Archive for ‘The B-Side’

March 5, 2021

The B-Side: Joint Operation

Friday is payday and Joint Operation is here with an anthem for all of us. “Fuck You, Pay Me (featuring Bumpin’ Uglies)” is delightfully unsubtle and undeniably fun. This is the party rock anthem for the class war.

March 4, 2021

The B-Side: Tayong

Holy hell, this is smooth. This is smoother than smooth, this is smuhth and if that doesn’t make sense just listen to the song and feel what we’re feeling. “Self Employed” is the perfect blend of a Blackstreet style organic R&B jam with a confident classic rap flow that so many shoot for only to fall short. But not Tayong. Tayong nails it and makes it sound effortless in the process. Smuhth.

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March 3, 2021

The B-Side: Daughters of the Unforgiven

As we hit the one year anniversary of the pandemic and the ongoing socio-political horror show that is post-modern life it’s important, nay, crucial that we all take small moments to embrace the light. To surface and fill our lungs with sweet clean air before pushing onward through the dark waters, for who are we without inspiration and belief in ourselves? “Days Like These (Cow Girl)” by Daughters of the Unforgiven is our current moment of relief and renewal. It’s a simple, straight forward piano ballad that sounds a bit like Sheryl Crow via Carole King, and one that we’re pretty sure singing along to counts as self care.

March 2, 2021

The B-Side: CHRiS DiViNE

Among our favorite things in hip hop is a strong point of view with something to say delivered with a tight flow. “Clout” by the Bronx’s CHRiS DiViNE delivers that and then some with a song that not only expresses the feelings of frustration, uselessness and rage of our current socio political climate, but also the desperate hope that salvation can be found in God and/or a lover. It’s a flex not unlike what Prince would do at the height of his powers, in a contemporary form.

March 1, 2021

The B-Side: CHILLEMI

“Friend” from LA based CHILLEMI (aka Brian Chillemi of Rose Cologne)┬ásaunters through your speakers like an old acquaintance. Part Lee Hazelwood, part Kurt Vile, part acoustic Beck – there’s a familiar somber yet wry vibe throughout. It’s Americana with a reverby cinematic feel, pensive with a hint of brooding, and a perfect soundtrack to anyone out there with a serious case of the Mondays.

February 26, 2021

The B-Side: Izy Bandha

From Germany we get “Only Lovers” from Izy Bandha, a post-goth indie rock number that balances dark lyrics such as “I feel the poison runnin’ through my chest” and the chorus refrain of “Only Lovers, I’m trying to hold my demons together” with an upbeat melody that bristles with life. Inspired by the Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive the song trades in the languid lushness of the film for the infectious urgency of youth, and in the hands of Bandha it’s a fair trade indeed.

February 25, 2021

The B-Side: goodcomposer/DEADCOMPOSER

“Little Bird” by goodcomposer/DEADCOMPOSER (aka Simon Brown) is part of a four album octophonic mother and son art installation, but then what isn’t these days right? All joking aside, it’s definitely ambitious enough to grab our attention, and the song is enough of a delightful Talking Heads-esque indie rock/pop number to stand on it’s own. The zero budget clever video is the icing on the cake.

February 24, 2021

The B-Side: Meditating Cowboy

Like a Raymond Carver short story come to musical life, “Shadows” by Meditating Cowboy is both gorgeous and melancholy, which just happen to be two of our favorite types of music. The sparse, mostly guitar-only arrangement and big open production serves MC’s expressive vocals well; giving them plenty of room to dive, dip, soar and expand to fill the space. And just like the best short stories, this one is just a short vignette, a snapshot of a moment in the character’s life that fades before you know it, leaving only the echo of the emotion behind.

February 23, 2021

The B-Side: Adi Sun

Adi Sun has left behind the shoegaze leaning alt rock of their band Phenomenal Sun to strike out solo. The result is a more meditative and vulnerable sound that spools out lush and languid. The gauzy sonics of Sun’s former work are still there, only now they are subtler and more refined, and an exciting jumping off point for where they’ll go next.

February 22, 2021

The B-Side: Ian Deaton

A Devo style electropunk banger about a serial killer experiencing a crisis of conscience, “An Immoral Brain” from Atlanta film composer Ian Deaton is a killer in its own right. Kick off your week with this absolutely perfect synthrock dance anthem dedicated to not murdering people, and do your best to do the same.

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