song: "Waking Up To You" Album: The Good Life
"As folks get older, they begin to see the mistakes they've made," Pierre Moore tells Rolling Stone. "This song isn't about one woman. It's about every relationship I've ruined because I thought sleeping around would make me happy. A few years go, I woke up realizing that I was never satisfied and I caused all my own problems. This song is about that moment."
Artist: Outlands Song: "Warm Winds" Album: Love is as Cold as Death
"We recorded 'Warm Winds' in the middle of a cold Virginia winter," Mark Arciaga tells Rolling Stone. "It's about letting love be the catalyst to move forward. The song was written about these lush Cocteau Twins piano chords, which we ended up reworking and recording on a grand piano to give the song more warmth, and we brought it our friend Kevin Knight to sing some sexy lower background vocals. Those Jessie Ware-inspired harmonies are what really gives that song an extra layer of sensuousness."
"I've always been fascinated by graffiti art. Growing up, my older brother and I would watch vandalized trains pass by, and he would point out which paintings had been done by the same person," Maggie Chapman tells Rolling Stone. "I had just gone through a breakup with a guy who was a painter when the title 'Graffiti' popped into my head. He was so talented and I was mesmerized with how he could bring things to life through his art. Even though the song is not about him, I was visually inspired and wanted to paint a picture with words in this song. That vivid, colorful, passionate love that has the power to make or break us, to taint our hearts or turn them into works of art."
Artist: The Tontons Song: "Magic Hour" Album: The Make Out King and Other Stories of Love
"'Magic Hour' is named after a bar in New York's lower east side," Asli Omar tells Rolling Stone. "The actual name of the bar is "The Magician," which is something I only realized after writing the song. The song basically describes the final week of my relationship which kind of reached a head at this particular bar.
Artist: Charlie Greene Song: "Man on Fire" Album: Charlie Greene
"'Man on Fire' [is] kind of a lyrical cuspidor," Charlie Greene tells Rolling Stone. "Some simple music that became a home for some orphaned ideas that couldn't take shelter in another song. A manger for stranger phrases that were told there was no room at the inn for their kind. It's the wail of a weirdo trying to explain himself and failing spectacularly. It's also just some good hillbilly shit that's fun to play."
Artist: Jake Troth Song: "Real Life Thing" Album: Double Black Diamond
"'Real Life Thing' is a result of me trying to blend classic music with contemporary topics, like internet dating," Jake Troth tells Rolling Stone. "Sadly, some people feel more comfortable texting and emailing than speaking face to face. I prefer the real thing until the connection is clearer."
Artist: Ducky Song: "Two Over Ten" Album: Two Over Ten (Single)
"'Two Over Ten' is about the fight with something or someone coming after a part of yourself, and the feeling of giving in," Morgan Neiman tells Rolling Stone. "The title is actually a reference to the symbol 2/10, used during the Great Depression. It means, 'hush, there are thieves about!'"
Sergio Mendes was a Brazilian bandleader who had some hits in the 1960's, and came back with a vengeance in 1983. "Never Gonna Let You Go" made it to number 4 on the pop chart and was #1 for three weeks on the adult contemporary chart.
Not a lot...
Our Friday feature this week is Sting and the Police, as the man formerly known as Gordon Sumner turns 64.
Here are some Sting facts you can use to amaze and amuse your friends!
1. His bass is named Brian.
2. Early on, he performed on cruise...
In honor of Blitzen Trapper coming in for a Live From Studio M recording session on Monday, October 5th, we've been given a download of their single "All Across This Land" from their new album! The new album drops on Friday, October...
Fall is here along with cooler crisper temperatures....but we tried to rekindle some of the summer glow with "Rub it in" by Billy "Crash" Craddock.
It was a number one country song and number 16 pop song back in 1974.
At first some...
When JJ Grey came to Madison to play for us in Studio M this summer, he brought along his own video crew.
Now we know why!
Even if you're not watching too closely, you'll notice us all over this video for the song "Light a...
Some people seemed quite surprised that the song "Jungle Love" by Morris Day and the Time made it onto the World's Worst iPod.
The song only made it to #20 on the charts in 1984-85, but a lot of people saw it on MTV..and it was also part...
Happy 66th birthday to Bruce Springsteen!
In honor of this esteemed occasion, the guy who really doesn't like being called "The Boss" is our Friday feature this week.
And here are a few things you may or may not have known about our...
I'm pretty sure the website change.org wasn't created for things like this. There's a petition to ask the National Football League to have the Grateful Dead play the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
Now I get their reasoning--the Dead...