Top 30 Songs for January 20-26, 2019

1. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (1)
2. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (3)
3. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (2)
4. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (7)
5. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (8)
6. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (9)
7. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (5)
8. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (6)
9. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (10)
10. FAST TALK – Houses (11)
11. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (4)
12. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (12)
13. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (17)
14. PRESSURE – Muse (18)
15. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (19)
16. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (16)
17. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (20)
18. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (21)
19. SUNFLOWER (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) – Post Malone & Swae Lee (N)
20. “99” – Barns Courtney (13)
21. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (14) 20th week on chart
22. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (25)
23. UH HUH – Jade Bird (15)
24. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (26)
25. CHANGE – The Revivalists (27)
26. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (22)
27. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (30)
28. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (23)
29. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (24) 18th week on chart
30. POWER OVER ME – Dermot Kennedy (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 13-19, 2019

 

1. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (2)
2. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (1)
3. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (3)
4. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (4)
5. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (5)
6. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (6)
7. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (8)
8. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (9)
9. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (11)
10. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (16)
11. FAST TALK – Houses (17)
12. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (15)
13. “99” – Barns Courtney (14)
14. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (7) 19th week on chart
15. UH HUH – Jade Bird (10)
16. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (19)
17. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (20)
18. PRESSURE – Muse (23)
19. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (24)
20. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (25)
21. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (26)
22. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (18)
23. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (12)
24. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (13)
25. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (28)
26. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (29)
27. CHANGE – The Revivalists (30)
28. UNREALITIES – Dying Habit (21)
29. SUPERWOMAN SWAY – Brett Vogel (22) 18th week on chart
30. SIGUE CON EL AMOR – John Defeo (N)

Top 30 Songs for January 6-12, 2019

1. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (1) 3rd week #1
2. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (2)
3. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (3)
4. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (6)
5. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (5)
6. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (7)
7. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (4) 18th week on chart
8. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (13)
9. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (14)
10. UH HUH – Jade Bird (8)
11. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (16)
12. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (9)
13. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (10)
14. “99” – Barns Courtney (15)
15. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (18)
16. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (19)
17. FAST TALK – Houses (20)
18. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (17)
19. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (21)
20. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (22)
21. UNREALITIES – Dying Habit (11)
22. SUPERWOMAN SWAY – Brett Vogel (12) 17th week on chart
23. PRESSURE – Muse (24)
24. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (25)
25. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (26)
26. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (27)
27. YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN – Billie Eilish (23)
28. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (28)
29. LIGHT ON – Maggie Rogers (N)
30. CHANGE – The Revivalists (N)

Top 30 Songs for Dec. 30, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019

1. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (1)
2. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (4)
3. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (5)
4. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (2)
5. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (3)
6. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (11)
7. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (12)
8. UH HUH – Jade Bird (6)
9. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (7)
10. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (8)
11. UNREALITIES – Dying Habit (10)
12. SUPERWOMAN SWAY – Brett Vogel (9)
13. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (14)
14. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (15)
15. “99” – Barns Courtney (16)
16. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (17)
17. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (13)
18. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (18)
19. DELTA BLUES – Jetsteam (20)
20. FAST TALK – Houses (22)
21. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (21)
22. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (25)
23. YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN – Billie Eilish (26)
24. PRESSURE – Muse (28)
25. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (29)
26. LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT – The 1975 (N)
27. NORTHERN LIGHTS – Death Cab for Cutie (N)
28. WORST NIGHTS – Foster the People (N)
29. SHE’S KEROSENE – The Interrupters (19)
30. NINA CRIED POWER – Hozier featuring Mavis Staples (23)

Top 30 Songs for December 23-29, 2018

1. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (3)
2. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (1)
3. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (2)
4. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (6)
5. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (7)
6. UH HUH – Jade Bird (4)
7. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (5)
8. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (8)
9. SUPERWOMAN SWAY – Brett Vogel (9)
10. UNREALITIES – Dying Habit (10)
11. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (11)
12. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (12)
13. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (16)
14. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (17)
15. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (18)
16. “99” – Barns Courtney (19)
17. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (20)
18. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (21)
19. SHE’S KEROSENE – The Interrupters (13)
20. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (23)
21. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (25)
22. FAST TALK – Houses (26)
23. NINA CRIED POWER – Hozier featuring Mavis Staples (14)
24. BODY TALKS – The Struts (15)
25. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (27)
26. YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN – Billie Eilish (28)
27. SHAME – Elle King (22)
28. PRESSURE – Muse (N)
29. SUPERPOSITION – Young the Giant (N)
30. ALL MY FRIENDS – The Revivalists (24) 18th week on chart

