THE NATIONAL: I NEED MY GIRL

Matt Berninger, the oaken baritone singer of The National, is like, as Pitchfork said: a Cary Grant interpretation of Leonard Cohen. Or I’d say: the Neil Diamond of indie rock.

SPACE ODDITY

Today, 51 years ago, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie was released. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the song is about the launch into space of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut.

JOHN HINCKLEY JR. FOUND NOT GUILTY

38 years ago today John Hinckley Jr., was found not guilty of attempted murder—he tried to kill President Reagan—by reason of insanity.

LOU DOILLON: WHERE TO START

Been religiously listening to anything by Lou Doillon. Her voice, totally breathtaking. Hot damn. Oh, in case you don’t know, Charlotte Gainsbourg is her half-sister and Jane Birkin is her mother.

GALLOWS: MISERY

A sad, painful, anxious & venomous song. Sung by half human half wolves.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS: SACRILEGE

Arty yet sexy take on garage punk meets Karen O’s riot glam-grrrl persona, two badass elements that shaped Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

THE BRAVERY: AN HONEST MISTAKE

Still remember this almost-New Order, The Smiths-sadness, dark synth-Gary Numan, faux-The Killers song? Still remember “An Honest Mistake”?

MAGDA X INDRA7: FRIENDLY PRESSURE

A fun little Jakarta-Bali collaboration between Magda and Indra7, covering a trip hop classic, “Friendly Pressure”, originally sung by Jhelisa.

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

Today in 1978, “You’re the One That I Want” went to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped UK Singles Chart as well. It’s also one of the best-selling singles in history.

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