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January 20, 2021

The Midweekly – Jeff Rosenstock

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

Since he left the musical collective known as Bomb The Music Industry! nearly a decade ago, Jeff Rosenstock has been putting out some of the smartest pop punk records in said decade. The 2020 mid-summer release from the DIY Long Islander is No Dream (or N O D R E A M if you must). Like a bottle rocket, this album shoots off with explosive energy, and that first track is over just as quick. But it doesn’t quite set the tone for the whole record. Many times throughout it catches its breath to appreciate the clever and catchy songwriting. Jeff writes about the hypocrisy of a system, the apathy of a people, his own personal failures candidly. But make no mistake, this is as joyous, fun, and high-spirited of a punk rock album as you’ll find. No denying these choruses will hook you, and you’ll be whoa-whoaing with the other dozen vocal tracks. 

January 20, 2021

The B-Side: Jon McLeod

Welcome to The B-Side, our new daily column where we bring you a bonus song to check out, fall in love and live happily ever after with.

Sounding quite a bit like the quieter moments of Gish era Smashing Pumpkins, Jon McLeod‘s “Static Air” transports us back to our teenage bedrooms and the very specific type of beautiful melancholy that occupies those spaces. With vocals consisting of long drawn out, breathy notes the song has an almost meditative quality with the lyrics appearing and dissipating, rising above and then fading into the simple but lovely cello and guitar parts. Some songs are a whole mood unto themselves, and this is one of them. Pensive with a touch of desolate wrapped in a comfy blanket, a perfect mid-winter song.

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