Five Essential Albums
Considering the jittery, restless legacy of Soul Coughing and Doughty's experimentation, street poet eloquence, and mutable solo releases, it's not too left field to learn that he really likes the Police, this week's FUV Essentials. Doughty's discerning list of "Five Essential Police Songs" highlights the often unsung impact of guitarist Andy Summers.
Mike Doughty (photo courtesy of Chart Room Media, PR)
Violinsit, arranger and composer Owen Pallett's longtime work with Arcade Fire gives him an intimate perspective into the band's discography. So we were delighted (and amazed) when he agreed to write about his "Five Essential Arcade Fire Songs" for FUV Essentials:
Owen Pallett (photo courtesy of Domino Records)
Hurray for the Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra writes from the sharp perspective of a native New Yorker, traversing a similarly socially outspoken, urban path as Lou Reed, this week's FUV Essentials artist. Segarra has found inspiration in Reed's fearless lyricism, as she eloquently writes in her "Five Essential Lou Reed Songs."
Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff (photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media, PR)
Joan Osborne has a long string of solo albums, a side project with Trigger Hippy, and a forthcoming 2017 album that's entirely focused on the songs of Bob Dylan, but the adventurous singer and songwriter has a special place in her heart for the music of Motown. Read her "Five Essential Motown Songs" (plus a bonus track).
Joan Osborne (photo by Jeff Fasano, PR)
The octet St. Paul and the Broken Bones has a crafty way of writing retro-soul songs, like the fervent "All I Ever Wonder," but the band is no nostalgia act. They take a fresh look at a vintage sound first laid down by musicians like this week's FUV Essentials artist, Ray Charles. Lead singer Paul Janeway found the time to give us his picks of "Five Essential Ray Charles Songs" for FUV Essentials.
Paul Janeway (front) and his bandmates of St. Paul and the Broken Bones (photo by David McClister, PR)
A bold storyteller, Margo Price looks directly at her own life on her auspicious 2016 debut, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter.' Price has expressed her affection for equally candid, hard-living songwriters like Lucinda Williams, and for FUV Essentials, she reflected on her "Five Essential Lucinda Williams Songs."
Margo Price (photo by Ford Fairchild, PR)
As a New York punk ambassador, Jesse Malin kickstarted his career with Heart Attack and the legendary D Generation, and the road he's taken as a solo artist and songwriter has followed many different directions including transforming songs by Bruce Springsteen, the Clash and the Replacements into fiercely personal testaments. Malin has a close friendship with the Replacements too, so it's not unusual that Malin would have a unique view the band's songs, which he writes about for FUV Essentials.
Jesse Malin (photo by Illaria Conte, PR)