Top 30 Songs for December 16-22, 2018

1. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (1)
2. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (2)
3. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (3)
4. UH HUH – Jade Bird (5)
5. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (6)
6. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (7)
7. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (8)
8. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (4)
9. SUPERWOMAN SWAY – Brett Vogel (12)
10. UNREALITIES – Dying Habit (13)
11. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (14)
12. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (15)
13. SHE’S KEROSENE – The Interrupters (11)
14. NINA CRIED POWER – Hozier featuring Mavis Staples (9)
15. BODY TALKS – The Struts (10)
16. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (18)
17. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (19)
18. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (20)
19. “99” – Barns Courtney (21)
20. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (23)
21. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (25)
22. SHAME – Elle King (16)
23. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (26)
24. ALL MY FRIENDS – The Revivalists (17)
25. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (28)
26. FAST TALK – Houses (29)
27. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (30)
28. YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN – Billie Eilish (27)
29. VISIONS – Dirty Heads featuring Kitten (22)
30. GHOST – Badflower (24) 19th week on list

Top 30 Songs for December 9-15, 2018

This week I’m pleased to place the wonderfully moving song “In My Mind” by a young Chicago singer-songwriter who goes by the artistic name Draft Evader, at #1. I’ve followed him for a while and have watched him grow and mature as an artist. He’s a terrific songwriter and guitarist, and is also becoming a pretty good vocalist too. Panic! At the Disco’s celebratory “High Hopes” leaps 9 spots to #8. Though I’ve long been a fan of theirs, I did not initially like this song. But after reading fellow blogger MusiCommentator’s review, I listened with fresh ears and an open mind, and damn if it didn’t hook me in!

1. IN MY MIND – Draft Evader (3)
2. MY BLOOD – twenty one pilots (2)
3. GUIDING LIGHT – Mumford & Sons (4)
4. LOADING ZONES – Kurt Vile (1)
5. UH HUH – Jade Bird (6)
6. HAPPIER – Marshmello featuring Bastille (7)
7. HURT PEOPLE – Two Feet featuring Madison Love (8)
8. HIGH HOPES – Panic! At the Disco (17)
9. NINA CRIED POWER – Hozier featuring Mavis Staples (5)
10. BODY TALKS – The Struts (9)
11. SHE’S KEROSENE – The Interrupters (10)
12. SUPERWOMAN SWAY – Brett Vogel (13)
13. UNREALITIES – Dying Habit (14)
14. YOU’RE SOMEBODY ELSE – flora cash (15)
15. THESE ARE MY FRIENDS – lovelytheband (16)
16. SHAME – Elle King (12)
17. ALL MY FRIENDS – The Revivalists (11)
18. MAKE IT UP AS I GO – Mike Shinoda featuring K.Flay (20)
19. WANDER – Vox Eagle featuring Pierre Fontaine (22)
20. IN THE WATER – The Underground Vault (23)
21. “99” – Barns Courtney (21)
22. VISIONS – Dirty Heads featuring Kitten (19)
23. BACK DOWN – Bob Moses (26)
24. GHOST – Badflower (18) 18th week on list
25. THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande (28)
26. DELTA BLUES – Jetstream (30)
27. YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN – Billie Eilish (29)
28. NEW BIRTH IN NEW ENGLAND – Phosphorescent (N)
29. FAST TALK – Houses (N)
30. APOCALIPSTICK – Lazy Queen (N)

LAZY QUEEN – Single Review: “Apocalipstick”

I’m back in Norway (having just featured the band Vöödöö) to now shine my spotlight on alternative rock band Lazy Queen. Three months ago I reviewed their brilliant single “Turn From Void,” and am now thrilled to present their provocative new single “Apocalipstick.” The genre and gender-bending band pushes boundaries with their identity and music, and is “for the disenfranchised, the outcasts, the queers, the allies, the feminists, for the pissed off, for the isolated and lonely, the weirdos and the freaks.” Their music is boisterous mix of noise rock, grunge and punk – the sonic equivalent of a car crash, as another writer so eloquently put it.

Lazy Queen was formed in 2013 by Henrik Søberg, who’s Norwegian with Colombian roots and gender fluid, while living in Brooklyn, New York. The band then consisted of Søberg and three American musicians, and they released four singles and the excellent EP Drift to critical praise from both national and international press. Søberg had hoped to settle in New York, but a bureaucratic snafu at the Norwegian embassy forced a return to Norway. Once back in Oslo, Søberg reformed Lazy Queen with Norwegian musicians Jonas Røyeng, Jon Bernhard Hunskaar, Peter Mortensen and Petter Anderdal.

