Music

For The Day: Portishead “Cowboys” Live

Over the weekend, I played Schoolboy Q’s “Raymond 1969” for my younger cousin. I decided to go a bit deeper and educate him to where the sample came from. “Cowboys” by Portishead is a menacing trip-hop cut that’s as great as it was as when it was released it in 1997. Some music doesn’t age well but fortunately for Portishead, they are exempt from such a fate. And the lyrics were just as ominous as the production: Did you feed us tales of deceit/Conceal the tongues who need to speak/Subtle lies and a soiled coin/The truth is sold, the deal is done. I wish that I could’ve been there see Portishead perform this live. Maybe one day.