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Hard News: Friday: A happier place

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  • George Darroch,

    Here's a one I love.

    Four Tet, Smile Around the Face. The video doesn't add anything to a brilliant song, but it's not bad either.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to bbrooks,

    It’s Jeff Tweedy, not Tweedie. Which is important because then you can find this version of them doing it together:

    Gah. Thanks, I'll fix that. I've also removed the unnecessary formatting that was breaking your embeds, so we're even ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Swain,

    Here's a pure expression of joy.

    Japan • Since Apr 2013 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Renee Jones,

    This is my very favourite 'having a stink day' song ever (I know Russell likes it too). Part uplifting gospel tune, part club classic.

    And this one helps quite a lot too:

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Renee Jones,

    This is my very favourite ‘having a stink day’ song ever (I know Russell likes it too).

    Ya know it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Cover recorded yesterday. Apologies for the incomplete clip.

    ETA: Also apologies for not being able to understand why movie maker decided to play the clip 3 times. It's only 1:29 long.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10654 posts Report Reply

  • Helen Marie,

    Thanks for the feel-good thread. I'm using these Friday music threads as a kind of very belated musical education after shutting it all out for decades. So much to discover, it's overwhelming. Loving lots of things here. Feeling good feels.

    Auckland • Since Oct 2013 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Samuel Scott,

    silly happy;

    happiest cuddliest video of all time;

    happiest song by unhappy band;

    South Wellington • Since Feb 2008 • 315 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    Althea and Donna “Uptown Top Ranking”

    So that's what it's called! Always loved it, never quite caught the name. Thank you.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe,

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2899 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    one of my fave upbeat tracks from a kinda downbeat dude

    and these guys seem to be supremely unfashionable, but I reckon this ticks a whole bunch of pop boxes...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 438 posts Report Reply

  • Hugh Wilson,

    This uptempo little number might just slot in amongst the others round here …

    https://soundcloud.com/souleance/a-little-bit-of-love-souleance

    * Embed issues *

    Melbourne • Since Feb 2013 • 168 posts Report Reply

  • Ethan Tucker,

    I'm utterly happy to be an atheist but can also dig the pure joy in this taut, springy song for Big Ol' Jesus by the Reverend Al Green. First heard it on a great Under The Influence compilation by Paul Heaton from the Beautiful South, who has impeccable taste.

    Wellington • Since Apr 2008 • 119 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB, in reply to Helen Marie,

    Feeling good feels.

    That's what it's all about....

    So many good songs posted here I could make individual comments on...

    But Feeling good feels, sums it up brilliantly...

    P.S... loving the Aretha Soul Train vibe.... Introduced to her by Blues Brothers but loving the back catalogue....

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 893 posts Report Reply

  • Biobbs, in reply to Samuel Scott,

    Unhappy band? Yeh nah, I never thought so. They had lots of happy songs. Caterpillar? The whole Kiss Me Kiss Me album? Even 'Boys Don't Cry' had an upbeat, poppy feel to it. And wasn't this the best little pop song of the 80s:

    The River Mouth, Denmark • Since Jan 2011 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Saw Bob at Western Springs - an amazing touching life event - The Love Cats - a song so perfectly clever in its understated brilliance.

    To me Tom Verlaine’s self titled album is uplifting - the other guitar player on Breaking in my Heart is Ricky Wilsdon (B52s) :

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I had thought Lorde's song 'Ribs' would sound great with a deep house remix.

    And an hour or two ago, the Cousin Cole bootleg turned up on the internet.

    Oh yeah.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’m utterly happy to be an atheist but can also dig the pure joy in this taut, springy song for Big Ol’ Jesus by the Reverend Al Green. First heard it on a great Under The Influence compilation by Paul Heaton from the Beautiful South, who has impeccable taste.

    How could I forget Al Green?


    And an hour or two ago, the Cousin Cole bootleg turned up on the internet.

    Oh yeah.

    I'd also been thinking those smoky vocals and heavy synths were waiting for a remix - they're big enough to fill out rather spacious beats. I'm glad it's Cousin Cole stepping up.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to George Darroch,

    I’d also been thinking those smoky vocals and heavy synths were waiting for a remix – they’re big enough to fill out rather spacious beats. I’m glad it’s Cousin Cole stepping up.

    I really like what he's done. I presume that if he's calling it a bootleg, he worked with the whole track rather than the stems, and you can hear where he's cut-and-pasted and layered and added things, while staying true to the original. It's very cool.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22839 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand, in reply to George Darroch,

    Seeing Al Green live at The Civic a couple of years ago is one of the highlights of my life. I reckon ‘Belle’ (1977) best captures the play between the sacred and the secular in his music…ie “It’s you that I want but it’s him that I need….’

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2560 posts Report Reply

  • david kinniburgh,

    One for the Fossils :-)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2012 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __,

    Had to post this: Lorde on Letterman !!
    A very assured performance. She owns that stage.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3891 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Ooh, this should be fun. If they can get Kraftwerk to be part of the lineup, it’ll be even more reason to go.

    Hip to be square

    A new electronic music festival is sure to push a lot of people’s buttons.

    Square Wave Festival is the new multiple city electronic music festival from A Low Hum, which also does the boutique indie music festival Camp A Low Hum.

    This month, 36 shows featuring more than 70 acts will take place in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Palmerston North. The acts are from Germany, United States, Australia and New Zealand.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5433 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    This might be a bit of a threadjack, however I thought readers here would be interested to see the maiden speech of the first ever Aboriginal woman, Nova Peris, elected to the Australian Parliament (in the Senate). It's made me very happy (and more than a bit teary too).

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hebe,

    So that's what it's called! Always loved it, never quite caught the name. Thank you.

    +1

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19728 posts Report Reply

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