Lazy Queen
Photographs by Anine Desire

“Apocalipstick” is the second single off their forthcoming EP A Sigh So Deep, and details Søberg’s experiences as an non-binary person. They explain: “Even through society is slowly becoming more aware of the challenges of trans and non-binary people there’s still a long way to go. ‘Apocalipstick’ is a nail polish painted middle finger to any and all transphobes and a big, bearded kiss from a pair of lipstick covered lips to all non-binary and trans folx who fight every day for the right to exist without the threat of murder, violence and discrimination all over the world.”

The song blasts through the gates, instantly slamming us against the wall with a thunderous assault of shredded and distorted guitars, crushing bass and speaker-blowing drums. Søberg fervently sings of both self-empowerment and anger over being negatively judged:

I wear my mother’s lipstick ’cause it makes me feel pretty!
I can’t talk to you cause it makes me feel shitty
Now you wonder, oh you wonder am I still you’re son?
Oh believe me, oh believe me no you’re not the only one

Oh I wear my girlfriend’s dress because it makes me feel fucking hot
Like I belong in this world and it’s never ever gonna stop
I feel like I, feel like I, feel like I’m floating
And your side-eyed stare doesn’t do me nothing

The relentless aural onslaught continues unabated, slashing the airwaves with jagged riffs of ear-splitting distortion and hammering percussion. Søberg ‘s screams can occasionally be heard amidst the cacophony, and despite the intensity of the music, it’s still incredibly melodic. They ultimately express their exasperation over the transphobia they’ve had to endure, defiantly shouting: “You make me feel fucking broken! You think it’s just a fad. I really don’t care. I really don’t!” The band unleashes all the sonic fury they can muster in the last 30 seconds as the track comes to an explosive and dramatic finish, leaving me spent. What a fucking fantastic song!

Take a listen and see if you don’t agree – and be sure to turn the volume all the way up!

Connect with Lazy Queen:  Website / Facebook / Instagram
Stream their music on Soundcloud / Spotify / Apple Music
Purchase on  iTunes and Drift may also be purchased on Bandcamp

LAZY QUEEN – Single Review: “Turn From Void”

Lazy Queen
Photographs by Anine Desire

As EclecticMusicLover, I have a special fondness for artists and bands who push boundaries and go outside the proverbial box in the creation of their music and/or identity. So it was my lucky day when I was contacted by Henrik Søberg of Norwegian band Lazy Queen for consideration of their new single “Turn From Void.” In their bio, the band states they “speak for the disenfranchised, the outcasts, the queers, the allies, the feminists, for the pissed off, for the isolated and lonely, the weirdos and the freaks.” Since I fall into several of those categories myself, they’re definitely for me! Their music is a loud and intense mix of noise rock, grunge and punk – the sonic equivalent of a car crash, as someone so eloquently put it.

Lazy Queen was started by Søberg in 2013, who’s Norwegian with Colombian roots and gender fluid, while they were living in Brooklyn, New York. The band then consisted of Søberg and three American musicians, and they released four singles and a fantastic EP Drift to critical praise from both national and international press. They earned a broad following from performing in numerous shows in the New York region, a tour in Puerto Rico, and opening slots for legendary bands such as Psychic TV. Søberg had hoped to settle in New York, but a bureaucratic snafu at the Norwegian embassy forced them to return to Norway.  Upon returning to Oslo, Søberg reformed Lazy Queen with Norwegian musicians Jonas Røyeng, Jon Bernhard Hunskaar, Peter Mortensen and Petter Anderdal. They’re now recording songs for a forthcoming EP or album, and “Turn From Void” is the first single.

The song is brilliant, with numerous melodic change-ups that keep us in a near-constant state of surprise. There’s a lot going on, and it took several listens for me to fully digest this complex track. It starts off with a little acoustic guitar riff, then Søberg begins singing “Take what you need, and leave the rest to me.” A heavy drumbeat soon kicks in, along with gnarly guitars and a humming bass line that take the song deep into grunge territory.

The guitar riff that appears in the chorus is absolutely captivating and so damn good! Søberg’s vocals grow more passionate and raw as the music swells, backed by a vocal harmonies that bringing goosebumps. Suddenly, we’re hit with a wild punk rock flourish of frenzied guitars and thunderous percussion, while Søberg wails at the top of his lungs. Just as quickly, things calm back down to the same acoustic riff and gentle vocals we heard at the opening, until the song ends with a massive crash of guitar chord and cymbal. Wow, what an awesome track! I cannot wait to hear what new songs Lazy Queen will throw at our ears.

Connect with Lazy Queen:  Website / Facebook / Instagram
Stream their music on Soundcloud / Spotify / Apple Music
Purchase on  iTunes, and Drift may also be purchased on Bandcamp