Music Mondays: Juliana Hatfield, Confidence Man, and L.A. Salami


Juliana Hatfield, Confidence Man, and L.A. Salami

Music enthusiasts, this week we’re checking out Juliana Hatfield, Confidence Man, and L.A. Salami. I can’t recall the last time I’ve presented three albums this disparate. Let’s get into it!

Juliana Hatfield: Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton John

Juliana Hatfield: Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton John

For those not on Twitter, I sent out the following message regarding Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton John: “A trip down memory lane for one of my boyhood crushes.” The brief reply that came back asked which one I had a crush on since, technically, it could’ve been either Juliana Hatfield or Olivia Newton John. Fair enough. It was the blonde Aussie, ONJ. I’ve never really followed Juliana Hatfield’s career. I knew she was in the Blake Babies, The Juliana Hatfield 3, and The Lemonheads, but I didn’t go out of my way to listen to those bands. Honestly, I think I listened to her cover of Josie & The Pussycats from the Saturday Morning: Cartoon’s Greatest Hits album more than anything else. The strange thing is, I don’t know why that is. I like her voice and arrangements.

Sure, these songs are originally John’s, but Hatfield makes them her own on this album. Any sense of kitsch or sugary sweetness on tracks like I Honestly Love You disappear with the fuzzy guitar chunks. I can absolutely envision her pinning her love interest to the wall by the front of his shirt collar and sneering these lyrics through clenched teeth.

For you Spotifyers:

Confidence Man: Confident Music for Confident People

Confidence Man: Confident Music for Confident People

Aussie electro-pop band, Confidence Man, just released their debut album Confident Music for Confident People. This album blindsided me. While working on a small project this afternoon, I perused the recent releases and this one caught my attention with the band’s name. I’ve never heard of Confidence Man before, but from what I can piece together, they’ve been around since at least 2016 and all the members are from other bands. They gathered together to create something new to all of them – something that’s all about “dancing and getting down”. This is by no means my go-to style of music. Normally it would drive me up a wall, but there’s something so utterly catchy about this album that it broke free from the background and I found myself bobbing my head along with the beat. It’s infectious.

For you Spotifyers:

L.A. Salami: The City of Bootmakers

L.A. Salami: The City of Bootmakers

Speaking of infectious… Lookman Adekunle Salami, AKA L.A. Salami, released his sophomore effort The City of Bootmakers. This album is difficult to describe. The more I listen to it, the more it sounds like the love child between Robyn Hitchcock &The Egyptians and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes. It’s also something much more than that. There’s this British irreverence paired with some unconventional instrumentation. Salami (I hope he doesn’t mind me calling him that) is a guitarist, so there’s plenty of folk, blues, rock, and even noise-making. Oh yeah, when was the last time you heard a xylophone in a pop song? It doesn’t appear he has his own website, but if you haven’t deleted Facebook yet, you can look him up there (I won’t be doing that).

For you Spotifyers:

Let me know your thoughts after giving these a listen.

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