5 songs to listen to this week: October 17, 2022


The deluge of new fall releases will continue for at least another six weeks. Let’s try to keep our heads above water, okay?

1. Ghost, Mary on the cross
Seven Thumbs of Satanic Panic 7″ (Loma Vista/Concorde)
Recommended if you like: Swedish ghouls

A funny thing happened on the way to this track, which is actually a September 2019 digital release. Why bring it back? Because it went viral on TikTok when someone slowed down the song by a few percent and put visuals on it for stranger things, racking up a billion cool views in the process. Rather than freak out against the fan, the best course of action was to capitalize by releasing an official version of what they call the “Slowed + Reverb” take from Mary on the Cross. And only digitally too.

2. Muse, You make me feel like it’s Halloween
will of the people (QPrime/Warner)
RIYL: Well, it’s that time of year, isn’t it?

I have a feeling Muse was forced on this one when the song quickly racked up over five million in a matter of weeks without any promotion or marketing. Hey, I have to read the play, right? And there’s nothing like a song that’s been coming back every season for years and years for steady royalty payments. Besides, will of the people debuted atop the album charts in ten countries.

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3. Manna Skin, The loneliest
Single (Arista)
Ryl: Eurovision?

Of Italy. Won Eurovision. Moved to UK. MTV VMAs scandal. Eurovision’s biggest hit in a decade. Four billion streams worldwide. One of the most played bands of 2022. Over 100,000 tickets have been sold for a North American tour that kicks off in Seattle on October 31. Many shows (including two nights in Toronto and one in Montreal) sold out. Questions?

4. Jack White, A tip from me to you
Enter alive in paradise (third man)
RIYL: Endless Jack

It’s the lead single from Jack’s second album this year – and it sounds vaguely Bowie-ish too. After a wild tour across North America last summer, Jack wants to keep his momentum going as he plays a 60-date tour across the Pacific Rim. He has never played in this part of the world before to this point. I heard he will be shooting a lot of live videos on this stage as well.

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5. The Standstills with Eagles of Death Metal, mother lode
Single (Before)
RIYL: Grinding guitar rock’n’roll

At the height of the pandemic, I participated in an NGO music project called Unplugged Together with producer David Botrill. One of the bands to help out was The Standstills, a two-piece band from Oshawa made up of the husband-and-wife team of Johnny Fox on guitar and Renee Couture on drums. I was very impressed. Now they’ve teamed up with Jesse Hughes and his EoDM team after a chance meeting in Los Angeles. It rocks.

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