Daddy, what’s wrong? – TEGAN & SARA

tegan and saraI don’t remember most of the episode nor the events leading up to it. All I remember is Adam Driver sitting on a bench somewhere in New York (or was it even him?) as the dusk was settling on the horizon. I was recently binge watching “Girls”, and as much as I liked the series, what I really walked away with was a song. Lena Dunham had asked twin duo Tegan and Sara to cover the Rolling Stones ballad “Fool to Cry” for the show. To be fair, I had no idea it was a Stones cover until I did some digging around. (“Girls” soundtracks are a slam dunk of brilliance by the way with Robyn, Fleet Foxes,  Icona Pop, Jake Bugg… all masterminded by music supervisor Manish Ravel who’s a real wizard in setting music to mood.)  I don’t know if it says more about Mick & Keith (Fool to Cry was originally recorded for the Rolling Stones 1976 album “Black and Blue”) or the brilliance of Tegan and Sara, but the sweet simple melody fell like soothing rain at the end of quite a heart-rending episode. The melting harmonies, the light guitar, the weary lyrics of apprehension, all end up as a surprisingly consoling piece of music. Like a deep exhale after a long day. Or a warm hug after an even longer year.


Waiting Around – COOKIE DUSTER

Cookie Duster. A full mustache capable of dusting cookies. Indie band from Toronto, Canada. Like Breakfast Club all grown up. The drummer is the jock. A musical collective of Canadian indie heavyweights, lead by Brendan Canning, the heaviest of them all. Used to have an impressive beard, never a mustache. Together a decade. Second album. Out now. Manna from heaven for  bloggers.  The most infectious chorus this side of Rockies. Happy pop music. Essential pub music. Mention of Broken Social Scene mandatory. Legendary Toronto band. Devoted followers. Complicated history. Cookie Duster gave birth to Broken Social Scene which then gave birth to Cookie Duster, again.  Vocalist Jeen O’Brien tough, scrappy and the best kept secret in the universe. Canadians are so cool.

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