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October 6, 2022

The B-Side: Certain Self

God bless the delicate ones. Those songs that hang weightless and perfect like a fall leaf making an impossibly slow descent. “Prove Me Wrong” by Certain Self is a delicate one, with gently strummed acoustic, toy piano and vocals that are both hushed and emotive. It creates such an intoxicating space for the ears and mind that even once drums and a fleshed out musical accompaniment make their appearance the delicateness remains. It feels like staring out the window on an autumnal day, thinking about past seasons, past relationships and the last few days of the warming sun.

October 6, 2022

Thursdays With J.R. – Waste Youth

Sometimes when you get high, you freak out.  That’s our disclaimer this week for “BFF” by Waste Youth.  We jump start with a lighter being lit in the 1-2 1-2-3-4 punk rock fashion.  This “freak out” on steroids runs you down and flattens your core like an old rusty pickup truck you used to trash in high school.  Probably a stick shift, so shift into the first verse for high RPMs on the vocals, guy is giving it his all.  The music is somewhere between evil surf and punk rock.  It’s reminiscent of some of the best bands from the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  The bass is a beast on this track, its low and driving but on the edge of breaking up completely.  The upbeat changes in between slow tom heavy and fast chaotic parts really separate the madness.  Kudos to the drums for the thought-out drums parts.  Vocals are clear even though climaxed into screams most of the time. He trails off leaving you wondering if the lines are questions or statements.  The song ends with “oh my god, I feel fucking stoned”.  Do you?  If you want to take another hit, spin it again, it’s short and on second listen is even more satisfying as you are familiar with the changes making them fun to ride along with.  Big fan of this group, check out their stuff.

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