Mavis Staples: Action

What a terrifying time to rise our voices / But see I’m not left with minimal choices / I gotta put it into action / Doing it A too Z / Until I set myself free

Mavis Staples is one of the greatest gospel, soul and R’n’B singers. With her family’s group. the Staple Singers, she moved from a Christian gospel group to politically active members of the civil rights movement. This perspective is still noticeable in her music today, like this call to Action, The song is written by 

tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus. Marvis Staples’ voice is timeless, the message of her music is still so relevant. Her new album Livin On A High Note is  out on Anti- records Febuary 19th.

(I was introduced to Marvis Staples and the history of the Staple Singers by this great interview with Jesse Thorn of NPR’s Bullseye)


I just miss how it’ felt standing next to you
Wearing matching dresses before the world was big

Girlpool – Before the World Was Big

While I’ve never actually stood next to someone wearing matching dresses, I love the sentiment of this song.

I couldn’t come up with the name of the melody Ariel Pink put in the background of this Phoenix remix and it almost drove me crazier. It’s Enya, Orinoco Flow. Now that will never leave your head, either.

In the perfumed armpit of town,
Develop a debt now, these people are bricks
Six feet stones, wrapped up in bow
Such disappointment when the paper is ripped
So I stand, still boring and bored
Itching my eye again, against the wall
At the end, at the close,
Would you be good enough to take me home?

Such a good song, such a typical Frightened Rabbit song. The lyrics, the build-up, the accent. Song’s a bit older (2011) but I was reminded of it today because the band (’s representative) send around the A Frightened Rabbit EP again today. You get it for free when signing it up for their mailing list