rock nyc radio: November 16th, 2016

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Paralyzed – Elvis Presley – This song was lost to me in the mist of time and now I’ve found it again, I can’t get it out of my mind. Released in 1956, it is a pure pop explosion of sunshine, a warbled sexy and charmed come on and a dream of romantic love. The Jordanaires are great in the background and bassist Bill Black owns everything Presley has failed to claim. Plus, that “one, two, ooh” are words worth worlds. Otis Blackwell’s handiwork, and he had all of it except the sex: Presley sings its tail off and gives it that extra something, the way he did, you know: Otis didn’t have that “one, two, ooh” – A+

Know Better – Forth Wanderers – One of those songs that shine in the center of November 2016, a break up bummer from the heart of Ava’s sadness but so catchy the song lifts you up while it puts you down and the coda is a magnifent thing – A-

First We Take Manhattan – Leonard Cohen – Not crazy about the actual production, but this apocalyptic nightmare of post-modern fascism is scary and a warning received too late: “Ah, you loved me as a loser but now you’re worried that I just might win. You know the way to stop me, but you don’t have the discipline. How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin”
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.” – A

Shout To My Ex – Little Mix – An awesome put down of Zayn Malik that hits him everywhere from tats to dick and back. Masterful – A-

Rock N Roll Star – Oasis – I loved it at the time and it has improved with time because the lyric sounds better: “I’ll take my caaaaaaaa and drive  real faaaaaa and not concerned about the way we aaaaaaaah…” – A+

Time Fades Away – Neil Young – A jaunty, brilliant, hootenanny of a classic rock oom pah pah (in theory, no horns) that couldn’t sound even better – A+

Grow Up – Olly Mur – The central song on Olly’s break up album starts like a singer songwriter acoustic bummer, and the chorus catches onto it and keeps on going . A terrific song – A

Side Hustle – Phoebe Nir – The horns wiggle and squiggle, and Phoebe sounds a little deranged, as though everything that happens here is not the preliminary she claims, but the heart of her soul. Such a ego booster it might as well be rap -maybe Drake can add a verse somewhere – A-

Black Beatle – Rae Sremmurd – Proof you can’t be on top of this stuff enough, this is the song off the sophomore effort I dismissed as a disappointment. This song ain’t, as clever a metaphor on a me and the stripper world – A-

 

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