Archive for ‘Week Ender’

September 9, 2022

Week Ender – Jointheinternet

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Here’s to the songs that subvert our expectations. For the first 32 seconds of the Jointheinternet track “About A Second” it seemed like we’d received another chillwave indie rock track with the usual easy going vibes and catchy melody – the sort of thing we get hundreds of each week. But then the vocals come in at the 33rd second and our ears are perked, our heads tilt and we realize what we thought was just another Wave / House / Beach / Day (combine any two of these to get a current indie rock band name) track is actually a glorious little weirdo in an easy pop disguise. Not unlike Ween’s most accessible material, it has all the hooks to make it a legitimate radio single but also the freak DNA to make it stand out.

September 2, 2022

Week Ender – Penny Rich

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Live long enough and you get to see the good shit come back around again. After a long drought of Indie and Underground music that started off as ironic easy listening dreck before becoming full on in-it-to-white-wine-spritzer-win-it easy listening garbage it seems that the kids are ready to rock again. The UK’s Penny Rich bring such rock with “Stolen Goods,” a gloriously balls out, pedal to the metal jam that mixes punk, grunge and noise to create something that feels a bit like the younger brothers of IDLES on a few gallons of cold brew and attitude. There’s truth in the layers of distortion and we’re happy to hear it once more.

August 26, 2022

The Weekender – Jaws The Shark

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Sure, the world is ending but there’s still time for perfect rock n’ roll songs and for laying the apocalypse blame on the appropriate parties. Lucky for us, Jaws The Shark wrapped both of those into one tidy package with “Destroy The World.” Sludgy bass will always have a special place in our heart, and here it is paired with hooks so big, natural and perfect they remind us of the few remaining glaciers. Lyrically it reminds us of the great Jimmy Shubert bit about how every invention throughout history was because a guy was trying to get a girl; but here the focus is on how the baller lifestyle is contributing to our species end date. Sounds heavy, but we assure you it’s a fun rock n’ roll song that is catchy enough to sing as the ship goes down.

August 19, 2022

Week Ender – Mike Adams at His Honest Weight

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

It’s always cause to celebrate when Mike Adams At His Honest Weight release new music, and that day is upon us. So go get your celebrating pants and festive hat and turn up “Tie-Dyed & Tongue Tied,” the first single off the upcoming album Graphic Blandishment. It’s everything we love about MAAHHW (which is coincidentally the most fun acronym to say aloud, especially in a weird voice): an undeniably hooky indie rocker with pop smarts and Adams’ trademark earnestness that feels real and organic, not affected and put on. Simply put, Mike and the boys make some real good songs, and this one ranks as one of their best.

August 12, 2022

Week Ender – Graham Repulski

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

On the surface the GBV lo-fi thing seems like it would be easy to replicate, and lord knows we’ve received many a submission of those who’ve tried. Blow out most, if not all the tracks, for instant Uncle Bob magic. But what most of them forget is that underneath the layers of fuzz and squall there has to be a killer song fighting to break through, that’s the magic part. Luckily for us “Flaming Television” by Graham Repulski gets it right. So right in fact that it’d be easy to think this was a lost Pollard track (not that there are any lost Pollard tracks because he releases everything, constantly); and while we generally don’t dig it when artists stick so close to their inspirations we do dig this. Because it’s rare to hear someone get the formula right, and because as prodigious as BP is the world could always use more perfect pop songs wrapped in chaos.

August 5, 2022

Week Ender – Dust Biters

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

“Progeny” from Chicago’s Dust Biters is a flammable mix of At the Drive In style post-hardcore and straight ahead hard rock riffs (and cowbell) that will light up your weekend. It’s loud, it’s fast and it vibes at the intersection of ambitious punk, greasy metal and righteous hardcore with a sound that we’re dubbing post-sleazecore. Suitable for opening up the pit, or standing in the back of the room with a cold one raised while you head bag un-ironically.

July 29, 2022

Week Ender – Emily Elbert

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

An effortlessly funky soulful rootsy bluesy mix to kick off the weekend? Don’t mind if we do. “For Free” by alliteration lover Emily Elbert is such an easy, unforced, natural feeling groove that it almost feels like something that was found in nature. A perfectly cool woodland stream bubbling and dancing through a remote forest on a hot day and also the stream gets you tipsy. How good is this song? So good that we’re writing a bad fantasy short story about it. Come, gather your allies around and drink from the magical musical stream that will make you drop your chainmail and shake a tail feather (figuratively for the humanoids, literally for bird people in your group).

July 22, 2022

Week Ender – Higher Selves Playdate

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

A simple scratchy acoustic guitar progression kicks off “Coming Up Roses” by Higher Selves Playdate but it’s not long before things have built into a glitchy, fuzzed out, synth laced noisy and melodic and glorious anthem to uncertainty. Even though the song never really strays from that original scratchy progression, a multitude of instruments are dug out of HSP’s toy chest to make an appearance, giving the song not only a sense of movement and change but also one of lo-fi epic-ness. Repetitive lyrics add a level of pop hookiness to the whole affair to make one of the unlikeliest catchy ear worms of the year.

July 15, 2022

Week Ender – WENCHES

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

The Midwest’s best purveyors of straight ahead, and dare we say a bit sleazy, rock n’ roll are back with a song paying tribute to the unique cultural phenomena that is “State Fair Hair.” WENCHES bring the finger licking riffs they’re known for, a kind of sped up early AC/DC threatening to jump the tracks, and finger banging lyrics (not literally, just a good turn of phrase) about a beauty queen and the back seat of a car. Its rock n’ roll at its most primal and something that is in short supply these days. WENCHES is a blue ribbon winning corndog and we are all about it.

July 8, 2022

Week Ender – Jeremy Nathan

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

We typically send you into the weekend with an upbeat number, the kind of thing to put swag in your step and some muscle in your hustle, but this week we take a different tact. “Secondhand Smoke” by Jeremy Nathan is not a party jam, it is a making questionable decisions at last call jam and a lovely one at that. There’s a hint of Melvern Taylor here, both melodically and in the presentation of hard luck lyrics in a self knowing and charming way, and that’s a bit of songwriting magic that we will always welcome. Nathan has the lightest of touch on this one, both vocally and arrangement wise, and it’s that simplicity and restraint that allow the plainspoken brilliance of the lyrics to shine through. Simply put, this is a perfect song, one neither propped up nor ruined by over the top production or histrionic vocals, and it is that simple perfection we want to send you into the weekend with.

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