Married to the Music – 2/5/16

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For better or worse, we’re all in this together.

We all have personal, intimate relationships with music. Certain artists, songs, or albums can mean many different things to many different people. Sometimes you fall in love and want to run away and elope with a song, despite the opinions of your friends and family. Other times you thumb through old records and reminisce about the first time you heard that song and how right everything felt all those years ago.

Our relationship with music is not too different from the dysfunctional marriage(s) we anxiously anticipate. Maybe it will all work out, maybe it won’t. The point is: you should never have a lame wedding. Married to the Music is a new weekly section borrowing the ridiculous and enjoyable tradition brides often endure before they walk down the aisle.

Each week we will feature 4 selected songs:

Something Old: A song that is at least 20 years old.
Something New: A song that is less than 3 months old.
Something Borrowed: A cover song.
Something Blue: A song that is melancholy, dark, depressing, or just plain sad.


February 5, 2016


Something Old:
Red Hot Chili Peppers | “Circle Of The Noose”

Dave Navarro played in Red Hot Chili Peppers from 1993 to 1998 and was only featured on one album, 1995’s One Hot Minute. The band was riding high off the mega-success of the seminal Blood Sugar Sex Magik album released in 1991 and guitarist John Frusciante was riding high mostly off of heroin. That’s not to say that Navarro was any cleaner, nor singer Anthony Kiedis for that matter. Lots of drugs with the Red Hots. When he disappeared into the nether realm of addiction in 1993, Navarro took time out from his duties in Jane’s Addiction to play guitar for one of the most popular bands in the world. One Hot Minute was not nearly as successful as Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Navarro eventually left the band in 1998 due to the oft-cited blanket term “creative differences.”

This week an outtake from that era was leaked online to everyone’s suprise, including the band members themselves.

“Circle Of The Noose” was well known to die-hard Chili Peppers fans for years but never saw the light of day until now. Navarro went so far as to call it “the greatest pop song I’ve ever been a part of,” though that honor is pretty subjective.

Something New:
Holy Ghost! | “Crime Cutz”

Electro-pop duo Holy Ghost! are back with the first new music since their 2013 album Dynamics and boy oh boy was it worth the wait. They are dropping a new EP this April entitled Crime Cutz and they shared the title track via Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show this week. Their press release noted the song as “an attempt to do something that was sort of rhythm ear candy. Simple. Angular. Funky. Physical. Fun.” I. Agree. Completely.

Something Borrowed:
Halsey | “Love Yourself” (Justin Bieber cover)

Australia’s Triple J radio station had Halsey on for an interview and a performance this week and she took the opportunity to cover Justin Bieber’s smash hit “Love Yourself.” The song has been covered by several people including Craig David and Alessia Cara, but Halsey’s take changes the lyrics from “Love Yourself” to “Fuck Yourself” which really gives the song that extra snarl that the Bad Boy Biebs would probably have loved to incorporate. As she rocked a fresh Yeezus t-shirt to set the mood, Halsey sang the stripped down, more vulgar send-off so well the Triple J DJ could only respond, “Wow.”

Something Blue:
Gallant | “Skipping Stones” (Feat. Jhené Aiko)

Last we heard from LA soul and R&B rising star Gallant was his beautiful cover of Sufjan Stevens “Blue Bucket of Gold.” Now he’s back with a new song for Red Bull Sound Select and this time he’s bringing vocalist Jhené Aiko along for the ride. “Skipping Stones” is a slow, sultry albeit heartbreaking jam that exhibits Gallant’s signature falsetto over a funky bass line and live drums. Aiko harmonizes underneath for an interesting contrast before she takes off on her own verse. It’s a song about loneliness, confusion, and the pain of the forlorn.