Song of the Week breaks down and talks about the song we just can’t get out of our head each week. Find these songs and more on our Spotify Top Songs playlist. For our favorite new songs from emerging artists, check out our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin continue their Hanukkah covers celebration.
Hanukkah is in full swing, and Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are keen on celebrating: each night of Hanukkah, the Foo Fighters frontman and super producer are uploading a new cover of a song by a prolific Jewish artist.
For Night Four of the holiday, Kurstin and Grohl treated fans to a cover of Van Halen’s “Jump,” citing David Lee Roth as “quite possibly the loudest and proudest of hard rocking Jews.” (“He became a rockstar the day he became a man: Diamond Dreidel DLR and Van Halen…with ‘Jump.'”) With his husky, gritty voice on the track, Grohl certainly channeled David Lee Roth’s enthusiasm — but with a little more growl and a little less glam.
Not only is the cover itself fun and nostalgic, it comes with a hilarious music video featuring Kurstin and Grohl playing the track live and — you guessed it — jumping. Need a little pep in your step this Hanukkah? Grohl and Kurstin have plenty.
— Paolo Ragusa
Spaceface – “Rain Passing Through” feat. Mikaela Davis
Memphis/Los Angeles group Spaceface — which includes past and present members of The Flaming Lips and Pierced — appear to be masters of guitar tone with their new song. From the first note, there is a warmth and a sweetness to the sound that feels carefree and nostalgic. With added handclaps, triangles, and other auxiliary percussion, the dance floor beckons on “Rain Passing Through,” and their charming psych-pop feels both radio-ready and completely unique. Even better is Spaceface’s accompanying signature cocktail recipe, which basically ensures that good times are ahead:
Rain Passing Through (similar to a daiquiri)
2 oz Papa’s Pilar 7 rum
.75 oz lime juice
.75 simple syrup
MARINA – “Happy Loner”
Turns out Marina’s been having even more ancient dreams. With “Happy Loner,” the Welsh pop chanteuse ushers in the upcoming deluxe edition of her exquisite 2021 album Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land while espousing the many virtues of shutting out the insanity and various pressures of the world. “Cause I’m happy bein’ a loner/ Happy bein’ a loner/ I’m sick of it all, I wanna give it up/ But I’m on the edge and I feel like everything’s too much, too much/ Too much,’ she sings, and honestly, doesn’t that just about sum up the last 21 months we’ve all been through? — Glenn Rowley
Lilyisthatyou – “Party 22”
Somehow, we’ve reached the end of 2021. Lilyisthatyou, a rising dance-pop singer from Toronto, is celebrating appropriately with “Party 22.” It’s bright, upbeat, and feels ’80s-inspired with an addictive drum beat and glittering production. It could make for a great New Year’s jam, especially due to the line lamenting “another text from [a] good for nothing, worthless ex.” What is it about that holiday that brings them out of the wood work? Whatever it is, Lilyisthatyou has had enough, and seemingly has had enough of the year. It’s a relatable feeling captured, shockingly, in under two minutes. — Mary Siroky
Cosmo’s Midnight, Yung Bae – “Straight Up Relaxin'”
Winter is afoot, but Portland’s Yung Bae and Australia’s Cosmo’s Midnight have joined forces to remind us all of the magic of summer. Atop an irresistible funk beat with lush tones and gentle keyboard hits, “Straight Up Relaxin'” is an ode to being alone, kicking back, and focusing on the present moment as a source of happiness. As the temperature drops lower and lower throughout the coming months, let “Straight Up Relaxin'” be the warm blast of summer to keep looking forward to. — P.R.
Alix Page – “Radiohead”
At just nineteen years old, Alix Page has captured one of the perils of young love. Shared interests, particularly when it comes to music, become intrinsically tied to someone with whom they’re shared. After a breakup, it’s inevitable that certain artists, movies, or pieces of art evoke memories of a person — in Page’s case, Radiohead. It’s folky and familiar in a Noah Gunderson kind of way, and recalls the story of someone who once asked Lorde what to do about this very conundrum, that listening to an album makes her think of an ex. Her response? “Cherish the secret world you built without him and know he’ll never hear it just the way you do.” — Mary Siroky
Pure Shores – “Back On My Love”
Swedish pop duo Pure Shores is made up of Marlene and Ji Nilsson — the story goes that the two bonded over a lack of great dance floors in Stockholm and have remained inseparable ever since. Their latest release, “Back On My Love,” is another great entry for that very sitting. Good luck turning this one on and not bopping along — these two just understand what takes a song from vibey to really and truly danceable. — Mary Siroky
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